Hi all and my apologies if this has been asked before.
I'm planning to buy some new Java Moss and Java Fern plants and wanted to know if there is anything I can soak them in first to avoid snail infestation. This was something I didn't do the last time I bought them (from my LFS) and I wound up with snails everywhere which were a massive headache to eradicate. Any advice would be much appreciated
One of my fish has gone downhill. He's a Peppered Cory, about 5 months old. He's never been a strong fish from a baby, never swimming or hanging out with the others and always occupying the same quarter of the tank. A couple of weeks ago I noticed his buoyancy had become erratic, then a week ago he stopped eating. Over the past few days I tried him with his usual pellets, bloodworm, brine shrimp, little bits of cooked broccoli and he's refused them all and began to float just under the surface of the water. Today he's on the tank floor and the only movement coming from him is the occasional flick of his tail and laboured breathing. The slightest movement near him is making him just drift around the tank.
My tank's a mature one and test results are: Ammonia - 0, Nitrite - 0 and Nitrate 20 - 40 ppm and PH at 6.8.
I do weekly water changes of 25% using Seachem Prime, never clean out the filters other than a quick shake of the whole caboodle in a bucket of tank water if they're too clogged up, and the other fish are looking and feeding well.
I have a problem with my tank. A few days ago we had some electrical upgrades done and our tank was off for several hours longer than they'd anticipated.
I used a battery operated airstone to try and keep the filter going but I don't think it worked because Ammonia tested at 1.0 the next day. I've been doing daily water changes of one third and using Prime each time. Ammonia now reads 0.5.
My Cories are just lying on the tank floor, grouped up together. Admittedly they do show more life at night which is what I'd expect, but they're normally far more lively in the day than this. I know they're very sensitive to Ammonia and I'm worried about them. Can anyone tell me what else I can do? Any help would be gratefully received.
Sounds like they're mating and as FL says, just being Cories and having fun. They are great little fish, brilliant to watch. I have two mature females in the shoal at the moment and for some reason they remind me of Thunderbird II, they're much larger than the males and get lots of attention, especially after bloodworm or a water change. I'd agree that sand would be better for them - my tank's got silica sand substrate and they love whiffling (not sure what word to use) through it to find tidbits. Seems like your cories are really happy :)
Yes, 3 to 5 inches. I wouldn't put them in my existing tank, my cories are happily at home in there with just the Assassins for company. I'd be getting another tank for the Barbed cats (when money allows) but for now they're on my wish list :)
I saw some Rosy White Clouds at my local MHA. So pretty but it was heartbreaking. Half of them were ammonia burnt. I told the manager and he said 'that's not ammonia burns, its part of the colouration and completely natural.' What can you do?
No I didn't. In fact I wasn't aware of the first one until my fiance spotted it sitting on the sand just in front of a clump of java moss that I'd allowed to grow quite long. After that I squeezed some brine shrimp over the moss to keep it going. We've noticed since, with other babies, that they live in the moss until they're big enough to come out and feed themselves. As I say, there haven't been any babies for some while now. I'm wondering whether they've reached a level where all the eggs are being eaten - I'm not keen on too many more or the tank'll be overstocked.
My White Clouds never bred, or if they did there were no survivors. Having said that I never gave them any live food. They did go nuts over bloodworm though. They're such gorgeous little fish, I miss them, but they're better where they are.