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The Aquarium. => Tank Logs. => Topic started by: Zebra Fish on March 11, 2014, 11:15:17 pm

Title: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on March 11, 2014, 11:15:17 pm
i'll start you off from scratch. after catching the bug of fish keeping after a failed attempt at keeping a secret Santa fish alive (poor quality of fish(no offense but from [email protected]), too small a tank, larger one wasn't set up in time, not cycled as i didnt know i was getting a fish) anyway all efforts were in vain.
however this was enough to get me to catch the fish keeping bug again. so i was cleaning out old supplies which were halfway set up for the goldfish to go into until i bought a big enough tank for him to grow into. i now have my elite cool 21l tank set up with an air stone, a moss ball, a zebra nanite snail, 3 plastic plants and my 3 zebra danio's (two girls and a boy) on is suffering with a mild case of dropsy. however i was able to find out what was causing it (liver damage from prolonged exposure to aquarium salt. poor advice from pets at home again). Shes lasted at least a month or two in her condition so im hoping all going well and fishy permitting she could recover.

so yhea thats it for now. guess i'll keep you posted
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Post by: looking-glass on March 11, 2014, 11:22:11 pm
good to hear your back on the right track - maybe search for a better LFS that can give you some better advice :)
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Post by: Zebra Fish on March 11, 2014, 11:50:15 pm
what does LFS mean ?? ive heard it thrown around alot but i dont know what it is :S
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Post by: lurch1000 on March 11, 2014, 11:56:59 pm
Local Fish Shop. Or Lying F-ing Scum depending on which one :)
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Post by: looking-glass on March 12, 2014, 12:00:29 am
ha ha hopefully you will find a help full one :)
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Post by: Zebra Fish on March 12, 2014, 12:20:38 am
i use pets at home for equipment as well as another shop. ive had too many fish die from pets at home for my liking, theres only one person ill go into and talk to because she genuinely knows what she's on about and has fish of her own that she puts into practice with what she preaches (ive looked into her advice and repeated it and it all comes back as sounding good). but as for fishes ive found a guy who knows what hes doing, i can have a good long chat with, not hugely over crowded tanks, all healthy and clean looking tanks (not too clean either) hes very helpful and wants whats best for his fish (as well as the ones he gives out), cheap, refuses to sell recently stocked fish. ideal just another fish nut with a shop really :)
Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on March 12, 2014, 03:30:47 pm
another update. popped into this lfs near me and was recommended to look at the Aquaflow 50 which he uses in all of his tanks so ive gone and put that in with my current tank and ill leave it in for a few days and hopefully have some bacteria jump over onto that one. not quite as quiet as my stingray but more surface movement and hopefully itll do a better job than the stingray at cleaning the water. so wait and see how that does. loving the fact that i can change the waterflow as well as it all coming out of a long spouty thing with holes in for it to shoot out of (couldnt think what it was called.
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Post by: fr499y on March 12, 2014, 04:04:20 pm
all coming out of a long spouty thing with holes in for it to shoot out of (couldnt think what it was called. )

Spray bar :)
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Post by: Zebra Fish on March 12, 2014, 04:06:22 pm
haha a spray bay fair enough, always thought tanks that had these looked pretty cool and while its not quiet if it really bothers me i could just turn it down or submerge it. ive got an air stone in there as is so think the tank has more than enough oxygen as is :)
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Post by: fr499y on March 12, 2014, 04:08:54 pm
put it under the water, but point the spray bar so the flow goes up slightly, you want the surface movement :)
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Post by: Zebra Fish on March 12, 2014, 04:27:27 pm
an even better alternative thanks shall wait and see tonight because i think the bubbling of water helps me sleep (im a terrible sleeper) but if it gets too much i'll try doing that :)
Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on March 16, 2014, 01:03:30 pm
ive lowered the tank temperature to 22 C this has made the fish less active but they're still happy for the odd game of tag every now and then just not as frequently. ive not fed them all for two days and started my egg bound danio on Epsom salt bath (in a separate container) she didn't look any different after this half hour but hopefully improvement will come in a few days (or however long i get told to do the treatment for). so tomorrow my egg bound girls due another salt bath tomorrow hopefully and ill give them a feed that day as well. looking into getting another plant. ill give it a week or two in thought though before i rush off and get one :)
Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on March 25, 2014, 11:46:13 pm
another update. did a large water change as im away for the next couple of days. debating having someone come in to check on the little guys or not. hoping that they'll fair well without any need for intervention and hopefully my egg bound fish (it wasn't dropsy as voted by two members on here) will manage that long without her every other day salt baths and 5l water changes because of these baths. think i'll pop a few peas in there before i go. they wont be left the danios goes mad for them so shouldn't change the water levels too much :)
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Post by: Mol_PMB on March 25, 2014, 11:52:37 pm
They'll be fine. Your plan sounds good :)


