Currently setting up a new tank but it's been a while since I've done a fishless cycle. I normally use Seachem Prime as my tap water conditioner but after reading the instructions I'd forgot that it also removes Ammonia. Is it best to avoid using Prime before starting the fishless cycle with household Ammonia? I have a bottle of API Stress Coat water conditioner that I could use. That only removes chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals.
It's likely he's sustained injury to the swim bladder by being trapped or when he was pulled out and may have been made worse by the others bothering him.
Keep him separate from the others (in a hospital tank, not a net), keep water quality/parameters spot on and give him a few days to try and recover. If he doesn't improveThanks for seems to get worse you will probably have to put him to sleep as he won't cope with that problem in the main tank.
Thanks Fishlady! I have to hold my hands up and say that I don't have a suitable quarantine tank at this time. The one I have is cracked and I haven't found the time to repair it yet unfortunately due to working long hours. It's an acrylic breeding box he's in just now 8" long by 5" wide. Not ideal but it's all I have just now to keep him seperate from the others.
Hi all! I was going to stick this in the cichlid forum but I guess it's really an emergency. My Blue Moori Dolphin somehow managed to squeeze itself inside a hollow resin log ornament in my tank that the smaller cichlids like to hide in and got itself stuck inside. I only noticed it was missing maybe an hour ago and once I found it I managed to free it by pulling it back through the hole it entered by it's tail. I remember hand feeding it pellets last night but I've no idea if it was trapped there over night or if was only in there a short time. The problem now is that it's swimming and floating upside down and can't keep itself upright and I'm not sure if there's anything I can do to help remedy it? It's breathing heavily but it's pectoral fins seem to be working fine. Could this be trapped gas inside it's bladder and intestines similar to swim bladder? The poor fella's not had much luck lately. It's only been a few weeks since he got his head stuck in a hole in one of the coral rocks in the tank and I had to pull him back out by his tail that time as well but apart from a small graze on his head hump he was unscathed. I'd be gutted to lose him. Anyone any suggestions?
Fishlady wrote: You still use ammonia. Adding media from the other filter gives you a small starter colony of bacteria where normally you have to wait for bacteria In the air to find the ammonia and start colonising the filter. You feed them with amwould monia and they multiply. When they have multiplied sufficiently to deal with a daily ammonia dose within 12 hours of dosing, the cycle is complete. Using existing media speeds up a fishless cycle, but isn't a substitute for it.
Thanks fishlady! I thought I'd read that using old filter media when dosing with the ammonia would be too much for the colony of bacteria to deal with and would kill them off and that it had to be either one way of cycling or the other. That makes alot more sense, thanks!
Currently setting up another tank but this time I was going to try using some old filter media from another tank to kickstart the cycle in the new filter. Does this method take longer than using ordinary household ammonia?
robert wrote: hi thanks for your reply the filter I was thinking of adding a crystal profit e1500 is made by JBL a german company that does a vast range of aquatic products . this particular filter has 12 litres of media space and is only rated at 35 watts , price her in Dublin is 169 euro (the profile page does not have Dublin on it so put Belfast ).reckon it is as good as some of the big expensive names .robert
All pond solutions are doing 20% off filters this weekend; http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aqu ... /external-filters/?page=2 The APS filters are great filters for the money and store a lot of media. Their filters are made by SunSun and APS put their own label on them. I have one of the 2000l/h SunSun models with UV light and would highly recommend it.
robert wrote: hi am new to this forum this is my second post . I use to have nine tropical and coldwater tanks all with undergravel filters but that was twenty years ago. I ditched the tanks and built a koi and that's where my fishkeeping has been for the last 20 years . last xmas I got a small 112 litre tank and couldnt believe how much the hobby has changed. ten weeks ago I purchased a new 350 litre tank the filter that came with this was a aqua one cf1200 ,I replaced the supplied media with biohome ultra ,have used this in the koi pond with great results . I also added two internal power filters with just sponge media . 20 per cent water changes weekly ,the tank is very heaverly stocked as a community tank . ammonia and nitrite levels are zero, nitrate level is 30 . my question is ,I would like to get rid on the internal filters as they are unsightly and am thinking of put a second canister filter probabaly a crystal profi e1500.what are the members views on this .thanks Robert
I reckon adding another external filter is the right way to go for a tank that size but I don't have any experience or knowledge of that brand of filter you quoted, sorry!