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fantail
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stressed pearlscale
« on: August 20, 2012, 03:04:04 AM »

Hi Folks

im new to all this , so hopefully all will go well :-)

I have a problem with my beautiful pearscale , i recently introdued some fantailed orandas to my tank and they have constantly chased and harassed my pearlscale to the point where exhaustion and stress is becoming very apparent .

is there a reason for all this as i did alot of research and i was confident these fish would be compatible

Any esponses on this would be very much appreciated
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fantail
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 03:07:34 AM »

Hi Folks

I Recently introduced some fantailed orandas to my pearlscale and since there arrival thery have chased and harrassed my pearscale to the point of exhaustion

Wht would they do this as i thought these fish would be compatible

any advise would be greatly appreciated
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scrivens345
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Re: stressed pearlscale
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2012, 03:41:01 AM »

Could you tell us about your set up please?

tank size, fish numbers, age and gender:water parameters, filtration, age of tank etc.

Could be breeding behaviour
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fantail
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Re: stressed pearlscale
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012, 03:58:04 AM »

hi

60 litre tank

1 pearscale , 3 new orandas

Tank 3 months old

P2 filter to cater for up to 80 litres

twice weekly water changes

What worries me is the pearscle is such a slow elegant fish and ithe orandas see very aggressive

i am in the process of increasing the tank to 120 litre but i am waiting for it to be delivered
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scrivens345
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Re: stressed pearlscale
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2012, 05:11:29 AM »

your problem was caused by adding 3 fish (at once) to an already overstocked tank

120L tank will help for a while, but will not be big enough in the longer term; you will need a filter turning over 10x the tank volume viz 1200L/h

you should aim for a 250 to 300 L tank if you wish to keep these fish

In the meantime you should be checking your water parameters and looking to change 25-50% of the tank-water every couple of days..your fish are most likely experiencing toxic shock owing to the high bio-load

If you haven't got a test-kit, I suggest you buy one asap
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Nossie
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Re: stressed pearlscale
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2012, 11:17:52 AM »

Pearl scales are much rounder than orandas, and may for that reason be slower and thought of as weaker by their tank mates.
I would also suggest an upgrade so that they'll have some more space and don't have to feel stressed about sharing that small tank.
I'd go for nothing smaller than a 200-250 liter tank for these fish, orandas grow very big and pearl scales will reach sizes similar to large oranges when adult.
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fantail
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Re: stressed pearlscale
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2012, 05:39:19 AM »

thanks folks ...have a 220l on order , so that should sort out any issues
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Skwishee
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Re: stressed pearlscale
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2012, 12:12:04 PM »

Great to hear the new tank is on it's way Grin

Just a quick question of something that's occurred to me, have you ever tested your water's quality, checking not only the PH, but the ammonia, nitrite and nitrates too?
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