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  1. Thank you. I did look at the gills and they were a brighter red than normal (being that healthy red/maroon color I expect). They were a sort of cherry red. The QT tank is bare bottom with no decor. The "poop" seemed more like an elastic casing with nothing in it once it snapped, if that makes sense.
  2. I’ve had 3 new 6” orandas in QT since July 31. Treating with salt for 1 week and Prazi started yesterday but no outwards signs of anything going on. Yesterday about 6am I noticed a very long, stringy, bright red poop from one fish. I thought the food (NLS) might be the culprit. That night at 7pm (13 hours later) the poop was still attached and now about 18” long. Put on gloves to remove some and when the fish swam the length stretched out a bit then snapped. I removed about 10” from the tank with the rest still attached to the fish. This morning that fish is dead. What the heck just happened?! Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 20 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 78 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75g, 1.5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Sun Sun 304b * How often do you change the water and how much? 90% once a week • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1 days, 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 6” Orandas * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS once every 3 days, Repashy every other day * Any new fish added to the tank? QT tank * Any medications added to the tank? Salt .3%, PraziPro * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Salt .3% 1 week, Prazi pro 1 day * 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
  3. The QT is a 40g only set up for quarantine. This particular tank/filter has had no other inhabitants for about 11 months. I already age the water in a drum, add baking soda as needed prior to using, and the filters are running with crushed coral. The tanks and water are tested daily. The gils were a deep red/ruby. I suppose the steak comparison is pretty spot on! I’ll raise the temp and keep an eye on them. Thanks!!
  4. Thanks, Helen. The spots were not in the fluid just grouped about the top of the rear kidney and swim bladder. They were *on* the organs. The other 2 came with this fellow in the same shipment and have been acting normally... just like this guy was. Oi!! Have a good night!
  5. Thank you for the condolences and so much for such an in depth response - it's greatly appreciated. While doing some quick googling I too came across necropsy photos with specks but as you said they were in calico fish and not movable. These resembled sand, were moveable with a q-tip but not firm. My fellow was a solid red and showed no outward signs of anything. I wish there had been some way to know that he was even battling some type of illness - the fish seemed healthy and was eating and active until this morning. Should I be worried about the other 2 remaining in QT?
  6. I had 3 butterfly telescopes in QT and one passed this morning. The 3 had been doing great with no signs of any issues and were being treated with Prazi as a preventative prior to ending QT. Today is nearing the end of week 3. This morning the largest was lethargic and bottom sitting/on his side with excessive slime coat. I set up an additional QT in order to better observe him and he passed about 30 minutes after isolating him. I decided to do an amateur necropsy to see if there was anything I could determine. Externally he looked normal and fed, not thin or fat. On the incision down the belly a great amount of clear/slightly cloudy fluid erupted from the abdominal cavity and the body almost seemed to deflate. The fluid had a slight odor, very difficult to describe but almost like mushrooms. The gils and organs seemed to be otherwise normal but along the rear kidney and swim bladder there were quite a lot of black specks that resembled sand and were easily removed. I’d like to know what was going on with this fish? Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) QT 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) QT 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) QT 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap 6.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 72F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40g, 2+ years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 110 * How often do you change the water and how much? 90% 1-2x per week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 4.5” butterfly, 2 2.5” butterflies * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy Soilent green 2x per day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi week 2 * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi week 2 started yesterday * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Excess slime coat * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Laying/sulking on bottom this morning
  7. Update! After 2 days in the .3% salt solution, daily swab and 100% daily wc he looks much improved. Perhaps I'm a little optimistic but it does seems smaller and better (or am I crazy?). No more redness or bleeding and he's still my happy Murdoc! My plan is to continue with the salt solution and hospital tank until he regrows the area. Please forgive the dirty bottom and glass! I took these shots before water change and cleaning.
  8. Thanks for the welcome!! I will up the salt in the morning! The snails are very small... babies about 1/2" at most. I highly doubt they did this. My guess at the moment it that he maybe tried getting behind one of the intakes and scraped himself up. Very much confused as to what's happened. Some others have suggested aeromonas but from my understanding it would appear more ulcer-like and less like a scrape. Last I looked they were not red anymore and just white where the skin is gone. *Fingers crossed* that that is a good thing.
  9. Thanks for the response. I tested the tap water and it is at 6.9. I have baggies of crushed coral in all of my filters to help with the lower PH level. The hospital tank is bare bottom and the main tank is black sand. There are 2 mystery snails in the tank - I can take a photo tomorrow as it's located in my studio which I am no longer at. Should I up the salt % or keep it steady where it is? He's still happily eating but that eye looks scary!
  10. Hello, my large black moor has developed something awful with one eye. It began Sunday with what looked like a scrape/burn (though he lives in a tank with no decor or heater, just the filter intakes), no redness just missing skin/scale. Changed 90% water and treated the tank with .15% salt. Not much change over the days, no worse or better. This morning it was terrible and bleeding quite a bit. The areas are not deep or lacerations, the missing “skin” leaves a white semi smooth patch below, not raised and one side of the scrape is red and bleeding. I’ve moved him to my hospital tank with .15% salt and swabbed with peroxide - After 2 hours in the hospital tank it has stopped bleeding. Images 1 and 2 are just after peroxide swabs, images 3, 4, and 5 are a few hours later. Advice, identification, and treatment options? I have, on hand - hydrogen peroxide, aquarium salt, epsom salt, Melafix, Pimafix, Cyropro, Prazipro, Blue Ridge Medicated food Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) Main tank 0 Hospital tank 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) Main tank 0 Hospital tank 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) Main tank 5~10 Hospital tank 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank 7.1 * Ph Level, Tap Didn’t test Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 68F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Main Tank 75 Hospital Tank 30, both running 2+ years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Main tank: SunSun 304b + 2 Whisper EX70 filters; Hospital tank: Aquaclear 110 * How often do you change the water and how much? 90% 1-2x per week on each * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Main tank: 4 days/90%, Hospital tank: today 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? Main: 4 - 1 8” moor, 3 1.5” butterflies, Hospital 1 8” Moor * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy Soilent green 2x per day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? .15% Salt on Sunday * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. .15% salt on Sunday, prazi and crypto treatment course (seperately) over a year ago * 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.? Laying/sulking on bottom every now and then once moved to hospital tank, prior to that nothing
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