3 years ago#1
mags
Bronze Member
Blogs: 0
Forum: 54
Votes: 0

everytime i feed my plecos veg my water next day smells so bad i have to change it ,,i blanch veg in microwave then give it to the plecos leave it there for nomore than hours then remove it i thought mayb im cooking to veg to much making it really soft and thats y it smells so bad when i put it in the water can someone tell me what im doing wrong plz my plecos wont eat the alge wafers they will just eat the veg thanks

Answer
3 years ago#2
D34DLY
Gold Member
Blogs: 6
Forum: 226
Votes: 6

The smell is often the high ammonia levels. (Ammonia is a toxin produced from decaying waste and food.)

Water changes should take places weekly, about 25%.

I suggest you read up on the nitrogen cycle, ensuring that you understand it, make sure that you haven't got too many fish in the tank of your size.

Reply
3 years ago#3
johnarthur
Blogs: 107
Forum: 24,291
Votes: 1,302

Lots of vegetables contain sugars which can decay or ferment. You may want to reduce the amount being fed.

Since plecos are nocturnal, they can be fed after lights out and in the morning before lights on. It should be easier to remove uneaten food in the morning, and feeding twice allows much smaller portions.

Reply
3 years ago#4
D34DLY
Gold Member
Blogs: 6
Forum: 226
Votes: 6
johnarthur wrote:
Lots of vegetables contain sugars which can decay or ferment. You may want to reduce the amount being fed.

Since plecos are nocturnal, they can be fed after lights out and in the morning before lights on. It should be easier to remove uneaten food in the morning, and feeding twice allows much smaller portions.


I use this technique myself. Instead of feeding one pinch of flakes to my 6 Galaxy Rasbora, I feed half a pinch morning and evening.

I like to think they're getting in to a routine.
Lights on = Food.
Second Feed = Prepare for sleep.

Its also good practise to have one day of fasting. helping the fish' digestive to catch up.
Reply
3 years ago#5
mags
Guest

hi johnarthur my tank is going through its cycle the now the ammonia levels are going throu the roof ive changed the water 3 times already the day but ive noticed one of my mollys has like a small cotton like thing on its side shes not acting her self has this happened because the tank is cycling how can i help her or is it to late will she contaaminate the tank thanks x

Reply
3 years ago#6
johnarthur
Blogs: 107
Forum: 24,291
Votes: 1,302

It seems likely the veggies polluted the water. How much water did you change? If the water is really bad, you may want to change close to 50 percent today and less tomorrow. Large water changes risk creating sudden changes in water parameters, but things are already sort of dire.

In the present circumstance, you may want to use one of the more potent water conditioners like Prime or Amquel Plus. The molly probably got sick because of the ammonia. It weakened her immune system and made her vulnerable to diseases and parasites. The best thing you can do for her now is try to improve her environment.

Please keep us posted.

Reply
3 years ago#7
mags
Guest

thank you johnarthur ive been dong 25% water changes and been adding interpet water conditioner everytime ive changed the water wil i continue doing this thanks x

Reply
By entering this site you declare you read and agreed to its Terms, Rules & Privacy and you understand that your use of the site's content is made at your own risk and responsibility.
Copyright © 2006 - 2015 My Aquarium Club