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  1. Could be Red. I wonder... Oh and thanks for the tip on cleaning out the killing machine
  2. I guess I kind of jumped the gun on the tail spots. Earlier on in the thread you can see pictures of it, it is exactly the same again. Trinket called them bacterial columns. So it would seem my tank has bacteria harboring somewhere. I think I may have to replace the media in the filter. I think the biomax and the pads (Aqua clear) are about maybe a year and 8 months old. I did have some of the biomax in an older filter before that. Any thoughts on that? The only other thing it could be would be the uv sterilizer I added about 6 months ago. The problems with dropsy and everything started soon after I got the uv sterilizer. It is a cheap one called The Green Killing Machine. I got it to get rid of my green water. I am just thinking of getting rid of it. I cant see it having bacteria though. Maybe inside? After all that my Java Fern is the only other thing. It is in a glass vase with no rocks or anything, and it gets cleaned out at every water change. edit : I found some white stringy poop again, that means bacterial infection right?
  3. I have a cheap UV its the green killing machine one but I don't think it is powerful enough for bacteria, it's just for algae. Is your Urkel a Celestial?
  4. Wow this is a lot of good information. Thank you guys for your detailed responses, this is what makes kokos such a great place Celestial, that's a bubble eye isn't it? They look weird and I heard they are prone to eye issues. They seem like a pretty mellow fish which I like though. I see that you guys have had experience with dropsy and it's "contagious factor". It kind of swings me more toward not adding another fish right now. Peepers was affected differently than my other telescope when they both came down with it. My other telescope went fast in about 7-10 days, he pine-coned bad and went soon after. Peepers just bottom sat the whole time for 2 weeks at least and only pine-coned a little. I couldn't get the Metro Meds quick enough for the other guy. He died the day after I got them. They both were floaty and sinky if you know what I mean. Since Peepers snapped out of his dropsy he has had fungus issues on the top of his head which I cured with salt. He also has a white opaque tail edge, I think someone described it as his tail column. It was getting better but now it seems to be coming back. So maybe whatever is causing it is still there. He is really floaty, he spends half his day at the surface. I only feed once a day because if I fed twice a day he spends his whole day up there. I don't believe it is overfeeding as my feeding amount has not really changed in the past year, and they were fine before. I mean he gets his fair share of course. I vary the diet between gel food, pellets, frozen brine shrimp, and peas. I have tried fruits and veggies on their own ( I do use veggies in my gel food) and they go over quite well. I guess what I mean is his fluid control or organ or something has been permanently damaged from the dropsy. I am nervous to add another guy but at the same time I hate to see him alone. I guess it is up to me if I think things are ready for another fish but I think it is great that you all shared your experiences with this. Do you all think with the issues that are going on now, it kind of shows it's to early?
  5. Weekly I rinse out the filter and swish the media in tank water until all debris is gone, I also clean the intake tubes with a brush then as well. Monthly I take apart the filter and wash everything in the kitchen sink in warm water using a scrub pad and clean the propeller and its housing with a little brush.
  6. Good to know. I think I get it now, the fish gets the bacterial infection(otherwise known as dropsy) because of a bacteria present. The bacteria still could be there so possibly the new fish could get sick. I don't have a problem with fish dying and keep replacing them or anything like that. The only thing I could have figured the bacteria came from was the marbles that were in the tank for 2 years without being cleaned. They had green and brown algae all over them. I have since thrown out the marbles and the only tank decor I have is a Java Fern in pot. There is no soil or rocks in the pot, the plant just sits in it and is cleaned out with every wc. I can't think of anywhere else bacteria like that could come from. The filters are cleaned out and scrubbed with every wc. I have a small uv sterilizer and a heater in the tank as well. Thanks guys edit: I am getting so excited about getting a new guy. I don't want a telescope again but because of the food competing thing I might.
  7. I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts or experience with adding tank mates after the existing fish have had dropsy. My black moor needs a tank mate now that his buddy died. Both fish came down with dropsy around the middle of December and one soon died after. The other fish Peepers survived and had some bottom sitting and fungus issues which continued until about mid February. He is fine now. Do you think it is time for a friend or is it to soon? The new fish will be QT.
