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Old 04-07-2013, 04:14 PM   #301
 
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Huh, I thought it took longer for the snail eggs to hatch, but it's only been about 8 days or so since they were laid in my ten gallon and we have snailets! They're popping out of that nest like diglets. :3 I hope they will be ok in there, I don't have much luck in that tank with any other snails besides Zebra Nerites, Ramshorns and Trumpets for some reason, even pond snails don't do well in there. o-o I'll probably move them to the nursery once it's settled. I'm scared to put tinies in there even if the ammonia spike is gone so soon. Wouldn't want it to spike again...I hope they'll be alright. What reason would there be for the other snails to be fine in there, but not mystery snails? Maybe they require difference stats and the sand substrate isn't what they like. I think the water over there is too soft, it's about 7.2 on PH or so whereas my other tanks are around 7.5-7.6 or so. I need to get the stuff to test General Hardness...unfortunately I haven't seen the stuff for it, and even if I did I wouldn't have the money. x.x

Anywho, tinies! There are dozens still hanging on to the side of the nest, but a few fell in and are nomming the algae on that side of the tank, I didn't wipe that area since the eggs were laid. ^_^
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #302
 
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Nitrates would be my guess for the Apples, but pond snails shouldn't mind that. . . the Betta could be picking at them? Or maybe there just isn't enough algae for them? Weird. . . YAY for apple babes, though :) I hope they do well!
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:34 PM   #303
 
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Well, that nest has about melted completely. I've got a lot of babies in there. lol Will my cories eat them? o-o I know the betta is a risk, and the frogs are a possibility as well, but will the cories eat snails? They're pretty good hunters when foraging, it'd suck if they ate all my babies before I got them netted, and it's pretty darn hard to find them!. c.c
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:43 PM   #304
 
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It could happen. But that's why they have so many at once!
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:56 PM   #305
 
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So...we have people working on the pipes across the street, they've been at it about a month and a half, but over the last two weeks there has been a smell, we reported it and haven't had anything back. Yesterday it started smelling like sewage throughout the house. LOVELY, right? I think the morons hit something they shouldn't have. So just because, I decided to test the ammonia in our tap water, it came up between 0.25ppm and 0.50 ppm(it's really hard for me to figure out the colors since they're pretty close on the chart, but I assume it's inbetween the two)...I am wondering if this is the problem with my tanks, do you think? I have had some odd spikes and water changes seem to either have no effect, or make it worse in ALL of my tanks. All tanks are now reading the same. There's a small amount of ammonia in all of them(about 0.25ppm), and Nitrates have gone WAY up, about as high as my card reads which is about 160ppm....I'm going to do a nitrite and nitrate test on the tap water as well. I do dechlorinate and use water and tap conditioner when I do changes, and occasionally add in stress zyme/stress coat+, and recently I've added in extra ammo-carb to reduce the ammonia in my tanks since I can't seem to get rid of it! This has lowered it a bit, thankfully, but eesh. Even in the tank that has one fish(my five gallon betta tank), and is changed 25% weekly is reading the same as my ten, twenty and fifty five gallon tanks.

Well, not only is it seemingly a problem for the fish, but to US as well. o-o Last time I tested the tap water I didn't get an ammonia reading, and the Nitrite reading was tiny and I was told it was normal...

What do I need to do about this? I assume we need to report it yet again, but what about my fish until then?! I can't imagine having to buy that much water. ^^; That'd be a few hundred dollars there...Am I freaking over something small, or is this a problem for my little buddies like I think it is?
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:09 PM   #306
 
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Well now, I found a baby guppy in my tank today. I wonder who the mom is. lol I honestly don't think it's Lunaball, but it might be. I am actually thinking it was one of my smaller females, either the one with the lovely blue tail, or the one with a half green and half blue tail(She is gorgeous!). I am hopeful it's my double colored female there. Neither were very big, but did look pregnant, and everyone thinned up over the last day a bit because I fasted them for a day because I was sick and didn't wanna get up to turn on the lights. I figured it'd be good for them to have an out-day anyways since I've had some trouble with my tanks thanks to water problems...but I seem to be clearing it up by adding in ammo-carb and beneficial bacteria.

