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  1. Water parameters Temperature range: 32 degrees pH: 6.5 GH: 5 Ammonia 0, Nitrate 5 max due to daily water changes, Nitrite 0. Water change frequency 80% daily Tank set up Size: 100 litre Substrate: none Filtration: Sponge filter. Added overhead filter two weeks ago. No carbon. Other tank mates: 5 x 2.25" discus, 1 x 3.5" discus and 1 x6" male discus Tank has been running for 2 months. Symptoms / Problem description On the 27 October I purchased 5 x 2.25" discus and 1 x 3.5" discus and put them into a 100 litre grow out tank along with a 6" male discus. No substrate, sponge filter. All discus were eating like little piggies until just over 3 weeks ago. The smallest stopped eating. Feeding time was a real frenzy. I fed them 4 times a day, changing feeds between beefheart mix, live Australian blackworms, Hikari discus pellets and sometimes Hikari frozen bloodworms. Beefheart mix included vegetables, fish, prawn, garlic, kelp and vitamins and minerals. When feeding there was the usual pushing, shoving and chasing. Little kids in the playground. The large male was the calming factor in the tank and never chased or annoyed the younger discus. When the young discus went into the tank they were all over the large male and used him as a play toy. It was funny to watch. The smallest discus, being a Chequerboard Turk (CT) was chased off a bit more than his larger tank mates but he did do a fair bit of chasing himself. He was stocky and solid. Getting back to the issue at hand, he stopped eating. He started to show no interest in the food when it was put into the tank. All other discus at as usual. Action taken and medication used I increased the temperature to 32 degrees to speed up metabolism and encourage eating. Every 6 months I worm my discus and as a matter of course and with the new discus not eating, I gave a treatment to this tank. I used 500mg of Praziquantel with a 60% water change after 48 hours. I then used 14ml of Levamisole with a 100% water change after 24 hours. After this time the CT was still not eating. All others were eating well. 2 days later I did notice the some of the discus had a bit of bloat and considered that maybe the CT was constipated thus not eating. I also considered that the CT maybe having trouble passing a dead worm from the previous treatments, this too may stop the CT from eating. I dosed the tank with one tablespoon of Epsom Salts and after 4 hours put another tablespoon in. Some of the discus were passing soft stools so I discontinued this treatment. After 24 hours I could just about rule out bloat or constipation for the CT as he was still not eating. If the CT's problem was not constipation, it most likely had to be a bacterial infection. The level of the tank was dropped to 90 litres after a 100% water change. I then dosed the tank with 600mg of Metronidazole daily for 4 days with a 50% water change on each day. After this treatment the CT was still not eating. The CT would look over the food but not eat. As the CT was slowly looking over the food as it went in, I thought it best to give him a sporting chance of eating something before the hungry hoards devoured all the food. I put the CT into a small 40 litre tank with no substrate and with a sponge filter. Water temp at 32 degrees. Maybe without the pressure from his tank mates, he might start to eat. Water changes twice per day. The strange thing is that he did not look ill and he had bright eyes and full colour. The only noticeable thing was the has was dropping weight and his forehead was starting to taper inwards. Other than that he swam around the tank normally. Over the next three days I noticed that he would study the food long and hard and occasionally take it into his mouth but the spit it out. He had more of an interest in the live Australian blackworms but he would never swallow. I was lost as to what to do next. It was now over 2 and a half weeks since he had eaten. As he was mouthing the food it was decided to return him the the grow out tank with the others. I would bombard the tank with food (and remove the excess after 5 mins. This is the other discus would be distracted giving the CT a chance to watch the others eat and to eat something himself. I had to try something. Over the course of the next day he would continue to put blackworm in his mouth and spit it straight out. It was not like he was spitting it out and taking it back in again as to break it up, he would spit it out and swim away from it. After a day in the grow out tank, I did a 80% water change. It was then I noticed that he was breathing heavily out of one gill. The other gill was hardly moving. His activity level had dropped a bit. Could he have gill flukes? A week ago I treated with him with Praziquantel. I decided to give another dose (same dose as above), this time I added 2 tablespoons of aquarium salt to the tank. The next day he was breathing equally with both gills. A 100% water change was done after 48 hours. The CT was continuing to study the food and occasionally pick it up and spit it straight out. A day later I noticed only on gill working again. This time I tried Trichlorfon. Over the next two days the tank was dropped to 80 litres and temperature down to 27 degrees. The lights were kept off and I dosed the tank with 40mg Trichlorfon and 2 tablespoons of aquarium salt. After 24 hours the temperature was slowly increased to 32 degrees. Both gills are now working together. This is now where I am at. The CT is still only mouthing food and losing weight. The other discus have grown between 1" to 1.5" over this time. The CT has not grown. I would love to get this discus eating. Any suggestions or comments? This video was taken a week ago and he has dropped a lot more weight since then. <span class="postbody"> http://youtu.be/RNI70fkFqlA
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  3. Hey guys, Looking at designing a tank for my step father. He is looking at buying a large house on a property worth a for mil and would like a tank. So I'd like a few quotes on getting a tank built. I'd like quoted on a 6x2.5x2.5 or 3, an 8 and a 10 footer of the same dimensions. I haven't had a chance to sit down with him and nut out what he wants. All I know is that he would like a big tank. He mentioned to mum that he wanted the tank in the wall however ill be explaining that he'll loose a lot of veiwing area and that it'll be a ***** to maintain. I'd also like some advice on filtration for a tank that size Cheers in advance guys, Sam
  4. Hi all I have a FX5 hooked up to me 6x2x2 tank, it was suggested to my by my LFS to install both the inlet and outlet up one end of the tank with the outlet pointing towards the other end. I only have 10 4cm peppermint bristlenose and 3 8cm to 10cm marble bristle nose in the tank at the moment I am finding this is not working very well as there a lot of debris and fish **** on the floor the tank thats not getting collected How to you have yours setup? I was thinking adding 2 wave makes to come on a couple of hours a day push the crap to the inlet of the canister What are your thoughts?