  8. Steamed broccoli and spinach. Blanched peas, de-shelled thawed frozen blood worms Various dry food I have on hand - pellets, brine shrimp, tropical flakes, etc Mixed in a food processor and mixed with powdered gelatin over low heat for 1-2 minutes while stirring.
  9. Thats a long poop. Poop should be short. In my opinion you are overfeeding and the fish is getting constipated.
  10. That's what I was thinking. Thanks
  11. He is spending half of his day floating at the surface now. He has been like this for a while. I have cut his feeding down to once a day or he would spend the whole day at the surface. I don't think it is overfeeding. Perhaps some organ was damaged during the last round of dropsy. edit: Oh yes and the tail spots have almost healed completely now.
  12. He is handling that amount of salt fine. I am thinking of adding another 3 teaspoons. Also thinking after that to bring it up to.1%. Anyone recommend what level to bring it up to? He is still bottom sitting most of the time.
  13. I just added 3 teaspoons in their 10 gallon tank. Let's see how they can tolerate that and then maybe add more.
  14. lol, not bad. He is still bottom sitting. Not all the time as I have noticed. He still eats and swims around. Just bottom sitting on and off. I notice when the lights are out he bottom sits all the time. I am not sure whats going on. Kind of worried though.
  15. So I did the 80% wc and scrubbed all the algae out as well as a sand vacuum. I took the two plants out as they were covered in green algae and looked pretty bad. Tank looks spic and span now.
  16. [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 0 I am surprised it is 0, it has been for a while. I have green algea and a couple plants so I guess they use it up. [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 8.0 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? drops [*]Water temperature? 76 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10gallon - one year [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? ac-110 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 50-60% every two weeks [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 platys - 1 inch each [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, ph stabalizer [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? once to twice a day. Flakes, freeze dried brine shrimp, freeze dried blood works. frozen brine shrimp [*]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? no just bottom sitting [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting I am just going to do a wc for now, probably 80% It is a male fish Thanks:)
  17. I have two and they are a year old now. I think the life expectancy is about 1-2 years so it might just be his time. He is not pineconing or showing any external symptoms and the other one is acting fine. I might start salt but thats usually just for external symptoms, isnt it?
  18. I have a bottom sitting platy fish. I was wondering is the care for a sick Platy the same as goldfish?
  19. Crushed coral is not needed if you have a good KH/GH and a stable PH that holds between WC.
  20. I found some information out there that may be of some use.
  21. If you have HOB filters you can leave the water level lower in the tank to cause more current from the outflow. The water falls into the tank creating bubbles and some fish like to play in the splash. Downside to it though it is really noisy. I have left my water level down 2-4 inches before. I went back to topping up the tank because I couldn't sleep. If I had my tank further away from my bedroom where I couldn't hear it I would do it.
  22. Whats your filter situation? Do you know the GPH? How often do you clean out the filter? Is it possible you may have a bacterial bloom due to cycling?
  23. Most members don't feed the flakes. I like to go with a high quality sinking pellet for their staple food. If they eat flakes from the surface then they usually gulp more air into their system causing bloating and this puts pressure on their swim bladder, this causes them to be floaty. Some good pellets to look for are Hikari Saki, Hikari Lionhead, and Progold. The peas should be used in moderation, as a laxitive. I usually mix it up with frozen bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp, homemade gel food rich in veggies, and the pellets as a staple. Also one day a week without food (fasting) is good to clear their system. Have a look around the forum for tips on what to feed them and I am sure other members will share what they feed. I did a little article a while back with some helpful information.
  24. My process for preparing the frozen peas is to add them frozen to a small dish( tupperware or something of the sort) and cover them with water. Microwave for 30secs to 1 minute. Usually until one explodes is how I know they are ready. Then strain water, deshell and smoosh. I guess thawed might work as well but blanching them makes em softer I think. Others will share their process.
  25. You can smoosh the peas with your finger which breaks them into much smaller pieces than the halves. You can drop those on both sides of the tank and they have a bit better chance to be evenly distributed that way. edit: your blanching them first right?
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