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  • in reply to: cray fish with pleco and jewel cichlid #353448

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    You said you are moving your current stock in the 20 Gallon to a 30 Gallon and are considering adding a jewel cichlid and an ABN pleco (which you said you know are getting). Were these the fish that were currently in the 20 G, or are these in addition to the ones you have in the 20 G? If in addition to the ones you already have, what do you currently have? Jewel cichlids can be aggressive to tank mates and at feeding times.

     

    Also, as Byron and Matt said, no to the crayfish, especially the dwarf kind. Dwarf caryfish are so small that they would easily fit in the mouth of an adult jewel cichlid, or even a juvenile one. Perhaps if you were considering a larger crayfish, they you could be ok until the jewel cichlid grows (if the jewel is a juvenile) but even then, no guarantees…

    in reply to: Aquaponic Setup with 55 Gallon Tank #353447

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    @des said:
    Interesting set up. I would make two points about it.

    1. Your filter needs to run 24/7.

    2.An undergravel filter needs to be kept meticulously clean.If you cannot clean the detritus from underneath the filter plates you will end up with a Nitrate factory. I would just use a lift pump ; perhaps an internal filter to provide mechanical filtration.

     

     

    For point number 1: I don’t know about you but my filter runs 24/7 anyway and I can’t see someone would want to turn off their filter? Perhaps I am at fault here so I would appreciate your input as to why the filter would not need to run 24/7 in the first place?

    For point number 2: wouldn’t he want to make a nitrate factory to support what he is going to grow in the hydroponic system he is making? Do you think that there would be more nitrates than the plants could consume?

     

    Just to be clear, I am not trying to second guess or in anyway contradict what you are saying. I am just curious.

     

    in reply to: Feeding vids #353446

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    @plaamoo said:

    I like them Matt. Nothing special, kinda plain, but elegant in their own way. They’re shy and I still have yet to get a good photo of them. I like to watch them filter sand.

     

    Great vids. In the first vid, would you care to share what is the species of the hill stream loach (the long thin one) that appears along with the chinese hillstream loach (sewellia lineolata I believe?) during feeding? Also, in the second video, I am curious as to the species of the gobyfish I noticed gobbling up the food. By the way, the food is a mixture of artemia nauplii and flake food (at least in the second video) as far as I could tell? Do you use anything else for the hillstream loaches?


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    @coelacanth said:
    Where do you live? Can’t see any real issues, unless the gecko had wandered through something nasty en route to the aquarium, but you’d have known about that pretty quickly.

    Thanks for the reply. I was worried about its excrement and that it would contaminate the water with salmonella because I read that reptiles carry the bacteria in their digestive systems (helps them with digestion apparently) hence create a risk of infection every time I deal with the tank. 

     

    I live in an apartment building. Shouldn’t have wandered through anything nasty but in a city you can’t really be sure. I did a 10% water change but I might do a 50% today just to be sure. Hopefully, the gecko didn’t take a dump while in my tank. Smile


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    Based on the head structure and body shape, I’d guess this is either a Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) or a Kotschy’s gecko (Cyrtopodion kotschyi or Mediodactylus kotschyi according to a prior nomenclature)…?

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353439

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    after treatments and several months of no losses, I lost 1 panda cory. The tank had cyano bacteria and I was never able to get rid of it. The panda died last week, and I lost another gastro about 4 days later. Today I lost another gastro but unlike the others, this one seemed to have died from something that made parts of its skin white/lighter than the rest.

    Now, I know what columnaris looks like on the fish, and although I thought that is what it was at first, there were too many patches and all around the body… I did read something about a virus that affects these fish and it does look like that ailment…

     

    so I am down to 3 fish from the original 9… Cry

    in reply to: African Hybrids a No-no? #353215

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    “Previously, it was believed that N. pulcher and N. brichardi were two distinct species. Now they are considered the same species, the only difference being that Neolamprologus brichardi has a black stripe running from its eye to its gill cover and a yellow spot just above it, both of which are absent in N. pulcher.” from: http://africanriftlakecichlids.blogspot.com/2010/11/brichardi-cichlids.html

     

    Based on:

    “Our study uses DNA sequences of the mitochondrial control region to show that relatedness of hapl-otypes disagrees with species assignment based on head colour pattern.”

