I am saying 'New to Fish' because I have been keeping a multitude of fish, but am having many casualties. I am now happy with my fish and they seem to be doing better. I have a few questions.
I have the following aquatic creatures:
One 4" Tiger Oscar - King
One 4 1/2" Jack Dempsey - Domer
One 3/4" Goldfish -Nemo
One Ivory Mystery Snail - Bonnie
One Gold Mystery Snail - Clyde
One Black Mystery Snail - Charles
One 1" African Clawed Frog - Austin
I also have a Corn Snake named Mitchell, but I'm confident on his care requirements.
My Oscar and Jack Dempsey were separated yesterday because they were killing one another. My Oscar remains in the 32 gallon with my Ivory and Gold Mystery Snails. His fins were torn in several places yesterday but they are now healed. His water is clear and he is very active. When my mum put the feeders in yesterday, the largest of the three's tail was hanging from his mouth for about a half an hour. Will he be okay? I am getting smaller ones next time. I am also aware of the health risks of feeders and I have chosen to use them. The temperature is 82 degrees farenheit and everyone otherwise seems happy and healthy.
My Jack Dempsey is still angry he has been moved, although he is coming out a bit more now. I returned home from my father's house earlier and the tank water is milky. The temperature is at 82 degrees farenhiet. He still sits at the bottom behind a chunk of Lava Rock, but he came out long enough for an examination and photo shoot. On his fins he seems to have a few white spots the size of pinheads that appear as if they are something that could be wiped off. I describe them that way because they are upraised as if growing on him. These were not there yesterday. He is also pale in color. When he came out I fed him a few pellets. He ignored the feeders my mum put in yesterday and they died an hour after being put in. I removed them half an hour later. The snail was added yesterday as well and isn't active like my other two. Are the white spots ich? Would changing some of the water with the gravel vaccum (50%?) help?
My frog and goldfish (a feeder I rescued yesterday, named for her size) are doing well. I haven't seen her eat yet, but I put a flake in and it was gone when I came back. There is a Hermit Crab sand substrate that is about an inch thick. It gives the tank a gold hue and clouds softly. What can I do to prevent this?
I have an API Liquid Test Kit but I know my parameters are bad right now and my mum won't let me change water as needed to lower them and I have no money to purchase anything to help. If my mum allows me to change water in my Jack Dempsey's tank tomorrow, and brings out a large enough bucket, I'll be able to do a water change the day after when she's at work as well. She may be working Wednesday, too but I'm not sure.
Any advice would be appreciated.