Re: Quite a few of my fish keep flicking....help!
It's likely that the fish-in cycling process will have accounted for what is / might be whitespot. eSHa Exit is a good treatment for this condition (and, if it comes to it, can also be used in conjunction with eSHa 2000 for finrot/fungus).
Try to keep tank water nitrates <20 (and keep ammonia and nitrite at 0) once the treatment course is complete (assuming that you've started it). A heavily planted tank, which is largely a jungle of plants and a few fish dotted here and there, could keep nitrates very low (especially as your tap water is zero). Therefore, keeping nitrates below 20 should be very do-able once the cycling is complete.
Best of luck, and let us know if the treatment solves the problem.
You can try moving them to the nursery if the guppy is now big enough to go back to the tank. If not then there's no real point as the guppy will eat them. Ideally, you need a separate tank for them as they will be extremely small when they hatch and will need infusoria as a first food which will be very difficult to supply in a floating hatchery (it will be washed out into the main tank).
My Siamese fighter has become very lethargic and is just resting at the top of the tank on a plant for the last four days. I have done a big water change ( but always do this regularly anyway) and keep checking the tank temperature is ok. He is still eating a little bit seems to have no energy. I have an air stone in the tank and he had been a tank mate to 6 neon tetras for a year now. I don’t know what to try, he’s usually so full of energy. Can anyone help bearing in mind all the aquariums are closed at the moment 🙄
So I'd added floating plants to my tank a week ago and yesterday noticed my male Honey gourami staying under them and chasing all other fish away. An hour ago I'd noticed that the female had been allowed to go under the floating plants in the corner and all of a sudden the male wrapped himself around the female and she dropped some eggs. The male tried to grab them all but half of my fish ate them.
I already have a makeshift fry nursery in this tank for a baby guppy I'd found hiding last week. I've read to remove the parents from a tank after they spawn. I'm not able to do this so I'm a bit stuck on whether I'm best to just leave them to chance life naturally or if it will be safe to add the eggs to the floating nursery (I'm assuming the guppy fry will eat the gourami fry if they hatch) or if I should make another small floating nursery for the eggs instead?
I've bread other fish before but have no clue what's best to do with Honey Gourami 😩
Re: Quite a few of my fish keep flicking....help!
Bit of an update.
It appears a few fish do have a couple of white spots. I've managed to get some Esha Exit as I've used that years ago when I also had shrimp so I'm hoping that helps.
The nitrates had a very slight tinge of colour but had virtually been showing zero. I'll check them again tomorrow. Not sure if having quite a heavily planted tank will push my nitrates to zero? My tap water also reads zero for nitrate. Around a week ago my nitrate was around 40ppm though. Tank has been cycling for a month so far.
To help us get the fuller context and thereby help you further, we need to know: * size of tank, and when the tank was set up, cycled and how it was cycled, make/brand of filter; * inhabitants (incl number of each species), and when each were added; * actual readings for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and PH in recent weeks, pre- and post- water changes; * water change maintenance regime; * GH and KH and/or CaCO3 and German degrees hardness readings for your postcode from your water supplier website; * how you set up the filter in the hospital tank, and whether you treated her with medication and what (if so). Thanks.
She was doing fine in my community tank for a few weeks and then became lifeless but still breathing. Water parameters were fine apart from being a bit hard and about 8.0PH. She was in my hospital tank for a few days and her body looked fine but She didn’t make it. My other fish seem fine but what do you think may have caused this?
Can I just check if that's your tap water or your tank water that those liquid-based test kit results are for?
If it's for tap water, then great that your nitrates are at 0 - that ought to mean that you'll be able to keep tank water nitrates at 20 or less, but may need to adjust the volume and frequency of water changes to be able to achieve that and nitrites and ammonia at 0 each time.
I think if you can maintain tank water at 0 for ammonia and nitrite and <20 for nitrates, the tank and its inhabitants will take care of themselves. Don't consider buying any more fish until you've managed to keep these levels stable for several months.
As for the PH, is the liquid-based test kit showing the same results for tapwater and tankwater? Test now but also test the tapwater again after you've let a tube of tapwater stand for 24+ hours - sometimes water suppliers buffer the PH so a true reading will occur after 24+ hours.