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  1. I feed Omega One to my fish. :) There is such a difference between the small and the medium size, though! Just recently Pear has gotten big enough to eat them (so I moved him/her into the bigboy tank) and it's funny to see him suck in a pellet that's the size of his whole mouth while the larger fish will suck in two to three at a time! :rofl

  2. :rofl Fish can be quite difficult to diagnose and treat. It all comes down to a good eye and firm judgement. I used to be overly cautious about my fish's scales pine-cone-ing when I noticed that I could see the edges of them when viewed from above. :D

    As long as he continues to swim fine and you can't see any more specks I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you start to notice the specks again I'd see if you can get a good look at him under a bright light just to double check. Other wise just feed normally and give him a good once over about three times a day. :)

  3. Sometimes breeding stars can almost look raised. But if they are breeding stars they shouldn't look like if you brushed your finger on the fish they would fall off. If they appear to be like a zit or a pimple (a little hill with a white head full of what appears to be puss) it might be a bacterial infection and I'm not quite so sure on those.

    I've also found that one of my fish's anal fins were lightening and I treated with melafix, fearing it might be a sign of fin rot (which pear had, but the one with the lightening tails did not) With lots of clean water and a little bit of Melafix it has since gotten better. :)

    If you notice little pinholes where the white was, torn fins, etc. that might be finrot but it doesn't seem like that's what your fish has.

  4. I can see the white dots on the tail fins. Might they possibly be breeding stars? Those don't look like little grains of salt, which is common with ich.

    If you honestly and surely think it's ich I'm pretty sure you can mix aquarium salt with Prazi, but as Dnalex said I would hold off and just continue with the Prazi. :)

    I hope your fishies don't have ich! I just finished the battle with ich with Pear and added him/her to the main tank today. Good luck and hang in there! :heart


    By obvious you should be able to CLEARLY see the spots of ich and they should look like a little white dot has sat itself upon your fish, not like a pimple or anything below the surface. Almost like it has a piece of fuzz on it's shirt. :)

  5. :rofl :rofl :rofl

    Fang, how do you survive?! There's no way I could make it without AC! I remember one time the AC blew and it was like.. 90*F INSIDE with the fans going and the windows shut! :thud

    I could see managing it up north (in West Virginia the hottest it gets is around 90 on rare days and there's little to no humidity) but here?! :krazy:

    You are one brave/strong woman! :heart

  6. I missed a comma in there. :P He's not floaty because of his size, he's floaty because he hangs around the top and gulps air if he wants food or when I feed the fish. We call him bubba due to his large size.

    I'll leave his wen for now, but I honestly do think it's getting in the way of his life style and I just don't know if I could handle having a fish swim upside down and starve because all the food he gets sinks to the bottom... :thud

    I'll try fasting him (though if I feed peas with epsom there's no doubt in my mind all of the fish in the tank are going to end up getting some... Also.. What kind of epsom salt? Just the kind they sell for bathing in?

  7. Okay, so Oren, lovingly called Bubba, due to his shear size has become floaty. And while I know that's not too much of a problem I'm wondering if it's due to his ever growing wen. The wen is growing over his eyes, and leaves him with what looks like a very unproportional half circle of vision. Just the very tops of his eyes show, though I can see his pupil in there just fine. He's been at the top for a few days (not by choice) but before that he preferred to stay at the top so he could get food (I think he has problems seeing) Just last night and today I noticed he can swim down (if you chase him with your hand from the top) but he can't make it to the bottom, where all the peas and sinking pellets end up.

    He wouldn't eat any of the peas this morning so I hand/force fed him (He's too chicken to take food from my fingers) but he spit all but I think about half a pea out.

    [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level? 0

    [*]Nitrite Level? 0

    [*]Nitrate level? 0 (It looked very yellow.. I wonder if I've lost my cycle.. :( )

    [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.2

    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Last I checked 7.6 (but that was last winter)

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

    [*]Water temperature? ~75 (I don't have a heater and the water decides what temperature it wants to be. :rofl)

    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 50g I'm not sure how long, really but all the media was seeded from a tank that I've had since July of last year and I know that I have had a cycle (half fishless) for a few months now..

    [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? I'm not sure on the name/size of it. I know it's what I think you'd call a Wet/Dry Filter

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Every week and a half to two weeks about 75% (The test readings never get high enough that I SHOULD change the water, but I do it just to be cautious..)

    [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? a week ago-ish? 75%

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? four fish, one at about 4'', one at about 3'' and one at about 2, I think? (this is without finnage)

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra Aquasafe (I've been hoping to get to the lfs to get some Prime but I'm waiting to get Prazi in. (I've never prazi'd any of my fish and I guess it's time to do so, just to be on the safe side.)

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega-One Medium Sinking Pellets 2-3 times a day, and peas (usually about once a week)

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No

    [*]Any medications added to the tank? Melafix, I added it because Oren's pelvic fins were turning very light at the end (and Pear, in her QT tank seemed to be suffering from the signs of finrot, so I dosed his tank just to be sure.) Some of the color is returning to his fins..

