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General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Running cost of a fishtank
« Last post by kdt1 on Today at 12:13:03 PM »
I have never bothered to work it out, lucky in one way I have had my 400 litre for about 9 months and my heaters have come on once, but in the summer my chiller is on 2 or 3 times a day.
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General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Running cost of a fishtank
« Last post by Andy The Minion on Today at 10:58:29 AM »
@Rustle I guess you understand the basics ie Watts x time in hours gives the number of kWhr and therefore the cost. So the lights will be 8hr x 66W = 0.528kWhr per day = 8.9pence The tricky thing is knowing how much the heating will cost. The good news is that it is NOT 200Watts x 24hours it is a much smaller amount, but it depends on the room and tank temperature. The higher the difference between the two and the larger the tank the higher the actual usage. I have watched my heaters cycle ON/OFF to know how close they are to the actual heat loss as I had used a rule of thumb to size the heaters. It was something like 2 minutes in every 10 minute period (so 12min per hour) once the tank is up to temperature. If yours operate like this it would be 4.8hr x 200W = 0.96kWhr per day, 16.2pence per day. You can do the same for the other lower consumption items but they are not scary. This is just the electricity running costs, food and ‘stuff’ will be the bigger consideration I would guess.
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General Fishkeeping advice / Running cost of a fishtank
« Last post by Rustle on Today at 09:57:02 AM »
Hi everyone i wonder if anyone could do a rough estimate on the cost of running my aquarium. I want to set up a shrimp tank after xmas & breed from my cories but i am little concerned about the cost of running 2 tanks.

My main tank at the moment is 180 juwel Rio

Lighting is aqua one j bar   time   8hrs   66 Watt
Heater      200 Watt           time         unknown
Filter         8  Watt             time         24 hrs
Air Pump   4  Watt             time         16 to 18 hrs

Energy Supplier  16.89 KWh


What i have done today tho is changed my tarriff to fixed rate until feb 2019 so i am guessing i can use as much as i want without being charged extra' although next year it may rise quite high, which is why i would like to know how much a week my tank is costing me.

Merry Christmas to all
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General Fishkeeping Chat / Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Last post by Littlefish on December 14, 2017, 10:20:46 PM »
I hope that your harlies are ok  :)
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General Fishkeeping Chat / Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Last post by Sue on December 14, 2017, 09:34:50 PM »
What do you put in their water  ;D Harlies are supposed to be one of the least aggressive fish.
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General Fishkeeping Chat / Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Last post by fcmf on December 14, 2017, 09:30:49 PM »
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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Fish Health / Re: Swelling on Giant Gourami
« Last post by Matt on December 13, 2017, 08:03:56 PM »
This is not my tip, but one given to me recently by another user. You could try soaking the food in garlic juice to increase its attractiveness to the fish (though probably not to you!).
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Fish Health / Re: Swelling on Giant Gourami
« Last post by fcmf on December 13, 2017, 07:13:55 PM »
If in case it has swallow stones how can we remove them :( :(
The good news is that, if his mouth is closed like that and completely normal, then I think it's safe to say that he hasn't swallowed stones. My experience was that, when the fish had swallowed stones, the fish's mouth would be constantly ajar as though he were choking or trying to dislodge something, even going so far as banging his head off the side of the tank in an effort to help dislodge the offending items.

Keep up the more frequent water changes as you are doing, keeping the water at optimum standards (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, <20 nitrates or no more than 20 above tap water nitrate level).

If the fish has gone for more than a week without food, I would encourage feeding something; I had at least one, and possibly two, of my goldfish die of probable malnutrition in my efforts to treat their swimbladder malfunction by having fed them increasingly small amounts of food and increasing time with no food whatsoever. On the basis of my own experience, plus Hampalong's suggestion that these fish are mainly vegetarian, I'd advise feeding something very small, such as food tablets which stick on the side of the aquarium glass and release small particles of food - but be careful to remove it after a while to avoid over-feeding. Some of the brands have algae/vegetable matter on one side and meat-based food on the other - you could ensure that the algae/vegetable side is the side nearest the fish. I have also heard positive reports of Repashy Soilent Green for bloating.

A final suggestion, given that you've already tried Epsom salts, might be to try a medication for internal bacteria infection (eg Esha 2000, Waterlife Myxazin). If you think the fish is already weak from lack of food, though, I would suggest under-dosing this at least at first, to be on the safe side.

Hope that helps.
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Fish Health / Re: Swelling on Giant Gourami
« Last post by Abdul on December 13, 2017, 05:31:30 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Abdul.  :wave:

Is the fish's mouth normal or has it changed in any way? Does the fish take the food but then spit it out, or show no interest in it at all? Have you seen any signs such as the fish looking as though it's choking?

Have you noticed the fish poo and does it look normal?

What sort of substrate do you have - gravel or sand? The reason I'm asking these questions is just to eliminate the possibility that some substrate has been ingested. My goldfish were prone to swallowing gravel although usually managed to dislodge it within a day, while one of the goldfish also swallowed sand when foraging for food and he looked very similar to how your gourami looks - although he spat some of it out, much of it was swallowed and it was extremely evident when he did a poo as it was very thick and full of sand grains. I want to emphasise that it is very rare that this happens and it is very unlikely that this is the cause in your case but, if you have noticed signs of your fish choking or struggling to swallow and there's a gravel substrate, or you have noticed that the poo is full of sandgrains, then it's a possibility.


Thank you.. the fish's mouth is absolutely normal (images attached) It stopped having granulated food. Between i had to force feed cooked pea and it had few since the bloat is not reducing i have stopped feeding them. there is no sign of choking.

the fish dont poo at all :(  I use to keep it along with few other fishes and it had fancy stones in the tank. Since these changes begun i have kept him separate and removed all the stones and other fishes and i never used sands. only small stones. which is removed completely now.  If in case it has swallow stones how can we remove them :( :(

 
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Fish Health / Re: Swelling on Giant Gourami
« Last post by Abdul on December 13, 2017, 04:47:52 PM »
What are you feeding it? Being pretty much vegetarian as adults, high protein foods might be the cause. Stop feeding them (if that's the case) and it may recover.

I can't rule out kidney failure (there's one on each side) or early dropsy... there are treatments for bloating which would be worth a try.


hi.. i have stopped feeding for a while.Also i keep changing water every 2-3 days.
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