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Re: BioOrb Fish Dead

Subject: Re: BioOrb Fish Dead
by fcmf on 10/11/2019 16:45:25

Sorry to read about your losses - on the basis of my experience so far, I would say that the worst fish deaths to experience are those involving fatal accidents... and in/behind the filter is often a location for such to occur despite any gaps seeming impossible for them to get in/behind. Filter wool is often useful for squeezing into tiny gaps like this. Your advice will hopefully be very helpful for anyone else with this model of tank, to alert them to its filter's potential dangers - thanks for highlighting this.

In terms of "doing everything right", the perils of the internet are that it is difficult to know that all has been accounted for and to distinguish good from poor sources (although fishkeeping.co.uk and other UK-based forums are reliable sources as they contain key articles such as at https://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/beginners_articles/, supplemented with Fishbase and Seriously Fish).

Hopefully you have done a full fishless cycle https://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/articles ... hless-cycling-article.htm before adding any fish, in which case ongoing water quality monitoring (and addressing accordingly) ought to ensure the remaining fishes' health as best as possible (in addition to having reduced the possibility of fatal accidents as you've experienced). HOWEVER, one aspect I would point out is that the 60-litre BiOrb, whether the Classic or Life model, does not have the 'footprint' required for white cloud mountain minnows (or indeed any fish really other than possibly a single male betta / Siamese fighter fish). www.seriouslyfish.com is an up-to-date source for minimum-sized tank requirements, and the mimimum 'footprint' (i.e. distance throughout the tank, not just at the widest part as per a Bi-Orb's round shape) requried for WCMMs is 60cm x 30cm. The tank would be ideal for shrimp, snails or aquatic plants, though. :)