Please advise @Fishmommie & Byron - I have a confusion and need to learn.. My lfs gave me 4 bottles of medication 1.) Anti Ich, 2.) Anti-Fungus 3.) General Aid and 4)Anti Chlorine.
Now my lfs has advised me that every time I do a water change, I should add required amount of Anti-Chlorine and Anti-Ich to the new water before adding it to the tank.. And i always do this..
Now, if I read lots of forums online - I always read " do Condition the water before adding it to the tank when you do a water change"
So, I always think that Anti-Ich and Anti-chlorine are water conditioners that i should always add to new water before adding it to the tank when doing water change.. As my lfs suggested..
Please advise and suggest if I am wrong here..
Thanks in advance
I don't have much to add to this as you've already received excellent advice here. What I would say, regarding the salt - is to be aware of something called "salt creep" - this is normally something that salt water or brackish water tank owners will be acutely aware of. Not being aware of it can be devastating to your fish.
Over the week, some water in your tank will evaporate. Whilst the water level goes down a little, the salt will obviously stay in the tank - making the remaining water a tiny bit more salty than it was at the start of the week. You perform water changes weekly and are adding water with the same salinity, and presumably topping it up at the same time with salt-laden water. However tiny the amount of salt is you use, doing this continually will cause salt creep and you will unsuspectingly be hurting the fish. If you do insist upon using salt - do make sure you top up the tank with fresh, dechlorinated water (no salt) before doing your usual water change routine. This will ensure the tank water returns to the intended salinity prior to the water change.
I hope you get to the bottom of your issues though. Perhaps choose some more suitable, and hardier, fish for your tank. Glass catfish are not really a beginner species - they are fairly demanding on water quality. Good luck.
I suspect your LFS SOLD you the anti-ich and anti-chlorine medications not gave them to you :o) They are, after all, in this to make money, which is further evident by their poor advice when helping you stock your tanks. No responsible fishkeeper would have sold you 2 pacus let alone one. And no responsible fishkeeper would have let you put african cichlids in with south american cichlids. Again, unfortunately, they are in it to make money.
As for the meds: unless there is an identified problem with your water supply, the only thing you need on a regular basis for your water changes is the anti-chlorine medication. Only treat ich if you have an out break. Otherwise your fish will become immune to the medication and when you need it, it won't work.
As an FYI - most cases of ich can be treated with heat alone, no medication.
hope that helps
Thank you all for your helpful responses. To clear up a few more things:
As I said, I do a 50% pwc every week, including vacuuming the gravel. I use dechlorinator before adding any new water. I test the levels with the liquid API test kits. I'm sorry but I don't have any pictures of the growths I mentioned, I did try to take a few but they came out very blurry so I deleted them. I found this picture online, a glass fish that looked similar to mine, they looked like giant blisters filled with blood just under their mouth.
The same thing happened to every single glass catfish I had, until just one survived. A few months later I bought him a companion, I didn't want to introduce more than one in case whatever it was took them all again, however everything was fine so whatever it was is no longer affecting the glass fish.
The growth that I mention on the Molly was different. I looked at photos online and it looked exactly like a pregnant fish. The other Molly followed it around constantly nudging it, another thing which is claimed to happen around pregnancy. Just when I thought she was going to have babies I noticed she didn't swim around as much and she stopped eating completely, then she died a few days later. By the way I was told the Molly was a boy since I don't want to breed in a small tank, however I think that info was wrong as it did look like a female comparing pictures. Since then the growths have stopped and any dead fish are from days or general resting more than usual and maybe eating less, there's no outward symptoms.
I understand that my tank is quite small and in the past, I probably have overstocked, however at the moment, the tank seems almost empty so I don't think it's a big problem as long as I keep it clean. The fish I currently have left are:
Platy x1 (seemingly sluggish and swims unbalanced)
Albino Cory x4 (Perfectly happy and healthy, i've had them for a while)
Glowlight Tetra x3 (Had them an entire year, doing great)
Neon Tretra x3 (Doing great, no problems. Originally had 6 but lost 3 down the road)
Black Molly x2 (Doing well, the smaller molly has been resting a lot lately when it's usually very active)
Cat Glass Fish x2 (Doing very well, spend most of their days behind the plants but look very healthy)
Pleco x1 (Doing great)
Guppy x1 (Fine as far as I can tell)
I'd like to point out that many of the fish I have now were bought to replace ones that i'd lost. I don't just keep adding them ^^'
Now I don't need to be told that some of these fish need more of their own kind in the tank but right now, I don't want to introduce anything new. The Neon's and Glowlights shoal together and the Guppy spends the day with the Molly fish. I've lost a few guppy so it's currently alone. I had another Pleco that died shortly after I bought it but the remaining one seems to like the company of the Molly's. I'm not noticing any signs of stress in any of the fish, they all seem quite active and happy.
I've looked into possible illness and none of the symptoms match the ones i'm seeing. I'll do a 50% water change today and add nothing but the dechlorinator. Tired of getting bad advice from pet stores, they shouldn't be allowed to advise when they have no real knowledge.
CrackFox, replying now to your post #15.
I don't see anything wrong with the glass catfish in that photo. Not seeing your own fish, I'm not saying they may not have had something, but I see no issue in the online photo. This is normal for the species.
I previosly asked about the GH of your tap water. This is critical for mollies as they need harder water, but the soft water fish are the opposite. Until I have the GH (get this from your water supply people, they probably have a website) I can't offer much more, but a low GH is almost always the cause of molly illnesses.
Moving to the tank size and fish. You may not see "stress" but it can be present. Shoaling fish (all tetra, corys) need groups. The cory at 4 is OK, 5 would be the usual suggestion but 4 will be OK. The neon and glowlight should have no less than 6 each. However, there is no space here for that, so I would not make things worse by adding more. However, these fish are undoubtedly not in the best situation.
Live plants and good regular water changes like you are doing are undoubtedly beneficial. Not much more I can offer under the circumstances, until we know the GH.