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  1. very pretty betta! congrats
  2. Wow she is so adorable!!! They look great together
  3. Looking really good Good luck with the pond upgrade!
  4. I understand what you mean with the curvature of the body when you take a scrape, especially on rounder fish, but you don't need to use the corner or near to it to collect an adequate sample across the body of a fish. I've never needed to consider using any part of the slide other than the middle of it. With that being said I do understand what you're saying and the issues with it. Slides are the way I've been taught to scrape and have always done so, and although I don't deny that they can cause damage just as other scraping objects can, I have no doubt that if they're used properly they can be safely used for collecting samples
  5. Slides aren't going to break and do have blunted edges. Unless you're applying pressure when doing the scrape I don't see how they're going to easily remove scales from the fish. I agree that cover slips shouldn't be used for obvious reasons, but I don't see the issue with using slides
  6. haha, your title answered my question To do a slime coat scrape, you can use a slide for the scraper. Lift the fish above the water (keeping the gills in the water if you can) and position the slide on a 45 degree angle (towards the body like this '\' ) near the base of the gills, and, applying very little pressure, drag the slide slowly back to the peduncle. You can then scrape the slime onto another slide and cover slip it. I usually just throw away slides after use, but you can easily clean them with alcohol wipes if you don't want to dispose of them.
  7. Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment by E.J Noga has some great microscopy images and procedures that are pretty interesting, plus it is very helpful in identifying microorganisms. Likewise, Fancy Goldfish, a complete guide to care and collecting also has procedures for carrying out certain microscope diagnostics. Do you need any instructions for performing scrapes and biopsies? Here's a video for faecal samples which is a really good demonstration. Although it's done with bird faeces, it's exactly the same for fish Definitely a good idea to practice doing scrapes and taking samples so you get a hang of what is normal to see on a sample
  8. Thanks Guys!! Yep indian almond leaves tannins lower the pH of the water so it's more neutral-acidic depending on how many you add. The ADA aqua soil I have in my tank already lowers the pH to around 6.8-7.0, though, so the leaves aren't affecting pH in my case. Because Jodi's fish are bred, imported, and displayed in an IAL extract it's an environment they're used to, and as she believes, they thrive in it and are generally more healthier, have better, more vibrant colour; and are less prone to infection because the environment is more suiting. Breeders also recommend them as a good addition for producing opportunistic breeding environments since they simulate black water conditions. I'm definitely going to look more into it tonight though Because the leaves are bulky and I don't like the look of them I prefer to make an extract and just store it in the fridge.
  9. Yep! She's a very nice, knowledgeable person. Very passionate about bettas too! If you ever come to brisbane, definitely a store to check out. She's only a small store but she's got some amazing displays and great betta set-ups
  10. Yep Jodi from fish chick aquatics I think I know the one you mean, I went searching for him on youtube after I got him. I found one very similar to him but I don't think it is him as it was listed 2 months ago. Could be though! Colour changes very quickly!
  11. Decided today that after having terrible luck with german rams, I'd stock the 15 gallon with another betta. Went into my local betta importer and found this guy! There wasn't many single male bettas to choose from since a lot of them were in breeding pairs, but I think I did a pretty good job He looks very similar to what Artemis looked like, instead his scales are white instead of platinum. He's a lot bigger though! I haven't named him yet but suggestions welcome! I have decided to keep him in an IAL extract like they are in the store, so hopefully I will have some nice yellow-looking water in a few days. I've never really kept them long-term in IAL extract but the store owner is a huge advocator of it so I'll give it a go Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhj3yRJAq-E&feature=youtu.be
  12. Hose couplers- they look similar to this and you can get them as reducers to fit different hose diameters together.. https://www.masters.com.au/product/901050954/maxi-flo-hose-coupling Bunnings has cheap ones. I used them when I had my home-made python since the hosing that attached to my vacuum had a smaller diameter than the hosing I was using to attach to my pump. Sorry, I jumped straight to finding a site that would supply the piece you wanted on amazon and didn't think about that
  13. I ordered a different part through kensfish.com and just cut it to length Easy and it's always handy to be able to give yourself extra length if you ever move the tank
  14. better getting in late than never, right? Great giveaway raffle, koko
  15. Quarantine with 4-6 rounds of praziquantel. Easy to dose prazi once weekly for 4-6 weeks, or however long you find necessary. I'd do a minimum of 2 rounds.
  16. Sorry to hear about Chilly Did he have any noticeable symptoms? You should be able to keep male guppies together with minimal issue. I'd suspect your betta as the culprit rather than the other male guppy. For now I wouldn't stock anything else in the tank. If you suspect the tank environment is a cause, you can disinfect the tank and equipment and add cycled media from your main goldfish tank to instantly cycle the tank. It's up to you though. Your other option is to just keep a close eye on the fish in the tank and if your guppy comes down with any symptoms or dies, it's time to disinfect the tank and assume it as the cause.
  17. I doubt a guppy would be capable of killing an otherwise healthy cory, considering they are faster swimmers and definitely a lot more agile swimmers. Unless there are any signs of physical damage, I'd assume it was a case of bad luck. Is the betta in the same tank the fish died in?
  18. I feed soilent green as a staple for my fish. Since I have some meat pie left over, I've mixed it in with the soilent green for the next few weeks feeding. I also really like hikari lionhead which I feed on occasions when I can get it in-store I usually don't mix foods up that much since I am happy with my current food, so I personally find it unecessary. Plus, gel foods are really easy to manipulate in regards to how you feed them, so it's an easy food to use for enrichment purposes as well. I'll have to disagree that it's not fine as a staple diet, after having excellent results on the food for a while now. Variety is definitely the way to go if you can, but it's not essential if your staple food is nutritionally viable and taken to well.
  19. If you're wanting to make up metronidazole food, it's going to be far more accurate with dosing if you make it into a gel food and dose the metronidazole based on the wet weight of food. I use the repashy gel foods for it- the heat from the mixture doesn't denature the medication so you can add it directly after heating. For homemade gel food, I usually just make up a tasty but simple gel food of pumpkin, kale, some garlic, and probiotic (added when cooled- before gelatine) and make around 100-200g and freeze the rest. For a gel food, you make up a 1% metronidazole solution to wet weight of food. The only point I find to soaking food in metronidazole is if you're feeding it to smaller fish like some tropicals- it's too hard otherwise to dose the metronidazole for medicating orally, and I personally can't get my hands on enough metro to dose it to the water. Ideally I'd rather add it to the water than soak. I follow Noga's guide for oral formulations which is the same as gel food (1% solution of metro to water), however the food is soaked in the solution for 3 hours. The downside is that you end up with a layer of crushed metro on the bottom, so you don't have an accurate ratio of medication : food. So like Alex said, you can end up feeding too little of medication. The medicated food doesn't stay in the goldfish's system long enough for it all to be digested, so consequently they expel some of the medication (good reason to also quarantine!). Making the medication up into a gel food and mixing it in well enough so it is evenly distributed is the best way to make sure they're getting as much of the medication as intended. For the same reasons Alex mentioned above, I wouldn't soak food if you don't need to.
  20. That looked like a heap of fun! Thanks for sharing
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