Hi Suey & Violet, here are some of the answers to your questions, I've been told that my loaches are either Chinese algae eaters or Weather loaches but I don't know if they are the same thing? They are about 2inches long, silvery gold colour, with black eyes.
My tank is still the 35ltr one for now, but I've bought a 54ltr so that my goldfish Fishy will have a bit more space so he doesn't hit his nose on the ends every time he flicks his tail!
It's cold freshwater, with aeration and filtration, but (Sorry Violet!) I don't know the readings you asked for, can I get a test for them somewhere? Then I'll let you know!
I've only got one goldfish, that's Fishy who's about 7" long (he's only 6 months old and he's more like a koi carp now! Lol!!), and the 2 loaches Castor & Pollux, who are about 2" and 2&1/2" long respectively.
I'd love to put up some pics of them so you could tell what they are better, but they won't come out or stay still long enough for me to get a decent pic!
I know this is a bit of a strange question, but I've got two loaches and for the last 5 months they've been fine together in my tank, (along with my goldfish "originally" named Fishy, blame my neice!! Lol!!) For the last coupla weeks Pollux (one of the loaches) has been constantly hiding on top of my filter, while the other one (Castor!) has been hiding in my pretend urn, and never the twain shall meet!!
Up until about 2 days ago, they've never both been out together, never sucking the walls of my fishtank at the same time, and Castor usually bullies Pollux until he goes into hiding again! But lately they've both been out feeding next to each other whilst flicking their tails at each other ....
Is this flirting, fighting or signs of a final truce between the two?!?!
Any help appreciated!! By the way, Fishy the Goldfish just ignores both of them, unless it's to see if they move when he pinches their tail!! Lol!! Lx
My goldfish also knows my voice now, anyone can walk past his tank and he won't move, but as soon as I say, "You hungry then Fishy?" he comes straight to the front of the tank and swims back and forth until I feed him!! He's my lovely koi-koi!! L x
In which case I'm guessing my goldfish is a male, as he's fast turning into more of a koi carp than a goldfish!! He's growing at a rate of knots and is due to be transferred into my new fishtank, which is my job for next weekend!!
But this does lead into my proper question, I've got 2 loaches, and the smaller one of them has been hiding on top of my filter for well over a week, but only just this evening, they've started chasing each other around my tank, both of them fluttering their tails at each other ... is this flirting or fighting or finally calling a truce between them?!?!
(By the way, my goldfish is taking no notice of them whatsoever!! Lol!! )
Thanks lots for any help or advice, L x
P.s. If one of them is female then I'm gonna have to change their names from Castor & Pollux to summat more appropriate!! Lol!! )
Thanks for the link Fishy-fishy, it was really helpful!! I think it's a harmless snail to my fish anyway!! It's the shape of a Nerite snail looking at the pic, but it's the colouring of the photo of the Apple snail, let's hope my diagnosis of harmless is ok!! Lol!!
My goldfish did try to nibble at it earlier but gave up after a very short time!
How long do these snails take to grow? As the last time I added any live plants was well over a month ago!
Hey, anyway, if it's an algae, detritus, rubbish eater then I'm a happy bunny! Don't worry, I do know that I still have to do most of the maintenance of my tank, but any help (however small!!) is always welcome!
Thanks again Fishy-fishy, I'll keep everyone updated about my new addition's progress!!
Hi everyone, this snail has suddenly appeared in my tank, and I have no idea where it came from!
It's about 1cm long when it's grazing, the shell is slightly shorter, it's brown with a grey rim, and looks a bit like a long shelled winkle that you find in rockpools. It's got quite long stalks at the front, tipped with black, and a fairly narrow pointed tail.
My questions are where could it have come from in the first place, is it bad for my fish and should I get rid of it? It just seems to be grazing on the glass of my tank at the moment, and I can't see any others, but it looks very like the stones in the bottom of my tank!
I've tried to take a pic but it's too small for it to come out properly!
Any advice will be gratefully received, thanks in advance, Best Wishes, Lonnwy x
Hi Jaguar, thanks for your advice, but it didn't actually answer the question I asked. In answer to your questions though, I had my tank running for a week with the approptiate additive thingys before I introduced any fish at all, which is the time I was advised. My fish seem happy ... their top fins are sticking up, they're feeding fine, they're not gasping for breath at the top of the tank and even the loaches seem happy, they're even feeding off the two live plants that I have in the tank!!
I don't think the tank size is a problem at the moment, as my 3 goldfish are less than 2" and my loaches are about 1.5", and the advice that came with the tank said that I could have 5 fish in there. I am perfectly willing to be corrected on that though!!
But that still doesn't answer my question about "playing" in the filter water flow? Do fish play or is there something wrong?
P.s. Last time I had goldfish, about 10 years ago, I had a tiny little tank with a good filter and my fish were perfectly healthy for well over 5 years, nowadays my brother and sis-in-law have had 2 goldfish in a bowl with a normal air pump and they have been fine for over 12 years ... until they changed the tank to a bigger, more professional (apparently!) one ... and now they have trouble with algae, white spot and swimming sideways!! Hence I don't always trust new fish "technology"!!
I do really appreciate any advice though!! Thanks!! xx
I've recently bought a new fishtank, after 10 years of not having fish at all, it's about 35 litres and has got a fairly powerful pump filter that came with it, it's aimed diagonally across the tank from back right to front left to maximise water flow ... I bought 3 goldfish on Friday and they seem to be having great fun swimming up the water flow in the front corner and then letting it wash them across the tank ... is this normal behaviour or is there something wrong? Is there not enough oxygen, or something else wrong, or are my new fishies just playing? Any advice will be gratefully received!! Thanks!!