gasping and darting fish - Page 2
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » gasping and darting fish

gasping and darting fish

This is a discussion on gasping and darting fish within the Freshwater and Tropical Fish forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I thought the mollies were platies for some reason, thanks, tankman12....

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Guppy
Guppy
Moonlight Gourami
Moonlight Gourami
Like Tree5Likes

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
gasping and darting fish
Old 07-23-2014, 08:45 AM   #11
 
I thought the mollies were platies for some reason, thanks, tankman12.
Flint is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2014, 08:48 AM   #12
 
Hmm...

Last edited by battynatty2003; 07-23-2014 at 08:52 AM..
battynatty2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2014, 08:51 AM   #13
 
Id like to add they are only babies atm and will be buying a bigger tank but want to sort this water problem out before i upgraded.
battynatty2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2014, 09:09 AM   #14
 
Chances are the water problem will only get worse until you upgrade. You will need an 80 liter LONG tank at the minimum, a 90L long tank would be best.
Flint is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2014, 09:59 AM   #15
 
SeaHorse's Avatar
 
Batty...take the Liter number and divide by 4 approx to get the US Gallon equivalent. Keep in mind that changes to water are slower in larger volumes of water. Compare: Imagine a drop of red food coloring in a cup of water... then your 10 gallon tank and then a 20G long or 40G long etc. The bigger the tank the easier it is to maintain stability (given proper maintenance of course). But changes are much slower and less dangerous to your fish. So take that same analogy and over stock or over feed in the smaller tank and you see how "the numbers" build up. Ammonia, NitrItes, NitrAtes, heavy metals... lots of things. It isn't correct to just "top up" a tank when it evaporates either for this very reason. It should be topped up, then a proper water change and topped up again.
So... to what Flint explained for me. YES thank you. I understand. If there is Ammonia in the tap water like mine, then you are adding it to the tank also for each water change. Neutralizing with Prime will protect your fish while the good bacteria grow (takes 24 hours) and take it up in their processes. So YES your tank will process the extra that is added.
Thanks Flint!!

We like L "long" tanks as it gives them more area to swim as apposed to a vertical tall tank that they can only swim up and down.
Flint likes this.

Last edited by SeaHorse; 07-23-2014 at 10:02 AM..
SeaHorse is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to SeaHorse For This Useful Post:
Flint (07-23-2014)
Old 07-26-2014, 07:53 AM   #16
 
I would like to thank everyone for the kind words of advice. After 2 50% water changes and no food the fish seem to be a lot happier and my levels are reading 0. I will be upgrading my tank in the next couple of weeks. I will feed fish on flakes once a day and the frogs once or twice a week on bloodworm. Will keep a close eye on water conditions and post with any progress. What is the best plan when it comes to changing tanks to bigger ones?
Posted via Mobile Device
battynatty2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2014, 10:17 PM   #17
 
SeaHorse's Avatar
 
Best advice? Don't clean anything... fill the new tank with water, dechlor it... rinse any NEW gravel you are adding. Everything else should be moved "as is" over to the new tank. Rinsing and scrubbing anything from the old tank will cause another spike and a new cycle. Transfer the filter over too as is. Start up your new filter if you are buying one and get it going for several weeks before you remove the original one... or... move all the media from the old filter into the new one without rinsing.
You don't have to move the tank water... think of it as a water change. And you are likely to stir up a lot of gunk anyway but resist the urge to rinse it.
SeaHorse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 05:29 AM   #18
 
Hi guys i now have a 200 litre tank in which my fish seem a lot happier. Although one of my mollys has developed a large white spot by its top fin. Could this be ich? The tank is currently going through its first cycle and think it may be due to stress although levels are high they are nowhere near as bad as previously and am doing 40% water changes every few days until the tank is cycled. I feed them once a day on flakes. No other fish have any spots either
Posted via Mobile Device
battynatty2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 09:06 AM   #19
 
SeaHorse's Avatar
 
That sounds more like a bacteria. Ick looks like your fish have been sprinkled with large grains of salt... all over and not in one spot! That's a good reason to keep... or re-setup the small tank to use as a quarantine tank if parents will let you. All new fish should stay there in QT for several weeks before being introduced into the new big tank. Your initial purchase... they are ALL new... but once cycled and established you should think twice about all new fish if you can.

Last edited by SeaHorse; 08-22-2014 at 09:09 AM..
SeaHorse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2014, 09:12 AM   #20
 
I live on my own so will keep hold of the small tank. I have bought an anti fungus and finrot from the local pet store and have been advised to treat the entire tank. Will be putting any new fish into quarantine in future
Posted via Mobile Device
SeaHorse likes this.
battynatty2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
gasping fish battynatty2003 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 07-23-2014 08:04 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:49 PM.