* 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...