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Jesse Braxton

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  1. I have Metro, Kanaplex, and Focus on hand. Should I do all three, or just the Metro and Focus? Also, does it matter whether it's blood worms or brine shrimp? Ive got more brine shrimp in the freezer at the moment. Thanks!
  2. No major changes. I gave him two rounds of General Cure with two days off in between. I also picked up some Garlic Guard to make it easier to give him garlicky blood worms, which he seems to love. Seems like he might be slightly less pineconey, but nothing dramatically different.
  3. Thanks, I've got him in QT with General Cure now. To make the garlic soaked blood worms can I just use a garlic press over frozen blood worms, or is there a better way to do that?
  4. Okay, back with an update. We've added an AquaClear hob filter and have been growing pothos out of it for the last few weeks, done at least 1 water change every week for the last month, and have cleaned the canister out when we've changed the water. Even with all of that I have not been able to get the nitrates down below 20, which is what comes out of the tap. Darla has been a little more active, but still mostly bottom sitting, and continues to have a dark lump in his tail. Yesterday I noticed that he looked a little bloated, and some of his scales are sticking out. He's pretty clumsy, maybe from wen overgrowth, so might have gotten a little beat up from scraping on rocks, but I'm also concerned about dropsy. I just moved him to a 20 gallon QT tank and added 1/2 teaspoon epsom salt. Below are a few pictures of him, and the updated info on the main tank that I just moved him from. I'm wondering whether I should start him on antibiotics or not, and also whether to try a wen trimming (which I've read about but don't know how to do yet). Thanks for your advice! Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 40 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.50 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 20 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 77 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, 4 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 406, up to 100 gallons, Aquaclear 110 power filter * How often do you change the water and how much? 75% water changes weekly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 75% water change today. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish, one 8" oranda, one 6 inch oranda, one 2 inch ranchu. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Sho Impact and garlic peas once a day * Any new fish added to the tank? Added the smaller oranda and ranchu a month ago * Any medications added to the tank? Aquarium salt, 0.3% * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Salt and prazi have been the only medications used in the last four years. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Black lump in large oranda's tail, some red in the pelvic fin of the 6" blue oranda (has been there for the month that I've had her). * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Large oranda usually sits on the bottom, but has been more active recently.
  5. I did the three water changes and cleaned out the canister, and just measured the nitrates at 30ppm, which I know is still too high, but with the tap water up at 20 I'm much happier with that. Darla has been more active, but still mostly at the bottom of the tank and still has the dark lump in his tail. I've got a few pothos clippings sitting in the hob filter now, so I'm hoping that will help with the nitrates over time. I'd love any other suggestions!
  6. Thanks for the recommendations, and I'll get started on the water changes and canister cleaning tomorrow. Getting the nitrates down has been an ongoing problem–20 is actually the lowest I've ever measured in the tap water. I'd love to get some plants in there that would eat up the nitrate. Is pothos in a hob filter a safe way to go? Are there other plants I should look into?
  7. The lump feels hard. Not as hard as a pebble, but harder than Darla's body. I don't see anything like a string coming out of it, but it has a couple small bumps that push into his tail. I haven't added new plants in a few years. I've been cleaning the canister about every six months, and when I do I dump the water out and rinse the media in tank water.
  8. Hi all, My oranda, Darla, has been doing a lot of bottom sitting for the last few months, and has recently developed a dark lump in his tail. I'd love some help figuring out how to help him get better. Here's the info: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 80 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 1.0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 20 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 77 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, 4 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 406, up to 100 gallons * How often do you change the water and how much? 75% water changes. I've done them every other week recently for the last two months, before that was doing them monthly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 75% water change yesterday * How many fish in the tank and their size? only 1 fish, about 8" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Sho Impact, once a day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Yesterday added aquarium salt (1 tsp/gal) and Prazi. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Salt and prazi have been the only medications used in the last four years. Prazi just for a few days at a time, salt for a few weeks when the fish showed signs of finrot. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Black lump in his tail. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Mostly sitting on the bottom. He seems to be able to move around and get off the bottom, but it requires some effort. Thanks for your help! JesseIMG_6607.MOVIMG_6607///
  9. It seems to me like Leo doesn't have a good quality of life, but I want to give him every opportunity to recover before I consider euthanizing him. I take it fish don't recover from a deflated swim bladder? Do you know how that damage could have been done in the first place? And is there any use in treating him for parasites or anything else to rule out other causes?
