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  1. I agree: metro isn’t the tool for that job. The fish did have lesions where the anchor worms were attached, but they have healed up. Now that the shipment of metro-free prazi (And dimilin) arrived, that’s what I’ll use.
  2. I have a bit of prazipro; but not enough. So, Amazon provides... it’ll be three days until that arrives, so the stuff I have will have to serve... Maybe there’ll be some benefit of the antibiotic to prevent secondary infection... and perhaps aid healing. (Though my understanding is Metro isn’t the best choice for a surface wound, like the one Anchor Worm produces...)
  3. So much for the label. Oh well... is the “best practice” for new fish quarantine still to use Prazi? (In this case, after a month of dimilin, to stop the anchor worm lifecycle...) I’m glad I realized what I did...
  4. So, I got a new fish. Wasn’t totally careful about examining him, but I had been to most of the stores in the area, and beggars can’t be choosers sometimes. Before I got him home, I noticed the fish had two visible anchor worms. No biggie... quarantine, treat... So, the fish was soaked in a 25mg/l potassium Permanganate solution for 30 minutes. He was starting to look stressed when I pulled him out. Next I put him in clean fresh (dechlorinated) water to recover for 10-15 minutes. I then carefully pulled out the two visible anchor worms. Got the whole thing both times. Now he’s in the hospital tank, has clean water. I put in a dose of API General Cure, which supposedly kills the parasite (Metronidazole and Praziquantel) Hospital tank is fresh water, so... pH of 8 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate (Rocky Mountain Water!) And it’s really hard water (plenty of calcium & magnesium) So far, so good. Now for my big oopsie. I went to the “normal” aquarium and grabbed a bag of bio filter media to take to the hospital tank (to help process ammonia). I got back to the hospital tank and... curses! I was still wearing the gloves I had on when I handled the infested fish! I figure it’s definitely possible that some parasite eggs stuck to my gloves, and are now in my main tank... So... should I treat my main tank (one occupant) to ensure no eggs can cause problems? Also: should I do anything for the open wounds on the new fish? Or just watch & wait?
  5. A year ago, my fish laid eggs. I didn't try to preserve any. In fact, I thought they were all gone after I moved my gravel from my main tank to a plant tank. It's been about a year since they hatched. I ended up keeping one. I have no idea what kind it is; definitely a telescope, but I have no idea if it's color pattern has a name. I've named it 'yoli' because it has an orange y on its forehead. Anybody know what pattern it's called?
  6. I'm certainly not equipped to say for certain it isn't bacterial; so agree caution is prudent.... I can say the growth has been steady-state for about eight months now, and it's only suddenly started changing now. My D&D Info: Pre W/C Post W/C Ammonia Level: 0 0 Nitrite: 0 0 Nitrate: ~40 ~10 pH: 8 8 Test Kit: API Freshwater Master (Liquid) Tank Size: 55 Gal, 4 years Filter A: Aqueon 75/55 (HOB) Filter B: Eheim 2075 Water Change Frequency: 5 Days Water Change Amount: ~75% Fish in tank: * Red Cap Oranda ~120 g * Red Ryuken ~110 g * Black Moor ~110 g Water Additives: * Seachem Prime * Seachem Flourish (fertilizer) * Seachem Excel Fish Food: * NLS Goldfish, med pellets ~1g/daily * Hikari Lionhead ~.25 g daily * Saki Hikari (purple bag) ~.25 g Daily Fish are all acting normal otherwise, with nothing else to report, really.
  7. This is a follow-up to a post I made months ago. Today, the growth on my fish's head changed quickly/dramatically: Instead of a wart-like bump on the top of his head, blisters have been forming & bursting. According to my wife, this is the at least the 2nd set (possibly 3rd) set of blisters growing & exploding today. They appear to be liquid-filled, with a very thin membrane which swells and then bursts. (I've highlighted the bump for clarity; also note the red bit in front which burst earlier today.) [Full Resolution Photo] The conclusion made back in January (with the first post) is that the bump is likely a tumor, that there's little we can do about it, and it will grow slowly - which so far, seems accurate. I am concerned with the sudden change & the fact the little 'blisters' are rupturing and emptying their contents into my main tank... I'm not as concerned for the fish with the bump on his head, but with the other fish getting sick. Sadly, what was my QT tank is now holding fry (long story... I didn't plan on fry, they just appeared...), so moving the fish isn't much of an option. I'm scheduled for a water change today, so I'm going to be doing a water change. I'll keep samples of the old water to test, and will also test the water after the change... so I'll be back in an hour or so to fill out the rest of the D&D question sheet.
  8. I'm not really concerned if it just takes time for fry to produce color- I am just totally ignorant of how long it can take. And they're getting big enough to make the tank they're in 'overstocked'. I didn't plan on fry... I literally did nothing to protect the eggs, expecting the fish in my main tank to simply eat the eggs. They hitched a ride to the 'plant' tank when I changed the substrate in my main tank. They survived in spite of me. I was shocked when they hatched. But, I'll see how they do. They hatched in mid May, I think. And a pic for the interested.
  9. The parents are a combination of: Red cap oranda Gold ryuken Black moor I really have no clue which are the parents, though. My fry are reaching 1" long, and I have one that's changed colors; the rest are the basic silvery bottom and green-black top. I'm thinking its time for a culling due to their size, but don't want to cull before they have a chance to develop color. If I'm not seeing any evidence of a color change, is it likely any of the other fry will develop color?
  10. So far, they fry are proving pretty resilient. There's probably a couple dozen fry. (hard to tell with the amount of hornwort in the tank). I've just got a brine shrimp hatchery going. If I screw that up it'll be a major accomplishment. (All of our freshwater - rivers, streams, lakes, etc. drains to the Great Salt Lake, where the eggs were probably harvested. As a result, the ph, buffering, etc. are the same as their natural habitat.) I've also been feeding powdered adult food, and have some NLS Fry Grow. I'm kinda excited to see what they look like when they develop.
  11. So, I did some big changes in my tank, shortly after my fish spawned. (I didn't want them to, but kids these days...) I had no intention of breeding/keeping the fry, and did nothing to protect the eggs. What I did do is transfer all of the gravel from my original tank to a new tank, and was using the new tank to QT some new plants - a ton of hornwort, some anubias. Fish stayed in the original tank, they're peachy. About two weeks into the QT period I noticed some fry swimming around the hornwort in the qt tank. A week later I've done nothing with the tank; the fry are still there. Out of curiosity, how likely is it that the fry will live long enough to start developing their shape & color? The only thing I have to feed is adult fish food, which I don't think will work. I imagine the fry may be snacking on algae in the tank. Again, I'm not really trying to raise the fry, but they're there... And I'm curious...
  12. Thanks! Organisms... Shooting DNA at each other to make babies. Go fig.
  13. Dozens of Little white blobs, approx 1 mm dia. Most are stuck to the surface of aquarium plants (real or fake). I haven't checked my filters yet, but I suspect they have found their way in. They are firm, but pop easily with enough pressure; the feel is more or less like flying fish roe (sushi lover). I suspect they are goldfish roe, but having never seen them before, I thought I'd ask. I'm totally not set up to handle breeding, so is there anything I need to do? Or will the goldfish eat everything?
  14. It was a couple years ago; I was really new to fish keeping. Lesson learned.
  15. I used to have a Buddha (the skinny Indian one). Problem: had holes in it. Fish decided he could fit in spite of all evidence to the contrary. Fish died.
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