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  1. Dried soldier fly larva is readily available on Amazon. I wonder if that is viable option as opposed to buying the fluval brand.
  2. You can have 2 full grown fish easily. I would recommend a bare bottom for the tank to ensure you have the maximum volume of water and allow you to siphon waste easily . Also no large decoration that might make it hard for your fish to turn around. If you are diligent with water changes, that is weekly 50%, and manage your filter media waste regularly then you can increase the # of fish to 3. 4 adult fish with that tank dimension feels a bit to crowded.
  3. I have had these in all of my planted tanks. They will build little short tunnels in your substrate and should be visible against the glass. They are segmented and are oligochaeta just like the earthworms. They are not a pest. If it is out of control as in your filter has many per square inch then you are either overfeeding or not cleaning your substrate and filter media well enough. In sum there is no worries here. Enjoy the biodiversity! They are serving a purpose in your tank right now.
  4. I tend to stray away from chain stores. Many times their "premium" goldfish stock is ran on the same filtration system as the feeders. These fish should be kept separate since their purpose in aquaria is greatly different. The petsmart by me keeps all their goldfish on the same system. It is not uncommon to find their lion heads, fan tails, or what ever with louses on them. I just cant buy from this type of environment. Now if you wanted to buy mystery snails or shrimp I would say it is safe. I am not sure how many parasites that use invertebrates as hosts also consider fish hosts as well. Usually hosts are very specific. My opinion is stay away from big box. If you cant then quarantine and treat for parasites, fungus, and the like. Happy hunting.
  5. Bought one nerite for my 56g. Have 3 ranchus. They flipped him over all the time and eventually sucked him out. ;-( . $4 snack. My mystery snails are fairing off a lot better and are not picked on that much.
  6. My LFS sells 2" ranchus for $19.99 and they are OK quality and all orange. I bought the 3 I have from ECR and the color and quality is far superior than the LFS. With shipping I spent 3X's the price if the LFS and I got exactly what I wanted. There is a guy around 60 miles from me who imports from China and has a goldfish shop out of his house. He imports real nice 4" ranchus but asks $75 to $150 for them depending on the quality and color. To answer the OP those ranchus appear to be overpriced. BUT! If one of them caught your eye and you fell in love then it is worth it.
  7. After one day with no salt added yet there is some healing already. Water change coming tonight with the salt treatment. Sorry snails hope you don't mine.
  8. they will most likely grow back.. if there is no bleeding and no scratches in the dermis and you still want to treat with something. i would do no more than 0.1% salt and that will speed up he slime coat healing you can salt the whole tank, it's fine. keep 0.1% for 7 days, test for ammonia spike regularly & keep us updated with progress if he's meant to stay that colour, the same colour will grow back too. Thank you. I will pick up mortons pickling salt tomorrow and do a 0.1% for 7 days. There appears to be no scratches on the dermis and certainly no bleeding. Again, Cheers for the help. :-)
  9. just counted 8 scales on the bottom of the tank and there are likely a few more where the fish got caught. Guessing 12 - 15 scales total missing. On the other side the scales are transparent from scraping and nothing is lost. He lost maybe one or two on his back. Left side probably 12ish missing. I have had Oscars in much worse shape from fighting come back with no treatment, just great water conditions, but my love for Terrance (black ranchu) is like no other fish I have ever had. I am really sad here. I would love to just sit and watch him closely if you still believe this is more superficial. Thank you Helen.
  10. Scales on the bottom of the tank. Certainly some scales are missing and some are just damaged. There is no bleeding or fin damage. I have moved the rocks close together so there are no spaces to get caught.
  11. He is doing well swimming as fast as the others and eating what I put into the tank. He has some smaller injuries on his back and the other side but negligible compared to the above pictures. I have not contacted anyone but I know there will be a solution here soon. Thank you all.
  12. Have only had the fish for 2 weeks. They came from east coast ranchu and she is on top of her fish. I am not adding anything at the moment.
  13. Here are some pics. First pic is what his scales did look like. Sorry if the pics are not the best but they give you an idea.
  14. I do not have a QT. I would like to add salt directly to the main tank. Ill post a picture soon.
  15. Hi, One of my ranchus got himself/herself stuck in between to rocks. He was likely trying to pick on the mystery snail. He did sustain injury to his scales. He lost around a dozen or so scales. The skin does not appear to be broken but that does not mean it is not. Fish is eating and swimming well. Looking for a process to treat the water and prevent infection/fungus forming. Thank you Ammonia Level(Tank) - 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) - 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) - 15 * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 7.5 ish * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 70 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 56 gallons 2 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 filters, Emperor 280 and Filter xp2 * 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? - 5 * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 and all 3ish inches/7.6 cm * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Stress Zym * What do you feed your fish and how often? Vegie flake, vitamin flake, shrimp sticks * 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. - Nothing * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? None * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? none
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