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14 June 2018 - 03:22 PM

Has any one else had higher than level chlorine levels coming through their tap water lately.  Check you tank water after you do your normal change to be sure, with the rains perhaps we've had higher levels in Canning Vale and Applecross.

The Fish Vet

14 June 2018 - 03:17 PM

I've never had a major fish death with out it being because of me doing some thing stupid.  Shock in winter with water change being too cold, forgotten chemicals, nitrogen spike.  


Usually my erretmodus are my litmus test, if they get sick something is out of wacK and they are happy as and look like one may be holding.


In the last fortnight I have had 30 Tropheus die.  Not from bloat or from dropsy, no distension one the abdomen or the anus.  To be honest they are fancy gold fish, I just never told my wife the Caramba cost ~200/ fish.  So left with the unenviable position losing the rest of my colony 12 carambras (plus 3 babies) in the following days.  Usually when Ive had fish death they all die at once, not a couple a day for a week in spite of water changes.


On Mattia's recommendation I called Dr Richmond Loh and he came out on the same day, assessed the set up, the water, took swabs off the healthy fish and their poop, autopsied the dead fish and discovered that they didnt have enough body fat and possibly are underfed.


Super nice fellow and if the advice stops one ore of my tropheus dying his call out has paid for itself.

Fish Lost In Balls

17 April 2018 - 01:31 PM

My tropheus red caramba has spat again over the weekend some time, I know this as I've found something in my balls which is a real treat  (I've found many surprises down amongst my balls before).


I know I'm definitely not the first to lose fry in the biological media (Bio balls) in the sump, what do most of you do?  leave them to wader aimlessly amongst the media, do they turn up with out digging through, coherse them with food.

In The Media

10 April 2018 - 08:51 PM

I talk with friends and colleagues reasonably often about where my fish are from and rarely is there interest.  This week at golf it is the first time a friend has used the word malawi :)  It may of been did you see the Malawi netball team killed it in the commonwealth games but it was a reference none the less.


I may be tending more towards Tangs but chilotilapia rhoadesii remans my favorite african regardless of how cool my tangs behave.    

Who Knows Their Cichlids Inside Out?

05 March 2018 - 04:41 PM

So I had to repair and fault correct some X-ray equipment today and the only thing apart from furniture (and my iPhone-made this mistake once) I had to test the equipment was the dead fish in the freezer.


Who can guess the Lake and for bonus points the species of these two.  A cause of death would be also awesome :) 


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