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  1. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level: 0ppm * Nitrite Level: 0ppm * Nitrate level 10ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph: 6.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 78F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallons has been running for about 9 months. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra whisper EX 20. * How often do you change the water and how much? About 25% once a week. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days ago, about 25%. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 13 Cardinal/neon tetras. Range from 1-2 inches. 5 amano shrimps, 1-2 inches long. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I used Stress coat as my tap water conditioner. * What do you feed your fish and how often? I feed them tropical fish flakes about 4 days a week, frozen blood worms once a week, shrimp pellets once a week, and 1 fasting day. * Any new fish added to the tank? I added 3 neon tetra in about 2 weeks ago. * 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. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? I saw some sort of white specs on my cardinal tetras. The neons seem to not show any specs. There are 3 cardinals who have alot of specs on their body and are light in color. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No, they are all eating and behaving normally.
  2. I took a look at my cardinal tetras today and noticed that most of them have several yellowish/white specs all over their body. About 2 of them even look a bit pale. I think that it is possible that the yellow lighting from the hood is misleading my assumption but there is some sort of specs on my fish and I even notice some floating in the water. They seemed to be perfectly normal yesterday. Could this have happened overnight? Can this be ich?
  3. It dosent have any spots on it. It used to when I first had it but overtime, it lost them. I'm guessing through molting.
  4. When I bought this guy, he looked just like a Amano shrimp in which he was darker and had the spots. I have had him for more than a year now, hes gotten way bigger( about 2-3 inches) and has gotten alot lighter. It seems to me that hes looking more and more like some other species of shrimp. Can anyone classify this as a Amano shrimp?
  5. There are 10 cardinals/neon tetras in my tank. The one that the Amano's preyed on happened to be the biggest and most active neon. I can come up with an explanation for why this happened. It seems really healthy.
  6. I went out to look at my tank before only to find 3 amano shrimps attacking and trying to eat my Neon tetra. I purchased the neon tetra 3 days ago and it was a big and strong fish( even chasing after the other cardinals in the tank). I saw the amanos attacking and quickly stuck my fish net inside to break it up and after it, the neon swam up to the side and stuck himself into a ledge between my fish tank and a confinement box holding my Betta. After that, I still see one of my amanos trying to go after it. So did I finally find the answer to my fish mysteriously disappearing case?
  7. I do have a small internal filter which is powered by a 10 gallon air pump. I can use that as the filter with the new plan. Also, is is possible to put in Ech. uruguayensis? There are several sources that say that this plant is smaller than all the other Amazons.
  8. Yea I have a LED light for my tank. It does not pack too much power but its enough to make my anubias nana propagate. Wouldnt a amazon sword be too big?
  9. There are many people who suggest doing so, and since my Betta's tail is getting harmed because of the baffler on my filter, I am deciding to give it a shot. As of now, I have 2 Bettas, one in each divided side of my 5.5 gallon tank. There are also 6 bunches of Anubias Nana. What kind of plants do you suggest? and how much plants should I get?
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    Betta fin rot

    BTW, I noticed how my Anubias Nana in my 5.5 gallon can not handle the aquarium salt. It seems like every time that i add the aquarium salt, the next day, the color pigment on some leaves would start to turn yellow and it eventually decays....
  11. us4298

    Betta fin rot

    For the filter baffler, I can get an image on how a sponge or filter floss would work? Wouldn't it stop the output? Would it cause water trickling? (The sound of water trickling kinda bothers me.....) As for the plastic plants, I have had those in the tank for more than a year with that same Betta in there and it has never damaged his tail. My Betta seems to only be missing chunks off his tail but I do notice that towards the lower tail, there seems to be tiny pieces wedging off... I don't know if this is a sign of Fin rot or not. The PH is stable, I keep a few sea shells in the tank as a buffer and it has not let me down so far. For the 10 gallon, there are 11 Cardinals/neon Tetras in there and 1 Platy. I know it seems a bit overstocked but I have extra filtration and a semi densely planted tank.(Off course with alot of open space for the fish to swim.)
  12. us4298

