Incredible book - Answers the questions to everything and has a breakdown for fish symptoms, healthcare and good and in depth for the rookies!
Newest problem - its summer. Its bacteria time.
My largest nipper has one white spot on his lip and now another does too Cho.
I thought it could be a fungus but thats normally wispy and all over but poor old looks like he has a swollen white bottom lip. But its ok, sometimes it can be down to stress?? But I discovered what it is Felxibacteria. I dont know much about it but its easily treated naturally. I have bought Melafix API Treat Bacterial Infections - I can see a difference already. Smells like tea tree.
ADVICE - GO NATURAL - this doesnt harm the fish its good for them medication can sometimes come as a shock. Thinking it was a fungal infection I was given strong stuff the fish didnt like this. They went into a trance like state the second time I gave them there treatment - turns out this was chemical shock. It was scary, they all swam near the surface (more concentrated Oxygen levels there) and the water thickness changed. This was obvious because the bubbles on my aeration machine became very thin.
Before they were large and goolpy but my advice is GO NATURAL. I did not like to see my fish like this and I treated them because I was told to by professionals.
Always seek professional advice - don’t trust all you read on the net! This is simply my problems/advice. I must be doing something right I still have all my fish :)
Well as soon as one problem is out the way another arrives. After long long long time bacteria levels had to be pumped up again I got three new babies!
1 Leopard Print Danio - Zippy (the smallest and the longest)
2 Pearl Danios - Whiskers the 2nd largest of them all and Cho a tad smaller
The dominance dance was performed by Whiskers and Ocean (the two largest) Ocean won! He still nips everyone and Whiskers just get on with it. He dips in and out of the Tiki Man cave quite busy
Rules - Fish love a safe place to hide and they love the reeds at the back and a dark cave even though they have a general fear of the unknown but on the other hand are very curious
But, the day I put in the new fish I saw a small tiny transparent white worm. It moves like a CATAPILLAR but does NOT swim like a S shape in the water. Drop down to the depths of the tank at a touch but - this is OK
Its called Planaria - Harmful to fishes generally - well the ones I had were. But the first just eat them or I just fished them out with my large loufer (algae cleaner)
WARNING - what you dont want to do is cut it in half and think its dead - its not. Then you will have two living ones ! Two instead of one. It regenerates!! Creepy. If you are unlucky you can have hundreds I saw only two and they travel on logs/plants and are born in a bacteria boom. Not a problem though :)
So it’s been a while, (im catching up) and lots has happened. We started with three we still have those three. Ocean being the biggest nips at fins and others …..especially when feeding time comes around. He was grossly overweight at one point, but now we cut down to feeding every other day
- rules are with Danios, sinking pellets are good but I just feed them lovefish tropical fish flakes and feed them every other day. Get any excess food out with a net that doesn’t get eaten. Generally I don’t need to do this because Danio fish are like hoovers. Especially Ocean. Ocean is so greedy and fast initally I had real problems feeding because he just ate it all.
Separated him, in a net/jug at feeding time - but this was not good in 30 secs he went all pale so that was not happening again! Simple answer was to dip large flakes in and whip them away when old fatty comes by so everyone get a bit! Obviously fed Ocean too…… Not that he needs it!
Ahh - the mating/dominance dance consists of swirling downwards in a circle, and flaring fins side on! Beautiful but they are just sizing each other up. Happens in a new tank or when adding new fish!
Mating on the other hand with Danios consists of early morn flicker of sun and then everyone went crazy! Around July time very early morn…. same sort of dance but generally head down bum up flickering/vibrating…… and don’t be fooled the smallest fish (leopard danio) was getting it on with my biggest fish (Ocean Zebra Danio) unusual but beautiful. Then if you have rocks/roots/liveplants/logs like I do a quite whip rubbing up against a root, a curl of a fin round another and the deed is done!
Who knows if they are male or female, super hard to tell - but no worries, no eggs were seen ( small clumps of white ) and no babies after two days! Two days!!! Generally they are eaten by adults anyway….
Discovered what the mist was - the filter had dropped out and was not connected properly! Always read the mannual! I did three times and it still was baddd!! But all is well now minus the major problems I’ve had since then!
Took a long time to get my fish but thats because of lack of bateria! If your water is crystal theres not enough of the good bacteria in there. I added a hefty amount of stress zhyme, 1 teaspoon then three days later repeat and then 4 days later repeat and there we go now we can welcome to the world……
1 Fat greedy zebra Danio named - Ocean
1 Pearl slim trim adverturer - Saski
1 Leopard print sweetie called - Pearl
All done - but this has been done twice! After three days I had wispy bits appear in the grill of the filter =( and milky misty waters. Also, one unidentifiable white creature that has come off my plant on its log I imagine that was no bigger than a 1mm So after chatting with a pro they suggested a water change and here is the final product!
They also did say that you can get misty waters and this is known as new tank syndrome - this will settle eventually but it will look misty initially.