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EdgarTheFish

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  1. Thanks! Just prophylactic. Its apparently healthy except the poo
  2. General guidelines on deworming during a fish in cycle? Better to wait until cycle is done? Also hi everyone! It's been forever.
  3. So I live in South Florida and my friends outdoor pond has an infestation of island apple snails (they are non natives) she gave me 2 clutches of eggs to hatch (my lfs will take them once they are big enough and trade me for store cred.) I hatched 200 eggs and messed up a lot. I have about 10 survivors that are currently living in a 5g tank with a sponge filter. This morning I moved an algae covered decoration from my other tank into theirs as well as purchased duckweed from the nearby petstore that got it in by accident. I had mentioned to the lady at the petstore that there was a single fry in the duckweed (which was kept in their ram cichlid tank). Now it could be a different type of fish but I would expect that it would have been eaten quickly by the rams if it wasn't one of theirs? Anyways she didn't seem to care much and scooped him up in my duckweed. So now in my 5g tank I cut a bit of my biofilter from my cycled hexagon and added it to the tank near the sponge filter and added the duckweed and the algae. What should I do next? Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  4. It shut and I put him higher in the tank on a plant top to see if he loved but he still hasn't moved on his own since that first day. I know they can hibernate when stressed but for how long? Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  5. My tank is extremely low in natural lighting. I can only get anubias to survive everything else melts away Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  6. Update: he still hasn't moved. It's been 4 days now. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  7. I have 3 nerites and my oldest one I've had for 3 years now. He has this huge white scar down his shell. All of my nerites are missing the tips of their shells because (I think) I had bladder snails or something in the tank by accident at one point and they used to hitch rides and possibly hurt the other shells somehow (they're all dead and gone now). My zebra nerite has not moved much from the top of the tank but it is a deep tank (hexagon) so I wouldn't expect them to go to the bottom but he never leaves the filter area. My old nerite goes everywhere and is always active. My little olive nerite was at the top a couple of days ago He did move around quite a bit. My boyfriend was making me a glass lid for the tank so that I had one properly fitting and he pulled the snail off of the side of the tank. I heard a pop sort of sound and he dropped the snail back into the water. The snail hasn't been out but I did see him retract even more when I picked him up earlier. However he also hasn't moved again since then. How can I tell if he's hurt or dying? I have a pic of the zebra, the old leopard one and then my little immobile olive colored one. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  8. I actually relocated the tank today. My boyfriend made me a glass lid that has a dice d20 handle which I love he did a great job. I'll change the lighting to one that fits better eventually but it's so much better than the 20g long hood that I had overhanging and looking real ugly lol. I also have a picture of the anubias plant. Not sure if you can tell but only the front half is growing. It wont seat into gravel and ends up floating around so it latched onto this decorative bridge. I also have one in a pot that's doing fine. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  9. The live plants need some love. The moss is a bunch of broken up moss balls. The anubis ? Plants have been growing but seem to have stalled out a little bit Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  10. I guess since he is a serpae tetra they can be mildly aggressive. He killed a total of 12 other serpae over two years when I gave up on giving him a school. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  11. I feel guilty none of them have names but when I had whole schools (added new different fish when one school died off) it wasn't practical. The tetra killed all of his school mates and most of the minnows. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  12. Hey everyone it's been a while. I took a break from goldfish and still haven't returned to them. I may once I graduate this winter. This is my angelfish in my I think 27 or 33g hex. He lives with three nerites two minnows one tetra and one leopard cory. He is about 1 year old, the cory is about 2 years old, The nerites are almost 3 years old. The tetra is about 3 years old and the Minnows I just replace whenever he eats them. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  13. I used craft mesh and divided a corner of the tank! It worked, He inspected the mesh and got a little bit cranky but hasn't bitten or torn or ripped his fins at all. I'll slowly increase the flow once his fins have healed, right now it's just letting off a bubble every few seconds.
  14. While his fins heal I'm going to just do more frequent WC and no filter. I have the filter in the tank but OFF and he's no worse than he was when I first posted. So once he's healed up I'll turn it on and watch what he does, if he seems stressed and biting his fins then I'll just not filter at all, if its mechanical then I'll know what to fix. Thank you so much everyone!!
