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  1. Too funny - swimmingly They were spraying for silverfish. We also have ants, centipedes, and beetles.
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    I Got A New Betta

    Hey guys thanks for the nice words, I am glad you all like him He made his first bubble nest tonight while I was at work, YAY Yeah Frederica I know what you mean about how they treat bettas. I was horrified at how the LFS worker just throw him in the bag. Also I bought a plant so the guy puts the plant in the same bag as the betta, with little water. I am looking at this bag and the betta can't even get to the surface for air. I asked for more water in the bag and he said he will be okay because they live for weeks in the little cups. So I asked to have the plant in a separate bag. I wonder what he meant with his two weeks comment, do they just leave them in there till they die or what. Anyhoo that's my rant. The treatment of bettas is not a new topic of conversation around here, I'll leave it alone now. Oh and Red the PU I got it at is the one on Mountain Rd. They have a couple more that I saw. They also had a nice Marina 5 gallon kit with a nice filter and hood for $42 (on sale). On second thought I probably should have forked out the extra few bucks and got that.
  3. That is great that works for you Since my landlord is paying for it, I am sure an indoor perimitor spraying of one apartment is much cheaper than a whole 30 unit apartment building on the outside.
  4. jody

    I Got A New Betta

    I saw the 5.5 gallon tanks at the LFS for only $15 and also the bettas looking so sad in their cups, so I figured what the heck lets get one. I already had a filter and heater so I purchased the tank, some craft plastic for a lid, and a filter cartridge. I spent $23 in total for all that. I got the tank all set up and headed back to the LFS for my betta. Well this guy picked me for sure. He kept staring intently at me all flared up. Their were others with more vibrant colors but I had a feeling about this one. I got a plant with him, I heard they like leafy plants so I got the one pictured. I am thinking of potting it, although the LFS worker said I could just float it, not sure bout that? Here he is (no name yet?) And his little home I made for him I found a little Christmas candle ornament wit a big hole in the back as a little cave for him(he really likes it) So far I fed him frozen blood worms and Hikari Fancy Guppy. I also have freeze dried blood worms, freeze dried brine shrimp,and tropical flakes to feed him.
  5. So everything went well. I moved the fish over to a friends and set up rubber maids for them with aeration and a filter. All the other media got submersed in a little tank water at the bottom of the tanks. The water got really cold in my friends basement. I had to have them out of the apartment for at least 6 hours and the temperature dropped almost 8 degrees in that time. When I got them home I matched the temperature in the tank ( I did 100% WC) and turned the heaters back on. Everything is back to normal today. The exterminator sprayed all the baseboards and it only took him 10-15 minutes. I asked him about the fish and he said I taped the tanks up just fine and that I could have left the fish in the tank. He said he hasn't lost a fish in the 15 years in business. If he has to come back I think I will just turn off the filters and keep the media in some tank water, reduced aeration, lower the water level in the tank, and seal the tanks. Taped up tanks: Peepers in his temp home: Leonard and Sheldon (the platies) in their temp home (they are under the filter outflow) I hope this helps anyone going throught the same thing. I would think though the amount of spray they use and how long you have to vacate the home would make a difference on what measures to take.
  6. I think it has healing properties, maybe because of that it might be in good for short term use. Perhaps melafix might be good for that though.
  7. Hey thanks for the responses All great ideas you guys have there. Heres what I have come up with, with your help of course! : Bring the fish to my friends in rubbermaids with airstones. (Hopefully the mollies will be okay without a heater.) Put the filter media and my palnt in a sealed rubbermaid with tank water. Put the filters, airline tubing, air stones, light, thermometer, etc in the drained tank and seal it with plastic. After the 6 hours unseal tank, setup tank with new water, and put fish back into temp matched tank. Viola! Think that will work ?
  8. The fumigation I am not sure how long it will take - probably an hour because he sprays under all the base boards and we have a two bedroom apartment. The pets and us are allowed back into the apt after 6 hours. I could probably take the fish, I have two platies and one goldfish, over to a friends in some rubbermaid tubs with an air stone setup. I am thinking of doing that.
  9. We have an exterminator coming this Friday to spray for insects. He said to turn off the filters and cover the tanks with plastic. Do you think this will be okay? And any other further measures that I should take?
  10. Thanks for the replies! The curled gills don't bother me. He would be better looking without them, but I love him all the same. It was suggested that flukes early in life can cause the gills to curl. They don't look really clumped, I can see the slices. Yeah it's probably just slime coat as you said, it kind of looks slimy. As for the MM he is only 6 days in so I have to finish the 14 days right? So should I just switch it up with peas/veggies for the next 8 days or feed MM exclusively? I am going to make him some new gel food soon with lots of veggies. Oh and with the Jumpstart that I have, I only have two months left till 6 months opened. I don't use food after 6 months. Is it something that can be fed as a staple or just after sickness/meds.
  11. Not trying to be a jerk here but 40 years for a goldfish? In captivity it would be extremely rare for a goldfish to live this long. I think if the sign said 10 years would be enough.
  12. Thank you for your concerns and well wishes Mods feel free to move this thread out of 911. He has flipped back over right side up and I was a little freaked out last night when he was upside down. It's at your discretion. I just fed him two pea halves each with a grain of epsom. Maybe like you said is he is not ever going to recover. He was doing good there for a month where he was floating mid tank and I was feeding twice a day though. I could step up the WC to 50% 3 times a week if you think that would help. Honestly I usually think that the water changes suggested on this site are a little extreme. I think it comes from the inconsistent amounts given by members. Not meaning anything personal to you Fredrica. I think anything is worth a try. Especially if you think it would cut down on the nasties. I wouldn't call the white discoloration on the tail column fungus because he was salted for a month and it didn't do a thing for his tail. More oxygen? Do you think two air pumps rated at 30gal each enough? That's what he has now. The picture shown doesn't really look like much bubbles, but there is a lot from a side view. Here is a picture of his gills side view. Sorry about the dirty tank on the outside, it really shows up with the flash. Also his gills have been curled like this for years. Thanks
