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by Diana
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How to clean sand substrate ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1546

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: 1546

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: 2736

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: 946

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: 9
Views: 10140

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: 1129

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...
by Diana
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND
Replies: 14
Views: 2430

Re: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND

The really dark tinting done to limo windows will probably be dark enough. I have painted aquarium backgrounds and other materials related to aquariums, plastic and metal. 1) Surface must be clean and dry. I wire brushed the metal, then sanded. I used a fine sand cloth on PVC, just enough to degloss...
by Diana
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Moving and Quarantine
Replies: 23
Views: 2683

Re: Moving and Quarantine

Yes, if the bacteria take care of the ammonia in 24 hours then the tank is ready for fish. 4 bottles @ "20 gallon" sounds good. Ammonia comes in different strengths. You might test some in a 5 gallon bucket, then do some math. It might take a LOT of teaspoons to does 120 gallons. If you find out you...
by Diana
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Moving and Quarantine
Replies: 23
Views: 2683

Re: Moving and Quarantine

You are right, it does sound too good to be true. But here is a typical course of how it goes: Set up new tank with all new everything. Add Dr. Tims. Let it circulate. (few minutes) Add fish. There may be a small blip of ammonia or nitrite in the first 24-48 hours. A very low level. Not a problem fo...
by Diana
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Copper or betel nut safe for sewellia?
Replies: 5
Views: 1135

Re: Copper or betel nut safe for sewellia?

Trumpet snails are live bearers, which is why you do not see eggs. You are right, it only takes one snail to hitch a ride, as you suspect perhaps got caught in the net when you caught a fish. This is usually the safest way to eliminate snails, that is, by moving the fish to a new tank. I wonder if a...
by Diana
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Moving and Quarantine
Replies: 23
Views: 2683

Re: Moving and Quarantine

The product will say right on the label that it contains Nitrospira species of nitrifying bacteria. Dr Tim is the scientist who identified these as the correct species, the ones that do the work in a cycled tank. They are the ones that turn nitrite into nitrate. There is another group that turns amm...
by Diana
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Moving and Quarantine
Replies: 23
Views: 2683

Re: Moving and Quarantine

I also have found that once the fish are established in my tap water (or however I want to treat it) they can be moved from one tank to another with little or no stress. Quarantine and treatment is usually done in a relatively bare tank so that you can observe the fish quite easily to watch for thin...
by Diana
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Is Dwarf chain loach or Zebra Loach compatible with clown loaches
Replies: 5
Views: 1199

Re: Is Dwarf chain loach or Zebra Loach compatible with clown loaches

Even a 300 liter aquarium is too small for 15 clown loaches.

I would not get different species that both inhabit the same area of the tank.
by Diana
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Can I get a hillstream loach?
Replies: 17
Views: 2255

Re: Can I get a hillstream loach?

You may be able to find smooth rocks at a landscape/soils/bricks... sort of store. They may call them river rock, cobbles or water washed (or similar name). Take several plastic bags with you and a marker. Take a few samples of whatever stone you think could work, and bring the samples home. Test th...
by Diana
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Newblie Loach keepers with ich
Replies: 4
Views: 1072

Re: Newblie Loach keepers with ich

How are things going? Hope you have plans for a bigger tank! Those baby Loaches are going to grow... and grow... Heat will kill Ich, as you are finding out. It is good that you have plenty of water movement, this helps to add oxygen to the water. Water changes, especially vacuuming the bottom of the...