    Betta fin rot

    The ammonia and nitrite reading is 0, the ph is at 6.8. As of now, I placed the betta inside a confinement thing that I made and it is in my 10 gallon. The reason I did this is because the heater on my 5 gallon BARELY WORKS! I set it at 86 degrees K and it will only go up to 72, while my hetaer in the 10 gallon works great. As for the 5.5 gallon, there is a castle, 5 Anubias Nana's, and 2 plastic plants. I change the water once a week about 30% of the water. And as of the filter, I have a aqueon 10 filter and the water flow is way too much for the betta to handle. I tried to use styrofoam to baffle it but no sucess.
  13. us4298

    Betta fin rot

    I have a Betta in my 5.5 gallon fish tank and I noticed a while ago that there was a chunk missing from his tail. At first I assumed that he bit it himself but I later discovered that more pieces of his tail was missing and it was sections which would be impossible for him to bite. I am now thinking that it was my filter baffler(plastic water bottle) which did this. Maybe he rubbed off on the side and it scratched off his tail? What should I do to aid my Betta in healing his tail?
  14. I have 2 betta's in a 5.5 gallon tank with a divider separating the 2. Today when doing a water change when I was going to refill a bucket of water, the divider kind of fell over and one of the bettas swam over to the other betta's side and they started fighting. Now they are both missing parts of their tail. What can I do to help repair/regrow it?
  15. What form? Do you mean the "test results for the following"?
  16. I have had about 4 cardinal tetras mysteriously disappear. First, I would buy lets say about 7 and after the first or second week, I would be down to 6. I would just think that maybe one of them died but I have never found a dead body except for this one time when I had a cardinal with a deformed body die only to find my Amano Shrimp eat have of the fish's body. Could it be the Amano's doing this? *Ammonia, Nitrite Levels: 0ppm (API) *Ph: 6.0 (API) *Water temperature: 82 degrees F *Tank size: 10 gallons *Filter: Tetra whisper EX20 *Water change about once a week, about 30 percent oft he water is changed and replaced with stress coat added. *As of now, there are 11 cardinals( 1 went missing) and there are 2 amano shrimps *About a pinch of flakes are given everyday with an occasion shrimp pellet given every other day to the shrimps.
  17. Well it is a 10 gallon tank with a Tetra EX 20, so thats more than enough filtration. Other than the cardinals, there are only 2 Amano Shrimps.
  18. I have had about 4 cardinal tetras mysteriously disappear. First, I would buy lets say about 7 and after the first or second week, I would be down to 6. I would just think that maybe one of them died but I have never found a dead body except for this one time when I had a cardinal with a deformed body die only to find my Amano Shrimp eat have of the fish's body. Could it be the Amano's doing this?
  19. That is very coincidental since I've been doing that with all my plants for a while. I use plastic canvas's and tie the rhizomes down onto them. I tried to do that with this bunch of java fern but there is no horizontal rhizome so i have no way of attaching it onto the plastic canvas.
  20. Thanks for the advice guys, I will try to add my Betta next week =)
  21. I recently purchased some Java Fern online but when it shipped here, I found that the rhizome on the plant was a bit off. Instead of being in a horizontal position, ti was in a vertical position, almost completely blending in with the vertical stems of the plant. Because of this, I could not attach it to anything so it would be anchored down so I kinda buried a little portion of the plant in gravel. It is not buried with a thick layer of gravel, the the plant still kinda sticks out, so I was wondering if this would be fine? or will the plant rot because of this?
  22. O, sounds great. One last concern that i have is whether or not I can have the 12 cardinals, 2 amanos and the betta in the 10 gallon with only the whisper Ex filter and many plants? Would the filtration be enough to support all of these fishes or should I move my gallon filter from my 5.5gallon betta tank into the 10 gallon tank?
  23. Thanks for the answers guys. But should I worry that the Cardinals would nip on my Betta's tail? All the cardinals do seem to have some chunks missing form their own tails and they are rumored to be tail nippers.
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