So far so good

31 01 2010

The Octozin course finished last week, after two days the fish were looking good – everyone was busy and seemed hungry. I tentatively tried a small amount of food and to my delight, everybody ate! It seems therefore that the treatment was successful so I have not repeated it. A few days on all the fish still seem healthy.

To recap, I after a death identified as bloat, I noticed a number of fish not eating. Initially I intended to treat only the affected fish in a hospital tank but it rapidly became apparent that I would not be able to contain all the afflicted fish in the 2ft tank I had available. I ceased feeding entirely and treated the main tank immediately, first doing a 60% water change then embarking on a 3 day course of Octozin at 4x dose. At the end of the Octozin course I did a 80% water change. After a further two days of observation I resumed feeding.

I will be changing the way I look after my fish in future: I will only feed in the evenings now when I can observe closely for an extended period. I will only feed pure spirulina flake sourced from Germany and I will keep enough medication on hand to be able to attack bloat as soon as I see it.


Octozin Day 3

27 01 2010

Yesterday was the end of the Octozin course so I did a very large water change, approximately 60%. Still no more loses and all fish are perky and active.

Looking good so far, will be monitoring closely for the next 2 days before deciding whether to do another course of treatment or not….

Approaching adulthood

26 01 2010

One of my juvenile Melanochromis dialeptos is changing from the juvenile colours seen here to his adult male colouration (which is midnight blue). He’s not quite there yet, and is currently a rather unattractive shade of brown:

Octozin Day 2

25 01 2010

So far so good, no new losses incurred. The demasoni are still looking very sorry for themselves but the labidochromis freibergi is perking up and is now swimming around the tank rather than resting at the bottom. Promising signs, but by no means out of the woods yet. Final does of this treatment of octozin is now in the tank…

Octozin Day 1

24 01 2010

Am just about to put in the Day 2 dose of octazin, so far there have been no deaths but all fish seem a little bit subdued. The labidochromis freibergi seems to be deteriorating quite badly and is sitting on the sand motionless. Quite a shame as he seemed better this morning and was swimming around. Tomorrow will see the final dose go in, fingers crossed it works but currently it seems I will incur further losses…

The survivors

22 01 2010

Here is a pic of the Metriaclima pyrsonotos girls that are left. Fortunately I will be getting another 2/3 males and 4 more females to go with them – should make a nice breeding group!

Pyrsonotos Update

21 01 2010

I have been asking around forums, looking for input on what may have killed my Metriaclima pyrsonotos. Unfortunately it seems likely that it was ‘bloat’ rather than bullying. Bloat is a catch all term for a issue in the digestive tract, the first symptoms are a lack or absence of appetite – the balloon like swelling doesn’t occur until much later on when its too late. There are number of potential causes but stress and an overly protein rich diet are the main ones.  Once a fish has succumbed to bloat, it can spread rapidly to other fish so I will have to be on the lookout. I have also got some Octozin to use if I need it! Fingers crossed I don’t….

Special thanks to Colin @  Natural World and Mike Whitaker for their help and advice.