TROU­BLES IN PARADISE

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Letters -

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.

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