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  1. Okay. Since Aug 8th, so 6 days. She looks good. A small red spot near her tail but that's it. Scales are flat.
  2. I am. I tested it just a couple days ago... I also tested the water out of the python. I guess I'll keep trying things. I'm sorry.
  3. Yes, he did. Edit: I know he did because he complained about the python being kinda twisty lol
  4. UGH I AM SO STINKING FRUSTRATED RIGHT NOW. *deep breath* Ok. I'm done yelling Ammonia 2.0 Nitrate Not quite 0 Nitrite .25 pH 7.4 Temp 75 He said he fed her two pellets this morning and three this afternoon. He's a stingy feeder so I do believe him. The only thing that changed from the last day of .25 ammonia to the day of 1-2.0 ammonia was that I added the air disc. Should I have him take it out? I don't see how that would make any difference but I'm running out of ideas
  5. Very good point about the sponge. My husband's name is Jared as well, so you guys must be on the same page lol. I told him about the soaked pellets and he will give me water numbers tonight. Unfortunately he's incredibly sick (WHAT IS GOING ON IN MY HOME?!) so it may be a little late.
  6. Hahahaha. At least she'd be in good hands? But I must warn you, the tank is heavily guarded Ok this is what he got Ammonia .50 Nitrate .25 Nitrite 0 pH 7.4 Temp 73 He also rinsed the filter sponge and said it was pretty gross... so maybe that'll make a difference. Idk how it got nasty, the tank hasn't even been set up for that long. I try not to rinse it too often while trying to cycle. Should he go back to feeding a little bit of regular pellets?
  7. Today was crazy and I wasn't able to get the results before everything was closed. I'm feeling good because she looks good. That one side looks a little sad/red still but the other side appears almost healed. Ammonia .75 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 pH 7.4 Temp 76 I'll either have my husband logon to my account tomorrow night to give you readings or I'll have him relay them to me and I'll get them to you. The hotel has wifi but if it's down, I'll just use my phone. I wish I could hug you guys when this is over, whatever the outcome. I really appreciate your help.
  8. Haha, I'm sorry... your emjois made me laugh. Ok I can do that. I fed her this morning but I'll fast tonight, do the w/c, and give you readings tomorrow night. Just so you know, I'm leaving for another horse show tomorrow so it will be my husband testing the water, doing w/c's, and relaying info to me until Sunday night. Like I said earlier, he used to raise discus so he's pretty good at testing and taking instruction I'll pre make a bit of food for him to use that I've been feeding in case we go back to the usual feeding routine, just to remove variables.
  9. Ammonia 1.0 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 p.H 7.6 (maybe 7.4) Temp 74 The left side is healing really well. The right still looks a little sketchy and red, but she still has a massive appetite and is quite swimmy and curious.
  10. Oh that's a great idea! I'll do that. Save some money as long as I can. Yes. I may upgrade the ranchu to a 30 gal if it needs to be done, but I am done the 55 after the fish in there passes away.
  11. Sorry... that was much longer winded than I meant. I agree, I think a quick cycle is a very good idea
  12. I think so too.... hun.. Hi Koko!!! I've missed you all, especially since I got rid of facebook It's good to hear from you. 1) I'm doing my absolute best to keep the ammonia down. I'll keep doing the changes as long as I need to, but like you, I don't see how that will get me anywhere in the long run. 2) I don't know about the hardness of my water... I just know that I'm on city water and I've never had a problem with it in the past. I'll get a test as soon as I can. I'm also a student and I just paid almost $1,000 in books... I didn't budget so much for this fish. 3) No, she is in a 20 gal QT. I have a main 55 gallon. It ran flawlessly for almost 3 years until something happened and all the fish dropsied. I treated the tank with epsom and what little metro med I had left but all but one died within 48 hours. He's currently in there by himself. The wipeout only happened a couple months ago and I don't trust it. As a matter of fact, I told myself that once that "batch" in the 55 died, I was done with fish (which is why I kinda drifted from Koko's ) ... and then I went and asked for this ranchu and I'm regretting it like mad. I just wanted to downsize. I wanted the ranchu's 20 gal to cycle so once the survivor in the 55 died (he's quite old, bless him), I could just have a nice ranchu in a nice 20 gallon tank and get rid of the 55 forever. I don't want any more tanks and I can't justify trying to seed with the 55 media or putting her in there because the wipeout happened so recently.
  13. Alright. I'll give you daily parameters and any changes in appearance or attitude. Thank you for hanging in there with me. This place hasn't changed a bit
  14. Ammonia - somewhere between .5 and 1.0 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 p.H 7.4 Temp 76 The splotches aren't spreading, they look more isolated and are a brighter red. Everything else is the same. You said the oxytetracycline takes a few days to kick in... so I guess now it's a waiting game?
  15. lol well, I can't say I don't try to think of everything At least the tank is closer to the sink now, anyway I'll keep you posted!