  13. [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? <5 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 Very soft water with little to no KH/GH The PH is kept stable with crushed coral and matched during WC with ph stabilizer [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API, Hagen, Drops [*]Water temperature? 76F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 27 Gallon ? 3 years [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 AC 50 ? Total GPH 400 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 80% one week, 50% the next, 100% every month or two. [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 8 days ago ? 100% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 Black Moor ? 5 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Ph Stabalizer [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Right now Metro Meds. Before ? Jumpstart, Hikari Lionhead, Omega One pellets, frozen brine shrimp, homemade gel food, peas, the odd fruit. [*]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? White gill plates near the bottom, red gills, floaty sometimes completely upside down. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Floating at surface all the time. Peepers my male black moor has sure been through a lot in the past 4 months. First he came down with dropsy in December, started with lots of bottom sitting, a little pine coning, and he lost his tank mate with that round. I finally got some Metro Meds after trying several meds and all seemed fine. After he came up with fungus on his head I cured with salt. His tail column got riddled with white/opaque spots, which has seemed to subsided lately with all this float ness. And he has been sinky and floaty off and on for months. He started to float a lot after eating for hours on end. I cut his feeding to once a day or he would float all day long with several feedings. Now he is floating all the time. I started MM 6 days ago and he has only been getting 3 pellets a day, and he floats all the time. Tonight he was completely upside down. His gill plates have always been curled no difference there. I just noticed the white edges on his gill plates and the dark red insides of the gills. Also he has stringy white poop sometimes. Please help. I want to feed peas to clean him out which usually helps with his float ness but I don't know if I can while using MM. Also I have no idea what to do. Salt? Meds? Water change is tomorrow.
  14. It looks like the same sand I got for my tropical tank. If it is the Geosysystem stuff from PU. I noticed it works as a ph buffer. I don't need crushed coral in my filter in that tank. It helps a lot with our water.
  15. Just a little follow up here. The salt seemed to work great. No more bottom sitting. I never really added all that much salt only 3 teaspoons for the 10 gallons. I hear that the live bearers like a little salt so I am adding 1 teaspoon per 5 gallons at every water change now. I think that's what they call a "tonic" on the API Aquarium Salt box.
  16. Goldfish sure love to eat plants. Some people buy them for a treat for their goldies and it can be quite entertaining to watch them ravage a plant. When I went on vacation for 10 days I bought them a huge leafy plant for them to nibble on. Right now I just have Java Fern, most goldies don't like those, but it depends on the fish. Some like certain plants more than others. The post above from Ashlee is a great list, I would start with those plants. I would buy plants more often but they have to be treated before adding to the tank. I use diluted bleach rinse. More on disinfecting can be found on our forum here And there is lots of more info in our planted tank section.
  17. LOL.. thank god for MM indeed! I am glad to hear your MM treatment with your 4 fish is going well I'll keep you updated on how things go with this round. Thank you so much for your help on this one !
  18. Yeah I think that's what I'll do. Get a small Rubbermaid tub and swab him in there. What do you use? Q-tips or cotton balls?
  19. Your 15 gallon with the AC30 runs 150GPH which is the recommended GPH around here. You want 10 GPH per gallon of water or what you call 10X. You can do just fine with just that filter. The GPH of the Top Fin is 100GPH. Bringing your total GPH to 250 would not be a bad idea. That way you have a backup filter already established. And like you said you could control the flow rate. Adding the extra filter will increase the current in the tank. Make sure your fish has a place to rest. I would imagine though playing with water level and flow rate would achieve a desired result. Also if you can vary the depth of the intakes would be good, for example have one intake right at the bottom and the other half way up, this helps proper circulation. If you are overstocked than yes add the other filter.
  20. Yeah the spots are similar though. Anything is worth a try at this point. The little operating area pictured there looks like they took the fish right out of the water. That seems weird. Can you do that? I was thinking of putting him in a small dish for the swab, but the iodine would get in the water and maybe hurt him? I am not sure I only used iodine once before and I just cupped him at the surface. What do you think?
  21. Thanks Sue for your wonderful post. All things considered after reading what you have said I think I will do a round of MM. I opened the bag on December 20, 2010. So it's 4 months old. I have done two rounds of MM since the bag was opened. One right away when I opened it and another on Feb 1st. Both treatments were for 14 days. I am going to hold off until I get the go ahead that it is okay to use it and that it is still fresh enough to use. I am just not sure if I should use it again in case I am making bacteria resistant. I'll PM you Sue if I don't hear from you. Thanks
  22. yeah I'll search around and see what I can come up with. does Boog's tail look the same?
  23. Wow how did you ever find that? Thanks so much That is exactly whats going on here except for the tail rot. I didn't see a cure for it though. The last picture and treatment before moving on to the eye still shows the tail with the white stuff. The fish treated there has it for months as well
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