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 Driftwood And Borneo Suckers, why do they like it so much??
FISHDOCTER
Posted: May 31 2010, 12:33 PM


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I have kept borneo suckers before and had some driftwood ... bu unfortunetly the driftwood started to rot and gather lots of algae is this common and do borneo suckers need wood as an essential? ( the wood is driftwood and i did buy it from and aqautic store)
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Posted: May 31 2010, 06:58 PM


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It's common for algae to grow on driftwood. It would be a good idea for the Borneo sucker to have driftwood long term.


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Posted: Jun 1 2010, 05:33 AM


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ok thanks is there a way to prevent algae growth? smile.gif
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Posted: Jun 1 2010, 12:27 PM


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Algae grows whenever there is light and nutrients. So, in a fish tank, there will be some algae. Adding live plants, reducing light, reducing feeding, adding algae eaters, etc. will reduce the algae. For more on algae, see http://www.fishpondinfo.com/plants/algae.htm


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Thanks.
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I have decided to save up and buy 2 borneo's .... i have in my 60 litre tank ..... 3 white cloud mountain minnows....3 zebra danio's....2 black comets......and 1 yellow goldfish

Am i over crowding i have a feeling i am. My tank is spacious and they do have alot of swimming space.Plus borneo's don't take up that much room. My tank is high in oxygen and has good water qaulity.I am also going to buy some live plants and think about reducing the lighting so i don't think i will have problems but it's your call.
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Posted: Jun 2 2010, 12:29 PM


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A 60 L tank is only 15.9 gallons! That's pretty small. I wouldn't put any goldfish in there. I would keep goldfish in at least 20 gallons and not normally with other species of fish. It's really your call but, if I were you, I would find a larger tank or even a nice pond for the goldfish before adding any more fish.


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Posted: Jun 3 2010, 10:03 AM


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I have never realy had any problems before due size of tank... all of the fish (even the goldfish) are small..... and ive never over-fed... i think ill be fine smile.gif thanks
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Borneo suckers are REALLY bad tankmates for goldfish. They will die in less than a year in a goldfish tank, but will last 6-7 in a specialised river setup. Please think of your fish and either get a proper tank for the suckers or return them to the store.

Borneo suckers (hill stream loaches) require very fast flowing, very clean water to live a healthy and happy life. Goldfish don't like heavy flow and are heavy foulers. You will need a pretty powerful filter to provide them with this. They also would prefer a larger tank than yours. They should be fine with zebras and White clouds, but not with goldfish.
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QUOTE (FISHDOCTER @ Jun 3 2010, 10:03 AM)
I have never realy had any problems before due size of tank... all of the fish (even the goldfish) are small..... and ive never over-fed... i think ill be fine smile.gif thanks

This is not true. You have had problems due to size of tank. White spots and fungus aren't rare in tanks - it's just fish are most susceptible to them when stressed - such as in an undersized tank.
Weather loaches do jump, but are much more inclined to when in a very small body of water. And finally, do you wonder why your goldfish are so small? They've been stunted because of the size of your tank. I really think you need to read a good book on how to care for fish properly instead of listening to the people at the aquatics store.

No one has directly had a fish die due to size of tank unless it was a 96cm koi in a 1m tank or something like that. Tank size normally affects fish indirectly, leading to death that appears to be totally unrelated to tank size.

The no.1 killer of fish is stress - whether by bad tankmates, unsuitable water, small tanks, not being in shoals (only applicable for certain species), poor filtration, too much or too little flow or wrong diet.
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