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  1. oh dear. heart goes out to you kim. and to little panda too. good thoughts your way....
  2. yay, and sure hope so! i'd love for that pinkish tinge to fade from her tail fin, but i think i just keep an eye on it at this point. i'm guessing that's what you'd do? four more days and she's done with meds, should i do her prazi in the QT?
  3. sorry so blurry. low light and she swims so quickly! there is also a white spot at the top of one of her gills -- it's been there also, since early sept. i can't tell if it's fuzzy or not... it doesn't appear to have a raised profile. it has not changed size.
  4. hi sharon. pics to follow. here is the original image from 5 or 6 sept. (beginning of this thread, there were two more by the pectoral fin as well)
  5. hi allie! here's good wishes for darling hugo! what a dear cutie! good vibes from oregon xristina
  6. dear kim, i'm so sorry that barney didn't make it. here are good thoughts for your little panda telescope and the rest of your darlings (i think you have more!). melusine aka xristina
  7. hi taryl, a note to check in after several days. things have been busy around here! today is day 5 of meds in food for wilhelmina (metroplex+oxytetracycline/focus). she is gobbling it up at every opportunity! i give her small amounts about 3x daily. -i've kept up on the water changes with prime for the 10 gal QT, though as of tonight the mature media seems to be kicking in nicely and bringing ammonia to between 0-.25ppm within 24 hours of a water change. there have been no nitrites in the QT, and just now i see occasionally what i'd call trace nitrAtes. no salt, no heat, no meds in water (last 4 days). this is day 19 in the QT for her. -by about day 2 of feeding meds, she did seem less anxious. this could be a result of lowering the temp as we did, no meds in the water column, help from the meds, getting used to the QT, etc. who knows? but she looks 'better' to me -i do still see the overall pinkness in the caudal fin, but no big hemorrhages or veins. i can get a close-up image at some point soon if you like. her behavior looks normal. with the biomedia doing nicely i'm going to do water changes every 48 hours and see what that does. i think at some point she's going to need prazipro, right? is it a good idea to dose prazi while she's on the med food or wait? her tank mates in the 40 have just completed round 3 of prazi. sharon is advising me regarding star bright's red scales (she's had 3 salt dips, and perhaps will have more) on the other thread. update posted there tonight as well. whew! anyhow, hope this is not too leggy a post thank you again and will be glad to hear what you think at this point. salute! xristina
  8. hi sharon. sorry for the long delay in replying. it's been a busy week. i have yet to try star bright in the dip at 2.5%. i hope i have not set back her healing too much. with my limited time, i've been focusing on the water changes and wilhelmina in the QT. i have kept up with the water changes on this 40 gallon (main tank) and today is the last day of prazi round 3. (five day rounds) as of today: -both star bright (this thread) [and her tank mate in the 40, trixie, asymptomatic] are both looking good. no behavioral issues. fins displayed, no bottom sitting, huge appetites, etc. mating behaviors, too. -water parameters have remained steady - pH 8.2, NH3 0, NO2 0, NO3 0-5ppm. there has been no salt. only prazipro. no heat, room temps at 70F. -i still see the reddish areas on star bright's scales (no major changes as far as i can see). i'm not sure if i should continue dips until that disappears? i'm not sure just what i'm looking for, in terms of when to cease prazi treatment and/or salt dips. thank you for your guidance through all this. should i continue prazi treatment and salt dips as i am able? or hold off? --wilhelmina in the QT is improving, on day 5 (of 10) of metroplex/oxyt food. she will likely need prazi treatment at some point, but i'll pose that question to taryl in the wilhelmina thread.-- thanks again, christine
  9. hi sharon! for the next salt dip should i do 2% or 3%? and some big picture questions: - is a shorter dip at higher concentration 'better' than a longer one at lower concentration? - what do we look for to know when to stop them? no more redness at the scales? (also, getting a utility sink for the basement next week! thinking ahead to water changes and drainage! )
  10. sending good thoughts your way for your dear babies. you're in good hands, shelbysfish i always think it's best to let the mods advise on meds and treatment, -- adding a medicine that is not appropriate for the fish can do much more harm than good. hang in there, you've got the pros on your side!
  11. hi kim! i just stick the pothos cuttings right in to the tank between the glass of the cover and the back wall. some folks contain the roots, but i just let mine hang there, like mikey had in his tank, too. they get some nice light from a nearby window, and really do well!
