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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #950 on: November 26, 2017, 03:13:16 PM »
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My vote goes for otocinclus, though I'd go for 2 or 3 only to keep from overstocking the tank.

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« Reply #951 on: November 26, 2017, 04:17:40 PM »
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I've never seen my BN Plec sucking on a dead fish. And I've had quite a few dead fish since Bertie has been in the tank (whole shoal of cardinal tetras reached old age).

How do I see the poll?

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« Reply #952 on: November 26, 2017, 04:19:32 PM »
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Just to be awkward I'll comment on the fish in your poll instead of voting -
Trilineatus cories are bit big for your tank
Does your tank grow enough algae for otos? They can be tricky to feed without enough algae
I'd forgotten your water is softer than mine, so maybe not peacock gudgeons
Pygmy cories do better with 10+
Microdevario & ember tetras a lovely little fish, I've kept them both  ;D

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #953 on: November 26, 2017, 08:48:00 PM »
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*cough* get a bigger tank *cough*

Anyway, a shoal of small fish would be nice, or some otos (I originally bought 6 otos for my betta tank, but most of them died within the first 2 days in the quarantine tank and I now only have 2, although I'd like to get more at some point).

I'm trying not to be a bad influence, but you know my approach to these things...
*cough* another tank *cough*

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #954 on: November 27, 2017, 07:26:24 PM »
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Thanks, folks - all very helpful.

@Littlefish - I absolutely agree that another tank is the way forward - but I think a house move would be required in order to accommodate it (or "the fish room" that I really want).

The various comments and other issues arising from them played around in my head all evening and during the night, with the productive result that I woke up at some unearthly hour this morning with my answer, including a strategic plan for the tank over the next decade! My definitive decision will be revealed in due course - but, for various reasons, it might be into January before I implement it.
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In the meantime, I'll just have to make do with my main tank and my tiny 80x75x45 mm toy aquarium.  ;D

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #955 on: November 29, 2017, 10:03:28 PM »
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The 14 baby BNs have all gone to the LFS, hopefully to find happy new homes.

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #956 on: November 30, 2017, 03:05:24 PM »
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My betta, the one I got a couple of months ago, has finrot in his tail. I noticed a few splits on Friday when i did a water change, so knowing that finrot is caused by stress and/or water conditions and is usually cured by extra water changes, I did another water change on Saturday and again on Sunday. He got worse. On Monday i managed to get to the shop to buy some eSHa 2000, and his tail has stopped disintegrating and is showing signs of regrowth. I think, it might be wishful thinking  :-\

I also considered why he should be stressed. His water conditions were perfect, so not that. But he has been very agitated about the nerite snail, so I took that out of his tank. And very agitated about his refection. Until the weekend, his tank light came on 2 pm to 8 pm. The weather has been so dim recently that having a light inside the tank and dimness outside meant he could see his refection. His light now comes on at 5 pm after we turn the room light on.


But there has been a casualty. I had hornwort in the tank, some weighted down and the rest floating. This morning I had a lot of bare stems and leaves on the bottom of the tank. It took ages hoovering up all the leaves. I've moved a few pieces of water sprite over from the big tank - bettas appreciate cover, and I don't know whether I have many bacteria left in the filter as the plants will use most of the ammonia, so I needed more plants just in case.


I know from previous experience hornwort does not like Seachem Flourish Excel, and it would appear it doesn't like eSHa 2000 either.

So a word of warning to those who have hornwort in their tanks - be careful about adding medication!

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« Reply #957 on: November 30, 2017, 08:38:24 PM »
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Sorry to read about your betta and hope the eSHa 2000 is indeed helping his tail to regrow.

Your post is particularly interesting - and it's actually resolved an issue in my own tank, albeit not to do with hornwort. The wound-prone female tetra has been physically very healthy lately and I'd discovered that her most recent problems seemed to have been caused by over-indulging in snail food. However, this week, she'd been swimming up and down the glass beside the heater, shooting up to the water surface and then diving down, as though very stressed about something. However, I couldn't put my finger on what it was at all. I now realise that it's because the room light had been off for much of the daytime but the tank light on +/- a table lamp to the side and above the height of the tank on during some of the daytime plus the evening in addition to the room light in the evening. Since reading your post and keeping the table lamp off, the problem has resolved itself. Thanks, Sue! ;D

Now I just need to re-arrange the tank slightly in my latest effort to stop my harlequin tyrant from taking possession of the entire tank...

