Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

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Pravin replied the topic: Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

No, u gt me wrong,i said that 900L/H overhead filter is the one without any biological filtration
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Here is a little explanation on the filration...

Mechanical Filtration

Mechanical Media Filtration - sometimes referred to as a prefilter, this type of media is designed primarily to stop large particles such as uneaten food, fish waste and any other large particles getting through to your biological filter. It is not designed to stop tiny tiny particles getting through as this would very quickly cause the mechanical media to become saturated with debris and then finally reduce the water flow dramatically which in turn could lead to water quality problems. Mechanical filtration is very important when keeping a large messy fish like Oscars, these fish produce an enormous amount of waste which very quickly makes its way into your filtration system. If you were to leave mechanical filtration out completely then you would probably run into serious problems as your biological media would just be engulfed in gunky horrible smelly waste, believe me waste from an aquarium is rather nasty so catching as much as you can in your mechanical filter can only benefit you in the long run and save you a lot of work. If you are keeping more than one Oscar then my advice would be to use plenty of mechanical filtration, at least two course mechanical sponge filters and maybe some brushes depending on how much space you have got your filtration system. Mechanical filtration is very easy to clean, you simply remove it from the filter and wash it out in a bucket of water, certainly a lot easier than having to remove all of your biological filtration.

Biological Filtration

Biological filtration is not the same as mechanical or chemical filtration. Biological filtration is what removes the dangerous toxins from the water, elements like ammonia and nitrite which if left to build up in the aquarium water will eventually kill your fish, or cause them serious harm and long-term health problems. It's important that you know the difference between biological, mechanical and chemical filtration as discarding the wrong media could cause major water quality problems. The beneficial bacteria that remove all the dangerous toxins live on your biological filtration, therefore it is vitally important that you leave this media intact and don't change it too often. By all means clean your mechanical filtration, you can even change it every now and then, but my advice would be to leave your biological filtration alone and only give it a rinse out in existing tank water so as to maintain your healthy bacteria colony.

Chemical Filtration (activated carbon)

Chemical filtration - whereas biological filtration removes ammonia and nitrite, and mechanical filtration remove solid waste, chemical filtration is primarily used in the aquarium environment to absorb and remove impurities and dissolved organics from the water. Activated carbon is used as chemical filtration in aquariums and is recognisable by its black colour. Chemical filtration can be used after a period of medication has finished, however several water changes will often perform the same task. A lot of aquarium filters that come with biological & mechanical media, also come with activated carbon installed. We would recommend that you don't leave activated carbon in your filters all the time. It is thought that once chemical filtration becomes saturated with impurities, they can start leeching back into the aquarium. Our advice would be to replace chemical filtration with either biological or mechanical filtration.
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Pravin replied the topic: Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

okie,hw do i restock my aquarium?
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

Restock meaning what ? Right now the first step is to clean it up and get its cycled. This can either be done with some fish or Ammonia.

www.oscarfishlover.com/helpful-articles/cycling-an-aquarium

If you have more specific questions we will be more then happy to help.
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ohh okie,i need to know hw i should clean up,juz taking out all the water off the aquarium or taking it out a little by little day by day,n the substrate should be thoroughly washed again b4 putting back in too? :dry:
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

You can take all the water out and all the gravel.
You can clean the tank with a 10% bleach solution. ( 10% bleach / 90% water ) , but have to make sure to rinse it really really well. And use a new sponge that has never been used for anything else.
The gravel and filters I would give a good soak in some nice hot water. Generally you dont want to do that , but since we are not 100% certain what happened to your fish and you are starting a new cycle it doesnt matter.

When that is done you decide on which way you want to cycle the tank and we will take it from there.
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Pravin replied the topic: Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

ty so much,btw wont the hot water kill the beneficial bacteria in the filter?
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

It will. And you can leave your filter the way it is and not rinse the filter ...but that will be your chance to take.
We have no exact cause of death for your fish. Just speculation based on what you were able to tell us. On top of that I am taking into consideration the history of the tank when they first got sick.
Considering that you are in no hurry and dont have a fish that you need to find a home for I would take my time and start over.
Aside from that your tank has just been sitting there for a week , I honestly dont know how much or if any of the beneficial bacteria is still there.
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Pravin replied the topic: Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

alright.......thinking of using quick cure which contains formalin+malachite green in my tank with water n substrate,well will the parasites/fungus or bacterias in the water n substrate die?or do i hav to treat the substrate separately in this quick cure solution?
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jmunroe replied the topic: Siamese tigerfish(Datnioides pulcher)

No fish in your tank, bio filter is probably all dead or close to it by now.... just use the bleach solution and save your money on the meds. It will make sure all is dead.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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