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  1. I'l get some Prazipro, then. Just follow the instructions listed on the bottle? I'm sorry if these questions sound really common-sensical, I just *really* don't want to make this worse, or use too much medication, or something. I really do appreciate your help, though, Alex.
  2. oops, never mind. Found it. Silly Vic. xD I'm headed to the pet store tomorrow, actually, and if I picked up some Quick Cure or Parasite Clear, would that be beneficial? I've never done a salt bath/dip before, and that makes me anxious.
  3. Thank you *very* much for the advice. I can definitely look into getting a different water conditioner from now on...do you recommend any specific brand or type?
  4. I circled the points in red I most want you to see. It looks like nothing in this picture, but again, the quality is really bad because he won't sit still. There really is some fraying going on.
  5. * Ammonia Level (tank): .25 ppm * Nitrite Level (Tank): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): 5ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tap): 10-20 ppm (the color was very hard to read...it was between the 10 and 20 marks) * Ph Level (Tank): 7.6+ (it came out a dark blue for both tap and tank tests) * Ph Level (Tap): 7.6+ * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops: API Freshwater Master Test Kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon Power Filter 20 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress Coat+ (to condition water); Jack's Aquarium Salt (less than 1 tablespoon when I change the water) * Water temperature? 70 degrees * How often do you change the water and how much? Irregular due to new tank (see below) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Last water change was last night (10 hours ago?) and I changed 75%. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 15 gallon tank that has been running for 1 week (6 days with Baxter in it) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish, Baxter, and he is about 2 inches long from tip to tail. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Every two days I feed him sinking pellets...about once a week we'll vary his diet and give him a pea or an algae wafer. * Any new fish added to the tank? No. * Any medications added to the tank? No. * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) NA * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? His back left fin is looking slightly frayed towards the bottom. It's hardly noticeable, but there were some white "spots" on the ends of his tail where it has now frayed. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? NA * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. NA Hi all. Sorry I haven't been as active on the forum in a long time...school got really busy. But Baxter is doing just great, aside from this newest issue. The last time I posted on Koko's, I had decided that Baxter would get a new, bigger tank when I was able to move home for the summer from my university. At the university dorm, he was living in a dank little ten gallon tank. After seeing his new one, which has a light, a lid, and better filter, I realize what a dump he was living in. But last Friday, Baxter and I made the 3 1/2 hour drive home from school, and he did just splendidly. I was so proud of him. He didn't seem bothered by it at all...he's a real trooper. My mom had offered to buy me a new tank (to which my wallet squealed with joy), and purchased/set up a fifteen gallon column-style tank. She put water conditioner in the water, and cycled it 24 hours before Baxter and I got home. Once we arrived, we added Baxter, his old plants and toys, the thermometer, mag-float, etc. And he has taken to the new tank like crazy. He swims around it all day, being very active and happy. He eats whenever I give him his 2 pellets every 2 days, and he hasn't had any strange behaviors that I've noticed. What I did notice, two days ago, was a raised white spot on his back left fin. I freaked out and yelled for my mom, thinking it was ich. She told me not to panic, and to monitor his behavior/water quality over the next couple of days, and see if it went away or if another spot appeared. I watched him like a hawk, all that day and yesterday, and his white spot kind of migrated to the edge of his back left fin, and stayed there. Another one appeared just above it yesterday, smaller, on the edge of his fin. This morning his fins are looking a little frayed, so I'm thinking that maybe it's fin rot? Either way, I know something's up, and I was wondering if you guys could tell me how to approach treating this. I'll include what crappy pictures I was able to take, and if you all think it will help, I'll include a video. He just won't sit still for a good picture! I feel that I must admit one last thing...I changed Baxter's water for the first time last night since he's been home. I have been testing the water quality every two days since I've been home, and nothing looked bad. No ammonia appeared until yesterday, when it was at .50 ppm. I suppose there was a spike in the ammonia between the days I tested/didn't test. Needless to say, I changed it asap, and this morning it's still at .25 ppm, and I'll change it again later this evening to try and get it down. I feel bad, like maybe that caused this (plus all the stress of moving), but I'm not sure. I don't feel too alarmed by whatever's wrong with Baxter, just because he's still eating/active/happy-looking. I just want to stop this before it gets any worse. Help? D: Pictures are coming in just a second...