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« Reply #958 on: November 30, 2017, 09:27:39 PM »
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It occurred to me that when it is dark outside and the room light is on the window is like a mirror. I realised that is what it was like for the betta - light inside his tank and darker outside - so it was like him having a mirror against the tank wall.

I can see transparent membrane on the edge of his tail, so fingers crossed.

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« Reply #959 on: November 30, 2017, 10:31:49 PM »
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Fingers crossed for a full recovery for your betta.
I'm sure he'll be feeling better soon.

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #960 on: November 30, 2017, 11:10:48 PM »
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Really good point about the tank glass acting like a mirror when its dark outside... my neons were behaving similarly the other day and I think this could he the cause.

All the best with your Betta Sue, hopefully things are on the mend now.

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« Reply #961 on: December 14, 2017, 09:30:49 PM »
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Two of my harlies have been sparring all afternoon and evening, interspersed with one of them (the territorial harley) chasing one of the other fish relentlessly the length of the tank. It looked as though the two sparring fish were trying to take a bite out of each other occasionally and I now notice that the territorial fish has acquired an eye injury (or his eye has suddenly become cloudy this evening). Just hope one of them hasn't killed the other by the morning!

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« Reply #962 on: December 14, 2017, 09:34:50 PM »
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What do you put in their water  ;D Harlies are supposed to be one of the least aggressive fish.

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« Reply #963 on: December 14, 2017, 10:20:46 PM »
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I hope that your harlies are ok  :)

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« Reply #964 on: December 16, 2017, 09:54:35 AM »
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The harlies are still ok but they seem to despise each other as the sparring has been continuing with a vengeance, albeit perhaps not quite as violent as the other day. I've re-arranged the positioning of the plants yet again, so that might help a little even if only temporarily.

Separately, I decided to get rid of the pieces of limestone rock I'd had in the tank for several years as I read somewhere that they can leach nitrates after a while and my nitrates had been higher than they used to be (and the limestone had turned a green shade - perhaps algae). I've had new pieces in for the past fortnight or so - it has raised the GH up another degree of hardness, KH is raised to the same level as the old pieces, and I'll know better whether nitrates have been reduced or not once my new test kit arrives.

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« Reply #965 on: December 19, 2017, 09:08:20 AM »
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A few posts ago I mentioned my betta's finrot. His tail started regrowing, then started disintegrating again. Then I realised he did not like the sun shining in his tank. At this time of year the sun is low enough that it shines right into the kitchen, and for the two hours it was on his tank he was swimming frantically back and forth.
He now has a sun screen made from a cereal box and three paper clips. I hook it on just after breakfast and remove it an hour before lunch. My husband is complaining that it is upside down, but the top of a cereal box gets a bit worn through use and I had to use the nice pristine edge for the paper clips  ;D After a couple of weeks, his  tail is now regrowing nicely. Again.


**sigh** The things we do for our fish. And the ungrateful creature has taken to flaring at me.

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« Reply #966 on: December 19, 2017, 04:28:37 PM »
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Glad you got to the bottom of it. What a simple thing to have caused your Betta such discomfort and hurt it's fins.  I have previously stuck a sheet or card to the corner of a tank in the height of summer where he light reaches it at this time of year... so I share your issues with our lovely UK climate!!

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« Reply #967 on: December 19, 2017, 04:39:07 PM »
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I think I just have an awkward betta. The tank has been in this location for years, and with several bettas. He is the first one that flares at his reflection if the tank light is on and the room dim; he is the first betta which has objected to having a background on the tank at the side opposite the window; he is the first one to object to the winter sunlight shining in his tank. He is not the first to flare at a snail, but he is the first to get stressed by it.

It is a well established fact that bettas have very variable personalities  ::)

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #968 on: December 19, 2017, 06:50:43 PM »
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If he's such a diva, then let's hope he doesn't start complaining that the box is upside down too!

Glad to hear he's picked up, though.

