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Lil2606 Lil2606
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  • Posted on: 20/1 13:12
Re: Rosy Barb loosing colour and inactive, other one is healthy #21
Yes the room is heated 24-7.. the temperature is always between 19 and 22..


Lil2606 Lil2606
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  • Posted on: 19/1 13:18
Re: Rosy Barb loosing colour and inactive, other one is healthy #22
Thank you! She was very active until I moved in the male, I do think she is hiding from him, but my heart breaks for her.. she is pale and clearly not happy. :(

Yes I used a liquid based water test kit, 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 5-10 nitrate, and 7.6-7.8PH. I did a water change yesterday, more than 25% but less than 50%, had no effect on their behaviour.
They haven't got a heater, but they are supposed to be in room temperature water which, they are in logically and according to the laws of physics..
So I don't think its a water quality thing.. they have a bubbler filter too, so O2 should be okay as well..

I'm just worried that it is some illness, which again.. I don't know how could she contract but the other one not..
just concerned...


Lil2606 Lil2606
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  • Posted on: 19/1 11:12
Re: Rosy Barb loosing colour and inactive, other one is healthy #23
I am getting concerned about her again.. She spends a lot of time at the bottom of the tank just sitting and wiggling every now and then. She recognises me and comes up to the top assuming I will feed them, but when she sees I won't, she goes back to the same spot and just sits there again..

She swims fine, when she swims, and she eats when I feed them but this behaviour is just so odd.
I am about to upgrade them to a bigger tank (they are currently in a 15l tank which is way too small) and its a matter of days until I get them some friends, but I am worried about 'stressing her' putting her in a bigger tank and introducing more fish, if she is unwell.. I tested the water, all good parameters.. and the boy is still perfectly fine..

Could it be some infection, should I get some medication for her, or anything to help her recover a bit before I move her? She has been fin nipped as well :(


Lil2606 Lil2606
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  • Posted on: 17/1 13:32
Re: Upgrading to a bigger tank #24
Oh okay! I'll do that then.Thank you for your help!


Lil2606 Lil2606
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  • Posted on: 17/1 9:06
Upgrading to a bigger tank #25
Hello all,

I have a couple of Rosy Barbs who are about to get an upgrade in life quality. I have a new (used) 60l tank (currently they are in a 15l tank) and as soon as we are all set, they will get some more mates.

The 15l tank they are currently in, seems quite healthy, I just got a water testing kit, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate are all good, pH is a little on the high side 7.8, but from what I read, Rosys should be kept between 6 and 8, so I think we are good.

Moving to the bigger tank which I had to very thoroughly clean, as it was not used for 2 years and everything just dried into it, including mould and spiders.....

I was thinking to add about 5l clean water into the new tank with some Aquasafe, then do a 50% water change in the small one, and pour the 50% I take out, into the new tank, to start colonising it. Monitor water quality in both, and slowly keep adding water in the new tank that had been matured in the little tank, and a little fish waste so the bacteria has something to thrive on, until I have enough to transfer the rest of the water and the fish over as well. At which point I would also add the filter sponge from the small tank into the big one for some more bacteria. I imagine it would take about a month.

Does this sound like a reasonable plan? I'm very new to this.. I was entrusted to look after one of the Rosys, but I felt so bad for her being alone, and then I read more and more and now here I am asking questions to keep them happy.

Thank you!


Lil2606 Lil2606
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  • Posted on: 3/1 20:30
Rosy Barb loosing colour and inactive, other one is healthy #26
Hi all,

I'm house sitting for a family and looking after their Fish while they are away. They had 3 Rosy Barbs but they lost 2 before I moved in, and I was left with a lonely Girl (Franchesca). She had really grown on me so I bought a friend for her. Unfortunately he (Paolo) turned out to be a real little bully, (fin nipping and she got stuck between 2 rocks once when he chased her) I had to separate them for a while but she recovered and they seem to be on better terms now (they were fine together for about a month now, the girl had been growing her fins back noticeably). I separated them now again.

The other day Franchesca got stuck in the air pipe while it was turned off, and she had been loosing her colour since, and in the last couple of days she became less and less active. A couple of times she was just sitting at the bottom of the tank, but mostly she is up in one of the corners swimming against the current from the air pipe just to stay still, for hours on end, which is unusual for her. She normally swims around. So I am concerned about her, but she eats fine and when she does swim from A to B she swims normally.

I have no PH or ammonia values for the tank. I'll buy a kit one of these days. Temperature is room temperature and the tank is quite small 15l I think (its a small rectangular biorb model). I put a mirror up behind the tank so they "have a bigger school" but I am also looking into getting a bigger tank for them and more friends. I have been reading up on them and I understand they are not in ideal conditions.

Any ideas why the girl is loosing her colour and is so inactive? The boy seems perfectly fine.

Thank you!



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