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by Diana
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: My yoyos are dying
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: My yoyos are dying

With the hint 'Going toward the filter for air' suggests a gill problem. A couple of diseases and parasites can infest the gills. Are the gills red? Is the fish panting? (moving the gills a lot, perhaps gasping with his mouth opening and closing) Other diseases and parasites are possible. Is the fis...
by Diana
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Pool Filter Sand
Replies: 40
Views: 11360

Re: Pool Filter Sand

There is not really just one manufacturer. Go to pool supply stores, or even Home Depot, or to stores that sell bricks, rock, mortar and similar things. Check the labels. You are looking for sand that may be labeled 20 mesh or 30 mesh, or any other grading system that means the sand is in that size ...
by Diana
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: So Much For the Fishless Cycle
Replies: 21
Views: 195

Re: So Much For the Fishless Cycle

Several rinsings with the water as aggressive as you can manage is a good start. You can try this with the sand, too. Aim the water stream into the sand, and stir it well by hand. The friction of sand particles rubbing against each other should help to break loose the surfactants. When you refill I ...
by Diana
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Moving and Quarantine
Replies: 23
Views: 315

Re: Moving and Quarantine

That sounds like a lot of ammonia. In a 120 that many fish might produce that much in a couple of days.
If the Safe Start is doing its job the ammonia should not show up that high. Just a little bit of color on the test kit is normal.
by Diana
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Mystery kuhli loach illnesses. Please help
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Mystery kuhli loach illnesses. Please help

If there is room in the tank I think I would add the spider wood without removing their cave. Then lift the material that makes the cave by putting a few pebbles under it. Lift it a little more each week, but do not make it unstable. Eventually remove it. Alternate idea: Remove the current cave just...
by Diana
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Mystery kuhli loach illnesses. Please help
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Mystery kuhli loach illnesses. Please help

Not all deaths that happen at the same time (or within a short time) are caused by the same thing. Could be coincidence. As for why all or several fish from one purchase die and fish from a different purchase live, all I can offer are some guesses. a) Better bred (less inbreeding) b) Better fry care...
by Diana
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Mystery kuhli loach illnesses. Please help
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Mystery kuhli loach illnesses. Please help

Both aeromonas and columnaris can cause similar symptoms, the ulcers you are seeing, and can kill the fish. Here are a few comments and some links: Columnaris often starts on the outside of the fish, showing a white or grey clouded area. Often (by no means always) over the dorsal area. This gives th...
by Diana
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How to clean sand substrate ?
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: How to clean sand substrate ?

Very fine debris does get into the sand. When I vacuum the sand using the techniques I shared above, the water in the bucket is brown tinted, not clear. Also, when I take down a tank that had sand, it can be a really nasty mess. Skimming the surface will indeed pick up all the larger debris and almo...
by Diana
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Did My Fish Get Me Sick
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Did My Fish Get Me Sick

I am with the others: Unless you actually drank the old, dirty water the fish was in, I sure doubt that the upset stomach etc has any connection with the fish. There are several zoonotic disease that people can catch from fish, here is a link to the Center for Disease Control. https://www.cdc.gov/he...
by Diana
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How to clean sand substrate ?
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: How to clean sand substrate ?

To vacuum sand with a gravel vac that works via siphon there are several tricks. 1) Raise the lower end of the siphon, perhaps put a bucket on a chair. This slows the flow so it will pick up less sand. 2) Fold the outlet tube in one hand while controlling the business end of the tube with the other ...
by Diana
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How to clean sand substrate ?
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: How to clean sand substrate ?

All aquariums have debris falling to the bottom. There is no way to stop that. The best way to deal with it is a combination of techniques and tools. The circulation of the water in the tank can help a lot. The way a HOB filter is designed is very good, sheeting the water across the top, then down t...
by Diana
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Korean Loaches
Replies: 2
Views: 1703

Re: Korean Loaches

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by Diana
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Sick clown loach
Replies: 1
Views: 90

Re: Sick clown loach

Sorry for the late response, but it does sound like constipation. Rotate foods including peas and other vegetables and do not feed too much of any one food, especially dry foods at one time. I feed quite a range of freeze-dried foods, but scatter them well across the tank so no one fish can eat that...
by Diana
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Feeding Dojos Veg
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Feeding Dojos Veg

I start with frozen peas. Rinse them in hot water enough to defrost, then pop them out of their shells (a thin, almost clear covering). Then the peas often split by themselves into half, and are very easily broken into smaller bits. I never bothered to cut, break or mash them any smaller. They are t...
by Diana
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: (Suspected) weather loach arrived in my pond without ever being purchased or added
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: (Suspected) weather loach arrived in my pond without ever being purchased or added

Where are you located? There are several species of fish that are related to the Dojo or Weather Loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) most often kept in aquariums. Some relatives are native to cooler areas of Europe. Yes, it is possible to transport fish on pond weeds as either eggs (most likely) or a...