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  1. It looks significantly better this AM, though not totally healed by any means. I had anchor worm yes, but like... a year and a half ago, in a different tank. Some of the stuff from that tank got transferred over, but I think that's a bit of a stretch, unless it spontaneously arose from tap water or stayed dormant for a year in the gravel that gets vac'd weekly, I'm inclined to discount that idea. Very hard to get a focused high res photo of a moving fish in a dark tank through glass eh? I didn't see any worm tail either, which was visible last time I dealt with it (came from a petshop). One thing I was thinking about, I was on vacation like 2 months ago for 8 days. When I came back, this fish was a lot bigger and rounder. At first I was worried about dropsy, but I didn't see any pineconing, and it *is* a pearlscale... so... At any rate, the fish is a good bit less nimble now that say 5 months ago. I wonder if she just got pushed into a rock I have in the tank. I'll probably remove that rock and replace it with some plants.
  2. Yah, going to do a big change, and then add the bacteria just in case. The big filter (404) is almost only filled with ceramic chips (and the sponges)... no ammonia chips or carbon. The small filter (205) is normally half carbon (half ammonia chips instead of carbon right now though) and half ceramic chips.
  3. The other one is a Ryu. I bought a bunch of bacteria supplement.. supposedly one that replaces Marineland Biospira (which I had great luck with vs something like Cycle) except this one is non refrigerated and has a very short (marked) shelf life. Seems a lot better than something like cycle etc. I cleaned out the filters, changed some of the water. Going to keep an eye on it and probably do another water change before I leave (due to the long time I'll be gone) but hit it with the bacteria supplement. By the way "Chowder" (the pearlscale) ALWAYS that shredded look to her tail....
  4. It very well could be a pearl scale hanging off the side. It's slightly red underneath, but not bad. I thought of something else odd on the way home. About 5 days ago, my wife noticed a couple of tiny white spots on the head of one of the other fish. I said we'd keep an eye on it. Next time I checked, it was gone. Maybe 1-2 days later. That got me thinking maybe it was in fact ich. One spot on one fish isn't likely to be ich, but spots on a couple fish makes more sense. Maybe he did just scratch himself on something. Hard to say. Any other time I wouldn't be so worried about it.
  5. Grrr... don't sign up for mobilme. It sucks. This link should work: http://gallery.me.com/pmartin33#100150&amp...k&view=grid Looking at it, I dunno, looks like maybe an injury with a possible infection. There's something there, I thought that it was just hanging flesh, but it looks like it could be bacterial. I don't see a worm there.
  6. I posted pics... several times. Your forum refuses dynamic links, my host only provides dynamic links. There's a pic in my last post, just now seeing that you can't see it. You're going to have to browse to it. Can't post directly. http://www.me.com/gallery/#100150
  7. Just got home. Sorry. Chemistry looks spot on. pH neutral, ammonia zero etc. NO2 / NO3 at or near zero. It looks like whatever it was, has ruptured. In short, it looks like a physical injury to me. I have a bunch of meds on hand, including Maracyn plus for bacterial stuff, and Maracide for ich, velvet, parasite etc. I understand about not overmedicating, but given that I'll be gone for 10 days in 48 hours... I'm inclined to overmedicate.
  8. Since I don't have a lot of time to deal with this (and make sure the cycle doesn't crash) is there a med that's good that will cover both a bacterial and fungal external infection quickly?
  9. Was feeding my fish this AM and noticed a strange white bump on the side of my pearlscale. Looks almost like when you have a white head (pimple). Only other things I've ever seen that looked like that was anchor worm a couple years ago, but I haven't added any fish to this tank in a long time. Wondering if it's just a scrape or something. May feed some anti-bacteria meds for a few days and keep an eye on it. Do some water changes... Thing that sucks is I'm going out of town Thursday for a week. Bad timing. Only thing that has changed recently is using Amquel to dechlorinate water instead of Prime (store was out). Pearlscales have some sort of calcium deposit under their scales, I wonder if this is what I'm seeing somehow.... [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? Gotta check some chemistry when I get home today. Should be good though. [*]Nitrite Level? Gotta check some chemistry when I get home today. Should be good though. [*]Nitrate level? Gotta check some chemistry when I get home today. Should be good though. [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Gotta check some chemistry when I get home today. Should be good though. [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?Gotta check some chemistry when I get home today. Should be good though. [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Gotta check some chemistry when I get home today. Should be good though. [*]Water temperature? 72 F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 65 gallons, 1 year [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Fluval 205 and Fluval 404 canister filters [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 25-50% once every 6-10 days [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Ryukins (5 inches?) and 1 Pearlscale (4 inches) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Normally use Prime. Changed to Amquel last week due to out of stock at store. [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Forget the brand. They're little granuals that are semi moist like cat food. A little in the AM and a little in the PM. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No [*]Any medications added to the tank? No, but I have some meds and medicated food on hand. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? This weird white lump. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Fish seems pretty normal. The body really started to round out about 2 months ago. Haven't noticed pineconing though, and it is a maturing pearlscale, so I chalked it up to that.
  10. 2 weeks later and the 10 fry are still around and growing by the day. yesterday we had 15 more little fry. this could get out of hand quick.
  11. Cross posted on Yahoo Answers.. I've recently had a few of my Glo Fish (danios) in my 30 gallon die (old fish). At the same time, my guppies had a big litter of fry (10 or so surviving now close to 1cm). I've moved my danios to my 10 gallon, and my 2 adult guppies and 10 fry to the 30 gallon with 2 clown loaches (the loaches are juvenile, and not really and larger than the adult guppies). The loaches seem EXTREMELY curious. They've been approaching the guppy adults slowly from the front and watching them at close range. The male guppy is hovering extra close to the female because of this (pretty sure she's also pregnant again). So far everyone is playing nice. Will the guppies be ok with my loaches? Normally the loaches hide during the day, but the guppies really have their attention. Thanks
  12. Tank is a bit small and pH is a bit high as compared to the tap..... you could try putting him in a 10 gallon tank and keeping a very close eye on the pH and ammonia levels... probably have to do large daily water changes for a while. keep ammonia at zero and pH at tape levels. if he looks swollen, maybe not feed him anything for a few days, then some deshelled cooked peas. feeding just gel based antibiotics is an idea as well, but i can never get fish to eat that stuff. what do the white things look like? maybe it's a worm etc...?
  13. If you don't have control over the thermastat, you can only do so much to keep the temperature down. 1) Keep it away from windows (you mentioned that) 2) If you use a light on the tank, switch any standard bulbs (make a lot of heat) to mini florescent bulbs (can be found at fish stores or nnnnnn pet isle etc) 3) Make sure there's nothing generating heat near the tank (computer monitors, vents etc) Other than that, it should be equal to room temp. I'm assuming there's no heater, so a fan won't do a whole lot.
  14. doubling the water volume would probably help as well. low volume + high temp + low filtration is kind of tough on them.
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