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  1. Done and done. Just finished up with all of the doses. (Oh I hope I don't run out of Prazi! I only got the 4oz size) I will update with all parameters daily. Thanks alex, YOU ROCK! --------- Food! What do I give? Should I start Repashy w/ Kanaplax yet, or can I give him some Hikari baby pellets? He's begging, hasn't eaten since his pea last night. He's languidly swimming around already... ahhh. *breathes easier*
  2. Okay hold up - is today Day 1 then?? - should I be doing a 100% water change? I've currently emptied 50% of my water and hopped back on here to check on things. I'm using a 5 gal bucket to empty and I have (2) 1 gal buckets that I truck back and forth so it's just a little cumbersome but I can definitely do it. I've never done a 100% WC before! Do I leave just enough water in there for him? lol!! (Obviously). Wow, this is a long schedule of treatment! But thanks so much for writing it out! I'm going to print it out so I can check each day off. Nemo is active and swimming, keeps thinking he's going to get food. That's next I guess. He hasn't eaten since last night's pea. What can I give him? (Oh! And I did successfully order some MetroMeds tonight! Except they are coming from Pennsylvania to Hawaii! booo living so far away.) So Right now I have the Repashy and Kanaplex.
  3. It's a boy! lol (well should we be worried about the big bulge?) >_< Well, he's been consistently bottom sitting throughout this whole time since I've started the thread. More so than his "normal" behavior. He has spurts of activity where he'll swim around for a bit but settle on the bottom and just hang there for a good while. I think today he's been down there all day. His red spot is completely cleared up though! Yay! He has appetite and always perks up for food so that's good. Even with a fresh batch of crushed coral added on Thursday, my pH slowly is declining, even after adding in some baking soda with the water changes. It's hovering around 6.8 now, down from a reading of 7.6. I should bring this back up a bit? I put the crushed coral in a nylon stocking this time around and made it look like a "stone" because in the dish, it got everywhere..... perhaps it's too compacted? Should I spread it out more like a long cylindrical rock so it can 'breathe' more? lol I ordered the PraziPro, Kanaplex, and Repashy supergreen gel. I did not order MetroMeds yet because for a few days the website seemed to be experiencing difficulties and I couldn't add anything to my cart. In fact... uh... It still appears to not work for me. I might have to call or email them to place an order differently. Is it needed asap? I thought you said that it would just be handy later on. But I'll try to order it. Ok! I will do a 50% WC, and salt. Awaiting orders captain.
  4. OKAY, MEDS ARE IN! Alex, please let me how I should go about the use/dosage/duration. It's my first time doing all of this. I read the instructions buuuuuuut.... I'm I going to put the Kanaplex in the Repashy food, or use it directly in the tank?? After last night's pea, there was a long skinny green poo this morning. Then after work, he was expelling another green poo, this time more a normal-width but shorter. I made sure he swam around a bit to dislodge this before I took pictures. Whew! I can't believe I actually got these shots. (I still can't get over that I'm handling my fish.. LOL. I get so nervous >_<) So here they are. I can't really tell..? And trying to get one from the side: Oh please don't tell me I have to help expel eggs >_____< Lastly.... tank readings this morning were 0.50 ppm ammonia, 0.25 ppm nitrite and 0.50 ppm nitrate. I managed to do a 30% WC before work but then had to run out. When I came home today, (6 hours later), readings were: 0 ppm, .13 ppm nitrite (between 0 and the .25 shades) and .25 ppm nitrate (also between the 0 and the .50 mark's shades) So I read that before Prazi to do a big WC, which it appears I still should do. Let me have it!
  5. Lol, oh dear. I"m going to laugh if Nemo turns out to be female. My gender pronouns were just arbitrary... Um... ok I will try.. LOL! >_< I"ll be home from work in about 4 hours
  6. Okay, except he's gone and gotten himself constipated :/ poor guy. At least I think that's what this is?? This morning he had a rather pronounced buldge on his right side of the body, near the tail. He ate a small breakfast this morning (Hikari baby pellets soaked first). He was super active and zooming around acting like a piggy, of course. So good behavioral signs. But this evening after work, it was still there and I think even a little bigger. I didn't see any big poops in the tank. Maybe a small one but it could have been from the previous night. You can really see the angle of the thing by looking at where his tail attaches! The bulge isn't really that white/pink. It's a trick of the light. From the side: Again, it was actually hard to take these photos because he was zooming around wanting food, I guess. Piggy! So I backed off from his usual dinner time and 6 hours later administered 1 pea. I'll skip breakfast tomorrow. Should I be worried?! Please advise! It's not some fluke egg infestation is it? However, looking at my profile pic, I just noticed that he had a buldginess on the OTHER side! Guess it goes away then huh. Ugggh, it's just one thing after another for this poor innocent creature!! I feel awful!! Meds tomorrow hopefully! His bloody spot is pretty much all nearly gone. But I'm sure there's nasties in there somewhere that we want to clean up.
