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  1. You know Ryukin Girl, you ARE being rude no matter what you think you are trying to be. You have no idea how busy I am lately and I am working on this! I am forsaking my future to save this little guy so I don't need you to tell me what I need and don't need to be doing. I came for help, not for you to be telling me whether I should keep fish or not. I really do not appreciate your attitude at all. I don't have the funds at the moment so I am making do on what I can. I'd appreciate it if you could be a bit more patient. I am not new to fish keeping.

    That's not the best way to do a water change. If you take some water out then add more water back in, you aren't getting nearly enough new water in the tank.

    Also, if you don't have accurate test kits, you really shouldn't be keeping fish. Water is their entire universe, and it's our job as the people who bought them and brought them into our homes to make sure the water is in the best possible state at all times.

    Also, not to be mean, but it literally takes 10mins to test your water at the most. And you can do it while sitting down. Being "pooped" is not really a valid excuse for not testing the water. Especially since we have asked for test results from the very beginning.

  2. The big tank....I changed probably about 50% of the water. Hard to tell as I take out a little and add some, then take out a little and then add some...I do that like 3-4 times.

    I am pooped at the moment from running up and down 3 levels of the house. Will test it later. I'm sure it is fine. My testing kit is old anyway so who knows how accurate it is.

    Hi, I am glad that you have worked out the situations with the tanks, overstocking, etc. So I won't add my little spiel to the long list of others.

    However, we still REALLY NEED TEST RESULTS for your water chemistry.

    What no one has mentioned is that adding anything (including salt) to water that is not balanced is not safe.

    PLEASE test your water.

    Also, when you say you changed "some water" do you mean that you changed 50% of the water? Less, more?

  3. I'm working on that separate tank thing! Full weekend...will soak the tank tomorrow after my appointment and test it for leaks. Then I gotta haul water upstairs. :( At least I'll get my exercise! LOL I know salt does do wonders, but it just dawned on me last night that it would sting LOL Duh! I don't know why it took so long for me to realize that! After he heals I need to do some reshuffling of living quarters as well as get the rest of those cichlids up to 2" and sell them.

  4. LOL funny about the H-word :) Guess you will have to say H-E-double hockey sticks LMAO!!!

    When I first found him there was no hole! Just swollen, kinda splotchy red and a droopy lip. Since I have put the divider into the tank, this is how it has healed! I'm thinking it may not close all the way, which is why I posted here...hoping that against all hopes that you guys would say it would grow in :( At least he is still able to eat. Probably not with as good of suction as before though, but being able to eat will help!

    I had a thought last night....ya'll said put salt into the tank...well...wouldn't that sting on an open wound, if it is still open and not healed over into a hole like the pics show? I plan on putting some Melafix into the water soon as I get this tank cleaned out. I guess I could put some into the main tank also.

    Ouch, that looks painful. I'm not sure if the hole will close up completely or if the damaged tissue will simply heal and leave the hole in the middle. I once got a fish from a petstore that had a similar injury, but it already was healed up. The missing part hadn't grown back though and so you could always see his bottom lip like that.

    In your case, the other fish literally bit a piece out of your fish :( And it worries me how close they got to his eye too; lucky he still has it.. That poor thing went through h ell in your tank :(

    EDIT: Really?? "h ell" without a space is banned from the vocabulary of this forum??? I guess we won't have any religious conversations on here then LMAO!

  5. I wouldn't say on rare occasions. I've had them in the past and they all jump! Especially when they know food is coming!

    Changed some more of the water tonight so testing probably won't reflect what it was. The last time I changed it was probably about a month ago.

    I did find this about them: "White Clouds have been known to jump out on rare occasions" from Wikipedia. I guess a cover is especially important with them.

    Regardless, \you really need to test your water, especially with the amount of fish and how infrequently you change your water.

