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Customer Comments

 
Hello. I've had my marble fresh water Angelfish for five years. And this morning he/she started struggling with it's swimming ... it keeps ending up upside down, and is obviously having trouble straitening up. I know this sounds lame, but I don't have any water test equipment ... I got into a rhythm of changing a gallon or two each month (20-gallon tank) ... and the fish lasted this long without any problems.

I have two air bubblers, and a whisper filter. And I keep the water at about 75 degrees. I have a 60watt light next to the tank that illuminates it very well. I kinda panicked, and I heard somewhere to throw a little bit of salt in the water (which was really only a dash ... and I immediately siphoned out a gallon after I did this after realizing it was probably a bad idea). Any advice is greatly appreciated.

... Adrian R.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello, this is a quick emergency reply.

(1) Check all the equipment. Temperature in the water OK? For example, if the aquarium heater is misadjusted to 95 degrees, the water will be too hot for your Angel, so lower temperature back to recommended range.

Click here for more information about adjusting your aquarium heater.

Also check if your aquarium filter working properly? If the filter is unplugged, it may be causing a lack of oxygen in the water, so turn the filter back on.

(2) Check to see if there is anything toxic in the aquarium. A cigarette butt? Anything else suspicious? If so, move angel to another aquarium immediately.

If you can't move your angel to another aquarium, then remove the toxic object from your aquarium and proceed to the next item on this list.

(3) Remove 20% of the water from your aquarium and replace it with tap water from the faucet.

Click here for more about changing water.

(4) Add 4 tablespoons of Aquarium Salt, not table salt, to the aquarium water. Aquarium Salt is sold in most stores that sell pet fish.

Click here for more information about Aquarium Salt.

(5) Add Water Conditioner to your water. The proper dose will be on the container. Water Conditioner is sold in most stores that sell pet fish and in some online stores like the ones that advertise in this web site.

Click here for more information about Water Conditioner.

(6) Add activated carbon granules to your filter. You may be able to remove the old filter pad and put in a new filter pad with fresh carbon.

Or buy bulk activated carbon and add it to your filter. Most aquarium filters provide a way to utilize activated carbon.

(7) Turn up the temperature of the water in your aquarium by 4 degrees F. to a maximum of 84 Degrees F.

For example, if your water is now 76 degrees F. turn it up to 80, but if it is 82 turn it up to only 84.

Click here for more information about adjusting your aquarium heater.

(8) After an hour add 18 drops of Quick Cure, which is also available in most stores that sell pet fish.

Click here for more about Quick Cure.

(9) Keep the lights low above and near your aquarium to reduce the stress on your Angel.

I hope your Angel recovers. Good luck.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
Hi, I love your site and its very helpful. I found Ich in my tank last week on only one of my fish but everyone says that if its on one fish they all  have. Last week the one fish died.  How do I know when Ich is gone?

PS. For the last week I have changed the water on Mon. Wed. Fri. added salt during each water change and have been adding Quick Cure daily.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello. If you treat ick properly and promptly, most of the fish will survive. Click here for the details about the Recommended Treatment.

Each day as you repeat the Recommended Treatment, look at your fish for Signs of Stress and Disease. Fish with ick have small with spots,  usually have clamped fins, and will often shimmy. When your fish have no more Signs of Stress and Disease, continue the Recommended Treatment for a couple of days. Click here for more information about the Signs of Stress and Disease.

I carefully read your email, and it sounds like you are doing the Recommended Treatment, which should help your fish to quickly recover.

Incidentally a few years ago Dr. John B. Gratzek, one of the authors of the book Aquariology published by Tetra, told me that after fish have had ick, they are immune to it and cannot get ick again. I told Dr. Gratzek that I'd had a few fish in my aquariums that had gotten a second case of ick many months, after they'd recovered from a case of ick.

Dr. Gratzek asked me if I had notes to corroborate my statement, and I told him that we had kept very careful notes of this case. He said that was important because they had just discovered evidence in his laboratory of a second strain of ick, and that they were now convinced that a fish could be infected with strain #1 and then be infected with strain #2 later (or by #2 then #1), and thus have ick twice, but apparently this happens very rarely.

   
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Customer Comments

 
Hi: I bought a male betta in a plant arrangement back in February from Kmart -- don't worry, he is being fed fish food regularly and I change the water frequently! But he is a beautiful fish such as I never seen and I've kept bettas for years. You see he is opal colored. All white but when the light hits him just right you can see shimmers of pink or blue. I am curious about that coloring as I've never seen another like it. How frequently does that color come along?

