Am just pondering my options for fish for my new 55 gallon set up... How does this sound to you?
- 2-3 pairs of the silver & black striped angel fish - pair of pimelodus pictus - shoal of cardinal tetras - will start off with 10 or so and build up that number if they seem to be doing okay (haven't managed to maintain a decent shoal in the past, but new water may help) - a big plec!
A plec is a must! And the angel fish are the main feature.
Will the other fish go alongside these? Anything else you recommend for helping to clean up, etc.
Was very tempted by a pair of Kribensis (most amazing little fish to watch), but I like the Amazonian theme running with the other fish... But we live in a multicultural society these days!
Ahh - that makes sense - I know what I have done wrong! I have the tube protruding below the diffuser, so it's not getting the chance to go up the 'ladder' as it were... Will I be able to adjust it without redoing the whole set up, or would you recommend starting from scratch again?
I feel a tad silly if this is all that's wrong, but also glad if I have found a way to make it work!
Although I have not made any complaints about fish, formally, I can give you a little inside knowledge.
My Dad is an SSPCA inspector, who has dealt with many complaints about fish. However, I think he is unique in his understanding of fish keeping and the basics required for keeping fish alive and healthy - other inspectors may not take fish problems so seriously. If they did then fishfarming would be in trouble!
They wouldn't be able to tell you more on the phone as it is call operators who are not trained to know what is and isn't acceptable.
You are right that it is often down to ignorance - so perhaps giving these people information on how to keep fish would be helpful, although I would hope that this is what the RSPCA will do.
I doubt they would 'seize' the fish or take any further action, except to educate them and warn them that they will visit again.
It's so hard.
Hope they are in better condition next time you visit... You have done the right thing.