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    Home of the big-boned clarets
  • Birthday 12/01/1989

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  1. Hi Andrew, welcome to the forum! I think your tank is really too small for danios. Most of the commonly traded varieties of danio such as leopard and zebra, are extremely active swimmers and while they are not large fish, a tank of around 2-3ft is recommended by most of the better reference sites. It sounds like your plants are terrestrial plants that were sold as aquatic, if you were told they would only last 2-3 months. If they are, I would remove them now as they will eventually die off if kept fully submerged, and this can cause issues with water quality. You are better going for plants such as lace fern, java fern, anubias etc. as these are hardy and will survive long-term under water. Terrestrial plants are just a way for stores to make more money off you as you then have to keep going in time and time again to buy new plants. From your post I assume your tank wasn't properly cycled in advance? Do you have test kits for ammonia/nitrite? I prefer liquid test kits as strips can be pretty useless and give you inaccurate results. Poor water quality is probably the biggest killer of fish in this hobby - particularly with new set-ups. Without test kits, you are basically going in blind as you have no idea of the quality of your water and whether you should be doing more or less water changes. Crystal clear water can be fatal to fish because you can't see the ammonia and nitrite building up, and you only need very low amounts to cause serious harm or even death to your fish. Your danio's behaviour definitely sounds abnormal. My first port of call when something is wrong with my fish is to test the parameters and do a water change. If there are no issues there, I start to consider other possibilities such as disease, external/internal parasites or possibly that the fish may have issues relating to its time at the store prior to purchase. I wasn't sure how new you are to this hobby, so apologies if some of this stuff you already know.
  2. Treating wild bettas like fancy bettas? Blasphemy!!
  3. Never heard of yeast being used as a fry food. I don't really know how much nutritional value it is going to have and whether it is in a form that could be utilised by betta fish. Egg yolk can be used, but you are going to have better results with using live foods from day one.
  4. I can answer on Betta livida since this is a species from the complex I keep/breed. Tank sizes - I use 30cm cubes for my pairs of related species. How many fish per tank - I keep a pair of fish in a tank that size along with any fry/juveniles that are growing out. Pairs or groups - You will get the best results with a male/female pair. You are most likely not going to see any spawning or limited spawning if kept in groups. Water parameters, ph hardness etc - You want to be aiming for very low KH and a very low pH (think around 5 or below) for this species. They also like a cooler temperature so low to mid twenties is what I would keep mine at. Tank mates? - Being that these fish are quite sensitive and can be quite shy depending on the individual, I would not include any tankmates. Also this species is highly endangered, so if they are being kept the focus should be first and foremost on breeding them. Fussy, temperamental or easy to keep - The coccina complex is probably the most challenging of all the wild bettas to keep. They are much less forgiving of mistakes, and have quite a narrow band of parameters they are most comfortable in. Getting their water conditions right is the most important thing, and may require some fiddling if you live in an area with harder water. Constantly visible or hiders - This varies greatly. Most of my fish are quite friendly and will interact with me. However, I have a tank full of fish I bred that spend a lot of time hiding and are quite easily startled. They like a lot of cover. If your tank is bare they will most likely be stressed and showed dull colouring and clamped fins. To see these fish at their best the water should be extremely dark as this mimics their natural habitat. If you are personally looking at this species as your first real wilds, I would probably advise against it. Just because they are so rare in the wild and really do belong in the hands of experienced hobbyists who are going to be the most successful at breeding them (this is not to snobbish but I lost a number of rare coccina complex species when I first started due to inexperience).
  5. Well hopefully the three fry I have turn out to be female as I only have two or three that are really breeding quality, and only one of them is a proven breeder. I wish this complex didn't seem to favour males so much. Sounds like you'll have your hands full with all those wilds. It actually took me longer yesterday to put cling wrap over my tanks than it did to actually change the water I will admit there are benefits to having only a small collection. I still don't know where you keep them all. Have you had to install any extra powerpoints yet?
  6. Wow are my poor persephone cursed or something? Mandy lost her pair in the heatwave, I think Adam lost his female/both and now you guys have lost your pair. Do you know if Kevin's pair are still alright (that's who that one pair got sold to didn't they?). Otherwise it is good to hear my stiktos pair have settled in so well. They are like guppies those two
  7. No. My poliaki female still looks like a female of that species should, and this female's daughters still all look like standard australe females. Maybe she's just letting herself go now the kids are grown.
  8. Recently, I noticed that my A. australe female, was getting colouration similar to the male on her fins. Anyone have any idea what is causing this? Also yes she is extremely fat. I actually hardly feed them, but this pair just seem to get fat on air. My poliaki female is nowhere near as big as those two and I've had her a lot longer. Also sorry for the horrid photo. The male always chases her off so I had to get what I could.
  9. Eek sorry to hear about the simplex. I notice my unimaculata are a lot more jumpy while they have the velvet probably due to the fact that it causes such irritation. Good news on the hendra though. I remember you telling me about his missing female. Still don't know how you can be bothered with so many fish . I was procrastinating over my weekly water changes yesterday and I only had seven tanks to change.
  10. Wild Nut

