A fishy post

Sad news to report. Monstro, our biggest, baddest fish died last night.

It was quite a surprise and he seemed to get ill very quickly indeed. When we left for the office all the fish had looked fine and appeared to be in good spirits. However, when we returned poor Monstro was swimming around frantically at the surface and often flipping over so he was upside down. All his fins looked terribly frayed and disintegrated.

We pulled him out and put him in a separate bowl with some Stress Coat and a mix of old and new conditioned water. He seemed to calm down a little but didn’t last much longer after that. Bill checked back on him just before we went to bed and ended up taking him outside for burial.

The rest of the fish got a hefty water change because the only problem we can think of it that we have problem water. A ph test showed that our alkaline tap water turns highly (in a fishy scale of things) acidic in the tank and testing for ammonia revealed high content there.

Hope our three remaining fish are going to be okay. We have Pootle, New Guy (Bill refused to name him after our first fish died) and Cthulu (aka Plecky)) left.

26 Responses to A fishy post

  1. strangepixel November 21, 2004 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh nooo! Hope the bad fish luck had hasn’t followed you, i’m sure the other fish’ll be fine and dandy! :]

  2. djvext November 21, 2004 at 8:24 pm #

    🙁

    check for an overloaded filter causing the high nitrate readings.
    have you recently put in any wood decor? a lot of that is quite potent for softenening water.
    I have my fins crossed for the remaining pheesh.

    hugs,
    grggl

  3. strangepixel November 21, 2004 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh nooo! Hope the bad fish luck had hasn’t followed you, i’m sure the other fish’ll be fine and dandy! :]

  4. djvext November 21, 2004 at 8:24 pm #

    🙁

    check for an overloaded filter causing the high nitrate readings.
    have you recently put in any wood decor? a lot of that is quite potent for softenening water.
    I have my fins crossed for the remaining pheesh.

    hugs,
    grggl

  5. Anonymous November 22, 2004 at 3:57 am #

    help

    hey kay please tell us how to upload photos to our LJ. Hope all is well over there. Speak to you soon.
    Love Mel

  6. Anonymous November 22, 2004 at 3:57 am #

    help

    hey kay please tell us how to upload photos to our LJ. Hope all is well over there. Speak to you soon.
    Love Mel

  7. downesunder November 22, 2004 at 11:39 am #

    Poor fishy

    maybe if you stop sharing your vodka with them?
    just kidding!

    hope the others are ok

  8. downesunder November 22, 2004 at 11:39 am #

    Poor fishy

    maybe if you stop sharing your vodka with them?
    just kidding!

    hope the others are ok

  9. kaypow November 22, 2004 at 7:54 pm #

    Re: help

    Well I see you’ve already figured that out for yourself. 🙂
    Sorry I couldn’t be of assistance. you’re either in bed or at work during the hours I’m awake. Except, that is, for a small window Saturday evening my time (which would be your Sunday), I think. Very confusing.

    K

  10. kaypow November 22, 2004 at 8:05 pm #

    Yeah, I know. I do seem to have a terrible knack for killing fish. 🙁

    We’ve now taken out the plants and are seeing if they are causing problems. We’re wondering if the tank needs a while to get started before weeds are added. Maybe they are overloading the system at the moment.

    After our experience in Manchester it’s the only thing I can think of to try really. Big shame because now the two remaining goldfish look miserable.

  11. kaypow November 22, 2004 at 8:06 pm #

    Re: Poor fishy

    Yeah right! As if I would share my voddy with anyone (anything)! MINE!

  12. kaypow November 22, 2004 at 8:33 pm #

    Re: 🙁

    Hmm, okay, just double checked the filter and it seems to be fine. Though, Bill says ammonia levels are highsky and we’re not getting any nitrate reading at all.

    Nope, no wood decor, when Matt and I had the acquarium in Manchester every acquatics shopkeeper told us never to use fishtank wood with goldfish exactly because it does alter the ph and can also make the water murky. Apparently it’s really meant for tropical fishies. Bill did insist on buying a nice tacky skull though, there was no stopping him. Plecky has taken up home there and can be often found reclining in the nostril.

    We decided to do an experiment last night. We tested the water, did a full water change and then removed all of the plants. The acquarium is now clear of weeds and we’re going to do another test this evening to see if we get a different reading. The fish aren’t very impressed with no 24 hour snack bar but we’re wondering if the acquarium needs time to mature and get an eco system developed before we add plants.

    *shrugs*

    Good to hear from you and thanks for the hugs. 🙂

  13. fart_pellet November 22, 2004 at 11:32 pm #

    Cthulu

    Cthulu, cule name for a fish. Don’t think I’ll be able to read Lovecraft in the same way again.

    A friend of mine asked her 4-year old kid to name her two new goldfish. He called them Pittabread and Houmous.

    Some serious bed fotos by the way. You guys aint messin’

  14. admin November 22, 2004 at 7:54 pm #

    Re: help

    Well I see you’ve already figured that out for yourself. 🙂
    Sorry I couldn’t be of assistance. you’re either in bed or at work during the hours I’m awake. Except, that is, for a small window Saturday evening my time (which would be your Sunday), I think. Very confusing.

    K

  15. admin November 22, 2004 at 8:05 pm #

    Yeah, I know. I do seem to have a terrible knack for killing fish. 🙁

    We’ve now taken out the plants and are seeing if they are causing problems. We’re wondering if the tank needs a while to get started before weeds are added. Maybe they are overloading the system at the moment.

