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post #21 of 129 Old 11-12-2011, 03:07 AM
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Chinese algae eaters become very aggressive when they mature, i made the mistake of buying one thinking it was an Otocinclus, and now he's in his own tank because I already have a semi-aggressive rainbow shark in my community. Be careful if you're going to house a pleco with mollies and guppies in a "brackish" environment. If I'm not mistaken, plecos are very sensitive to salt.
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post #22 of 129 Old 11-12-2011, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Really? I did not know that. He seem good right now but maybe wont stay that way.

Now I have a new issue this morning as I woke up and feed them. They for sure have Ick now!!! So the treatment I put in there solved them shaking and darting but they are still rubbing on things and now Ick is very visible on them!! Should I get a medication just for Ick will that work better than an over all parisite treatment??

I cant win for loosing on this freaking tank!! Its starting to get frustrating!!! On a good note we now have new baby guppy fry (our first batch in the community tank)!!!
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post #23 of 129 Old 11-12-2011, 03:05 PM
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Really? I did not know that. He seem good right now but maybe wont stay that way.

Now I have a new issue this morning as I woke up and feed them. They for sure have Ick now!!! So the treatment I put in there solved them shaking and darting but they are still rubbing on things and now Ick is very visible on them!! Should I get a medication just for Ick will that work better than an over all parisite treatment??

I cant win for loosing on this freaking tank!! Its starting to get frustrating!!! On a good note we now have new baby guppy fry (our first batch in the community tank)!!!
I suggest Rid-Ich Plus. It worked wonders for me over every other ich medicine. And with that chinese algae eater, or any other fish for that matter, they will eat the fry if they can get to em. So, congrats! But make sure you have plenty of hiding spaces for everyone, or get a breeder net for the babies if you really want to keep them!
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post #24 of 129 Old 11-12-2011, 04:54 PM
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Ich is common when fish are stressed, as they will be in new tanks. Salt is one treatment for ich, but not one I recommend as many fish (the tetra) cannot tolerate it well.

I have successfully eliminated very bad bouts of ich by raising the temperature to 85F (if fish can tolerate this, and yours can) for one week. I perform a 50% water change first, and raise the temp a couple degrees with the replacement water and then adjust the heater up for the rest. If the spots are bad, I dose the tank with Coppersafe right after the water change. I leave it alone for 7 days at which pint I lower the heater back to the normal setting, allowing the tank to naturally cool back to the normal temp. After another 3 days I do a 50% water change. That's it.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #25 of 129 Old 11-12-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 10 gal baby tank that is housing about 40 fry right now so I just went ahead and let this mommy have in the community tank to see how well they do in there. My current fry are about 2wks, and wk n a half old as of now and are doing wonderfull so wasnt hugely worried about it if the others didnt live but I have set up my 2 front covers of my tank with heavy thick, tall plants that reach the top of the water and have plants floating on the top above those. Plus have many ornements they can get in if they want to go to the bottom. plus big gravel. Im pretty sure while she was birthing over nite there were a lot eaten lol But I think I count 7 that are doing very well, hiding in the plants at the top and are eating so so far so good lol.
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post #26 of 129 Old 11-12-2011, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I will for sure try out the raise in temp!! Anything to help keep from putting in more meds!! I did a 50% water change or close yesterday and I put in Ick treatment a few hrs ago because yesterday I couldnt see any Ick and today they have a lot so it was spreading fast! But should I leave my carbon filter out the whole 7 days?? I worry my tank will be crazy nasty!! I do have salt in there too and the tetras seem to be doing great hopfully it wont get to them!
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post #27 of 129 Old 11-12-2011, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Also I have another question for all of you. In my 10gal "fry tank" I am having serious issues with babies getting caught up in the filter. I know I have read on here that many people have said they have never had it happen to them but either their tanks are way bigger or they just dont notice or pay attention!! Because I have any where from 5 to 10 babies a day from the filter that i save! I have just gotten to where I check on it several times a day and if you catch it soon enough they live just fine lol I keep thinking maybe its because they have no adults around or any other fish to worry about eating them so they swim all over the tank instead of hidding in the plants and stuff thats all I can think of why it keeps happening. I have heard to put a net or something around the part in the filter but I want my tank to stay nice and clean and suggetions???
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Also I have another question for all of you. In my 10gal "fry tank" I am having serious issues with babies getting caught up in the filter. I know I have read on here that many people have said they have never had it happen to them but either their tanks are way bigger or they just dont notice or pay attention!! Because I have any where from 5 to 10 babies a day from the filter that i save! I have just gotten to where I check on it several times a day and if you catch it soon enough they live just fine lol I keep thinking maybe its because they have no adults around or any other fish to worry about eating them so they swim all over the tank instead of hidding in the plants and stuff thats all I can think of why it keeps happening. I have heard to put a net or something around the part in the filter but I want my tank to stay nice and clean and suggetions???
You should probably use some mesh or use a clean piece of nylon stocking and tie it around the filter intake tube. I went through the same with my fry. Leave the bottom of the tank bare so you can easily remove the uneaten food that won't get filtered out.

Good luck with your fry and getting rid of the ICH in your community tank. Keep us posted.

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post #29 of 129 Old 11-13-2011, 10:37 AM
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Romad took the words out of my mouth, lol. Pantyhose! You don't want anything too thick, like leggings or something thats gonna completely slow down the current flow. If you have a petsmart near you, I suggest looking for the white filter media bags (thats what theyll say on the package), they're only around 80-something cents! And putting that over the thingy in the tank ( i dont know the name of the thing on the bottom of the intake tube..the intake??) and tying it off with a rubberband or something.

I tried to look for them on their website but they're not listed..anyway, i use those in my tank in my filter by filling them with crushed coral to raise my water hardness, so i definitely reccommend them :)
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post #30 of 129 Old 11-13-2011, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks I will look for those the next time I go to petsmart. Its about an hour from me so I try not to go to much lol. For now I cut up my fish net and put around the intake tip because I have already had to save 6 just sense I got up this morning!!! So I will see how that works. out should keep me from losing any. Luckly I have only had 1 die from being sucked in because I check it enough lol This will give me one less thing to worry about though!!
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