Anywho, yup, got one baby...probably more in there though, I saw the adults hunting around earlier...I'm thinking I'll lift up my ugly orange pot and some other decorations later, there's probably a few babies floating around. I'm also keeping watch on my girls to see if any will drop more. They all still look pregnant, but hey I got one, and it's cute! I have it in the net in my nursery since some of those babies are just too big and will eat it...probably. I am hoping for a couple more babies so that one isn't all by itself in there for too long. That'd be a shame.

Oh yes...well, my juvenile red platy male seems to have finally hit sexual maturity...or at least gotten into girls. He's been breeding with one of my blue platies quite often, no longer with half-hearted chases like he was doing a month ago. I wonder how THOSE babies will turn out! A bright red platy with a blue one, that should be interesting. I can't wait to see that if they succeed in a proper mating here. lol

Ah, I am also keeping watch...well, I'm keeping watch on everyone at the moment, been...over a month for everyone by now, so most of my females COULD drop babies any time now. I am keeping a close eye on my silver lyretails though, they've both gotten some rather nice bellies. I assume this will be their first broods though. You never know though. But they look quite happy! I believe they have almost doubled in size since I got them.

Well, EVERYONE is looking quite happy since I added in beneficial bacteria(it's in the stress coat+ and stress zyme+, I added both those, I wasn't sure what else I could do at this point!) and ammo-carb. x.x I didn't realize I was adding ammonia to my tank, wondering how that was happening! But I'ma see if I can get to the store today and get some Prime and maybe something to help with the nitrates and get it out of my tap water so I can do a little change without worrying I am adding it yet more ammonia and nitrates. ^^; What a pain, but they seem less bothered by it now, so I'm happy. They're even popping babies. I'm also gonna see if I can find the stuff to test my hardness. They're always out of stock, and when they're not I am broke or needing something more important.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:06 PM   #307
 
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Hm, and the tradition continues on...only one little guppy babe. =) Well, I am considering moving all of the babies to two or three different nets, or maybe I'll put something bigger together for them all, and releasing the larger ones into the main tank...and then putting my three VERY pregnant females into the twenty gallon. I'm kinda getting tired of only finding one baby here and there.

I wonder what I can use to make a big and comfortable net. x.x I still haven't gotten all the pieces for it, I dunno what will be fish safe and what wont, both fabric-wise and something to hold it all together. I was thinking bread ties, but those metal wires may get rusty and hurt the fish. =( So I'm still in the planning stages, though I've had a lot to do lately so the planning is only a little here and there. lol What would you guys suggest to use for netting and holding it all together?

Well, make that four very pregnant females, maybe even five if my creamsicle isn't lying again. LOL I have two silver lyretails with big round bellies and a dark spot you can't miss if you tried, a blue platy that -might- be about to pop and a guppy about to blow, Miss Creamsicle is a possibility.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:13 AM   #308
 
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Nope, didn't get anymore guppies. And unfortunately the one I did get didn't survive. =( That sucks, he was cute!

And unfortunately that skinny disease has claimed another fish. About a week or two ago it took my red and black variatus, now it has claimed my young gold dust male. And I have a red-tailed black variatus that has been living with it for a while. I'm at a loss! It's just not going away. It seems to hit one fish at a time, but it's sticking to my variatus/tuxedo platies. I don't see any other fish with it, but I no longer have anymore of those variatus. =( At a complete loss on what to do about it. I tried target feeding, they were getting plenty to eat, but just weren't gaining weight! All my other fish are nice weight...a few I would go so far as to call fat but they're probably pregnant.

I am thinking it's a parasite. Maracyn, pimifix and melafix and salt have no effect on it at all. I haven't seen anything in a while. But I did find a little worm-like critter in my ten gallon and twenty gallon, both quite a while ago. Remember that blueish wor,m we couldn't figure out? Well I figured out what it was, but it's not supposed to be harmful to fish, and in fact are sometimes fed to them. I can't remember the exact name...they're very small and usually show up as white, but some have been seen with a blue tint to them. They usually get into filters and both times I've discovered the single little boogers were after I changes or rinsed the cartridge when I hadn't in a while. I was told you shouldn't change them too often, some say not to change them unless they're falling apart, but I give them a rinse every two to three months or they clog up and stink! If they're not useable anymore I change them. Which is usually every four months or so. I skip a vacuum when I do this.