  12. so far so good wow a late night for me. salute, taryl! and thanks a million...
  13. they're gorgeous!! great so see such a beautiful tank. and sure you can put things in later... but sometimes less is more!
  14. you may have already looked into this -- i have pothos in my 40gallon -- roots in the water, leaves out. it takes up a considerable amount of nitrate. super easy to grow!
  15. hooray! ok. she just had some pellets. i haven't weighed her since she was a baby and i'm thinking i won't stress her out today by putting her in the infernal tupperware. so i gave her about six pellets, a couple at a time, to make sure she gobbled them up. she did! woo hoo! about how much do you think a 4" comet weighs? ballpark? i honestly have no idea! i can weigh the pellets easily enough. i'll start there. the biomedia did not get all the ammonia out - i think it's shocked a bit from the metroplex that was in the water. in the main tank that .5ppm would have been gone overnight. so i'll keep an eye on it. she's got prime in the meantime. thank you t! onward!
  16. hi sharon, i'm so glad you said what you said! -- i was scared too, and i thought that you had to leave them in until they flipped over! i'm glad i took her out when i did, and i'll do it earlier next time. should i go back to 2%? (yah i am a little wary of that 3%!) she recovered well, ultimately. when she went back into the main tank she was a little disoriented but is doing better today. they had their prazi dose last night. so today is technically day 2 of round 3. whew!!! haha tuff stuff! ok cool. i'll look into it. not sure if i can get to it this fall, but i want to. if i do go for it, it will be about 65F warmest, and getting cooler and cooler as the weeks go on. will i want to have a heater? i have a digital read-out down there now so i can keep an eye on the room temp even from upstairs. (i love this thing! you can have up to three remote sensors -- https://www.amazon.com/Meade-Instruments-TM005X-M-Wireless-Hygrometer/dp/B004I08CEO/ref=pd_bxgy_201_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1NSM6ENGXQD6VSC01D8Y) i've got pothos for days, and all sorts of other cuties i could put into the filter - so i like the idea of the grow lights too. oooh i feel a project coming on....
  17. i'm not feeding this tonight in case i missed something, but here's what i have. if i should make any changes please let me know! - 1 seachem spoon of metroplex - 1 seachem spoon of focus (heaping) - 1 seachem spoon of oxytetracycline hcl powder from angels plus - i added about a 1/2 tsp or so of her tank water - mixed til blended - added 1 tBsp pro gold pellets - mixed til pellets absorbed liquid. if i haven't done something horribly wrong and no one tells me to do differently i'll feed her some of this in the morning. i read on the seachem site that one can refrigerate the food until use. so that's where it will go overnight.
  18. evening experiment: four *precisely leveled* (back of a knife) seachem spoons do not quite fill my 1/4 tsp measure four seachem spoons that are leveled less precisely (against the side of the jar) fill the 1/4 tsp measure. upshot: i went with a jar-leveled seachem spoon full of oxytetracycline powder for the recipe
  19. ok t, let's go for it. this angels plus oxytetracycline hydrochloride 100% powder says 'dose at 1/4 tsp per 40 gallons.' -- so i'd just like to confirm i need 1/16 tsp for our food recipe. also - any good suggestions for measuring 1/16 tsp? is that what the small scoops in the seachem vials hold? also - there's metroplex in her QT water just now. should i start the medicated food tomorrow after a 100% WC? or is it ok to start tonight if i can get this stuff mixed up properly?
  20. ok! 14 sept wednesday update: - 75% WC - today is day 1 prazi round 3 (five day rounds) - will add prazi this evening - salt dip for star bright - her first at 3%. (this is the third dip - we did 1%, 2% and now today's) - she was very agitated in the dip. by minute two she was shimmying and shaking her head. surface gasping. actually tried to jump out of the water, then she clamped and bottom sat by minute 3. she wobbled over a couple times. i got a little concerned, so i took her out at 4 minutes. she never completely fell over to her side and stayed there, but she looked pretty stressed out. - in the holding tank afterwards she went right to the bottom and sat perfectly still. after about 10 minutes she began to swim around. - she'll go back in the main tank in about 20 minutes. i've thought to wait to add the prazi til she's back in the tank and has time to settle in a bit.
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