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    Elrond, Gandalf, Othello, Calico Jack, Bubbles, a nameless lionhead, and many, many fry :)

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  1. If I were you, before I'd buy the $40 dwarf hairgrass mat, I'd buy a smaller, cheaper clump and see how that does in your tank. That way if it ends up dying, you aren't out as much money. As for substrate and light requirements, what I've really had luck with to get my plants to grow has been using dirt in my aquariums. Before I'd have my plants last a while, then start losing leaves and dying off (except for the Java ferns). Now I have had luck with most of my plants, and I don't use any added Excel or CO2. The lights I have are just the simple, single flourescent tube lights that came with the aquariums (I don't know their specifics for certain). I got some hairgrass (not dwarf) a little over a week ago, and that stuff is very happy! It's already grown several inches in height, and has started to get above the water. I've got four of my tanks with dirt in them (75, 40, 29, and 10 gallons). Giving it a try with your ten gallon might be worth a try
  2. Thanks for the replies everyone! I think that for now, I will not try taking one of the branches and putting it my aquarium as it's probably not really worth the risk or time it would take to soak it and prepare it to be used in my tanks safely. I may keep my eyes open for some wood from an aquarium store to use instead, though.
  3. I've heard mixed feelings regarding driftwood being put in aquariums, but what about part of a tree branch fresh from a tree? I was planning on redoing my 40 gallon long with dirt and lots of plants, and I thought it might look nice with a piece of wood in there to go with the natural look. A good-sized branch of a birch tree fell during a windstorm the other week, so there are plenty of pieces for me to choose from, if it would still be ok for the fish. I would peel off the bark or any excessive pieces/ debris, and rinse and soak it before hand, along with making sure there are no sharp edges before it would go in the tank. Does anyone have any thoughts/experience on this? (And of course when looking at the cut branches, my thoughts immediately go to fish!)
  4. I cleaned the tank this morning and dosed the meds again. When I checked on her a while ago, she had died some time this afternoon. I'm going to bury her by the rosebush where I've buried her friend Baby Fish and her daughter Peaches. Thank you everyone for your help throughout this.
  5. Today she is looking about the same. The blisters are mainly on one side of her, with one large and two small, along with prickly looking scales by her tail. She has still been sucking up the food that I give her into her mouth, but I've been noticing her spitting some of it out after a while. I think she may be ingesting some of it, but definitely not a lot of it. When the Metro meds come, is there anything different that I should do? I can definitely see raised scales in those areas. She's in a ten gallon quarantine tank right now, but I will remember that about the water level I have some Epsom salt on hand, if I need to use it.
  6. I may have misread your instructions. I added a second dose of both medications this evening (two more scoops of metronidazole and another packet of Tri-sulfa) without a water change, but 24 hours after the initial dose. The packages say to add a pack of the tri-sulfa for the second day of treatment, but the metronidazole says to add a dose every two days. I maybe should have added the second pack of tri-sulfa, but skipped the metronidazole for today. Either way, it did say that there was little danger of overdosing the metro on the packaging and 24 hours had passed since the previous dose. She seems to be pretty much the same today. The blisters are still there, but there does not seem to be an increase in their numbers, which is good. She's also continuing to eat, although I still have to hold her and feed her by hand. She is a little sweetie. She's the fish in my profile picture looking straight at the camera.
  7. Ok, I will Thanks for all your help/advice! I really hope she pulls through this. Do you know what the general success rate of this treatment usually is?
  8. Well, in my original post, I said that I had Triple Sulfa, when I really had Furan-2. Either way, I got the triple Sulfa and it's in the tank with her now.
  9. I went ahead and put the Metronidazole in. I have to go get the Tri-sulfa now (all I have is the Furan-2), but I'll put that in when I get it.
  10. Ok, I got 5 grams of 100% Metronidazole (Seachem) at the LFS, along with the Furan-2 already on hand
  11. I have Furan-2 already with me. Will that work for now until the Metro-Meds come in? I don't know about my ability to smooth talk a vet into getting me some metronidazole.
  12. Holy crap, I was cleaning her tank, and she has honest to goodness blisters on her! They're almost clear and see-through, so I didn't see them until I took her out of the tank and put her in a different bucket for tank cleaning. I went ahead and bought the Metro Meds. They should get here in 1-5 business days, it said, but unfortunately the weekend is coming up. I may run to the pet store and see if there is some sort of antibiotic I can put in the water until then. I really don't want to lose Elrond, as she is one of my favorite fish, along with being one of the ones I've owned the longest and being the mother of all the fry I kept!
  13. The scales by her tail have never been completely smooth, but they are definitely appearing more fluid filled. On her tummy and sides heading towards the base of her tail, her scales don't look quite normal, more fluid filled and blistery. There's a white dot in the center of each of them, which usually isn't as obvious as it is right now. Is there something that I can give her while I wait for the Metro Meds to ship? Perhaps some other medication that has metronidazole in it that I could soak some food for her in?
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