Originally Posted by AlexPhotography
As I read this entire thread, I kept going back to the first page, where you spoke of having killed several fish due to being hard headed and not listening to advice...
So far with this tank you killed many fish, yeah, fine some may have been victims of collection practices, but the recurrence of deaths lead me to believe that theres something you might be doing wrong.
Many people have mentioned that your tank might be over stocked, this is not a compliment, this creates stress and decease...but you seem proud of it.
Several people have asked about water parameters...but you said that you can't afford a test kit. so you simply replace the dead fish with more fish, possibly sentencing them to death by placing them in an unstable, and overstocked environment. If you can't afford to buy a test kit to ensure the survivability of your fish, then you can't afford a fish tank. I sickens me to see the lackadaisical attitude towards the loss of life. Please, test your water, please, decrease the bioload if needed, plrase be a responsible keeper of life. Thank you.
Hi Alex, thank you for checking out my tank!!
Also, thanks for your concern for the fishes.
I agree over the years, I probably did something wrong here and there that resulted in fish deaths. However, they are definitely NOT due to overstocking. I have a very good (actually too good) filtering system. From my calculations, the filtering media I have setup is good for 30gallon tank. And the pump rate is also too high for my tank. The tank has been stable for quite a long time actually. Deaths that occured were due to things like:
i) Oto died due to I did not regularly feed them with zuchinni... and I did quite a major rescape.
ii) Bacteria infections - I transfered some of my shrimps (that later I found out was infected - the whitish spongy color).
iii) Bad batch from fish shop - like the 1 rummynose tetra that died during quarantine.
I am not getting test kit, because I feel they are unnecessary as long as I keep my WC routine and maintenances and fish care (like medicate them if there are illness).
Also, bioload of 13 tetras + 3 rummynose + 2 flying fox in an overfiltered 12.5g is not that bad, they are not cichlids. plus i feed them only tiny bits once a day.
And yeah, most of my fish stocks are okay.
Anyway, I appreciate your thoughts and thanks for sharing.