There used to be a myth, sometimes still around, that tropical is more difficult than coldwater. For tropical, it only requires a heater which simply needs to be set to the correct temperature and plugged in, after which it switches on and off automatically to keep it at the correct temperature.
I'm glad that he is continuing to be enthusiastic about food. It seems to me as though this is a long-term condition that he's going to be living with but that he might fare best kept in the 145L/larger tank for the foreseeable future rather than being returned to the pond - how would you feel about this?
I wonder if it might be worth taking a break from the eSHa 2000 treatment, and see how he fares - ie whether he stays much the same or whether he deteriorates. Perhaps continue with the Epsom salt dips as they are until we know whether or not ceasing the eSHa 2000 makes any difference.
Continue the water changes as you've been doing and continue to feed him on food that sinks or is pre-soaked so that it sinks, to avoid him gulping in any air from the surface, and intersperse this with feeding peas (shell off, chopped into small pieces) and possibly other live/frozen food. One individual on another, now-defunct forum used to swear by Repashy Soilent Green - not designed for goldfish but she said she had very beneficial effects from its use with goldfish suffering from buoyancy problems... I just wonder if this might be worth a try..?
Fyi I am continuing with the salt dips. He doesn't seem distressed in them at all. I am also continuing with the eSHA2000.
I am doing fairly aggressive water changes of his main tank (I do this while he is in the other tank having salt dip) to keep water as good as possible
Terror from the Deep is still very enthusiastic about food, and seems to be able to target the food more legibly but despite this if I go out of the room and come back terror will be lying more or less on his side. Sometimes completely on his side swimming in a circle.
Scale loss has ceased for the most part but the areas the scales are missing from don't really look any better.
Ref the Salt dips could you please tell me if the epsom salts do need to be topped up every so often?
How big is the tank? Tank size needed for these two species' is vastly different so the size of the tank is likely to be the deciding factor. A single male Betta will be happy in a tank from about 30 litres upwards, but not too big. A fancy goldfish grows to a very large size around 8 inches long and very bulky. Goldfish need to be kept in pairs or groups as they are a social species, so for two, the minimum tank size is 180 litres.
I’m setting up a tank for my kids (I haven’t owned fish since I was a teenager) and would love to hear some opinions.
I have two kids and one would love a fancy goldfish, the other would love a betta. Obviously I can’t put the two together so I need to make a choice. I’ve set up a tank to start cycling which could be suitable for either of these types and am not sure which way to go.
What are the pros and cons of each of these in your experiences?
I set up a new tank today and found a stowaway on one of my plants. Any ideas what kind of snail this is? It’s got a black shell with some mild greyish strips on and is around 1-2cm (half to 1 inch) long. Thanks :)
Hi, I am a new fish-keeping enthusiast and I am currently doing a fishes cycle for a new 12 gallon tank. The tank's nitrites peaked and then dropped to 0ppm and the ammonia was being reduced from 2.0ppm to 0.25ppm in 24 hours. The next day after getting the ammonia levels back up to 2.0ppm the nitrites spiked to 5.0ppm+ 24 hours later and have not gone down while the ammonia is being reduced to 0.25ppm. Even after a water change, and getting the ammonia back up to 2.0ppm, the nitrites skyrocket and don't come down in the slightest. This constant phase of ammonia addition and nitrite skyrocket has been happening for a few days now. What should I be doing to try and cycle the tank?