Sadly I have lost a further 2 fish out of my original 4 today . It seems they got stuck in the bubbles at the back of my tank(from a rubber bubble tube attached to an air pump) & just keeled over on their backs & floated up to the surface dead. I am now left with a very lonely orange tailed Guppy, which looks healthy enough.
Luckily I only started with 4 fish I guess !.
Can you recommend any good testing kits on the market that test for Ammonia & Nitrates, as I tested the water for Ph, hard water & buffering zones before I bought the fish & the water seemed OK.
It's very unusual for a healthy fish to get sucked into a filter intake, unless the filter is ridiculously strong (not the case with a Fluval 1 Plus!). I'd suggest that the fish died of another cause and got sucked into the filter afterwards. As long as your other fish look healthy I'd put it down to bad luck and not worry too much - guppies in general aren't as robust as they were ten years ago and a loss of one out of four in a new tank isn't uncommon. Make sure you're testing the Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate levels of the water regularly and hopefully you can avoid any further losses.
Something very strange has just happened. After introducing my first 4 Guppies to my new fresh water aquarium yesterday, I noticed one of them had disappeared this morning.
I searched high & low & decied to move the tank out to investigate the back & found the poor missing Guppy stuck on the filter intake. Surely this is highly un-normal & I have never heard of this happening.
We are using the Fluval 1 Plus filter, which came with the tank we bought, & it doesn't have an adjustable speed on it.
Anyone know how to avoid this happening again, as I am sure it was a horrible way to die.
Hey, I'm new to the fish thing myself, but the advice that I received from my local fish shop seems to have worked. I have 6 Beacon Tetras, which are all still alive and Ive had my tank for 4 wks now, even though Im still trying to get levels correct! They are thriving and doing well, so I can vouch that the advice on them as being hardy is true! I was also told that Lemon Tetras are hardy and that Guppies are not very good to start with! Hope that helps a bit Louise
I was bought a pair of red and white goldfish for Christmas. My husband spent two weeks setting up their tank prior to introducing them to it and we do regular PH and nitrite tests and once-a-week 1/3 water changes and everything is, excuse the pun, going swimmingly!! I am just a little curious at the swimming patterns that are developing between the pair, they seem to get on very well together, are very lively, bright and growing by the minute, so I am not overly concerned, just looking to expand my understanding of their behaviour. They seem strong swimmers and appear to enjoy taking turns swimming in the fast flowing water from the top of the filter tube.
Sometimes the smaller of the two likes to swim with his head underneath the tummy of the other and they are have started looping around one another as they swim, it is not in an aggressive manner whatsoever, rather more playful. Are they simply playing or have I got a boy and a girl?!!
Hi Louise, You can remove the splash/condensation tray only if you don't have a light fitting in the hood, otherwise the fitting will eventually become wet and dangerously live! The best solution is just to lower the water level an inch or two to ensure gaseous exchange can take place properly. Marc
Hi, Just a quick question I have a new tank -2 wks old and have 2 plants and 6 Beacons, all seems to be going good no casualties after a week of fish so far! And have had my first water change. Basically my tank is hexagonal and came with a splash tray, should I keep the tray? As Im worried that not enough o2 will be getting into the water as my water level is right up to the splash tray thus sealing the tank? Any other tips will be most appreciated too. Thanks Louise