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  1. cheers mate... water quality - not TOO bad (the fish i've got left can get away with 3-4 week changes) noise around the tank and how fast you move - is exactly what happened (i was trying to rush the clean b4 work) the jag doesn't normally bash him (he's killed 2 13" RDs and his own 9" female and never touched the shark) i'm just a bit worried because now that he is a sick fish he just became a prime target (even my clown loach will probably have a go) i was kinda after a recovery regime but i'm pretty resolved to the fact he either lives or dies really (being a big bala there aint no point putting him in my 2 footer as a quarantine it'll just stress him more) thanks anyway, appreciate your response
  2. was cleaning my tank today when my stupid bala shark decided it was safer out of the water rather than in. managed to put him back in (on about the third attempt - bloody slime) only to have him catapult himself into the lid another couple of times (smashing his head on the rim for the lid). he is now a stunned stupid shark, listing around on his side at first and now just sitting in the corner not moving. i figure he's pretty much screwed as even if he does start to come good my managuensis will probably bash him for not moving enough but i thought i'd canvass for ideas or anyone else who has had this happen and saved one. he's 14" and one of my favourites. thanks in advance. dale.
  3. she's only one in a tank of 15 and no others have a problem so i may as well conclude that it is something specific to her.... like i said she's 4 years old which isn't a bad run..... thanks anyway.
  4. hi all, my female RD is not looking too healthy. she has had a swim bladder problem for 12-18 mths but never any other probs (e.g. she eats well and even defends territory). over the last couple of weeks though she has begun thinning and then the other day i noticed her hump (not as big as males, but still present) had moved to the side of her head (as though it was hit with a hammer from the side) and her lips look distended (i.e. there is an obvious gap (3-5mm) between her top lip and her body (normally her lips would sit right on her head with no channel between). is she just wasting away or are these symptoms (which hopefully i've explained well enough) of another disease somebody else has encountered....???? she's about 4 yrs old and i don't want to prolong her agony any more than necessary so any help will be greatly appreciated, dale
  5. Hey Ash... . Try not to have an opinion that doesn't fit in m8....
  6. thanks Anthony... exactly the advice i was looking for.... i did do a large water change (almost 50% - but not quite) and the fact that he's biting me makes me think he is just being temperamental.... (hopefully). thanks again....
  7. dunno what the crime rate's like in WA... but in Sydney they're more likely to steal your whole Fish Room..... joke....
  8. last Friday (21/10) i noticed my 4fter wasn't looking particularly good... (a little murky, fish not very mobile) however we were about to leave on a 6 hour trip so i didn't take the time to check it out... MISTAKE. when we arrived home on Sunday night I immediately noticed how murky it was (not a LITTLE murky no more) so i set about fixing it up. I soon found out what was making it murky.... two dead clown loaches in a state of decay... that was just the start.... every fish was showing signs of distress, especially the two large ones (10" oscar, 12" blackbelt). so i took everything out (fake log, fake bell, two pieces drift wood and a concrete buddha) and syphoned the hell out of the substrate... the next day i did the same, morning and night.... the next day once..... my water now looks completely clear and nothing is coming out of the substrate when i syphon it... side-drop filter is clean(ish) too. now all the fish look fine EXCEPT oscar... he seems alert (bites me when i'm cleaning tank still) but he can't stay below the water surface. he keeps flapping around at the top of the tank with half an inch of his body out of the water and sometimes seems to be resting against the glass or powerhead for support. now he's taken to lying completely on his side (like almost dead).... the blackbelt is fine even though he originally looked just as bad!! i know everyone's going to want the water parameters, but i don't have them (my tester kit ran out and i haven't replaced it)... however, i don't think it's a tank problem anymore as none of the other fish have a problem... it seems more like a swim bladder problem??? ideas appreciated....
  9. just curious... we aren't allowed to name shops which do the wrong thing by us... posts have been removed often... are we allowed to name shops who do the right thing... if they are not a sponsor of ACE (or is it only 'sponsors' who can be advertised through apparent kindnesses??) i know quite a few fish shops which have always given me EXCELLENT service (including IMMEDIATE replacement of a pump which lasted 3 days)... can i name them or promote them by pinpointing their location...?? just curious....
  10. is curiosity the best way to measure their intelligence?? when it comes to humans i think the best way to tell an animals intelligence is by how wide a berth it gives us... therefore my vote goes for the jag...
  11. i have a pair of breeding jags (both over 9"). they are solitary fish and love to hide. i've had mine since they were an inch big and neither are particularly friendly to me still (i've owned a RD for 4 months that swims to me). if you get a nice size flat rock and set it on top of 3 or 4 other roundish rocks (making in effect a large, yet slightly open, cave) they will love you for it. they were startled because it was dark... but don't think you can't startle them when a light is already on in the room.... they are a touchy bugger of a fish.... a full grown jag would easily dispose of a BN if they decided to (no matter the size) but i have several BNs in with my pair and they don't seem to care much... if they do turn on each other you might consider a divider for a short period and then re-introduce them slowly.... you may not need to but keep your eyes on them as if the male does turn he can kill the female in no time at all.... (i've seperated mine 2 or 3 times over 2 years to save her life) all of this is IMMHO... HTHYTEYJC.....
  12. *cough* other thread ← good man Ash, appreciate it...
  13. L260.... did anyone work out if these were the puppies that the smuggler tried to bring in... i remember a thread which suggested they were... but did anyone hear for sure.... i also remember a thread where peppermint owners were discussing how picky they were with their food in comparison with common b/n.... no personal experience with them though...
  14. umbee...bloody....leevable!!! freeekin excellent.... what size is that puppy?? i know BIG would pretty much cover it, but give me some dimensions to salivate over.... awesome job... that water must be crystal....
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