The Siamese algae eaters were extremely effective for me, but they do need to be in a group of at least 4 so if you like the look of them I would do that. If the idea of having 4 quite large fish in the longer term doesn't appeal, go for the liquid carbon treatment. It will take longer as you'll have to spot treat a bit at a time to avoid overdosing the tank. I wouldn't combine the two methods.
Hi, thanks again for your response, I used a Nutrafin test kit and yes you are right when I checked the box it was out of date. I will pick up a new one tomorrow, which of your two solutions would you try first, or could you use both at the same time? or would that be a problem?
He was in good condition for approx 2.5hrs, swimming calmly around the tank mostly upright as I said, but then unfortunately reverted to lying on his side and has buoyancy issue. He just had another salt bath this time about 20 minutes (New net came today). He is lying on his side at the moment as he did last time, he then magically got a new lease of life... hoping the same might occur...
OK Great, I will begin the next esha2000 today taking into account his bigger tank. I've done the initial larger dose, then will continue for 5 days or so with the secondary doses.
Re the epsom salt tank, should I change this? do I need to add more salt every so often or will it just continue to exist as long as there arent water changes?
Hmmm.....something's off with the test results. In a cycled tank you should never see 0 nitrates as nitrate is the final product of the cycle and only removed by water changes. Maybe your test kit is out of date? What test kit do you use?
There are a couple of potential solutions that will work in conjunction with getting back on top of maintenance and regular partial water changes. The first, which I used myself is a group of Siamese algae eaters. They cleared masses of it from my 6ft tank in just a few weeks, but only get them if you really want a group of them long term and make sure you do get true Siamese algae eaters as some shops will mislabel the Chinese algae eater or the Flying fox and you don't want those. The other solution that works well is to spot treat the algae with "liquid carbon" such as Seachem Flourish Excel. Don't overdose the tank though. Just drip it onto the algae (preferably when it's exposed during a water change, and it will gradually die off - it usually turns pink as it dies.
Hi. thanks for your quick response. The lights have been on probably too long in the last few months around about 10 hours a day. Results from the following tests you asked for are as follows. pH=6.6, Ammonia=0, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=0, Phosphate=5 ! The tank size is about 190 litres, and stock is roughly Platys =4, Swordtail=8, plus 1 now large Plec which I have had since setting up. Any suggestions would be most appreciated, I know the maintenance has slipped over the last 6 months because of illness in the family so I need to get back on top of that. Is there anyway to get this off the rock backscene without damaging the tank?
I'm sorry you also had a bad experience with a vet...but sadly, I think we're probably not alone, which is incredibly sad that so many people have very little regard for fish, and goldfish in particular...and very little compassion for their owners. I did get some odd looks from other people waiting at the surgery with their cats and dogs...but I think on the whole, they just appreciated that I loved my fish as much as they love their pets. My boyfriend used to have the same attitude, and even though he bought me my first goldfish, to him it was just a £2.99 fish that would look good in the pond, but wouldn't really matter if it died as I could just buy a new one. He laughed when I bought her indoors over winter, and even more when I set up an indoor pond in the lounge! Now he loves them all, and is always happy with the excited wiggles he gets whenever he's here and walks past their tank. He dropped his work to drive me to the vets on both days and didn't think it odd at all that I'd spend so much money on Shadow. I really appreciate your help...always, and your kind words.
I would personally say you way over stocked a new tank to begin with. I’d have only taken 4-6 danios. It can take weeks (months) to cycle a tank fully and grow enough bacteria to keep things healthy.
My guess with the swordtail is it probably died due to the ammonia spike (nitrogen cycle for new tanks) and more than likely the other fish have eaten it. I’d advice keeping the lid on at all times too as fish do jump out of water. I have a Cory catfish who darts to the surface of the water from time to time and if I didn’t have a lid on she’s be out she has that much power in her dart! Lol