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Re: WCMM Glancing – itching itself against tank objects no visible symptoms

Subject: Re: WCMM Glancing – itching itself against tank objects no visible symptoms
by fcmf on 2019/3/17 16:52:25

Sorry for not being able to reply yesterday as intended. I'll need to be brief but, essentially:

* flicking *might* be a disease but more likely to be a water quality issue (which doesn't necessarily mean that death is not imminent - acute or chronic water quality problems can result in death - but hopefully following this advice will minimise that risk);
* when cleaning filter, a gentle squeeze of filter media into being-discarded tank water is all that's required (don't over-clean it or rinse in fresh water, otherwise you'll lose the beneficial bacteria required which processes the fish waste);
* internet advice contains a lot of incorrect advice as well as 'bona fide' advice, so caution must be aired; this https://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/ ... esheet.php?caresheetID=73 and this https://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/tanichthys-albonubes/ and http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Tanichthys-albonubes.html are 'bona fide' sources about these fish's requirements in terms of minimum tank size, minimum numbers, and lots more. (These aspects are much more important than lighting and planting ie neither over-lighting nor over-planting are likely to have any adverse effects.) With the wealth of info out there on so many aspects, it's difficult to tell the 'wood from the trees' and the relative importance of different aspects, but these caresheets should keep you 'on track'.

Hope that's helpful.