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by KittyKat
Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: A planted tank without snails is this possible???
Replies: 7
Views: 5226

Re: A planted tank without snails is this possible???

I would love to put real plants in the tank I am planning for kuhli loaches, but whenever I have tried to have a planted tank no matter how much I wash the plants beforehand the tank always ends up completely covered in snails!! I wonder how others manage it or whether it is possible at all??? I kn...
by KittyKat
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:05 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: bent spine
Replies: 10
Views: 5411

Re: bent spine

I have a five gallon tank with two zebra danios. After returning from a trip, I noticed that one of the danios had a bent spine which has gotten slightly worse in the past weeks. He also looks very skinny and swims at the top of the tank and appears to be struggling to move. I know I should have st...
by KittyKat
Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:45 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Persistent Pop-eye in White Cloud Minnow. Help, please? :'(
Replies: 3
Views: 2613

Re: Persistent Pop-eye in White Cloud Minnow. Help, please?

Ardillakilla wrote:You need to use a real antibiotic. TMP sulfa or kanamycin.
What sort of dose would you recommend? After all, these are human strength medication intended for oral consumption.

For the record, anything that contains an antibiotic is an equally real antibiotic, regardless of the intended use.
by KittyKat
Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:46 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tank Mates for Banded Tiger Loach?
Replies: 10
Views: 6788

Re: Tank Mates for Banded Tiger Loach?

Don't think I'll try Ebay - its good for non-living things but not live beings! So what makes you think that some random person who uses eBay isn't going to give it a better home than some random person who walks into your LFS? After all, an LFS did sell the fish to you when you knew nothing about ...
by KittyKat
Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tank Mates for Banded Tiger Loach?
Replies: 10
Views: 6788

Re: Tank Mates for Banded Tiger Loach?

Brad, before thinking about any more species of loach, why don't you investigate what the longest tank you can have is? As I mentioned, even the 100 litre is too small for the yoyo, unless it is 4 ft long. As for finding a new home for the helodes , have you tried aquarist-classifieds? Or on here? O...
by KittyKat
Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:06 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: I want shrimp!!!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 10380

Re: I want shrimp!!!!!

If the seller is reliable, knows how to post animals and takes all the necessary precautions, then I consider for there to be little risk involved in buying online. It is always best to quarantine everything, before adding it to your tanks, for 4-6 weeks. I assume it's starting to get cold in US? I ...
by KittyKat
Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Persistent Pop-eye in White Cloud Minnow. Help, please? :'(
Replies: 3
Views: 2613

Re: Persistent Pop-eye in White Cloud Minnow. Help, please?

Water parameters? Maintenance schedule? Tank mates?

I would try eSHa 2000 to treat it, and would try to find what caused the problem to prevent it coming back.
by KittyKat
Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:59 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Tank Mates for Banded Tiger Loach?
Replies: 10
Views: 6788

Re: Tank Mates for Banded Tiger Loach?

S. helodes (banded tiger loaches) are not a species which is *really* suitable for the average home aquaria because they are extremely active compared to other large fish, so you'd be looking at at least a 6 ft tank for the species in the long term. As with many other loaches, this is a social spec...
by KittyKat
Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Plankton for loaches
Replies: 4
Views: 1255

Re: Plankton for loaches

The photo of the food you liked to looks more like small crustaceans than plankton, especially since plankton is small enough that individual bits should not be visible to the naked eye. I can't see a problem with feeding crustaceans to loaches as part of a balanced diet if the food is washed and pr...
by KittyKat
Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: confessions and aspirations of a lazy fishkeeper
Replies: 18
Views: 8860

Re: confessions and aspirations of a lazy fishkeeper

For those of you that have done this, how dumb is it to think that I can remove the gravel and add the sand with the fish still in the tank? The rainbowfish seem to get really stressed out easily, and I am thinking this would be less stressful than netting them and putting them in a bucket, but I'm...
by KittyKat
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: dropsy
Replies: 5
Views: 2707

Re: dropsy

The symptoms you describe are often caused by bacterial infections… it may be a good idea to do a short course with a generic anti-microbial. For example, I would consider a half-dose course of eSHa 2000 as it covers a wide range of gram positive and gram negative bacteria, and fungus, but does not ...
by KittyKat
Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Pics from my tanks
Replies: 53
Views: 29292

Re: Pics from my tanks

Kittykat, it's a small staying Echinodorus in the rekord 60 tank, with enough light it will have red leaves. I actually meant the one to the left of it, the stem plants with teardrop leaves, didn't even see the sword! I've had no cross breed from danio margaritatus and erythromicron, i've had sever...
by KittyKat
Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Best moss for aquarium
Replies: 3
Views: 2548

Re: Best moss for aquarium

Whichever one suits the purpose best ;) Java moss is a reliable one, but most of the others grow fine for me too.
by KittyKat
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: dropsy
Replies: 5
Views: 2707

Re: dropsy

Dropsy is usually a catch-all term to describe generic poor water quality and a certain set of symptoms. Until someone who has more loach-specific knowledge comes along, it's probably a good idea to do some water changes with temperature matched and dechlorinated water, say 30-50%. Can you post your...
by KittyKat
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Plankton for loaches
Replies: 4
Views: 1255

Re: Plankton for loaches

Are you talking about tiny free-swimming plants of freshwater origin? If yes, then yes. If you're talking about marine plankton, then probably not because many loaches are sensitive to salt. If you're talking about bacteria and archaea, then probably not as well, although I'm not sure if these could...