Wendy H
Atlanta, GA 
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Wendy. We usually have a few of these pearly opalescent male Bettas in our facilities.

If you or someone else wants one, I recommend that you call 1-858-270-1182 from 9AM to 3PM on Monday through Friday, and ask to speak with Casey, who can discuss the rare color varieties of Bettas or any other fish we have in our facilities.

I'm glad to read that you are enjoying your beautiful Betta.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
I have a turtle shell that was found in the woods, and I think it
would make a great cave/hiding place for certain fish.  My question is
would it be suitable for a tank, and if so how should I make sure it is
clean enough to use?  I love your site, and you've answered many questions I have.

Thank you!
-Skye L.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello again Skye. I recommend not putting the turtle shell in your aquarium.

It could be contaminated, and it will slowly but surely decompose in your aquarium with an unpredictable affect on the water in your aquarium.

I appreciate your complimentary comment.  Thank you.

 
 

Customer Comments

Hi,

I have 2 goldfish that I have had about a year and I went on a 4 day
trip and when we got home we found that we had eggs in the water ( i had just changed it before we left ) so I removed the 2 full grown ones and put them in a different aquarium for fear they might eat the eggs witch they already started feeding on. After that the eggs started hatching and about 100 out of about 120 eggs hatced and lived for 2 hours and all of them died the other havent hatched yet and if you can tell me the problem that would be great.

Thanks so much for your time.
Talitha

 
 
 
Reply. Hello Talitha. This would be a difficult mystery to solve if I were there and looking at your aquarium, but by email it is impossible.

It might have been a lack of food. Baby Goldfish are tiny and require lots of microscopic food for the first few days of their lives. For that reason they are put into ponds where there is an abundance of microscopic life for the baby goldfish to eat.

Or it may have been some other factor, but often the most difficult part of breeding fish is not to spawn the adults, but to feed the baby fish for the first few days. The fact that your fish spawned convinces me that you have taken very good care of them and provided them with a very good environment for them, but that environment probably was not what their babies needed.

   
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Customer Comments

 
Hi again, thank you for all your friendly answers to my inquiries. I have have another question that I'm not sure can be answered, but I thank you for the effort. I am keeping my 2, one inch, piranhas in a 25-gallon tank and I understand that it is probably not big enough to allow them to grow to their full potential.

I don't know when I will be able to get a bigger tank so I was wondering if piranhas, like humans, will stop growing at a specific age because their bones fuse or will they have the potential for growth through their whole life. So my question is: If a piranha is not allowed to grow to it's full potential, because of a cramped environment, will it still have the ability to reach its full potential even after being in the cramped environment of many years?

Thanks again.
A. C.
Bay Area
 
 
 
Reply. Hello again. Your 25-gallon aquarium is plenty big enough for your two small Piranhas now, and as you say it will not be big enough to raise the two of them to their full size, which could be as big as 18" long.

Click here for more information about Piranhas including a picture and a small video.

Mammals like my cat and me, and mice and elephants, all grow to a certain maximum size, and then generally decrease in size later in life.

This is true of all or almost all mammals. But this is not true of fish. Given good conditions and plenty of the appropriate food, fish continue to grow their entire lives.

For example, there are very old Koi that are shockingly big and still growing even bigger.

Some people have said that if you keep a fish in a small container like a fish bowl, that fish will sense it's in a small environment and adjust by staying small.

But what really happens is that the water conditions are very poor in the small container, and if the fish survives, it will be stunted and smaller than normal.

I sense that you are a person who wants to do the right thing for your Piranhas, and your Piranhas will not be able to adapt and grow indefinitely in your 25-gallon aquarium.

Eventually, they will need a much bigger aquarium. I'd say at least 500 or 1000 gallons.

Here is a possible solution. Keep your Piranhas until they have outgrown the aquarium that you can provide them, and when they have grown too big, donate them to a public aquarium like the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco.

It will be difficult to part with them, but you'll be able to go see them and watch them grow in the size aquarium that they will need.

There is a possible problem. Sometimes a public aquarium, like the Steinhart, doesn't need more of a particular fish, like your Piranhas.

So you'll need to plan ahead and make arrangements, and you may need to contact several such public aquariums.

