Re: Sudden nitrite spike, please help urgently!
Thanks again Violet!
I do not currently run an external filter, Rusty and Leo were tiny when we got them in August although I have a feeling they must be a year as they have breeing tubercles? Ten mins since change was completed and they they already look better, no gasping and hunting for food! They have never shown any signs of ill health aside from a minor fin rot episode last week which I treated.
Do you know if the Eheim 200 processes enough water for the 180 litre tank? If I was to invest would run alongside the juwel. I did clean the filter last Tuesday but only in tank water.
Re: Sudden nitrite spike, please help urgently!
Just completing 50% water change now which I hope will make the fish feel better in the short term. I totally want to know what caused the issue but really not sure. Will check filter is all clear although I really don't suspect this.
Would the fin rot treatment have caused the change? The rot was not at all serious but catching it early I hoped to avoid major issues. The fish are both boys but have been desperately chasing one another to make fishy babies which has caused the odd torn fin and led me to replace plastic plants for natural.
Any other things I could investigate as the cause?
I have done a mid week water test as fish gasping at surface which is very out of character. Have found a considerable nitrite spike and don't know for sure the cause...please help!
Juwel rio 180 tank fully cycled, one black moor and one fantail added in August No changes except new aquarium plants a few days ago. Have since been advised here that plants may be unsuitable and I wonder if they have caused the problem. Also had a small issue of fin rot due to injuries through playing in the tank. Interpet fin rot treatment added last Tuesday and virtually no evidence of this remains.
Recently decided to use real plants in my goldie tank. At lfs they told me any of the plants they stocked would be suitable for my aquarium. Have some bunches of elodea densa which I've har before which my two love munching on and pulling around but also three others which the shop could not put a name to. I have attached a photo, could anyone identify particularly the cream and green to the left and the darker green and red in the centre? I'd like to know if they are suitable and if there is anything specific I need to do to maintain them.
As always any advice greatly appreciated!
EDIT - CAN'T UPLOAD PIC.....GRRR! ONE PLANT HAS QUITE THIN long CREAM AND WHITE LEAVES (A BIT LIKE A YUKKA PLANT!) THE OTHER HAS WIDER MORE ROUNDED LEAVES WITH DARK GREEN TOP AND DARK RED UNDERSIDES WITH STEMS THAT LOOK LIKE PALM TREE!
Bit premature I hope but my moor has a small nick in his dorsal fin, this has happened since this morning. He is displaying no symptoms of illness but is there something I should do to prevent infection, bacteria etc?
The tank was fully cycled (took around 7 weeks) and the moor and a calico fantail added just over a week ago.
Rio 180 tank running intetnal Juwel filter. Several bunches of elodea densa added Wednesday, others plants are artificial Nitrite and Ammonia 0 Nitrate 15
Thanks so much for the response, they are calming a little already or at least seem a bit less aggressive to each other. I think things will all end happily, I'moff tomorrow to buy them some real plants to munch to keep them out of trouble!
My two new fish were introduced yesterday and seem to bw settling to the new environment ok. Thing is I am not sure if they are fighting and a little concerned about long term compatibility.
Although not always they seem to chase each other and are budging/nipping at each other quite a bit, particularly if one is rummaging in tje gravel and the other thinks there might be food.
Checking them out this afternoon both have white spots on their gills which I understand means they may both be boys (I hqve checked closely and don't see this anywhere else) although I thought they were too small/young to show this.
I'd be really grateful of any thoughts/advice as I was really hoping they would get along together.
I have done a lot of reading about the best feeding regimes for fancy goldfish however cannot seem to reach a happy conclusion! Variety is key....feed oncea day......feed 6-8 times tiny portions......feed what they can eat in 2 mins but does this includ them finding it?! Do feed fruit/NEVER feed fruit.......spinach leaves are great/evil! Perhaps some people here would share what has worked for them as I know there are a lot of experienced people here.
Have kept fish for some time but really want to get it right this time. Have a black moor and a calico fantail, tiny right now but want to help them grow up right!
Seems that nitrate must have got really high, I've taken another 75% change today and the reading is still up towards 80ppm although possibly a little lower than before, it's quite hard to tell the difference in colour accurately at this level.
I guess I'll need to keep making changes to bring the level down, obviously I'mtrying to avoid disturbing the bacteria that's built up so any pther advice / thoughts welcomed!