     

    Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17881250

    full paper: http://behav.zoology.unibe.ch/sysuif/uploads/files/esh/pdf_online/taborskym/Duftner_MolPhylEvol2007.pdf

     

    If it is the same species, a color hybrid is not a species hybrid, imo. However, if you want to breed a pure line bred fish with just the genes for a black stripe running from its eye to its gill cover and a yellow spot just above it in the fish, that’s your choice I guess.

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353213

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    @mikev said:
    1. tank treatment. tbh, I cannot believe that someone would keep asking this question for more than a month instead of just checking with WormerPlus in the UK and ordering proper med from them.
    2. Answered on May 16th, see up the thread.
    3. Kanamycin and/ or Furan2

    I apologize if I have frustrated you or anyone else. As I mentioned before, strict import regulations wrt to medication is what prevented me from getting the wormerplus from the UK (heck, I could have gotten it from Amazon, there was a seller that ships this internationally, but it was the import regulations that ultimately stopped this course of action). I did research this a lot and it simply wasn’t an option. Only recently did I find out about albendazole and asked here on the thread. I got it now and wanted to know the correct tank application, and more importantly dosage.

    Again, quinine is not something I have access to and ordering from abroad is not an option. Therefore, I was trying to ask if there are others that have used alternate medication with success or if there is an alternate someone knows of.

    This is not available directly for fish. I can get some Sera Backtotabs but that has to be ingested afaik. Would oxytetracycline be an alternative?

     

    Also, as I have plants in the tank, I am a little worried about the plant suitability of these.

     

    Again, I apologize if I caused any frustration to anyone. Embarassed

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353211

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    @mikev said:
    Treatment would help only if you guess the problem correctly. Worms are the more common issue, but one should treat for protozoa and bacteria too, best preventively and sure once you see fish dying. You chances of not losing ALL fish are much better with treatment.

    OTOH, fungused food is not an issue to worry much about. Feed less and/or have snails to dispose of extra food.

    ok so:

    1. albendazole for the worms (have to figure out how to dissolve this in water though… and also do I have to mix it in their food or just add to aquarium water?)

    2. ???? for the protozoa (metrodinazole?)

    3. ???? for the bacteria (methyl blue?)

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353206

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    Last night, I noticed that some of the food I was feeding the cories got stuck between the leaves of the plants had turned to grey fungus! I am so worried now. What do you guys recommend? Water change or water change + fungus medication?

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353205

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    @mikev said:
    I had an encounter with capillaria in new pseudogastromyzons a few years ago…in those dark ages I did not yet treat everything proactively with flubendazole and still thought that levimisole works on all nematodes … I was lucky that a good lab was willing to help to figure out the disease, but they detected cap eggs only on the 4th body I gave them. :(

    since I have no way of knowing, would treating the tank regardless help? would the plants (cornuta) be affected? There are no snails.

     

     

     

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353204

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    @BillT said:
    Capillaria have rather unique looking eggs and can be identified based upon that, if you have a microscope (dissecting scope OK).

    Here is a picture of their eggs: http://zebrafish.org/zirc/health/diseaseManual.php#Metazoan%20Parasites%20-%20Capillariasis

    They are between 50 and 100 microns.

     

    They recommend dissecting out the gut contents, but you could probably find the eggs in fresh fish poop.

    If only I had a microscope… Cry

     

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353199

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    @mikev said:
    Albendazole is effective against internal parasites and in fact nearly analogous to flubendazole I suggested before, the problem is that it is nearly unsoluble in water, so just putting med into tank water will not work. Dissolving by grinding the med into fine powder and then stirring in hot water may or may not work, you can try. If you succeeded you should see all the snails in the tank dead in 3-4 days, it kills snails the same way as worms.
    Much simpler albeit costlier would be to buy flubendazole (again: wormer plus, order from the UK, they ship worldwide).
    Minimal effect on protozoa.

    If is internal worms you are dealing with, corys will be wiped out too, but a bit later. If protozoa or something else — not certain.

    By wiped out, you mean by the medication or worms?

     

    How do I tell if it is the worms you were talking about? Any symptoms I should look for?

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353196

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    Quick question: would albendazole work for the capillaria or protozoa? I can access this one easily.

    in reply to: Trying to Save Hillstream Loaches (Gastromyzon spp.) #353195

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    @mikev said:
    Opposite experience on my end regarding species…. so I seriously doubt…. but the pattern of dying is too reminiscent of a parasite accumulating in the tank…either small worm like capillaria or (less likely) protozoa.

    your message actually alarmed me right now; how likely are the chances that my panda cories (of which I made the mistake of putting together) are infected? Frown

    Any symptoms I should look out for?

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