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  1. Hi Lis! I actually left my tank bare bottom after I upgraded my fish to a 40B, because i will be leaving for college soon and my mom will have to do maintenance on the tank, so I wanted it to be as easy as possible. Plus I know she'll probably not do water changes as often as I do now so i figured i wouldn't risk anything by adding substrate. Anyways, it's really nothing pretty, but I figured I'd share with you if it helped any. I have Anubias bateri on driftwood and some floating frog bit. I think I'm going to add some planters with swords too. Yeah it can get kind of dirty looking at times, because you can see all the poop and stuff (my fish eat and spit out their poop so much that it just ends up looking like sprinkled crap everywhere [emoji40]) but water changes are way more easy now that I don't have to sift for poop through the sand and I can just suck it up all in one pass. And filtration is much more efficient and easier on my filters now that sand doesn't clog them up.
  2. Georgia

    My new Betta!

    That is a banana plant (Nymphoides Aquatica)! They are a member of the lily family. They got their name because their rhizome looks like a bunch of bananas. Very easy to care for, they require low light to thrive and will grow roots from the bananas over time. Make sure to not bury the bananas all the way because the plant will suffocate and eventually die. Sticking a root tab under the plant will help with growth. They will also grow really long lilies that touch the surface of the water. One of my favorite plants, they are so cool.
  3. Georgia

    My new Betta!

    Beautiful fish! Looks like a delta tail to me (tail doesn't reach 180* when fully spread).
  4. Hi Bruce! I actually did return from my trip a few days ago and I am happy to report that I found my fish happy and healthy. The prazi seemed to have done the trick and I have seen significantly less splashing now. Thank you everyone for your help and input.
  5. Lots of bottom sitting today. Not sure if that's bad or the salt is just doing its job. Both are still responsive to food, however. And for some reason, a crapton of planaria just appeared out of nowhere yesterday after the wc. Maybe they came out of the sand when I stirred it up. But anyways, they are harmless so I'm not worried about them.
  6. Okay, I just finished a 90% WC and added a pantyhose with 27 tablespoons of non-iodized sea salt into the tank near the air stone. I checked my eBay order and it says the PraziPro has already been shipped from Ohio. Everything's going good so far! I will update tonight on how the fish react to the salt, if they do at all.
  7. Oh no, Jenna, i don't want to cause any trouble to you. Thank you so much for offering.
  8. I just ordered it from eBay. I made sure to find a seller who was close to PA geographically but it says it'll get here before Dec 16. Hopefully not on December 16. OK, that sounds like a good plan. I can add salt tonight or tomorrow, so it'll probably be at .3% for about 3-4 days. Is that okay? I also have some Seachem Purigen in my filter, so I'll go ahead and take it out just in case. I'll order some metro too.
  9. Yeah, that's why I put it to only .1%. But thank you for telling me about the adding salt thing, it will definitely save me time. Maybe treating with just prazi for 2-3 days after the round is done will increase its effectiveness, but I'm not sure if you can do that.
  10. Okay, I have decided that I should just stick with the Hikari PraziPro since the powdered prazi is out of question now. I have composed a rough schedule of treatment based on brief research on other threads. DAY 1: add salt to .1% DAY 2: add salt to .2% DAY 3: add salt to .3% DAY 4: leave salt at .3% for whole day DAY 5: do 100% WC and re-add salt to .1% DAY 6: add PraziPro (double or single dose?) with .1% salt still in tank leave for five days and do 100% water change, end of round. I'm not an expert at this, so if one of the mods feel I need to make a correction, please let me know. Unfortunately, by the time the PraziPro arrives, I think I'll only be able to finish one round before I have to leave for my trip. I hope it is enough and no infections surface after I leave.
  11. I think she's just a little plump, Lisa. But I'll take another video for you. https://vimeo.com/148570300
  12. Or should I just take a chance and do the salt with the prazipro? I can't seem to find any remotely affordable powdered prazi online.
  13. Ok, understandable. So I will do salt and powdered prazi. Can you direct me to a brand of powdered prazi? And should I just follow the protocol on dnalex's thread here? How many rounds should I do? http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/105076-schedules-for-the-treatment-of-flukes-etc-using-praziquantel/
  14. I'm sorry if there was miscommunication, as I typed that too fast. I didn't mean that the prazi itself will directly cause secondary infection. I meant that, since my fish have never been treated for flukes before, when the flukes are killed off by the prazi, the microscopic holes left behind will be susceptible to infection, there being where the salt or metro comes in. If it were simply a routine maintenance round where we just needed to regulate the population of flukes, and the fish have been treated with prazi many times before, then I would understand the prazi-only route. Thus, i am simply asking if I should take the salt and prazi route or prazi and metro. But you guys are most knowledgable on this. Thank you.
  15. Sorry, I posted by accident too early. I will elaborate. I have never treated my fish for flukes for as long as I've had them so I feel as though I need to take a stronger course of treatment, especially since they are displaying symptoms. So I feel as though they will display secondary infection symptoms with just prazi. I will order Prazipro tonight along with Seachem Metroplex if you see fit. I have salt on hand. I just need guidance on my course of treatment, as it's my first time. Also, I will be leaving for Europe on the 22nd for 2 weeks, so I'm hoping I can fit the treatment in before then. I will try to upload a video.
  16. Well, darn. I was hoping I'd never have to post in this disease forum. But I think my one fish is displaying symptoms of flukes. For many consecutive days now, my larger fish, Olive, has been aggressively splashing the surface of the tank's water. So much so, that she gets water almost 2 feet away from the tank and you can hear it from the other end of the house. At first, I thought she was just being her annoying, single tail self, but it's starting to get out of hand. Now I'm seeing some bottom-sitting and missing scales from Olive, which makes me come to the conclusion that she's having a fluke problem. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 58*-60* F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29, 2 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, 90% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 or 3 days ago, 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2, about 4-5 inches standard length * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? bloodworms, gel food, pellets * Any new fish added to the tank? nope * Any medications added to the tank? nope * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? missing scales * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting, excessive splashing, gulping
  17. Orientation went great at the SPCA. Can't wait to start.
  18. Meh, I could try, but my SAT scores really bring me down. Plus my extracurriculars aren't that amazing. I've done quite a bit of scholastic competitions, but not that much community service. If in the event I somehow get in, I'd just major in bio and get my graduate in marine biology. I *******might***** try to apply to Duke for grad school but who knows.
  19. Thinking of anywhere in particular? Lisa, for the bazillionth time, I can't get into that school. me too I'm taking my SAT one more time and then I'm applying. I need two more recommendation letters still I quit with the SATs. I just see no hope in improving. The ACTs are slightly easier but just a little more time-constraining. I think I'll take those in November.
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