I was giving him epsom salt baths but the fish in question unfortunately died, and I've just now euthanised another
the remaining two endlers are fine at the moment, fingers crossed.
So the first fish had finrot and a crooked body, the second massively bloated and this latest one had a swim bladder issue as it was swimming vertically and eventually could hardly control itself.
Given the variation in symptoms and speed they all got sick I'm wondering if it was the shock of the high tap water nitrates that brought this all one. Furious with myself for not checking it before the water change.
I've got an issue with my tank. Details as follows;
80l capacity, amm 0 nitrite 0 Nitrate 20/30 (am dealing with this now) pH 7.6, kh 220 gh 90
The above is slightly lower in hardness and nitrates than current tap, but thats not unusual as tap fluctuates regularly.
Tank is heavily planted with crypts, planting substrate beneath gravel cap. I don't vac deeply into the substrate because of the nature of the planting and its not advised from what i understand with setups like this.
A few weeks ago.....six or eight maybe, I introduced two new guppies to the existing population of three endler x and one guppy. For some reason one of the guppies was picked on relentlessly so i moved him to my other tank where he's been fine, and the other one has been happy as larry until last weekend.
i noticed the sudden development of finrot and on closer inspection he was looking thinner and his body when viewed from above was crooked. I isolated him in a hospital tank, treated him with Esha 2000 and he seemed to pick up, was eating, etc for a couple of days, but by day three was laying on his side within a matter of hours so i decided to euthanise him.
Yesterday i noticed one of the endlers was quite bloated so I fed them peas, now all three endlers are looking very bloated, no pineconing, all acting and eating normally, good colour and active.
Now I failed to test the tap water before the last change and when i tested the tank nitrates they were high, even though its only a week sicne the last water change, and i tested the tap water and its even higher. I've double dosed prime and put in jbl nitratex to try and bring the nitrates down.
could the nitrate level have weakened the fish this week and caused the bloat?
I'm intending to treat the whole tanke with esha 2000 once the resin is out and the nitrate down (i cant water change as the tap water is so high in nitrate) which should be within 12 hours - is there anything else i can do? Are epsom salt baths worth doing if i can catch the little swines?
Hello, anyone got any ideas for stocking an 80l tank planted densely with crypts, dimensions 45x49x49cm and moderately hard water with a ph of 8?
I don't want to remineralise water, just stick with the tap water. I've got guppy X endlers in there at the moment but would like to move them out into my other tank and have something else in the 80l.
I like the idea of killifish but I can't find a species that will cope with the hard water.
Following the completion of my tank cycle I picked up six male platies on the weekend. Two black and white, two red and white and two pale blue.
One of the pale blue turned out to be female so was relentlessly chased, as was the pale blue male, and I returned and swapped it for another pale blue male. I was hoping that once the female was out of the tank they'd leave the blue males alone but this was not the case. The main culprit was a red and white one, but all of the fish were chasing it and trying to have their way.
The following day I returned the two blues and swapped them for two solid red males. I'm 100% that there are no females in the tank. Now the two black and white fish are almost constantly harassing the two red ones. The two red and whites aren't interested. They are displaying mating behaviour again, doesn't look like the male vs male aggression I've seen when they have the odd peck at each other.
I'm at a loss.
Tank is 98cm long, 210 litres, cycled with ammonia, results a stable amm 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 10 and have been since I added the fish, I've been testing twice a day. It's a moderately planted tank - am waiting for plants to grow in.
Does anyone have any idea why they are behaving like this? I read that an all male group of platies is no problem - is this not the case?
The link was informative, thank you. I was intending to get just a few young platies for the tank - it's a 210l and will be heavily planted in the end. I can't see that half a dozen young platies will overload the filter even as it stands at the moment but I want to be sure. The tank seems pretty stable and I've had hardly any melting of plants.
I'm having a mental block and reading conflicting advice - I'm nearing the end of a fish less cycle but it's been years since I did this and I can't recall:
24hrs after dosing 3ppm ammonia I'm reading Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0. 12 hours after dosing Ammonia 0 Nitrite 2ppm.
I've had the nitrite spike and drop and showing plenty of nitrates - does the filter need to be processing the Nitrites to 0 within 12 hours or 24 for the cycle to be completed? I've had these readings for a week now.