Hi =) I am Pasqua. And this is my journey journal.
I will admit I am not a great fish keeper. In fact, you could probably say I am terrible! After 1 year I have still not quite gotten the hang of it. And I have had enough >.<. One of my resolutions this year is to 'fix' my tank (really it is fixing me, as I am the problem with the tank I am sure!).
This journal will record my journey to becoming hopefully a better fish keeper! I thought this would be a good idea, partly to record things for my own reference later. And also because you are all such great advice givers. This journal is also to help me figure things out for myself if I can, but feel free to throw in advice or suggestions or say hello anytime =) and when I get very stuck, I will let you know.
So. First things first. Here is my tank! Fish Tank 15012013.jpg
A note that I live in Australia. I know most of you do not which is fine. It just means that some brands I cannot acquire easily, also some plants or fish.
It is a 75 litre tank (about 20 gal).
Filter: Aquaone Internal Filter 102f Maxi series (Internal Aquarium Filteration
). 450L per hour.
Substrate: sand. purchased from the lfs
Decorations: Live plants. Wisteria, an amazon sword I believe and another one I do not know the name of that is growing on my driftwood. Second driftwood, both were purchased from local pet stores.
On for 6 hours a day.
Fish: 1 small female cherry barb, and 8 very happy kuhli loaches
temperature: this is an interesting one... I bought a new thermometer today. It has been in the tank for two hours, opposite side to the filter. And it tells me the water is 30C. I know it is definately not this hot! but I can't give you an accurate temp right now I will check it tomorrow to see if it has settled and is more believable.
I started this tank in August 2012. I cycled it for about 5 weeks. Most the way through that, I threw in my female guppy who was the last survivor of my 20L (5 gal) tank and she loved it.
Here are all the fish I had in the tank:
- 1 guppy
- 8 kuhli loaches
- 1 crown tail betta
- 6 cherry barbs
- 5 peppered corys
They were all added several at a time, two to three weeks apart after the tank was cycled.
I do weekly water changes of 25%. I use Seachem Prime and Stability.
The problem was basically that over a period of 4 or so months, all the fish except the kuhlis and one cherry barb died. They all died one at a time, often a couple weeks apart. Occasionally two would die within a couple days of each other.
Only two ever showed any sort of sickness symptoms (my betta and one cherry barb) which was progressive bloating and their scales fanning out a bit, and a couple days later they would be gone. I will include a pic of my sick cherry barb. cherry barb 20112012.jpg
My betta died the same way =( =( I didn't know how to help him.
The rest.. I still do not know why they died? I thought at one point the betta was bullying them but he died about half way through.
My goal is to try and find out what killed them and either fix it so I can restock my tank or start over.
Is there something above that makes it seem really obvious as to why my fish were dying?? The remaining fish have been alone for a bit now and are very happy. I have read for hours and still can't figure out if I am missing something.
If anyone can suggest anything, please do.
My next step is to research the algea as this is something I am not very familiar with and it has started growing throughout my tank, as seen in the pics below: wisteria roots 15012013.jpg Large driftwood 15012013.jpg Driftwood and plant 15012013.jpg
That is all from me for now. Have a good night, see you round =)