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Tropical Fish Aquarium Advice
Old 03-06-2011, 04:43 PM   #1
Tropical Fish Aquarium Advice

Hi Everyone,

My name is Rob and I am looking for some advice on tropical Fish as I feel the pet shop advice, shall we say is not the best.

We have had a 54 litre tank setup now for a while must be 11 months or so.

It seems to be pretty healthy, however we cannot seem to stop fish dying every so often. What we have in our tank at the minute is:

6 Glowlights
4 Neons
2 Penguins
Dalmation Molly
Silver Molly
1 Guppy

Our tank is well planted with 5 live plants and also we have plenty of hiding places such as a cave and pot.

We seem to have a major problem with keeping Siamese fighting fish. In total we have had 4 now and the first three died within one day and the most recent (Today) within 3 days.

Other fish that we have that died our:

1 swordtail
1 Guppy
1 Platy

These were all very lively and showed no signs of sickness, they just seemed to die!

However our Dalmation molly who is our most liveliest fish is very quiet not eating today.

We do a 25% water change once every week and add water conditioner so we are looking for some advice as to what we are doing wrong.

We have had the water tested a while back and it was fine but just to be sure we are going to get it tested tomorrow.

We appreciate any advice anyone can give.

Robert & Emma
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:43 PM   #2
do you add any aquarium salt to your water? many of the fish you have listed actually require a small amount of salt to make the tank a little brackish.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:52 PM   #3
I wouldn't keep a Betta with a Guppy, the Betta will kill the Guppy because of their similarities.

Bettas (siamese fighting fish) are not necessarily the best fit for a community tank such as yours, they can be very aggressive towards other fish.

What is the hardness of your tank? pH, nitrates, and nitrite readings. If you can supply those, maybe people here can help diagnose your issues.

What type filter? Heater? etc.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:01 PM   #4
I don't add any salt to the aquarium at the minute should I? Will it affect the fish that don't need it?

Quick update our dalmatian molly has just died! I had a good look at him and there was no visible sickness signs on him

Our tank is:

Juwel Korall 60 Tropical Aquarium

Should we change to an over sized filter?

I am going tomorrow to get the levels tested. I will post them once I get them.

Also our tank temp is 28 c is this to high?

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:04 PM   #5
the salt can be kept at a low enough level that it won't hurt the fish that don't necessarily need it but the mollies, swords, platy's all need a little salt
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