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  • in reply to: Listen very carefully to my tale of waterchange woe… #355347

    Gaina
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    Hello Everyone

    Thanks for your thoughts on this.  I do apologize for not replying sooner, I’m not getting any emails to say the thread has been updated.

     

    I have now lost all but one of my Original Harlequins and one of the new fish I bought 3 weeks ago (Rasbora ‘hengeli’).  Again, all water parameters and temperature normal and no signs of disease or deformity on the body.

    Just over a week ago (last Tuesday to be precise) discovered two fish with a white fin each (not diseased, just like opaque glass) but they had good body condition and were otherwise eating and acting normally (there was no indication that anything was up with them the day before).   I rang my LFS, who asked to email them a photo of the fish and within half an hour they rang me back with a diagnosis of Velvet, and recommend a treatment. One fish did die that same day (Harlequin) but this was a surprise to me because it wasn’t either of the one with the white fin and I don’t believe the death was connected to the treatment as the instructions stated it was perfectly safe for healthy fish that are in the same tank as the ones to be treated.

    Fast forward to Saturday night just gone (Feb 6th) and I found another of my Harlequins dead just as I was heading off to bed.  On Tuesday night (Feb 9th) I saw one of my Hengeli coming to the surface seemingly to breath. I recognized this behaviour in the fish I had lost so I switched the filter to the Venturi spout for the night to get some extra oxygenation going and hoped, but obviously it was to no avail.

    So now I am left with 5 Hengeli rasbora and 1 Harlequin.

     

    As far as the hardness goes, I’m still puzzled because the API test strip puts my water (both tap and tank) at a hardness only suitable for Goldfish and Cichlids (KH and GH 180), whereas my LFS put it at 12 degrees when I had it tested before I got the Hengeli which should be fine for them (!?).

    With regard to water temperature and profiles, I always make sure the water going in is as close as possible to the temperature of my tank, and when I do my weekly water tests I always log the results for both tank and tap water so I can easily spot any major discrepancies.

    I’m not getting any more fish for at least a month as I want to figure this out (also to be honest I’m wavering as to weather I ever want to keep fish again!).

    Thanks for giving me so much information. There’s a lot for me to digest here, so I probably haven’t addressed everyone’s comments in this thread, so I’ll read it all thoroughly and let you know if anything sticks out.

    in reply to: Female Harelquin Rasbora sparring. #355049

    Gaina
    Participant

    Thanks Byron :-).  It’s funny but I’ve been watching them over the last few days and the quieter ones have started asserting themselves with the biggest female. 

    I’m really ‘into’ Rasbora now, and love learning their new funny little ways.  In fact I’m loving this hobby so much it’ll be a miracle if I haven’t got another tank this time next year… 😉

    in reply to: Nitrate levels up.. #355048

    Gaina
    Participant

    Thank you so much for putting my mind at rest!  I am glad I’m not the only person who fretted about water test results.  🙂

    in reply to: Nitrate levels up.. #355040

    Gaina
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    I’m still on top of my regular water changes (including removal of any detritus from the gravel and checking my filter, rinsing sponges and medium in tank water as necessary) and removing dead plant matter as it occurs, but my nitrate levels aren’t going below 5ppm.  My fish are very healthy and eating well and the booklet of API liquid test kit I use says anything under 40ppm is considered normal.

    Am I worrying too much?

    in reply to: Re-planting tank, #354880

    Gaina
    Participant

    Hi Des,

    Sorry, scratch what I just wrote, we were at cross-purposes.   My water temperature is always constant throughout the tank, and yes it’s in the direct flow of the water 🙂

    in reply to: Re-planting tank, #354858

    Gaina
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    @des said:
    I notice that you have mounted your heater vertically. Ideally it should be at an angle of 35 to 45 degrees . If it is in the flow of water from the filter even better.
    Your Anubias Coffeefolia is an epiphyte and should not be planted in the gravel. It ought to be attached to a rock or piece of wood. You can use cotton thread or an elastic band to hold it in place until it grows in place.

    I didn’t know that about the Anubias, thank you!

    I just followed the manufacturer’s positioning instructions on the filter.  Have you got an example pic of how I should have it set up?

    Thanks 🙂

    in reply to: Re-planting tank, #354850

    Gaina
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    Hi Byron thanks for the advice :).

    I’ve tried to upload some photos of my tank as it is right now but they seem to be disappearing!

    I forgot to as about Hair Grass. I was thinking of replacing the sword I’m taking out of my tank with that as it seems to be easier to maintain and I’ve noticed in photographs I’ve seen that it does tend to curl over at the top to mute light in the tank if you let it grow.

    in reply to: Nitrate levels up.. #354842

    Gaina
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    Hello Bill and Byron,

    Thank you for your replies and advice.  I’m sorry I haven’t replied sooner, I was having a heck of a job logging in.

    My Nitrate levels have remained steady at 5ppm, so I think I may have been too quick to panic.  My fish are happy and healthy and eating well (I always just give them small amounts at a time and scoop out any excess) so that’s good.  I always vacuum the bottom of my tank when we do a water change.

