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  1. I microwaved it in a half cup of water for a minute. I worried that if I cook it any more that the good stuff will cook away. I'll run down and check on their progress. I'm also looking into a mortar and pestle so I can smash it up/"pre-chew" it without gel since my gel food always ends up with bubbles :/
  2. Hey guys, I've tried feeding my goldfish blanched baby spinach a few times but they never seem able to rip the leaves... They just take turns sucking at it for a long time. Even after I pre-ripped the leaf, they couldn't pull anything off. Will they get the hang of it eventually or are they, um, leaf challenged? I guess that would mean it's a "go" for my planted tank ideas haha. I have seen my one big oranda go to town on a yellowing/dying dwarf onion leaf (got crimped during a water change). I swear she did an alligator death roll to rip it off So I guess at least one of them has the skills. One of the spinach leaves came out of the clip and my 1" oranda was chasing it around but still couldn't get anything off it. Funny to watch though since it was bigger than her
  3. I have 4 corys in a 15 gallon with 5 baby guppies (less than 1/2"). 2 spotted, 1 julii, 1 green/bronze. I got the set of corries before I knew they weren't breeds like dogs, they're species... One day I'll fix that... Anyway, I found eggs this morning after making a lazy attempt at breeding them (I just added some peat granular in the filter that came with my fluval 405 that my goldfish have no use for). I don't know who bred with who or if they're even fertilized... They're brownish. Any ideas? I tried breeding because I thought it would be interesting and I don't have money to buy more atm so I thought I'd try making more in the mean time.
  4. I think I'm going to finish the 3-4 week jungle treatment now that i've started anyway. I'm not comfortable leaving the pinworms there. I'll feed peas on the off days though so their systems will be clear when it's time for normal food again. I'm having a lot of trouble with the GC food making my fish floaty... I'm not sure what that's about... should I soak it first? How long?
  5. I just went down again and he had a 2" long poo coming from him. It was the color of the Jump start I fed him on Saturday. I think it was a half inch of that, giant bubble, followed by bits of dark green, then a long batch of the light brown jump start. He's still going on that. Still swollen for now. Time will tell.
  6. Could I epsom him? or maybe feed him a grain of it? He looks like he's in pain when he's pooping and he's started yawning a lot (maybe getting gill flukes out, I just added the second treatment of prazipro). He gets all clampy when he's pooping His latest poo had a couple tiny bubbles, was rather thin, the food there was was dark green, and it was kinda empty.
  7. Um I might have found the problem. I do think there are pinworms in there but if they've lived this long with not much of a problem and the shubunkin has always been healthy, a coward, but healthy. When I got home on Sunday I found a metal ball bearing in the tank. I took it out thinking "well good thing I got it out before something bad happened" and left it at that. I just found another one. Here's a pic with a paperclip. It's a 1" normal paperclip. They're definitely metal. I'm thinking lead... I have no idea where these are coming from! I'm guessing it's possible that my shubbie accidentally ate one and it blocked him up... Now what?
  8. Ok, I'm convinced they're pinworms or threadworms. I fed them the food early this morning and then changed the water. There were tons in the water. Quite a few super long ones and zillions of shorter ones. The longer ones could swim/wiggle well while the others sank. I was sucking them out with a baster but then gave up. Too many. Then I was adding the .01% salt back in for my prazi treatment and to cure my curiosity, I put some of the salt solution (the dissolved salt that would be added anyway) in the baster and squirted it at a worm. It turned yellow and died in 2 seconds!! All of the short ones were on the bottom so I squirted away. I hope this really got their numbers down. My shubbie's bulge is almost squaring off now and is firmer than it was. I have a feeling I'm going to go down there in a couple days and he'll be pooping dead worms with gusto. Day 1: complete. I hope he makes it... I think the pinworms showed up after I moved my fish into my 75 gallon from my 15 almost 2 years ago and added fish from the lps by my uni. When I first saw it, I posted on here and it was ID'd as planaria... which it is defs not. I have had that in a storage bin a while back so at least I know them now and can see the difference. So they've been in the tank for well over a year and might be why my one of my fish hasn't grown much and has constipation issues. It'll be interesting after these worms are gone. It's kinda of good my shubbie showed this type of symptom or I never would have known. Thanks for your support so far!
  9. Ok, cool. I have a fish that eats bubbles when he's hungry so they'll get peas on those off days. I have enough for a couple days at least and what I have is old anyway so I'll pick up some more today and start stuffing the fish full of it. Oddly enough, I refer to most of my fish as boys... there's only a couple girls. I wouldn't be surprised if they're all girls! lol No one has breeding stars so even if those were eggs, they're not going to turn into fish cuz no men are ready :/ Oh well, maybe another time!
