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  1. Ok no problem, the video is horrible quality. I guess since the other fish are out of there if it gets worse I will know they weren't the cause. If it is nipping it should only get better from here on out.
  2. Ok I will check it out, and do you think the fins look like they are shredded from nipping or should I be at all concerned about treating for fin rot?
  3. The ones I have are all powder, so it sounds like I would need to pick up something else.
  4. Thank you Alex, that was my suspicion as well. He does seem to be doing better after the water change, much more active and stable so maybe consistently clean water and low stress will help him out. The sand in his tank is moon sand, will that be thin enough? Also, have you ever heard of fish recovering from SWB when it is a physical problem and not bacterial or viral? I knew he would be prone to this when I purchased him, simply based on his movement and body structure, so I am prepared to deal with it but it would be great it he could get back to swimming normally. Oh also I don't have any Metro-Meds but I do have various products by API to treat both viral and bacterial problems. Will these work and can they be paired with Melafix since I am currently treating the tank with that for the fin damage.
  5. http://s229.photobuc...nt=1411b4da.mp4 here is the link to the video. Sorry about the bad image quality, it is not great at recording. <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%2Fvid229.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee277%2Ftarynt_gryph%2F1411b4da.mp4">
  6. I am working on uploading the vid right now. He does some swimming and some sitting, pretty much what you see in it is the extent of his behavior lately.
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level * Nitrite Level * Nitrate level * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater drops * Water temperature? 75 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 Gallons running for 2.5 years or so. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Can't recall, one is tetra I believe and the other is an aquaclear. They were purchased to have 10x gph filtration in the tank but one of them was not running for a little while. * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every 2 weeks, but again it went a bit longer recently because I started a new job. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? There were two small orandas and one medium fantail, now there is only the one small oranda. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? SeaChem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One sinking pellets 1-2 times per day, with supplemental brine shrimp (though they have only had these once recently) and occasional veggie wafers (sinking). * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Melafix dose 1 starting today. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Only Melafix in the last year or so. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? His tail and pectoral fins are torn (evenly like they are split) and look like they have been nipped, however the area on his tail fin does have a light grey edge to it, unsure whether this is a sign of healing or fin rot. He did poop a few hours after the water change but it was very long and stringy, same color as his food just long and thin. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He sits at the bottom of the tank either on his belly or nose down and has a hard time swimming. The fin damage seems to have made it harder for him to maneuver since his tail is shortened. He does swim in short spurts and until recently could swim fine during feedings but would go right back to resting in the corner after foraging. Water Parameters: Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: I tested this twice and am still getting readings around 40 ppm, it is hard to tell exactly but definitely at least 40 ppm. This seems odd after such a large water change, the tap water tested between 0 and 5 ppm nitrate so I know it isn't from the tap. Ammonia: 0 ppm PH: 7.8 - 8.0 I hope this helps. He is no longer lying on his side, and when someone goes near the tank or the light goes on or off he actively forages through the sand he just cant stay buoyant. I should also specify that he was not removed from the main tank, the other fish were removed to a larger tank and he was left on his own in the main. This way I can treat and feed him however I need to without affecting the healthy fish. I thought I would mention this since there is unfortunately no way to know what the original parameters were before the water change. I sort of freaked out when I saw him having such a hard time moving and immediately rushed to change the water without even thinking about the parameters.
  8. Hi everyone, it has been a while since I have posted. I could really use some help diagnosing my oranda, Orion. I have had him for a little over a year now and he has always been a bit tilty but recently it has gotten much worse. His belly is very short and wide so I have always suspected that he was prone to constipation and swim bladder problems. He started sitting nose down in the corner at the bottom of the tank a little while back, but has always been able to swim up to get food. It seemed like he was struggling with staying level so he would just rest until dinner time. When he was eating he would always come up to the top and could compete for food against the other two in the tank. Neither of his tank mates display any symptoms of illness. This morning I walked by his tank and noticed that he was lying on his side on the sand. He seemed nearly unable to move, and his fins had been nipped. I immediately removed the other two from the tank and did a nearly full water change, adding prime of course. He is now level and trying to swim around in short bursts, but still sinking back to sit at the bottom after a couple of seconds. He is acting quite a bit better than he was a few hours ago, but I want to be sure I am doing everything I can to help him recover. I realize swim bladder, if that is the problem, can be chronic and am ready to leave the other two in the large tank if he cannot recover enough to be at a normal activity level, but I want to try to help him get back to normal and at least let his fins heal. I am also going to be treating him with melafix for the fin damage. I have not taken the tank parameters yet after the water change, but am about to and know what the correct levels are, so if I find any problems there I will correct them. I don't think it is an illness since he has been having a hard time getting around for so long without developing any other symptoms. I am certain the fin damage is from the larger of the fish that were in the tank and not fin rot. Oh also the tank he is currently in is a 30 gallon with double filtration (As in two 30 gallon filters) but I cannot remember the gph on either. I do know that I bought them for the 10x filtration so I am confident that they pump at least that. Is there anything more I can do at this point or is my best option to just give him time alone in the 30 gallon to recuperate and keep up the regular water changes? I did read somewhere that the main medication used to treat swim bladder really only targets viral or bacterial swim bladder disease, which he doesn't seem to have. But of course I am not certain that swim bladder is the problem. I have a whole arsenal of treatments and medications but don't want to just go throwing chemicals in the tank without knowing what I am trying to eliminate. I have tried giving him high fiber foods like brine shrimp and peas but it doesn't seem to help. I am planning on fasting him for a few days and then starting him back on just bits of pea. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. He is acting healthy other than the movement issues. His breathing is normal and he has no red streaks, white spots, etc. I am really hoping he will recover and this is not a permanent problem. Thank you so much in advance for your help.
