Snail has lived to see another day! I took him out and put him in a little tank of his own taking some substrate from the main tank and squeezing in filter water. It was fine for a day or two, but water results shot up, so put him back in the main tank.
Concentrated on trying to bring down the nitrates in the main tank, daily water changes, gravel cleaning, fast growing plants, etc.. by the end of the Christmas holidays nitrates were 20ppm. Whoo hoo!!
Left my dad with a list of instructions and explained it to mum so she can watch he's not doing anything he shouldn't!
Yes, we siphon off about 30-40 % every 2 weeks, but thought that cleaning gravel with air one inbetween the water changes might help too, along with this other rechargeable thingy. My tank is at my parents house, so its only when i go home that the water is checked, plants are tended to...etc.. Its been hard work to try and get my dad to change water properly. He had fish when he was young and they lived in a bowl, were completely cleaned out weekly and lived for +13yrs. So thats how he thinks they should be looked after,along with believing they grow to the size of the tank. Its taken 3 yrs to convince him to use a siphon for gravel cleaning. Still battling a bit about cleaning filters - i get told its all rubbish, i dont know anything and when telling him about what ive read on the internet, he quotes back what ive told him over the years 'dont believe everything you read on the internet, its all lies.'. Grr
Like banging my head on a brick wall.
I suggested we get a bigged tank,' nope ours is big enough for the room as it is. ' when i say its for the fish, they are fine as they are. I suggested we find a pond for some - no we cant put them outside, they will get cold and they dont know how to hunt for their food (?! Was confused about this). When i suggested i take a couple to live with me bristol - they will miss the other fish too much. I cant win. He always says they are my fish and he's looking after them and spending money on them, but when i offer to take them he refuses! They have been fish-napped!
Sorry for the rant, he infuriates me so much when he does this.
Ps- looking back at my water quality records (yes i am that geeky!) Our nitrite levels have always been 0ppm, and nitrates 40 or 80ppm (difficult to tell the difference on the colour chart!). Water is due for a change so maybe thats why its high at the mo.
Ive just seen him slowly cleaning some gravel. Hes notmoving very far. I might sneak in some hot water when everyones gone to bed now, but water change will have to wait till boxing day. Also going to get that rechargable filter thing for nitrate on boxing day. Hopefully that may help with the nitrate. And looking for a gravel cleaner which uses air, not water siphoning. That will probably help.
I do have the option of a larger tank, but a bit reluctant as it is the reserve "hospital" tank - we had an issue with ammonia and possible septicemia 4yrs ago :( and I lost my 13yr old possible Wakin (identical to a gold fish but had a double tail -never seen one like it since) so we like to keep a back up!
Yes, i know i am massively overstocked at the moment (they are common goldfish) but we do regular water tests and changes, hoovering gravel etc.. to minimise waste build up. One of the fish has tumours growing on him so not sure how long he'll last... but next year around spring I should be moving out of rented house, so will be able to get a bigger tank ( had my eye on a 4ft tank on gumtree) so will move 2-3of the bigger fish out and leave the other 2 will stay where they are.
Its crazy how complicated goldfish can be! Been a steep learning curve!!
Hi there. I have been looking for some info on the care of my apple snail Brian3. Ive had 2 others previously which lasted about a year each. But now after finding out about the ban I would really like to keep Brian3 alive as long as I can! He is currently living in a 2footx1foot tank with 5 goldfish, water is changed and tested and everything is fine with that. We have quite low pH here ( and had some shell erosion problems with the previous snails) so I added some coral sand and pH is now about 7-8. Had no problem with shell for brian3. He feeds on algae and decaying plants ( its impossible to try and grow them with such destructive fish!). Ive tried feeding cucumber but fish get to it first.
So i was wondering if i should move him to a tank of his own or keep him where he is? The tank i have is a 12L aquaspace. If i do move him how do i go about getting the water quality right. Can i fill it with water from the main fishtank? Do snails need a airpump/filter? I have the option of a light, is this needed? As its a smaller tank so i guess the temp will fluctuate more, is a heater required?