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  • #301944

    Madfish
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    Hi Guys,
    First time Post so hope it all comes out right.
    I have a couple of problems – I have a 6’x18″x18″ tank with Australian Rainbows which was heavily planted. I had the water PH around 6.7 but the fish developed Ulcers in their sides. I was advised to increase the PH by adding some coral to the filter which increase the PH to around 7.5 The fish still have some ulcers which i am treating in a hospital tank with Tri Sulpher but my plants are dying.
    Any advise would be appreciated
    Mad fish

    #346653

    Bluedave
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    Welcome to SF Madfish.

    What plants mate? Any pictures? Over how long did the pH increase? How long ago did you add the coral. What ferts do you use, what lighting have you got, have you changed the lighting recently? How long has the tank been set up? Whats the substrate?

    Sorry about all the questions but it helps us, help you!

    #346657

    unissuh
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    I’m always very wary about gourami and/or rainbows with external ulcers – quarantine immediately because of TB risk. Low pH can make Melanotaenias look and act a bit crappy but they shouldn’t break out in ulcers. Thats a sign of something more serious in my opinion.
    EDIT: I should probably say I have b*gg*r all experience keeping Melanotaenias (get too big for my liking) – kept a couple of the Pseudomugils before but thats about it.

    Heres a link to a thread you may be interested in reading: http://www.rainbowfish.info/forum/viewtopi…f=25&t=2191

    To add to Bluedave’s questions, what else was in the tank with the rainbows? Also, what are you feeding them?

    #346658

    Madfish
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    QUOTE (Bluedave @ Jan 1 2012, 09:21 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Welcome to SF Madfish.

    What plants mate? Any pictures? Over how long did the pH increase? How long ago did you add the coral. What ferts do you use, what lighting have you got, have you changed the lighting recently? How long has the tank been set up? Whats the substrate?

    Sorry about all the questions but it helps us, help you!

    Hi Dave,
    I think the plants are Elodia? The coral sent the PH up over night I tried cutting it down but i have taken it out altogether to try to let the PH go back under 7. The Plants seemed to be doing well at around 6.7 but the Ulcers seemed to be brought on by the Low ph
    The lighting is 6 x 4′ Fluro tubes (Aquarells) on for 6hrs per day.
    The plants seemed to discintergrate over a week all i have left now is almost storks.

    Attached files

    #346664

    Plaamoo
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    Hi Madfish,
    I agree with unissuh, there’s more going on than low ph. Lots of good info at the sight he linked, especially the article by Adrian Tappan. His rainbowfish book is also a must for rainbowfish keepers. It’s on this sight somewhere but I can’t find it at the moment. Anybody??.
    How long have you had these fish. Is this your normal/stable Ph reading?
    When you referred to “Austrailian rainbows” I thought you meant m. australis. I see glossiceps incisus & m. boesemani I think?

    #346666

    unissuh
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    You can find the rainbowfish e-book at:

    http://peter.unmack.net/tappin/Rainbowfishes.print.pdf

    It’s a good read and has some lovely pictures. Well worth the time.

    PS: I think your background plants are Ambulia, Limnophila sessiliflora.

    #346667

    Madfish
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    QUOTE (unissuh @ Jan 2 2012, 02:51 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    You can find the rainbowfish e-book at:

    http://peter.unmack.net/tappin/Rainbowfishes.print.pdf

    It’s a good read and has some lovely pictures. Well worth the time.

    PS: I think your background plants are Ambulia, Limnophila sessiliflora.

    Thanks Guys Ill haver a look at that book thanks for the advise

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