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  1. dnalex: In the mammal anti-parasite section of Petsmart (which hopefully is the same at the store near me) is this stuff, with fenbendazole: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752059 And this stuff, with praziquantel: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2754523 Which should I get? spillie: I observed no change in Woland's swimming or sleeping while fasting her. I wonder if the same defect that messed up her tail and anal fin on one side also indicates a deformed rear lobe of her swim bladder? She doesn't seem distressed. I forgot to mention that she seems to deliberately let herself go upside down so she can better forage in the gravel, which she does with more skill than her tankmates. She has never bottom sat or floated near the top. (Trying to look on the bright side.) Is there a particularly good variety of gel food I should look for? I've never noticed it on shelves (or maybe I wasn't looking very hard); is it kept in the freezer section?
  2. I fed all three fish a pea last night, making sure Woland got about half of it. It made them poop a lot, but there's no change in how Woland swims or sleeps. Since I brought her home, Woland has occasionally rubbed against the big rocks and the gravel, so PraziPro seems like an especially good idea. But, I checked my LFSs and none of them carry PraziPro. There are no visible parasites, no fin-clamping, no lethargy, nothing odd. (Updates to the diagnosis form above: I changed 15 gallons yesterday, and the ammonia is currently <0.02.) How quickly do I need to treat them for parasites? I don't have a credit card, but I can get a disposable debit card to order PraziPro online. Or, I can buy this : http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=23589 at a LFS today. What is the best option? Wait and get PraziPro, or get the dubious-mildness Tetra stuff today? Is there another commonly available anti-parasite medication that's better than the Tetra stuff? Do salt baths work for things like this? Also, how often should I feed them peas? I heard that weekly is a good SBD preventative for pearlscales anyway, but should I do this twice weekly since Woland has established problems?
  3. Today, while eating part of a pea, Bernadette, in her excitement, apparently grabbed a piece of gravel. She couldn't get it out of her mouth, so I reached to get her, which luckily scared her into spitting out the gravel piece and some pea she had shoved in after that. Whew. That made me rethink having medium sized gravel. The fish really enjoy playing with it, but it's not worth it if one is going to choke on a piece when I'm not there to help. I want to replace the gravel and add a bunch of 1" river rocks, but don't want to slow down my cycling too much. What's the best way to go about this? Taking out a handful of gravel a day?
  4. Thanks so much for your help and support. I'll feed her part of a pea in three days and tell you how it goes!
  5. I've never fed her peas. She's really tiny, what would be the best way to feed her a pea? I know they have to be boiled, and have the shell membrane removed. Also, before I changed the water, I watched her for a while. When she pauses swimming (which has never been often), she now stays horizontal, her head doesn't go down at all.
  6. Thanks so much for your help. Tomorrow's payday, when I'll be able to get better test kits and Prazipro. I'll change 20 gallons when I get home today. The sinking pellet brand is New Life Spectrum. I don't pre-soak it, because by the time it sinks it is fully soaked and none of the fish have figured out that the food first appears at the surface. And is it relevant that this fish, while asleep upside down, doesn't float away? And that while swimming, if she pauses, her head goes down in relation to her body, but she doesn't float up or sink past the point where she paused?
  7. Thanks, sorry, here you go: * Ammonia Level: ~.02 (I'm currently cycling the tank, but this fish was sleeping upside down the first night, when the ammonia level was at zero.) * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate level: 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph: 7.8, no chloramine. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph: ~7.4 (?, the result is slightly paler than the tank result), no chloramine. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Tetra, strips; Mardel Live NH3 monitor that sticks to the inside of the tank (and is supposed to last 3-4 weeks). * Water temperature? 70 F/ 21 C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 gallons/113 liters, it's been running for 2 1/2 weeks. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Penguin Biowheel 150 with 2 size B polyester floss cartridges in it. * How often do you change the water and how much? I change 10 gallons each time the ammonia begins to creep up past .02, which brings it back down to slightly detectable. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Sunday the 22nd, 10 gallons. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, less than 2 inches/5 centimeters long (including tails). * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Top Fin tap water dechlorinator (covers chlorine, chloramine, and heavy metals), Tetra SafeStart bacteria starter (entire bottle, as per instructions, added several hours before fish were). * What do you feed your fish and how often? 3-4 small sinking pellets per fish, each morning. * Any new fish added to the tank? No, and all three were added at same time. * 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. No medications or salt whatsoever. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? The fish in question has the lower half of the right caudal fin missing. Since it doesn't look like it was torn off or injured, and one anal fin is about 2/3 the size of the other, I assume it's a congenital defect. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No, it's an active fish that loves swimming around and trying to eat stuff off the gravel, only the sleeping upside down is abnormal.
  8. My crowned pearlscale, Woland, is a bit under 2 inches/5 cm long. She swims slightly sideways because she is missing the bottom half of her right caudal fin, but seems to compensate just fine. When she pauses while swimming, sometimes her head end drifts down, but she otherwise has nothing that seems like it could be a buoyancy problem. However, she sleeps vertically upside down at night. Her lionhead companions both sleep horizontally. I wasn't very concerned about Woland's odd sleeping position until one night, when she woke up and wiggled over to the front of the tank to see me. The white part of her face was all pink, like it normally is over her left gill (it went back to normal quickly). It appears that while she sleeps, gravity causes the blood to rush to her head! Is this harmful? Is it a type of buoyancy problem? Does anyone know of other fish, especially pearlscales, who have this sleeping-upside-down quirk?
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