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  1. Gorgeous fish! My dad has a parrot fish named Polly. She's at least ten years old by now and she's quite a character.
  2. I have bad news. We woke up this morning and Ruby was gone. I got her to eat last night which I took as a good sign so I didn't expect her to die so suddenly. I just want to say that I REALLY appreciate all the encouragement and help I've been offered here. Thanks a ton fantailfan1 for helping me with treatment. At least when the meds arrive I'll have them on hand for any future issues that come up. Just one last question: do you think there's a reason she got sick? I just want to know if there's anything I should be looking out for that could have caused this. The two remaining goldfish are doing fine, no issues.
  3. I was leaning more towards that myself after the second test but then my husband said 6.8 (My original guess) and I didn't know what to think. I need a digital read out or something, haha. I'm more than fine with being wrong in this case since having to alter the PH sounds like a pain.
  4. Okay, this pic is awful (The best of two different photo sessions) but maybe this will help. I feel like it could go either way. If you think this is important I could try to get a better pic during the day when the lighting is better. I asked my husband for his opinion. He's never done a water test before but I explained how to read the results and let him guess without saying what I thought. He said 6.8 too. Ugh, I don't know.
  5. You respond so fast! Okay, daily water changes it is. I didn't know the PH was an issue at that level. I have a really hard time reading the PH test results to be honest. The other tests are a much more obvious but all the shades of blue for the PH look really similar. I think I might have guessed low. I just know for sure that the results for the tank looked lower than the results for the tap. I'm going to re-test from the main goldfish tank now and post a pic of it so you can judge. If it is that low should I go about trying to raise it? I keep tropicals too so that would be a whole other worry in regards to possible PH issues. :/ I didn't get an estimated delivery date on the meds but I chose the more expensive shipping (UPS ground) so hopefully they'll get here quickly.
  6. Thank you! Okay, the correct meds have been ordered and Ruby is in QT with the epsom salt. I'm guessing there's not much else I can do until those arrive? I put a tiny bit of food in her tank but she isn't eating. Nothing else has changed. What should I do about water changes? Daily, since she's in a 10 gallon?
  7. You guys are the best! Heading out to grab the salt now that I know where to find it, haha. Just want to make sure I'm buying the right stuff. I have: http://www.bigalspets.com/metro-3-5-fl-oz.html and http://www.bigalspets.com/kanaplex-5-g.html in my cart right now. Are those what I want?
  8. First of all thank you for your help! And thanks to everyone for the kind words. Okay, this is probably a really dumb question but is epsom salt different from regular aquarium salt? I have aquarium salt, table salt, and sea salt in the house...I'm guessing none of those are right? If I have to go grab it would it most likely be with the table salt/sea salt in the spice aisle or somewhere else? I don't know of any lfs besides the chains sadly but I can order those right away and try to get them shipped as quickly as possible. I need both, correct? That's a relief, I've seen people post pics here of their fish in the early stages of dropsy/pine coning and some of them were so subtle that I don't know if I would have noticed personally..so I was worried I didn't catch it early enough.
  9. Forget to mention, I have a little jewelry scale that I'm pretty sure I can use to weigh the fish and/or meds if need be. Here's a couple pics...they aren't the best but I think you can see what I mean about the bloating and raised scales. If there's any requests for additional pics I'd be happy to get them.
