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07-12-2012 06:39 AM
Complexity Okay, got this from the FAQ section.
Q: Is your Alkaline Buffer™ a sodium bicarbonate?
A: Yes, it is a sodium bicarbonate based buffer
http://www.seachem.com/support/FAQs/AlkalineBuffer.html

So is Seachem Alkaline Buffer basically an expensive name for baking soda?
07-12-2012 06:33 AM
Complexity I'm not sure what's in the buffers. When I checked the Seachem website, they didn't come right out and state the ingredients. The best I could find were the MSDS sheets.

The Acid buffer is listed as "Proprietary powdered bisulfate salts": http://www.seachem.com/support/MSDS/AcidBuffer.doc.pdf

The Alkaline buffer is listed as "Proprietary powdered non-phosphate buffer salt": http://www.seachem.com/support/MSDS/...Buffer.doc.pdf
07-12-2012 05:49 AM
HamToast I'm just curious what they do. Personally I prefer taking a natural route wherever possible, meaning I will use natural additives over chemicals, but when it comes to aquariums I'm not quite knowledgeable enough to make those decisions yet. I know certain types of sand and ground coral can be helpful as well as ground shells, but I know zero details. I am learning though

To get back on track though, I'll forgo the Ph altering chemicals on my next PWC and see how things go. As usual thanks for the help and advice!
07-12-2012 05:24 AM
Complexity My tap water pH is 8.0 and I have tons of otos (just put 24 in my 75g tank, lost just 1). I also have about 75 cardinal tetras between all my tanks (maybe 100, it's too many to count). They do great in my high pH water.

This is true for almost all fish. There are a few out there that truly require that the water be altered, but they are very few. If in doubt, you can always ask. I think most people have higher pH tap water.
07-12-2012 05:01 AM
HamToast The method of testing the tap water was to let it sit for 12 hours in a bucket with an air stone and then test all the parameters. Will a Ph of ~8.3 have a negative effect on my Otos or other species I want to add?

I understand wanting to use only additives needed by necessity, but are there other things I can do that will allow the water to maintain a close to ideal condition? Out of curiosity and quest for knowledge, how do the pros with very sensitive and picky fish do it?

Also, for the record, I purchased the stress zyme on accident and am only using it until it runs out. I hate wasting anything.
07-12-2012 04:23 AM
PlantedRich If you have not done it yet, I would try checking the tap water after it has set for 8-10 hours. You may find that it turns out not to be as high Ph as it seems. Then I would definitely cut back on the two buffers and let the PH settle where it will. Go for steady versus perfect. Most fish are not raised in their normal territory and are quite good at working with what they have.
The Prime for removing chloramine or chlorine and the last three would be all I use. The last three for plants and adjust them as needed. If you try that and see no trouble you will have saved yourself and your fish a lot of trauma. I would expect your main trouble to be too much molly breeding!
07-12-2012 04:16 AM
Complexity
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Products I use in the water are as follows:
Seachen Alkaline Buffer when performing a PWC and rarely as needed
Seachem Acid Buffer when performing a PWC and rarely as needed
Seachem Prime when performing a PWC
API Stress Zyme + when performing a water change
Seachem Flourish once weekly
Seachem Trace once weekly between Flourish doses
Seachem Excel daily
I think you can go without the Seachen Alkaline Buffer, Seachem Acid Buffer, and definitely the API Stress Zyme.

The only thing you really need to add to the water when doing a water change is the Seachem Prime.

The Seachem Flourish, Trace, and Excel are all optional so it doesn't matter if you dose them or not.

A pH of 8.3 is a bit on the high side, but for mollies, that should be great. So there's no need there to make a change either.

When it comes to aquarium water, the old adage "less is more" often applies.
07-12-2012 03:40 AM
alohamonte flashing is a normal fish behavior. i've seen it with marine fish while scuba diving, koi in ponds, wild sunfish in streams, and my own fish in several tanks.
07-12-2012 02:59 AM
HamToast Products I use in the water are as follows:
Seachen Alkaline Buffer when performing a PWC and rarely as needed
Seachem Acid Buffer when performing a PWC and rarely as needed
Seachem Prime when performing a PWC
API Stress Zyme + when performing a water change
Seachem Flourish once weekly
Seachem Trace once weekly between Flourish doses
Seachem Excel daily

Nothing else is added to the tank as of now. Like I said, I would like to get some shells of some kind to put in the filter reservoir to stabilize the water and add some additional nutrients. I haven't decided on a shell type yet. I also understand cuddlebone is good for this? But that's besides the issue for now.

The water parameters for tap water are high Ph around 8.3. I do not know the hardness yet since I didn't have the test kit when I tested the water. I will likely request a data sheet from the local water provider this week. The fish appear quite healthy and happy, so I'm not sure they are ill at all. The gasping seems to be a remnant of the terrible nitrite conditions they were exposed to when I first got them. They do it less and less frequently, my theory is that their gills are simply in the recovery process from previous damage.
07-12-2012 01:16 AM
PlantedRich I am one who believes that many medicines do one primary thing. They make money! Trying to set the PH/GH/ KH with additives is often a chase which ends in frustration. Many find it far better to let the fish get used to the water. They can adapt quite well but not if we keep changing the water like every time we do a water change. Over time, it gets to be too much and they die. Keep in mind that there are lots of reasons for fish to flash as mentioned. It often happens after a water change even when there is no measurable difference in the water. I think of it as the same as when we go shopping on a hot day. We run from the house to the car to the store and come home with a headache from the changes even though the air was fine every place we went.
Do fish flash when they get a headache??? Seems as logical as some of the other things I see that make them flash. Adding a new fish can sometimes make two or three fish flash for a while.
07-11-2012 10:45 PM
Complexity
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I just want to maintain good hardness for the mollys. I actually haven't done anything to regulate the hardness aside from adding either acid or alkaline buffer whenever needed. The pH chemicals seem to be enough to maintain decent hardness. The main issue is that both hardness and pH had a tendancy to want to drop during the week but it seems to be stabilizing on its own over time.
This is why I'm asking what products are you using. Some products are known for causing more problems than they solve. Since you're having problems with one molly flashing and another gasping at the surface, it's possible you've fallen victim to one of those products.

So what are you adding to the water? What are the product names? And what are your tap water's parameters?
07-11-2012 09:48 PM
HamToast I just want to maintain good hardness for the mollys. I actually haven't done anything to regulate the hardness aside from adding either acid or alkaline buffer whenever needed. The pH chemicals seem to be enough to maintain decent hardness. The main issue is that both hardness and pH had a tendancy to want to drop during the week but it seems to be stabilizing on its own over time.

If I have issues in the future I was going to look into some shells of some kind to increase hardness as well as available nutrients for the fish and plants. I'm not sure what shells exactly, I'd have to do more research on that
07-11-2012 08:49 PM
Complexity What are your readings straight from the tap? Generally, it's better to acclimate the fish to your tap water than to mess with the water parameters.

Is there a special reason why you're messing with your GH and KH? What method(s) are you using to alter them?
07-11-2012 04:53 PM
HamToast I have had trouble maintaining the GH and KH where I'd like it but I keep it around 5-7 degrees. Ideally I would like it around 8-10 degrees for the Mollys. PH is always fine though around 7.2.
07-11-2012 06:41 AM
Diana Wrong pH can also make the fish irritable. Mollies are hard water fish, high pH. (salt is optional, but some strains of Molly can handle water that is saltier than sea water). Are you keeping the Mollies in hard water tanks?

Some fish (certain Cichlids for sure) will also flash as a way to show off that this is their territory. I have no idea if Mollies do this.
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