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  2. All the hermanns are down but greeks are still up but not eating
  3. The Hawkes Bay Aquarium Society will be hosting a fish show and expo around April/May 2025. We are currently gathering expressions of interest for those people/businesses that may want to enter in the following areas: -Fish Show Entries -Aquascaping contests -Exhibitors -Sponsors If you are interested please contact [email protected]. More information will be coming in the coming months
  4. Are yours tortoises in Brumation Mark, Mine both dug in on Mothers day for the big sleep....
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  6. You are most likely correct in thinking it is just him and not water conditions or all the fish would be showing problems. This is not an unusual situation for him to be in and he has possibly been permanently damaged too. Easiest way to separate him is to float him in the tank in a plastic container eg ice cream container. I sometimes pegged mine to the side so it didn't float around and get stuck under the water return in the days I used HOB (hang on the back) filters. Only give him enough water at first to stay upright. This allows him to rest easily on the bottom of the container. You will need to do partial water changes daily in the container. I used to use a turkey baster to do this as I had one on hand and it was less stressful to the fish. Easier to lift the container out, tip half the water out (without losing the fish down the drain) and top it up with tank water. A 2L ice cream container is better than a clear one as he can't see out and she can't see in. Do note though - if you use a white container, the fish will turn very pale as they try to match their surroundings. A dark blue, or black, one would be better. Feed him tiny amounts and fingers crossed he improves. In the meantime, try and add more plants, live ones preferably, so he has plenty of places to hide. Out of sight, out of mind, works with fish. Water sprite or Indian fern (Ceratopteris) is good for this. Java fern (Microsorium pteropus) is very hardy and a good beginner's plant. It attaches itself to rocks or driftwood. Tie a few of the roots to a rock, or jam them into a split in the driftwood, and it will grow from there. No need to plant the roots into gravel. Both these plants reproduce by forming baby plants along the parent plant so you just pick them off and plant them. Sprite is also interesting as it will grow above the water surface and, when it does, its leaves look totally different! Fish can damage themselves on fake plants, depending on whether they are plastic or silk stuff and live plants are better for both fish and aquarium nutrient balance. Please let me know how you get on!
  7. Hi Caryl, thank you for this response and advice! unfortunately this poor guy isn’t getting any better. I cycled the tank correctly before I got the fish and ensured I had the water right he before introducing them. Each time I’ve gone in to the shops with the fish I’ve had water tested and all is well. Except him he can barely swim and generally just hovers wherever he lands and can only swim directly vertical to the surface to try and get food, and if anything in his way he gets caught in it. It’s so sad to see. I have done 2 rounds of adding the Wunder tonic and gently done a gravel clean and replaced half the water as instructed on the bottle after a few days. I feel it’s not environmental now, its stress induced from the female. As the female and other male are totally fine and she is continuing to abuse him especially when I feed them. So I don’t think he’s getting much food. I feel I need to isolate him, but is it best to do this in the tank? Or remove him completely? Being a tropical I would need a whole separate tank for him with his own heater etc, I’m not sure I can do that. Or is it best to take him away completely and back to where I got them to see if they can help him. At such a loss I’m so sad to see him so unwell
  8. My name is Rhys Carter, Laboratory Manager at Aquafortus, a small research-based company in Mangere, Auckland. We have been growing daphnia for inhouse environmental testing over the last 1-2 years, however, the project has come to an end. We currently have a small aquarium (approx.. 30x30x50) full of daphnia. These are our stock colony and have had no contact with chemicals/biological materials. They would need picking up from our site at 3 Airpark drive Mangere, 2022 between 8am and 3pm by the end of the week. We also have a large tank growing algae (https://www.wardsci.com/store/product/8869785/ward-s-live-i-chlorella-pyrenoidosa-i-culture. ) if algae is of use to anyone?
  9. Hi there and sorry you are having trouble and didn't get good advice from your pet shop. Have you read about cycling an aquarium? This is very important. It is the biological process that makes the water safe for fish. The cycling would have started when you added the fish but when you scrubbed everything and replaced the gravel, it upset the cycle. 1. Do not add any more fish. The mollies will grow, or reproduce and your tank is not big enough for many more as mollies are a medium sized fish. 2. Get some live plants in there as this will help the nutrient balance correcting. It will also give the male somewhere to hide. 3. Look up all about cycling an aquarium. I always did it this way...set up the tank and make sure the temp has stabilised. For a 2ft (old measurements here from an old lady) tank I would add 4 hardy neon sized fish. After 1 month, if all was well, I would add another 4 of the same and repeat this process until stocking level had been reached. This naturally starts the process without adding ammonia or other chemicals to artificially start the cycle. For a 3ft tank I would start with 6 neon sized fish and so on. 4. A good ratio for mollies is 1 male for 2 or 3 females. A group of all males will be aggressive. 5 Your fella will be stressed and could recover on his own, without the addition of chemicals or tonics, if the cause of his stress is fixed - good water conditions and places to hide. 6. Do daily water changes of about 10 - 20% but don't clean anything in the tank, including the gravel, for at least 1 month to help correct the cycle. Good luck and feel free to ask more questions 🙂
  10. I have same problem..noticed one comment about feed....have started giving more algae flakes for plecos so Im guessing that could be what is causing blue color....gonna stop flakes and see if it changes back to normal pink....otherwise they seem healthy....