  6. This one isn't so bad to see the hole. It wasn't open when I first saw that he was injured, just puffy and red:


    Kinda hard to see in this pic...area is all blurry:


    Tried to tweak the contrast on this pic to see better, but it doesn't look like it worked:


    This is probably the best image. You can see is bottom lip through the hole in this pic:


  7. Clown Loach

    I would definitely rehome them. Recently I was pondering about getting some for my own tropical tank until I found out that these buggers grow to be 12-16 inches !!!! and need a minimum of 50 gallons :o Bugs me cause I really wanted some.

    I only got them to control the Malasian snail colony that has decided to settle in my tank. If and when they get too big I will find them a new home.

    Betta Splendens

    I don't know who told you that you can keep more than one in a tank because splendens are more peaceful, as this is untrue. There is a reason why even Betta Splendens are sold in single bowls at petstores and not all together in a tank. They aren't called "Siamese Fighting Fish" for no reason :(

    I suppose you have been lucky so far or they really are too confused over all the fish.

    They also do require a much lower pH than goldfish. 5.5 - 7.0 while goldfish should have at least 7.5.

    See previous post.

    White Cloud Minnows

    Should normally be kept in schools of at least 6, but I think it won't hurt them to be only 5. They grow to 2 inches in length and should be fine in the 29 gallon tank.

    See previous post.

    Cory Cat

    Prefer to be kept in schools of at least 6, but many keep only 1 or 2. Growing to 2.5 inches they might be fine as well.

    See previous post.

    Marisa Snail

    I can't really find much info about them online, but it seems they are some sort of apple snail. Apple snails grow to 2 inches and should have 2.5 gallons each as they are little poop machines. So the five you got need almost half of your tank by themselves.

    Yes, they are apple snails. I didn't have 5 before...they had babies.

    Nerite Snail

    Supposedly does not exceed 1 inch. I do not know how many you have though.

    Me either. Some of them was snacked on by the loaches if they weren't able to right themselves so not sure how many are left...I see a big one and two little ones, I think.

    And if this 10 gallon tank is not water proof, for a few bucks you can get aquarium sealant at petstores :) You can seal little leaks with it and it won't harm the fish if you let the silicone cure long enough.

    Have some, hopefully it is still good! Just gotta scrub the tank and test it.

    It is my understanding that fish will only jump out if the water is particularly horrible...sounds like it is time to test your water.

    Actually, no. Some fish are known jumpers and these are one of them.

  8. Too hard to type a long response on a phone, but just wanted to say it is not Betta splendans that I have, it's Betta simplex, different species. The kind you find at the pet store are splendans, which do fight and have to be kept apart.

    The other schooling fish...I had more. Not with the crowd I have now, but I had a massive Cory die off. Had 9 White Clouds, but I accidentally did not cover up the tank well and they committed suicide so I am down to 9. :(

  9. I think if you were to move the injured fantail into a qt tank with good clean salted water in time it should heal up :)

    Ok good I don't want him to live with a hole in his face! Did a small water change prior to leaving this am. Will suck out more tonight. I have a 10 gallon tank upstairs that I used for my lizard that I will test out the seals on while I clean it. Hopefully it is still water tight as it was told to me when I bought it (used). I can keep him upstairs...colder room, which ought to be fine. Just gotta find that new spong filter I bought awhile ago since my other filters will suck his fins in :S Wish me luck on finding the filter and that the tank is waterproof!

  10. Amy: Tried to get a pic of it, but he is camera shy about that side of him! Won't even let me look at it! When he sees that I am looking he turns away! LOL


    I did't plan on keeping the cichlids. They were too small to give away/sell at the time so I was basically just raising them till they were big enough. I guess that time has come!

    The Bettas don't look stressed actually. They seem to lose their color when they are and they are actually looking more beautiful! Go figure. They're the mouth brooding types, not the same as the ones sold in pet stores. You can actually keep males together with this kind. Got them at an auction...there are 1 female and 4 males. Unfortunately, I did not have a choice regarding choosing the ratio! They hide really well even before the cichlids came along! I give them a lot of caves to hide in.

