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  1. I am going to go ahead and merge your two threads, since they ask basically the same thing
  2. congrats on the new fishies! I'm glad you two were able to work this out
  3. Great Please salt the tank to .1% (1 tsp per gallon if you are using coarse grain aquarium salt, 3/4 tsp per gallon if you are using a fine grain salt). You can use either aquarium salt or grab some salt from the grocery store (this is cheaper), just make sure it has no additives/anti-caking agents. The Morton's canning and pickling salt is a widely available one that is safe. You will keep the tank salted to .1% for the duration of treatment (when you do a water change make sure you add back in the salt you took out. For example, if you do a 50% water change you need to add back in 50% of the salt etc.) Here's the prazi schedule: Day 1: add prazi Day 4: big water change (at least 50%) Day 5: big water change, add prazi Day 9: big water change Day 10: big water change, add prazi etc. until you have added prazi 4-6x Please keep an eye on your parameters. If you need to do a water change prior to when the schedule says to, just add back in the amount of prazi you took out with the water change. Please let us know if you have any questions
  4. 15 ppm is not too too bad, but good that you know about it. We generally recommend keeping it under 20 (5-10 is ideal). Careful with the bottled water. It typically does not contain the minerals necessary for a stable ph, and may even be low in ph. You may need to use a buffer with it. Personally, I would stick with the tap. If you're concerned about the nitrates you could always age your water and put some plants (e.g pothos) in the water to help decrease nitrates before adding the water to your tank, or just add some extra plants to the tank itself. I wouldn't recommend the quick cure. It is a harsh medication containing malachite green and formalin. I don't see any reason to use this on your fish and I think it really has the potential to do more harm than good. These meds are also a good way to kill your cycle Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. My fish didn't touch the flame moss when I had it in the Goldie tank (it's since been relocated to my betta tank). It's still a pretty coarse moss, similar in texture to Xmas moss, coarser than java moss. I think like with anything it depends on the fish I'd try it, flame moss is really pretty! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. if you'd like you can move the pleco back into the main tank (once the salt is gone) and then move the sick oranda to the QT tank after you sterilize it. Please also move the heater to the QT tank for him.
  7. I apologize for not remembering that he was still in the main tank. Please do not treat the main tank with epsom. You will need to QT him in a separate tank to treat with the epsom and also for the duration of MM treatment (we do not want to treat your other fish)
  8. great please let us know if anything changes in his behavior, particularly if he stops eating.
  9. Great goldfishconnection typically ships pretty fast so I would guess you'll get the meds by wed/thurs. There have been many cases of successful treatment of dropsy here. If we caught it soon enough he should recover well with the MMs. However, once a fish has had dropsy they tend to be more prone to dropsy again in the future, so keeping tank conditions good and stressors minimal will be important. Do you have a heater for the tank? That's okay if you don't have a scale, we can estimate the amount to feed him based on his size.
  10. The extent of the pineconing and the fact that it is occurring on both sides indicates dropsy. You are going to need to order metromeds (MMs) from goldfishconnection You will need to feed a probiotic food following the meds, so you can either get the jumpstart with the MMs or make your own gel food with probiotics. http://www.goldfishconnection.com/shop/details.php?productId=9&catId=1 Until you get the MMs I would like you to do a 100% water change (or two back to back 80-90% changes) to get all the salt out of the tank. Then dose the tank with epsom salt. Dosage is 1/4 tsp per 10 gallons. You can get this at any drug store, just make sure there are no perfumes/soaps/additives etc. Just magnesium sulfate. Do you have a kitchen scale available to you to weigh your fish?
  11. could you please post a top view pic showing both sides (pic of the whole fish from the top)? is the pineconing occurring on both sides? any bloating? do you have metro meds?
  12. On this topic, is it possible for baby brine shrimp (the kind you cultivate yourself) to carry parasites? I noticed today my lfs carries them.
  13. I did check under the couch. Nothing.
  14. they can breed but they won't look like a pearlscale lionhead mix. most would likely be standard fantails.
  15. yeah, the water quality is always good in that tank. I do a big change weekly and have lots of filtration with the nano canister. The only things that changed last week was I added the horned nerite snails (3 of them), and added a new co2 canister (it hadn't been running for a few weeks so I had just gotten around to replacing it). I have no idea!
  16. Thank you guys, I appreciate the condolences. This is like something out of the twilight zone... Didn't think I'd ever lose a fish like this!
  17. sounds very cool! I also know nothing about saltwater setups and am pretty useless here I look forward to seeing it though!
  18. thanks shawn. It's very strange.
  19. Last night when I fed him. He has been totally fine/healthy as far as I can tell. He had a little fin rot early on when one of my snails died in the tank, but that was months ago and it cleared up, otherwise he has been healthy. I don't think the cat could get in the tank and if she did I would know bc she would have knocked the lid off (it's the bookshelf tank, I just keep the one plastic clear lid on top, it has a couple cut outs in the back but that's it)
  20. No, no ornaments. Just a piece of plain driftwood, another piece with moss, two rocks with moss, and a lot of val, and some hairgrass. I took out the driftwood and moss rocks etc. just in case he got pinned under them somehow, but didn't see anything. I should check under the couch. yeah, she was inside last night so it's possible. I actually didn't feed him this morning so I hadn't looked for him all day, until I went to feed him tonight. I have no idea how long he's been missing for I fed him last night
  21. I did a big water change, took out all the rocks/driftwood from the tank, combed through all the plants, looked in the filter, checked the floor and behind the bookshelf. I cannot find even a remnant of him anywhere! Either I am missing him completely, or maybe he got eaten by my cat if he did manage to get out of the tank!? this is the weirdest thing ever. I even checked with bf in case he had scooped him out without telling me, no dice. It looks like my little campy is a goner! how weird.
  22. no, I haven't opened up the filter yet. It is a nano canister filter though, so I just can't imagine him getting in there, but I guess I should check. This is so bizarre.
  23. So, I just went to feed my betta and I can't find him anywhere! My tank is pretty heavily planted so I did my best to go through all the plants, I lifted up the driftwood, looked on the filter intake.... he is just gone! Is this possible!? I keep a lid on the tank, it has a couple small holes in the back for filters etc. but he would have to be really talented to jump out one of those. what the heck. Apart from ripping the whole tank apart I'm not sure what to do. He hasn't seemed ill or anything. Would the snails eat him if he had passed!?
  24. yep, he is getting blood worms a few times a week, spinach, repashy gel food, and lots of progold. I am excited to see what kind of growth I can get!
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