Posts by Shortie

    I have never had any cory catfish and have always gone for goldfish for any tanks that I have had. It is very true that goldfish are the worst for leaving a lot of mess and that can sometimes make it harder for you as a tank owner to keep the tank clean.

    I will admit that I have seen rainbow fish and I love the colors on them and they are amazing to look at and see but I have never had any rainbow fish, it has always been goldfish.

    This is quite interesting and something I was unaware of. It has always been different to tell the difference between a livebearer that may be bloated or pregnant. I actually find it quite fascinating that if they are see-through you would be able to see their babies even though they may not look like babies at the time.

    After some of the stories I have heard about not wearing gloves when you work in your reef aquarium, I would now always wear gloves no matter what.

    To be fair, I feel I would always wear gloves no matter what kind of tank it was due to possible diseases that could be present that you may not be aware of yet along with many other reasons.

    I always remember asking a pet shop this as I was curious and they told me that they are either caught from their natural surroundings or habitat and then sold to pet shops by those who take them from there and I was also told that they are also bred in captivity as well and then sold to pet shops.

    I always remember being a kid, I was always told that fish had a 3-second memory span so I instantly believed that they would probably never remember you as their owner because of that.

    Is it true though that is the case or do they remember us and can we train them? I am curious now.

    There are a few different types of food you can feed clownfish from what I remember.

    Shrimp, cooked mussels, vegetables, brine, bloodworms, and table shrimp are all ideal for clownfish to eat.

    When it comes to fish health, ensuring they have a good diet and also ensuring that they have good a good living area as well as their water being healthy for them to live in are two ways you can prevent fish from getting disease.

    Of course, you will always find that even though you do everything right, they can still get a disease. There are natural ways you can treat some diseases but I do not believe all diseases can be treated naturally.

    I can't say I often see parasites in fish to be honest so I wouldn't say that they are common but I would say that it is something that can happen.

    It is quite shocking though that you noticed one in the pet store and even though you told them, the fish was still there. I too would be worried about using that pet store to buy fish especially if they do not take things like that seriously.

    This sounds like stress that your fish are going through and this can happen due to either high ammonia, high nitrate levels, and also high or low PH levels.

    Diseases could also be a main factor in them being stressed as well. You need to take a look at how they are acting and see if you can spot anything that may indicate disease, if there is nothing it may just be the tank environment.

    It is always awful when you end up with sick fish and in some cases, no matter what you do, you never seem to be able to prevent it which can be frustrating as well.

    Ensuring that you keep your fish clean and stick to a routine of when you clean will help to prevent your fish from getting sick.

    Not overfeeding your fish and also not under feeding will also prevent them from getting sick as well.

    White spots on your fish are definitely ich and it is something that can happen without you even doing anything to cause it.

    Did you manage to get rid of the white spots? It's always difficult to find a way that works so that you don't reinfect other fish in the tank but there are always ways that it can be achieved.

    Ich would have to be one disease I find many always run into when it comes to keeping freshwater fish. Friends as well that I have who own freshwater fish have nearly always complained of their fish getting ich more so than any other disease I have heard them mention.

    This is something I always wondered about as you always see many other animals going to the vet but you never see fish going to the vet.

    Most of the time I find that unless your local pet store can help you with issues that you may have with your fish then the next step would be the internet. I myself have found a lot of good information on the internet when it's come to my fish's health.

    I am so sorry to hear that you have lost guppies to Dropsy. It is something that can not really be helped or prevented and it can happen to anyone.

    Most of what has been explained above will help a lot in trying to prevent it to som extent but it is probably not something you have done at all.

    If you have just recently treated one of your fish for ich I would definitely advise cleaning your sand once a week at least for the moment. If you are able to do it once weekly going forward that would probably be a better option as well.

    Something I learned the hard way was that even though freshwater fish would eat any food they were given, it wouldn't always be the best for them and in some cases, could make them unwell or lack what they needed.

    It is best if you can to feed foods that you know all freshwater fish types will eat that contains what they need, that is at least, what I was advised.

    Whenever I had my fish, I would always go for the fish food that my local pet store would have and I feel that was more than enough for my fish and they seemed to eat it.

    If you are looking for food that doesn't have a lot of stuff in it that may not be the best for your fish, making your own is always an option if you can do that.

    I had a friend who used to make their own food because they felt it was better and cheaper than buying the fish food that is already pre-made for them.

    She always used to use any leftover food that she had and make that into food for her fish and she could make a lot for her fish that would cost her a lot less than it used to buy it.

    It would depend on two things I believe when you use a red light near a fish tank. How close do you have it to the tank and how big the light is?

    I have read that it doesn't affect freshwater fish and neither does it affect saltwater fish but it can make them more aware of a red light and they would be able to detect a red light more easily.