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beccakatewebb 08-16-2008 10:31 AM

glo lite tetra issues
i have some glo lite tetras but recentlly they have began to lose their top fins, they are in with 5 baby guppies and 4 black neons, a couple of platys, some algae eaters, who could be doing this? will they attack each other?

also please could someone tell me how to telll if they are male or female.

many thanks

Amphitrite 08-16-2008 10:34 AM

Welcome to the forum :) In order to determine what the problem is, we need to know a few things:

How long has the tank been set up?
Is it cycled?
What size is the tank?
What sort of filtration are you using?
How often do you perform water changes?

Do you have a test kit, and if so what are your readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?

Also, what sort of fish exactly are the algae eaters? Do you have any pictures you could post up?

beccakatewebb 08-16-2008 10:52 AM

thanks for responding.

the tank has been set up since xmas 07 but the tetras are a fairly new addition, a few weeks really. i think the tank is 70 litres, i'm not very good at figuring this out but i think that is what it is. i have a stingray fillter made by elite, this also circulates the water around the tank. i do a water change every other week, only really about 25% then every four weeks i do a 50% change. i am afraid i don't reallly understand the test kits so i don't tend to use them. there are pics of the algae eaters below

(sorry i sound so dim i am just not up with all the lingo and stuff)

beccakatewebb 08-16-2008 12:26 PM

i have just used a 5 in 1 test kit that i got when i originallly got the tank, the readings are as follows:

NO3 - 0
NO2 - 1
GH - >6od
KH - 3od
PH - 6.8

please can you let me know what this means and are these readings okay?[/quote]

Flashygrrl 08-16-2008 05:53 PM

1st: The golden colored algae eater is appears to be a chinese algae will get large, stop eating algae and become very aggressive towards other fish assuming it hasn't already.

2: It's interesting that with your water change schedule you have no nitrates but do have a very high nitrite level (you need to do a water change immediately). I would say that your test strips are junk and to get that API test you were advise about in the other thread. Also, 25% water changes need to be done weekly.

Long story short: CAE needs to go, especially with the tank being approx 18 gallons and you need to improve water changes and get a new test kit. The other algae eater might be one too (if we could see a side view that would be great). Stores like to sell these things and never tell the customer about the impending problems.

willow 08-16-2008 06:32 PM

they're a devil in disguise.
he has to go,before he infickts damage to the other fish.

beccakatewebb 08-17-2008 04:12 AM

thanks for replies.

the algea eaters are only a short term thing as i have a slight algae problem and am trying to get it sorted. i only just did a water change before doing the test, should the nitrates and nitrites be 0 all the time then?

Flashygrrl 08-17-2008 04:44 AM should have nitrates.

What are your plans for the CAEs? If you have an algae problem again but your water parameters are ok get some cherry shrimp. They will be ok with your other fish. You could even get an Otocinclus provided you have enough plants in the tank for it to be happy. These are suitable to keep long term provided you haven't ever treated the tank with copper and never will (kills shrimpies and other inverts).

beccakatewebb 08-17-2008 04:52 AM

I was planning to give them away locally, in the paper possibly.

i have been looking online for a liquid test kit so should have one shortly which wil enable me to keep an eye on my levels.

i had thought that you should not keep shrimp in a community tank?

Flashygrrl 08-17-2008 09:30 AM

You can, depending on what else you have in there.

Can you order stuff online? If you don't have a local Petsmart that sells the API test kit this is probably your better option. Petco likes to be expensive.

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