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Anna-Katharina Parsons

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  1. Yes. I will see if I can find a colander that works in the morning. Right now I don't want to do anything that could stress her even more and send her over the edge.

    I'm kicking myself for not doing the flukes treatment earlier.

    Am I doing the right thing by just leaving the rank in the dark and leaving the room? I don't think there's much else I can do? And I don't want to switch on the light and stress her.

    I removed jaffa, the fish who upset her from the rank he's currently in a strategy container. Black y is still left in the tank. He was staying by her side and even supported her when she was floating on her side. I've never seen something so gentle from a fish. He was hovering underneath her. She was lying on top of him.

    • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 
    • * 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? 
    • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60g, 18 month
    • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? All Pond Solutions 2000EF
    • * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 100%
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? A week, Then today, 100%
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish... 2 comet, 1 half koi/ half comet
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Api Anti Stress
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2x daily pellets
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? No
    • * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi Pro and salt
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.

      Nothing in a very long time

    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

      Frayed fins, weird sorta blood pool or scab inside eye? nope

    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

      , Swimming in one spot, gasping, gulping air, then floating on side or laying on side at bottom of tank

  2. Good evening guys.


    It's been a long time. For months everything has been fine in my tank.

    I came back from work and my boyfriend pointed out that one of my fish has been swimming on the same spot (near the surface) since lunch time. she was fine this morning.

    So I gave them a 80%  water change. I also noticed that she was gasping a lot, so started a flukes treatment.

    She perked up. Still seemed a bit week but was swimming around. Then one of my other fish attacked her. He always does this after a water change (he is a young male and I always think that it's mating behaviour). Well I had to get him out because he was really stressing her out. After a kefafel trying to catch him, she was thoroughly stress and floating on her side at the top of the tank. I dimed the light, added anti-stress and some ph regulating liquid. After a while she perked up again and started swimming about. Then all of a sudden she was on her side again. This time at the bottom of the tank. She has remained there, drifting, on her side, breathing but not swimming.

    I have switched off the lights and left the room. Sitting in bed in tears right now. Not sure she will make it through the night. There is nothing physically wrong with her apart from her behaviour. 

    I have stupidly run out of my testing kit. Will buy one on amazon tomorrow. But by then it might be too late.


  3. Hey Arctic Mana. I'd rather not give up hope just yet. As I said he has Bern doing a bit of swimming. Although he was more active yesterday. He's also not been eating since last Friday :( He's not really blanched and he always has some white but he's not quite as bright as usual. I'm not sure what stress bars are. I'll post some pictures tomorrow morning. :(

  4. Hey Guys. Still no change. He's still prickled up. He is reactive to our presence and will swim around in the morning and in the evening. He is blowing bubblenests for some reason (just a bit). But still prickly as a pinecone. I'm worried this is torture for him.

  5. Just got home. And he's swimming about a littele. But still dropsied. All his scales are still raised.

    I'm going to do his waterchange and dose the epsom as Lisa suggested, as well as the medecine.

    Am I best taking him out of the tank and doing a full waterchange (as I do in qt with my goldfish) or will that stress him too much?

  6. Thank you both for your response.

    Lisa. That's pretty much what I have done. Except that I've put far less Epsom. so I can maybe up that.


    Edit: Just noticed you wrote per 10 gallon. So actually I won't add more. I'm going to stay on the conservative side for now.

    • * Ammonia Level (tank): 0
    • * Nitrite Level (tank) 0
    • * Nitrate level (Tank) I think I need to get a new test. This one is 2 years old and the nitrate bottle was nearly empty. Because the solution is yellow and I'm normally always in the red (40-80ppm).
    • * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0
    • * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0
    • * Nitrate level (Tap) see above
    • * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7
    • * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7

    Edit: I'll get a new test kit tomorrow.

    • Test Results for the Following:

      • * Ammonia Level (tank):
      • * Nitrite Level (tank)
      • * Nitrate level (Tank)
      • * Ammonia Level (Tap):
      • * Nitrite Level (Tap)
      • * Nitrate level (Tap)
      • * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
      • * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
      • Tank information:

        • * Brand of test kit (drops or strips): API
        • * Filter name and size (GPH/LPH)
        • * Additives and conditioners: API stressrelief
        • * Water temperature (With or without heater- please specify): 28C - 30C
        • * Last water change date: Saturday 06/07/15
        • * Tank size (Gallons or litres): 9
        • * Fish in the tank (species and number): 1 betta, 5 golden tetras, 1 shrimp
        • *What is your water change schedule? Like how much and how often?  once a week, full tank

    • * Any new fish added into the tank: nope
    • -If Yes: Were they quarantined? -
    • -If Yes: Quarantine period and process (meds added): -
    • * List prior health issues in tank: cory cats suddenly died
    • * Medications previously added to the tank: none
    • * Medications on hand: Metradizanole, Triple Sulfa, Furan 2,E.M, Epsom, salt
    Affected fish information:

    • * Diet- brand and amount/duration of feeding:Sera Betta pellets
    • * Any unusual behaviour such as nipping, bottom sitting, etc: bottom sitting, hiding, not eating
    • * Any unusual findings on fish and in tank: no
    • * Affected fish in quarantine or in main tank: just the betta
    • * Current medications being used on affected fish: first day of treatment with triple sulfa, metradizanole and epsom
    • * Previous medications used to treat affected fish: none / never
    • * If any, list previous health issues and treatment protocols taken:)
    • * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.
  7. Blue Ninja my Betta is dropsied and in really bad shape :(

    We left for a weekend trip two days ago. Did a waterchange on all my aquariums and fed the fish before we did.

    But couldn't find Blue Ninja. When we got back late last night he was still hiding. Very unusual for him.

    This evening he was still hiding under the coconut.

    So I prepared a qt and moved him into it. Now at a closer look I realised he had dropsied. :(

    I don't have metromeds or Maracyn II but I have a range of powder antibiotics and added metrodizanole and triple sulfa.

    I have also added a tiny bit of Epsom salt.

    Is there anything else I can do?

    I know these things don't generally end well for Betta's.

    At the moment he's lying I one of the floating plants I have put into his qt and basically barely moving except for a hint of gill movement.

    I have also added the wood and set the thermometer up so that he can lie on top of it.

    I've read they can have trouble staying at the surface to breath when dropsied.

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