  10. I'm going to try to get some pics of my poor little ranchu...so hopefully those will be up soon.
  11. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) I don't think it's exactly zero but it's close. Definitely not as high as 0.25ppm. I have ammonia in my tap water. :/ * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5.0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .50ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) Close to zero but not completely. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master test kit. Drops. * Water temperature? 70 degrees. There's no heater so it's just room temperature. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 breeder...at least two years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Two Fluval C4s, one at either end of the tank * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, about 90 percent. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, about 90 percent. * How many fish in the tank and their size? Three goldfish. Ruby the ranchu, Gillian the common and Moon the fancy. Those two aren't huge but they aren't small either. Ruby is and always has been teeny tiny. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Safe...the powder. I add a tiny bit of Flourish every water change day for the anubias as well. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Small amounts 2-3 times a day....morning and night for sure, sometimes afternoon but honestly I forget some days. Algae strips, Soilent Green, New Life Spectrum Thera A, and occasionally blood worms or peas. * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope * Any medications added to the tank? Nope * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I add one dose of prazi a couple times a year as a preventative. Each fish including Ruby went through quarantine with prazi when I brought them home. * 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.? Staying at the bottom, pineconing, slight floating Hey guys. I've been really busy and haven't posted around here in a while but unfortunately I come back needing help. Ruby the ranchu had been doing a lot of bottom sitting for the last month or so. She's always had a bit of a hard time swimming (She's very small and has to wiggle a lot to get around) and she's always liked to rest under a specific plant so I assumed since nothing else was visibly wrong that she just gets tired out easily. In the last month or so I would see her at the bottom more often than usual but she still seemed healthy before today. She had (And has) a good appetite and when she wanted to swim she would swim around like normal, no floating or other issues. Unfortunately I came home today and noticed that she looked much more swollen than usual...and then I noticed the pineconing as well. She's spending almost all her time under her plant and when she does swim she floats a bit (No flipping or anything like that luckily) and though she basically still has control I can tell she's struggling more than usual. She went through an initial prazi treatment when I brought her home a couple years ago and I do a preventative treatment on the tank a couple times a year. I don't know the exact date of the last one, maybe a few months ago? She's never had dropsy or any other issue before. The other two fish seem perfectly fine. I did their weekly water change yesterday same as usual and I haven't added any fish or plants to the tank for a long time. I cleaned one of their filters a week ago same as usual, just rinsing out the media with tank water and washing down the inside. Can't think of anything else remotely noteworthy. I have 5 and 10 gallon qt tanks, salt, prazi, Pimafix, and Fish Mox (Amoxicillin) on me at the moment but I have access to a Petco and a Petsmart in town as well as the ability to order stuff off the internet. Fully willing to take you guys up on whatever you suggest. Disease treatment isn't my strong point as I (Luckily, really) don't have a lot of experience with it so I really don't know where to start. Thanks in advance for the help. On top of this my bunny is getting spayed today so I'm worried about them both.
  12. Thanks guys, I got my root tabs today (Today was water change day too, good timing!) and added some. Hopefully that will help. Yeah, I'd imagine the Eco Complete isn't helping me out too much at this point, lol.
  13. Haha I like your pun! I'll give that a read tomorrow. I know that increased light = more CO2 and I don't need to grow insanely picky high light plants so I do want to avoid anything too crazy. My 20 gallon is a 20 high so it's fairly tall. I didn't have room for the 20 long unfortunately. I used to use Excel a long time ago. I forget why I stopped. I'll look into using it again. I dose Flourish Trace which I believe is the micronutrients. I should be getting my root tabs in a couple days so hopefully that will help! I'll still do the liquid fertilizers either way. I use Flourish on my goldfish tank for the Anubias. That's sadly the only tank I have that currently looks decent, lol. Do you have a measurement of how tall your tank is? This will greatly affect the lighting you'll need because it will require stronger light to reach the bottom of the tank. What you would normally consider medium light may in fact be low light for your tank. This is why PAR is a much better measure than WPG - it takes this into account. I have a somewhat tall tank too (I think it's 24 inches), which is why I went with the fixture I did. My goal was similar to yours, low light and no pressurized CO2.Here's my setup - proud of it so far! The Marineland LED has a beautiful shimmer effect. It's a pretty high upfront cost (I paid $117 online at Drs. Foster & Smith), but monthly electricity savings and no need to replace bulbs - they last for years. [emoji1] Your tank is lovely! My tank is a 20 high which Google is telling me is 16 inches tall. I'll go check for myself later but that sounds about right. I'm ok with spending around $100-$130 on the fixture if it's high quality and the bulbs last a long time so that sounds great! Thanks a ton for all the info, I'll definitely look into the Marineland.
  14. It does help! I appreciate all the lighting suggestions everyone's giving me. That looks really nice and simple! I wish I could do a shop light but I don't have a lot of space over my tank. The piece of furniture it's on has a shelf 6-8 inches over the top of the tank. That's a great idea though and definitely something I would consider down the road. Avoiding spending a fortune is always good!
