TROUBLES IN PARADISE
I have been into fishkeeping for many years. Having started with two 4ft tanks housing Oscars and other large cichlids, I moved on to one 240 l Juwel aquarium housing two beautiful Severums – one gold and one green – with four Clown loach.
Having noticed my gold Severum had a touch of fungus, like cotton wool, I bought Interpet anti-fungus treatment. I thought I’d read the instructions correctly, making the correct dosage and increasing the air flow in the tank via the Juwel air diffuser to the end of flow from the filter.
But to my disbelief, I came down next morning to find both beautiful fish and my Clown loach dead on the bottom of the tank. Overnight, the air diffuser had come away, starving my fish of oxygen. Words cannot say how I felt to find them dead. So, I would say to all fishkeepers out there, check and double-check your
equipment so that you don’t have the same upset I had. And run an airstone as back-up, too.
Having had to completely remove all the water and start over again, I now have two beautiful Red-spot severums and four Clown loach. I won’t be making that mistake again.
I hope this letter can appear in your magazine to help others, so that they won’t have to go through what I’ve been through.
Ray Abbott, email
NATHAN SAYS: Hi Ray, it’s always a tragedy to lose a fish through something as simple as a slipped airline, but I do think that many more of us have been there than we let on.
BELOW: Clown loach are far from hardy.