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  1. Ok. I will try to get it tomorrow and let you know asap. I will do salt and Prazi tonight and then keep you posted about what I can find tomorrow. If I can get a hold of it I will get a quarantine tank up and running tomorrow night as soon as I'm off work so we can get the Maracyn-Two started. Thanks!!! I've been SO worried about her all night.
  2. - no salt in the QT. The Maracyn takes the place of salt. - add Maracyn only in the amount that you are told to add for the first day, and then when you've done the 100% WCs, add the same amount again on day 3. - yes, 27 level teaspoons salt for the main tank. Ok. That is a lot of salt! Would it be ok to Prazi and salt the main tank tonight with them both in there and then wait to move her until I see if I can get more Maracyn-Two? I am not sure I can get it tomorrow (I will run by the petstore but its not something they always keep in stock) and don't want to start that and not get a full dose in. I realize that might screw up the Prazi if I move her to the quarantine, but is that doable?
  3. So--I looked in the Maracyn 2 box and I only have two packets (which according to the back of the box isn't enough for a full dose--2 first day, one packet per day for days 2-5). I can start the dose and try to find some more at PetSmart tomorrow. I want to make sure I get everything straight: For the quarantine tank--I use 10 gallons of Primed water and put just a bubbler in (no filter). To salt to 0.1% in a ten gallon tank, I add 1 tsp of salt (dissolve in hot water and let cool and pour in right?). I use Prazi (per dose instructions) and add one packet of Maracyn 2 tonight For the main tank: I did a water change today at 80% (is that good enough?), add salt and Prazi (how much salt--27 tsps?). Wait one week--do as big of a water change as I can and repeat adding salt and Prazi.
  4. So...just put an airstone in the quarantine tank? No filter? I should probably use tank water to fill the quarantine tank? How much salt and Prazi do I use for each tank?
  5. I think if you can, remove her to the 10 and do Maracyn 2 and prazi, while the main tank gets 0.1% salt and prazi. Change the QT water completely every 2 days, and Prime every day. The Maracyn should be about 6-10 days, while prazi should be as before. Any chance we could start with Prazi and salt in the main tank and see if it helps? I've never set up a quarantine tank...will the Maracyn 2 kill my small filter's cycle? Also how much salt do I use to get it to 0.1%? (Surely not 27 tsps?) What is the schedule for the Prazi?
  6. I soak all their food before we give it to them. And the bridge has been removed since last night.
  7. I think my water is ok now. Did an 80% change this morning and they both seem ok. City's website finally gave the all clear. So I have water. Prazi would be ok for Atlas too right? I could try that and then if we need to get some Maracyn I could move just her to the 10 gallon? (Maracyn is different than Maracyn 2 right?)
  8. She almost looks like she is having trouble breathing a little too, like her gills are irritated.
  9. Should I leave her in the main tank? Salt won't hurt Atlas right? I think the only medicine we have at the moment is the PraziPro (might some Maracyn 2 leftover somewhere) and canning salt. For the salt to 0.1%, how many tsps should I dissolve and add? I can set up my old ten gallon and take one of the filters off the main tank if necessary but would rather avoid doing that...
  10. She is still bottom sitting pretty bad. She responds when I go over to the tank but its obvious that something is wrong. Since we just changed almost all the water, should I try a Prazi dose and see if that helps? Do I just follow the directions on the bottle? (My tank is 27 gallons.) Do I need to add salt too? I think the water is ok because Atlas seems to be perfectly fine too, so I can do more water changes as necessary.
  11. We have three other sponges in the filters still. It was on schedule to change one out anyway. I'll test water tomorrow to make sure there's no bump but I haven't had a bump from doing that in a long time.
  12. Morning/afternoon everyone. Gave in and did a water change this afternoon because she was still just hanging out at the bottom and while I did see some green poo, it wasn't much. I did some research into the chemical and I think its at low enough levels or gone, so hopefully I am right. We did a 80% water change and cleaned off the ornaments, scraped the sides, and replaced one of the filter sponges to try to help. Left some ornaments out too. Atlas seems much happier, but Pbody is still bottom sitting and pretty lethargic. She only moves every now and then to go to the surface and gulp a bubble or two. I am hoping the cleaner water will help but I guess I will find out tonight after work. She seems to be a little tilty and off balance (could still be constipated I guess?). What should we do next? Also, I found Prazi, so we still have that if that might help. I also have salt.
  13. That might be a possibility. Going to see if I can get any info on this (water being ok or not) tomorrow. We could also maybe use our filtered drinking water as an extra precaution. Its testing below levels safe for humans but we don't breathe water. Lol. I wonder if Prime kills weird chemicals...
  14. I hope so too! I will see if we can find some extra airline sitting around. Would sealing it work too? Just curious. It has probably been over a year since they had Prazi ( I believe we got them around November 2012. Moved them into the new tank in April 2013...so it would have been in November 2012 I think.) What would a maintenance does entail? What water change schedule would you recommend? I am hoping to get more details on the water situation when I talk to my geologist friend (who has water testing access) Thursday morning. I just would rather be safe than sorry with it.
  15. Ok...here is a video of the ornaments. Took them out for the time being. Any suggestions on a way to put the bridge back in safely? Josh thought maybe we can fill it with sand and then use aquarium sealant to plug the holes. I thought it would be ok since it had airholes in the top too to allow circulation but I guess its not ok. And here is a closer up video of her in case that helps. Got P-body to eat some peas and a couple pellets of normal food. Fed her separately in the breeder box so we could watch her and makes sure she got a decent amount of peas. Fed her 2-3 peas cut up in tiny pieces. Since we took the ornaments out they have both been swimming around. They both seem perkier but it could just be the food. I'll post an update tomorrow and watch for green poo!
