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  1. Hi Stakos -- I use aquarium salt because it was recommended to me by my trusted aquarium guy at the fish store. Helps promote general health, I suppose. But when I salt, I only add salt for the water that I've taken out/am adding to the tank. And I chose Melafix just because I had it on hand already, and its used for some bacterial stuff, and seems pretty gentle. I'm about to do another water change now. Anyone see a need for me to run out and pick up meds?
  2. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 30ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) N/A Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops - API * Water temperature? N/A * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 35g, 3 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua Clear 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 40% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2, 60% * How many fish in the tank and their size? One - 6 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? PH balance 7.5, chlorine remover, salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? Pellets, daily * Any new fish added to the tank? None * Any medications added to the tank? One dose of Melafix * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Salted 2 tsp per gallon at the last water change to see if that would help improve him. Other than that, I try to stick to mostly salt and not meds.. but about a year ago he had a bacterial infection that I used some on. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Bloody streaks, swelling/fluid sacs around telescope eyes * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom sitting Hello lovely people -- thanks in advance for reading. Adagio hasn't been doing so well -- he's been bottom-sitting for about two days, with bloody streaks on his fins and big fluid sacs around his telescope eyes (included picture below). I did a 60% water change thinking it was water quality and salted the tank to 2tsp per gallon, but that hasn't helped. He IS eating, however. So that's a sign of life! I have been having trouble with the intake stem of my filter (seems almost warped, like water hasn't been going through it smoothly) and I wonder if that has slowly contributed to a change in water quality that I wasn't aware of. Other than that, I'm pretty stumped. I salt with every water change (just the normal dose, not disease treatment -- I do 1 TBSP per 5 gallons). In any case, I'm stumped. Would very much appreciate your help. Thank you so kindly, have beautiful days! Katie (& Adagio) http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af135/thekatiedid/Adagio1.jpg http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af135/thekatiedid/Adagio2.jpg
  3. Doing SO much better today -- bought the buffer, he's acting normal, but his fins just look really terrible. I should definitely treat him with salt to heal, yes? How long will they take to repair? I hope he's not in too much pain. Yuck. Again, thank you -- will start changing more often than 2 weeks and will use the buffer!
  4. pH up to 7.0 Thanks for your help. I'll get the buffer tomorrow. You saved the day!!
  5. So glad to hear it! I'll change him now. When should I change again, tomorrow?
  6. I'll get on the change, though. Thanks so much. Should I add salt?
  7. I'm confused though - I did a 75% water change literally 2 hours ago. What could have dropped the pH so low in that time?
  8. pH from tap is about 7.2. I haven't been using it -- I just have it, it came with my test kit. It's API "pH UP" Aquarium pH adjuster. (says to add 2 drops for each gallon in the tank).
  9. I'll check the pH -- yes, I'm positive I add enough, because I change his water in increments of 2.5 gallons, which is how much can be held in my bucket I syphon into. I measure the conditioner in the cap. I have a pH up additive -- should I use it?
  10. Yes, sorry -- my haste! *]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? -- [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 6.4 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 35 gallons - 3 years [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua Clear 50g [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Every 2 weeks, 40% [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday - 30% -- two hours ago, 75% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? One - 5 or 6 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress Coat + [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Every other day - Omega One medium pellets [*]Any new fish added to the tank? None [*]Any medications added to the tank? YES - added a dose of BiFuran+ this morning. [*]List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. This morning was first dosage in a while - BiFuran I had had actually for a Beta fish, recommended to me at the petstore. But I added regular (not disease) dosage of salt yesterday, and then disease treatment dosage today. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Frayed fins, fungus-looking (almost like dead skin, in appearance) white film on body. Streaky fins. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom sitting / hanging -- still eating, still puttering around the tank periodically, gasping for air at the top. Photos of Adagio -- it's AWFUL!!: http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af135/thekatiedid/photo-4.jpg http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af135/thekatiedid/photo-3.jpg
  11. Hi everyone - Adagio has been hanging at the top of his tank for 2 days or so. I noticed some red streaks in his fins with 2 or 3 white spots, so I did a 30% water change yesterday and added aquarium salt. Again this morning, I found that he was still hanging on the top. I left the house from about 845am - 5pm -- and when I came home, it was AWFUL. I've never seen something like this come over so fast -- all of his fins seem nearly completely shredded, there is white stuff (skin? fungus? dead scales?) hanging off him, his gills, his fins, his eyes, his mouth, everywhere, almost like a white cottony sheen. Fins and body are streaky and red. This seemed to happen so dramatically fast! I did an IMMEDIATE 75% water change and added the necessary "disease" dosage of aquarium salt to the tank (1 rounded tablespoons for every 5 US gallons). Here are the current water params (I can't find my nitrate tester.. and the pet store is closed, but I have everything else): Nitrites: 0 Ammonia: 0 pH: 6.4 Tank is 35 gallons, hexagon, with an Aqua Clear filter for 50g. The tank has been up and running with just him for 3 years. Any help is appreciated! He looks TERRIBLE. Thanks, and love to all.
  12. Great, thank you! I'll take some of the stones out and clean more often. Is twice a week appropriate?
  13. They're bigger stones - about an inch each, and I would imagine its an inch or two deep? I usually vacuum it every week and a half. I'll keep it up more often and add the salt. Should there be any other medications I need to worry about?
  14. And yes, I do have gravel - I recently added two fake plants. Could that have done anything?
  15. Yikes, I'm so sorry - in my haste I completely forgot: [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0.5 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 35g - 2 years [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Aqua Clear 50 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 40% every 7-10 days [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 telescope - [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Stress Coat chlorine remover, salt [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Wheat Germ, peas [*]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? Bloody streaks, white spots, a blood-colored spot surrounded by pale scales on his right side, looks like a bruise [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Swimming a little more spastic than usual -he just seems a bit unsteady
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