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  1. I just did another wc and will continue until I see improvement as you suggested. I will also add new carbon to hopefully take out any leftover medication. Did you use carbon to remove the flubendazole when you used it? P.S. For anyone interested in flubendazole, feel free to take a look at this page: http://forum.simplydiscus.com/showthread.php?30488-Flubendazole-side-effect. It seems that this medication works really well for some people but others lose a lot of fish from it...
  2. I don't have spinach but I can give them peas. I don't think it's internal though because they have good poops (chunky brown) and they have great appetite. Even now that they are sitting, if I show them the food they ran up to me and jump around like crazy.
  3. I tried to replace the amount of flubendazole I was adding. The recommended amount is 1/2 to 1/4 per 20 gallons and I was adding enough to maintain it at the lower dose (1/2 tsp for my 40 gallon tank). Is that what you were asking?
  4. Thanks, I did test the ammonia and it was 0, and I have done 75% wc every day for the past 3 days, but I will do another one today. If they were bottom sitting because of a heavy parasite load, wouldn't they also have other symptoms like scratching and twitching? Sparkle hasn't had any of that.
  5. * Ammonia Level=0 ppm * Nitrite Level=0ppm * Nitrate level<5 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8, 110, 200 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2, 35, 35 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api drops * Water temperature? 71 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallons * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? aquaclear 110 * How often do you change the water and how much? recently, 3-4 times a week, 75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday, 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size? right now 1 (4.5-5 inches) - I moved Twinkle to a 20-gallon yesterday * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? twice a day, omega pellets, peas, veggie rounds * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? yes flubendazole - started treatment last thursday, tried to remove it yesterday (added carbon and did 75% wc) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? white part on tail with red streaks * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting Twinkle was having some fluke symptoms (head twitching, flashing), so I added flubendazole. Three days later, she started bottom sitting with her fins clamped and she looked very weak. She kept getting worse. I added carbon and did large wc to remove the flubendazole but she didn't get better, so I moved her to a clean and sterilized 20-gallon tank yesterday. Sparkle was acting completely normal, until this afternoon when he started bottom sitting with his fins clamped. In the morning, he was active and happy. Also, TODAY I saw that the upper part of his tail had turned white (instead of orange) and he had some blood streaks. Could this be an effect of the medication even though I removed it (or though I removed it) yesterday? I'm really at a loss here because they were both much better before the treatment and they seem to be getting worse and worse. Edit: Here is a photo of Sparkle's tail: http://s932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/npila1/?action=view&current=DSC_2567.jpg
  6. I realize that this is a very specific question, but I just found out that I may have a carpet beetle infestation. There are lots of effective pesticides out there, but I'm worried about using them, since they are probably toxic to fish if they get into the water. Cedar blocks supposedly have a vapor that is toxic to carpet beetles but I don't know if it's also toxic to fish (?). Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone had to deal with this before and what you did to resolve it. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated!
  7. Thank you for your replies. I know the ammonia level is relatively low but my pH is around 8-8.1 and I know that ammonia is more toxic at higher pH. I have actually been using nutrafin and prime as well. I have been using a single dose of prime every 24 hours, though. The bottle says that at the single dose concentration it detoxifies 1 ppm ammonia, so I thought it would be enough. Should I be using a double dose instead?
  8. It looks like I've had a small cycle bump because for the past week my ammonia has been 0-0.25 ppm (testing it every day). My nitrites have stayed at 0 ppm though. I have fluval ammonia remover but I want to know if it will remove ammonia so fast that the good bacteria won't be able to consume any and then die - this would obviously do more harm than good. Has anyone used ammonia removers before while still maintaining their bacterial colonies?
  9. So I have thoroughly sterilized the tank (with both bleach and pp) and it looks sparkling clean! Thanks for everyone's advice. Now that the tank and all the ornaments, equipment, etc are sterilized, the only possible source of parasites will be my fish (when I transfer them from the temporary tank back to the main tank). I was thinking of doing a HP dip before adding them to the main tank and then maybe adding a dose of prazi immediately after (in the main tank) just in case there are still some adults alive on them (I'm assuming no eggs will be transferred over on them?). Does this sound like a reasonable (and effective) plan? Thanks again for all the tips so far!
  10. Update: I did the fasting and I'm feeding peas today. When I woke up in the morning I saw the same kind of small poop again all over the bottom of the tank. She seems to be doing worse. She has been sitting more and more often and for longer (she used to sit for a few seconds at a time, but now she will sit for several minutes or half an hour at a time). Could this be an internal bacterial (or parasitic) infection?
  11. Thanks, I will do that. Sparkle still has normal poop (short and chunky), but I will fast and give peas to both of them just in case. Does constipation cause bottom sitting?
  12. I took some photos - it may be hard to see but it's those small pieces all over the bottom of the tank. http://s932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/npila1/?action=view&current=DSC_2402.jpg http://s932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/npila1/?action=view&current=DSC_2396.jpg http://s932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/npila1/?action=view&current=DSC_2394.jpg
  13. To make a long story short, I have been treating for flukes for the past 1.5 year - they go away for a while and then they come back (thus the bleaching and sterilizing of the main tank in hopes of getting rid of them for good). Yes, I can fast them for a day and then give them peas. I wasn't sure if giving veggies would help with diarrhea, but I'll try that. She had diarrhea again this morning (I just woke up and saw the tiny poops everywhere).
  14. Yes I do - they were both in the main tank. I moved them to this smaller tank, so that I could bleach and pp the main tank (to get rid of persistent flukes). I'm almost done sterilizing the main tank and was planning to move them back next week. Sparkle (the other fish in the tank) is very active and behaving normally. I should have also mentioned that I saw a long thin white poop in the tank yesterday but thought it was stress poop.
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