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  1. I ultimately decided to return him to the store, as the only trustworthy LFS near me didn't have any good tankmates for him, nor did they have any females. No worries though, he'll still be well cared for. The employees there are super good with their fish. My boyfriend and I picked out a male and two female mollies for the 10 gallon for now. We fully understand they will outgrow it (the male at least is a sailfin) but we are going to get them either a 20 or 30 gallon tank when Petco does their next dollar per gallon sale! I'll make a separate thread to introduce the mollies once I get some good pictures of them. Thanks for the help and advice everyone.
  2. Thank you Koko! I am definitely making a visit to the LFS after work today to check out the following possibilities for tankmates: A female dwarf gourami, or a small school of neons, or a couple of platys. NOT ALL OF THEM, just one of those options. I'm hoping to just find him a female friend.
  3. My boyfriend asked me if a small school of neon tetras would be compatable with the gourami? Just exploring my options for tankmates right now.
  4. I've tried all sorts of background coverings, from shiny to matte and plain black fabric covering the sides as well, nothing changed.
  5. I have tried that, yeah. The little bugger would shove himself between the plants and attack the glass in one spot, or find some other spot with more access for him to zip back and forth and attack. I'm definitely giving some thought to picking up a couple platys or swordtails after work rather than returning him, to see if the stimuli of herding tankmates around will distract him.
  6. There are tons of silk plants and hiding spots in there, not just one, and yes this was intended as the forever home. All the research I did lead me to believe he'd be ok on his own, I just think the glass might be too reflective in this tank because he just won't leave his reflection alone. He never swam around to investigate anything, just went straight for his reflection and didn't stop attacking it for days, even after I moved stuff around to cover more of the tank walls, he'd still find a bit of reflection and go for it.
  7. He's still doing this today, I've tried switching the background and turning off the light and nothing helps. It's really stressing me out, I'm thinking about returning him tomorrow and getting something calmer.
  8. I've got a jungle of silk plants in there, including some floaters as I've read dwarf gouramis like that. He was pretty chill at the store, chased the other gouramis a little but mostly cruised around looking for food. Nothing as frantic looking as the behavior I'm seeing now though.
  9. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.0 * Nitrite Level (tank) 0.0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 0.0 (Gonna just say 0, it's only been a day since he came home and the reading didn't really pick up anything. It's probably marginally more than 0 but you know what I'm trying to say here haha.) * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0.0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0.0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 Tank information:Affected fish information: * Brand of test kit (drops or strips): API master kit * Filter name and size (GPH/LPH) Tetra Whisper Internal 10-30 * Additives and conditioners: Prime * Water temperature (With or without heater- please specify): Stays steady around 80 * Last water change date: Just filled it up yesterday/ * Tank size (Gallons or litres): 10 gallons * Fish in the tank (species and number): 1 male dwarf gourami, 2 inches long *What is your water change schedule? Like how much and how often? I plan on doing 100% changes once a week or once every other week, as necessary depending on water perams. * Any new fish added into the tank: Just this guy. -If Yes: Were they quarantined? -- -If Yes: Quarantine period and process (meds added): -- * List prior health issues in tank: New tank. * Medications previously added to the tank: None. * Medications on hand: Epsom Salt, Maracyn 2, PraziPro, Salt * Diet- brand and amount/duration of feeding: I plan on feeding him a mix of Ocean Nutrition Formula Two pellets and Aqueon betta pellets mixed with weekly bloodworm treats. * Any unusual behaviour such as nipping, bottom sitting, etc: Nearly constant glass surfing across the back of the tank. * Any unusual findings on fish and in tank: No, the fish looks great, brightly colored, bright clear eyes and fins all intact and looking great. Tank is new, but the filter is seeded with cycled media. Since I literally started the tank yesterday, no nitrates have shown up yet but he's a very little fish and doesn't make a ton of waste so I figure that's to be expected. * Affected fish in quarantine or in main tank: Main tank, but he's the only fish so it might as well be a quarantine tank. * Current medications being used on affected fish: None. * Previous medications used to treat affected fish: None. * If any, list previous health issues and treatment protocols taken: None. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. My camera's video capability doesn't work right, but there's nothing visible to see. He just goes back and forth over and over for hours. Okay so I might just be a worry-wart but I figure it's better to be safe and just ask, rather than wait for him to get potentially sick or something. So yes, as you read above this is a brand new tank but it has cycled filter media in it, no nitrates are showing yet but it's literally been 24 hours since I brought him home and it takes a while before such a small fish makes enough waste to show it. Anyway he's just constantly glass-surfing along the back and I'm wondering if this is normal adjustment-period behavior for dwarf gouramis in a new home? He didn't do anything like this at the store.
  10. I have an itty bitty little moor in with my gigantic ryukin and rather large comet and they never bothered him one bit. I'd say it depends on the personality of the fish in question but in general, goldfish tend to play nice.
  11. He does indeed have eyes. What a gorgeous guy! True albinos are so fancy. And in truth, you pretty much ARE just looking into him. You're seeing the back of his eyes reflecting light, much like when a cat's eyes reflect and "glow" only it's more pronounced in red-eyed fish.
