Need help- considering selling my tanks the stress is too much.


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Oct 31, 2021
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Soo since the mass killing of my fish and the really bad mould situation from my partner over feeding them ( there’s a thread about it in the posts ) I’m still having fish for. They got white spot in tank 2 and since I’ve been treating it more have just died. For one reason or another and I really can’t cope much longer. It’s turning out to be more stress then it’s worth and it’s cruel on the fish for them to just be living like this to die when I’m doing everything within my power to keep them going. I have a new job so I don’t have as much time for them as I need really and I’m struggling to get the tanks back up to a good place like before. Any advice anyone or should I just sell it all for the fish’s sakes aswell as my own mental health. It’s so draining and upsetting and it doesnt seem to be getting any better. My babies are starting to die daily now aswell and I’m finding at least 2-3 dead in the breeding box each morning I don’t no if this is due to space or what? As they are about a month old now and I still have them in the breeding box? HELP!!


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Jan 26, 2008
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Perth, WA
Any chance of pictures of the fish?

What are you treating the white spot with?
If fish die when using medications, it's usually an overdose of medication.

You can treat white spot with heat. Raise the water temperature to 30C (86F) and keep it there for 2 weeks, or at least 1 week after all the white dots have gone.

Before you treat the tank, do the following things.

Work out the volume of water in the tank:
measure length x width x height in cm.
divide by 1000.
= volume in litres.

If you have big rocks or driftwood in the tank, remove these before measuring the height of the water level so you get a more accurate water volume.

When you measure the height, measure from the top of the substrate to the top of the water level.

You can use a permanent marker to draw a line on the tank at the water level and put down how many litres are in the tank at that level.

There is a calculator/ converter in the " Calculator" under "Useful Links" at the bottom of this page that will let you convert litres to gallons if you need it.

Remove carbon from the filter before treating or it will adsorb the medication and stop it working.

Wipe the inside of the glass down with a clean fish sponge. This removes the biofilm on the glass and the biofilm will contain lots of harmful bacteria, fungus, protozoans and various other microscopic life forms.

Do a 75% water change and gravel clean the substrate. The water changes and gravel cleaning will reduce the number of disease organisms in the water and provide a cleaner environment for the fish to recover in. It also removes a lot of the gunk and this means any medication can work on treating the fish instead of being wasted killing the pathogens in the gunk.
Make sure any new water is free of chlorine/ chloramine before it is added to the tank.

Clean the filter if it hasn't been done in the last 2 weeks. However, if the filter is less than 6 weeks old, do not clean it. Wash the filter materials/ media in a bucket of tank water and re-use them. Tip the bucket of dirty water on the garden/ lawn. Cleaning the filter means less gunk and cleaner water with fewer pathogens.

Increase surface turbulence/ aeration when using salt or medications because they reduce the dissolved oxygen in the water.

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