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  1. 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

  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. Wow this is a lot of good information. Thank you guys for your detailed responses, this is what makes kokos such a great place :D

    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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. [*]Ammonia Level?


    [*]Nitrite Level?


    [*]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)?


    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?


    [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?


    [*]Water temperature?


    [*]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)?


    [*]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?


    [*]Any medications added to the tank?


    [*]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


  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. I started a new shift at work with lots of overtime hours. I can't do a WC in the middle of the night or that would awaken my wife so I am almost going on two weeks without a WC! This weekend I am changing out all the water.

    I am a firm believer in threads going where they might but lets not harp to much on the importance of water changes. I am just curious on how long others have gone without a change?

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