I have had an awful time with my tap water, with nitrate being really high. I have tried all these products and more and couldn't find one that worked effectively. I stumbled upon a nitrate filter for the tap from Swallow aquatics (in their ebay shop) and it fits onto an ordinary tap with a hozelock fitting. I have only had it a few days, but already I have seen the difference. It reduced my high nitrates in my tap to almost 0. They have been marked down from ?50 to ?14.99, and I can't believe I didn't know about it before.
That is what I found out about egg impaction too. I have been in regular contact with Andy, and it was he who said salt the tank and push the temp up. All of which I did. Then last night he said he didn't think it was eggs, and if it was internal there was nothing I could do - not what I wanted to hear.
But... on the lighter side, last night she was not floating and in fact spent a fair bit of time under the plant she likes to sleep, but upright. I expected to find her upside down this morning, and although she is swimming with a wiggle, she is all over the tank. She is really hungry and her tummy is not so swollen anymore.
It has been more than a month of her battling and so I am not going to get happy to quickly. But FX, she may be on the mend! :)
Hi Rachel, ALL ideas are so worthwhile and valued, coz at some stage something must work. I did think it sounded just like Gilly and I can't remember what you did that finally changed her? I have tried everything you suggest, form lights on for one session (she was worse) to experimenting with temperature. She was far, far worse without the heater when the temp would drop low at night, so I have it set so that it doesn't go below 20C at night. Today she has diverted very slightly from her normal pattern, and she is not floating upside down, just floating right way up at the top. Going to do another massive water change tomorrow to lower the nitrate even further. What are you views on egg impaction?
This little fish has me totally confused. She is a lot better than she was but her schedule is as follows: 6am - dark and I creep in, she is sleeping upside down at the bottom. 8am - when the lights come on she swims totally normally, no floating issues. Gets fed. 10am - starts to be floaty at the top 12pm - starts to invert 2pm - upside down at top 4pm - upside down at bottom 5pm - when the lights come on she is totally normal again and the cycle starts again.
She got a quarter of a mushed up pea this morning and still it made her float. Don't know what else to try. Starting to think it is egg impaction, and I don't know how to deal with that except put her with a male, but then won't it all just start over again?
Hi Suey, Thanks for asking. I persevered with the antibiotics and gave her 5 full days, which ended this morning. She still seemed to rest upside down. The only thing left to me was to reduce the nitrate, so I bought a filter to reduce the 40ppm in my tap to almost zero and I did a 30% water change this morning. This evening she is swimming around like a normal little fish. I know it is too soon to be happy, but I am hopeful!
I have black quartz gravel and it looks stunning - you won't be sorry. It is slightly smaller than the dorset pea gravel which I used to have. I took my fish out and scooped the gravel out with a puppy poop scoop, but I know Rachel suctioned hers out and I may well try that next time. You can do it with the fish in, but I just found there was less to worry about if they were out.