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  1. I'm using a water boiler and I boil the water and add it to the powder mix. Maybe I should try microwaving it instead.
  2. Just a quick update. I fasted the fish for 3 days and then switched to just feeding the soilent green. All the upside down and sideways swimming has seemed to stop. It seems like it was an issue with the food I was feeding them before. Thanks for all the help! I just now need to figure out how to prevent it from making my tank water so green and cloudy!
  3. It was about 1 hour maybe? How long should I fast them for, and should I fast all the fish? I also have some Repashy Soilent Green, but I've been too lazy to make it so I was feeding them the pellets. I'll get around to making that for them. Thanks for the responses everyone!
  4. Hey all, Today I came home and noticed my butterfly telescope swimming around weird and looking like she was getting pushed around by the current of my filter. I was standing far away and I'm not 100% sure but I think I saw her get sucked rip up against the filter and get stuck for a second. Basic Background: I got 3 fish and two of them (including the butterfly telescope) were quarantined together and another was quarantined by itself. For 2.5 weeks I had both tanks at .3% salinity. My tanks weren't cycled so I was doing daily water changes too. After this, I proceeded to do 2 weeks/cycles of Prazi treatment for both tanks. After 2 cycles I did a big water change and added all 3 fish together. I continued to do Prazi treatments for an additional 2 cycles. Seeing how the fish seemed perfectly fine and normal, I decided to finally add my tank decorations, sand substrate and rocks. I also cleaned out my filter (in old tank water) and readded my carbonated filter. I tested my water on Monday and noticed the tank seemed to have slightly uncycled. The Ammonia was at .25ppm and so was the Nitrite. I did a 70% water change that day. Today is the first time I noticed any unusual behavior, and I once again tested my tank and it was at .25ppm and so was the nitrite. The other two fish seem fine, but the butterfly telescope seems to be out of whack. Here's a video of her swimming sideways and upside down. Notice her top fin looks a little limp. https://vid.me/2QqB * Ammonia Level(Tank): .25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank): .25ppm * Nitrate level(Tank): 0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap): .25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap): 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.8 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops: API Test Kit Liquid * Water temperature: 78F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running: 29g * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s): Aquaclear 70 (300gph) * How often do you change the water and how much: Twice a week (50-60%) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change: Yesterday (70%) * How many fish in the tank and their size: 2.5" Ranchu, 2.5" Telescope Butterfly, 1.5" Ryukin * What kind of water additives or conditioners: Seachem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often: Twice daily (Hikari Sinking Pellets) * Any new fish added to the tank: All three were purchased within the past 2 months (see description above) * Any medications added to the tank: None * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment: See description above * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus: Dorsal fin not erect * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.: Looking like it is exerting a lot of energy to swim, swimming sideways/upside down (see video) Thanks for any help. I appreciate it.
  5. Hmm...ok I'll look into the potassium permengate
  6. I don't have any right now, but I was hoping to get some blyxa japonica and Italian val. I like the grassy look.
  7. Wow really? Man...I should've started the plant quarantine when I got my fish! I'll probably do a bleach dip since I readily have that available at home.
  8. Hey everyone, I'm at the 1 month mark of having my fish quarantined and I'm planning on finally adding my decorations into the tank in a few days. I want to get some plants to throw in there, but I was wondering if I needed quarantine the plants before I put them in. I've heard stories of snail eggs coming in from plants people bought at the store. Thanks!
  9. Awesome. Thanks so much shakaho, you've been such great help!
  10. I'm coming up on the 2 week mark in a few days, and I wanted to get ready to do my Prazipro treatments. I'm planning on following praziquantel protocols outlined on this page but I was wondering a few things. 1. Do I really need to do a 40 day treatment, and if not, how long should I do it for? All of the fish I purchased are not showing any signs of flukes. They all seem pretty healthy and swimming around. None of them stick to the bottom of the tank and none of them have clamped fins. 2. My filters have not fully cycled yet. How does this affect my PraziPro dosage if I still need to do daily water changes? 3. One of the filters I have is a very cheap Aqueon QuietFlow. Unlike the other filter I have, there is no separate biomedia and carbon. This is what the filter cartridge. Once I start applying the Prazi, do I just completely remove the filter cartridge? Is this problematic since this is the only thing inside the filter? Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it. I can't wait for this quarantine stage to be over!
  11. Awesome, thanks for the help. Doing a water change twice daily is out of the question due to my work schedule, but I'll start adding some Prime to the tank before I leave for work in the mornings.
  12. Hey all, Sorry to keep bombarding you all with these questions. I hope this is my last one :/ I'm currently in the process of quarantining this new ryukin I purchased 8 days ago. Since the time of purchase he's been chilling in a 10g tank at about .3% salinity. I've been doing daily 70% water changes and the filter has not cycled yet as I am getting .25ppm ammonia and 0ppm nitrites before I do my daily water change. He is sitting at 78F. The second day after I brought him home, I noticed a few signs of ich which have now since disappeared, but I am continuing the salt for another week before I switch to PraziPro. Yesterday I started noticing black color developing on his fins (both dorsal and tail). When I purchased him he was all white and red. I wanted to double check to see if this is just a color change or if it's actually something more serious. Does anyone have any ideas?
  13. Hey all, I'm on day six of my quarantine tank. The tank has been at .3% salt and running at about 78F. I have been doing daily water changes (70%) and the fish seem to be swimming around fine and enjoying themselves. My plan was to finish off the .3% salt after 7 days and then start with the PraziPro (liquid). Today while changing the water I noticed there was a really long white poop (see image below). Should I be concerned and change up my quarantine plan, or should I keep doing what I was planning on doing? Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it!
  14. The tank is set to 78F. The fish seem fine and happy so I'm not that concerned. I was just a little shocked at how fast everything dissolved especially after reading about waiting 12 hours between increasing the salinity every .1%. Thanks for all your replies and help!
  15. Does your salt dissolve as quickly as mine did? It took about 10 min for my pantyhose to be completely empty. My understanding was that you use the pantyhose to raise the salinity slowly so you don't need to wait 12 hours between each .1% addition of salt. When I put it in, it almost seemed like the salinity jumped from 0-.3% within 10 min.
  16. I think it may have just been the bottom of the salt pack with all the salt crumbs. I just did it again on my 10g quarantine tank and although it dissolved just as quickly, there were no tiny bits on the bottom.
  17. I went ahead and stirred up the water until everything was dissolved to my knowledge. The fish themselves seem fine. They're swimming around actively and they seem to be pretty happy.
  18. I added about 79 tsp to my 29g tank in panty hose for my quarantine. I'm using API aquarium salt. As soon as I dropped it in, almost all of the salt dissolved almost immediately and the water got REALLY cloudy. I was surprised how fast it dissolved. After the water cleared up, you could see a separation of the salt water sitting on the bottom of my tank and the normal tank water. Also smaller bits of salt that hadn't fully dissolved yet were on the bottom too. The fish are sifting through it looking for food. When the fish swim to the bottom of the tank you can see the salt water stir up. Is this normal? Also, if I'm trying to maintain .3% for my quarantine tank does that mean I'm going through a tall box of salt a every few days because of my daily water change? EDIT: Here's a picture of the salt on the bottom of my tank.
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