hello I've recently bought too clown loach the first died within a week so i took it back to my local fish store and they gave me another one.went to my tank today and the new cl was dead! done regular water changes my other fish are all ok should i avoid the fish shop? or is it just bad luck? thanks Steve.
If the aquarium does not have a nitrogen cycle the fish are not likely to survive. It's explained in this blog:
In addition to water parameters associated with the nitrogen cycle, you may want to check temperature and pH to be sure they are appropriate for clown loaches.
Have you tested your water for ammonia? Is this a new tank?
hello i took some of my water to my local fish store and they said the water was fine he just said the ph was a bit low he gave me some dry leaves to put in my tank to raise the ph? the other clown loach is happy swimming around im taking some water down next week and he Will take aother reading apart from the ph everything was Fine. Thanks for your help guys.
You need to get your own test kits to continuously test the water. "The water is fine" means nothing, honestly. I have no idea what leaves they could have given you to raise the pH. Has this tank cycled?
yes the tanks about three months old I've got a
dip test strip but I've been told there not very good? i think i Will purchased a better kit.
The API Freshwater Master Test Kit is popular (I use it also). Good accuracy as long as you follow the instructions closely. Tests for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH.
The age of the tank really is not an indicator as to whether it has cycled or not. And yes, the liquid tests are accepted as being more reliable than the strips.
thanks for the advice guys.