The Friendly Forum For All Tropical Fishkeeping and Aquarium Chat
 
HomeWELCOME TO TROPGalleryFAQSearchRegisterLog in

Share | 
 

 Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:28 pm

Hello, I wonder if somebody could help. I have 3 platys, one of which had fin rot (I think) I treated the water for 5 days with medicine. The last day was last Thursday. The Platys tail fin has now grown back. I did a partial water change (20%) on Saturday. On sunday we introduced 4 new glowlight tetras. After putting them in the tank I have noticed a couple of them have ragged dorsal fins. I don't know if this is fin rot or if they have been nipped as I noticed one of the tetras nip it last night. I'm wondering if I can do another course of medicine for 5 days just in case??? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Diana
Administrator
Administrator


Number of posts : 6033
Age : 65
Location : On here, talking to you!
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:43 pm

Hiya kerrie, can you just remind us what size tank you have and how loing it has been set up for? Also did you do the fishless cycle or just add the fish? Can you also tell us exactly what your water stats are - Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate? Sorry for all the questions but it will help give you some advice Smile

Glowlights are not genetally known as fin nippers, neither are plattys - both are considered to be fairly decent community fish. Plattys can be a bit narky at times as I found out, but they are not out and out fin nippers.

What meds have you been using (sorry, more questions!)

_________________
TROPICAL TANK-Elite Tank - 207litres
6 Harlequin Rasboras, 5 Emerald Eye Rasboras, 10 Cherry Barbs, 2 Bristlenose Plecs, 2 Panda Corys. 4 Dwarf Chain Loaches.

ViaAqua Tank AR620 97litres
1 red male betta, 1 BN
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Diana
Administrator
Administrator


Number of posts : 6033
Age : 65
Location : On here, talking to you!
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:47 pm

sorry, forgot to add, there is some info in our fish diseases section which might help. Here's the link for some info on fin rot

http://tropicalfishfanatics.forumsmotion.com/fish-diseases-and-treatment-f30/fin-rot-t28.htm

_________________
TROPICAL TANK-Elite Tank - 207litres
6 Harlequin Rasboras, 5 Emerald Eye Rasboras, 10 Cherry Barbs, 2 Bristlenose Plecs, 2 Panda Corys. 4 Dwarf Chain Loaches.

ViaAqua Tank AR620 97litres
1 red male betta, 1 BN
Back to top Go down
View user profile
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:05 am

Hello, thankyou for your reply and no worries about the questions.

The tank is 60litres. The tank has been running for about 4 weeks now. I introduced the Platys about 3 weeks ago. The one Platy was purchased with damaged tail fin but didn't notice it until put in tank, hence we called him Scar! Just thinking that his fin was torn, but it did seem to get worse over the days which is when I decided to buy some MYAXIN. I must add though Scar has always been very lively and never seems down in the dumps and is always eager to feed. Then we introduced the tetras 2 days ago and again a couple of them have ragged dorsal fins, one has got worse overnight but again they are all very lively and feed like there's no tomorrow!

I'm afraid I don't have water stats. While we're on that subject. Which are the best test kits to buy as there are so many different one. dunno

Thanks again.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Rich
Frequent User
Frequent User


Number of posts : 1374
Age : 42
Location : Devonshire (Nr Hobbiton)
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:41 am

Well - it depends on whats available - I fond API master test (boxed sets) to be best value for money - although being somewhat colourblind - I find their pH tests hard to use.

Another good brand (but expensive) is Salifert

whatever kits you buy - make sure (if you can) that the use by date is a long way off - you really dont want to spend money on an item that will be useless in weeks, and another form of kit to avoid is the dip stick type - they are unreliable at best.

Did you get the fish from the same shop? If so, I am wondering if their netting practices (or the nets) need looking into - ive never had a fish from a LFS with torn fins. Tetras are known fin nippers so be careful about what you add tot he tank in future - namely anything with fancy fins like guppy or fighting fish etc

Were still waiting for photos btw Very Happy
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://tropicalfishfanatics.forumsmotion.com
Diana
Administrator
Administrator


Number of posts : 6033
Age : 65
Location : On here, talking to you!
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:49 am

ok, by the sound of it you have made the common mistake and put your fish in a tank which hasnt been cycled. In other words there were not enough bacteria in the filter to deal with all the toxins caused by the fishes wee and poo. You can read a bit more about what this means elsewhere on the forum in the Articles section.

Dont worry - you are not the first one to do this, it just means a bit more work for you.

Basically, because your filter does not have the numbers of bacteria in it, your water quality will be poor, and will probably have ammonia and nitrite in it - both of which are toxic to fish. The fact that you have added more fish, means more ammonia and nitrite, and more poor quality water.

To keep this under control you have to do daily water checks and probably daily water changes too, until the filter has enough bacteria in it to dela with all the toxins, then you will be able to do water changes just once a week probably.

For water testing, I think most use the API MasterKit, which tests for pH, Nitrite, Ammonia and Nitrate. Until you get it I would recommend doing daily water changes of about 50% of the water. Good water quality will also help the fin rot repair quicker.

_________________
TROPICAL TANK-Elite Tank - 207litres
6 Harlequin Rasboras, 5 Emerald Eye Rasboras, 10 Cherry Barbs, 2 Bristlenose Plecs, 2 Panda Corys. 4 Dwarf Chain Loaches.

ViaAqua Tank AR620 97litres
1 red male betta, 1 BN
Back to top Go down
View user profile
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:57 am

Thanks Rich for the advice on kits. I'll look into them.

I've tried to take some photos but they don't really come out very well, especially when they're all darting about like loons! I'll keep trying.

