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  1. Thank! Yes, we will do that and check back tomorrow. Thanks for the help!
  2. Here we go: They aren't the best quality But you can see the set up. The white is the female, Luna and the black is the male, Winston (for Jameis Winston per my boyfriends request)
  3. Calamity, We do have a bubble wand in the tank to aerate further - I'm sure over time it will assist. As of now there is very little decay in the tank being that these fish are the first inhabitants. I'm reading into your suggesting on the buffer right now. It seems a good option at the moment. I didn't list a kh value. Unfortunately, the kit I have does not test that. I will see if I can get that number for you. Tap water pH is 7.4 and I did just retest the tank water and it comes out 8.0 now - an improvement from earlier today.
  4. It was several website pages ago - I'll go back to see if I can find it again. I never had any issue using driftwood though in community based tanks before so I would have to agree with you. But I always like to look into something if it's brought up so I thought I may as well verify. Lol your brother must enjoy a good teasing I take it! Hm, I had a photobucket account before... I look and see if I can get back in
  5. Sorry I meant "mikey" - autocorrect always gets me. I'm not sure how to post a photo using my phone? I would be happy to with instruction!
  6. Miley, that's what I thought. What would you suggest to bring the pH down? I'm reading into drift wood but it's indicating that tannins will harm them? It also seems the cappata leaves (Indian almond leaves) seem to be highly suggested, but I'm not seeing much information on HOW to use it. I'm not entirely sure what happens when the water ages. We've just moved to this area and I've only just started testing the water. I will keep an eye out. We are doing a 50% WC tomorrow to reduce ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. Unfortunately no cycled material available. A fish store offered but I saw some ich in some tanks and declined.
  7. Hi! Thank you and thanks for getting back to us ???? We're using the API freshwater master test kit
  8. Hi guys, It's been quite a while since I have been on here and since I've had a tank but my boyfriend has talked me into getting one up and going and we decided to have a try at angelfish. The tank is a 40 gallon breeder and we have two angelfish (they will be the only fish in this tank) and as it turns out they are a mated pair. We brought them home this AM and by this evening we had a nice batch of eggs. They don't appear to have a noticeable dot indicating that they are viable, however. Water parameters are 0.25 ppm for ammonia, just between 0.25 ppm-0.50 ppm for nitrite and 10 ppm for nitrate. A water change is in store for tomorrow AM to bring those numbers down. My main concern is the pH - it reads 8.8 on the high range pH for the test kit. I've check twice to be sure. I'm not familiar with angels and while I've done my research into them before purchasing I've gotten several different answers on this topic. What is the most acceptable pH for angelfish? I know they can be flexible and resilient but this may shorten lifespan and health. And what are the most ideal options to reduce my pH should I need to lower it? We've moved from where I used to live when I had a tank and have never had this issue with my water quality. Thanks in advance for any advice you have.
  9. Thanks! We are still doing well. Today is day 5 of treatment and it's still steady improvement. I think we're sort of at a plateau after his scales and bloating came down. He is still soft, but I think (hopefully its not wishful thinking!) he is slightly firmer than before. He is not floating now with the MM's and a pea everyday. I think I will go ahead and order some Progold since that is one food I have not tried yet. Maybe Pacha won't float on that once his treatment is over. Does anyone know Rick's number? I've lost it...again.
  10. Its really remarkable that he improved so much. Im seriously wondering if the addition of the prazi and the higher than normal temperature is what maybe made a difference. But! You must give yourself significant credit as well! You recommended the majority of his treatment plan so YOU are a big part of his success Just sayin'
  11. Quite frankly, I have no idea if he had a soft belly before or after. I'd like to hope it was before if that's the case. I'll follow the treatment plan you have suggested accordingly. Here's today's photos: Its a huge improvement. Even the lifted scales under his chin are pretty much gone. The bloating subsided as of today as well. He's still soft but it's looking up for sure.
  12. I want to say it wasn't injury, although it is possible. Now that you said that though...the fact that there is a soft belly would typically be indicative of infection right? I began notice a slight tilt to his/her swimming...probably 1 month ago. A certain type of food would resolve it for a few days, then it would come back so I'd try something else and the cycle would repeat. As you said though, all I can do is treat what we see and go from there. Thanks again for all your help
  13. After keeping a close eye of Pacha this evening it looks like I actually have a good shot at winning this after all. The lifted scales are practically gone, which I find very odd, but I am grateful for nonetheless. There is still some bloating and he is still soft in the belly though. I'm thinking he'll stay in QT at least a couple weeks. I'll probably carry out another couple days of epsom salt and will definitely follow through with the prazi rounds. Should I be doing 3 or 4 rounds? I know the first time I did 5 or 6 but that wasn't too long ago so I figure I don't need quite as many. I will follow through with whatever instruction I am given though. Tonight also brought up the question of long term goals. Now that I am aware that this is a very sensitive fish how can I resolve this once and for all? I've tried everything under the sun that I could think of to get rid of this swim bladder problem and somewhere along the line the dropsy was a result of that. Whether this was bacterial, parasitic, genetic etc is what I want to know. Are there any successes with a swim bladder disorder and dropsy combination? I'll update his photos tomorrow after his W/C.
  14. Good news! The scales have gone down tremendously as of this afternoon. Not perfect, but significantly better. To be honest, I'm not sure of his weight. I don't have a scale on hand but I can look into one. I'll do a water change here shortly.
  15. Ok, getting around to the chart....Please, keep in mind the parameters will be for the QT tub. However, I will also include the main tank in parentheses just in case. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 ppm (0 ppm, main) * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 ppm (0 ppm, main) * Nitrate level (Tank) 0 ppm (10 ppm, main) * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0-0.25 ppm? * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 8.20 (I believe my pH is slightly high however is it very consistent) * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 8.20 (The kH value as reported by the St Petersburg Department of Water Utilities is 132-217 ppm Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Test Kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s) 2 Tetra Whispers EX45 with flow rate of 240 gph (total of 480 gph) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * Water temperature? 75 F * How often do you change the water and how much? 90% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?Saturday (5 days ago) 90% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallons, running 9 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish, about 3 in * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy, Thera A formula and peas, 1x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) Pacha has been experiencing SBD for a few weeks. Ive been trying to resolve it with different foods, lowering the water. Nothing helped. He angles with his head downwards and butt upwards most of the time and after eating is typically completely upside down. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nothing as of yesterday, but today was fully pineconed and bloated. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Some bottom sitting after the floats are over but nothing extensive. After he gets over the floating he regains movement and will always eat again, only to float again. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.go. Only salt and prazi when he was first introduced to the tank months ago * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Pacha is in QT now. It is a 10 gallon tank (I chose to use the tank instead of a tub to have more visibility from the sides since he is dropsied) with a bubbler and heater. As Helen suggested he is being medicated with both, Prazi and epsom salt at the recommended doses. I've also gone out on a limb and raised the temperature to 80 F, which is slightly higher than generally suggested. I lost the last fish with dropsy at 78 F, so maybe the warmer temperature will aid healing better. Interestingly enough, he is not lethargic or clamping considering how swollen he was. So this is a good sign and I'll keep monitoring him. I have never used MM's before, so can anyone tell me the recommended dosage and the frequency with which to feed? He has only had 3 pellets so far and a pea with a granule of epsom.
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