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  1. I will stop using interpet straight away. I've never liked any of their meds and never had to use them but it was all I had at the time. I will have a search for the sera stuff so thanks for the recommendation. You guys are often able to get meds we can't in the UK!
  2. Roger has been doing tumble turns during the day too now Poop watch has produced long very thin empty poops too - this pic has the poop if you can see it and the strange lump on Roger's side I have a video that I am trying to upload to photobucket so you can see this tumble turning. I am going to try and get video of the lights out behaviour too tomorrow. It's very distressing to me (and Roger I should think) and I am contemplating swim bladder treatment.
  3. I can't get a pic of the bump as s/he keeps avoiding my camera at the wrong moment. Sadly s/he has been spiralling more frequently so I am treating for swim bladder to see if that helps. S/he is still eating really well but the turning is disturbing and there's a bending to one side too when on the bottom or spiralling. it doesn't look good, but s/he is still hanging on in ther so I am hoping and praying I can treat this successfully
  4. They are all beautiful fish and I am so attached to them Well poop watch yesterday resulted in 100% normal looking poop from Roger. Broke off in short bits as were all the others. I gave them a few shelled peas with a grain of salts in each and they all responded to it. In the evening they had some mysis, krill and enriched brine shrimp and went to bed happy. Roger spent the day mostly normal but one or two occasions he did an upside down flip while trying to turn round. I did look in on Roger this morning at 6am. The tank room was in daylight and Roger was flat on its side looking, for all intents and purposes, deceased. He/she was breathing slowly and when the OH walked past the tank he 'came to' and spiralled all over the place. This was with no tank lights on so it's not triggered by them coming on by the looks of things. I will have to try and take a video of it as it is quite alarming to watch. He/she looks almost as though swimming about blind. I noticed this morning what appears to be a lump on his/her left side. Small and the colour of his/her skin (orange) that looks like it is where a scale should be. I'll try and get pics tonight.
  5. I really appreciate your comments and suggestions, thanks! I only have curtains on the room windows in winter when it is cold. At the moment the window has none and the kitchen door is open so light can come through from there too. It's not direct sunlight as I say - north facing room but the light is a gradual build up in the morning before the tank lights come on. I am off to work at 6am during the week so he/she will be looking like they are fast asleep on their side when I look in on the tank.
  6. Well I've just spent an hour adding a second external filter, another large airstone and removed both big bits of wood. Takes some getting used to seeing an empty tank like this, but I am all for the best for the fish. I've also done another 50% water change with some slightly cooler water. With adding the extra filter and airstone, the flow is a bit stronger so I have turned down the internal filter flow a bit to compensate. I'll have to experiment and see what they can all get one with. Boo doesn't have constipation as there's a very natural looking poop emerging, but I will try and keep an eye on Roger's motions to see if I can get a pic. I am tempted to set up my oher 180L tank for two of the fish so it would be two fish in each 180L tank, but I only have space in the hallway upstairs and I would then have 10 tanks running. Not sure I could cope with 4 tanks needing weekly 50% water changes as I am only able to do it the old fashined way with a bucket and syphon! I will watch Roger like a hawk. I will be devastated if I lose him
  7. From above Roger appears 100% symmetrical. No one side is deeper than the other. I'm going off to add a second external filter Eheim Ecco Pro 300 which is another 750L/H, not that I have had any issues whatsoever with levels in the tank. I'm also going to take the bogwood out even though it hasn't affected the Ph enough to soften that water too much. I am more concerned about injury than how the tank look at the moment. I may add another airstone as well...you can't have such a thing as too much aeration can you (within reason)?
