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  1. OOPS! My bad, I live in VT, so VT and any bordering state, and the closer parts of New York.
  2. A balloon bellied german ram? He does not get along with my other two (Shocker, I know). I really want him to go to someone's home rather than back to the fish store:( Thanks, Stasia
  3. Thanks balashark! I think everyone is gonna make it. While the qt was spiking I moved my ram into a breeder cage in the main tank (since that tank is being treated too). I put a new cartridge in with new carbon and the old one in the qt. I've done two water changes a day since it spiked and the levels are going down. No ammonia, and a little of nitrates and nitrites. I figure even if I reinfect the tank it'll be fine, the only thing i plan on putting back in at this point is Pepe the shrimp because I don't know how long I need to quarantine him. The Ich appears to be gone, but I think I'm going to do one more treatment in the main tank anyways to make sure I got rid of all it. I think I will be returning the ram to the fish store when I'm done treating and know he's healthy Does anyone (near VT) happen to want a balloon bellied german ram? I'd prefer to give him to someone I know will take good care of him. Thanks all, Stasia
  4. New Carbon. I was worried the old would reinfect. I still have it though if that would be helpful. Sorry if I'm being unclear. I'm really frustrated. :( I'm putting the old one back in I guess either way, the fish will die, so might as well try it.
  5. So I tested the water in the qt, it's crashing. There are traces nitrates, nitrites and ammonia. And this was after the water change. The tank was stable before but was a newer tank set up, about a month and half old. I have one fish in this tank. I guess I should put the old filter in, my concern is I will reinfect the tank with ich. Any thoughts?? I'm nervous Thanks, Stasia
  6. Thanks for the site. It said to put new carbon filters in after treatment, but I've also heard otherwise. To use the same ones that you've let stay in a bowl of water while treating. Thanks, Stasia
  7. Do I put the USED cartridges back in after I medicate? or do I put new ones in. Thanks
  8. Thanks guys:) Final question and an update. How long does my vampire (atya) shrimp need to live in a fishbowl? I know the ich does not affect him, but how long until the ich in his water die off? Update: The qt is doing well, no casualties and all 3 fish look good. I need to do a water change tonight and supposedly, the treatment is done with. As for the main tank, with one dose the ich are off the rams (as they did not appear to attach to the pleco and the angels as of yet). I will do the second treatment tonight. As for Pepe (atya shrimp) he's living in a fishbowl with a bubble stone and hideyhole. Not quite a palace, but hopefully he can go back soon. Thanks again, Stasia
  9. The qt tank developed ich symptoms the day after I transfered some of the fish to the main tank (after a month of quarantine). I'm not sure what happened. Anyways, the inevitable happened, the main tank developed symptoms today so I'm treating that tank too, Pepe the prawn is living in a fish bowl for now with a bubble stone and hideyhole. How long does he have to live there before he's cleared of ich? I always feel like whenever my tank gets an ich outbreak that I'm a bad fish mom:( like I did something wrong, but I can't figure out what I did this time. I did take the heater out which dropped the temp 3 degrees in the qt tank, could that have done it? ~Stasia
  10. Hello all. I'm looking for some speculation. SO, I got some fish about a month ago; a pleco and some rainbow featherfins. So they're all looking good, no disease, ich, anything, so after a month I put them in the main tank, but not all of them just so I have something keeping the qt going. Here's the annoying part. The VERY NEXT DAY I look at the at the qt, SPOTS on two of the rainbow featherfins. I treated the tank for ich because I thought it couldn't possibly be ich, after all, in my experience, ich pops up pretty fast if you have it. Also, I treated because I want to know what I'm going to be dealing with should it pop up in the main tank. SO, today, two days after initial treatment, no spots in the qt. Which means, ich. So now my question is, did the pleco and fish I transfered to the main tank just miss the ich hatching? It's been 3 days since I transfered and there are no symptoms on any of the fish in the main tank. Should I expect an impending ich outbreak? Ugh, I'm so frustrated. I keep my tanks pristine; problems only happen when I get new fish > Also, on a side note, are Angelfish impervious to ich or are more difficult for ich to attach to? The last ich outbreak I had did not affect the angels in the least so if I have it again in the main tank it will be tough to spot since the pleco hides and the rams are skittish. Thanks so much for reading my rant, any speculations? ~Stasia
  11. Here they are! Taking the plunge into the main tank Once again, note on the pleco the "spiny wings". I put them both in and I'll probably never see them again as Pepe the Prawn (Vampire shrimp) and the pleco both went into the hidey structures. Stasia
  12. Thanks, I'll try rearranging the tank. I wouldn't mind the "bickering" as long as it wasn't stressing them, like my angels. Cichlids are annoying, but they have such personality. ~Stasia
  13. So, I got two balloon bellied rams one gold one german blue, they were fine together in my 30 gallon tank with my angels.... and then I pushed it, and got a 3 ram. Suddenly the rams all hate each other and they fight all the time. Not against any one in particular. I removed one and now they're relatively peaceful again. I think they're all males. Is there any hope that they will eventually get along after they stake out territories? The tank is heavily planted and there are lots of hiding places. Funny, the angels "bicker" all the time in a similar way, but never one more than the other. *sigh* cichlids. ~Stasia
  14. The bowl idea sounds good. I do have to do a water change so I'll try that. I really want to stay away from the net. ~Thanks, I'll try to get a good pic too.
  15. Hi All, Ok, I'm trying to get my spiny pleco out of the qt and into the main, but I'm having some problems. 1) I can't catch him, he's too fast 2) Whenever I touch him with the net his spines are like hooks and he sticks to the net and jerks around until he's free. I don't want to hurt him. Any other methods? I have flashbacks to when I caught my pictus catfish with a net and he stuck and he nearly pulled his fin off. Instead we cut the net away from his fin, but for the rest of his life (like 3 days) he swam in circles with the piece of net on him. UGH. Thanks, Stasia
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