  7. Good news, things are looking up a bit. Tank levels have maintained 0ppm on all fronts so yesterday and today I didn't need to do a WC. Did a small bit of Amquel+ because ammonia was creepine up toward .25 but not yet. Nemo's bloody patch is getting better. It's a lighter shade, almost pink. Definitely not deep red, so that's good. And he's been more active. And lastly! The medication will be here on Tuesday. Tastyworms really delivered! If it wasn't for the holiday weekend I would have had it so much sooner!
  8. Ah, thanks for the education. I wanted something so badly to blame!! I guess a lot of stuff hitch hiked in... I can't believe I had the wherewithal to put the plant in when I was out of bleach... never again...!!
  9. *STORMS IN DRAMATICALLY* You guys, I actually FOUND a parasite in the tank today. I was looking at Nemo when I noticed a grayish-brown blob on the inside of the tank wall... I took a a long poker stick and touched it AND IT MOVED!!! ugh!! Then it detached itself and I was able to scoop it up and put it in a glass dish. You know, for science! VIDEO: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v381/laiquendi-elf/MVI_1534.mp4 It moooooooves! What is this thing?! AUGH!!!! I subsequently killed it with bleach out of rage after getting these shots. I thought flukes were microscopic. So what was this thing!? it was about 1/8"-1/4" long. it almost looked like a leech. Although I didn't see it when I had picked up Nemo before. Perhaps it kept attacking him on again off again?? Nemo is still bottom sitting but is becoming more active, he was really hungry and excited at dinner time today, so that's good. The red area seems to be less of a deep red but it has still spread and covers more of an area since that first photo. There's a bit of bloodiness starting to creep a little bit into the other lower pectoral fin, but hardly. It's mainly concentrated on the one side. ###### that Labor day weekend!! The meds won't arrive until mid to late week. Is there anything I can do in the meantime?? Water levels: 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, 3ppm nirate
  10. Thanks guys! I ordered repashy super green, kanaplex, and prazipro (4oz). I would like advice, please.... on what recommended actions to take as soon as I get the medicine, in case it's late here on the forums...or no one is online: 1. Dosage of Prazipro 2. How frequent 3. How to replace the after a WC (what % ratio) 4.) The repashy & how much Kanaplex to add to it Nitrates were 5ppm today before my 25% WC. He was still bottom sitting, and I managed to scoop him up gently to look and the red/bloody area looks like a deeper red and has spread a bit more. It looks like things will get worse before they get better.... I tried getting another picture but he was squirming and the light was low, so that was a fail. I mean, he's probably scratching against the gravel and aggravating it to spread, like scratching a mosquito bite. So I did the WC as a courtesy even though the levels were OK. I gave him a pea for bothering him with handling him for the attempted photo, and I covered his tank with a dark towel and just prayed that he'll rest peacefully... I hope he hangs on!!!! I'm going to bawl my eyes out if he doesn't make it before the medicine arrives. He does get active when its time to eat though, so that's good. Cross your fins for us please!! Thanks so much everyone for you help!! You're the best, I'm so thankful I found this site.
  11. He's in a 20 gal... would this require a lot of meds if I kept him in there? It would be so much easier not to set up a QT tank but I'll do what's best for him so I appreciate you guys' opinions. Thanks everyone.
  12. OK, glad you cleared that up for me. I will go ahead and order the Kanaplex, repashy, and the PraziPro. For some reason goldfishconnection doesn't seem to be working at the moment. Much thanks! So no salt in the meantime? I'll just monitor with daily WCs and hope more fluke spots don't crop up Is there anything that I should do about that damned plant that instigated this or is it too late. My other question that I don't think got answered yet would be... are we planning on treating the main tank then... do I keep him in there till the meds arrive? There would be no point in setting up a quarantine tank if the filter media/water/substrate is infected with flukes now, is there? It would make sense to treat the whole tank to get rid of everything... Or would I set up the QT just with uncycled water, and airstone, and maybe the filter without any media? That would mean I would have to watch the levels like a hawk.. and having to work for 8 hours a day, this isn't an option.....
