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    Cichlid Behaving Strangely...

    I went away for just under a week (all feeding was pre-measured and delivered on schedule by the caregiver) and this is what I came back to:   Water Stats Normal: Nitrate 20ppm Nitrite 0ppm Ammonia 0ppm   35% Water Change performed on day of return (similar WC done the day before I left).   All...
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    Seeking Experienced Insight

    Thank you for the thoughts. I had not replied, simply because i didn't get a chance to log in before now... Please know that your comments were appreciated: i got them on my phone immediately. Update: Hand feeding was working for a while, but she got progressively less aware of her...
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    Seeking Experienced Insight

    I am looking for an opinion of experience...  First, a bit of background:   I have a Female Cockatoo Cichlid who has had a bit of a troubled existence recently.  About two months ago, she lost a few scales directly in the middle of her forehead.  Fearing HITH but suspecting a collision, I...
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    Two Female Apisto Cacatuoides Living Without A Male...

    My Male Cockatoo Dwarf passed on today due to a severe injury he acquired from his mate following a succesful fry hatching. Unfortunately, the female's protective nature set her on the attack with all of her tankmates and he suffered a serious bite to his flank before i had a chance to separate...
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    December Tank Of The Month Winner

    Well Done! Beautiful Tank.
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    Surface Agitation - How Necessary?

    As i understand it: surface agitation is the key driving force behind gas exchange (Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide being the two we generally worry about). Setting your particular arrangement is completely subjective to your individual design and requirements, but the principle applies: the more...
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    December Tank Of The Month Competition Entries

    Holiday-themed tank I set up for my Daughters... Hope you all like it! The tank is quite young, so i'm always looking for input towards its successful development... :) Size: 30cm x 30cm x 60cm Plants: 1 Anubias nana, 1 Hygrophila polysperma, 1 Echinodorus rubin, 2 Lilaeopsis...
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    Update: The bubble is persistent: I haven't seen any change in it at all since my last post. Little fishy has been back with her companions for a while and is eating/swimming/interacting very well. I'm unsure what to think at this point, other than being happy that she appears to be doing...
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    It's now day three of treatment. She seems to be quite active and appears to be more mobile with her tail. She definitely responds to my presence with interest when I am nearby (if that's any indicator). I don't think that the bubble has shrunk much/at all... should i expect that to...
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    A Group Of Gouramis: A Question Of Sexing That Is Beyond My Experience

    Thank you for your input guys. Can you elaborate on what indications you see showing her stress? I'm quite new at this and appreciate experienced advice.
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    She's completely unchanged at this point... doing well in quarantine and still just as lively... I cannot see any additional lumps/bubbles/marks anywhere on her. I'll take a look for the JBL Furanol 2. Thank you.
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    I am in Germany. I tried accessing the part of my profile that would allow me to set my location, but an error popped up... must try again later. Her tail actually seems to be quite neutrally buoyant... It does hang a little lower than her head, but I'm talking about a difference of a few...
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    A Mark Of Some Sort On My Cichlid ?

    Preface: I have absolutely no experience with either Ich, or Chichlids. ...but since you have already taken a few minutes to consider the counsel of the Google gods, I offer that i found this while doing the same: When searching for: "If cichlids have spots that look like eggs on their gills...
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    Update: Red Honey Gourami has been isolated for treatment. The bubble in her tail remains unchanged (completely clear, same size, same location, etc.). I noticed yesterday (but didn't mention it for some reason), her swimming is almost entirely driven by her pectoral fins unless she REALLY...
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    The bubble appears completely clear to they eye (in the photo it looks grey). Isolation seems to be a reasonable approach... Since i am in Central Europe, the little guys are sleeping at present... do you recommend waking her now for the transfer, or waiting until the morning (shortly before...
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    It's perhaps 5 to 7mm along major axis and 1.5mm vertically It is located directly above the distal end of anal fin, midline, in the "meat" of the tail, below the spine. The picture above is about as clear as I could manage... look for the grey-ish elongated oval just below the curved...
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    Perhaps this is unrelated, but I noticed a "bubble" in the tail of my remaining Red Honey Gourami... Initial Searching online talks about possible bacterial infection being the cause of this feature. Though, I didn't detect any swelling in the already deceased Honey, I suppose that the two...
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    Single Gourami Discovered Dead: Avoidable? Or Just Bad Luck?

    Tank Stats: Young, but Fully Cycled Twice-weekly 20% water changes (with a manual gravel vac siphon) 54L Capacity Planted with 6 Varieties of Live Plants Gravel Substrate with buried Fertilizer Substrate (only under planted regions) Temperature: 79 Degrees Chemicals used: Sera Aquatan...
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    A Group Of Gouramis: A Question Of Sexing That Is Beyond My Experience

    It's been a few days and no one has commented on whether they agree with my call on the sexes of these little swimmers... I hope this means that some of you agree! :) Whatever the actual sexual breakdown of my four fishes may be, they appear to be getting along very well so far. The first...
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    A Group Of Gouramis: A Question Of Sexing That Is Beyond My Experience

    Complete Aquarium Newbie Looking for Insight: I recently put together a 54 liter freshwater aquarium for my daughter's birthday. Essentially, it is my aquarium until she learns to take complete care of it... we'll see how that plan works out. I have been speaking with the team at my local...
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