  15. He only has this problem when I turn a filter on in his tank though, I don't understand why? I have not seen myself what happens except the first time. The first filter was an internal filter with a rear-intake, I turned it on and left once I saw him swimming around OK and not struggling. A hour later I checked on him and he was stuck between the back of the filter and the tank wall, I unplugged the filter and he swam away but his fins were ripped. Then I upgraded him to the 5.5 g tank and it came with an adjustable flow internal filter, I put it on the lowest setting and put a sponge over the intake. Watched him for a few minutes, he inspected the filter and then seemed to relax so I left the room. Ten minutes later I check on him and his fins are ripped again. This time, I added the sponge filter and watched for 10 minutes. He flared at the bubbles it was making and seemed a bit agitated but he eventually cooled off and went to his tall plant underneath his bubble nest that he was making. I went back to check on him and he was swimming around, his nest gone, and his fins completely shredded. These are the only 3 times that this happened, a filter is associated each time, otherwise you'd think he'd bite his fins whenever I have the tv going or when I added the driftwood or when I added the crushed coral... The reason behind the crushed coral is here: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/123706-i-made-a-mistake-with-my-ph/
  16. Please copy & paste fill the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.25 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0.0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 10ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 1.0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0.0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4, 107.4, 161.1 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.4-8.2, kH 53.7, gH 71.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 78-80 *F (I have an over-heating heater and have to unplug it at 80* or else it will heat it to 84) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 5.5g running with established media transferred from 2.5g tank for about three-ish weeks (Hard to remember, I got two 5.5g within a very short time of each other, at the most 3 weeks, at the least 2 weeks) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Well I transferred the filter media from the original 2.5g filter, which shredded his fins, to the whisper 2-10g internal filter with adjustable flow, which shredded his fins, took that one out and put in a sponge filter, which has now shredded his fins a third time! * How often do you change the water and how much? 1 gallon twice a week, I use a turkey baster to get down and clean out the gravel. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1g on Sunday, am about to do tonight's 1g waterchange. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 VT betta, 1.5 inches not including tail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime and liquid plant food and 1/4 cup crushed coral. * What do you feed your fish and how often? hikari mini pellets and bloodworms. Bloodworms are a treat, the pellets are 2 pellets twice a day. * Any new fish added to the tank? no, just that darn filter! * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. The first time his fins ripped, I found him suctioned to the intake of the 2.5g filter, I salted the tank that time for two weeks with 2 tsp of salt. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Anytime I add a filter, he will "challenge" it and I think he gets himself sucked in somehow trying to fight it. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Picking fights with inanimate objects... Ive gone through three filters with Rufio, each time I finally get his fins healed and add a different type of filter/different level of current/buffering/etc. his fins are shredded within minutes! I got a sponge filter today, set it up and his fins are the worst they've ever been, even with two internal filters that he got sucked to the intake!! I set it up with an air adjustment valve and everything, lowest setting... what do I do? I have tried everything and every time he heals he gets torn to shreds because I put a filter in. This is what he looks like when his fin heals, and it takes weeks, I'm so discouraged!
  17. They're actually notorious bullies and never mix well with angelfish unless in a HUGE tank and a school of 6 or more. I got 8 because I decided to make it a species-tank (the snails weren't even on the original plans hehe). These guys are going to be the only fish in this tank. They determine a pecking order of sorts and then can live more peacefully. Think betta sorority minus the murderous serial killers. The snails are named Captain and Morgan. The fish are collectively named after Peter Pan characters as I still can't tell one from another except the really big (probably really old) one, I call the tank Neverland. Rufio (another character, from Hook though) is my VT, his tank has quotes from Robin Williams "Bangarang" and "To live, would be an awfully big adventure". Pardon the mess on his tank, it's still under construction and he's recovering from a filter-fin-ripping incident.
  18. Ok ok, so Dagger (my half-giant plakat betta) is done, his tank is cycled and seems happy (tonight is testing night). I made him a new background with black foam, sheets of cork and brown think scrapbooking sheets to look like tree roots. I like the effect! My serpae tank is almost done, just need to add some live plants to my suction-pots. It is home to 8 serpae and 2 tiger nerite snails. My VT tank is a work in progress, it's also currently a part of an ant-trail . it's been raining and they (sugar ants) always move inside, never on this particular wall but he's probably getting extra snacks if any fall into the tank. I got him driftwood finally.
  19. Poor Rufio is next on my obsession but Dagger's tank is finally done! He seems pretty happy, I think he grew another half inch too, he's going to outgrow the tank if he keeps it up. This is my first tank with live plants, I'm working on my 20g Serpae tank next and then Rufio will get his spoils!
  20. It's actually baffling my filter lol, without the gravel it stayed in the glass, but spun in circles on it's side like the planet Uranus. The only time it's been out was overnight the first night, pretty sure Dagger got himself wedged in there and pushed it out, but it hasn't happened again. I replaced the gravel with sea glass. So it's no longer spinning, the spinning was definitely freaking him out!
  21. hmm so not raising the kH then? Am I missing something? I use the same tap at the same time for WCs, same foods, etc. My 20g serpae tetra tank, no live plants yet, I've been working on my plakat's tank because he's my fav and I'm spoiling him first. (I'm probably going to put the gravel back in their tank, their pH desired range goes up to 7.8 but they are also not looking stressed at all): My 5g VT tank, he was a pity-buy and has bare necessities for now until I know his fins will heal fully and he'll survive: My 5g plakat tank (I only had the gravel in his wine glass):
  22. Well, ruling out all the differences with that, there is a piece of driftwood that the Anubias is attached to that the rest of the tanks do not have. I do not know what type it is (petsupermarket did not know either when I asked them) here's a picture: edit: the wood is very soft, I got a bit of it stuck under my nail when i scratched against it by accident, it was already sunk at the store so I rinsed it and added it to the tank, this is about a month old.
  23. Will my Serpae be ok with that pH long term? I'm wondering why my pH of my other tank is 7.4? Should I put that gravel back in the tank then instead of buying new gravel? Is there any long-term stress with the pH too high?
  24. Tap pH: 8.4, Tap kH: 53.7. I don't know what kind of gravel, I got it at walmart when I was picking up my 5g tanks: http://www.walmart.com/ip/20613545?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227015218749&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40341726152&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=78301488512&veh=sem
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