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  • Posted on: 12/8/2011 16:34
Re: fungus (yum yum) #1
I would like to start quarantining fish. I've been waiting for my lfs to have 'seconds' fishtanks again, I got a 60l for my tarantula about a year ago really cheap (just the glass tank) but since then whenever they've had them cheap I've not had any money. After the gourami though I think i'd better wait until I've got one before adding more fish.

at least nobody else seems to have caught it, whatever it was


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  • Posted on: 12/8/2011 16:23
Re: Some compatibility questions #2
The reason I thought maybe they'd be alright with balloon mollys is because the mollys are so full bodied, and it seems the crabs would spend most of their time out of the water. I wouldn't want to risk it without knowing it'd worked well for others though. I do really like balloon mollys though so I might do the tank just for them. to be honest in shops near me at least I rarely see balloon mollys showing obvious problems, definately far less than a lot of fancy goldfish I've seen

the 20G is 24x15x15, so too small for bolivians? or too small for both species together? am I right that a peacock goby would be happy with either species as well?

I'll give the badis a miss then and just get shrimp and micro crabs for the nano tank. Or, I just remembered reading an article about pygmy seahorses which would be awesome, but probably quite difficult in such a small tank. The seahorses themselves are less than an inch long though ^_^

and then one day I'll find an excuse to get a 5th tank for crabs :D


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  • Posted on: 12/8/2011 14:32
Re: Some compatibility questions #3
I think I might have mentioned previously that the bf only wants two tanks in the flat

I've almost persuaded him that four would be a lovely idea :)

I'd like some opinions on the ideas I'm having, plus any info on the fish or what you would do with the tanks even if its nothing like what I've been thinking of :D

One of these would be a nano cube (25l, seems to be something new from pets at home, only thirty quid!) and I want to add bumblebee shrimp, thai micro crabs and scarlet badis. I'm pretty sure they can all live together in terms of temperature and ph... but will it be big enough for the badis? I'd aim for all females to reduce chances of aggression, plus apparently females only grow to half an inch. The tank is taller than it is wide. Will they find this too small?

Also thinking of re-stocking my 20G after I move the current fishes to a new tank. Thinking of either heavily planting it and going with the blue rams, and some peaceful apistos like apisto borellii? and then stock it around those two species. Either that or make it a coldwater tank - I'd like goldfish but depending on the source I think this tank would only house one? in which case I'll wait until I can have a massive tank for them :D. Or it might become a brackish tank because I'm a bit obsessed with balloon mollys (they look like little teapots). Not sure what to put with them though. I'd love red crabs but I don't know if they'd mix well with the mollys. to me it seems like they'd see each other as too big to eat but I've never kept either. They'd get dry land at the top and one of these http://www.crabhomes.com/ because they're awesome


I do believe I've rambled again but the prospect of two more tanks is kind of exciting :D

One last one - will peacock goby be happy to live with dwarf gourami, synodontis nigriventris, lemon tetra, ghost shrimp and angel fish? As far as i can tell males of their own species will fight so only get one male, and they might get a bit freaked out by more active fish like the gourami and angelfish if there isn't enough cover?

Thank youu :D


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  • Posted on: 12/8/2011 14:04
Re: fungus (yum yum) #4
She seemed to be getting better but died a couple of days ago :(

I was really surprised, I thought I'd noticed whatever it was early on so I'd have plenty of time to sort it out


Think I'm gonna wait a good few weeks before getting the male any more girlfriends (and then it'll be at least 2, then 2 or 3 more after upgrade since I imagine his chasing didn't do her any good) just in case anythings still lurking in the tank, but all other fish seem their happy healthy selves.

It says on the melafix to use it for 3 days after the introduction of any new fish, and I've seen products before that are supposed to be a general 'fish heath' kind of tonic that should help with any unseen nasties... are either of these worth doing? I mean the fish are from all different places at all different times, surely one or two are carrying something just waiting for a fish with a weaker immune system or something??

Thanks for all the help :)


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  • Posted on: 4/8/2011 15:43
Re: fungus (yum yum) #5
That makes sense. I just read about how API tested it quite extensively as well. I think I'll carry on with the melafix.

the female spent ages sat still at the top of the tank under the light so I was able to have a good look at her. I think she's got a few scales missing underneath, right next to her fin. And I think she's got a thicker coating of slime or something all over as she looks a little dull and well...slimy. The patches havn't really changed. they're flat against her skin and slightly yellow/white

I'm thinking of putting the male in one of those separate containers that sticks to the side of the tank while she sorts herself out. Hopefully the melafix will just do its thing :D


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  • Posted on: 4/8/2011 13:20
Re: fungus (yum yum) #6
I've read around a bit and apparently it can damage the labyrinth organ, apparently it might have a cumulative effect and not kill them until the 2nd or 3rd time you use it.

I'm not sure now whether to continue using it, maybe at half strength, or if I should try to find something else


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  • Posted on: 4/8/2011 13:05
Re: fungus (yum yum) #7
I just read on one website not to use melafix with labyrinth fish?

http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/bet ... ert-read-read-danger.html


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  • Posted on: 4/8/2011 10:18
Re: fungus (yum yum) #8
after some googling it seems there aren't really any household things which can be used as an emulsifying agent and also be put in a fish tank

Got some melafix now though :D

I have an eheim aquaball 2212 which draws air from the surface and it gets blasted into the tank with the water, so I've turned the air intake up as high as it will go. will this do for increased oxygen? I saw some oxygenating tablet things but they looked really gimmicky to me so I thought I'd ask here first :P


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  • Posted on: 2/8/2011 16:35
Re: fungus (yum yum) #9
ok. I'l grab some of that. Sounds like a useful thing to have around anyway so I'm not gonna worry about the cost.

I did read about making your own melafix, but cant find what the ingredient is that makes the oil and water mix?


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  • Posted on: 2/8/2011 15:47
Re: fungus (yum yum) #10
I only have the camera on my phone, which just ran out of battery while I was taking pics. by that point she was avoiding me at the back of the tank anyway lol. The patches aren't showing up, I think due to the rubbish cam and the fact that the patches are hard to see anyway :S

I'm trying to find a pic on the net but not having much luck... I assume because all the pics on the net seem to have fish with stuff properly hanging off them, so presumably the condition is more advanced whereas my gourami just looks like its got some patches of discolouration

do fish get noticeable bruises? could it literally just be bruising?



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