  13. I'm so sorry guys... remember, I"m like... INFANCY new to all of this, really. Should I: 1.) order MediGold or 2.) Order Repashy to use with Kanaplex? Or is the Kanaplex used differently? I'm putting my orders together now. I just want to get things straight and how much it's gonna cost.
  14. Well, I can put in an order for MediGold... or Kanaplex... I was going to order these from TastyWorms.com./ goldfishconnection.... do you recommend getting both? Also some gel repashy... the 'super green' variety...?
  15. That's not it, actually. When you have such a huge pH difference like this, you may not do a big WC with water straight from the tap. Sennenko, it is possible to do bigger volume water changes, but you have to add baking soda to the water, BEFORE you add it to the tank. You would have to add about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons, let it sit and dissolve for about 30 minutes or so, check to see that the pH indeed has risen, and then use it for your WC. Huurah, alex has arrived on the scene! Oops, I usually add the baking soda into my bucket of water that I'm replacing.... let it dissolve and then add it to the tank within a few minutes or so. >____> erm. too soon?! *head_desk* is this acceptable for small water changes, or are you saying I should wait 30 minutes for LARGER water changes? Alex, does it look like flukes to you? Not that the others' advice isn't good, but you're like the fish whisperer! You helped me so much last time around. I would appreciate any advice on the treatment. FaintailFan has advised me to order PraziPro (it's not available at my LFS). Any salt treatments?
  16. As water changes are very good, with the pH difference, no more then 25-30% at a time, unless aged and pH and temp matched before being put in.Have you checked the pH in your sink water yet? I should clarify... all of our water is actually from water-catchment reservoirs.. this is county water but that's how it's set up. No ground or well water. All water out of every faucet tests the same, about 6.0 PH. I currently have 1/2 cup of crushed coral in my tank to have it be 7.6pH, and when I add water in with my WCs I add a little bit of baking soda to buffer my soft water to match. He's moving around a bit more but man! I am so pissed at myself for being too hasty with the plant. Nitrate have fallen to about 15ppm, maybe 10, it's hard to tell. Anyone else's API test chart look exactly identical between the 10ppm and the 20ppm color changes? they look like the same orange to me, lol. >_< .
  17. Thanks FantailFan... no, I don't have any MetroMeds, boo. I've never tried Repashy or making custom food other than giving him peas. I'd need pointers on that too. Thanks for all your advice. I've had him for 14 months now, and he was kept from a previous owner for about a year before that. The only problems he's had before was due to some ammonia poisoning when I didn't have a kit yet, and he developed film over his eyes. But some salt dips and advice from alex solved that problem. I'll go ahead and keep doing WCs in the meantime for the PraziPro to come in... I live in Hawaii so unfortunately stuff takes longer to get here. I think mid next-week is when I can expect it by. Any recommendations for use of salt? Since he is the only fish in his tank, and perhaps the perpetrator of this new symptom was a plant that wasn't properly disinfected... could I just treat in the tank so it takes care of 'what's living in there' in terms of flukes....without use of a QT tank? PraziPro is apparently supposed to be ok for the established BBs in the cycle...? P.S. I LOVE your tank setup! I've been thinking about ditching my gravel for some time now but was unsure about how to do it properly/gradually.
  18. he is eating normally, yes. that's when he perks up and becomes active. I was alarmed that flukes could appear/harm that quickly... and I feel terrible for not being able to properly disinfect my new plant..? His behavior was different/lethargic and bottom sitting before that plant was added as I noted. Also, I think I mentioned it was only about a week from my last water change and nitrate test that was around 40ppm last week, so after that WC (25%)... sometime in the span of a week it skyrocketed but I had been without my test kit so I don't know for sure. yikes. He probably was swimming around in very bad conditions of nitrate for a few days then. I will go ahead an order some PraziPro to have on hand anyway, I hear its a staple.
  19. Silly me, I guess I could use the kitchen sink. There was just a plain utility sink I had been using and I would let it sit for a bit and add a cup of warm water til the temp evened out. It's a farther walk but I will do it. Standing by..... advice needed on setting up QT tank if needed and what treatment to administer. He's just currently sitting on the bottom of the tank. Water parameters should be just fine, but I'm wondering what sort of damage was done with those 120PPM nitrate readings... or if I messed it up with the new plant....
