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  1. DaleM

    Mystery Diseases

    Hi all, I've already lost two female cherry barbs a few months ago to dropsy (no idea what caused it), but now have a sick Pristella Tetra and a male cherry barb that I euthanized after it appeared to have a tumour and couldn't swim off the bottom of the tank. The Pristella looked to have...
  2. DaleM

    Help- Tetra Safestart Crashed?

    If you're getting ammonia, water changes are pretty much unavoidable. You can use Prime to detoxify the ammonia up to 1ppm, but the 24hr gap is needed before using any TSS+
  3. DaleM

    Help- Tetra Safestart Crashed?

    What fish do you have in your 2.5 gallon?
  4. DaleM

    Help- Tetra Safestart Crashed?

    Prime only affects TSS+, it doesn't have any effect on Stability, which is Seachem's brand of bacteria in a bottle. I can't remember the exact effect prime has on TSS+, but I know it's recommend to add TSS+ at least 24 hours after using prime. What size tank do you have? Are you doing fish in...
  5. DaleM

    Help- Tetra Safestart Crashed?

    Are you adding the TSS+ at least 24 hours after adding any Prime? Assuming that Prime is your water conditioner
  6. DaleM

    Tri Sulfa Dosage Rates

    Hi all, I'm treating a case of columnaris in one of my tetras with tri sulfa (we don't have furan-2, kanaplex, etc here in Australia). On the bottle it says 1 tablet per 40L or per 20L for severe infestations. Repeat after 3 days if necessary. Most treatments I've seen with other meds are a...
  7. DaleM

    Anubias And Led Light

    Agree with the above, it's harder to kill Anubia than it is to keep it alive! They don't need much light or ferts, they just grow quicker if they do. Your light and ferts from the fish waste should be enough
  8. DaleM

    My Fish Are Dying

    We're just trying to help. You asked why your fish died and you've been given the answers. I was only joking about the rock
  9. DaleM

    My Fish Are Dying

    It's what you sign up for unfortunately when you keep fish, otherwise they'll keep dying. A pet rock won't cost any money, I had one with a face on it when I was a kid
  10. DaleM

    My Fish Are Dying

    Or just take the fish back to the store, much better than flushing the poor thing
  11. DaleM

    Testing Water Without Test Kit

    Honey Gouramis need something with base dimensions of at least 60x30cm, so roughly 24x12 inches. That puts you in the 20 gallon area in terms of capacity. A 20 gallon long is even better It gives them enough room to swim freely and establish territories. Even better, you can stock more fish...
  12. DaleM

    Is This A Good Stock?

    Oh dear, the aquarium hobby has bitten you again
  13. DaleM

    Testing Water Without Test Kit

    6 gallons is a bit too small for honey gouramis, a single Betta is a better match for a tank that size. But at 13, I know you're pretty much stuck with what your parents will pay for
  14. DaleM

    Is This A Good Stock?

    Minus the Oto, that tank should be fine for your proposed stock . The 140L will obviously be better, but they'll be fine in your current tank until you can upgrade
  15. DaleM

    Is This A Good Stock?

    What are your tank dimensions? Tank footprint is more important. Your Panda Corys and Oto need some more numbers, about 6 or so for each species otherwise they can be very shy and quick to stress. So I'd only choose one of the either Oto or Panda at this stage. Otos are quite sensitive and...
  16. DaleM

    My Fish Are Dying

    It can be an expensive hobby by the time you buy water conditioner, food, filters, replacement parts, meds if required, siphon, gravel, ornaments etc. A good test kit will last you a long time, they last me years as once your tank is cycled you don't need them near as often. Cats and dogs are...
  17. DaleM

    My Fish Are Dying

    A basic test kit isn't expensive, it's not a scientific instrument worth hundreds of dollars. $30 should see you with a kit, depending on where you live. Ammonia can be toxic at very low levels depending on your pH, etc and Nitrite even more so
  18. DaleM

    Columnaris Pristella Tetra

    Not much hope of dropping temp that low, I'm in tropical Australia so 75 would be an average winter temp! I've already got Melafix
  19. DaleM

    Columnaris Pristella Tetra

    I just purchased some tri-sulpha today, before I read this actually. It was cheaper than the tetracycline, so good to know I got the right one!
  20. DaleM

    Columnaris Pristella Tetra

    Hi all, I just noticed today that one of my Pristella Tetras was behaving oddly, swimming up against the glass at the front of the tank. I noticed that it's mouth seemed a bit red and deformed. On closer inspection, I noticed some cotton-like growth near the gills and on the body - tell tale...
  21. DaleM

    Am I Not Cut Out For Fish Keeping?

    Being a fellow anxiety sufferer, I don't think the fish are the issue. It's just another trigger for anxiety and because you associate the fish with being anxious, they become less enjoyable. Take some time out to watch them feed, play and interact with each other and find things to ease your...
  22. DaleM

    Corys And Snails

    Completely up to you. Mysteries also like the odd bit of zucchini, spinach, etc which also gives them a bit of calcium. But most of their diet should be meaty. They can smell food, so as long as you place the food next to them on lights out, they will find it
  23. DaleM

    Centre Piece For Fish Tank

    They'll be ok, they will probably just have shortened lifespans
  24. DaleM

    Centre Piece For Fish Tank

    I'd fill out your danio school first, although they aren't very temperature compatible with your other stock
  25. DaleM

    Centre Piece For Fish Tank

    What are your tank dimensions? How many litres/gallons? What fish do you currently have? What is the water temp? We need all that info before we can suggest anything
  26. DaleM

    Non-helpful Fishlore App

    Just looked through the threads you started and they've all had replies. People have day jobs so often miss posts or simply don't know the answer. A simple bump of the thread can sometimes get you more replies
  27. DaleM

    Can Mystery Snails Drown?

