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Logan's Swim

I have renamed our fish tank “the Carousel”.

Monkeys is going to have a talk with the shop that sold him the mollies and guppies. Our suspicion is that they have Ick. Or Ik - perhaps they've been hanging out with trolls. Of the original six fish, we've lost five. One, Jeff the God of Biscuits, is still swimming around - but I've thought I've watched him die once before. It looked like a seizure. Meanwhile, though lost Coconut Shrimp, otherwise all the other babies are okay.


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Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
I think there's something wrong with the PH of your water. I don't think your fish came from the store having ick, they looked pretty good when I saw them... at least they didn't seem to have ick at the time.
You're on city water, so it could be something that's added into to the water.
I'd be interested to know what the store suggests that you do for it.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
According to Monkeys, the guy at the shop said ick is just out there pretty much all the time, but so long as the fish are otherwise healthy they aren't bothered by it. He thinks it has something to do with temperature fluctuations and sold him a heater. We'll see. It might have just been a scam to sell a heater.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Capricorn 15...
Guppy5, Molly7- time for carousel. Be strong and you will be renewed.

One of my new cichlids went on carousel last week...
Mar. 2nd, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Re: Capricorn 15...
I'm sorry for your cichlid, I hadn't heard of that kind of fish before. Well, not by that name. I looked them up on line, and they looked familiar. They are really pretty! I hope the others settle in successfully!

I have to confess, your Guppy5/Molly7 comment made me giggle.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Capricorn 15...
We have 2 far to large Cichlids. I adore them although lots of people seem to hate them because they are messy messy fish (not to mention there aren't to many fish you can mix them with). Oh, and you can't arrange your tank because they'll just rip it all up. Mine actually actively pick up all their rocks and spit them out somewhere else. If they can't pick them up they will spend hours trying to. They would let me put the food right in their mouth if it didn't make me holler when they jump up for the food.

A heater is a good thing to have with a fish tank. (I HAVE to have them for Redd and Kitty) It helps keep the tank at a pretty consistent temp and keep them from getting all shocky. I don't know if fish always have Ick or not... but our old guppies and mollys got it once or twice. They are both easy to care for fish, but at the same time they can be easily killed. By the time you see they are sick it's sometimes just to late to do anything for them.

I know this is a cold thing to say but it's best to not get too attached to guppies and mollys, of course ours breed so we lost a few gained a few a lot. I never bothered to name any of them.

We did test our PH all the time and weirdly... even though the are "fresh water" fish, they do need a little bit of salt. You should be able to find the amount if you search for them. That wasn't something anyone really told us when we got them.

I love having a fish tank, but you'll have bumpy roads until you figure out what temp you need and what you need to add. It's slightly different for every kind of fish and water type. Don't give up one them! You'll have lots of fun.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: Capricorn 15...
That's funny about the rocks! I love animals with attitude and personality. :)

It's good we have a heater now. Monkeys was doing some research on line today and discovered mollies/guppies prefer temperatures around 77 degrees or a bit higher - we didn't have a thermometer, and I don't know that our water ever got into the 70's, poor guys.

I'm still naming them. They deserve names. :)
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: Capricorn 15...
You can get little stick on thermometers... they don't cost very much.

I love my weird fish. We have to make sure to keep the light off because they attack each other.

Good for you. :D We had WAY to many to name. Plus most of ours looks the same. But I did name the snail escargot and the Placo Hoover.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
Re: Capricorn 15...
Most of the little fish we have haven't been named (There are 21 fish and 2 snails in our 29 gal tank, thanks to matterntm showing us how to "overfilter" the tank so they can have a proper school) but the gourami is Admiral Akbar and the beta is Tempest (he's blue/green and purple). The snails are currently jointly called "sniggles."
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm with Toaster about checking the PH of your water, though I would add checking the clorine content as well... My store has had a fish tank since Chrismas thanks to matterntm and it was clorine that was the problem while we were establishing the tank.

One we got past the establishment stage, the fishy deaths are all linked to the 10" plecostomus that rules the 30 gal tank. "Charlie" as we call him has started actively hunting the glowlight danios, stripe danios, tetras, cardinals, beta and gourami that share the tank with him even though we feed him more frog bites, blood worms, and sea weed than matterntm and the pet store recommend. He's successfully eaten 4 glowlight danios, a tetra and a frog.

Evedently Soylent Green is fishies in my case.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
That really odd about the Pleco.... All of mine we always laid back and only ever hung onto the side of the tank and occasionally the snail. I have heard that the larger the more aggressive...
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
We did some checking and it turns out about 1 percent of the plecos will start actively hunting even when being feed enough. Being boys, most of the game store regulars root for Charlie and actively place bets on which of the danios or tetras is going to be taken down next... [sigh]

Charlie is about 8 to 10 years old (he was at least 3 when matterntm got him 5 years ago) and he was getting too big to share her 55 gal tank with the 12" pleco she got at the same time, which is why he now lives at the game store. He's always been an active fish the entire time I've known him.

I was warned he might try to eat the snails, but so far so good on that score.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
We had so many snails I really wanted my placo to eat them... which he never did. :(
Mar. 6th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
This is so creepy it took me days to decide whether or not to post it, but I found out about it after-the-fact, so I'm excusing myself. Monkeys bought a snail for the tank and said it was a snail that didn't reproduce. Later after another visit to the pet shop to ask why we had some baby snails now we were told two things 1) the baby snails came along with some of the plants- they were a different kind of snail than the one he bought (so I may rename them "Bonus" and "freebie") and 2) the one the shop sold Monkeys was a salt-water snail. So the reason it doesn't reproduce is actually it DOES reproduce, that's what the little white spots are on some of the rocks, but the babies can't grow successfully because they don't like the fresh water. It's so creepy to think we have sick baby snails dying intentionally in our tank. :( :( :( At least it's not *our* intention. I haven't figured out what to do about it yet now that we do know about it.
Mar. 6th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
Aww.... I ALMOST mentioned that if you EVER bought plants they would come with little snails. It's really lame of them NOT to mention that you would end up with snails. By end up with snails I mean EVERYWHERE. Tons of them, bajillions of them. Seriously.

There is no real way for you to know for sure that the snail eggs you're seeing are eggs from the snail you were HOPING would breed. Those little eggs could be free snail eggs. The "baby" snails you are seeing might not be baby snails. They don't get as large as the ones you generally buy on purpose.

Honey... there is nothing you can really do about the eggs. They will either turn out to be small snail eggs and soon you will have MORE snails... or not. It's okay you didn't do anything wrong. If anyone did anything wrong it was the pet store people who should have said something to you. Chances are if they ARE big snail eggs they are already gone.

I love you.
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