    And yes, I know they swim in their own feces. If you were taking 17 credits you'd understand too. Semester is almost over and soon as I can squeeze out a spare moment I am doing a few water changes! I don't really have space for more tanks or else I would get more. It's a very small house and we're crowded as it is.

  11. He's been in his current situation for a few days now. The butterfly tail leaves him alone. I'd have to see what containers I have around...those cichlids just had babies so my 5 gal back up is being used :\

    I know what it is like to get a sick fish when you are so busy. :hug

    Do you have any way to pick up a rubbermaid container and an extra filter? In a pinch that would do to isolate him. That way you could treat him with salt and maybe some melafix to help heal that wound.

    But whatever you do you need to keep his water very clean and especially keep the other fish away from him as they might be tempted to pick on a fish who is ill. :(

  12. Testing will have to wait...I have a quiz tomorrow and I have a full day tomorrow too :(

    No he's not in a quarantine tank...I have a tank divider so I just stuck that in and sectioned him off from the rest. He's hanging out w/ the butterfly tail. He hasn't gotten the antibiotic food for long...just a few days as I remembered I had it, but don't know how effective it is since it is quite old. :(

    It looks like it is healing, just a very big hole. :\ Can't add salt to the tank b/c of the inverts.

    The Bettas are Betta splendans, very peaceful actually! Heater is broken, that's why the temps are so low. Tropical seems to be doing ok w/ the low temps surprisingly! I've had them get along with goldfish before, even cichlids, which is why when I was told these guys were ok that I expected them to be! <sigh> Doubt there will be any wars if it happens. I will just have missing fish!

    Thanks for answering those questions. If you could test the water where the injured fantail is that would really help.

    Is he now in a qt tank? If so how many gallons is that?

    How long has he been taking antibiotic food?

    What he needs now is very clean water so his injury doesn't get infected. You might want to add some aquarium salt to his water, the dosage is 1 teaspoon for every gallon of water. I would start with that until a mod stops by. :)

    If I were you I would remove the other goldfish from the main tank too. Goldfish and tropicals don't mix well.

    How long have you had the cichlids in with all of the other fish? I'm very worried that you will have other injuries in the future. Cichlids of any sort are very aggressive and so are bettas. I would worry that eventually you might just have a war in your tank. :(

  13. [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level?

    Don't know, have to test.

    [*]Nitrite Level?

    Don't know, have to test.

    [*]Nitrate level?

    Don't know, have to test.

    [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

    Don't know, have to test.

    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

    Don't know, have to test.

    [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

    It's drops, forget the name of it.

    [*]Water temperature?


    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

    29 gal, since 2001

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)?

    AquaClear 150

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much?

    Lately, not very often. Have been too busy and it is due.

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size?

    13 cichlids (up to 2")

    2 clown loaches (2")

    1 clown pleco (2.5")

    5 bettas (1.5")

    2 goldfish (2.5-3")

    5 pygmy cories (.5")

    2 cories (1")

    5 white clouds (1")

    5 marisa snails (up to 2")

    various Nerite snails

    I know...it's overpopulated! :)

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?

    Just dechlorinator

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often?

    Flake food, sometimes frozen. They are fed once a day max.

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank?

    Not lately

    [*]Any medications added to the tank?

    Giving antibiotic food to fantail

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

    Red spots on face of injured area, which are now gone.

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?


  14. My fantail is about 3" long. This past spring, I was given 13 Red Tip Honduran Cichlids and was told they were peaceful in a community tank. Well they are about 2" long now and they beat up my big guy :( He had a fat right lip for awhile and it is all droopy. I separated him and the redness has subsided, but now there is a gigantic hole above that right lip! I can see his lower lip moving through it! What do I do?! What CAN I do?! Will it heal?

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