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Old 02-06-2013, 03:07 PM   #221
 
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So, exciting news. I got a canister (Fluval) and have it all set up and I'm loving it. It's so quiet. I do have one problem though, the output on it is ridiculously strong. So I have it aimed so that it doesn't disturb the fish for the most part, but I'd like to figure out a way to baffle it safely.

I was worried at first about my loaches swimming up inside, but there's like this ball inside the input that prevents anything but particulate matter from being sucked in. Hopefully this will prevent any loaches going inside.

Speaking of loaches though...I have no idea what's up with mine. I've had no more deaths but...since I've switched to the canister all they do is hide. They barely come out to eat, and only then it's the adults. I haven't seen a baby in awhile. I can't figure out what's making them so shy.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:14 PM   #222
 
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It's like I take one step forward and two steps back.

One of my harlequin rasbora females passed today. She started swimming upside down and soon after died. It was during a spawning session, and at first I didn't even notice because they swim upside down to lay their eggs under the leaves. So now I have no idea if they're sick or just spawning. There was nothing different about her behavior until about 2 minutes before her death. She ate like everyone else this morning.

The only thing I can think of is that she was massively pregnant, and possibly something happened while she was trying to lay. But I have no idea.

I have no idea if there is some sort of something in the tank making them sick or if I'm just having a run of bad luck lately.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:07 AM   #223
 
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Just posted in the Fish Illness section as apparently something has gone screwy. I'm pretty much in tears over here trying to figure out where I went wrong.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:11 AM   #224
 
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I'm so sorry for your losses Jen. Wish i could help, but ive not been through anything like this yet, so im no use
My best guess would be the plants.
I was going to say maybe the filter brought something in if you didnt scrub it down etc, as it was second hand, but doesnt explain the loach....so, im stumped :-/
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #225
 
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I don't even want to look at my tank anymore.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #226
 
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Oh, man! Jen... I'm so sorry! *hugs* I know exactly how difficult it is when something is wrong, and you can't figure out what. . . or how to help. New filter, loaches are really sensitive to any changes, cycle-wise. Did you use all of your OLD media in the new filter to seed it? Possible mini-cycle due to the filter switch? Water testing clean?

I don't have a Fluval canister, it sounds like the filter basket intake is much better designed than the Eheim that I have (which my loaches seem to enjoy crawling into). The 'like' was for your new filter. . . not the rest of that post. Gah, I'm so sad for you! As far as the filter flow is concerned, I had a difficult time figuring out a way to get mine to be good for my tank's inhabitants, too. One trick I found was to spin the spraybar around so that it's facing the tank wall. This will force the incoming water to 'bounce' off the tank wall, and then go off into the tank - effectively slowing the flow. You can also drill extra holes into the spraybar - even in different directions, if you wish - more holes = less pressure. Many people also will buy PVC piping in the proper size from the home improvement stores, and custom make their own filter outputs. It may take some ferkling with to get this figured out, and it could very well be that the change in the flow of the tank could be stressing the loaches - they prefer calm waters, from what I understand.

Doing a few extra water changes can't harm anything, if there is some toxin in the water - and can even help in the case of some illnesses. In most cases fishes kept in pristine tanks will be able to heal themselves, so bumping up to 2x weekly water changes for a bit won't hurt anything, and possibly help.

I wish I had some more concrete advice to offer you, DON'T stop watching your tank, even if it makes you sad! It's really important to give everyone a good look-over several times a day, in the hopes of fixing on something that may be 'off' in their behavior, breathing, coloration. . . ANYTHING to give a clue. HOPEFULLY these deaths are completely unrelated, and everything settles down now. . .or that someone on the illness board with more experience has been able to give you some idea into what may be going on. Chin up, kiddo! It'll settle down, or you'll get it figured out - just hang in there, and don't lose hope on your beautiful tank!

I'm sorry I've been away, stomach bug has got me down for a few days. . .
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:40 PM   #227
 
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I've lost all but one of my harelquin rasbora, and I haven't seen a baby loach in a few days. I'm just hoping that they're hiding in there somewhere, as I haven't seen a body.

I didn't use any old media as I didn't want to cut up the cartridges for the sponge, and they wouldn't fit in whole. I worried about a mini cycle but I ran tests everyday to check for anything, and nothing ever showed up. You can check out my thread in the illness section for more of details. Still not sure what exactly happened and it has me very freaked out.

The only good news I have after this is that my filter is like a dream. I got made fun of a bit by family members about spending $70 on a filter, only for them to be completely jealous of my incredibly crystal clear water. Cloudiness/floating particles never bothered me, but it's insane how clear my water is.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:19 PM   #228
 
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. . . I'm so so sorry. . . I wish there were something I could do. Happy that you're trying to look on the bright side, what a blow. *cries*
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:21 PM   #229
 
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Yeah...I'd been thinking I was free and clear after the loach, but...I don't know. I've been doing massive water changes everyday as that's really the only thing I can do, besides trying to work out what might have gotten into the tank.

I feel really bad about the rasbora being on her own (and heavily pregnant as well), but I don't know when or if I can create a school again.

Working on setting a QT tank up in the meantime though.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:35 PM   #230
 
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I hope this is the end of it, and that you have no future issues. QT is always a good idea, but even then. . . random things happen in spite of you doing all you can think of to prevent them. It's so tricky sometimes with the wet pets, seems like each symptom *could* be indicative of so many different possibilities. . . frustrating trying to nail things down sometimes, and feeling so powerless to help them. I'm really glad that you're moving forward. Proud of you. . . :) And I hope you figure this mess out - and also that it's stopped in it's tracks, whatever it is.
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