Yes got the fish from from the same shop. Do you think the nets may be tearing them?
Back to top Go down
View user profile
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:01 am

Thankyou Diana for your advice, very helpful.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Rich
Frequent User
Frequent User


Number of posts : 1374
Age : 42
Location : Devonshire (Nr Hobbiton)
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:02 am

Yep - or the person(s) doing the netting are too rough - just my opinion tho

As for photos - here is a tip or two - but dont tell the photographers on here Very Happy

Dont use flash

Get the fish used to you sat infront of them for a while - if they are nervous of you - you wont get shots

Use burst mode (takes several pictures in a row) and keep doing this until the battery is dead or card filled - you are bound to have at least one half decent shot in the batch (my trick this)

Some cameras are better at macro than others - and sometimes the lighting affects how good the camera is at macro - so often, manual close up will work better than macro - you have to try different things witht he camera and see what works - photgraphing your fish becomes a hobby in itself

I think there are threads on here about taking photos of your fish - but if all else fails - were easily pleased with a distance shot of the tank Wink
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://tropicalfishfanatics.forumsmotion.com
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:05 am

Oh, sorry to bother again. So do you think I can treat teh new tetras with the meds again so soon after doing a course on the platy already?
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Rich
Frequent User
Frequent User


Number of posts : 1374
Age : 42
Location : Devonshire (Nr Hobbiton)
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:09 am

yup - it will be ok - if its an over the counter med - it isnt overly powerful and if your platys are preggie - it will help the fry anyway
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://tropicalfishfanatics.forumsmotion.com
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:13 am

thanks
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Diana
Administrator
Administrator


Number of posts : 6033
Age : 65
Location : On here, talking to you!
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:13 am

It wont do any harm kerrie, and will cover the possibility that it is bacterial. As mentioned above though water quality is important to help healing too, so daily water changes is important for now, and will help frayed fins heal quicker anyway.

By the way, next time you have a few spare pennies, get yourself a bottle of Melafix. It is a natural remedy for bacterial infections, sores, frayed fins etc, made from Tea Tree Oil, and is very handy to have in the cupboard for things like this.

_________________
TROPICAL TANK-Elite Tank - 207litres
6 Harlequin Rasboras, 5 Emerald Eye Rasboras, 10 Cherry Barbs, 2 Bristlenose Plecs, 2 Panda Corys. 4 Dwarf Chain Loaches.

ViaAqua Tank AR620 97litres
1 red male betta, 1 BN
Back to top Go down
View user profile
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:15 am

and thanks as well. You're all very helpfull.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Diana
Administrator
Administrator


Number of posts : 6033
Age : 65
Location : On here, talking to you!
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:30 am

Dont ever hesitate to ask questions kerrie - we are all here to learn Smile

_________________
TROPICAL TANK-Elite Tank - 207litres
6 Harlequin Rasboras, 5 Emerald Eye Rasboras, 10 Cherry Barbs, 2 Bristlenose Plecs, 2 Panda Corys. 4 Dwarf Chain Loaches.

ViaAqua Tank AR620 97litres
1 red male betta, 1 BN
Back to top Go down
View user profile
dekker
Moderator
Moderator


Number of posts : 2030
Age : 59
Location : rotherham
Registration date : 2008-08-26

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:11 am

hi kerrie

how are the glowlights doing.



dekker

_________________
dekker. fish
Back to top Go down
View user profile
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:21 pm

Hi, the glowlights are doing good thankyou and the Platys also.

In reply to Diane, I have done some water tests. My PH is 7.4, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20 and Amonia 1. I need to get my Amonia reading down! help
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Diana
Administrator
Administrator


Number of posts : 6033
Age : 65
Location : On here, talking to you!
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:30 pm

You do, because it will be doing your fish harm. The main way to do it is frequent water changes - at least daily, but depending on your readings a water change of more than once a day might be needed.

I would recommend doing a 50% water change immediately, wait a bit and then retest your water to see what the reading is. Do another water test if necessary.

Let us know how you get on

_________________
TROPICAL TANK-Elite Tank - 207litres
6 Harlequin Rasboras, 5 Emerald Eye Rasboras, 10 Cherry Barbs, 2 Bristlenose Plecs, 2 Panda Corys. 4 Dwarf Chain Loaches.

ViaAqua Tank AR620 97litres
1 red male betta, 1 BN
Back to top Go down
View user profile
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:47 pm

Thankyou. Unfortunately I can't do it straight away as I am at work and won't be getting home till late, about 9.30pm.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Rich
Frequent User
Frequent User


Number of posts : 1374
Age : 42
Location : Devonshire (Nr Hobbiton)
Registration date : 2007-12-12

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:05 pm

Dont use ammo lock (or if you do - dont bother testng the levels)

If you can get it - use king british Safe Water - works a treat on getting rid of ammonia and is not at all expensive.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://tropicalfishfanatics.forumsmotion.com
kerrie73
Newbie
Newbie


Number of posts : 12
Registration date : 2009-02-25

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:12 pm

Thanks Rich. wave
Back to top Go down
View user profile
dekker
Moderator
Moderator


Number of posts : 2030
Age : 59
Location : rotherham
Registration date : 2008-08-26

PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:55 am

hope you get it sorted kerrie


dekker

_________________
dekker. fish
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras   

Back to top Go down
 
Just introduced 4 glowlight tetras
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» How many tetras would you keep in a 55G?
» Pseudonaja textilis photo
» Need help starting a small neon tank
» Hyphessobrycon bentosi
» SFG- my introduction to gardening... Pictures of the Journey

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Tropical Fish Fanatics :: FRESHWATER CHAT :: TROPICAL FRESHWATER TOPICS-
Jump to: