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mermaidkitten

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  1. OMG I am cracking up! I thought the same thing! I HATE boogers too so I had to stop watching the video and just listen!
  2. Hmm, I use Progold for my big commons and NLS for my little ones and I never get any clouding or anything. Solient Green has a great balance of veggies and protein if you look at the ingredients. Does it need to be enhanced with a pellet food? You could mix Soilient Green with one of the veggie or meat based Repashy foods to tweak it to your needs. I fine gel food very messy but it is so good for my fish and my filters rock so I don't mind. Especially since I just realized I have coffee all over my shirt, I figure my fish take after me!
  3. Glad to hear everything is better. Maybe he was just a spas and super excited about having new friends. I get like that sometimes.
  4. You need to WHAT?Your autocorrect really hates you. I just want you to know! :cry my phone really does hate me. I can't tell if I am more excited about the eggs or Mikey shaving! Everyone is just growing up so fast!!!
  5. Updated photos (finally): Size comparison: last week they were the same weight and about the same size: Kingsly looking healthy and Klaus with (hopefully healing) head issue
  6. I have three HUGE commons in a 55 gallon and I do 2-3 50% water changes a week and watch my nitrates but they are really healthy so that part is so able. I still feel I need a 75 gallon. Good luck, I feel the same way about my animals.
  7. I will give it a shot when I get home. I need a better camera or some better light in my little apartment!
  8. Another update. I keep taking photos during water changes but keep forgetting my camera at home when I get to work. Second week of Metro Meds. Still behaving totally normal. No pine coning! That white stuff is still there but no red/ raw flesh is visible. It is not spreading and I can see new black spots (scales) growing back. Is the white stuff healing? I have never had a black fish before so I am not sure. On a strange note, his buddy (Kingsly) has been eating the Metro Meds too since he was bottom sitting for a day or two. He seems fine now but I figured I would continue with the treatment, but he has had a huge growth spurt in the last week. I have not weighed him but he looks like he has almost doubled in size? Poor Klaus is still the same size. Weird...
  9. Thanks Alex! Yeah the baking soda did the same when I had my Zombie Fish issue. I think buying it just indulges my shopping addiction!
  10. Hey Chelsea, I did not realize I never answered your question about Gold Buffer. My PH from the tap is usually around 7 (fresh) and then in between water changes it creeps down to 6.5- 6.0 within 24 hours. All three of my tanks were having slime coat issues and behavioral changes until I resolved this. The Gold Buffer works at controlling this. I started out with low doses of it and now I have it down to a science. For example, my 20 gallon QT takes 2 tsp for a 100% water change and 1 tsp for a 50% and it has stabilized my PH at a nice 7.8 on all three of my tanks. The main ingredient is baking soda so that's what is buffering my water better I am sure but it makes me feel safer that the PH is stabilized. The fish and I are all happy! I have been stocking up on this stuff because it works well for me. The only time it failed was a few weeks ago when I used NovAqua water conditioner (I normally use Prime) and even with the buffer I had a bad PH crash. I will never do that again. The Goldbuffer is pretty inexpensive ($10 on Amazon) and one bottle last me about two months and I have three tanks running right now.
  11. I don't have any suggestions but I hope your fish feels better!
  12. No worries I seriously have to much yarn! Id love to donate some to your good cause. Pm me and ill dig it out this weekend. Do you want anything other than cotton? I have tons of half skeins of wool from hat projects too.
  13. Is he injuring the other fish? Could it be breeding behavior? I have one that is almost relentless with his advances but it does not seem to bother my female at all. My commons are doing that romantic dance, which is funny because the male is only 5" and the females are 10" and 13", so he looks like a little short guy trying to date a supermodel (no offense to any short guys here) and the ladies whack themselves on the filter in take and lose a few scales on occasion but no injuries. They seem to settle down at night. I figure since no one gets hurt its okay. Unless you have a bully on your hands, maybe someone else can advise on that.
  14. I have no cats but those are adorable. Let me know if you need cotton yarn, I have a bunch from some dish cloths I never made. I'd be happy to send them to you!
  15. Adorable! And, perfect photos as always!
  16. So nice to have easy instructions for this. Thanks so much! I agree that this should be an article!!
  17. That's a relief about the preventative treatment. Thanks for the infor. The stuff is sort of pricy so I think I will do it quarterly!
  18. Here is the schedule that I stole from another thread: We typically recommend following one of the following schedules: PRAZIQUANTEL PROTOCOLS A. FIVE DAY ROUNDS Day 1: Big WC (>50%), add Prazi. Make sure salt is at the appropriate concentration. This is the beginning of Round 1. Day 5: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 1. Day 6: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 2. Day 10: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 2. Day 11: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 3. Day 15: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 3. Day 16: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 4. Day 20: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 4. Day 21: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 5. Day 25: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 5. Day 26: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 6. Day 30: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 6. This is enough for 6 rounds, should you need to go out that far. Some reminders: Prazipro should only have salt to 0.1% if you are using regular dose. If double dosing Prazipro, you can raise salt to 0.3%. If you are using Prazi powder or tablets, then salt is at 0.3%. A. SEVEN DAY ROUNDS Day 1: Big WC (>50%), add Prazi. Make sure salt is at the appropriate concentration. This is the beginning of Round 1. Day 2: Add another dose of Prazi. We routinely double dose with Prazi for the first round in this protocol. Day 5: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 1. Day 8: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 2. Day 12: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 2. Day 15: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 3. Day 19: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 3. Day 22: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 4. Day 26: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 4. Day 29: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 5. Day 33: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 5. Day 36: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 6. Day 40: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 6. The number of rounds depends upon the reaction your fish have to the treatment.
  19. I never knew it before I found Koko's but everyone here recommends doing several rounds of Prazi, which is a gentle medication that treats the fish for flukes. Apparently all fish have flukes all the time and can tolerate them at low levels. The recommendations I have seen are to do several rounds with aquarium salt when you first get your fish (there are 5 day and 7 day schedules) and several cycles need to be completed due to the life cycle of the flukes. Then people seem to do one treatment a month to keep the fluke population down. I never did this on my commons and I had them for five years. When I learned about it, I put them through the treatment and now I do once a month too. Sounds like you fish are doing great but I would bet a more experienced fish keeper would recommended the treatment. Apparently is is very gentle and safe. I am not sure what you can use in Canada as I know some countries have restrictions on medication. Someone will be able to give you a recommendation of what you can use at your location. Do you have pic of your fish?
  20. Thanks for the well wishes! I will work on pics tomorrow.
  21. I love that your other fish are so enthusiastic! Congrats!
  22. I am going to need a bigger apartment! I want a corner tank!
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