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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.
  16. Hi guys! I'm going to the grocery store tonight, and I wanted to get some frozen peas, some spinach, and some grapes to vary up Baxter's diet. Yay! But I was wondering...how do you feed a fish some fruit? I've read a lot about peas and spinach, but what about fruit? How would I give Baxter his grapes? Cut them up into teeny pieces? Mash them? Also...canned spinach or fresh baby spinach? Any help would be *much* appreciated.
  17. I have 1 fish, Baxter, in a 10 gallon. I know and plan to follow the rules on 20 gallon tanks, and it's kind of a long story...just know that I'll be upgrading soon and that I really do care about Baxter.
  18. Hi all! It's Day 4 of cycling Baxter's newest tank. I'm just really anxious and paranoid about it, I guess. I'm really terrified I'm going to do something wrong with testing the water quality. For example, on Wednesday night I changed the water in the new tank for the first time to bring the ammonia down to 0, and it was successful. But yesterday morning and afternoon I checked the water again using my Tetra EasyStrips, and it said the ammonia was still 0...so I let it go without changing the water yesterday. I checked the water again this morning/afternoon, and the color chart for the EasyStrips was still reading 0. But the water was slightly cloudy (maybe that was my paranoia too... ), and I got all worried that my kit wasn't reading right so I changed about 90% of the water. Was that bad of me? I just *really* don't want Baxter to get sick during this process...I'm so worried about him, even though his behavior is totally normal and happy and beggy-for-foody. I am so afraid of being a bad fishy parent... I ordered the API Freshwater Master Kit on Amazon tonight, and it should be here Tuesday/Wednesday. Until then, I'll use my strips, but just in case the ammonia is hard to read for me, should I continue changing the water every day? Maybe not 90% every day, but if the ammonia goes almost 2 whole days as still reading 0, (almost, but not quite, leaning towards the .25 color), should I consider changing the water 60% or so? I am sooooo paranoid. xD I mostly just want comfort/advice about this. I'm sure you guys know how I'm feeling...yay for support groups. On a lighter, happier note, Baxter will officially have been adopted a week ago tomorrow!!! YAY!!! I love him so stinking much. :3
  19. Thank you so, so much!! You guys are great. This information is *so* helpful. If the ammonia/nitrite is anything but zero, I'll change it. Thank you very, very much.
  20. I have Tetra's EasyStrips. When I use them up I'll get drops instead. :3 What are some good brands of drops? I did the first water change in the new tank last night, and it went well. I only did about 50%, cuz I didn't see this before I started, and when I checked the ammonia levels again they were back at 0.
  21. It's just an ordinary 10 gallon tank, nothing special to it. :3 I got the ten gallon about 2 days after I bought Baxter and his 5.5 gallon, because I did some reading and realized it was not cool to keep goldfishies in a 5.5 gallon...I would go for a 20 gallon, but I don't have the space/money right now. Very soon, though, I plan to upgrade. I have a Tetra filter that does 85 gph (it said on the label that it was ideal for 2-10 gallon tanks). Thank you for your advice. Tonight I'll be doing my first water change in the new 10 gallon. The ammonia level is at .5, so I gotta fix that. Nitrites are good, though. I'll probably take out 50-80% since that level of ammonia is still labeled "safe" on my testing kit's chart...sound okay? :3
  22. Okay, cool! Thank you for the advice on cleaning/catching my fishy. I'm sooo funny about germs, I just wanted to be sure. Oh dear, my roommates are *awful*. I'm a real neat freak and they are both extremely messy (in a moldy gross way, not a cluttered way). One of them stayed in our apartment over the holiday break, and when I and the other girl came back in January, there was mold all in the sinks in the kitchen and bathroom/on the toilet and in the shower. She didn't clean anything at all for over a month. I freaked out. It was really nasty in there. They would definitely notice the bleach, because they don't know what cleaning products are (haha!), but they can get over it. I want to keep my fishy equipment clean and pristine!
  23. Hooray! Thank you so much. Maybe I'll combine vinegar and lemon juice...make my own natural cleaner. Bleach worries me, just because I have little experience using it...plus, I live in a teeeeeeeny tiny dorm-style apartment, so the smell might bother my roommates. :3
  24. My current tank is 10 gallons. I've only had my fishy Baxter for 5 days, and due to poor planning, the 10 gallon is all I have right now. :/ However, I will be upgrading in less than 3 months. Baxter is tiny right now, so I think he will be okay for a little while, if I really keep an eye on his water. Cool! Thank you for the advice, especially about lemon juice. If you don't mind me asking, what are your current/most recent water parameters? Also, welcome to the forum! Hi! Thank you for your answers. Last time I checked the water quality (last night before bed), I got this: Ammonia: 0 ph: 7 (between the two colors for neutral, 6.8 and 7.2) Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0 Total Hardness: 100 (between soft (75) and hard (150) on my strip's color scale) Total Chlorine: 0 Total Alkalinity: 80 I hope that's what you meant by parameters. xD My tank is a 10 gallon. :3
  25. This really is a cool thread idea! I'm new to keeping fish myself, and I've only had my Baxter for a few days, but already he's teaching me so much about fish, about caring for something specific outside yourself, and about keeping a strict schedule (of feeding, checking the water quality, changing water...). I love him so much already. Last semester in school, I suffered from a really draining period of depression that lasted more than 2 months. It affected my social life a lot, and I felt really alone, since my family was 3 hours away, and my boyfriend (and best friend since I was 12) was an hour and half away. I come home from classes now and see Baxter swim up to the glass to see me, and I just smile and talk fishy-talk to him. He makes me feel needed and loved in a sweet, small way. He's so cheery, and he helps me stay that way too. :3
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