  9. Thanks for the fast response Oerba! I will definitely watch it closely. It isn't enough to see but when I stick a sheet of paper in there it comes out wet. I do sort of think it is most likely that the hubby let water fall into the area and it spread. I think if it was out of direct sun in a narrow area it wouldn't evaporate as fast. Would you say if I leave it full for 24 hours and don't have any water dripping or moisture on the stand I am good to go? I am so nervous about this thing! I absolutely could not afford a new 55 gallon tank, so I am pretty desperate for this one to be safe.
  10. Update: I just thought to slide a piece of paper around the inside rim of the base and check for moisture amounts. It turns out there is some dampness even on the other side of the tank and I realized that my husband did spill a fair bit of water down the outside glass while filling it the other day. I am thinking it really may just be moisture that has been trapped since washing and filling it. Do you think a leak would have spilled over the rim of the base by now? It has been two and a half days and no water is pooling anywhere on the tank, it is only detectable if I slide a piece of paper about an inch down into the base between the glass and the plastic. How would I know if it was old water from washing or an actual leak?
  11. Hi guys, I figured this is worth checking on. I noticed a tiny bit of moisture on the outside corner of the base of the tank today. The weird thing is the gap between the glass and the plastic base is not full of water, there are no drips, and the stand is completely dry. Basically it looks like when the tank was first sealed some silicone oozed up on the plastic a bit and dried. It is now a thin flap of silicone but the seal on the inside of the tank is solid. Underneath this thin flap there was what could almost be condensation, but it is over 100 degrees outside so I can't imagine moisture staying for long enough to be noticeable. It is on the opposite corner of the tank from where we have been filling it so it can't be from drips or anything like that. I was wondering what I would need to do to seal this in case it leaking. Would it work to just seal that corner from the outside or would I have to reseal the entire inside of the tank? There isn't enough water to even drip down the side, basically just enough to put a small damp spot on a square of toilet paper and it is only noticeable if I push my finger across the silicone flap covering the damp part. If it is from a leak it is an extremely slow one. Here is an image of where the dampness was, the silicone on the outside is hard to see but it was basically on the top area of the plastic base. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Oh and if it is important, I did notice some soft mineral deposits between the tank base and the glass in this corner of the tank, which could be from rinsing it when we got it home or could be from a leak. The black arrow indicates where the moisture was found.
  12. Thanks MJ! I couldn't believe the price, I had to consciously mask my excitement when I asked them how much they wanted because I was afraid they would ask for more if they saw how much I wanted it. I just keep looking at it and imagining all the room the little ones will have to swim. ^_^ I figure it would be leaking now if it was going to, and also that the top quarter of the tank will have the least pressure on it. So in other words, if the bottom quarter is holding the weight just fine it should be safe to fill it the rest of the way. Still, I have heard that a leak that would be a slow drip at a quarter full can actually burst at completely full. Better safe than sorry I guess. Maybe I will give it until this evening to fill it all the way, that way it at least has 12 hours to leak if it is going to.
  13. Really?! Awesome because I am super impatient, lol. How long would you suggest letting it sit full to check for leaks? Is 24 hours sufficient? I Just brought it up to 75% about four hours ago, so it sat 25% full for a day, and 50% full for about a day and a half. Also, since it is currently out on the apt. patio, do you think it would be safe to move it and the stand to the bathroom to clean and rinse and all that? I can't think of a way to rinse it well while it is outside since there is no hose connection or anything, and we can't dump the water off the porch. :/
  14. I am just bumping this once in hopes of getting some advice before I take to cleaning the tank tomorrow.
  15. I am excited about trying it. ^_^ I was reluctant but when I read the success stories from others on the forum I just had to try it.
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