Can anyone help with advice on substrate,I have a jewel trigon 190ltr corner tank and want to have live plants in it,can someone recommend best substrate to use and also how much in weight or volume I will need. dimensions are 38x27x27 inches Thanks
During the pandemic remember it may be difficult to obtain everything you need for your fish as shops close and the public are asked to only venture out for essentials. With that in mind here's a list of things you may want to do to ensure your fish remain happy and healthy.
Make sure you have enough water conditioner for those regular water changes and enough for extra emergency changes if necessary. Consider buying Seachem Prime which doubles up as an effective neutraliser for ammonia and nitrite in the event of spikes in either.
For those using RO, ensure you have enough for a few water changes at hand, along with plenty of your usual remineraliser.
Check your fish food supplies and replenish if necessary so you don't unexpectedly run out.
Have basic medications at hand as if the shops close, the extra day or two saved by not having to order online may make all the difference. A good anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and white spot treatment should suffice. Esha 2000 and Exit or your medicines of choice.will cover these.
Consider keeping a backup heater handy in case of failure - cold fish will also be immuno-suppressed so having a spare on hand rather than having to wait for delivery can be very useful.
Finally, don't forget that during this time, your fish can be a great source of relaxation and help you to de-stress!
Easiest floating plant to care for, that doesn't grow like crazy?
I'm just looking to find the easiest floating plant for my tank to possibly help to give my Amano and bamboo shrimp a little more cover at the top of my tank but I'm unsure what is the best kind of plant to go for?
I was looking at dwarf water lettuce but heard it covers the water surface like crazy.
Haven't really seen any stores sell floating plants in the UK either to physically see them.
Re: Advice on this brown all over my Platy tank??
This is commonly found in new tanks. The best way to remove / "keep on top of it" is to give the decor a good scrub and using a toothbrush dedicated for fishkeeping - you can do this during the weekly tank maintenance.
What are your readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrates, especially before your weekly water change?
It does look as though there is a problem of some sort near the base of the dorsal fin which may account for her abnormal swimming.
To enable healing, it will be crucial to monitor water quality to ensure that it is / remains at 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite, and that nitrates are no higher than 20 ppm above whatever tap water nitrates are.
If the condition doesn't show any improvement within a day or two, then a course of eSHa 2000 or Waterlife Myxazin treatment for (/ to prevent setting in of) finrot may well be worth trying.