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« Reply #969 on: December 20, 2017, 12:23:52 PM »
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Perhaps the betta isn't flaring at Sue, perhaps he's just using his fins to point to the upside down box  ;D

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« Reply #970 on: December 20, 2017, 12:27:46 PM »
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The betta charges to the end of the tank where I am with his gill flaps flared out to make himself look more frightening. He doesn't bother with his fins  ;D

It looks quite amusing  ;D

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« Reply #971 on: December 27, 2017, 05:12:19 PM »
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Think my old man harlie may have died. I can't see a body, but I can only count 12 rasboras (he makes 13), my ammonia level is a little higher than normal (0.030) and there are two pairs of harlies 'facing off', one pair quite aggressively.

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« Reply #972 on: December 27, 2017, 07:54:26 PM »
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Aw, very sorry to read of this, H.

The nerite snail slept for 3 days but has been out and about today, speeding his way round and across the tank for the past 7 hours, balancing precariously on the sturdiest plant leaves at one stage. The tetra still has a couple of pus-filled lumps over her almost-healed wound - so tempting to squeeze them but which I'll resist doing!

I've been flicking through back copies of an aquatic magazine and happened to notice an article which has given me an idea for addressing my poor plant-keeping skills. Watch this space...

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« Reply #973 on: December 27, 2017, 09:53:06 PM »
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How old is your nerite? I think they only live a couple of years. So maybe it's an old snail and therefore doesn't need to eat much, and sleeps a lot.

One of my espe's has had white fuzz on its side a couple days ago. This has gone now and it ate this evening and picked up colour, so seems to be on the mend.

Hope your tetra is ok and recovers again.

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« Reply #974 on: December 27, 2017, 10:05:59 PM »
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My nerite is only 7 months (or 7 months since I got him) but he's always been like this ie bursts of activity for a day or several, then sleeps or hides for anything up to a week before re-appearing, so I'm not unduly worried as it seems to be normal for him.


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« Reply #975 on: December 28, 2017, 06:06:25 AM »
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@Helen Did you get your ammonia levels back to normal? Did you find the root cause?

@fcmf interested to hear more about your plant keeping tips!!...

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« Reply #976 on: December 28, 2017, 09:23:03 AM »
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I have two nerites which are 6 years old - or rather, it is 6 years since I bought them. Look at the dates in the first post here https://forums.thinkfish.co.uk/gallery-showcase/snail-photos/


I have come to the conclusion that my betta is a tail biter. He doesn't have, and never has had, finrot. His tail regrows, then I get up and find part of his tail gone again with spikes of the rays sticking out. Next day it is showing signs of regrowing. Then a few days later, another bit of his tail has gone all spikey. This does explain the pattern in his tail when I bought him - the outer rim of his tail was clear with one orange stripe running to the very edge. Newly regrown tail is colourless.

The question now is, what is causing him to bite his tail? It is said to be a sign of stress, but what is stressing him?

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« Reply #977 on: December 28, 2017, 09:43:09 AM »
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Wow @Sue , that's impressive about the age of your nerites! Are they particularly old in terms of expected snail life? I'm wondering where I got 2 years from.

All the eggs from the nerites I had a few years ago are now more or less gone. I think one of the current inhabitants of my tank ate them. I suspect either the BN Plec or the kuhli loaches. The former would explain why they've not gone from what was the underside of a piece of bogwood as it is a place the kuhlis particularly like to hang out.

Has your Betta's tail improved with the cereal box? Could it be that there's too much traffic outside the tank that's stressing him and causing him to bite his tail?

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« Reply #978 on: December 28, 2017, 10:15:52 AM »
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I have been wondering if it's where the tank is that's the problem.

Attached is a pretty awful drawing of the kitchen, showing the betta's tank. (I am hopeless at drawing and even worse at controlling a mouse  :-[ )

But I do not have a stand for the tank and there is nowhere else to put it. My husband refuses to have it in the lounge (the air pump and bubbles from the filter would interfere with his hi-fi). The dining room is full of the 180 litre tank. Upstairs is not an option as my husband would object and I'd have to carry the old water downstairs during a water change.


This betta is the most highly strung one I've ever had. The tank has always been in this location and he's the first of at least half a dozen bettas that I've had problems with. I have thought about moving it to the worktop opposite and next to the dining room door (the fridge freezer is at the other end of the worktop where it is at the moment).