    I’m just wondering what effect plants could have because in my Naivety I bought quite a few Amazon Sword in the beginning, not realising they were absolute triffids that would take over my tank!! I think I need to rethink the background plants… hah

    in reply to: Quarantine Tanks #354755

    Gaina
    Participant

    Thanks

     for the replies, sorry I took a while to respond but I didn’t get email notification of this thread.

    in reply to: Fluval U2 current suddenly strong. #354687

    Gaina
    Participant

    @Byron Hosking said:
    I’ve not used this filter myself, but from the data online there are apparently three flow settings, so presumably you have a higher setting now.  You may be able to turn this down.
    Another trick that works is to aim the flow into the end wall closest to the filter.  If for example the filter is placed along the rear wall in or close to the right side, aim the flow into the right end wall.  The flow then hits the wall and disperses down the tank with less force.  With a spray bar, attach this along the side wall and into the glass.  By adjusting the angle of the holes you can usually balance a good surface distrubance with adequate down-wall flow.  This can help even with less initial flow; many fish do not need or appreciate strong flow, as they are continually fighting it and this wears them down.
    Fish will naturally swim against the current.  Not only is this mandatory since they cannot swim backwards, but it is the only way to avoid being swept away.  Also, food naturally comes to them in the current.  And sometimes they just seem to like the exercise.  The problem arises when they cannot really get out of the current, to rest.
    Byron.

    Thanks Byron, they are using the rest of the tank now, they are eating well and there are plenty of places where the Amazon Sword provides shelter from the flow and I’ve noticed this is where they go at night.  I think I’m probably just being a bit parnoid that I’ve done something wrong, being new to all this.  Anyway, their colours are coming out beautifully now and they seem to have settled down.

    in reply to: New Harlequin Rasbora #354647

    Gaina
    Participant

    @Byron Hosking said:
    Males generally are a bit more colourful, but I am not aware of any variation in the tail that distingujishes male/female.  Our profile does offer a couple suggestions
    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/trigonostigma-heteromorpha/
    Again, the stress newly acquired fish are under affects their colouration, and as they settle this improves, so that many be part of this too.

    Thanks, there’s something in the books I have about the shape of the ‘pork chop’ but I literally can’t make head nor tail of it! haha

    I’m sure as I get more familiar with them I shall learn this stuff. :)

    in reply to: New Harlequin Rasbora #354645

    Gaina
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    @george said:
    I don’t think keeping fish just to clean the aquarium is a good idea. I would just recommend feeding less.
    But I wouldn’t want to be the one telling you not to buy fish. Are loaches what you would really want, or would any suitable bottom-dwelling fish do?

    Hi George,

    Sorry I didn’t explain myself properly.  Welfare of my fish is the first priority so I wouldn’t just get some to do a job, they would have to be a species I would enjoy keeping and be happy and healthy in the setup I have :)

    Byron said

    This is normal (the sinking food part) with many newly-acquired fish.  It is also noticeable if you feed after disturbing the tank/fish in some way; the fish are a bit skittish and sometimes won’t surface even for food until they settle down.

    The light is probably related.  This is OK for a few days, but I would then get them used to feeding after the tank light is on, but wait about an hour.  Fish are very sensitive to light, through their cells as well as their eyes (this is connected to the circadian rhythm), and it takes time for fish eyes to adjust to different light/darkness.  Roughly 30 minutes has been determined for some species, but I would give them an hour.

    Thanks I fed them this morning and they ate well but I didn’t give them as much as yesterday morning and tried them just now with a little more (the light has been on all day) and they literally snapped it up and are much bolder about coming to the surface to get it. :)

    I’ve got two fish that have very vivid orange tails, would they be males?

    in reply to: New Harlequin Rasbora #354642

    Gaina
    Participant

    Thanks for the advice re: feeding, I shall just stick with a variety of food from fish shops. 

    With regard to the loach, my tank is 65 litres and has a stable temperature of around 21.8 degrees.  I was under the impression that my setup was suitable for a dwarf loach but if not, could you give me a few good alternatives?

    I fed my fish with the light off this morning and they ate well.  It’s funny but they don’t seem to realise there’s food until the flakes sink, then they start zooming about.

    in reply to: New Harlequin Rasbora #354638

    Gaina
    Participant

    @Byron Hosking said:
    It is common for newly-acquired fish to be shy, just be careful you don’t overfeed.  I don’t know what “summer flake” is, but most fish foods these days are fairly nutritious.  I use a mix of flake foods for variety, and presently am using the basic flake from New Life Spectrum, the veggie flake from Omega One, and the mini pellet from NLS.  I also have a variety of sinking foods for the tanks with substrate fish like loaches or corys.  Once a day is sufficient for most fish; fry and some mini species need more frequent feedings.  Early in their day (= daylight) is preferable.
    In addition to the basic prepared foods, frozen foods such as daphnia are good.  Frozen bloodworms but no more than once or at very most twice a week as they are high in fat.  I use these frozen foods (thawed before feeding) as “treats” once a week.
    Byron.

    ‘Summer Flake’ is predictive text gone nuts – that should read ‘some’. Haha

    Thanks for the advice, I fed them this morning and won’t feed them again until tomorrow morning.

    Would they also appreciate the odd frozen pea or piece of sweet corn?

    I intend to get a loach in a few weeks but in the meantime the snails are doing a good job of hovering up the flakes that land on plant leaves. :-)

    in reply to: Too much? #354627

    Gaina
    Participant

    Thank guys! I’m off to get my new fin babies now.

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