White cloud minnow - ammonia or parasite?

Brooke37

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Hi all, we have had a small 12L tank for about 3 years, started with 5 WCMM but after about 18 mths, over a period of about 6mths, one by one they started getting skinny with fins down, floating at top or bottom, then dying. Usually over a period of 2-3 days and water change didn’t help. We can’t get WCMM where we are any more so I got 2 leopard danios but they chased the WCMM all the time. We have one left and he seemed happy enough, I know they like company but pet shop didn’t have anything I thought would be suitable tank mate just yet. Anyway he started going to same way as the others - fins down, staying at top of water, not eating - and after lots of research, water changes, broad spectrum treatments etc he seemed to be getting better but 2 weeks ago I did a quick water change and the next day he was on his side at the bottom. I did stir up the gravel a bit to net out the waste, but he’s been fine with this before. I’ve now tried multiple small water changes, ammo lock, 7 days of stabiliser, and aquarium salts in case it’s a parasite and not ammonia poisoning, but he’s no better, not eating, bloated, pale, pine coning and eyes all goggly. Should I euthanise him? I have clove oil. I really want to save him but if he’s past it I don’t want him to suffer. Thanks for your help.
 

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Both species, WCMM and Leopard Danio, need a bit of swimming room. The absolutely smallest tank I would have either in would be 10 gallons, or about 35 liters. It could have been stress or something else.

@Colin_T is pretty good at diagnosis.
 
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Both species, WCMM and Leopard Danio, need a bit of swimming room. The absolutely smallest tank I would have either in would be 10 gallons, or about 35 liters. It could have been stress or something else.

@Colin_T is pretty good at diagnosis.
Thank you Circus, I’ve read this also (after purchasing our tank). Do you know what a small tank like this would be suitable for then please? It’s our daughter’s, so I think she will want to try again. I’ll be sure to research how to clean the tank and start it up again first.
 

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There are a surprising variety of shrimp you could house in that size. I will post a pic of some of my red cherry shrimp.

Or maybe an African Dwarf Frog. They only get about 1.5 inches. I am not for sure on them, since I have not kept them myself.
 

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i have a platy in this EXACT situation. i’m thinking i’ll have to euthanize her 😔
 

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