Thursday, April 30, 2009
oooo ... the headaches of an aquarium
To my surprise you need to setup a tank in advance , establish healthy bacteria in it and then ... you can add the fish. So i purchased some little bottle of bacteria which after setting up the tank i poured in and was told to wait 1 week . I spent a few days with an entirely empty tank and just bubbling water and then lied and went back to the fish store to buy the fish. I read online that you can add fish 48 hours after adding the live bacteria .... so I did just that. After spending over $200 i wanted to see FISH !!!
So I picked up some really cute Red Eyed Balloon Tetra's which as you can see from the photo is adorable and they are really resistant . I have a total of 5 of them now and they swim around in a school . I also purchased 2 German Blue Rams . They were coupled in the fish store so I decided to buy both of them in hopes they were a female and male. BINGO!!!! They are a couple and have laid eggs for me ~ 7 times by now. ( they end up eating the eggs before hatching ). Finally I bought 2 Discus , one is blue and the other is a mix of blue and red. I am unsure if they are male or female and this point I am just glad they are alive. After a few days of getting them my whole tank came down with ICK !!! ICK !!! White spots on all the fish , I immediately increased the temp to almost 88 deg, and added Aquari-Sol. It worked miracles and all my fishies are happy once again.
Everywhere I read discus seem to be a difficult breed to keep alive because of there sensitivity to pH, Nitrites, Ammonia, water temp etc.... So far so good!
This past week I noticed one of them was acting a little strange , secluding himself in the corner by the filter. I noticed he had whitish looking feces so I went to pick up some medicine for him . He perhaps has an internal parasite that needs to be treated with Metronidazole. I have to sprinkle it on his food to get him to ingest the medicine. (sounds easy ? its not !!)
So ....lets see .... I started out just wanting to sit back and be able to enjoy a beautiful aquarium and now I am overly concerned with the health of my fish, temp, pH, ammonia , medicine , change the water every 3 days , change 20 - 25% or more ? , are they eating, what color is their poop, does he have any white spots, are his eyes clear or cloudy, is he acting normal, am i overfeeding , am i underfeeding????? ..... and the list goes on .
I have gotten very attached to my little fish so in the end its worth it ..but it is definitely hard work!