    Mystery Snails have a gill, so can breathe underwater. Although, they also have a siphon which they stick out through the top of the water to breathe air. So they won't drown. They can get themselves into some awkward spots sometimes, so as long as they are eating, their foot is healthy and...
  28. DaleM

    Corys And Snails

    I need me some of those algae eating snails, but mysteries are by far the easiest snail to come by over here. Nerites are a pain to get a hold of!
  29. DaleM

    Corys And Snails

    Mystery Snails actually need a fairly meaty diet, even though they are omnivores. I have corys and a mystery and once lights are out, I place a shrimp wafer or hikari sinking wafer near the mystery so she can chew on it
  30. DaleM

    Stocking Question

    Definitely look at upgrading to a 20 gallon long (around 75cm or so) or a 30 gallon. As has been said, a 10 gallon is too small for corys. Then you can fill out your school more as well
  31. DaleM

    How Reliable Is Aqadvisor?

    Agree AqAdvisor is not perfect and can give mixed results, but in terms of a fish stocking program it is the best of a bad bunch. Make sure you individually research each fish requirements in terms of temperature, temperament, etc. Seriously Fish is one of the better info sites, animal world...
  32. DaleM

    Recommended Water Change Schedule

    If anything, 25% weekly would be too little. Goldfish have a massive bioload and you're overstocked with 23 of them if they are all to remain in there. Your nitrates help determine your water change schedule. Once they start getting above 20ppm, it's usually time for a water change unless your...
  33. DaleM

    What's In Your Name?

    Omg, how insanely cute!
  34. DaleM

    To Honey Gourami Or Not To Honey Gourami

    I know, that's who I was looking to get them from. Might send them an email and see if it's at all possible
  35. DaleM

    To Honey Gourami Or Not To Honey Gourami

    Awesome, nice to have another Aussie here! They are around, but many of the honeys look quite bland at the store due to stress, etc, so you need to look at the fins a bit closer to determine the sex. I'm hoping to add 3 honeys to my tank soon
  36. DaleM

    R.i.p Tamachan :(

    RIP Tamacham Are you going to add some more corys (same species as what you have) and some more otos eventually? They need a school of their own peeps, lol
  37. DaleM

    To Honey Gourami Or Not To Honey Gourami

    Just sent you a PM so I don't hijack this thread. Sorry to the OP!
  38. DaleM

    To Honey Gourami Or Not To Honey Gourami

    And awesome that you have fry!!
  39. DaleM

    To Honey Gourami Or Not To Honey Gourami

    I'll have no dramas getting my tank to 28, it's hard to keep it much below that! Although things are cooling down slightly, so I'm around the 26 mark at the moment. I had to stock warm water fish for that reason, so Sterbais, Pristellas and Cherry Barbs. I wanted 2-3 HGs to be my centrepiece...
  40. DaleM

    To Honey Gourami Or Not To Honey Gourami

    I'm having a very tough time trying to find some girls here in Australia . The ones at my LFS are VERY oppressed males to say the least
  41. DaleM

    Reliable Aussie-sold Circulation Pump (low Volume Powerhead)

    I've purchased from all those suppliers and they are great. Buy aquarium supplies and fish tank filters from The Aquarium Shop today. Gold Coast and Brisbane. Those are two other suppliers I have used.
  42. DaleM

    What Plants Can I Grow?

    Agree with the above. Usually stock LEDs only provide very low light, so anubias and some of the mosses. Elodea/anacharis and maybe water wisteria are an option, but would only grow slowly. Keep an eye on brown algae too as it enjoys low light conditions
  43. DaleM

    Fishes Are Rubbing On Each Other

    Definitely keep a very close eye on them, especially around their gills, fins and their scales. It's called flashing (scratching themselves) and can be a sign of parasites (usually external parasites) or something in the water which is irritating them. If they continue, try a water change and...
  44. DaleM

    To Honey Gourami Or Not To Honey Gourami

    Honeys are one of the most chilled gouramis around, but you still need to be careful having a group of males. They tank would need to be large enough, densely planted and lots of hiding spots so the less dominant males can hide or at least have a broken line of sight between them and the...
  45. DaleM

    Very Easy Question On Water Change...

    I'd be relying on your tests more than theirs. Very few who work in pet stores are very knowledgeable. They probably didn't shake bottle 2 enough and/or didn't shake the tube enough If you have a heavily planted tank, higher nitrates aren't too bad so long as the plants are utilising them...
  46. DaleM

    Two Twenty Gallon Long Tanks

    Tetras need schools of their own kind, so you'd need a school of serpae and a school of black phantom, but I wouldn't do that in the one tank. Serpae in particular need largish schools to spread out aggression and reduce fin nipping of other fish in your tank
  47. DaleM

    Very Easy Question On Water Change...

    Wait until your nitrates get to about 20ppm and then you can do a small water change. Nitrates usually determine how often and/or how much water you change, although there are other limiting factors such as mineral content in the water, etc. Best to try keep nitrates around 20 or below, unless...
  48. DaleM

    Overstocked Tank Problem

    Never use the 1 inch per gallon rule, period. You'll end up with a disaster on your hands
  49. DaleM

    Two Twenty Gallon Long Tanks

    Definitely increase your tetra school once you move the Gudgeon. What species of tetra do you have?
  50. DaleM

    Overstocked Tank?

    Your cherry barbs, tetras and corys all need to be in groups of 6+ as well, so I'd either look at rehoming or increasing their numbers (you'll need to rehome some other fish or move them to another tank to do this, though)




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