  8. I have a large airstone and a venturi fitting on the internal filter and the spray bar is above the surface so the water from the external filter falls into the tank giving tons of surface movement and good aeration. Roger doesn't look to be wonky on one side but I'll go have a proper look from above now. It's quite a slender fish compared to the orandas so I guess I'll see it as noticeable if it is egg bound. BRB
  9. I'm not sure what this could be, but one thing I noticed is this: you say 50 gallon tank, but then you say you change half of it every week (70gallons) - umm... what? Do you mean the tank is 150 US gallons? Sorry, 90L a week is changed. I got totally confused trying to convert to US gals. Tank is 180L in volume. I;ll stick to litres etc for now as I know where I am with that And the filtration is given in lph. I calculated that this is about 350gph combined. But either way the filtration is below 10x. Params are as listed all the time and I've never had any ammonia or nitrite issues with the current filtration. Honestly not sure if that has anything to do with the situation, considered your params are in check. It just confused me. So he only does that in the morning after you turn the lights on? For how long does he do that before he goes back to normal, "just" 20 minutes and then he is back to normal for the entire rest of the day? He just displays this behaviour in the morning/when the lights come on and it has only been for the last 4 days. He is completely normal in behaviour for the rest of the day/night. Did you ever try turning the lights off during day time for a few hours and turning them back on, to see if he does the same? I have tried turning the lights off during the day and he behaves as normal, just swimming around the tank. I would have thought this might be related to an injury or electrical current, but considered he acts fine afterward, that's strange. I had something similar happen to one of my fish, but only one single time. No sign of any injury whatsoever and all other fish behaving normally. In the morning when I turned the light in my fry tub on, one of them was swimming frantically, even spiraling at times, then just sinking to the bottom. After about 30 minutes he stopped and acted normal again ever since. I still don't know WHY he was like that, but I wonder if it is a similar thing with your fish, I am concerned because this behaviour has only just started happening. I tried waking the fish this morningby lifting the lid of the tank without the lights on and he displayed the same behaviour.
  10. I'm thinking of removing one of the bits of bogwood or both as i was concerned about Roger hitting him/herself on it when panicing. I am tempted to try bare bottom tanking too but need to read up more about that before I consider it. all the fish seem to enjoy pooting through the gravel for food (I do vac the gravel every week as part of maintenance btw). I would have thought if it's Ph related or such it would affect the other fish in some way too?
  11. No algae issues at all - tank is in a north facing room. It's only this fish that displays this behaviour. The others are normal in the morning, hovering in the water rather than flat on the floor and certainly no paniced behaviour on waking/lights on.
  12. Hello Trinket! Poop is straight with slight kinks, not what I would say zigzag. Gills are beautifully red and fresh looking as are the others. No treatments at all apart from the mentioned melafix for 7 days two weeks ago. I am anti treating with meds unless I know for certain that a fish is ailing with something - mis treatment is not good in my eyes - and the melafix was just to prevent any infection occuring from a couple of caught scales on Churchill. I am not 100% certain of sex of my three. I haven't seen any breeding stars on any of them, but I do know Monty the red cap is a female as she drops eggs occasionally. The black oranda is a mystery, no stars on show but it was up the bottom of Monty the other day. She was very swollen which made me wonder at first if she was egg bound ( or possibly constipated, hence the starving) but now she isn't which leads me to think it may have been eggs that she's since dropped. Roger Moor never shows any breeding behaviour of any kind. He/she usually just drifts happily around the tank without issue Just realised I totally forgot about Boo my little ranchu! Just over an inch long of body and added to the tank a few months ago after 6 weeks QT. I think it's male as it too was up the bottom of Monty before she became less bloated! Bigger tank upgrade on the cards, obviously! None of the fish bother Roger at all.
  13. Hi folks! Apologies for not being around for a long time (very busy with shift work at the hospital) and I am also sorry for popping back with a problem, but I know I'll get the best advice here! I have a problem as described below with my once black but now orange Moor, Roger. I hope someone can shed some light on the very alarming behaviour this fish is displaying in the mornings at the moment [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10ppm or less [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.6 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Salifert liquid test kits [*]Water temperature? 21 degrees [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 50 US gals running for 1.5 years [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetratec EX700 (700l p/h) external plus Eheim Aquaball 180 (650L p/h) internal filter [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 50% a week (70 US gal) [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? 3 days ago as above [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fancies at 4 inch body length each approx [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime Dechlorinator [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? a very varied diet - Saki Hikari Fancy Goldfish Colour Enhancing Diet (soaked sinking pellets),Saki Hikari Basic diet pellets, spirulina flakes (soaked), enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, peas, cucumber, bloodworms occasionally, spinach leaves, occasional slice of orange [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No [*]Any medications added to the tank? 2 weeks ago I ran some Melafix in the water after one of the orandas caught a few scales. Meds removed with carbon and subsequent water changes. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? My moor has suddenly started sleeping on its side. It breathes very very shallowly/infrequently. When it wakes up it seems to have a panic fit and swims in spirals crashing into everything for anything up to 20 minutes in fits and starts. In between the fits it sits or lies on the bottom of the tank loooking like it is dead and hardly breathing or taking big gasping breaths. When the fits subside the fish behaves 100% normally, but this is the fourth morning I have come dow to see it laying on it's side looking dead. Its appetite is normal and the only strange thing I saw yesterday was slightly pale stringy poop with bubbles in. They are on day three of a starve prior to being fed peas as the redcap oranda seemed constipated/egg bound on Thursday with a bloated belly (she has since expelled her eggs naturally and looks much happier and not bloated). At the mo he is bobbling around as per normal looking like the happy healthy fish I know and love. It's just this morning behaviour that is very alarming and worrying. Hope someone can help. Just spotted another pale brown stringy poop with clear bubbles in in the water but not sure who produced it.
