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Old 11-16-2014, 01:00 AM   #1
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West Aussie needs help with sand substrate.

Hi I will be up grading to a Aqua grande 285 litre 120 4 Foot tank to house my Albino shark & Bristle nose who are out growing their current tank. I would like to use sand as the substrate but do not know what is the best kind to use, I do not want to change the water parameters as all my fish are use to my tap water & ph, but I do want to have a few live plants in the new tank as well.

Here is a picture of my current tank. I have 3 Balloon Mollies, 6 Neons, 2 Red Eye Tetras, 2 Leopard Cory, 1 Bristle nose& 1very rapidly growing Albino Shark!.

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Old 11-22-2014, 10:32 PM   #2
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Hello, anyone have any advice.

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Old 11-23-2014, 09:07 AM   #3
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The sand shouldnt change the water quality at all. You will need to siphon a little differently when you do water changes, but that is about it. Also, when using sand, make sure its all settled before you turn your filters back on as any granules can make filters burn out or just cause an obnoxious noise for eternity. Nice tank btw.
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:21 AM   #4
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Thank I will keep that in mind, I will probably go with Caribsea Torpedo Beach & Tahitian Moon mixed together to get a salt & pepper look, It is a medium grain sand so is a bit heavier than the finer beach type sand, & hopefully won't cloud up to much.

I am having trouble with 3 of my Neons at the moment, 1 has a small white patch on his tail and it look a bit rattie and 2 have white fungus on their mouths, I have been treating with Pimafix & Melafix together for the last 5 days and there has been no change, have 2 days to go with that treatment if it does not work I will try Blue Planets General cure which is a combination of Malachite Green & Methylene Blue, Hate putting strong chemicals in the tank. Can anyone recommend anything else?

All the fish seem fine still swimming around and eating like little horses, so that's a good sign, just hope they don't take a sudden turn for the worst.
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I'm awfully sorry and hopefully wrong, but that looks like the columnaris I had on my neons. Is it like a white pimple or very fuzzy?
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It's hard to tell they are so small, and my eyes aren't too good even with my glasses on lol. More smooth like a pimple I think


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That sounds the same as mine and at around the same time last year.

Are you in West Australia? That will control the meds list for treatment.

Can you QT? I'd heavily recommend it. The infection wiped all of my neons out eventually.
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Yes in Perth, WA, and yes I do have a small 30cm tank spare filter and heater, do I keep treating the main tank as well, and what do I use?

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Stupid computer crashed so this is a bit shorter and will send some links tonight.

DT - continue with pima and mela.

QT - shift any infected fish to here as soon as noticed. Treat with general cure (MB, MG and acriflavine) plus tripple sulpha. If fungal, skip the tripple sulpha otherwise I would add it.

Keep water temperature at about 25C. Higher will encourage bacterial infection, lower fungal infection.

For columnaris you need furan2 and kanaplax antibitics which I have never seen in Perth. Will send link tonight. Tetracycline is stocked here but wrong type of med.

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Old 11-25-2014, 07:13 AM   #10
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West Aussie needs help with sand substrate.

Thanks so much for all your help, I am setting up QT tank tonight. The temp in my main tank was set to 26, so have started to drop it to 25. Still only the 3 Neons affected so far, they are still eating and very active so that's a good thing.
Will have to make another trip to City Farmer,s in my lunch break tomorrow to get the other meds, lucky it is just across the car park from where I work!

Thanks again, will keep you updated.😄


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