  20. VIdeo is finally uploaded: http://videobam.com/eztRA
  21. Helen, I do have his old 10 gal with a dinky airstone and an old tetra whisper 10i filter. Unfortunately no heater, my spare is broken. My water out of the tap is rather cold, like 60°F, whereas his tank water has been as steady 76°F. I've never set up a quarantine tank before so I apologize in advance, you'll have to walk me though anything step-by-step. My filters are currently set up with filterfloss and biomax rings, established. I called my LFS and all the have on hand is API "General Cure" which is 250 mg metro and 75 mg prazi in a powdered, packet form. They said they have some metro separate, but no prazi by itself to buy. What can I anticipate?
  22. I finally scooped him up in a container and was able to gently hold him to get a good shot.... he's a real squirmer so this is all I could get. I have a video uploading it's only at 30% right now and I will post that when it finishes.... sorry it's taking so long the video upload is really slowing down my computer...! The red patch could have very well been there last night and I might not have noticed it because he was hanging around on the bottom. Poor baby
  23. Hi all, I wish I could say that I cruise around here more when Nemo and I are NOT having a bad day... but long time no see. Last I was on here was a while ago and Dnalex was so very super helpful. I have a problem! The below results were after my last water change 25%, a few hours ago. I had brought the nitrate levels down to a manageable level. Please read below.. they had been dangerously high in the previous days. I am currently uploading a video of this bloody splotch on his fin and will post it asap. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 20ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 pH, KH 35.8 ppm (and rising, as I replaced my crushed coral. my tap is suuuuper soft.) GH 143.2 ppm * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.0 pH Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API MASTER KIT (drops) * Water temperature? 76°F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal, about 6 months, cycle has been established. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon 20 and AquaClear 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? 25-30% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, about 5" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Amquel+, and I would buffer my tap with small amounts of baking soda. I just replaced my crushed coral today. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari pellets, occasional TatraFin flakes * 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. * 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.? See below for answers to the above questions. Today marks the 4th day of bottom sitting. 4 days ago, I noticed a change in behavior... Nemo was lethargic and bottom-sitting, whereas the day before he was just fine. It had been about a week since my last 25% water change, so I did one (25%) out of routine, and left it at that. I didn't test the water because somenody was borrowing it. I always use Amquel+ with my water changes. The next day, more bottom sitting. So I got my test kit back and decided to test the water. 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrites..... then alarming, shockingly, 120+ppm nitrates!!! EEP! I then administered two back-to-back 25% water changes (so 50% total) that evening. The nitrates went down to about 80~70ppm. So the next day I did another 25% water change, and the nitrates went down again to about 50ppm. I had also ran out of Amquel+ so I made a trip down to the LFS and bought me some more - along with a sword plant, thinking that would help in bringing the nitrates down. I did another 25% water change yesterday evening, and added the plant. Now something I might have slipped up on was I probably didn't clean the plant well enough. We were out of bleach, so I just rubbed it down in pure water for a bit and put it in. :/ He's been eating.... I backed off a little bit on it and gave him a pea here and there during this whole time. This morning, I wake up... Nemo's still bottom sitting. HOWEVER! I was APPALLED to see on the underside of his belly, on his first bottom fin (pelvic fin?) he had a bright red bloody splotch that looks like it's slowly creeping down through his veins in the fin. It starts right where the fin attaches to his body. Eeeeek! Now my questions. Is it possible that: 1.) There could have been parasites on my sword plant and he got attacked/infected THAT QUICKLY? 2.) Nemo occasionally will do laps around the bottom of the tank and never really leave the gravel-level. In fact sometimes he is brushing up against it, skirting it. Is this was is known as "scratching?" I should note, however, that he was doing this BEFORE the new plant, and there shouldn't have been anything else new introduced to the tank before this. 2.) Can bottom-sitting for that long cause something similar to 'bed sores'? If he scratched/bumped up against the gravel too often? He gets bursts of energy, where he'll go swimming through the middle part of the tank, then just 'turn off' and sink rapidly toward the bottom, looking as if he's almost 'hitting' or bumping up against the gravel. Is this what's known as 'flashing?' Meep! OKAY! SO. Should I do salt in the tank, or salt dips? What concentration? Should I try to disinfect the plant better or is it too late? Do I need to buy some Prazipro? I've never administered it before. My LFS closes in about 3 hours, sorry this is so late but I'd appreciate some advice asap!!
  24. Thanks for the advise guys. I will try your suggestions. ^_^
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