180 Gallon Tank My fish are not eating food

Surya Kant Bansal

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It has been 3 years I have been keeping my oscars parrots and silver dollars and cat fish...I have never had this problem with them.Now what is happening that I have been feeding my fish with tetrabits and shrimps for the past few years....but now from a week or so after the winters my fish have become lazy and kinda slow in this week of summer......my one blood parrot has turned white and not eating food.....and the oscars are also doing the same they eat shrimps and go and lay down at the bottom again...the cat fish remain scared all the time and don't eat food...silver dolars keep themselves hidden .....I don't what is the problem with my buddies and that's scaring me...I need urgent help ..plzzzz.......actually I live in india so the test kits are not availaible here so can't tell you the ph level and nitrate level......I have been using a bodygaurd filter and a custom filter made by me.... And one thing more all my fish are getting dull and pale in colur...plzzz help.....
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Meenu

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welcome to fishlore. I'm sorry, I am not sure how to help you, but someone else should be able to. I just want to say hi.

We have a very good family friend who lives in Chandigarh - I visited there last time I went to India. It's very lovely.
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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hiiiiii.......No probsss....well thanks for the relpy.....ohk.....yeah chandigarh is a good place...hey chk out my tank pic

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Furallicah

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And Oscar paleing out is a stressed one. When was the last time you did a water change and treated your water with dechlornator? If you can I would get a bottle of Prime to treat the water. Sounds like something in the water is stressing them out big time I suspect Ammonia.
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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Thanks for the reply Chris....I did a water change last week .......dechlorinators are not available here can u suggest me some method of dechlorinating..plzzz


My fish are loosing their color..........and yeah there is a punget smell ...I think u r rite ....its ammonia...can u tell me how can I treat ammonia..????????
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AlyeskaGirl

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Water changes get rid of ammonia. I would start doing 50% daily water changes until you see things improve. You need to get a test kit so you know what is going on. Clean water is importent when you have Oscars. Clean water is importent for all fish. Oscars are messy and have a large bioload. I would stop feeding for a few days. Uneatten food contributes to ammonia poisoning. What do you use for a water source? Make sure your filter media aren't gunked up and rinse in bucket of tank water if needed.
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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I use normal tap water for water source...and one thing more I don't have shops in my city that supply ph kits n all so I have to guess that's it......plese tell me a biological method to remove ammonia...I mean development of bacteria that turn ammonia into nitrates
 

AlyeskaGirl

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I'm bumping this thread.

Are you able to order stuff online?

What dose your local fish store carry for water conditioners? We all use here in an emergency eather Prime or Amquel Plus when there is ammonia & nitrIte present. Water changes are importent right now. Have you done a large water change yet?
 

Meenu

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Cheeku,
DelhI has an aquarium society.
I know you are having difficulty in Chandigarh finding appropriate supplies. Maybe if you email DAS, they can tell you where they get their supplies, and then you could mail-order them?
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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Ya sure ill email them then I can order by a post also..... thanks for the help meenu
 

potatos

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the dechlorinator is important because the chlorine kills your benificial bacteria, which are key to the nitrogen cycle and changing ammonia into nitrite into nitrate. without the dechlorinator, you will keep damaging your tanks bacteria and it won't cycle properly. this will cause ammonia which will stress the fish. do you know if your water supply uses chloramine or chlorine? if it uses chlorine, you can let the tap water sit in a bucket for 24hours to help allow the chlorine to dissipate, and adding an airstone will help too. if it is chloramine I don't think this will help, but it is worth a try until you are able to get dechlorinater. I think this is correct, can anyone confirm/correct this?
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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hey thanks for the reply...my local water supply uses chlorine.......
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Furallicah

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You can age your water for 48 hours before using it. Just set out what you need and let it sit. That way the chlorine will be removed. It won't help a lot but it will help some. Other then that I would just try to get my hands on a dechlornator.
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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thanks for the reply........ohk..ill do as u say.....
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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but dechlorinators are not available here........
 

jetajockey

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like has been said earlier, you can age your water by letting it sit out for a few days, that will remove the chlorine also, but I strongly suggest you get a water conditioner, even if you have to buy it online and have it mail ordered, its essential to help condition the water for fish to live in (detoxifying harmful chemicals, metals, etc)
 

Meenu

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There must be some water conditioner somewhere in India you could have shipped to you. Contact DAS and see what they say. they must have a supplier. If not, there is a member in India named Jana - maybe you could send her a message.
 

Furallicah

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I'll do a little research aka talk to my chem teacher. I think there is something you can use other then a dechlornator...but I can't remember for the life of me what it is....
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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lol.....thanksss a lot buddyy.........
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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can anyone tell me which food I should use to enhance the color of my parrots .........I am currently using tertra bits complete
 

Furallicah

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Omega One is a good one. Their food is awesome. But idk if you have axcess to it where you live. A fish food with the first few ingredients as some from of fish meal will work. You want any thicking agent like wheat meal, flour meal, soy meal. As far down the ingredient list as possible.
 

Meenu

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Ask aquarist48 (Ken) what he feeds his - they are gorgeous.
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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I have left him with a msg will he reply or not..??? his parrots are really very cute
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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I have mailed to delhI aquarium society but I think that site is under construction
 

Meenu

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Surya Kant Bansal said:
I have left him with a msg will he reply or not..??? his parrots are really very cute
he logs in at some crazy time, in about 3 hours. He should get back to you,
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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oHk....
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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hey guyzzzz... my fish have finally started eating something...thaksss to alll you for your help.... but MY OSCARS ARE NOT EATING ANYTHING......please advice something.......
 

Meenu

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what are you trying to feed them?

And do you know how many gallons your tank is? I think you might be overcrowded. That seems like a lot of oscars together...
 

Furallicah

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I was thinking the same, but with what you said about the deminsions it seems to be around 110gals. I computed it here https://www.fishlore.com/ConversionCalculator.htm scroll down to the bottom and put in the size of your aquarium in inches though so times everything by 12 if its in feet. Idk..was it yours I did....gah I can't remember.....o_O Sorry.
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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mine is a 112 gallon tank
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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I am feedin the oscars with shrimps and tetrabits pellets
 
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Surya Kant Bansal

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I have has this tank for the past two and a half years and never had succh kind of a problem with my fishes...they used to fight for food but now they dun seem interested...
 

Aquarist

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Thank you for the kind words Meenu! I appreciate it.

I did respond in profile messages Thanks for the referral Always glad to help when I can.
Ken
 
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