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Conversation Between dr2b and neenjar
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  1. dr2b
    08-26-2009 10:40 PM - permalink
    I usually siphon the gravel pretty well. I actually had to siphon it earlier than normal this week due to Flair and the algae wafer. So I usually do get it pretty mixed up. I'm wondering if it was an older oto? If it showed no signs of infection or problems. It had full color, acted completely normal until that point, and just had a swollen belly. I was thinking it would have showed signs if bacterial wouldn't it? Does Marycyn help them? I have been using that too in the past 2 weeks at one if it helps them that would help any infection right? It was the largest of my two otos...

    I am really hoping it was just old age. I'd hate to think it had an infection and I never knew because it showed no signs.
  2. neenjar
    08-26-2009 10:23 PM - permalink
    Do you stir the gravel when you do water changes? Methane gas builds up and when bubbles are released they can kill fish.

    It is possibly bacterial infection as well, or maybe he over ate.
  3. dr2b
    08-26-2009 01:38 PM - permalink
    I had an oto die today - it was acting completely normal when I went to bed at 1 AM last night. When I got home at 2 PM today it was lying on it's side and had a swollen belly. I got it out and put it in a separate container and within 30 minutes it died. Do you have any idea what could have happened? I can find nothing on diseases of otos on the internet.
  4. neenjar
    08-19-2009 06:55 AM - permalink
    I keep them in normal tanks. float an ice bag if water gets too hot.
  5. dr2b
    08-18-2009 11:04 PM - permalink
    That they are! :) Thanks a lot - I'd be lost if I didn't have your help on stuff like this. You said earlier you mini cycle every time you have a hurricane - when you guys get hit hard down there - do you have to put your fish in a special place or are they usually okay in their normal tanks?
  6. neenjar
    08-18-2009 10:49 PM - permalink
    one week or two should be fine, do not skip your regular changes as well. just do the 10% on the days that you do not do larger ones.

    The real guide is your ammonia. when it stays at 0 again you are fine. there is a chance you may not mini cycle, bio wheels are wonderful things, but better to be safe.
  7. dr2b
    08-18-2009 10:27 PM - permalink
    Okay. So 10% daily. How long should I do that for? A week or two?
  8. neenjar
    08-18-2009 10:18 PM - permalink
    no, that stuff is a waste of money. and bottled bacteria is except bio spira that comes in a sealed pouch and is kept refrigerated. water changes are your best choice. many and small, I get mini cycles every time we have a hurricane here. 10% daily changes is the best solution I have found short of spending $20 a pouch on refrigerated bio spira.
  9. dr2b
    08-18-2009 09:48 PM - permalink
    Do you think adding some stress zyme to the tank should help it with its mini cycle?
  10. neenjar
    08-01-2009 08:17 AM - permalink
    The light made for it will probably work ok. I am using an architects desk lamp with 10w CF for mine... lol CF at 10w is almost 40w of light though.
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