  16. Thanks. I appreciate the encouragement. It's the ammonia readings that are bothering me the most, to be honest. This evening they are Ammonia 1.0 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 pH 7.4 Temp 76 I fed her much less this morning and still with the ammonia... This may sound insane or I may be an idiot for not thinking of this sooner... but while I was beating myself up while trying to figure out why the ammonia is high, I realized her QT tank is on a table next to the litter box. Now I am NOT a nasty person or anything, I clean the box twice a day, but I can't help but notice that I bought the more powerful air pump and air disc on Aug 5th and we started getting the high readings on Aug 6th. Is it possible that the ammonia from the urine is in the air around the litter box and is being transferred into the water via the air pump? Once again, I am not a slob and I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I have a tank anywhere near a litter box but I don't have the largest of houses. Edit: The table/counter thing is about 3'6 high and the cat box is on the floor about 5' away. Either way, I moved the tank to the kitchen counter during tonight's water change and even if my idea is ridiculous and it makes no difference at all, I feel better that it's not near a cat potty. Physically, she looks pretty good. Very swimmy and hungry. The splotches look about the same, I don't see the curling of the scales that I mentioned earlier... I may just be really tired right now or it could have been bad lighting this morning. I'll give you updates and new numbers tomorrow. Thank you again.
  17. She seemed to be acting alright this morning. The blotches are about the same. The scales aren't pineconed but it appears that a few may be curling upward. I don't know. I'm beginning to get discouraged. I'm working late tonight but I'll get you all the numbers before the w/c.
  18. Gotcha. I had to pull all kinds of strings to get oxytetracycline to me earlier than September so I was wondering what made it special. Glad I have it. I'll let you know how things go tomorrow!
  19. No, I sure don't :/ Ok, sounds good. Yes, I meant oxytetracycline. I have tetracycline (but not using it) in my box-o-fish meds as well so I said the wrong thing. Just out of sheer curiosity, I know the molecular difference is the oxygen molecule, so performance wise, what makes it vastly different? I'll feed a bit less and keep an eye on how long she eats. She's always scavenging for food but the homemade stuff can be a little messy so I'm assuming some is getting missed. So tomorrow I'll check water numbers, do the 100% change, and only add the oxytetracycline to the tank, right?
  20. Ammonia 1.0 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 pH 7.4 Temp 76 I don't even know what the heck is going on with my numbers. It shouldn't be possible and I even tested my tap water. My thinking is maybe I'm feeding too much frozen food and it's dirtying the water? Idk why I was reading nitates yesterday... and it was definitely there. I did the daily full water change and added the tetracycline to the water because the spot is very bright and I was afraid to wait until tomorrow night to dose if you didn't have a chance to write back. She seems to be handling it ok. Maybe a little less active than usual but nothing alarming. Thank you again <3
  21. I just got home from work and her left side is looking a lot better and the red is completely gone from her spinal area, but there is a very bright red spot about the size of a dime on her right side, just in front of the tail. I'll get the water readings to you and do the regular water change but I'm thinking it may be a good time to go ahead and add the tetracycline. I was hesitant about adding it when things were healing but now that there's something new...? Just let me know if you think that's a good idea. Ugh :(
  22. Yes and yes. I did the ammonia test twice. 2.0 is over twice as much as it was the night I missed the water change and we had to start back at square one... but last night she didn't seem to mind and I didn't notice any negative changes to her appearance. She seems to still be healing. I'll post parameters again before I change the water tonight.
  23. I am sure they're getting better. It's a slow process, but they're not nearly as alarming as they were. I guess what's bothering me was the relapse. She was doing so well and after I missed a w/c, it all went to heck again... but is healing at the moment. Yes, I am currently feeding only the metro/focus mixture. Before today's 100% change the readings were Ammonia 2.0 Nitrate 2.5 Nitrite 0 pH 7.4 Temperature 74 I haven't added the oxytetracycline at all yet so once I've competed the w/c I'll dose with the Epsom again and I think we still have 2 or 3 days left with the Malachite. I'll continue to feed the metro/focus mixture unless you think I should add the SulfaPlex again. Thank you!! Edit: This was all in response to the post you made two posts ago, I didn't see your most recent one. Thank you for your explanations! It really does mean a lot. I was a Kok's regular for a long time and things have certainly changed.
  24. I'm home and am just finishing up a 100% change. Before the change we had Ammonia .25 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 pH 7.4 - I keep crushed coral in the filter. Temp 74 - It usually rests around 74-76F) I also got a stronger air pump and a bubble disc instead of a wimpy air stone. From what I understand, medicine can reduce the oxygen level in the water? Either way, I figured it couldn't hurt. Her scales look better and the red seems to be getting splotchier, especially on her spine, like maybe it's starting to go away? I know it's about to sound like I'm second guessing but all these medications have me a little freaked out The oxytetracycline looks a bit intense. Are we sure adding that (in the water, not the food) along with the Malachite and the Epsom and the Metro/Focus food will be ok? I'm not saying you don't know what you're doing... I'm just looking for reassurance, I guess. Thank you
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