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  1. hello. If the tails of the fish is white then it is normal to see some streaking of blood. that said, you still need to give us the stats for ammonia and nitrite. we cant help on fine as an answer. if you dont know then please take a small sample to a fish store for them to test. nitrite and ammonia in high concentrations will stress your fish out and its important to keep their water clean. If it was me, i would be doing a half water change every couple days with gravel vacs. being uk im not up on bio wheels but any cleaning should be done in old tank water. fins reddening is only a symptom or indication of a problem elsewhere, usually bacterial and water related. pinpointing the cause is the hardest part, and starting with the simplest things first will narrow this. water is always the first place to get a clue, so please help us by getting the water tested.
  2. Check your tapwater readings from a cup and see if nitrate is the same as the tank. A reading of 20 is nothing to be worried about. How big is the tank, how many fish and sizes? Plecs sleep a lot through the day and are active at night. I would drop a couple of the pellets in while the tank is dark and as long as the belly of the fish isnt concave then your plec is fine.
  3. Sounds like he fed those fish to another tank. Its not a 60g tank, those fish would be around 2 or 3 inches at most and in perspective they are too big to look like they are in a 60g. Anyway we can only go by what he says he does, which may be different to what he actually does. I tend to avoid looking at other peoples mistreatment of fish on youtube, it would just depress me.
  4. Hey Bala, yeah i know i havent been on for ages and when i can its not for long. Homelife sucks just now so not getting the time i need to be here more often. Hope youre well
  5. Fish dont change their ways shamu, they run on instinct. Tiger barbs are one of the most aggressive fish out there and if you want to keep them then you will need a large shoal of about 12 to keep aggression to a minimum and change the tank decor around. Also, what size tank are they in? Even small fish need territory or they will fight.
  6. Looks like a larvae beetle, maybe a kind of water beetle. Doubt it will do any harm as it doesnt have any jaws to bite with. Find a local pond and let it live.
  7. sandy

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    Gills on male bettas are usually darker as they are loose skin that they use to flare with. As for the lump, bettas are prone to tumours so it sounds like this is whats going on.
  8. Fish are susceptible to secondary infections after getting ich, so it sounds like something bacterial going on inside. I would go for something like medigold to feed her. Good luck
  9. You are suffering from new tank syndrome. Basically, your tank is cycling and fish just dont like it. You need to get yourself test kits for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate asn levels of ammonia and nitrite are deadly to fish if not detected. I dont know what first aid is but i dont think it will help, nd dont clean out your filter until the tank has cycled. Which filter are you using? You should also be using a conditioner such as prime to help with any chemical in the tap water. Check the temperature too as fluctuations can cause problems for fatter fish. Pearlscales arent the best swimmers anyway as they are bred too much too exagerate the size.
  10. If you have a Betta or two in small tanks then they probably need to be moved around quite regularly. A lot of people use nets but this can catch and tear at fins, especially the long flowing males tails, so I started using a ladle to catch my girls if they needed to be moved and it works really well. No more torn fins and they arent as stressed.
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