New 290L tank startup advice

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    Unfortunately the eel and 2 bala sharks did not make it. Bala sharks with the pleco came from 1 of my other tanks. Had those fish for a very long time. The pleco and 1 bala shark was about 2 years old. The other bala shark I got from someone but he was in my tank for a couple of months. So I know the ich did not come from them. Maybe the eel whent into stress or I do not know but I had the eel about 2 weeks and one morning when I turned on the light, there was ich on everything... after work I went to the petshop and bought aquarium salt coz I did not know if I can use medicine with the eel. When I came home.. all 3 was floating.. but I managed to pull the pleco through. I tried to get info on what to use but salt was the only thing I could find that would probably be okay for the eel. Still very sad about them

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    Sorry for your losses. Good luck with the Pleco
     
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    Thank you

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    Not a nice thing to happen, but in the end it is all a learning process.

    Seachem Paraguard would probably have been ok when used with the eel.
    Old school is still to raise the tank temperature to 30°C, and add salt to the tank.
    The salt might have been worse for the eel than the Paraguard though.
     
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    Yea and hopefully I've learned from it to next time Quarantine all new fish. Thanks for the info @Pezulu

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    Methylene blue is good. Currently Marltons "Anti ick" is working for me..
     
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    Sorry for your loss @Aqu4R7U8 ...

    Watch Methylene Blue on scale less fish.. such as the Eel... its a no go
    Only ok if you do a spot treatment (take it out the water and dab the injury with it)
    Methylene blue also damages bacteria in your filters

    Paraguard is ok but must be done at half dose for scale less fish
    Salt and high temps is still the safest for them
    I have used salt and Paraguard at half dose and that was fine
     
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    Thanks @MariaS. That's what I also got on google, aquarium salt will be okay. But I was to late. I have medicine that works great on ich. Healed my pleco in a day or 2. But did not want to use it with the eel.
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    Keep the medication running, ich has a 4-6 week life cycle if I remember correctly.
     
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    Thanks Hendre. Will do that

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    Sorry about the loss man.
     
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    @Aqu4R7U8 , the medicine you have is great but you were right about the Eel.. it contains formalin and malachite green, also a no go for Eels, clowns and rays

    As I said, if you ever get another Eel and you need, salt and Paraguard are the safest i know
    You can use the two at same time with Paraguard at half dose
     
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    about a month later since I got the plants from Ferdie (still greatfull).

    Vallis seems to be a bit longer, HM melted a bit but they beginning to show more green now, Anubias have 1 new leave and the Cripts are doing very well with a nice healthy looking dark green. Java fern and other Fern plant on the left ship wreck (not sure what its called) still about the same as I got them.

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    Very nice .. you might be running a bit low on lights ... what you running and for how long are you running it?

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Hi Ferdie. yes i agree, i need more lights. I have a T8 30W tube in there at the moment. its runnig for about 12hrs per day

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    That should definitely be increased, I run two 30W tubes on my 250l. :)
     
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    yes I will definitely increase the light thanks for the advice everyone
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    Hi everyone, so I have a bit of savings at the moment... want to upgrade my filtration / light.. but do not know which one at the moment. All your advice will be highly appreciated.

    So.. I've noticed that my current filtration does not work that well.. thinking of buying a canister filter (Any suggestions on what canister filter I need to look at please?) I'm still new to this so have no idea where to start looking.

    Then.. I REALLY like this light advertised on Facebook. Good price but still need to check if it will fit inside the hood.
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    Just to mention.. I also have another T8 bulb I can add to the hood for time being.. but I can also go with the filtration for a while till I save up again.

    What will you upgrade first?
     
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    Nice buddy, I would go for a dopin c1600 canister for this tank size....
     
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