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No, but he has been changing color from steel-grey blue to white. :)

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He floats at the top and will eat sinking pellets that don't fall quickly enough, but didn't want to eat peas. He will occasionally swim down, but usually ends up being turned sideways (or even upside down) from the effort.

    I know it's just floaty issues and they're easily fixed, but I don't have a QT for him, so whatever I do treat with has to be the entire tank (Unless I go ahead and add my QTing Pearlscale Pear to the tank and put him in Pear's place.)

    Mostly I think I'm just nervous about having to trim his wen near his eyes. It's clearly becoming a problem for him as I think much of the reason he was at the top of the tank (by choice) was that he wanted to be able to snatch up food before it hit the bottom, where he would have to go searching for it.

    If anyone needs pictures I'll get those. :)

  8. Well, all of the stands I have allow me to get back behind them, but I've dropped things behind dressers before, and if I can't reach anything, I'll get the broom and push/pull it out from behind the space. :rofl

  9. Just did a 100% water change and scrubbed the walls, thermometer and heater with bleach. No little offensive white.. things to be seen.

    I don't feed that much, only as the pellets say (three pellets twice a day) and Albus (the betta) seems to eat it all.. I'll just reduce it to two pellets a day (I sometimes feed him worms)

  10. Not bugs, bugs do not live in water. They are beneficial..most likely daphnia or copepods. Do you have live plants?

    I do have live plants, but I haven't added any new ones in a while, and to be quite honest the sword plant I have is not doing so well. My anubias (I think it's a nana) is growing more leaves though! :) )

    That looks just like what I just found in my tank too.

    Oh yuck! D: I feel for you, Sakura. The worst part is I couldn't even see they were there until I turned on the light that I usually use on my tropical tank. It makes me wonder what's hiding in my goldy tank! :hide:

    Those are gross :ill No offense of course...

    You know it! :thumbdown

    Ewww! I have had those too at some point! I think they are 'planaria relatives'! If you can try doing a large water change/cleaning of the tank. That should diminish the population.

    I'll do that today after class. :)

    I really do not think the little white ones are bad at all...could be planeria. It's the big red or black ones that are bad. These should die out on their own, or you are not keeping the tank clean enough, which has exploded the population. I agree with Captain, some water changes and removal should cut down the population.

    It might be that the tank is starting to grow what looks like green/brown algae (I've never had a tank grow anything other than little white wispy "Einstein hair" algae.) So the tank looks quite dirty! :rofl

  11. 30 would be fine for them. :) It's what we recommend here at Kokos, 20 for the first, 10 for every after. And with upgrading to the 55g eventually, I think you'll be fine. If you feel like one of them would be too much fish for your tank, I would hold off, though. :)

  12. I'm not really sure where to put this, as I don't know what in the WORLD they are, so if this is in the wrong spot, please feel free to move it.

    On the inside glass of my betta tank there are little white lines flecked all over the sides of the tank. At first I thought it was dust on the outside and tried to wipe it away. I looked closer and they're all over the thermometer, the glass, mostly on the front wall... I looked even closer and... They MOVE! :krazy:

    I don't know if they're harmful to the betta, but he barely seems to notice them, doesn't eat them, just goes about his business.. I'm scared to reach into the tank (they're BUG TYPE THINGS! I signed up for fish! Not crazy BUG things!) Just the thought of it is making me itchy!

    I can't see any legs or little hairs.. the just look like little white lines of dust and they scoot along the glass..


    I'll try and take a picture, though I can't say I'm sure they'd show up..

  13. If your pond filter has media in it I would get rid of it... The oil might be in the filters. I would also empty it all the way out and scrub the liners, since it seems you have a new pond, but this is all coming from someone with no experience with ponds, it's just what I'd do with a tank. :D

    I'm sure someone with a more skilled intelligence concerning ponds will come along to help you soon. :heart

  14. :o Now that would be one of the only fish foods I'd consider trying. I've drank the naked juices and they are REALLY good. :heart I especially like the mango one. :)

    I'm sure the green machine tastes fine, but I've never had it. Just make sure you don't get the fiber ones. I got one once on accident and it tasted like chalk! :blink:

    I'm half tempted to get some naked just to try it in jello form, now that you got the bright idea! :rofl

  15. The one around the corner from me looks as if it never had a fish section to begin with. :) They do sell bettas in cups, but I've only ever seen them there twice.. :unsure:

    the other one farther from me does have a fish section but the few fish they had seemed to be doing okay and they sold common "feeder" goldfish, but they weren't nearly as crammed in as the ones at the pet store are with tons of dead fish and other goldies just zooming around in packs.

    I remember when I was younger I went to a w@llyworld in WV and they had a HUGE section, rows upon rows of fish, and for what they had the fish were never too bad off. Sure there were a couple of floaters, but the only thing offensive about the section was the fishy smell and the occasional drips of water from where the employees had got a fish out of the tank. They eventually took it out, though.

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