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Re: Can someone help me with my dilemma?
Posted on: Ystrday 16:18
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Hi

Unfortunately, the problems you're having are down to the tank being extremely small. Goldfish grow to between 8 and 12 inches long, depending on whether they are common single tail fish or double-tailed fancy fish and are very bulky fish. They produce a lot of waste and need large tanks and strong filtration.

I also suspect the tank is not cycled, especially if you've been changing the filters (never do this as you also remove the beneficial bacteria that actually process waste an make the tank safe for fish.

These articles will help:

http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/articles ... -size-life-expectancy.htm

http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/articles_12/keeping-goldfish.htm

http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/articles ... ammonia-nitrite-spike.htm

http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/articles ... hless-cycling-article.htm



Re: Dwarf gourami with bent spine
Posted on: 8/11/2017 15:03
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That all sounds fine apart from the possibility that the water is a bit too hard for the gouramis and cories, but that wouldn't cause this problem.

Fish TB (mycobacteriosis) is quite rare and would affect other fish too so I doubt it's that.

The most likely cause of the problem is an iridovirus called Dwarf Gourami Disease. Most DG's sold in the UK come from massive breeding farms in the Far East and the bulk of them are infected with this disease. You may see other symptoms such as wasting, bloat and sores as it progresses. There is no cure so it may be kinder to put him to sleep



Re: Dwarf gourami with bent spine
Posted on: 8/11/2017 13:21
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Hi,

So we can help, can you provide the following details:

What size is your tank?
How long has it been set up?
What fish are in there (which species' and how many of each)?
Actual test results for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and hardness.



Re: Where to buy Kanamycin in the UK
Posted on: 6/11/2017 23:12
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Kanamycin is an antibiotic and so can't be legally sold in the UK without a vet's prescription. Most vets will want to see the fish before prescribing antibiotics, but there may be a problem in that kanamycin isn't listed in the UK as a fish treatment. There are other antibiotics which are prescribed for fish which a vet should be able to supply.

I've successfully treated a Honey gourami for dropsy with eSha 2000.

EDIT: Just checked and Kanaplex contains kanamycin as it's main active ingredient. Presumably at a low dose as technically no antibiotics should be available here unless on a prescription from a vet.



Re: fish tail
Posted on: 3/11/2017 13:41
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If it's gone as far as looking fluffy they probably need something stronger than salt - either Esha 2000 or Waterlife Myxazin should do the trick.



Re: Fish swimming to top of tank
Posted on: 29/10/2017 18:28
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Hi

Did you do a fishless cycle before adding the fish? If not, then the water will have ammonia from fish waste in it and possible some nitrite as well. Both of these make it difficult for the fish to breathe. Please post your test results for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, and read this article about what to do if you haven't cycled the tank.

The tank is also very overstocked which won't be helping. Orandas grow to be very large, bulky fish around 8 inches long excluding tails and they produce a lot of waste. They need a much larger tank (around 300 litres) with powerful filtration and the sooner the better. More on tank sizes can be found here.

Air pumps don't actually add oxygen, the rising bubbles just break the surface tension and allow oxygen to get into the water more easily, but as long as the filter return is disturbing the water surface they aren't really necessary.



Re: Help! Goldfish lay on bottom of the tank
Posted on: 27/10/2017 15:01
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I would move him to the new tank a.s.a.p You don't need to cycle it: just take the media (sponges etc) out of the existing filter and put it in the new tank's filter. That transfers all the beneficial bacteria and you'll have an instantly cycled filter. Water changes should be at the least 25% of the water volume every week. If nitrates rise too high, too quickly (fancies need nitrate kept below 20ppm), then increase the amount of water changed or the frequency of changes to keep it under control. Nitrates above 20ppm often cause fancies to have buoyancy issues.



Re: Help! Goldfish lay on bottom of the tank
Posted on: 27/10/2017 13:29
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Hi
How long have you had the tank & fish? Did you fishless cycle the tank before putting the fish in? Would you post actual test results for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, please?

The main cause of his problem is that the tank is far too small for a goldfish - they grow to be very large fish (8 inches long excluding tail) and have very bulky bodies. They also produce a lot of waste which accumulates in small tanks and impairs their growth and damages health. This article explains what he needs and why, but the answers to the questions above may help us recommend immediate steps to help him. You are going to need a much larger tank of around 180 litres with very good filtration though.



Re: UV light and green water for KOI?
Posted on: 27/10/2017 9:13
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The effectiveness of UV is dependent on a number of things: the strength of light, the wavelength of light and contact time. Just using a cheaper light in your filter may be totally ineffective as if the flow rate past the light doesn't allow the correct contact time it won't help.

At 10cm the Koi are not likely to be making use of green water for food.



Re: Tank background diy
Posted on: 26/10/2017 10:06
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I've made a few. This is the most recent, made for my paracyps. What do you want to know?

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