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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-25-2014, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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My tank is bad and I feel bad.

I've had diatoms since day one. The otos that have survived have cleaned my plants somewhat, but the tank quickly looks dirty if I don't thoroughly clean the glass often and all the old leaves seem to be permanently browned by diatoms. Now I have a cyanobacteria epidemic rampaging across my tank.

On top of that, my fish have been dying one by one from dropsy for over a month. It's to the point where I euthanize immediately upon seeing symptoms but I still can't get whatever it causing it to stop. I just want a fully stocked tank, but I don't think this tank will ever get there.

I'm not really asking for advice, there is nothing you can really do about dropsy. Just wanted to vent. Even when my fish are healthy I don't really enjoy my tank anymore, I'm just counting fish, checking for swelling and fighting a losing battle against bacteria and algae. The reality of having your own tank vs. looking at other people's tanks online is vastly different. If it's someone elses tank, you just enjoy it for what it is. When it is my tank, I find that I need to actively remind myself to sit back and enjoy it sometimes, lest it just be 100% maintenance all the time.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-25-2014, 08:31 PM
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Yep. Always rough when a tank is going thru hard times. And, really, no matter how good or careful you are, everyone eventually gets bitten.

I just finished three intensive days of cleaning up stinking, rotting anubias after a $30 order of petites triggered a round of rhizome rot in one of my tanks. 60% of my anubias turned to goo, setting my 'scape back at least 6 months. More if I can't find reasonably priced replacement plants. And I'm eating crow for all the times I've snorted at folks' "Why are my shrimp dying!" posts. For three long weeks now I've been fishing 2-3 dead cherries a day out of my 20g long while I try to stabilize it after a series of unfortunate events.

You do what you can, wait it out and eventually you pick up the pieces and start putting it all together again.
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It's terrible that your fish are dying. Even if there isn't a significant dollar value attached to them its still a real bummer when the tiny lives you've taken responsibility for end for what seems like no apparent reason. I hope you get it sorted out soon.
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Cant go wrong doing like a 50% water change twice a week in your situation. The tank should stabilize eventually. Good luck. Post updates for those curious.

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Cant go wrong doing like a 50% water change twice a week in your situation. The tank should stabilize eventually. Good luck. Post updates for those curious.
This is where I was gonna advise you to go. It should get you ahead of the bacterial and diatom issues. I have 24 tanks and that's right about what I shoot for on a weekly basis. But most are heavily stocked angelfish tanks and that's about what it takes. The 180G planted in the den is push-button.

Once you get ahead of the diatom blooms and bacterial issues with your fish, you can back off on the WC schedule until you get to where it's stabilized and you can see what WC% and frequency work for what you have in there. Just bear in mind that if you overfeed and overstock, WC in a big way may be your only way out.


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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-26-2014, 01:29 AM
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My old 29 went through a long slow decline like what you are talking about. It was a dirted tank, and it lasted for a year before the soil ran out of nutrients. Then the plants started dying, algae broke out, a few fish died, etc. Then I got a new job and thought I would be moving (quit the job 8 weeks later) so I broke down the tank. Now I have a new job so I'm going to be restarting the 29 soon. I have two 10 gallons running right now.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 12:28 PM
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Anyone who's had tanks for a long while have been thru this more than once. It's time like this that make us enthusiast. Other wise who needs the frustration. There have been times I just wanted to pick the whole tank up and throw it in the trash. For me algae doesn't bother me as bad as losing fish. I know were your coming from and hope things go better.
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as previously noted, WC!
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 01:29 PM
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Just lost a 20 long . Running along nicely , planted , about 18 or so chocolate australe living pretty happily in the tank . but there's a bit of algae starting on the gravel substrate . So I'm in a reputable aquarium shop , that's established a long time , not a Pet*** , one of the few shops I'll buy livestock from , and there's a tank full of ottos . Maybe 50 or so . In a bare tank . They look real good . Ask the guy at the shop " When did these come in?" .... "About a week ago" . So I get a few , take them home , acclimate them and release them into the 20L . Everything's fine for a few days , then one's dead . OK, stuff happens
A day or 2 later , the others are gone , along with one or 2 of the australe . Everything else is clamped up and on the bottom . Got velvet big time . Wiped out the tank within 48 hours .

Oh , well ..... My point is that this kind of thing happens to everyone , despite their best intentions ; all you can do is suck it up and move on .
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