  12. I've used Prazi many times and I've never seen it do that to a goldfish! Hopefully the mods will have an answer for you.
  13. If you do manage to dig, making sure to have a very deep section of the pond would go a long way for giving the fish shelter, especially when combined with shade and other cooling techniques! I think DieselPower's pond goes to 5 foot deep in one spot, for example, and that insulates it from fully freezing in the winter. The reverse should prove true with heat, thanks to the ground's natural insulating factors.
  14. My comet Remmy has a crooked mouth, not nearly as crooked as Dreamsicle's but almost. I suspect it was due to fluke damage as a baby, but thankfully never got worse as she grew up. She still eats just fine and is huge nowadays XD Here's hoping the mods don't find anything seriously wrong and that it's just a deformity!
  15. Just wanted to update you guys. I've named the little moor Jeff and he's doing so much better! First round of Prazi done and there's no sign of clamping or sluggishness. He's also become a lot more outgoing, swimming around with everyone else happily and eating like a little pig!
  16. Yeah, every once in a while, someone will post this. It's a nifty idea, it's just unfortunate that in the long run it's bad for the fish since it rubs away the slime coat and invites infection. :c
  17. Gorgeous! I love the color now but I'm sure it'll look great when the algae grows in too. Your fish look fabulous!
  18. Tried to get my camera to work, but it refused. >_< However while I was wrestling with it, I did notice the new moor clamping his ventral fins a little bit here and there and there were a couple of yawns, though he isn't darting around anymore. He even seems to be venturing out more casually to explore the tank. So perhaps the Prazi will be gotten sooner rather than later, eh? XD
  19. Thanks! I'll see if I can get my camera to behave (it's old and busted haha) and try to get a video. He's started swimming around a little bit more today, pecking at the algae on the plant and filter intakes. (Also, your icon cracks me up, what a cute dog!)
  20. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0.0 * Nitrate level(Tank) >10ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0.0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) around 7.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) around 7.2-7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Kit * Water temperature? 74 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallon, been running since May or June 2013 * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 1 Marineland Penguin 100, 1 AC70, 1 Tetra Whisper EX70 * How often do you change the water and how much? One of two ways, depending on work schedule. Either once a week 100% change, or twice a week 50-75% change. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Three days ago I did a 75% change, plan on doing another one tomorrow. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 fish, 3 1-inch, 1 4-inch, 1 6-inch. (Yes, I am quite aware that I am overstocked, however my filtration and water change regimen has kept the water chemistry where it should be. I am planning on getting a 40-breeder for the two larger girls by the end of the year.) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Ocean Nutrition Formula Two Herbivore Pellets twice daily, just enough for it to all be gone in a minute or less, once or twice daily depending on how floaty Thor is at the time. (Thor's always had some food-related floatiness, being a rather round ryukin) Once a week I will feed frozen Hikari blood worms, usually 2 of the little ice cubes melted out. On these days I do not feed the pellets, just the worms. Once a month I will feed them all peas and then fast for a day or two. * Any new fish added to the tank? The black moor. * 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. It has been about a year since my last Prazi and salt treatment, I plan on getting some more in the next month or so to do another round. I do a Prazi treatment once a year or as needed for regular maintenance, with the occasional salt treatment when someone tears a fin or scrapes a scale or something, but I've never had anything MAJOR happen. I once had to give Thor a salt dip since she was having slime coat troubles but the dip fixed it and she's never had trouble since. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No, the new moor's fins look excellent, no clamping, scales are all intact, no ich or any spots like that, no slime coat issues or anything, eyes are clear. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The baby moor likes to stay in the back right corner of the tank for most of the day. Doesn't quite bottom sit, just hovers there toward the bottom, about a half inch above the floor of the tank. He eats normally and vigorously like the others, he just doesn't mingle at all. When he does swim around the tank he looks startled? Not flashing or anything, just swims really fast like something spooked him, seems to want to stay away from the other fish. So basically my question here is, knowing all the above, is it common for a very small fish to be scared of larger fish? He had been quarantined before I put him in there, and the place I got him from (very trusted LFS who did the quarantine for me) had him in a smaller tank. Is he just uneasy about the sudden large space he's put into? He swims pretty strongly when he does feel like moving around, seems to handle the current of the filters very well, has no difficulty getting around at all. He just looks... scared when he does swim around. There's been absolutely no bullying either, the girls have been very curious about him but have not bothered him. More just swimming over to say hi and then looking kind of confused when he zips away. I've had him in there for three days now and this behavior has been going on for the duration of this time.
  21. Quick question, how long does it take for the rebate to return your money?
  22. Haha awesome, thanks shakaho!
  23. Nah I live in an apartment upstairs and I don't think I'd trust a cinder block stand's weight. I might be able to get some guys from work to help me design and build a stand if it comes down to it. I work at Home Depot haha. But of course this is all hypothetical, and we'll see what happens, I guess XD
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