  10. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and well wishes. I tested the pH and the ammonia in the tap water (the 10 was a typo). The pH was 7.4, ammonia 0.25. I always have a hard time telling apart the 40 and the 80 lines on the nitrates test, so I can't say for sure which the color was closer to. But yes, my tap water is full of nitrates, and therefore so is my aquarium. I have hoped that having plants in my aquarium would help solve that problem, but they don't have much of an impact. If anybody has suggestions on bringing nitrate levels down I'd love to hear them. With the epsom salt baths, I do either 1 teaspoon in a quart of water for about half an hour or 2 teaspoons in a quart of water for about 10 minutes. Here's a video of Leo sinking from the top: http://s28.photobucket.com/user/jmbraxton/media/IMG_0484_zpszxccnfbp.mp4.html?sort=3&o=0
  11. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 40 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 10 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 40 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 7.4, KH 71, GH 161 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 62 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, 1 year and 3 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 406 (383 gph) and Aqua Tech 30-60 (not sure of gph) * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 80%. * How many fish in the tank and their size? Two fish. Leo is about 4 inches, Darla about 5. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime as dechlorinator. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Pro-Gold, twice a day for Darla. I've been feeding Leo less, three times a week in hopes his wen will shrink. I sometimes feed them spirulina flakes or blanched peas as well. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Not in the last three months. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. ​A few months ago I did a a few rounds of Prazi with a 0.1% concentration of salt back in August or September. I also treated the tank with metronidazole and triple sulfa antibiotics, and fed Leo Metro-Meds. More recently I've been giving him regular epsom salt dips. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Slight fraying in Leo's tail, red streaks in his tail, darker orange areas of his wen (which is yellow) * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Leo lies on his side on the bottom of the tank constantly. The major problem is that Leo lies on his side on the bottom of the tank, rarely moving. This problem started at least six months ago with excessive bottom sitting, which I posted about at the time. Somebody suggested treating the tank with Prazi, which I have now done twice without noticing a difference in his behavior. After a few months of bottom sitting there was a day where he rolled over onto his side. He also developed red streaks in his tail and torn fins. That was a big cause of alarm for me, so I quarantined him and treated the tank with antibiotics while feeding him Metro-Meds. The tears in his fins healed, and the red streaks lessened but are still somewhat present, during the treatment. He's now been in a state of lying on his side on the tank bottom, with slightly red streaks in his tail, for the last few months. He accepts food eagerly, but his inability to move well means I have to hold it to his mouth for him to get it. One potential problem is his wen is so overgrown it has made him very front-heavy and covered both his eyes. I've reduced the amount of food I'm giving him in hopes that his wen might shrink, although I have no idea if that's actually possible. Since I've been feeding him less I haven't noticed him pooping, but previously I had tried fasting him for a few days and feeding him peas. This gave him green poops, which I took to mean he wasn't backed up. I'd love some guidance on what, if anything, I can do to help Leo. It looks to me like he could live indefinitely lying on his side with me hand feeding him, but I'd hate for that to be his fate. Do fancies ever return to swimming after several months of bottom sitting, or is this a permanent state? Would a wen trimming be a good thing to try? Thanks for your help. Jesse Philadelphia, PA, USA Leo's overgrown wen, top view: http://s28.photobucket.com/user/jmbraxton/media/IMG_0323_zpsa8e56c75.jpg.html?sort=3&o=6 Leo side-sitting: http://s28.photobucket.com/user/jmbraxton/media/IMG_0319_zpscf799bdb.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1 Red veins: http://s28.photobucket.com/user/jmbraxton/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-12/D8CBE153-1311-4C98-A5A1-6EFA85244AB8_zps8lmems0l.jpg.html?filters[user]=140658744&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=50
