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by Viktor Jarikov
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Hello all
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Hello all

Welcome to the Planet, Jim! Be safe yourself too. Will look forward to your posts. Well-seasoned flatulences are usually the best in my book, if not too grumpy :)
by Viktor Jarikov
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: User from Belgium
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: User from Belgium

Welcome to the Planet! What a lovely intro! Pleased to have you here and looking forward to your posts, stories, and visuals.
by Viktor Jarikov
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

Excellent. Granted we don't know what the ammonia was at when your tank had been fully stocked with the bullhead and the carp and the oscars, albeit the latter were small. Your ammonia might have been elevated and you'd not know if you never checked and this still remains a possibility that did your...
by Viktor Jarikov
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

Thank you Bas for this. Appreciate it. Didn't realize the regional differences in fish keeping. Just thought I'd again stress that 1 cu inch per gallon is the max, that is pushing it and leaving no room for error, which is not a good thing and not deemed a "good, humane practice" by most. ******* OK...
by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

I don't see any red flags in the diet. It seems pretty good. Smelt and decent quality, balanced and complete dry feed. I maintain my initial suspicion that the chances are high that your fish are subjected to persistent low levels of ammonia and nitrite. 100 gallons is a small volume of water for yo...
by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

What is the ingredient list of the wafers?
What fish? Live, fresh, or frozen/thawed? What species? If it was stored, how was it stored?
by Viktor Jarikov
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

Sorry to hear that. There are many things that can go wrong with internal organs, including swimming bladder. If the fish never had any problems or illnesses before, with the bladder or otherwise, then it is even harder to be sure. Swimming bladders can be affected by both parasites and bacteria. He...
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Everything else)
Topic: RTC and TSN for Aquaponics?
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: RTC and TSN for Aquaponics?

Clarias gariepinus if I recall correctly.
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Shipping Live Catfish
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: Shipping Live Catfish

I've been on the receiving end of several of these methods. I don't ship fish but know personally shippers that use these methods.
tocnaza wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:59 am
the spines are hateful ~X(
IDK if I agree with this, neighbor. They are for defense against predators for the most part.
by Viktor Jarikov
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Monster Catfish Book?
Replies: 7
Views: 576

Re: Monster Catfish Book?

Some things can be printed out.

IDK if there are any books in there, which is why I said you do your homework and perhaps glean something..
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Everything else)
Topic: RTC and TSN for Aquaponics?
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: RTC and TSN for Aquaponics?

IDK much abut aquaponics either. My vague impression is that the fish used in aquaponics are of the kind that can handle higher concentrations of chemicals (=nutrients for the plants) in the water, such as cichlids, such as tilapia or mayan cichlid, or carp or goldfish, or walking catfish, maybe cha...
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Monster Catfish Book?
Replies: 7
Views: 576

Re: Monster Catfish Book?

See what you can glean here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=36395&hilit=deflective
by Viktor Jarikov
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Shipping Live Catfish
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: Shipping Live Catfish

There are several ways, BTW it goes for many other spiny and toothy fish, not only the catfish. There are thicker PE bags. There are 15 mil or some such clear PVC bags. One can fashion a sack or a box out of 45 mil rubber and place this in a secondary plastic sack. Also, one can place a hard(er) pla...
by Viktor Jarikov
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

Wow, a leucistic bullhead is mighty rare. I have never seen one. It appears alright, at least not sickly and not thin at all. Sometimes fish fast for various reasons. I still maintain that we must make sure the basics are ok, like the ammonia test. Fish can decide to fast during certain seasons, whe...
by Viktor Jarikov
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

OK. Let's see the ammonia test result.
by Viktor Jarikov
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

If your test shows 0.5 ppm NO2, the tank is not cycled by definition. In a cycled tank both ammonia and nitrite readings are zero ppm at all times by a quality liquid test kit, such as API freshwater master kit. Whether the tank was cycled before is immaterial. You probably have non-zero ammonia too...
by Viktor Jarikov
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: Please help I’d, new to forum
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Re: Please help I’d, new to forum

Welcome to the Planet! IDK about the bottom fish but the others are a common plecostomus catfish and a Pimelodus pictus catfish. Browse Cat-eLog and familiarize yourself with catfish families and genus and find your favorite species for starters, e.g., here is the pictus: https://www.planetcatfish.c...
by Viktor Jarikov
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

If we take these results at the face value, one thing would be obvious: your tank is not cycled, the beneficial bacteria are not coping with the bioload. Half a ppm of NO2 is pretty bad. NO2 attacks blood making it unable to carry oxygen, which is likely why your bullhead is having difficulty breath...
by Viktor Jarikov
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

Again, please, don't rely on dipstick tests but use the liquid test tube ones. This is just the first step in troubleshooting. Let's see what the tests show, while at it, measure nitrate and pH, if possible carbonate hardness and general hardness and TDS too. Meanwhile I'd increase aeration to make ...
by Viktor Jarikov
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Other Catfishes
Topic: Ameiurus melas stop eating
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Ameiurus melas stop eating

Often local fish shops perform these tests for free.

When you have low persistent levels of these toxins, some fish may appear fine while others not at some point, sooner or later. Seeming well being of tank mates is not a good indicator for low levels.