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by Bas Pels
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How to have Diatom free aquarium?
Replies: 3
Views: 31

Re: How to have Diatom free aquarium?

A new tank has much more diatoms than a mature one. My suggesation would be to firstly follow the previous post, than improve this tank by adding sand, and plants. No matter which of both - loaches need sand to play in. Then I would suggest to realize the 1 inch of fish a gallon only goes for small,...
by Bas Pels
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Cobitis loaches
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: Cobitis loaches

I don't have any experience with them. The only Cobitidae I have experience with is Acantocobitis, which is far different. Cobitis are found in the tropics, but also in Europe, in fact 1 species is found here in NL waters. But it is unlawfull keeping this species here, they are protected. As far as ...
by Bas Pels
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown Loach in 105 Gallon
Replies: 3
Views: 40

Re: Clown Loach in 105 Gallon

As the UK gallon is some 10 % larger than the US gallon, you might want to change the 150 gallons redshark mentioned into 165 US gallons
by Bas Pels
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Pop eye on Gastromyzon
Replies: 6
Views: 71

Re: Pop eye on Gastromyzon

Getting the fish to the vet is a very bad idea. But perhaps you can get the vet toi the fish?


Most vets know nothing about fishes, and here I really mean nothing, there are vets who don't even realize water can have influence. But you might be Lucky and know a fish vet.
by Bas Pels
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Pop eye on Gastromyzon
Replies: 6
Views: 71

Re: Pop eye on Gastromyzon

Honestly, I can't Partly because I did not have any reason to gain experience with fighting deseases in the last 5 years, but also because before that I decided, after a presentation by a vet, never to use antibiotics for fishes. The thing is, after I treat the fish with something, the baceria will ...
by Bas Pels
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Pop eye on Gastromyzon
Replies: 6
Views: 71

Re: Pop eye on Gastromyzon

As far as I know, a pop eye is mostly bacterial, and as you assumed, this is often due to lack of water quality. Rapid moving water is most often very poor in dissolved organic matter, hence no large amounts of bacteria can exist. Which made the fish need less defence against them. In our tanks the ...
by Bas Pels
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: More then one Yoyo loach
Replies: 10
Views: 207

Re: More then one Yoyo loach

While I have no experience with Yoyo - you could perhaps try with a yoyoish fish. Problem is, I know only 1 yoyoish fish. And any other would grow more or less to the same size.
by Bas Pels
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE

in most places 10 december is warmer than 10 January. At least it is here in NL. Hope this goes for you too
by Bas Pels
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE

Assuming you will keep all the windows closed and so on, the temperature will not drop dramatically. However, after bering still for 8 hours, I would not want to restart the filters, I'd want to clean them first. After all, in these 8 hrs everything has been without oxygen. And, therefore, in case y...
by Bas Pels
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS
Replies: 10
Views: 205

Re: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS

Whether a professional or not, what he was doing just does not make any sense from a chemical point of view. no sense at all
by Bas Pels
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS
Replies: 10
Views: 205

Re: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS

Around 2 min is the moment he is filling a measuring tubve with water. shaking it to remouve a bit of escess.

Yes, he is basically wasting his time, and te reagens
by Bas Pels
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS
Replies: 10
Views: 205

Re: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS

To answer your first question, a dopplet test for oxygen may be possible to make, but the result will have no meaning. Imagine standing neat a tank, with the kit. You take some water, and add it carefully into the measuring tube to the required level. That is, you poor water, thought to contain litt...
by Bas Pels
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: companions/dither fish
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: companions/dither fish

bottom oriented fish are better kept with dithers - in nature there is Always the risk of being eaten by a bvird, but bottom oriented fish are not really suited to watching overflying birds. They let others do the watching, and only appear when it is safe. That is, when other fishes show themselves....
by Bas Pels
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Happiness is: Now Video too
Replies: 35
Views: 747

Re: Happiness is: Now Video too

THE problem with feeding canned tune is not a taste of blood. The problem is that fish meat only contains proteins - and it is very poor in vitamins or minerals. If one would feed their fish the guts instead of the meat, the fish would benefit a lot. But even then, this would only be a good idea in ...
by Bas Pels
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Happiness is: Now Video too
Replies: 35
Views: 747

Re: Happiness is: Now Video too

Why not raw sweet potato? Or else cooked?

Baking is basically tenderizing in fat, and fat is something quite rare in nature.

But perhaps I'm wrong, baked beans are not fat either.