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Algae for the general public
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If anyone is familiar with the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com, we are building a campaign there to reach the general non-reefing people to show then the benefits of algae. There are no product pics yet, but the description is there so let's see if anyone here has any suggestions for editing:
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Posted on: Ystrday 19:16
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PLEASE can anyone recommend the best daily for my fish?

I have 3 tanks

tank 1 = 1 betta

tank 2 = 6 platy,6 danio

tank 3 = 4 black molly

can I feed them all the same foods or do each species require different food?


thank you



Re: Sick goldfish - red streaks in tail and slight swelling
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I'm so sorry to read that, Nina.



Re: Sick goldfish - red streaks in tail and slight swelling
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Boy am I relieved to find out your fish is doing better :) I cant imagine having anyone else lose their best pal like that, especially since mine died a few weeks ago - RIP.

I hope she fully recovers!



Re: Sick goldfish - red streaks in tail and slight swelling
Posted on: 20/3/2017 19:09
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Fantastic! Thanks for that reply. She is doing much better today, swimming and interacting with us. I'll keep up the daily water changes and testing. I think she's going to be okay. :D

So glad I found you guys!
Quinn



Re: Sick goldfish - red streaks in tail and slight swelling
Posted on: 20/3/2017 18:34
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Glad to have been of help.

If, by ammonia tablets, you mean something like these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ammonia-Clear ... ddy-Tablets/dp/B0002APVNE, then, no - I don't think you need to be using them at all. Testing the water quality to ensure that ammonia is at 0, and, if it's not at 0, then more frequent/larger water changes to ensure that it goes down to 0, should suffice and mean no need for these tablets. Water changes are by far the best route to go down if ammonia/nitrite/high nitrates are in the tank because the presence of these are also a proxy for many other things in the tank that home-based test kits can't test for (eg hormones, stress, etc) and which only water changes will help remove.

Hope that's helpful and keep up the good work with the daily water changes and water testing. :)



Re: Sick goldfish - red streaks in tail and slight swelling
Posted on: 19/3/2017 20:55
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Thank you so much, fcmf!

Yes, I did replace the filter media at the same time as the big change and I did run the foam pad and cartridge under the tap to rinse. Thank you so much for describing this method (dipping the media into the removed water and just squeezing). It makes sense that a complete replacement of media would remove beneficial bacteria.

I'll keep doing daily water changes and testing her water quality. Should I continue to add the ammonia tabs with each water change? I've always used the tabs. But I never used them more often than every 2 weeks.

Let me know what you think. And thanks again!
Quinn



Re: Male ram only, seems stressed.
Posted on: 19/3/2017 16:45
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I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but a 20-litre tank isn't suitable for any fish - it's only suitable for shrimps and snails or aquascaping.

Take a look at the fish profiles for each of your fish on www.seriouslyfish.com and you'll see what the requirements are for each of the species you have in terms of tank size and volume, minimum number of fish, water parameters (eg water hardness), temperature, feeding, etc, etc. From that, you'll see that the minimum size of tank you'd need would be one with a 'footprint' of 60x30cm and 3x the water volume you have, but even then it would be overstocked with the number of fish you have.

So, even if you do manage to find a way to minimise the reflection problem, it's almost inevitable that you're going to encounter further problems (recurrent, chronic or multiple different ones) as the fish won't have their needs met.

The best advice I can give is to upgrade their tank to a size in line with their requirements and the number of fish you have - taking into account the minimum shoal size recommended for some of the species (eg ottos, galaxy rasboras, lampeyes) and which would require adding to their shoals +/- returning the ram pair to the shop and explaining that you hadn't appreciated the tank size required for them and that you're already currently overstocked.

If it's any "consolation", the larger the tank, the less work it actually requires as the water quality is less prone to daily fluctuations and therefore requiring daily water test readings - so, once established, a weekly tank clean should suffice (provided that your ammonia and nitrite levels remain at 0 and your nitrates under 20 ppm).

Hope that helps.



Re: Really ill black moor - should I euthanise? Please help
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PS. The daily water changes would not need a gravel syphon - purely replacing the water with dechlorinated water should suffice, while the gravel syphoning should be fine for doing just once per week.



Re: Sick goldfish - red streaks in tail and slight swelling
Posted on: 19/3/2017 16:24
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Sorry to read about this case, Quinn. I understand entirely the attachment to a goldfish and vice versa and how your fish means the world to you (and indeed that's why I've never been able to get another since mine died).

Goldfish become increasingly intolerant of any fluctuation in water quality as they get older ie there's not the same "room for manoeuvre" where they might have handled the occasional miss of a tank clean when younger.

I'd advise more frequent and larger water changes for the next few weeks, anything from 10-50% daily, depending on what the water quality is [eg if ammonia and nitrite are at 0, and nitrates under 20 ppm, then probably 10% daily in a tank of that size is fine; if there is presence of any ammonia or nitrite, or nitrates are more than 20ppm, then I'd increase the size of these daily water changes up to 25% or maybe even up to 50%] - you don't necessarily need to gravel vacuum but just the replenished, dechlorinated water should be fine, while the gravel vacuuming can just be done once per week

I've had goldfish respond in that way following what I subsequently realised was most likely a (partial) fish-in cycle - did you, by any chance, replace all or a substantial amount of the filter media (eg sponge or whatever is in the biobag cartridges) or run it under the tap alongside the big clean? If so, then the reaction may be due to the overcleaned/new filter media not having sufficient beneficial bacteria to process the fish's waste / ammonia. Filter media should just be dipped into and given a gentle squeeze in the removed tank water to avoid losing the beneficial bacteria. (Manufacturers' recommendations to replace these media after so many weeks/months do tend to result in a fish-in cycle - that's the reason I changed mine altogether to purely sponge in order that I wouldn't need to replace it.)

Hope this helps, at least as a "starter for ten". Keep us posted on your fish's progress, and feel free to come back with any further questions. Best of luck!




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