Re: An over use of words in one post, Sorry.
That is another ? I have been trying to fathom, Cathy sent me a link which shows you how to sex fish. I have checked the gills and fins for signs if the white spots (marking) but nothing, all have even colour with nothing to distinguish them, Moby got his name just from being the biggest, at this point I would like to apologise publicly to Moby if he/she is a girl:
Is it that they have to be happy and healthy to start showing the spots to attract the females? Jen
Hi all, This posting is of no relevance other that to post my thoughts. I found this site when I really needed help and by posting on the Emergency forum I instantly received the help and advise I needed and was given. Looking back (although I am still very green) I realise how fundamental my mistakes were.
Adopting an established tank complete with occupants was exiting, something live to look at and play with???.wrong, although my fish are now healthy I was in the first instance killing them with what I though to be kindness. Cleaning the tank scrubbing it to make it all nice and neat for them and me, washing all the plants and filter in nice clean water to stop any germs?I had no idea of the problems I had landed myself with. The tank came with no instructions so I had nothing to go by other than feeding them once a day.
When as I later found out the tank reached dangerous levels of Ammonia and therefore Nitrite the fish were slowly being poisoned. All the new friends I have recently made on this site put me right, all explained in novice speak how to deal with the situation I found myself in.
13 fish in a 30 gallon tank was my first lesson, I immediately went out and bought the biggest tank I could afford 260 ltr Juwel complete with stand. The risky part was having to put my fish though the trauma of a complete change into an uncycled tank. With care and declorineter (which I hadn?t used before) I NOW I KNOW basic stupid mistake. My fish were acclimatised to the new tank and then set free. Well I could see the relief in them immediately, they started strutting their stuff and whizzing around the huge new tank (at first I thought it may have been hysteria) but they were just happy, simple as that.
I haven?t any accurate reading for the water quality yet as I bought the only test kit the LFS had a, Tetra O2, I know the levels are within safe guidelines but not the true figures, I am now just waiting for my API kit to arrive, I ordered it online a few days ago.
In with the fish went the fake plants and the ornaments from the old tank to give them a sense of security with familiar things, I then introduced them to live plants, not the sort that grow but the ones with the weight on the bottom which is supposed to hold them in place (allegedly) Moby (who is enjoying his claim to fame in the gallery) spends all his time either ripping the plants to bits or dragging them around, so much for a neat and tidy tank.
I am just over a week in to the cycling of the tank, I still have all my fingers crossed as you never say never, but I couldn?t be happier with the results, the tank has a long way to go before it stops looking so new but Moby is doing his best, bless him.
One thought, do fish recognise people or is it just the thought of food which makes then go berserk when I go anywhere near the tank?
A have so far read all the forums and printed of a few which I feel may be of use if the need arises.
Im sorry its such a long post but I just feel the need to chat as I have at the moment nothing in particular to worry about,( which is a good thing) other than being off work due to pulling a muscle whist coughing due to a cold, but hey things could be worse. If you are reading this Thanx, Jen
Hi, If anyone gets a chance to check out the photo gallery my new tank is on there, the pic was taken a few days ago so it looks even better now, my fish are full of life and mischief, the new plants i have bought for them since the pic was taken have been systematically shredded, bless em.
Latest report on my fish is that everyone has lost the red discolouration yippee. I have so far only had in the decorations and real/fake plants to give the little fellas some feeling of security with surroundings they are familiar with, today I?m off on a shop for lots of nice new plants to keep them occupied whilst they tear them to shreds. I am so happy with the result so far, I now know that it was a huge risk transferring poorly fish to a brand new tank with no bacteria of any kind and expect them to like it but I have never seen such well-rounded happy fish they seem to now glow with health. I do hope my optimism isn?t short lived, as I have grown very attached to them.
I would like to thank all you fantastic people for the help advice and support you have given me.