    Australe

    Just wanted to update this to say today I did a water change on the tank and out of curiosity went through one of the spawning mops and found myself an egg! I think some of the males are as big as the parents were when I got them, and the females have lovely subtle colouration. Their tank is like a killifish playground. It has PVC pipe, floating anubias, floating java fern, java moss, terracotta pots, spawning mops, IAL and film canisters. It may not look particularly attractive but they are always zipping around in there chasing each other around and sparring. It's hard to get photos of them, but I managed this one of a smaller male. Their parents and my poliaki female are going well also. I just do one partial water change a week and chuck in some food every day or so and they seem content with that. As an aside, If you live in Melbourne I am still selling these at $10 a pair. I have a number of pairs available. Otherwise I am probably just going to see if I can't find a fish store to take them all.
  11. I know someone/LFS has had nothos in before. But I think only rachovii. I thought it was an issue with the peat moss the eggs of annuals were transported in/ the fact you can't identify species based on their eggs that is the main reason why you don't see them in Oz. However, I could be wrong.
  12. about an hour after I put him in the container he started flaring at the female and trying to get out to her while she was doing her best to get in to him. He has a film canister in there and I have a sneaking suspicion he has a bubblenest going on in there. I don't know why you'd be so eager to get back in with psycho female. I'm not sure whether to keep them permanently separated. I just worry that if I put them back in, next time they fight one of them is going to be killed. I have plenty of fry in there anyway so maybe I just wait until they grow out and if there is a daughter in there, pair him up with her. The pictures of my sp. apiapi above were taken today so looking at their appearance and how they were behaving, I don't think either of them have velvet. I think it was just one of those freak things.
  13. Well my brownorum female nearly killed the male so they have now been separated. I think rather than attempting to spawn she was attempting to murder him. Of course he is now moping around in the plastic container I have him floating in doing his best to get back in with the female. His fins are almost completely gone so I want them to heal up properly. I had a heart attack the other day. I startled my sp. apiapi female and before she swam off she flicked twice against the substrate. My mind immediately went to velvet (I checked the ammonia levels just in case and they were 0ppm), but I checked over everyone very thoroughly with my torch and could not see a single sign of external parasites. I also checked my brownorum and hendra tanks and didn't see anything amiss there either.
  14. Brownorum female is doing alright. Apart from a few scrapes on her head and a small amount of difficulty with swimming (I think I damaged a pectoral), she appears to have no lasting effects. I think she actually spawned with the male yesterday as she was in and out of one of the film canisters and I haven't seen him out. I've cut individual siphons up out of plastic tubing for my sp. apiapi, hendra and brownorum pairs. I was originally removing water using a measuring cup but I kept scooping out all my duckweed and it was an awfully tedious and inefficient way of doing water changes. As you can probably see in the classifieds I have decided to put my stiktos pair up for sale. I have been considering doing it for a few weeks now but had to ask mum first to make sure she was alright with it. They are lovely fish and I've never had any problems with them. I just want to focus solely on my coccina complex species. Now if only mum would let me get rid of her unimaculata pair I would be happy I also had my fish room assistant in with me helping do some tank maintenance. Mostly this involved her laying up against the door so I couldn't open it and trying to work up the courage to sniff Bandit. He doesn't tolerate crap from dogs and while he has mellowed out in his old age he is not adverse to using his claws to get his point across. Nike was fortunate in that she got him while he was old. Ares got a massive scratch on his face when he was younger because he thought bailing Bandit up under the slide in the backyard was a good idea! Nike is a weird dog. If you come to my house and one of the dogs sounds like it is going to rip your jugular out, that is her. She is actually scared of most things, particularly small dogs in jackets.
  15. So sorry to hear that. You are most likely looking at several weeks of treatment even though most of the velvet/ich treatments tell you they can cure it in three to five days. It's a bloody difficult parasite to kill and unlike ich it does seem to be able to stay with the fish a long while without causing a full-blown infection. It's fortunate you noticed early on. Then at least the fish aren't already too stressed or sick going into treatment. Good luck with getting it cured. We were only talking the other day about how you hadn't had it in your tanks.
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