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  • Posted on: 22/6/2014 21:52
Re: Cherry Barb Mouth issue #1
He passed away. Still no sign of any foreign objects lodged in his mouth. I'm hoping he didn't suffer too much and it wasn't anything the others could contract.
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  • Posted on: 22/6/2014 18:11
Cherry Barb Mouth issue #2
Hello everyone,

Sorry it has been so long but I'm have a cherry barb with a mouth/jaw problem and this was the first place I thought to come for help.

An adult male cherry has his mouth fully open with some colour distortion and what looks like a tiny blob of cotton wool inside, a bit like a mouth ulcer (?) He doesn't seem distressed but it is distressing to look at so he must be in pain. I also haven't seen him eat.

We had an ammonia spike a few weeks ago but is back under control now and this has just appeared.

The gravel is black and about 3 mm (very fine) so I don't believe he has anything stuck

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10-20
pH 6.8

350 L tank
17 cherry barbs
15 x ray tetras
6 otos
1 bristle nose plec
1 gold ram
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  • Posted on: 11/3/2012 17:56
Re: Biomature fishless cycling failed #3
You need to change about 1/3 to 1/2 of the water to get the ammonia down. You want your ammonia to be between 4 and 5 ppm.

Then you need to leave the tank and retest every day until ammonia goes down to 0.

When that happens you need to top up again, continue to test for it and monitor the nitrite to watch for that dropping to 0.

When both the ammonia and Nitrite drop to 0 within 24 hours of dosing, your tank is cycled.
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  • Posted on: 11/3/2012 14:40
Cherry barb death #4
This morning, I found one of my female cherry barbs at the bottom of the tank and then she quickly passed away. She had some pine-coning and was in quite a bit of distress but died before I could move her.

I am a little upset but am hopeful it was quick and she didn't suffer for too long.

Now I am trying to think about the rest of the fish. Having removed and examined her, there is no obvious reason.

The water is Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20-30, pH 7.0
Nothing new has gone in the tank since some new plants at the start of February. They were from Plants Alive and soaked for 10 days before hand.

Should I treat the tank with pimafix or melafix just in case?

Over the last week, one of the girls was doing a very odd vertical swimming like she was trying to spawn but not having much success. I don't know if it was the same one (because I am a bad fish mummy and can't tell them apart). Could she have been eggbound and that caused some sort of problem?

I am about to do a major water change as it's overdue but I'm worried for the others. What should I do?
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  • Posted on: 29/12/2011 21:07
Re: Attempting to combat the dreaded algae!! #5
What are you phosphate readings in your tank and tap water?

They won't help the clear the algae that has already grown. That just needs to be scrubbed off I am afraid.
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  • Posted on: 28/12/2011 21:37
Re: ammonia still around 8ppm :S #6
Don't loose heart, it is all worth it in the end.
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  • Posted on: 28/12/2011 19:10
Re: planted tank #7
As for how long they last, it's like plants in the garden, it depends on how well they take, fertilsers, light etc. I have an amazon sword that I bought before I had any fish (back in January 2010) it is still going strong and has been uprooted from the old tank and planted in the new tank. I have lost a couple to algae growth, some got uprooted during a gravel hoover and didn't recover well, some have suffered from my poor pruning skills and some have been overly munched upon. It's a bit like asking how long is a piece of string.
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  • Posted on: 28/12/2011 18:59
Re: planted tank #8
yes probably 50 plants would be a lot for a 61 cm tank, would depend on the type of plants but still.

However don't discount the bargain because it's too many plants. You couldn't buy 3 bunches of plants (usually 5 or 6 stems) for that price. Even if you just choose the plants you like and want from the 50 and throw the rest, you are still getting an excellent deal.
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  • Posted on: 28/12/2011 12:36
Re: planted tank #9
That really depends on how big your tank is and how heavily planted you want your tank to be. The bargain surpluses are a fantastic price if you don't mind what plants you get. Have a look at their collections as well as these give you some idea of the plants they may contain and how to have a range of plants in a tank.

Real plants grow in your tank, help to combat algae growth, provide interest for you to look at and places for your fish to hide, dig, spawn or munch depending on which fish you have. You can add small amounts of liquid carbon and fertilisers to help them grow and experiment with new varities. You do have to think carefully about providing the right amount of light read this helpful article. It would also be helpful to put down a layer of planting substrate underneath your chosen substrate to give the plants some root nourishment.

But plants alive are really good. The plants are small when they arrive but they are all actual aquatic plants (not ones that die after a month or 2 submerged in a tank) and they grow quickly. See the members lounge for a discount.
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  • Posted on: 27/12/2011 22:26
Re: Nitrate remover devices. #10
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thewelshone wrote:
Ive had great success with Fluvals Lab Series Nitrate remover as well - its not cheap but again can be recharged in saltwater solution. This is best suited for external filters as and additional filter media.

I've used it primarily when Ive had a spike in nitrates (after a power cut and my filters crashed).


Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. This device removes nitrates from your tap water before you do a water change.

If you use tap water with nitrates over 40 to to do your water changes, your tank nitrates will be through the roof before you can blink.
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