  6. Thank you both for the advice, especially about the gravel! I'll take some out asap and fill up his tank a little more. And thank you to everyone else for supporting me/commenting on Baxter!!!
  7. Two Saturdays ago, I randomly decided to go to the LPS with my boyfriend. It was a really nice shop, and they had a great selection of fish and fish supplies. We were going to adopt a goldfish, despite knowing very little about it. We knew we'd figure it out. When I found the goldfish I wanted, I asked one of the ladies to come collect him for me. As she got her tools together to catch Baxter, she looked at the meager amount of supplies we were holding, and told us that we needed more stuff to really care for a goldfish. I thanked her, and told her I would do some research online before buying anything else for him. She gave me a nasty look, and when it came time to pay for everything we were buying, she refused to guarantee Baxter's life. The LPS has a policy that if you buy a new fish, they will guarantee its life for two weeks. If he/she dies within those two weeks, you can bring in a sample of your tank water and the dead fish, and they will replace him if you buy the recommended products to better care for your tank. But this lady didn't seem to believe that I cared enough about Baxter, because she didn't think he would even last the two weeks, and refused to guarantee him. I have to admit, after this encounter, I walked with Baxter's bag in my hands to my car, and began to cry. I was really upset and afraid that I wasn't going to be a good enough keeper for Baxter. My boyfriend hugged me and said, "She's just grumpy. She doesn't know how good a mom you can be to Baxter. I know you'll give him the best life he could have." From that moment on, I decided that no matter what happened, I was going to make Baxter's life wonderful, and I was going to give him a life of way more than two weeks. Today, it is two weeks after Baxter's adoption, and he is happily swimming around, just as he was the day I got him. He lives in his cute little tank with snazzy upgrades, such as the oxygen tubing and a thermometer (heehee!), and he seems just fine to me. Just thought I'd share my happiness with the Koko's community, and some pictures of Baxter in his tank after two weeks. Thank you to everybody on here who has helped make this possible. You all have been so kind to me thus far, and I know you'll continue to help me.
  8. Perfect!!! I'll go by tomorrow and ask them about it. Even if they don't have any, I'm sure they can direct me to some. You all are wonderful!!! Thank you so, so much!!!
  9. Okay, whew. I'll look into coral tonight, and work with the pH adjuster when it gets here. Where does one look for coral?
  10. The last time I checked it it was kinda confusing. I couldn't tell if it was 0 or closer .25 (I have Tetra EasyStips...my API Master Testing Kit is coming in on Tuesday also! ).
  11. I will definitely look into some coral! Do you think the pH level can wait until Tuesday for me to adjust it, when my big bottle arrives, or should I go buy a small bottle tomorrow and fix it right away? I don't really know if pH is an immediate worry if it gets a little low or not...what shall I do?
  12. Gah!!! I'm sorry I'm just now getting this. My phone is supposed to receive an email when someone answers these...better check my settings. My tap's pH is reading 6.8, but usually it reads much higher... The kh is 60 and the gh is 150.
  13. I just checked Baxter's tank, and the pH is a little below 7. LPS is closed. I have no pH adjuster right now, but I've ordered some two nights ago and it'll be here Tuesday. I plan on doing a water change tonight after an Oscar party with my friends. Do I need to go get pH adjuster tomorrow from LPS or can it hold off til Tuesday? :/
  14. A big huge thank you to everyone who responded!! You all were such a big help. Baxter will love his peas, and the occasional grape.
  15. Thank you very much, shakaho. Thanks for being patient too, and answering and re-answering my questions. I really appreciate it, and I'm sorry if I was repeating the same question. This makes me feel a lot better. Haha, it's very true. Thank you, fantailfan1. I just need to breathe and stick to my routine.
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