  11. Hi, I recently set up a small home tropical fish tank with 4 Mollys. It’s the aqua one 47 eco style. I feel I haven’t been given too much uneducated mixed advice and it’s caused a few problems. during my first tank clean I removed the decorations and fake plants, cleaned out the gravel and replaced it, all unknown to me that I should have had a gravel cleaner and shouldn’t have scrubbed the ornaments. Woke up the next day to one Molly that had passed away, I was gutted and felt awful. I’ve been terrified to clean the tank again since, but have purchased a glass cleaner magnet got different ornaments, and got the gravel cleaner but am yet to use it. I worked out that I have 2 males and a female, I’m not sure what the first one that passed away was. I wasn’t told what the correct ratio would be and how many would actually be better to have total, just “4 would be fine do you want a mix of male and female or one or the other?” so I just got a mix. I now think the female is pregnant ( at a guess) and she has taken to abusing one of the males, to the point he is miserable and I think has fin rot. He hides and cowers away from her only appearing when I feed them. i have just done a treatment tonight with wunder tonic, and will do a water change and clean the gravel in a few days. Questions- what are my next steps? Will the male survive? is it best to remove him completely from the tank? and just have the female and other male, who are both happy as Larry in each others company and are thick as thieves together. Should I get more females and remove the imbalance? Not interested in getting abuse and snarky comments. I’ve had that already when asking at a fish specialist shop for advice and it’s put me off going back. Beginner mum here who is genuinely concerned and gotten a bit attached to these fish that I just got as a gift for my child who was desperate for a fish tank! only looking for genuine helpful advice so I don’t need to keep explaining where the fish have gone.. i feel bad enough. thank you
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  13. Hi does anyone know if there is another alternative to put a different covered lid with light that would fit on right size Juwel tank
  14. A big circular pool of at least 4k litres is best and cheapest set up, I cut down a 300000 litre water tank a few years ago
  15. Could probably go up to 10,000 litres if i'm using seawater from the ocean and not buying synthetic salt, would this be too small for a horn/carpet shark and or longtail skate long term?
  16. All sharks and rays will outgrow that tank size Ihave kept very young rays and sharks for short periods but they don't take well to captivity
  17. Free big outdoor goldfish that’s been living in our pond for about a decade.
  18. Sorry, this isn't to do with the original topic of the thread but do you know if there are any rays/skates and sharks that are keepable in home aquaria here? My max tank size would probably be around 2200 litres if that isn't too small and what would you feed them? Thanks
  19. Our Guest Speaker will be Nick from Aquaponics New Zealand. We will be at the venue from 9am and ask that anyone attending arrive before 9:50.
  20. That hasn't been my experience with them, they eat fish that have died usually And only attempt to catch fish when not fed enough
  21. Aloevera is toxic to axolotls, do not use this.
  22. Hi All Just a reminder of the FNZAS Annual General Meeting on Saturday the 27th of April. This will be held at Napier Baptist Church, 36 Riverbend Road, Maraenui, Napier 4110 This should be a good event with attendees from all over the country. It will also be available via zoom for those that cannot attend. AGM Zoom details: President FNZAS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: FNZAS AGM Time: Apr 27, 2024 09:30 AM Auckland, Wellington Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92593087655?pwd=YXF5MzU5b0tZM3Z3amI4azdHb0kxQT09 Meeting ID: 925 9308 7655 Passcode: 135413 Please note that speaking rights are held by committee and delegates only. FNZAS members will get a chance for comments at the end of the AGM The plan for the day will be as follows 10am FNZAS AGM start 11am Guest Speaker 12pm Lunch 1pm Tank Crawl The AGM is open to everyone including all members and non-members of the FNZAS. The tank crawl will only be open to attendance by FNZAS members. For any questions regarding the in person event please contact either: Chris Drake: [email protected] Chris Stokes: [email protected] -- Chris Stokes FNZAS Secretary
  23. EDIT: fish have been rehomed. It took a long time to approve my membership and message here, and during this time I found new homes for the fish. ——— I came home last night from a holiday to find a big crack in my tank and not much water left. There were no casualties luckily and I have put all the fish in two smaller tanks but they can’t stay there for long so I need to move them out ASAP. I have available: 1 white angelfish 4 cherry barbs 4 cardinal tetra 2 pristella tetra 3 harlequin rasbora 1 starlight bristlenose 3 lemon tetra 5 dwarf chain loaches 1 Borneo suckermouth/hillstream loach They are all a couple of years old except for a couple of the cardinal tetras that I got a couple of months ago. Pick up Churton Park
  24. Yeah, I read up on the dardanus hermit crabs, apparently they are all very aggressive and eat fish and aren't really very good at cleaning up
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