I am new to this forum, and relatively new to fish tanks in general. I have a bunch of questions, but instead of bombarding the forums with a bunch of posts, I decided it might be best to ask them all in one place. I hope that is alright, and doesn't become too confusing.
Currently my tank is a 45 Gallon tank with the following fish:
- 1 Flying Fox
- 6 Clown Loach
- 5 Bleeding Heart Tetras
- 4 Swordtails
- 1 Pleco
- 4 Dawson River Rainbow fish
- 8 Black Neon Tetras
- 7 Neon Tetras
- 1 Synodontis Petricola
- 4 Swordtail Fry
At last test the water quality had the following results:
- Ammonia - 0 ppm
- Nitrate - 20 - 50 ppm
- pH - 7.6 - 7.8
- Nitrite - 0 ppm
1. Swordtail Breeding
Three of the Swordtails are female and two recently had babies. I transfered the ones that survived into another 10 Gal tank to grow. The second female aborted her babies after being in the breeder tank for over a week.
What is the best way to tell when the best time to move the female into the breeder tank is? I don't think they much like being in the breeder trap for days and days, but I also don't want to go around chasing a female who is about to give birth as it's probably unneeded stress.
1. a. Swordtail Fry
When the female had her babies I put them in a container long enough to get them to my 10 Gal tank (currently at my girlfriends house). In the few days they were in the container a white, almost oil looking substance formed on the top of the water. I tried to get most of it before I put the fry in the other tank, but it seems to have gotten in there and is now on the top of the 10 Gal.
Is this something I should be concerned about?
2. Neon Tetra disease
I was looking at my tank today and noticed that two of the neons had faded color on their tails, and black spots as well. I am assuming it is Neon Tetra Disease and have just put them in a quarantine tank to see what happens.
The question is, what are the chances of it infecting the other fish (can it infect non-tetras), and what can I do to minimize it?
That's about all for now. Feel free to ask any questions you might have in order to answer the questions better.