  10. Should I feed everyone the jungle anti parasite food? I have a feeling this is an overload of pinworms because I just saw a large one swimming around. All my fish pick up each others' poo thinking it's food so they probably all have them... joy. Oh, and I forget, can I feed them between the AP days?
  11. Ok, I'm on it. Question: can I use metro meds for 3 days on and 3 days off like jungle? Um, I found this in the tank this morning... are those eggs? They're on a water onion... They could just be bubbles... I know if the shubbie did lay eggs that only about this many would make it... my fish are vacuum cleaners..
  12. <embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid975.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae232%2Fyuko_imara%2FFish%2FVIDEO0003.mp4"> Here's the video.
  13. I have no idea if he's a boy or not... I've always just called it a "him"... that could explain some things... I do have some jungle anti-parasite. I'll go see if he'll pose for a video. He's always been such a pain with film... And, yes, I have added unQT fish in the past after I had prazied over a year ago. I don't do that anymore...
  14. * Ammonia Level 0ppm * Nitrite Level 0ppm * Nitrate level 10ppm (I killed my complete cycle and added plants) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? Was 58 but now is 78 over the past couple days. I don't trust my heaters with my parent's attention so they were stuck in 58* water. I'm still trying to figure out how to get my heater to keep it at 72 instead. It's set to 68 now... * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75 gallons, almost 2 years. It's been moved a couple times but has been here for almost a year. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 405. * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every week. I am going to have to change that as the nitrates build up and started parazi yesterday. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday after adding fish. * How many fish in the tank and their size? There was 4 fish to start. 1:4"koi, 2:3-4" oranda, and the shubunkin in question. I just added 2 more oranda and 2 telescope so I can treat all fish for flukes and then return them to their proper sterilized tanks. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? I have been trying up their food because they have never grown much even with proper stocking. I was looking at how much I was feeding them vs how much my brother feeds his fish and I felt I was making my fish suffer malnutrition. I just started them on Jump Start from GC but with one of my fish getting over stressed from the move, I have started them on peas for a few days to get his bubbles out. I fed them a good amount yesterday and then a little later I noticed his bulge. I don't think it could have gotten to his butt that fast though. I think it might have not noticed it right away... but now since I did, I've been staring at his butt all the time... o.o; * Any new fish added to the tank? Just added 2 oranda and two teles. * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi Pro yesterday. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I had my parents salt the tank while I was in Australia but I haven't done anything with it in about a year. (why I'm treating for flukes now) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Other than the bulge, all is fine. His vent isn't even red... Just stretchy... He's even pooping fine. It looks like there could be a small white thing between his vent and his tail.... but it's hard to see. He will not sit still for a photo... :/ * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The unusual behavior for this fish is boldness! He was always a very submissive and skittish fish but now is voracious and very quick to get food. Even peas which he never cared for before. His scales aren't lifting or anything. He looks blocked up but he's pooping fine... I couldn't get him to sit still but here's a drawing: Him from January
  15. Haha no worries. At least I've read about that part of keeping guppies. I can kind of tell who might be girl and who might be boy and they're starting to show some dominance towards each other. I'll have to sort them out in the next couple days. I don't want them getting pregnant too early...
  16. You mean more females than males right? Lucky boys haha
  17. I got 5 guppy fry from Meijer about a week ago and they're starting to show some color already. My worry is about inbreeding once they're older. Would getting another couple guppies from a different store help to add some genetic diversity or all guppies at chain stores kinda related? :/ I'm not looking to breed particular traits or anything. I just want them to be healthy.
  18. Alex, thanks for the explaination. It does make sense. Sometime last year I read that people were not replacing the carbon because it was not necessary in their opinion. I wish so much stuff with fish keeping wasn't trial and error. :/ Shakaho, it is not the coral itself that removes the nitrates. It provides a place for the denitrifying bacteria to colonize and do their job just like the other steps in the cycle. This isn't really possible in smaller tanks because the water volume isn't high enough or the filters big enough to accommodate it. No, I do not have the equipment to test for dissolved O2 (I am looking into it so I can monitor the benefit of adding plants) but there is no other explanation for having 0,0,0 across the board in a cycled tank with no plants. After speaking with the development staff at Seachem (two sections of my biomedia is their Matrix), they said that while it is difficult to set up, once the bacteria have colonized, the nitrates will remain at 0 just like the ammonia and nitrite in the normal cycle. This might be why I have a colony of cyanobacteria living under the glass top of my tank because it has the advantage of being able to use the nitrogen in the air instead of relying on what's in the water.
