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barberella barberella
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  • Posted on: Yesterday 16:57
Re: Cherry Barb Behaviour Change - Help! #1
Hi fcmf,

Thank you so much for the detailed reply.

I think varying the diet is a really good place to start, and I will definitely incorporate a fasting day per week. I hadn't thought of pre-soaking the pellets, so I am going to start doing that as well going forwards.

Thanks again!


fcmf fcmf
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  • Posted on: 4/7 22:13
Re: Cherry Barb Behaviour Change - Help! #2
Sorry to read about this. It sounds as though the cherry barb is indeed suffering from the effects of eating, possibly with the food pressing on its swimbladder and causing it to malfunction. My advice would be:
* feeding less at a time but more frequently (eg if you have scope to feed the same amount to the tank per day but split it into separate servings spread out across the daytime);
* pre-soaking any pellets/flakes so that it sinks and to prevent the fish taking in air when they eat;
* varying the diet so that it includes veg such as chopped pea (shell off pea, each half chopped into tiny morsels) and frozen/live food a couple of times a week;
* possibly a fasting day per week.
Hope that helps.


barberella barberella
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  • Posted on: 4/7 21:52
Cherry Barb Behaviour Change - Help! #3
Hello,

I have two cherry barbs (around 1.5 years old now), and in the past week, one of them has been acting strangely after being fed.

About a week ago, I fed them and one of them nested itself into the plant leaves and stayed at the very bottom of the tank for two days. It faced downwards and barely moved for two whole days.

I immediately thought it could be swim bladder and that it was anchoring itself to the leaves for stability, so I didn't feed them for three days.

This seemed to work, and the fish was back to normal, so I fed them after three days.

Unfortunately, the same thing happened again after feeding.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've attached a picture for reference.

I've tested the water and all levels come back as normal, except the KH is slightly high which I am investigating.

Thanks!

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Fishlady Fishlady
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  • Posted on: 4/7 8:45
Re: Help with new pond #4
All ponds with fish in need a pump and filter, but I don't think this one is appropriate for fish as it's not wide or deep enough.


Chickenlegs Chickenlegs
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  • Posted on: 3/7 18:23
Help with new pond #5
I have just made a small 50 gallon pond, added plants etc but not fish as of yet, it’s been fish bare for 6 days to date.
2 questions
Can I add fish now?
Do I need a pump on such a small pond?

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Fishlady Fishlady
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  • Posted on: 3/7 17:33
Re: Can i feed garden snails to Assasin snails? #6
They'll just drown and foul the water.


dmaccy dmaccy
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  • Posted on: 3/7 17:01
Re: Persistent white spot? #7
Thanks, unfortunately the fish has died today. So wont unfortnately get chance to try that treatment option.
Will of course keep an eye on the others to see if anything shows and definitely not going back to the shop I bought then from


Andyheron42 Andyheron42
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  • Posted on: 3/7 16:44
Can i feed garden snails to Assasin snails? #8
Having trouble with Snails in my garden, buggers seems to be immune to the old egg shell and straw trick.
I dont want to use poisons as have lots of hedgehogs around so had thought about collecting them up and feeding to my assasin snails..
Has anyone every done this and is it dangerous?


fcmf fcmf
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  • Posted on: 3/7 12:51
Re: Clear ammonia was NOT... #9
What a lovely home for Blue - thanks for sharing with us. :)


fcmf fcmf
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  • Posted on: 3/7 12:47
Re: Persistent white spot? #10
Sorry to read about this.

I'm trying to figure out from the first photo whether the fish has a fuzziness around his head or whether it's just a blur in the photo. Either way, bearing in mind that you've already treated for whitespot through two treatment cycles, and taking into account that it's only 1-2 spots currently, but the hiding behaviour and discolouring, I'd be inclined to treat for bacterial infection with either Waterlife Myxazin or eSHa 2000.

If you did treat with eSHa 2000 and additionally discovered that the presence of white spots increased during that time, then you can actually dose eSHa Exit at the same time if need be.

Best of luck and do keep us posted.

You probably already know this but don't forget to remove any carbon from the filter when dosing medication. :)



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