  16. Hey! She has been eating pretty normally and still gets really excited over food. They are kinda hollow. I'll take a video showing them up close so you can see what you think. She did start doing it after we put those in I guess. Most of the poop I have seen has been normal but Pbody has had a few that are clearish and stringy (look like empty casts) with a few bubbles inside. Haven't given her the peas yet. Josh just got home to help me out so we are gonna feed them and see if I can get some better photos/video. He just took the bridge and tiki head out in case they were causing the problem. He didn't test the water before the change Friday--it was a last minute thing in preparation for the crazy chemical spill heading our way. Glad he got one in when he did at least! I'll post more soon.
  17. They don't have carbon in them. We just use extra sponges to fill in instead of the carbon. You're right though that they are Aquaclear filters. I can try to get a better video but all I have to use is my phone so the quality will probably not be much better. I'll see if I can get her into the breeder box later while we feed her peas and post if that works. Why do you think she's bottom sitting?
  18. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 40-50 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) Can't test tap at the moment-water has a chemical in it that started in WV and moved this way (will test as soon as its deemed safe to--hopefully less than a week away.) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.3 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drop Kit * Water temperature? 76.1 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 27 gallons (They have been in new tank since April 2013) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon 50 and Aqueon 70 both running all the time * How often do you change the water and how much? We do at least 2 50-60% water changes per month and several smaller ones if needed in between. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1/17/14 (last Friday), About 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish-1 fancy (orange-Atlas), 1 black moor (black-Pbody) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Once a night (Repashy Solient green cube (several times a week), Hikari Fancy Goldfish Sinking pellets (2 pinches-soaked before put into the tank) * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Both fish were quarantined when we first got them and I did a full round of Prazi on them. Salt has been used too but its been a while and I don't remember why. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nope * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The black moor is acting very lethargic, possibly bottom sitting. Her poop is also stringy and kind of bubbly. Hi! Its been a while since I've had to post. I think my black moor (Pbody--guessed that she is a "she"--not sure) is having troubles. She has been bottom sitting (I think--video below to show her behavior so you can confirm that is what it is) and just acting rather lethargic. When she does swim around, she tends to "eat bubbles" or swim to the top and get some "air" and go to the bottom until the bubble comes out and then goes back for more. (This is in one of the videos.) As soon as I decided to post, she is swimming around like crazy though. She will have days when she is fine and then go back to sitting for a day or two and so on. I think it might be food-related. She seems to be able to swim just fine though, so maybe it is constipation? I'm going to try feeding her some peas tonight and see if that helps. Just want to know if there is anything else I can and should be doing to help her out. Atlas (orange fancy) seems to be fine and swims around like normal. He does seem to miss his swimming buddy when she is sitting on the bottom all day though. The only other thing that is new is that we added a bridge and tiki ornament to give them some where to hide after Christmas. They both loved it and I think it gives Pbody a safe place to get out of the current for a bit if she wants, but wondering if that is what is leading to her sitting periods. I really want to do a water change to get my nitrates down but can't until the water is given the ok (hopefully just a couple more days). I don't want to expose them to some weird chemical. Videos are below. Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you need anything else. Thanks! *Holly and Josh* My Setup What she is doing (of course she started moving when I tried to video her...) Another one (stayed farther back this time)
  19. I love the way that tank looks! So cool. They just don't make them like they used to. Lol. Can't wait to see what it looks like with fish in it.
  20. I have another question. Atlas is now getting worse during feeding time. I feed them sinking pellets. I am not sure if its the new tank or what, but he chases P-body away from the food to the point that I am not sure if P-body (the black moor) is getting enough food. She ends up hanging out near the top of the tank until the food is gone and Atlas "calms down". Atlas used to do this in the smaller tank, but stopped as long as we rearranged the plants every time we did a water change and didn't start doing it again until yesterday. Any creative suggestions on how I can ensure she gets enough food? My only thought is to try to get a divider or small tank of some kind and separate them during feeding time, but I would love an easier solution. I am also going to test the water tomorrow and make sure its not water quality related somehow.
  21. I was just reading in pinned articles that a slab of limestone can be used to raise your kh ? did I interpret that wrong. you're saying limestone is not safe for fish? I was thinking of getting limestone to raise my kh. Yeah. Limestone has a lot of things that can dissolve in it and although I don't know much about what their exact effects of the dissolved items are, I tend to shy away from things that could have any effect.
  22. I use the marbles/glass stones that are flat on one side. My goldfish move them around and they are bigger than their mouths so they can't swallow them. They are easier for me to keep clean than the gravel and I had a fish choke on a piece of gravel so I am nervous about that ever since. They also come in a lot of colors.
  23. Thanks! They are called Tank Nibblers. They are veggie-based and stick to the side of the tank. I give them to them occasionally as a snack. (I don't feed them normally because I don't think they are wonderfully nutritious for the fish.) They love it because they don't have to go looking for the food. We figured it might be a good first meal in the new tank since they were still exploring everything.
  24. Generally, in the granites, the only things that might react are darker minerals. If you see a lot of small dark crystals when you look up close, they might be a problem. Anything light gray-clear is probably quartz and very stable. White crystals could be feldspars which are also usually safe. Ok...I am going to stop geeking out over rocks now. Can't wait to see the finished tank!
  25. I LOVE the black one in the middle. The darker ones look like basalt or basaltic andesite. Both should be fine in the water. The granite should be too. I don't think there is anything weird mineral-wise in the granites around there. If you are worried, try putting them in a bowl of water for a day or two and see if anything dissolves or breaks off. If not, and they pass the vinegar test, they should be fine. As someone who lives in the Midwest and is surrounded by limestone which is usually not very safe for fish, I am jealous of your rock selection.
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