  15. I looked at the first pic and sat there debating whether or not the crawfish was real. He's so cool! Nice tank.
  16. Wow, I absolutely love that tank! Such a cool idea and so well done. Your bettas are beautiful too.
  17. Haha I like your pun! I'll give that a read tomorrow. I know that increased light = more CO2 and I don't need to grow insanely picky high light plants so I do want to avoid anything too crazy. My 20 gallon is a 20 high so it's fairly tall. I didn't have room for the 20 long unfortunately. I used to use Excel a long time ago. I forget why I stopped. I'll look into using it again. I dose Flourish Trace which I believe is the micronutrients. I should be getting my root tabs in a couple days so hopefully that will help! I'll still do the liquid fertilizers either way. I use Flourish on my goldfish tank for the Anubias. That's sadly the only tank I have that currently looks decent, lol.
  18. I looked up Finnex fixtures. I'll keep them in mind. By flow do you mean the filter moving the water around? My current filter is definitely underpowered for the tank size (I upgraded the tank and haven't done the filter yet) and I've wondered if that could be a factor. Of course, I plan to upgrade regardless. If I have a low tech tank can I get away without Co2? I currently dose potassium but I'm not sure if it's helping.
  19. Thanks for the ideas guys! I absolutely agree the lighting is bad so I definitely want lighting suggestions. I want to keep the set ups low tech if possible. I'm fine with simpler plants and slower growth. The 20 used to be a 10 and of course I currently have the betta tank. The plants don't/didn't do well in those either, where the wpg is higher. I should mention that the 20 is a 20 high so that makes the lighting situation even worse. Considering that do you really think my only problem is the lighting? That would be nice if better lighting was the magic fix, lol.
  20. First off the tanks I need help with are tropical planted tanks so if I posted this in the wrong area I apologize! I've been trying to do the whole planted tank thing (Low light, no Co2) for a while now and I've been struggling. Most my plants have problems. For example, almost every single stem plant I've tried has died. There's a lot of yellowing and transparent leaves, pin points in leaves, weird brown dots on my banana plants, black patches on Java Fern...no good! The two plants I have decent success with are Anubias (Never lost one of these) and Amazon Swords but everything else is iffy. I keep trying more/different fertilizers to try to battle the issues but if anything I think what I'm currently doing is contributing to the yellowing of certain plants. I just ordered some root tabs that I'm going to try. Hopefully they will help. THE TANKS: 20 gallon tropical planted tank. Inhabitants are 4 platies, 1 molly, 1 female betta, 1 bristlenose pleco, and some bladder snails that hitchhiked in. They don't bother me so I leave them be. Fish are thriving. Substrate is Eco Complete but it's been in there for over a year. Temp is around 75 degrees. Filter is a weak old Aqua Tech that I plan to upgrade to a Fluval C3 soon. Weekly water changes around 50%, water dosed with Prime. Two of these bulbs for lighting. Lights are on a timer, 10 hours a day. For fertilizer I use Seachem Flourish, Seachem Potassium, and Seachem Flourish Trace. I currently dose once a week. I know the lighting situation for this tank is bad. I definitely plan to upgrade (I would love suggestions!) but considering I'm off work from my main job during the summer I would like to put this off until fall or winter. 10 gallon betta/snail tank. Inhabitants are 1 male betta, 2 nerite snails, and 2 mystery snails. Temp is around 77-80 degrees. I use the same bulbs, light/water change schedule, filter, and fertilizers as the other tank. Substrate is black sand. There's not a lot of plants in here at the moment because stuff died off and I didn't want to spend the money on more until I got more successful at keeping them. Here's a link to a Photobucket album I made with some examples of my plant issues. I was too lazy to resize them and post directly, lol. I hope that's ok. If not I'll fix it. Thanks for reading all that! I welcome all and any suggestions! There's so many members on here with gorgeous planted tanks.
  21. I'm jealous of you people and your huge tanks, lol. It looks beautiful.
  22. Whoa, that's huge! It looks great, you must be so excited! Any plans on getting more fish? You know you can't resist.
  23. They probably are in certain states. You could try an online site but they might not ship to a place where the snails are known to be illegal and there's also a chance of the package getting stopped at the post office.
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