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  1. Sorry Narny I appreciate you helping me. Im not trying to argue and frustrate anyone. It's just that I feel like ive been down this road before and no, no real improvement was made last time. Im on a budget until i start this new job and time will be limited as i prepare for grad school. You are correct it was meth blue, I mis spoke.

    What about a bacterial infection? There is sort of a white line around where kokos fins are frayed. I had thought that that might be the fins trying to grow back but I'm not sure. She had Popeye back then, could this be related?

    And lastly GFconnection had this anti bad bath, would this with the prazi in the main tank be an okay approach to get rid of this? Sorry again, if what you say is the consensus of everyone here than I will do it again. I just hope I'm not doing the same thing and expecting different results.

    Sure, I'm on my iPhone give me a sec

  2. I don't understand why the repeated treatments for flukes. Are they in our drinking water? I am of the opinion this treatment isnt working. I want what's best for them, but I have done this prazi thing twice now and it hasn't done anything for the problem.

    As far as the sex goes Steve (I think that's his name) from Rain garden thought they were girls when I bought them. Im curious, of what import does the sex matter?

  3. Hi everyone!

    The test results were done earlier today at petsmart (I don't have a kit myself) were as follows
    • Test Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0
      • * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0
      • * Nitrate level(Tank) 0-1
      • * Ammonia Level(Tap) Not tested, I am almost certain it is zero. It was when I tested it a year ago anyway.
      • * Nitrite Level(Tap) same as above
      • * Nitrate level(Tap) same as above
      • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Not sure, I know our water to be very hard and therefore alkalotic
      • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) same as above.
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Petsore used api ammonia and tetra strips
        • * Water temperature? 74ish
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 56 gallons, 2 years
        • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 aqueon quiet flow 55/76s
        • * How often do you change the water and how much? Lately 50% every one to two days been doing this for the last 2 weeks or so. Before that 60% one to two times a week.
        • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today, 80%
        • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 orandas approx 7 inches head to tail each. 1 rubber lip pleco, and a cory cat.
        • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime. This week started using flourish, and co2 booster.
        • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega one sinking tablets and soilent green. 2 - 3 times a day.
        • * Any new fish added to the tank? The pleco was added about 4 months ago.
        • * Any medications added to the tank? Only melafix at the moment. I have yet to take the carbon out while dosing. I hope it's doing something. I'm just trying really hard to establish my BB with the 2 new filters. (Replaced both HOB's)
        • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
        • Oh man...um...Prazi pro tx done twice. Salt dips. Melafix. and maracyn 2 (I believe. I still have an unopened box)
        • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Lucy (red cap) had a red tinge on her caudal fin as if something bit her - it looked like it was bleeding at one point) And both have frayed fins. The other fish don't seem to be affected.
        • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Lucy sometimes bottom sits when I change the water, she gets active right away once the filter turns back on. Today she was a lot better and was tryin to get me to feed her while I was changing the water.

    One year ago we tried to tackle the frayed fin issue of my fish and I dropped the ball and nothing ever became of it. I think my thinking was that if I just keep changing the water and keeping it clean it will go away - I just realized today that it has been a year and while I wouldn't say it has gotten worse, it certainly hasn't gotten any better.

    I have AQ salt (I would rather not ruin my plants if I have the choice. All were disenfected with PP). I have a box of marycn two, melafix and an unopened bag of metromeds (although I'm not sure how old it is, it could be over a year old).

    The old thread can be found under my thread "popeye" when Koko was fightin that.

    Here's a video of the fins

    So my questions are, should I continue the water changes dump the carbon and try the melafix for a few weeks? Or what?

  4. So since the aquaclear filter died, I replaced it with an aqueon quiet flow and seeded it with media from the AC and let it run for 2 weeks. The next quietflow came in the mail and I decided to seed it with the some media from the other filter. What I should have done was ran all 3, but I was concerned about the current.

    I've been doing 50% water changes every 1-2 days as a precaution since the new filter (now filters as of last night) were put in. I've also been trying to get rid of what might be fin rot on the two Orandas with melafix for about 1.5 weeks. (it's never gotten worse, but hasn't really gotten better either over the last six months or so :wall - maybe it's nothing? I posted about this before in the DD section when I first became concerned with it)

    Anyway, I woke up today and decided that I should go get my water checked at Petsmart. I've been unemployed for about a year now and cannot afford the test kit (just barely got a job so yay, go me :) ). Another reason why I've been so on top of the water changes - previously twice a week. I did recently acquire the ammonia test strip. Every time I dip it in it says the .5 safe. Again, why I went to the fish store to see if I lost my cycle or am just going through the expected bump. The gal said everything looked normal, hard water/alkaline etc. Zero ammonia, zero nitrite, and maybe a 1 on the nitrates. Now I'm new to this planting thing and put in a bunch of plants - I'm worried that I lost my cycle. (I didn't change the water for 2 days prior to this test).

    I'm posting here mostly for affirmation that I'm doing this correctly. My plan is daily 20-30% water changes and hope to see a rise in the nitrates? What do you think? Oh, and I noticed a tear in Lucy's (the red cap) tail. :madrant When it rains it pours I guess. They're both doing fine, active eat like pigs etc. The only odd behavior I've noticed over the last month or so is that when I change the water lucy sometimes bottom sits but when the filter goes back on she is back to normal. Again, the other reason for increased water changes in hopes that if she has some sort of funk it will help her shake it. I have noticed increased activity during water changes lately - so maybe some improvement? :idont

    Sorry this is all so convoluted. Mainly for this post I would like to know if my course of action for the cycle is correct. I'll worry about the rest once I know for sure my water is okay.

    You can look at the fins in the video on my last tank update. Here:

    at about 45 secs you can see it on Koko's tail. Maybe I'm being over paranoid :SmackBottom:

  5. This is all so new to me. But I like puzzles so here goes :) I have so many questions. Like is my two t5 zoomed bulbs enough for my aquarium that is taller than most average tanks? How do you measure CO2 and what value should it be? What about flourish iron, potassium, and trace elements and how to measure those? Should I vaccum the bottom less so that the plants can use the waste as fertilizer? What CO2 system should I save up for as well as lighting system?

    Lastly, what other external carbon source can I add to the tank that isn't a CO2 pump of some sort that the plants will use? Or maybe I should consider another fish later on for the extra biproducts of respiration. I don't know. So many questions. I need to subscribe so i can just ask questions in the chatroom. Plus I miss having a blog :(

  6. Ya i noticed that. Ive used it to clean bronchoscopes in the hospital. Lucky for me, my gf is a CNA and we have tons of surgical gloves around the house. I hope to save up some money to get a pressurized CO2 system one day along with a sumo for this tank or go bigger. I have always wanted to aquascape, to do it with my goldies would be awesome. To do that though i mught have to change substrate with clay on the bottom? I dont know, im not there yet.

    Ugh typing on this nook is such a pain. Sec going to grab the iphone...

  7. Hi there, welcome to Koko's! Sorry about your fish :( The moderators are pretty good about answering these posts, so be patient. Until then, if it were me I would do another water change and feed em blanched, deshelled peas for a few days and see how he does.

    Hopefully one of the moderators will see this soon and help you. I hope your fish gets better.

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