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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.