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About LauraThe3xplora

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    21 (Happy Bday to me!)
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    3 Mai Tai, Sarge & Snowflake + 1 betta Casper

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  1. My Sarge is getting almost-black patches, too, as he turns orange! The last little bits of green are so dark and he has a little beak lol. I love Cash
  2. I keep my goldfish at about 72-74* F as per dnalex's advice. Good mix of metabolism rate and life span. In addition to different temperature requirements, goldies and tropicals also have very different pH requirements and levels of aggressiveness.
  3. Thanks, everyone! I really didn't think she was gonna make it. Shoutout to my mom for following the directions I passed on from here and saving my oldest and smallest fish!
  4. They're so cute! The all-orange one looks like he might be leaning oranda, but that's just me. My oranda is a little stocky like that. Adorable
  5. Sorry to bring this topic up out of the archives, but it was bothering me that I never followed up with everyone who helped me with Snowflake. She pulled through! She's back to normal and is happy in the main tank again I will be ordering my own MMs to have on hand for her (THANK YOU to CindiL for sharing hers with me!!). Here's a blurry pic of her from this weekend....not puffy anymore!
  6. Well she's been on MMs since 9/21 but she's been apparently looking normal since maybe 10/1? I wasn't sure how long after looking normal she should stay on the meds. So happy she made it!!!
  7. Update: my mom tells me that Snowflake is essentially back to normal! She's not pineconed anymore and is looking great. She sort of came back from the dead I guess, because my mom almost pulled her out of the tank because she turned gray and looked dead I guess she has 9 lives! How much longer should she stay on the MMs?
  8. She's supposed to get 7-8 a day, but my mom has to trick her into eating them by mixing with the regular pellets. Sometimes she'll go back at night and eat the soggy pellets off the bottom
  9. Last I heard, my mom was trying to get her to eat by tempting her with the regular pellets and crunching up the MMs (she has sort of a deformed mouth so she takes little bites). I wrote down at home how many she -should- be having a day
  10. I did a big water change and cleaned out my filters. What else should I do? And thank you! She is my oldest and sickest fish, I'm not sure she will make it
  11. Thanks so much Helen! I read your first post after I finished my water change. I added 1/2tsp to the QT and I put a media sponge from the main tank in there just in case. I think the big heater would fit if I put it at an angle. Would that be ok? I think my house is pretty stable around 68. 150W is ok for a 10gal right? She doesn't want to eat, but maybe if the swelling goes down she will eat some MMs
  12. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0-.25 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0-.25 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6-8 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 72 in main tank, 68-70 in QT * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60gal main, 10gal QT * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 AC 70s on main, 20gal whisper on QT * How often do you change the water and how much? 50-60% once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? Last weekend, doing one today in main tank * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead 2x day and a cube of frozen worms * 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. Salt & Prazi when tank was set up * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Was hanging near top in main tank, swollen like a pearlscale, pinecone scales, popeye, just looking generally puffy and unhappy Mai Tai was swollen up for a few weeks with a mystery infection or eggs (not sure yet) and is now back to normal.
  13. I have a 10gal tank set up with an old 20gal filter because I don't have an air pump. I don't have a spare heater, just the one in my main 60gal. I have Epsom salt. Here's the best photos I could manage. The top view isn't the best because she's hanging out near the bottom, but I can clearly see her scales sticking out. http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag7/laurathe3xplora/null_zpsa743a141.jpg http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag7/laurathe3xplora/null_zps94608f65.jpg http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag7/laurathe3xplora/null_zps37ebd143.jpg http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag7/laurathe3xplora/null_zps7ecc800a.jpg
  14. I just got home for the weekend and found that Snowflake has dropsy. Pineconing, popeye, not acting right, white poop. I'm picking up a hospital tank right now, so this post is on the go. I have MMs. Ive never dealt with dropsy before. What should I do??
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