11-22-2010, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I see I missed the question on light earlier. I've also gone back through this thread in view of your comment on all the problems. Let's see if we can't clear it up for you.
First, to address the light, I need to know the tank size, light fixture type (fluorescent or incandescent) and what you have now for tube/bulbs.
Re the ich, I have found that new fish introduced to a relatively new tank frequently come down with ich. I suspect this is because the instability in new tanks means they are further stressed beyond the stress of being bagged, etc. And ich can be latent in a tank; healthy fish are able to fight it off, but it can linger for some time as it will first attack the gills of a fish where we don't see it; fish are able to increase their slime coat which retards ich externally.
There are some fish that should never be introduced to new setups for this reason. Otos are one of them. Also, without algae they will often starve when introduced into any tank; they do become accustomed to prepared foods but having a supply of algae at first helps them settle much better. They are frequently starved when we get them.
sorry I thought I had all that stuff posted in my tank info - it's a 20 gallon (high) -the light bulb says: 15w T8 18" - current fish are 1 dwarf gourami and 2 platy -- you had suggested some other bulb at some point a while back but I wasn't able to find one anywhere...
as for the otos... there was certainly NO shortage of algae in the tank when I got them!!
as for the 'mold' situation... I did a thorough cleaning this weekend and upon further inspection found that those round things on the glass were also all over the inside of the lid... and were some sort of green algae