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« Reply #979 on: December 28, 2017, 11:10:15 AM »
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I wonder if it's because 2 sides of the tank are exposed to traffic. If he's a particularly stressed individual, it might be that which he doesn't like. I'm guessing that the cereal box went on the end facing the window.

Could moving the tank to a part of the worktop that has the least passing traffic and both ends covered help?

(I find this very strange offering you suggestions @Sue. Pretty much everything I know about fish behaviour, especially Betta's because I've never owned one, I've learned from you!)

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« Reply #980 on: December 28, 2017, 11:40:25 AM »
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Yes, the cereal box is on the side facing the window. But he is such a quirky fish that I can't have anything next to the tank when the tank light is on or he flares at his reflection. He seems to cope with the light grey wall tile at the back of his tank, but I don't know if he'd cope with a side and a back next the tiles, though the cereal box doesn't seem to worry him, possibly because it does let some light through so he doesn't see his reflection.

He gets upset when:
the sun shines in his tank for a couple of hours mid morning in mid winter
the tank light is on but the room is even just dim as that turns the tank walls into mirrors
there is anything next to his tank which turns the tank walls into mirrors.


I did rearrange his tank last week which may have been the cause of the latest tail biting. I put in some hornwort weighted down with terracotta plants weights in the tank, and added more water sprite. I did have hornwort in the tank till the eSHa 2000 made its leaves fall off, so I've pinched some more from the big tank. One theory of tail biting is boredom, so at least he now has lots of things to swim through.

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« Reply #981 on: December 28, 2017, 01:01:12 PM »
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@Sue is there any possibility of putting the tank in the lower left of your diagram. I'm thinking there would be less sunlight here, and your Betta would always be able to "see you coming" and so be less likely to get startled...

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« Reply #982 on: December 28, 2017, 01:42:40 PM »
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@Sue is there any possibility of putting the tank in the lower left of your diagram. I'm thinking there would be less sunlight here, and your Betta would always be able to "see you coming" and so be less likely to get startled...
That is exactly what I thought when I examined the layout of the kitchen and I think it would make a big difference, giving your betta "control" over who/what he sees and that there won't be any surprises. Hoping that might be feasible...

Daft though it may sound, I always advocate sitting alongside fish and interacting with them; once they get more comfortable with your presence and that you interact with them, it can make a tremendous difference. You can always do it if your husband is out and you're on your own - and even the occasional interaction with the fish helps.

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« Reply #983 on: December 28, 2017, 01:56:55 PM »
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I have updated my drawing. As you can see, that corner is under the boiler and next to the sink so it is used a lot. It's also next to the toaster and kettle, and is almost under the wall cupboard with the tea, teapot and teacups. It's also the only place for the combination microwave because it has to go diagonally across the corner to get the required amount of space behind it.
The house was built 26 years ago so compared to modern houses has few electric sockets. This limits where the appliances can go. [I have already been planning a new kitchen layout when we can afford it  ;D ]

There are two possible places but my husband is unlikely to agree to one of them.
1 - in the top left corner next to the dining room door. Unfortunately we use this worktop for food related things so my husband will object (nasty dirty fish tank full of bacteria near food  :o ) This is another problem with the bottom left corner as well.
2 - at the other end of the worktop it is currently on, next to the fridge freezer. This worktop is not used for food, it is where we keep the box of tissues, the manual shredder, the box of plastic tubs to put waste food into etc. And the fish food, hidden behind the box of tissues so the betta can't see it till I'm about to feed him. This position has the advantage that it would be screened from view on two sides. The disadvantage is that I'll have to move the hook in the underside of the wall cupboard which holds the airline tubing and electric cables to make a drip loop. But with 26 year old builders kitchen units, he shouldn't complain that much to another hole.




The cupboard with a concertina door was only added at the end of 2015. The stairs are in the cut out of the kitchen, the staircase is U shaped, and the house was built with two half height cupboards going under the stairs. This meant I could keep very little in them - the ironing board was tucked down between the fridge freezer and the wall and the clothes horses were in a bedroom. My handyman son built the cupboard extension - in the place where my 50 litre tank used to be. That's why I had to close it.