  19. Actually, it is the bags (2) of coral that are removing the nitrates... I believe because the bags are FULL and are the last step before the water returns to the tank so the water has very low O2 levels because it was used by the earlier stages. The fluval 405 has the water go through 2 feet of filtration before it returns to the tank. There aren't any sulfide producing bacteria because they live in stagnant water, not the high pressure in my filter. Maybe I'll take out one of the bags and half the other so it has less chance of letting any anaerobic bacteria colonize? Less homes = less bacteria. With a planted tank, I'm hoping there will be a higher level of O2 so that will be an added bonus. Any way I can test how much O2 and CO2 is in the water? The water this tank is on is perfect and has never given me any problem (7.2 ph and very hard). The only reason it has coral in the filter is because the tank was on terrible water last year that had 3ppm of chloramine/ammonia and ph of 8.4 that could crash (below 5) every night for NO reason. Hooray for the water my uni's town is on... blech. I think the ph is 7.8 with the coral so maybe i'll allow it to fall a little so the micronutrients will become more available to the plants once they are introduced. I'd do this slowly of course. About carbon, I thought it removed dissolved organics, other toxins, and was beneficial in general. Has this changed? This is the first time I've heard "nay" to carbon.
  20. I already have 4 sections of biomedia in my fluval 405... I'm not sure what benefit any more would have :/
  21. Hi guys, The filter on my 75 gallon allows me to keep nitrates at 0ppm but I want to plant the tank heavily and have high light. Do I have to remove the part of my filter that allows this or would root tabs be enough for the plants? Should I remove that part, save money on root tabs, and replace it with extra carbon? I think with the stocking levels I have that if nitrates were not removed from the tank that plants should grow like crazy.. there aren't any plants in there right now.
  22. Thanks for your help so far. I'll make that thread as soon as I get home. I don't know what i'll be returning to... :/ I thought plecos can't tolerate salt that high. That's why I thought to go with a half dose of rid ich... Why don't you raise the temp when treating for flukes? Wouldn't the life cycle speed up and die faster just like ich?
  23. How about this plan? I have 6 tanks total: 4-10gal, 1-15gal, 1-75gal. Right now: 2-10gals are empty. 1-10gal has 5 baby guppies & albino bristlenose (possibly carrying ich). 1-10gal has tropicals, 15 gallon has 4 goldfish and are changed 100% every day and are ich free , 75 gallon at home has 3 goldfish and a koi (all likely to have internal parasite/bacterial infections: at least 5 fish have all died the same way with no external signs other than dropsying at the end). I am moving home so 4 goldfish, baby guppies, and pleco are going into gallon baggies for transit in May. Week 0 (Starting point): Sterilize hoses and stuff with 1/20 bleach solution. Decide what will go to what and label it for other people. Take all plants, sterilize in 1/20 bleach solution, and QT in spare 10 gallon. Keep guppies and pleco in 10 gallon and administer a half dose of Kordon rid ich+. Heat to 80*. I don't see signs of ich but the pleco was likely a carrier. How long should I treat for? Keep the 3 clean goldfish in the 15 gallon and continue to change 100% every day. Move the 4th one into the last empty 10 gallon. Start the 4 fish in the 75 gallon on a round of metro-meds (depending on how they look when I get home) while I destroy the cyanobacteria and its friends. Week 1 (end): Continue treatment of guppies and pleco continue Metro meds on 75 gallon. keep changing all water in the 15 gallon. Week 2 (end): The guppies and pleco will be done with their treatment. The pleco will move to the 15 gallon. Guppy tank will get small clean plants added that will be added to the 75 once they are large enough. Could there be flukes in the baby guppies? Should I prazi them before adding clean plants? Should I raise the temp while treating flukes? The 15 gallon will be reduced to the 2 teles. I will put the pleco in here for now (he's meant for the 75). There isn't anywhere to hide in the 75 yet and I don't want the goldies to think of him as a new toy and terrorize him. I'll keep an eye on the water params and see what the changing schedule needs to be. Prolly once a week at least. The extra 10 gallon with the one fish will be dismantled and moved to 75 gallon. Now the 75 gallon will have 5 goldies and 1 koi. I will pot up some clean plants from QT and put them in unless I should wait until the parasite treatments are over? Then I will begin a prazi pro regimen for all goldfish and raise the temperatures to 80*. The 4 that are with me do flash but ich causes the same symptoms. Since they have not been treated for flukes since adding unquarantined fish that have since died... it's just time. Week 3 (end): Continue with prazi. How long should the life cycle of flukes be at 80*? Could I put the temp higher if there aren't signs of stress? My butterfly koi is only 4". By the time he is of a decent size, I should have a pond ready for him. According to http://www.fishchannel.com/setups/ponds/koi-indoors.aspx, the stocking level should be fine. Once he's about 7-9" long and not a baby anymore, he'll be good to go. I do keep track of my fish's interactions so if anyone becomes a bully, I'll know right away. I don't recommend keeping koi indoors to the average aquarium keeper. I am giving this tank a total overhaul for this purpose. This is stage 1. Next, after I get back from my 2 week internship trip, I'm going to aquascape it. More on that later
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