  5. chasing some info on where to locate some HBH veggie flake in brissy cheers pete
  6. Hi All I would like to know what is the maximum Length in tank to use one Radion Led? And how high could you raise the light to gain more coverage w/out affecting the marine life? Shazz
  7. Hi all, Need some advice i have lots of trios of peps and some os/bn that wont breed no matter what i do, they all use to breed every 2/3 weeks now nothing for months any ideas would be great. THX ............................
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  9. need a sump set up right away on a tank that has a nitrite blowout and in it is some very expensive fish, just set the sump up a couple hours ago and need to know if its safe to run in now after the pvc cement glue has dried, the stuff smells super potent and toxic so not sure if its safe to run now,any help would be great as ive never used this stuff before, cheers
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  11. Is anyone willing to help a fellow fish lover move an 8 by 2 by 2 tank & stand from what used to be my fish room into the house ? It's only a few feet from room to house, was thinking of carrying the stand while the tank was still on it, might be easier that way, any help would be appreciated,please let me know if you are willing & able to help me out, thanks in advance, Jeff !!!
  12. Hi all I have a 165lt tank set up with breeding comon bristle nose and butterfly plecos.I got a couple of caves off a guy and there must have been snail eggs in it,now I have hundreds of the *******s.I can transfer fish to another tank and treat with chlorine which I have seen in other posts but what about the plants and wood etc? I have just been throwing hand fulls into my big cichlid tank every so often to keep on top of them but my son recons the snails were eating the bristle nose eggs. I would prefer not to NUKE the tank,some have said clown loaches clean up the snails but what will they do to bristle nose fry? Cheers for reading,advice will be appreciated.
  13. looking for some info on ebjd fry, have had a couple pairs of our possible split jds breed, first couple lots got eaten, , it happens when they aren't alone, we moved 1 pair into their own tank, waiting for them to breed again, but a second pair have fry in the 6ft with other jds and some sgt, we put in an egg crate divider to see if we can save this batch, my real question is, how long before any EBJD fry will be noticeable, (if there are any) our aim at the moment is to test breed the ones that pair up to see if they are splits, if not, i'll seperate and repair them up until i know either way, well unless i get peeved at them and just sell them all, , and keep rays and sarahs pair,
  14. hey guys, real urgent, added a small dovii with myn black belt and fene, overnight they have picked on him. and i have just found him bitten at the bas of where his tail was, and found his whole tail on the bottom of my tank! i do not have any melafix but added salt, what else should i do? he is seperated in a breeder net
  15. Hi all, Does anybody know the scientific name of this tree ?????
  16. Need someone with a ute on the gold coast that can help pickup a 5 footer with stand. A little urgent as the tank has to be picked up before the weekend. Can pay cash, booze or even some fish! Please pm or text me on 0433225372 if you can help. Please!
  17. Just wondering how long after the eggs have been layed should I scrap them? Is there like an unwritten rule to the process??
  18. Hey guys. I bought home a second hand Haliea 24L tank yesterday, and cleaned it up. The idea of buying this tank was to have a go at a nano planted tank. I pulled the hood apart, cleaned it all out, found it has 15W of light right now, and then put it back together. So now that I've done what I know how to do, whats next. It's not going to be CO2 that I can forsee, although it's a possibility it could change, and i'm toying with the idea of putting up the light, to 20 or 25W, so I have a high-light setup. I am either going to do a rock work aquascape with a carpet of plants, or a jungle/wood aquascape. I need help on whether or not I should up the light (at 0.625W per litre now), what substrate to use (seems amazonia powder is a favoured base), what plants to use, whether CO2 should be considered more than it has and then whatever other hints and tips you guys have for me. Cheers guys, photos will happen sooner or later .
  19. Need an 8ftx2ft tank moved ASAP Happy to pay. Anyone got any ideas? The only moving company who will do it seems to be run by forrest gump, but I'm clutching at straws here..
  20. I noticed when they came out of the log that they had dots on them that appeared to range from on their body to on their fins and I assumed this wasnt normal so I gave a small dose of multicure to the tank after giving it a water change, what should I do next? Steve.
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  23. Just wanting a clarification of the terms Albino & Lutino when it comes to Oscars. Traditionally i thought the definitions were:- Albino - An Oscar that has no black/dark pigmentation with red eyes. ie . An albino tiger oscar would be white, with orangey tiger markings & red eyes. (no dark pigmentation, but red/orange pigmentation allowed) Lutino - An Oscar that has no black/dark pigmentation with DARK eyes. ie. A Lutino Tiger Oscar would be white with orangey tiger markings but with DARK eyes instead. but recently i read that 1. all white oscars that have any dark/black or red pigment on their bodies are Lutino (regardless of eye colour) 2. that true Albino Oscars are to be totally white with NO pigmentation on their bodies at all except for red eyes.
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  25. Hey guys, Upon asking a few questions at a few local fish shops in my area, they are warning me away from using tap water (traeted with prime) to do water changes on my tank. They are suggesting tank water as a much safer alternative as the tap water still has alot of additives, is very hard and has higher than normal concentrations of things like chlorine and chloramine than before the floods. Is this necessary? If so, what is the best way to treat tap water to ensure it is safe? As I don't have easy access to tank water. Thanks in advance, Beau.
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