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And while I'm here, I'd just like to say that fishkeeping is a right pain.

Mostly because googling gets you contradictory advice from equally plausible sources.

I am about to spend the next little while doing more water changes. That's the only thing everyone agrees on - when in doubt, do a water change.

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Mar. 18th, 2016 01:29 pm (UTC)
Are the fish sick?
Mar. 19th, 2016 04:46 am (UTC)
Two of the new ones have died. One from each of my tanks.

What I *should* have done, which everyone recommends so it's really my own fault, was set up a third tank for a while, as a quarantine tank for newbies.

Because it means now I'm having to accept that both tanks might have pathogens.

The fish in one tank look fine, it was just the one goldfish who became lethargic a couple of days ago and then dropped dead.

In the other tank, a newbie (a ground dwelling corydora) died for no known reason, and the other fish, who I have had for a long time with no health issues, have suddenly developed the "shimmies". Which is what it sounds like - they kind of shimmy rather than swim, and when they swim they dart really fast. I've done tests on the water and found a problem that *might* be the cause. And I've removed a bit of plastic I thought they'd like hiding in (and only added two weeks ago), because it may be poisonous to fish.

Respectable internet sources all have different reasons for fish getting the shimmies.

But that's the problem - they each have a reason for it, but no one seems to have the *same* reason! So I'm working on all of them.
Mar. 19th, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
I used to keep aquariums of tropical fish so I know a good bit about fish ailments and the dreaded shimmies, ich and other such diseases were well known to me. It's a delicate balance sometimes. I hope you find the answer to what's happening. It's distressing not to know.
Mar. 19th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
Sorry, that was probably more information than you needed.

Tl;dr: yep. Fish are sick. Cause not known, but I'm working on it.
Mar. 19th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
Nope...not too much info...I really am interested! And as I say above, I know a bit about fish.
Mar. 20th, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
Donna I am so sorry - I was giving you that answer because mostly once I start babbling on about fish, peoples' eyes glaze over!

And I now recall you mentioning your tropical fish before, so I am doubly sorry.

But this also means I will be babbling about my fish more now...I am heading into town for a busy day today, but there will be more posts about fish! If I get my act together (which I probably won't of course) there might even be photos.

Mar. 20th, 2016 12:03 pm (UTC)
Goodness! No need to be sorry. I love aquariums, big and small, and wish I could still keep one. But alas, one thing is to get pet sitters for dogs and cats and another is to get fish sitters. Fish can be such delicate creatures dependent on so many factors in their environment and not many people are willing to take care of them or even know how to do so.

So I live vicariously through you.
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