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« Reply #984 on: December 28, 2017, 02:55:17 PM »
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All I can think is try it for a "trial period" of a week in either of those locations and see if it makes any difference...

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« Reply #985 on: December 28, 2017, 08:26:38 PM »
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We've got cupboards with concertina doors and they make quite some noise (though ours are a lot older than yours) - are yours particularly noisy? I'm wondering if the sound/vibration of them being opened and closed might be unsettling your Betta - I try not to open ours when someone's sleeping upstairs on account of the racket they make.

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« Reply #986 on: December 28, 2017, 09:33:43 PM »
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Ours are pretty quiet, just a swishing noise like drawing curtains, but they were just about the most expensive ones we could find. We didn't want any like my parents once had which were two sheets of plastic with stiff panels inside - the plastic outer split where it bent.

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« Reply #987 on: January 02, 2018, 03:16:07 PM »
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Not sure whether the fish or I are more stressed.

After the lights came on, I noticed that the female tetra with the healing wound had developed some fungus over where the pustules had been last week but which had burst/subsided of their own accord - it looked as though a scale was attempting to grow over the open-but-superficial wound but this was accompanied today by fluff. So, conscious that I was looking for an excuse to simultaneously treat the male tetra with the still-cloudy eye, I tried to catch them to treat them together.

It was clear after a few minutes that I needed to remove all the plants and driftwood in order to do this. While the harlequins were volunteering to enter the net and had to be released, the tetras were darting away at lightning speed. It also became clear that it was a 2-person job, especially to identify and catch the male tetra. Eventually, Mr FCMF managed to disengage himself from a film to help and eventually we caught all 3 of the male tetras and had them in the QT with the healing-wound tetra, with the intention of putting back the two healthy male tetras into the main tank. Suffice to say that this was harder than it looked and somehow the cloudy-eyed male tetra ended up back in the main tank by mistake, not helped by the fact that there were only 1.5 people working on this as the other 0.5 was distracted by the film, while it was as though the cloudy-eyed tetra disguised his cloudy eye just before capture in the QT (perhaps a self-defence mechanism).

Currently, we have the fluffy-wounded female tetra in the QT, everyone else back in the main tank with plants and wood reinstated, while I've had another couple of unsuccessful attempts on my own at capture with the plants and wood in situ - the leaf debris is certainly escalating while the water is becoming cloudier and cloudier from disturbed root tabs! Ideally, I'd like to treat the two fish together, so will probably make another attempt later - but, for now, I'm giving everyone a break from the stress, myself included!

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #988 on: January 06, 2018, 09:38:31 AM »
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Quick update and photo of baby cory which is now 3 to 4 weeks old and has been in the main tank for over a week now  :)

I found another baby this morning swimming around which is even smaller than the first one. I managed to catch him and put him in the hatchery net so fingers crossed.

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« Reply #989 on: January 06, 2018, 10:00:02 PM »
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Awww he's a cute one  ;)

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« Reply #990 on: January 11, 2018, 08:47:57 PM »
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A new toy arrived early this week - an aquascaping toolkit. I've now managed to remove dead plant leaves every day this week without getting my sleeves wet. ;D The tweezers do seem to send everyone in a panic, though, and results in them shoaling up as though checking to see if anyone's been lifted out. I think I'll need to be careful to peer in from the front of the tank when using them - attempting to lift items out when looking from above runs the risk of a nosy fish swimming into the jaws of the implements.

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« Reply #991 on: January 11, 2018, 09:15:29 PM »
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I've always fancied one of those kits... which one did you get?

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« Reply #992 on: January 11, 2018, 09:40:23 PM »
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Always nice to have a new toy.  :)
I didn't but a set, but I so have scissors and 2 pairs of long forceps, although one of these is mainly used for feeding the puffers/mudskippers/axolotls.

I'm planning a trip to the Water Zoo on Saturday. It's only around an hours drive. They stock quite a few of the fish I have for my river tank, so at some point when the main tank is set up again I can do a round trip to Aquarium Gardens for more rock, and then on to The Water Zoo to get more fish to replace the ones I lost last year.