We had power flubs this morning too. All morning, I thought they were done when I went to bed, but according to my grandma they started happening again and my filter in the ten gallon stopped working. It was going, but not pulling or pushing water, making an awful noise. Thankfully nobody even seem bothered by it. I have all labyrinth fish in there. My betta, frogs and a few cories. I think the only reason they weren't bothered was because of all the plants and a Co2 booster I put in last night. ;D Saved by a bit of luck I guess! I got it going again.

Still waiting on my silver lyretails to have their babies, and Miss Lunaball as well. lol I like that everyone seems fine and happy, aside from my poor final variatus. But it always seems that way until someone is really not fine or dead. =( -sigh- I suppose it's not any godawful news, my whole tank isn't dying or stressed so that's a plus. But I do need to figure out what this nasty is, I'm going to take that last variatus to Fish Guy and ask him if he knows what's going on. I shoulda saved the other two for him after they died, my final skinny girl may pull through. She actually seems to be doing better than the ones who died were, and she's had this issue for about two months. In the end it always claims them though, even if they seem to be doing better. I may risk it and take her to him anyways, he may tell me how to keep it from happening to anymore, and with any luck, how to save her.


Well, I think I also figured out who that baby guppy belonged to...well, two possibly candidates really. I think both gave birth and most of the kiddies were eaten. One of my females with a black tail and one with a gold and black tail thinned up when I found him. Veracious little eaters after they have babies too! Those are the only two I can see in the tank that may be mom.

I'm also going to give some of my fry away to a shop next chance I get to go. I think my tank has reached the limit, even for little ones. I don't like doing it, but they'll have a better chance if someone who wants them adopts. A few of my older ones -might- be big enough to take to Neptunes and get money for them. That'd be nice! But several gold platies are not big enough for sale size, though they should be big enough to not be eaten, and will be big enough to adopt out or sell in about a month. They do have a nursery for them. Well, not so much a nursery...I dunno if you can call it that, but that is where they put babies, but it's also where they put fish that have been brought in by others. x.x I was told people come in daily looking for fry to raise though! But they usually want smaller ones. LOL

Ah, more good news, they finally cleared up our water problem, or so it seems for now until the next dolt breaks the wrong pipe...so my tanks are starting to settle down. Still getting Nitrates under control, but the ammonia seems to be gone. @_@; My guppy that had some black spots near the chip in his tail has lost all but one speck. =) He's not hanging up top anymore either, and is chasing the girls again. lol
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:17 AM   #309
 
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How did I miss all of these posts??! I'll be back to catch up - after SLEEP!
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:48 AM   #310
 
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Hey, more babies. I got two instead of one this time. lol I think one of my three gold dusts is responsible this time. Finally, molly babies again. x) I miss having those, that's for sure! The reason I think this is because one came out all gold, and the other came out a half and half, half gold and half black. I almost didn't save the halfy. @_@; Three of my larger fish were going for it(My god gourami, miss creamsicle and my dalmation lyretail), but I won and got him. x) Well, unless one is still going, there's really only two possibilities ...my orange gold dust with one black eye and one silver eye(The one whose daughters I kept), or the half black and half gold. Both are skinnier. I was sure that odd-eyes there was pregnant again too, she hasn't given birth since her daughters nearly a year ago, but I thought I could see eyes in her belly. =)

Anywho, two cute babies. I think there are more too. My fish are all a'huntin still, even though I fed them. >< The babies are so small though, I can only really see them if there in a place I can pretty much stick my face to the glass while there around the edges. ^^;

Oh yeah, I got some meds for the wasting disease, think that's what I got going on here. Guess we'll find out if it works, eh? It's hard to find stuff for internal parasites, but this gets parasites good, or so I was told. Using API General Cure. Normally I don't go for stuff named as such since it's usually poppycock, but this one is all parasites, which I need since I know I have one, just not what kind, and one of my fish is wasting a way. Usually once they go or get towards the end, someone else gets it. So I may as well try this out. I hope it works, be nice if I could save one of my beautiful variatus.

Ah yes, got some Prime from Seachem. Now that stuff smells godawful, let me tell you. It said sulfur smell is normal...this is more like nasty bilge water...you know how it smells when you step in some gross mud by a creek or something? That's about it. >< But hey, whatever works to get that stuff settled. And I think it works quick if babies popping all over are any indication. lol It doesn't specify how fast it works, nor how often to use it. o-o So I assume one and then check after a day or so...

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