There is also a snag in this plan of mine. Piranhas are illegal to possess in the State of California.

I remember that I cautioned you about this in an earlier email. Most public aquariums can get a waiver, making it legal for them to have and display Piranhas, but citizens like you and me cannot get such a waiver.

I hope this information helps you.

 
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Customer Comments

 
i have a filter of yours that came with a 29 gallon tank i bought at wall mart. i forgot how to put i back together after i washed it out.

help
susan
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Susan. Hey we are fishy people and not manufacturers of any equipment like aquarium filters.

I suggest you call the manufacturer of the filter and ask for help. You should be able to get the toll free phone number of the manufacturer from Wal-Mart.

You might put your filter in a plastic shopping bag and take it to Wal-Mart, they may be able to help you.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
thanx for your replay. i figured it out then. thanx ....

sincerely
susan
  
 
 
Reply. Hello again Susan, thank you for your reply. I was glad to read that you got your filter back together. Whew!
 
 

Customer Comments

Great site.

I had a question on how to safely remove hard water stains/deposits from an old glass aquarium.

Thanks,
Richard Y.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Richard. I've seen a non-toxic chemical in a spray bottle for sale in some stores that sell pet fish.

You might look for that product and then read the statement on the container to determine if it will help you solve your problem.

Vinegar may also help. The water stains on your aquarium are alkaline minerals which will react with the acetic acid in vinegar.

Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection, because even vinegar is a strong chemical.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
I have two questions for you .... one is for someone I know ... she has a ten gallon tank .... and a few weeks ago I gave her some male guppies ... all of a sudden she has these things that which are quite small, that act like a snail or algea eater ... but she's never bought anything like this .... what are these ... and how do you get rid of them?????? Please reply soon so I can give her this info ... Also .... you replied to my e-mail this morning about my pangasius ... well ... i've started treating him with the "quick cure" medication .... (his boils had also started to reduce before I treated him ... so hopefully they will be gone soon) but ... the container says that "quick cure" can cure other diseases as well .... will "quick cure" cure fin rot??? ... I have used Furan-2 and it started to cure it ... but once it was healed .. it came right back ... Please let me know if "quick cure" will help/work so I can treat him as soon as possible .... thanks for all your help .. and for answering all my questions ....

-Anonymous-
 
 
 
Reply. Hello again, I'm pretty sure what you have are planaria. Click here to read more about them, why they are in your friend's aquarium, and how to get rid of them.

Yes Quick Cure, plus the Aquarium Salt, plus increasing the temperature, and the other parts of the Recommended Treatment are very effective in treating fin rot, which is usually a bacterial infection, but not always caused by the same bacteria, so we don't know which antibiotic to use, because each type of bacteria is sensitive to only one or a few antibiotics.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
yes i have an individual that is asking me what could be causing a free floating algae bloom in his freshwater tank. he told me he has done everything known to man that he could do possible to get rid of this including changing water out, putting bacteria beads in the water which are little bead things that connect together where inside bacteria form that is beneficial to the tank, he put pantyhose in the tank with charcoal in it for extra filtration, the ammonia absorbing chips, reduced amount of lighting which really don't matter anyway since it is only the cause for algae that grows on the side of the tank, extra filters including undergravel filter with power head you name it he basically has done it i made sure he wasn't overfeeding them, because extra nutrients in the water can lead to algae growth too the person is real discouraged about the situation he says you can barely see the fish in his tank. thanks for all of your help.

Barbara T.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Barbara. I suggest he add an exterior filter with a BIO-Wheel. For each 60-gallon of water in his aquarium, he should get one Penguin 330 filter, which comes with two BIO-Wheels on each filter.

So, for example, if he has a 100-gallon aquarium, he should get two Penguin 330 filters. Click here for more about BIO-Wheels.

Let the new Penguin 330 Filters run in his aquarium for three weeks, and during that period remove 20% of the water each day and replace it with tap water from the faucet.

Click here for information about changing water water in aquariums.

Each day as he removes water from his aquarium, he should clean the gravel.

Click here for information about how to do that. When the gravel is very clean, remove all the gravel and remove the undergravel filter too.

He won't need it with the Penguin 330 Filters.

Do other people using the same tap water have similar problems with algae in their aquariums?

If so, call the local water district and ask them about the amount of nutrients in the tap water.

 
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