Animal Stories - Freshwater Aquarium Setup and Maintenance


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shree - 2012-04-24
I have 2 swardtail male fishes in 3 gallon bowl...they always sit at bottom of the bowl..until I disurb them....I'm Very scared. Wht do they do that? When I brought them home they were very happy and played with each other all the time, now just sits at the bottom. I really love them and don't want to loose them. Please help.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-25
    This is normally a sign of poor water conditions. 3 gallon tank with substrate and decor is a bit small for these fish. May need an ungraded filter, bigger tank. and water change.
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copper question - 2011-10-30
Can we use copper fittings (vs PVC) to run to our canister filter?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-11-02
    Good question. I would think copper fittings would not pose a problem. PVC is preferable because there is no chance of copper build up in the aquarium. Many of the water fittings used for humans and animals is copper. We use these to fill our aquariums so there would be no immediate danger although there could be a build up of copper over time. Frequent water changes would probably solve that problem. By the way, copper is sometimes used in ich medications and snail killers so a small amount would not harm fish, but would pose problems for invertebrates.
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C.B.Ranasinghe - 2011-05-25
I have an aquarium with number of Koi carf fish (10-15 cm in size). After the fillnig of new water I observed that some are have white colour small dots in their fins and head. Is this parasite problem or some disease condition?
Please kindly give me a advice

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-26
    Sounds like ich which is treatable. Looks like small salty spots on fins and tail. I have attached Fish Diseases and Symptoms for you. Just scroll down to Symptoms and if that sounds like what you have, the corresponding recommended treatement is listed.
  • Jeremy Fetchko - 2011-10-30
    Ich is the only one that affects both fins and body. just the body and small white dots is velvet disease. both are parasites and very treatable if caught early. good luck.
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Steve - 2011-10-20
I have a sump filter and on my return pipe that is connected to my return pump which is the same type of clear tubing used for syphon started to get this yellow looking spots in the inside, I was wondering what it is and is it harmful to my fishes?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-21
    Possibly it is an algae which shouldn't hurt the fish. You should clean it. Some use an algae treatment for the tank and some just clean it. Try and just clean it off first and more frequent water changes and maybe you can limit the light to fewer hours.
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Akshay Amle - 2011-09-13
I have a question regarding the plastic plants that we use in the aquarium, actually the plants which I brought from the Local Pet store have a base of Plaster of Paris, so I am confused and even have a ? in my mind that will it affect the water quality or will dissolve in water...my aqua. is tropical one...so please help me out to this situation..waiting for warm reply..


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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-17
    I have seen plants incased in a tube with plaster of paris at the bottom and soil on top. It can be a sign that an individual is growing them in their own aquarium and selling them to the pet store. At least that is the only place I have seen them. It is actually a good way of ensuring the plants will get proper soil to grow in. I have never seen the plaster dissolve, it usually hangs in there.
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amara - 2011-07-11
Easiest Aquarium Set Up...55 gal. tank two large fish...bubble aerators (one or two)...heater for winter and filter that hangs on the back..all that oxygen eliminates ALL other chemicals!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Hey even I can do that. Thank you. I had fish but didn't want to get back into the work but you make it sound easy. I forget the kind but I would love two gouramis.
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Younis - 2011-06-01
Previous combination is good and if your looking to breed them make sure the gravel has to be filled with natural medium size stone for more hideouts for new comers. But me personaly, I would suggest you get 4 or 5 kinds of cichlids because they are strong hardy fish and they will live forever :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    The cichlids are so attractive and yes they are hardy. Mine did great and made all sorts of little caves and hollows out of the stones and pebbles.
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Marietjie - 2011-02-28
We started a cold water aquarium with gold fish, as always we added our salt + drops, now the water is milky.

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  • liz - 2011-05-20
    My water got cloudy after I had a snail that got sick. I added more spring water and checked the filter placement and in a few hrs it is running great. Snail is in a hospital area in a holding tank.....puffer abuse.
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Rachel Morris - 2010-08-15
Why is my fish losing colour?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-08-26
    Probably related to the food you are feeding them. There are many color enhancing foods, they probably contain elements that grant bright colors, while some regular foods contain only nutrients to maintain health. You are what you eat, and in many animals, like the flamingo, you get your colors from your food!
  • no name - 2010-11-07
    My fish (Rainbow) was losing color....we had him for a while. So I think it's old age.
  • justin - 2011-01-29
    Your fish might be losing color because it is either getting sick or if you have other fish in it it might be nipping at the body and damaging the color. If you go to a local pet store get tetra color. It's a natural color enhancer which will bring back it color hope it works and good luck.
  • Linda - 2011-04-12
    I read somewhere that it has to do with the amount of light your fish receive.
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Dan Jalbert - 2011-02-22
I need some info on my water I live in fl. and my water is hard lots of lime and other things like maybe sulfer not sure but can I use or treat it to start a fresh water fish tank? Thanks, Dan.

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