Just thinking - you're comment re can I QT him - short term until I get a QT tank set up - can I put him in a bucket - appreciate that it won't be filtered but may that help protect the others.......??
Good evening I have a Neon Rainbow whose left eye has since last night, swollen badly and has a white ring round it, actually causing the eyeball to swell. All the other fish are fine...... Any ideas what it could be and what I can do - he hasn't fed tonight but doesn't appear to be in any distress apart from his eye. Might Melafix be of benefit?
We're off on holiday soon for the first time since setting up our tank.
What's the best way of feeding our babies whilst we're away? Are the long lsating blocks of food any good or do we need to get an auto feeder? If it is blocks how does this help our plecs and loaches etc? Will they just scavenge on what's left?
Also the people in our lfs said to leave the lights off whilst we're away - I thought that they were supposed to stay on all the time (well for the 10hours or so each day). Ours are on a timer so there shouldn't be a problem.
Any other advice about preparing to go away? Do we need to send them a postcard ?
The nitrates in the tap water were 100. We've got real plants in there (but not doing very well) but they're hanging on in there. Tank was set up on 18/2/06 but first batches of ammonia wasn't added until 21/2/06.
We've been going through the (boring) process of cycling our tank. We've had our ammonia, nitrites and nitrates spike. The ammonia is now back down to 0 even with daily doses of ammonia. Nitrites are down at 1 but nitrates are 100. On current readings and trends I'm expecting the nitrites to be down to zero any day now but I'm not sure if the nitrates will follow suit.
Before we add any fish, do we need to do a water change? If so, how much? 50 - 70% is suggested in the notes that we have. If we do have to do a change will we experience problems with the dechlorinator we use (Fresh Start by Interpet)? As we've read that some sequester ammonia and will cause and ammonia spike. When do we stop adding the daily doses of ammonia? The day before we get some fish?
Sorry to bombard you all with 101 questions yet again. This forum is very useful and a mine of wondeful information. Thanks!
We set up our 3ft tank about 2 weeks ago and are (trying) to fishlessly cycle it. We've got gravel in the bottom, some live plants, bog wood and some rocks. Over the last few days we've noticed that some of the gravel is going brown. Some of the plants have brown on the leaves too and we're removing them when we spot them. So, as the title of this post suggests, what's this brown stuff on the gravel? Is it algae? I thought that was green or does it come in 101 colours?
TIA from someone whose probably being very dense about what this is!