  14. Hi peeps. Not been around for some time as I've been setting up new marine tanks, coping with ill health and trying to maintain a normal life as best as possible. Sorry if I've neglected you all I just thought I'd update you on my babies. Sadly down to just three now and they're living in a lovely 180L longer tank and are very happy and lively Churchill is doing well as is Monty and Roger Moor is still colour morphing happily. He won't rest until he's all gold, I can just feel it and they love their new-ish tank too, much preferring the shape for swimming about in the tank needs more plants and I am going to get some more elodea for them this weekend, but I rather like it without a background - good job really as the back of the tank has paint splashes on it that wouldn't come off for love nor razor blades and would really show up against a black or blue background Hope you're all well and that your fish are too
  15. Just thought I'd pop some pics up of my Roger Moor and his magnificent growth and colour change he['s been getting on with over the couple of years I've had him now When I first got him growing well the embarassing poo phase the start of operation going for gold now Bless him
  16. How I wish I lived near you! That is a really generous offer! I am getting my own RO unit soon - just a meagre 50GPD unit
  17. Thankyou Once their scaped, they're scaped really Just a little clip of him letting a shrimp go as he's been too busy kissing his own reflection Bless
  18. I moved my goldies from this tank to the 180L and that left it free for a Congo puffer Tetraodon miurus It's been 3 days of hard work but I took my time (for fear of getting told off) and it's been transformed again. So, from this to this Fluval Duo Deep 800 tank 125L Eheim Aquaball 2208 with added baskets internal filtration Fluval 305 external filter running Eheim substrate, Seachem Matrix carbon, and Rowaphos phosphate remover plus 4 sponges. It's had a lovely clean up and is now home to Smooch...cos he looks like he's puckering up for a kiss! Only 2 inches long...spot the puffer So cute! I think his mouth looks like Greedo from Star Wars
  19. Thanks for the info but there's no way I'm adding dwarfs to that tank. I had a similar set up once with honeys and sparklers and I added two pairs and they wiped the entire tank out within a week (and that was after lengthy QTing first). I was warned about dwarf gourami disease too and my OH really wanted me to get them against my better judgement. I am not going to go for chocolate gouramies either as I hear they need water that's softer than I can provide anyway. I may add to the sparklers and honeys and leave it at that with some cherry shrimp too CO2 update piccy Beginning of March two weeks on Amazing growth from the bulb plants and the java moss minefield. The crypts are going great guns too but the java moss I tied to the bogwood at the back isn't growing quite so rapidly. The red curly vallis is doing really well
  20. CO2 update... First planted 2 weeks ago Today Somethings right in there as the growth has been fantastic!
  21. Aw thanks dd! I have tonight installed the basic CO2 unit I am going to give it a try and see what it does for the plants so there will be a photo time line coming up The fish are settling in really well and it is such a lovely tank to fall asleep watching:heart
  22. Helen's tank is a Rena Aqualife 350 I think. 98Gal 440L and comes in at 4 feet long. A great tank and such a shame it isn't made any more The tank is looking beautiful as always Helen
  23. Aren't cories happiest in groups of 5-6 though? I want to keep the space for the gourami really, but I did see some gorgeous zebra otos that I may add once it's more stable
  24. Hmmm....interesting. The CO2 unit was only £15 so didn't break the bank - a basic yeast, sugar and bicarb unit. I have two 15W white bulbs on the tank having replaced the blue moonlight bulb - I didn't like half the tank looking blue and half seeming yellow. The only plants I query about doing well with the current lighting are the vallisnera but unsure about the aponogeton too (although I have this in another 60L tank and it's doing fine) ? I chose the majority of the plants because I have success with them in my other tanks and I know they're ok with low light.
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