    After our experience in Manchester it’s the only thing I can think of to try really. Big shame because now the two remaining goldfish look miserable.

  16. admin November 22, 2004 at 8:06 pm #

    Re: Poor fishy

    Yeah right! As if I would share my voddy with anyone (anything)! MINE!

  17. admin November 22, 2004 at 8:33 pm #

    Re: 🙁

    Hmm, okay, just double checked the filter and it seems to be fine. Though, Bill says ammonia levels are highsky and we’re not getting any nitrate reading at all.

    Nope, no wood decor, when Matt and I had the acquarium in Manchester every acquatics shopkeeper told us never to use fishtank wood with goldfish exactly because it does alter the ph and can also make the water murky. Apparently it’s really meant for tropical fishies. Bill did insist on buying a nice tacky skull though, there was no stopping him. Plecky has taken up home there and can be often found reclining in the nostril.

    We decided to do an experiment last night. We tested the water, did a full water change and then removed all of the plants. The acquarium is now clear of weeds and we’re going to do another test this evening to see if we get a different reading. The fish aren’t very impressed with no 24 hour snack bar but we’re wondering if the acquarium needs time to mature and get an eco system developed before we add plants.

    *shrugs*

    Good to hear from you and thanks for the hugs. 🙂

  18. kaypow November 23, 2004 at 12:42 am #

    Re: Cthulu

    The Sprouts once had some goldfish, I think they may have won them at Goose Fair. If I remember rightly young Lynsey named them Poppadom and Condom. Nice.

    Bill will be very happy you think Cthulu is a good name. He insisted on naming the little algae eater and wouldn’t settle for anything else.

    K

  19. fart_pellet November 22, 2004 at 11:32 pm #

    Cthulu

    Cthulu, cule name for a fish. Don’t think I’ll be able to read Lovecraft in the same way again.

    A friend of mine asked her 4-year old kid to name her two new goldfish. He called them Pittabread and Houmous.

    Some serious bed fotos by the way. You guys aint messin’

  20. admin November 23, 2004 at 12:42 am #

    Re: Cthulu

    The Sprouts once had some goldfish, I think they may have won them at Goose Fair. If I remember rightly young Lynsey named them Poppadom and Condom. Nice.

    Bill will be very happy you think Cthulu is a good name. He insisted on naming the little algae eater and wouldn’t settle for anything else.

    K

  21. djvext November 23, 2004 at 2:35 pm #

    Re: 🙁

    yup. when i was keeping my catfish specimens i was meant to leave tanks for a coupleof days with just water. Then change it all. Then leave for a couple of more days, then add filters and plants and wait at least six weeks before introducing a finned friend.
    Needless to say I was impatient and the blighters were lucky that there was water in there before they were introduced to thier new home.

    I hope that yours are ok. Plants can cause all sorts of problems (well, it is the species of algae that they play home to).

    fin. 🙂

  22. djvext November 23, 2004 at 2:35 pm #

    Re: 🙁

    yup. when i was keeping my catfish specimens i was meant to leave tanks for a coupleof days with just water. Then change it all. Then leave for a couple of more days, then add filters and plants and wait at least six weeks before introducing a finned friend.
    Needless to say I was impatient and the blighters were lucky that there was water in there before they were introduced to thier new home.

    I hope that yours are ok. Plants can cause all sorts of problems (well, it is the species of algae that they play home to).

    fin. 🙂

  23. missbumpkin November 23, 2004 at 11:02 pm #

    Re: Cthulu

    Poppadom is still alive, he must be about 15 by now!
    He got huge living in the murky pond at the bottom of our garden, but he was all alone and the pond was crappy, so we transferred him to my dad’s ‘nature’ pond at Sherrill. We didn’t see him for ages and thought he may have been eaten, but I’ve heard that he has been spotted again. Tough little cookie!
    Sorry to hear about your poor ickle fishy. Hopefully things will settle down soon and the others can live happily ever after.
    Big hugs
    xxx

  24. kaypow November 23, 2004 at 11:06 pm #

    Re: Cthulu

    Yeah! That’s right. I was there when he was released into the pond at Sherrill. I was wondering if he was surviving okay. Hoorah for Poppadom!

    Our fish aren’t doing so good. Have had to quarantine New Guy today and Pootle hasn’t stirred from the back bottom corner of the tank all day. 🙁

  25. missbumpkin November 23, 2004 at 11:02 pm #

    Re: Cthulu

    Poppadom is still alive, he must be about 15 by now!
    He got huge living in the murky pond at the bottom of our garden, but he was all alone and the pond was crappy, so we transferred him to my dad’s ‘nature’ pond at Sherrill. We didn’t see him for ages and thought he may have been eaten, but I’ve heard that he has been spotted again. Tough little cookie!
    Sorry to hear about your poor ickle fishy. Hopefully things will settle down soon and the others can live happily ever after.
    Big hugs
    xxx

  26. admin November 23, 2004 at 11:06 pm #

    Re: Cthulu

    Yeah! That’s right. I was there when he was released into the pond at Sherrill. I was wondering if he was surviving okay. Hoorah for Poppadom!

    Our fish aren’t doing so good. Have had to quarantine New Guy today and Pootle hasn’t stirred from the back bottom corner of the tank all day. 🙁

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