Fishlady wrote: Can you clarify how much salt you're adding (i.e. is it 2 tblsps total per day or 2 tblsps per 15 litres per day)?
Trying to kill ich with heat requires a higher temp than you have set (over 30C). At even a tad under that the raised temp will make it worse because heat speeds up the ich life cycle (and rate of reproduction).
The distress they are showing is likely to be down to reduced oxygen from the temp and salt (which is why I asked how much you've dosed).
You can't use meds now that you've put salt in, or at high temp, but I wouldn't recommend the Interpet med anyway.
Can you post back how much salt you have added so far, tank volume, full set of test results and a species' list please?
Hi Fishlady, thanks for the reply. My tank is rated at 250 litres and I've been syphoning out 15 litres into a bucket and adding two tablespoons on Saxo Sea Salt and replacing. I'm only on my 2nd day of doing this. I was getting mixed recommendations online to how much salt I should actually be adding so the dosage may be totally wrong. My 300w heater will only allow for the temp to climb to 27c so I've ordered a bigger one. Test results before water change were PH 8.0 Am 0 Ni 0 Na 40-80(find it hard to tell using Api testkit) KH 13 GH 13. I realise the Nitrates are too high so will have to work on that to bring them down. I have to go to work now but I'll post a full species list sometime tomorrow.
Oh dear! It appears an outbreak of the dreaded Ich disease is developing in my cichlid tank. The fish are flashing constantly against rocks and some appear to have lost their appetite. Whitespot is clearly visible on my bumblebee cichlid, although I don't know if it's showing up on her worse because of her colour. I've done a 40% water change, syphoned the sand and removed all rocks and decor and left them to soak in very hot water for a while before cleaning them and putting them back in. I then raised the temp from 23 C to 27 C and I'm currently dosing with sea salt adding 2 tablespoonfuls to 15 litres of the tank water daily in a bucket. I've read to keep this up for around 10 days or so. The fish appear to be breathing heavy but I've put that down to the temp being raised which results in less oxygen in the water but the tank is well aerated with an air curtain running along the full length at the back of the tank. I didn't realise that I'd ran out of Esha Exit so the only treatment I have is Interpet Anti white Spot treatment (no6) but I've held off using the med just now to see if this course of action works first. Do you think I'm doing the right thing holding off on the med or should I also be adding it now to fight this outbreak? Is there anything else I can do that you would recommend?
Fishlady wrote: They don't have much for hard water, they specialise in South American, but one of the best places for Malawi and Tanganyika is Mike's Rifts in Newton-le-Willows which also an easy stop off from the M6. I think viewing is by appointment, but here's a link to his site. I've had Tanganyikans from him in the past and the fish he supplies are superb quality.
Thanks for that! I'd seen Mike's website advertised before but I thought he was delivery only. I never realised you could arrange a visit to his premises. I prefer not to order fish online. I like to see fish in the flesh before buying. The location suits me better too compared to Piers Aquatics as I travel to Knowsley occasionally on work too and Newton-le-willows is just off the A580 on the way there.
Fishlady wrote: The staff at Pier Aquatics were really helpful and let me take loads of pics when I was there on Monday. As they're famous for their unusual imports I was going to post a few here so you can see what it's like.
Unfortunately, as I've been using a tablet for a couple of weeks while my PC is dismantled for furniture rearrangement, but the site won't cooperate with my tablet so I can't.
Hi Fishlady! Did you happen to notice if they stock a good selection of adult Malawi Cichlids when you were in? I regularly head down to Birmingham on work duty and I'm on the lookout for new editions for my tank. If they do I'll take a quick detour off the M6 to have a look.
Fishlady wrote: I expect those were tank bed unsexable juvies too [/quote] They were tank bred and looked like juvies, not sure if they were unsexable though. The guy working in the shop said wild caught one's can fetch up to ?3000 each. That's madness!
I asked about Zebra plecs in one of the local fish stores today, they actually keep them in stock, I just hadn't noticed them before as they're usually hiding under rocks or bogwood. ONE HUNDRED QUID EACH!!! Nearly fell over when the guy told me the price. Oh well, back to the common plecs for me.
Sean Dolier wrote: Hi all. I am a newbie to this. I have a 54L tank and put in 6 neon Tetras then added 6 Angel fish after 1 week.
I am seeking advice on how many fish to keep, what type and how much to feed.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but neons and angels is not a good mix I'm afraid. Your Angels will eat your neons when they grow a little bigger plus 54l is far too small for a group of angels. Even two angels need a tank about 140l if I remember right.
I would dispute that...the manufacturer's instructions do recommend regularly replacing sponges but it's really not necessary, you're throwing away perfectly good sponges full of important bacteria. In my opinion it's a ploy to make more money out of replacement media. They only need replacing when they're literally falling apart, which could take 10 years or more. You're right about rinsing them out though, although once a week is maybe a little extreme - if your tank is appropriately stocked and maintained, once a month should be enough.
You know I think you could be onto something James. I've never even gave that a thought before. One of my tanks is a Juwel Rekord 700 and these tanks have their own internal filteration system built-into them. There's different types of Juwel media sponges used for the various bacteria colonies to grow on and Juwel recommends that you replace their sponges at different intervals with new ones and this can be quite costly. In future I'm going to just do what I've always done with the media sponges in my Fluvel 305 filter for my big tank and give them a light rinse in old tank water every few weeks.