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  1. So it looks like dexy is trying to pinecone around he tail base a little. I just felt her tummy when I moved her out of the plant she was stuck in (tried to get up, then stopped and sank) and its hard. I didn't feel much give. She's looks to be hardly breathing too... What should I do?

  2. I just opened a thread on the D&D section about my sick moor, but the other two seem alight for the most part. Klaus will speed up and hit the water surface every once in awhile, but Idk if that could be considered 'jumping.' Other than Dexy, the other two are alright. Am I ok to do big water changes?

    Fins crossed that the test kit will be here soon! In the mean time, I'll call them tomorrow. I'd do it now, but they're probably closed :(

  3. Ok so I just tested the ph's again:

    Tap: 7.4

    Tank: about 8.2

    I have a bit of trouble reading these sometimes, so I'll post a pic:

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    I (like an idiot) don't have a GH & KH test kit. I just ordered one from Tasty Worms tonight. I know its probably not much help, but I live out in the middle of the desert...

    I don't use a buffer since I haven't had issues until recently

    I have two bubble stones that run the length of the bottom of the tank. I also have an EHIEM filter that turns a lot of water at the surface.

    My tank size is 55 gallons

  4. So my PH out of the tap and my aquarium has been 7.5 since forever... But lately for some reason the PH in my aquarium has been 8.2 while the tap has been normal. Nothing substantial has changed other then a temperature change for summer (71 to 77 lately. New Mexico gets HOT), and a few plants in Laterite substrate. Am I doing something wrong? Is my water too basic for my poor fishies??

    My moor is sick right now, so I'm hoping this PH issue doesn't have anything to do with it :(

    Thanks guys!

    • Test Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level(tank): 0ppm
      • * Nitrite Level(tank): 0ppm
      • * Nitrate level(tank): 10ppm
      • * Ammonia Level(tap): 0ppm
      • * Nitrite Level(tap): 0ppm
      • * Nitrate level(tap): 5ppm
      • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 8.2
      • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops
        • * Water temperature? 77.5F
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55Gallons about a year
        • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? EHIEM and Biowheel HOB
        • * How often do you change the water and how much? 1-2 times a week about 70-90%
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday 50%
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish, 3", 3" and 1"
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy 3 times a day, 3 bite sized pieces
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? No
    • * 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. Epsom salt treatment, Prazi Pro for two weeks, twice, metro meds for two weeks and Jumpstart for two weeks. All close to a year ago (last prazi treatment was two months ago)
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? slight fin fraying on the tail
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
    • Bottom sitting, not as active as usual. She has been dropsied in the past

    So once again I am having issues with my problem child dexy. She has been laying around the tank, and hardly breathing. I haven't changed anything with how I take care of the tank recently. She perks up a bit when I offer food, and will also eat a bit, but then goes right back to the bottom of the tank. She was 'headstanding' behind the air hose yesterday until I righted her. She seemed to do a little better after the 50% water change yesterday. The other two fish seem to be doing great on the other hand.

    There have been a few issues/changes lately however:

    The temp here in New Mexico has been rising lately keeping the tank at about 75- 78F

    The ph has gone from 7.5 from the tap and tank originally to 8.2

    I added two mangroves from Acro and a corkscrew val (which was soaked in PP before addition)

    My tank is a barebottom but I do have plants rooted in glass votives with laterite as a substrate. The mangroves are also planted in laterite. I'll get some pictures and a video posted ASAP

    Thanks everyone!

  5. Sean is one of the best sellers I have ever dealt with! He is wonderful with customer service: He replies with extensive knowledge on the things that he sells and he updates with every move that he makes! I bought a bristle baby and a mangrove from him, and he was nice enough to add in another mangrove! The bristle baby arrived safely and is now happily munching on some algae. The mangroves are just about to move into the big tank.

    I would urge everyone here to go through him before considering ebay or any other place!

  6. Okay cool. I need to get my fishies to get used to my hands then.

    I've found that the more you're in there cleaning the tank, arranging the decorations and plants, or just stick your hands in the tank (like Helen does!) the more the become accustomed to you. Especially if you come with the gifts of food lol. Although after doing that, my LT thinks that my hand is food lol!

  7. Blech... Hornwort :P. I never had much luck with it personally... I mean, it grew but I hated how they would start to turn brown and shed up the tank. Is there something specific that you can do to make them stay green longer?

    I love your ramshorns! I've discovered quite a soft spot for the one I found :D

    Good luck with your mangroves Fang! I'm sure a couple will make it :)

    How long did you have the hornwort? The first ones I got would initially turn partly brown and shed a bit, but as soon as they adjusted to the specific tank there was no more shedding at all and it grows decently green.