  12. Thanks for all the hot tips, everyone! A clean tank and adding salt to Leo's 20 gallon quarantine tank has done him a world of good and his fins and tail are mostly healed already. He is still mostly sitting on the bottom, as he has been doing for many months. I now have Metro Meds and PraziPro on hand, and also bought some spirulina flakes and Pro Gold food while I was at it to change up their diet. I have a few questions at this point: Should I go ahead and do some rounds of Prazi in Leo's tank? And should I do the same in the main 55 gallon tank as well even though the fish there appear to be healthy? Should I feed them Metro Meds, or should I hold off and only use them if they appear to be sick? When should I add Leo back into the main tank? As for the nitrates in my tank, I've had a hard time getting them down. My tap water consistently has a higher level of nitrates than I would like - about 20 ppm - so water changes don't make as much of a difference as they should. I've added a large number of plants to my tank in hopes of reducing nitrates, but the affect is pretty small. It's also very hard to tell the difference between 40 and 80 on the API test kit since those two colors look pretty identical on the color chart, so I might not be reporting the number exactly. Anyone have suggestions about getting nitrates down or a more accurate way of testing? Thanks!
  13. Thanks for the info. I'm still not getting the media to post using the image button (it's telling me the extension isn't allowed on this community), but here are the links to the image and the video: http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/jmbraxton/photo1_zps565c8207.jpg http://s28.photobucket.com/user/jmbraxton/media/IMG_0223_zps8dd3892d.mp4.html Sorry I'm not able to get them to show up directly in the post!
  14. Hi all! Here's the info: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 80 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 20 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 77º F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, 10 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua-tech 30-60 * How often do you change the water and how much? Recently it's been about once every 2 weeks, 66% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 66% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 oranges (Leo and Darla, both appear to be male), about 3.5"-4" each * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime as dechlorinator * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead pellets, 1/4 tsp twice a day. Occasionally I give them a frozen Emerald Entree cube, peas, or blanched broccoli. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * 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? Frayed tail and fins on Leo, with black edges and red veins. Darla seems to be healthy. Both have white spots on their wens, which I believe are simply wen growth * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Leo has been bottom sitting for months without any other signs of distress. I don't know why this is, he is able to swim when he chooses to. Darla can be a bully, so he might just be trying to lay low, or it could be that his wen is so overgrown that swimming is too difficult. Here's the background: I've had Leo a little over 2 years, Darla a little less than 1 year. Leo began bottom sitting much more after I added Darla to the tank, but both have had no apparent health problems in several months since then. I don't have a satisfactory answer to why he bottom sits nearly all of the time, but until now his health hadn't deteriorated so I wasn't too concerned about it. I've been busy for various reasons and have fallen behind on regular water changes. The tank had gotten very dirty. I did a water change a week ago, and then two days later noticed Leo's fraying tail. Today I noticed the black edges where his tail is torn. I did another water change today. The info above was measured before today's water change - I did not test last week when I noticed the problem. but I'm assuming the nitrates were higher then. I have moved Leo to a 20 gallon tank that I added 20 Tbsp API aquarium salt to earlier today. He is now sitting on the bottom of that tank much like he has been doing in the 55 gallon tank for several months. Is this an appropriate first step to take? Is there anything else I should be doing? I'd be happy to post a picture and video I have, but when I click on the "image" button it asks me for a URL for the media I want to post. Do I have to post the files somewhere else on the web before they can be posted here, or is there another way? Thanks for your help! Jesse
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