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  1. Two AQ 50 (400 gph) does the job quite nicely. I like having two filters just in case one packs it in during my weekend getaways or if the lfs is closed.
  2. Thank you:) I just added the salt. I am still a little freaked out and worried about him. I have to get those intake tubes covered, I think I will use sponges until I can get to the craft store.
  3. Just letting you know another option to soaking your food in water. I just scoop a little tank water in a dish and soak in that.
  4. devilduck has a great solution for sure. Just thinking out loud here but I heard of members using AmQuel to remove ammonia. I have never used the product myself but maybe something to look into.
  5. Okay great! I'll try some epsom for a week. I have a hard time with the sponges on the intakes because I turn my filters off during feedings of gel food and the like and I find all the particles that get caught in the sponge falls back into the tank when I do that. Maybe I will try that craft mesh and suction cups I saw from another member, sorry i cant remember who Will definatly keep up with the tank maintence, lol. Keep an eye on him, lol. No pun intended
  6. Okay that is quite relieving news, thank you for your help and the photo I am a little concerned though if he has some bubble eye traits will this become a problem? Like will it progress into an eye problem and even the eye getting damaged? Oh and would the epsom that shellbforever mentioned be benificial?
  7. Thanks everybody for your help I did make a boo boo on my parameters, I do have nitrates, about 2-3. He is going through a color change for sure. I thought it had to do with the new light strip I got which has a full spectrum bulb. Water quality is always good with my tank, I do have brown algea, which I clean every week. I have the qt tank pretty much ready just in case, I just need a better stand. I am on my way out right now, will post more later, thanks again. Hoopefully it is related to his physical changes and not popeye
  8. Here is a video, not very clear but may help in diagnosis.
  9. Thanks Dennis. It does appear to have liquid at the base, when he swims it is almost like his eye bobs around. Looking back at the pictures from a month or so ago he did have the fluid like sac there then. I am not sure how fast popeye progresses.
  10. Ammonia ? 0 Nitrites ? 0 Nitrates ? 0 PH ? 7.6 Drop tests ? Hagen, API 76F 27 Gallon ? 1.5 years 2- AQ 50(400 gph) Weekly ? 80% 2 Telescopes ? 5 inch, 6 inch Goldfish Plus Twice a day, Hikari pellets, peas, gel food, frozen blood worms No new fish Melafix Fluid like bulge at base of eye. Behaving normal I noticed Peepers has a lot of fluid at the base of his eye and his eye kind of bulges out. I have a picture from July 10th which shows that it was present then but now it seems like it has progressed. I am hoping this could be just a normal telescope eye but I am afraid it might be popeye. July 10th: Now: I have an empty 18 gallon that can be used as a qt, and I have two filters on my tank so I could use one on that. I may be able to get a hold of some Maracyn at my LFS tomorrow. What do you think?
  11. Yes the plant on the left is an Amazon Sword. The Java Fern is on the right. Thanks for the info I am going with just rocks in a vase for the Java Fern as I have no driftwood or anything for it to attach itself.
  12. The components of Prime will dissipate within 24-48 hours
  13. I am still a novice plant keeper and I have a question about what kind of substrate to use for Java Fern. Currently I am using a vase half filled with sand and topped up with small stones about 1" in diameter. It seems to be doing quite well in that substrate, I have had the plant for over 3 months. I want to use a more wide mouthed vase because my current vase is chipped at the rim, and I know having the wider mouthed vase my goldies will be constantly pecking at the rocks and I dont want them getting any sand in their mouths. Could I eliminate the sand and just use the rocks?
  14. I treated the whole tank with PraziPro last night. I will probably second dose in 3 - 5 days.
  15. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 5 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4-7.6 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 Note: My substrate buffers my ph [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? drops-api,hagen [*]Water temperature? 76F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal running for 5 months [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Aquaclaer 20 (100 gph) [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 30% every two weeks [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish - 2 dalmation moliies 2.25" each, 2 red platies 1.5" inch [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? twice a day, Nutrifin livebearer flakes+freeze dried tubifex worms. Mostly feed this, occasionaly peas and gel food [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? As described at beggining of thread [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? As described at beggining of thread Did a 40% WC two nights ago, I dont like to do much more as tap ph is lower than tank. Other fish appear fine. I could isolate him in a rubbermaid, I have a spare filter and airstone. AP Jungle food is unattainable at the moment. I have Jungle anti-parisite tank buddies and prazi-pro on hand. Thanks for yor help
  16. My dalmation molly is bottom sitting with his tail slightly curved to one side. He will swim around to eat, and swam fine last night for hours after eating but this morning he is back on the bottom. I just noticed it yesterday and my girlfriend said she noticed him swimming funny on friday. Another thing from the end of his trunk all the way throug the caudal region looks really flat. Flatter than normal. Also his tail seems to favor curving to one side. I posted that on a tropical fish forum but have had no replies yet. Tonight he seems to be acting fine, swimming normal although still seems skinny. They have been treated with prazi a couple months ago.
  17. I have started to eliminate the media bags for the biomax. The ones you buy seperate are too fine and hard to clean. The ones packages with the biomax fall apart. Plus you can fit more biomax without the little bags.
  18. Great thanks for all your feedback I will be getting more plants then, lol. The guys seem to like to hide in them anyway so they will like it.
  19. I am watching this thread play out but really what does crushed coral do to an 8.4 ph tank? I can't see it lowering it to 7.5-7.6 since it adds minerals. Or does it just buffer it?
  20. There really isnt any excuse not to do a water change so I won't bore you with an excuse. I agree it is wrong not to do one. I usually do a 30-40% when I do one. Do you think I need more plants then this. The tank looks dark as my light timer doesnt start for an hour.
  21. I was told for every gallon of water you can keep 1" inch of fish. So say 3 goldfish at 3" each could be kept in a 9 gallon tank. Foolishness. I think it is a rule of thumb rule they are taught for tropical fish, and even then I don't think it applies because it depends on the fish and their needs.
  22. How often should I change the water in my tropical tank? It has been about 2-3 weeks since my water change and ammonia and nitrites are zero with nitrates at 15. I have a heavily planted tank and top it up when water evaporates. My tap water has little to no minerals, my gh and kh are really low, under 20. I filter with an aquaclear 100gph. My substrate is sand which buffers the water.
  23. MelaFix and PimaFix are good to have on hand.
  24. I would say do a round of Prazi-Pro to be safe as Tay advised. You could wait and see if further symptoms develop but it would be best to nip it in the bud. Overcrowding and poor water quality can cause flukes. What is your stocking situation, number of fish and how many gallons in the tank? It's kind of your call to medicate or not. I mean if the fish has lots of space and good water quality and no new fish have been introduced into the tank recently you could chaulk it up to a behavior. How long has this behavior gone on for? If it is something that just started out of the blue then yes medicate with Prazi-Pro.
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