    Hornwort still needs some light. The more light, the less shedding there is, I noticed. :)

    Good to know! I had them for about 6 months before I completely gave up on them lol. When I think back on it, it was probably my lighting that did it. I had the terrible stock lighting that came with the tank, and no natural light.

    Mine would shed so bad the filter would clog lol

  8. it was my first time looking at the site, the first fish listed! the pics were up before the auction right? or did I just see it right after it was posted. no idea but I am still stunned by him!

    I also think a snooty French name would be great for him :rofl

    like Jacque , Astor , Winston , Stanley , fletcher, fits , pippin ,Dax, John Paul and Geronimo :rofl

    I got it pascal like the french artist Francious pascal

    I like pascal too!

    Congrats on such a stunning fish!

  9. Normally, goldfish are social fish and are friendly fish. They will start fighting if the tank is too small though. I think Alex had a fish that was kept alone for a very long time, and every tankmate that fish got was killed.

    Yowch! I didn't hear about that :o

    I hope that they do better together... Or have lots of eggs lol! Good luck either way friend!

  10. Blech... Hornwort :P. I never had much luck with it personally... I mean, it grew but I hated how they would start to turn brown and shed up the tank. Is there something specific that you can do to make them stay green longer?

    I love your ramshorns! I've discovered quite a soft spot for the one I found :D

    Good luck with your mangroves Fang! I'm sure a couple will make it :)

  11. Oh Good! I thought I was nuts by getting cracked up over my snails!!!!

    And thanks for the info Fang! I was a little worried about them climbing above the water.....but as I am watching one of them up there right now I see that it IS pigging out!! Good to know! I thought they were contemplaiting an escape!!

    I'm not sure about your snail, but I read that my little ramshorn snail actually is an oxygen breather :). They pop up above the surface, store an air bubble under their shell, and go back under :D. Perhaps yours are the same way?

    EDIT: :rofl3 I totally forgot that Fang said the same thing! My bad!

    Somehow they are comical! One of them was "crawling" up the back wall of the tank...there is a bubble wall across the whole back...his antenna where flapping in the bubbles..for some reason it struck me funny. Like he was Zooming (in Slow Motion) to get out of the crazy bubbles....it took quite awhile!!

    And another "dangled" off of the Anubias leaf for what seemed like an hour!! I guess he had his "tank" full of air & just decided to hang around!!

    I had forgotten they were amusing!

    I recently found a ramshorn snail in my plant tank. He's a really cute blue spotted fella :D. Well, today when I went to drop a piece of food in the tank for him, I found him hanging off of a piece of duckweed!! He was totally upside down using the duckweed as a walkway :o. I wish I had a video...

    Smaller aquatic snails can actually use the surface tension of water to "walk" upside down on the bottom side of the water surface. It is really neat to watch! Even mystery snails are able to do this when they are still babies and light enough. Just yesterday I was playing around with one of my pond snails that went for a walk on the underside of the water surface. :)

    Aquatic snails are much more entertaining and beneficial than most people think :)

    Man, they are tooooo cool! I'm happy to have them... As long as they don't have babies. And more babies... and- well you get the point lol

  12. Oh Good! I thought I was nuts by getting cracked up over my snails!!!!

    And thanks for the info Fang! I was a little worried about them climbing above the water.....but as I am watching one of them up there right now I see that it IS pigging out!! Good to know! I thought they were contemplaiting an escape!!

    I'm not sure about your snail, but I read that my little ramshorn snail actually is an oxygen breather :). They pop up above the surface, store an air bubble under their shell, and go back under :D. Perhaps yours are the same way?

    Somehow they are comical! One of them was "crawling" up the back wall of the tank...there is a bubble wall across the whole back...his antenna where flapping in the bubbles..for some reason it struck me funny. Like he was Zooming (in Slow Motion) to get out of the crazy bubbles....it took quite awhile!!

    And another "dangled" off of the Anubias leaf for what seemed like an hour!! I guess he had his "tank" full of air & just decided to hang around!!

    I had forgotten they were amusing!

    I recently found a ramshorn snail in my plant tank. He's a really cute blue spotted fella :D. Well, today when I went to drop a piece of food in the tank for him, I found him hanging off of a piece of duckweed!! He was totally upside down using the duckweed as a walkway :o. I wish I had a video...

    Smaller aquatic snails can actually use the surface tension of water to "walk" upside down on the bottom side of the water surface. It is really neat to watch! Even mystery snails are able to do this when they are still babies and light enough. Just yesterday I was playing around with one of my pond snails that went for a walk on the underside of the water surface. :)

    Aquatic snails are much more entertaining and beneficial than most people think :)

    Man, they are tooooo cool! I'm happy to have them... As long as they don't have babies. And more babies... and- well you get the point lol

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