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I have a pair of long handled scissors and tweezers. The latter are invaluable for planting, but it always takes me a few attempts to get my technique right. I'm always worried about squishing or snipping a fish, because mine are SOooo nosey.

Both now also have alternative uses. We have a "tree stump" coffee table with a hole in it. The tweezers' other job is "small toy retriever". And now the scissors are being used to cut the grass in a fairy garden.

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I've always fancied one of those kits... which one did you get?
From Amazon, the "Signstek 5 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquarium Tank Tweezers Scissors Spatula Tool Set" - for a further 50p cheaper than it's currently being advertised at, so quite a good bargain.  ;D

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On a semi-whim, I've spent the past couple of hours decanting the remainder of my plants out of their pots! Eventually, I managed to get each of them to stay "put" in the substrate, thanks to the numerous ceramic/terracotta rings which come with the plant pots and some JBL plant pins/pegs. Not quite sure that it could be called an aquascape by any stretch of the definition but at least it ought to look more natural, give the fish more scope to swim around the base of the plants rather than navigating their way round plastic pots (neat though they were) and enable the plant roots to spread out.

With all the piling up of sand around the bases, plus some moving of plant location, there has been an enormous amount of disintegrated root tab debris around the tank, so much so that it's difficult to see the fish and how the tank actual looks, and one of the filters stopped working. I did a 20% water change and squeezed out the sponges on both filters - wow, how much debris had gathered even since the water change two days ago. The tank is still very cloudy with debris, so I reckon I'll have to do another water change and filter sponge squeeze-out in a while from now. In the meantime, I'm hiding in another room as I couldn't bear to look at the cloudy tank and distressed fish; Mr FCMF will be alerting me if the filter ceases function again due to another clog-up or once he thinks it's ready for me to return.

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« Reply #996 on: January 21, 2018, 04:16:47 PM »
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And of course once it clears you'll take a photo wont you??  :-\

Did the plants seem to be growing/surviving better once planted then?

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I'm a bit embarrassed about how it looks / will look (once I can actually see it) as it's a bit haphazard :-[ - would probably cause you expert plant-keepers to recoil in horror like so :yikes: - so not sure that I can commit to taking a photo once it eventually clears... but I'll think about it...

In all honesty, I can't tell if the already-decanted plants are surviving better or if the decay rate has slowed down; I'd say it's much the same but probably too early to tell. Some decanted last week died quickly with the leaves detaching from the roots/stalks, presumably as a consequence of mishandling / inadvertently destroying the roots when removing the rockwool.

[Edited to add: ok, despite grimacing, I've plucked up the courage and decided I might as well post - if anything, it ought to make fellow fishkeepers void of plant-keeping/aquascaping skills and potential feel better about their own efforts! Separate thread might be best for this.]

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« Reply #998 on: January 21, 2018, 05:31:04 PM »
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@fcmf I've had so many disasters with plants - I like to think of it as a very steep learning curve.  :-[

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« Reply #999 on: January 21, 2018, 07:28:29 PM »
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This is getting ridiculous.

I need to do a water change in my 180 litre tank. It was Wednesday 11 days ago that I did the last one. I should have done one on Wednesday this week, but I spent the afternoon in hospital visiting my mother. On Thursday afternoon I was at another hospital at my eye clinic. On Friday my mother was discharged from hospital but we had to wait for an ambulance so i couldn't risk starting a water change (she finally arrived at 6 pm). Yesterday my mother fell out of bed in the care home and had to go to A&E. Today, I managed to do a water change on the betta's tank before lunch but then it started snowing on the back of the house and my husband refused to let me open the door to empty the old tank water down the drain. He has just announced he wants us to go out after lunch tomorrow  :vcross:

The tank light comes on at 11.30 so I can't start a water change till 12.30 - and that's in the middle of getting lunch. The tank light goes off at 7.30 so I can't do one in the evening.


And to cap it all, I have to have cataract operations on both eyes and I won't be allowed to lift buckets of water for 4 weeks after each one. My husband refuses to carry the buckets because he plays the viola and can't risk straining his arm or shoulder muscles. My son has agreed to help me - but I'll have to pay him as I can't ask him to lose an afternoon's work just to help me. The consultant has agreed to let me lift the jug of water I use to refill the tank!


Sorry, rant over  ;D

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