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thegent
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PostPosted: 2006.12.27(Wed)10:06    Post subject: Tiger Shovelnose Catfish Reply with quote

my shovelnose has lost all of its colour
any ideas why please?
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DF Bobo
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PostPosted: 2006.12.27(Wed)10:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's pretty vague. we need more information, such as tank size, tankmates, water parameters, current feeding schedule, how long have you had the fish and is your tank cycled?
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PostPosted: 2006.12.27(Wed)11:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers fir the reply, sorry to be a bit vague

900L x 300W x 450D(water)
1 arowana
2 Oscar
2 Tinfoil
2 Silver Dollar
1 Algae Eater (can never remember the proper name)
27deg for the last 2 months
Tetra Tabimin, approx 10 tabs a day
had it for 7 months, is now 20cm long.
lost coclour over the last 6-8 weeks.
cycled 25% approx once a week for normal cleaning.
external cascade 700 filter

have had a bit of an algae problem for 4-6 weeks

any ideas? or other questions?
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PostPosted: 2006.12.28(Thu)16:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you confirm your tank size:

900L x 300W x 450D

Is that in millimeters, so 90centimeters by 30centimeters by 45 centimeters.

Or translated to stuff I understand 36x12x18 in inches. Or 24 UK gallons, 29 US gallons 108 liters

If so it's no surprise your fish is a bit off colour.

A tank that size can hold 36 inches of fish who's adult size is two inches or less (In other words 18 Cardinal Tetras. As fish get larger than 2 inches you actually need to keep less inches of fish to take into account the body mass of the fish.

Please note I bolded the word adult, when we buy small fish they are young, but they need room to grow, if they don't have this room they become stunted, suffer stress, die, and have a pretty miserable life.

You have a stock of fish that would need a tank of several hundred gallons.

2 Oscars @ 12 inches = 24 inches of fish
2 Tinfoils @ 12 inches = 24 inches of fish
2 Silver Dollors @ 6 inches = 12 inches of fish
An unknow Algae eater that could range from 2 inches to 2ft

At least 1 Tiger Shovelnose Catfish = 36 inches

If your tank is 36 inches long and 12 inches wide, please re-home all of your fish before they all die.

If your tank is in fact 354 inches long by 118 inches wide please ignore the above, and can I come and see your tank.

Bob
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