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: plankton on March 26, 2014, 01:49:28 pm
I'm sure it'll be ok :) Have a good couple of days.
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Post by: Zebra Fish on March 31, 2014, 07:06:03 pm
Well that's me back and fish all alive so my friend does a better job at looking after fish that I do haha, plan on doing a salt bath tomorrow as well as feeding peas and if not tomorrow may try Wednesday


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: plankton on April 01, 2014, 08:36:35 am
I'd leave her now. there doesn't seem to be anything immediately wrong, or something would have happened by now.
Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on April 11, 2014, 07:51:35 am
She's still big and has the lines on her stomach now. I keep on seeing odd behaviour from her as well :S


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: plankton on April 11, 2014, 11:37:57 am
What sort of odd behaviour? Like she's looking to spawn maybe?
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Post by: leeanne on April 11, 2014, 12:16:06 pm
One or a few of my sisters danios are really fat, she says have always been like that though


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on April 13, 2014, 06:17:08 pm
I don't know what spawning looks like she's just been swimming around and every now and then she'll give a funny flick of her tail and then swim off. She was chasing the others away from her as well. She stopped doing it after a while and a few days later she's still the same size so may have been constipated


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on April 25, 2014, 12:11:22 am
Well after the accident with me accidentally siphoning a fish up leaving him with bruises I popped some melafix in and a week later and after the water change after 7 days he's looking much better as well as all of the others.
Also I've been looking at behaviours of danios hopefully I'll find a bit more information to explain all the daft things they do


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on April 25, 2014, 05:38:07 pm
Well that's the bone added as promised. The real question will it sink before I get annoyed and take it out or try and get it under an ornament haha


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on April 25, 2014, 05:44:14 pm
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/26/u8e8ugah.jpg)

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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on April 25, 2014, 06:26:51 pm
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/26/u5adu8y3.jpg)

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Thought I'd take a load of pictures as well while I'm at it swear they've grown loads since I got them


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: plankton on April 26, 2014, 11:31:51 am
Stick it to a pebble. They don't sink (well not in my experience, and I presume we're talking cuttlefish ;) ).
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Post by: Zebra Fish on April 26, 2014, 11:47:45 am
Yhea it is cuttlefish I managed to submerge it underwater but not on the floor I heard it takes a week or two, can I use any super glue is safe so I can just use household stuff ?? And it doesn't matter how much I use ??
If so I've got a load of spare gravel I could just glue that up and hopefully with enough it'll sink


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: plankton on April 26, 2014, 12:11:59 pm
There is one stipulation with superglue, but I can't remember what it is....sorry.....
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Post by: Mol_PMB on April 26, 2014, 12:53:00 pm

There is one stipulation with superglue, but I can't remember what it is....sorry.....

Very helpful ;)



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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on April 26, 2014, 01:27:51 pm
Better than nothing I now know there might be a risk with it. I'll check in with the reliable at pets at home see if she can think of a funny with it


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: Zebra Fish on April 26, 2014, 09:58:34 pm
Got tired of waiting so decided to put snail on the bone see if he would even eat off of it haha (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/27/are5y2a2.jpg) so good news I made it sink(ish) bad news he's swimming now xD


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Title: Re: My Aquarium
Post by: plankton on April 27, 2014, 10:28:32 am
That's rather amusing..... *grin*
The thing about the superglue is that is has to be a certain type, but I can't find my notes......I'm sure I've used some (Loctite) without checking and had no problems though.....there's a gel that dries without the white residue as well.
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Post by: Wolvesfan on April 27, 2014, 10:30:26 am
That's rather amusing..... *grin*
The thing about the superglue is that is has to be a certain type, but I can't find my notes......I'm sure I've used some (Loctite) without checking and had no problems though.....there's a gel that dries without the white residue as well.

In marine world the advice was always to use the Superglue Gel, I'm sure Loctite Gel works just the same.  But I think you're right Ian, the point was to use the Gel rather than the usual liquid stuff.
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Post by: Zebra Fish on May 04, 2014, 05:24:51 pm
thats the last water change done, hopefully by the end of the week ill have some substrate and move the old water and the filter ready to swap into the new tank :)