Bit of an update. Since last posting I have been getting plenty of spawning happening, really good to see. Haven't separated any of them yet into breeding tanks I would like to see them grow more first. I also have 6 new juvies that I am raising up and finally they have started to eat, they can be very fussy these discus. So now I have a 4 tanks 3ft for juvies, 4ft for juvies, 6ft for the grown juvies and a 4x2x2ft as the display tank in the lounge. MTS has really taken a good bite off me!
Cheers hope everyone here is well and happy fishkeeping!
Well 100ppm-200ppm TDS is fine just so long as there is no more than a difference of 50ppm.
The problem I finally found out is that my water is too pure almost like RO water. Mine is 12-16ppm - RO 0ppm. Fish just cannot live in it at least not the ones I want to keep. As soon as I raised the TDS to 100ppm mine are happy and healthy. Finally an answer. It is so good to know and easy to treat.
Since last posting I have been working very hard on the TDS of our water and any possible contaminants.
I have purchased a 200 litre holding tank that I fill directly from our rainwater system then I run activated carbon in the filter overnight at 1200lph.
I then remove the carbon and add Kent RO right to get the TDS to approx ppm (it changes each time but it is around that). I then aerate, heat and mix with filter head only. That too runs overnight and the next morning I can do 50% water change on my QT tank about 3 times before I refill always making sure that the TDS does not need a little fine tuning. What does all this do for me? I can bring home any discus and place it in my tanks and they LIVE !!!!! No panting to death, no osmotic shock, I have purchased 4 new discus in the last week, 2 adults and 2 juvies and ALL is good. What a relief!
LHG - Thanks for the info. The male literally pushes the female off the laying are and eats them as she lays them! I am thinking he might have to be traded back for another if this keeps up. They are in a tank on their own but it is in a very busy area next time I see the "behavior" I will screen off the end and see if that helps. Little bugger - I thought the Wild was the male until she laid eggs, twice now so I guess she likes the water! The male just bumps into her and bullies her to lay when she does its like food glorious food! Seems I have a problem child.
My pair of discus still have not got the whole spawning thing down pat yet. She lays then he eats them, I think he is happy but the girl is getting sick of him. Ahh well apparently this is normal for this type of cichlid so patience is required! Not something I am blessed with lol
I read this yesterday I am sorry no one has amswered you as yet. Clown loaches are very sensative to medications, I would pm LHG if I were you and draw his attention to your thread. Giving him as much information as possible, all the usual stuff, size of tank, chemistry of the water etc. HTH
You didn;t say what type of goldfish he was so I can only guess, at this stage I would say he is just resting if as you say all else looks normal. Do you have a good flow of water in your tank? Is he/she a fantail or fancy goldfish?