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  1. [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level? NA

    [*]Nitrite Level? NA

    [*]Nitrate level? NA

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

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

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

    Sorry, I'm at work right now and don't have any of this info on hand...

    [*]Water temperature? I don't use a heater; it's usually somewhere in the 60-and-change area.

    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons; I don't actually understand what you mean by "running." I've had this particular tank, um, in operation? for about two years.

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Penguin BioWheel 200

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly 25%

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? Three ugly and fat goldies; a fantail that I think might really be a veiltail, if only he wasn't missing the majority of his fins, a blind black moor that, since it turned gold, I'm assuming is actually just a telescope, and a blue oranda that is currently white. (I know. I know. But I have to pay my own rent before my babies can move into a bigger place, unfortunately.)

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Prime

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? They get fed once a day; I switch between two different types of flakes (I presoak 'em so they sink), sinking pellets, peas and the like, and anti-bacterial medicated food.

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank? Nope, I've had them all 5+ years.

    [*]Any medications added to the tank? Not yet.

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Obviously, because I'm cramming fish, they occasionally get ammonia burns -- the only unusual thing is my poor fan/veil?tail's tail, as of yesterday, has been looking pretty shredded at the ends and reddish and sore at the base. The oranda tries to mate with him every few months, which occasionally rips a tail tip, but this is different. I heard that MelaFix is supposed to be good for healing fins and sores, that PimaFix might be even better, and that you can mix the two with no ill effects, so I thought I'd better use both.

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Nope.

    They're on Jungle med food in the first place because way *way* back in my foolish youth, when I originally was buying them, I had a soft spot for grocery-store fish that were chewed on, floating upside down, and bleeding out the gills.


    So all three of them were getting dosed with everything I could get my hands on, along with the medicated food, and they really, noticeably liked it. So they still get it along with their other foods just so they've got some variety.

  2. Hello all!

    I had a quick question about fish meds and figured this was a pretty informed place to get answers.

    I'm stopping by the store after work today to pick up some PimaFix and MelaFix for my goldies, one of which who is looking fairly tattered and torn around the tail.

    I feed them Jungle medicated fish food (not every day -- we alternate) and I was wondering if anyone knew whether I'd be killing my fish to use Pima, Mela, and the medicated food all together.

    Is that... too many meds?


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