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  1. It's a powder so that's good. Should I continue to add salt when I do water changes while I'm treating for the white spot? Also, I'm pleased to say that their water now has a KH of 4 and a PH of about 7.4 and the parameters seem pretty stable now so I'm hoping after some treatment they'll be much happier
  2. I decided to move the black Moors to the larger tank as there were live plants In their original tank and I didn't want to harm them with salt treatment. Their new tank is 26.5 gallons and I know this isn't ideal but is just temoray and a bigger step up from their previous tank, until we move house. The tank also only contains some rock and is bare bottom so more practical for treatment and general maintenance. I added 100g of salt shortly after moving them in and have had this in 6 days. I did 25% water change today and they are much more active but there has been a new white spot on the bigger guy. I raised their temp back up to 26.5°c and I'm hoping I can add some more fluke solve on monday, to try another 3 week cycle. I just want to make sure the salt i added to the water wont affect the treatment?
  3. Okay, I'll add some salt to the tank tomorrow and see how they're doing after a couple weeks
  4. Okay and how long would you reccomend treating them for?
  5. Hi sorry for no update I hadn't even realised koko replied. I finished treating with fluke solve on Monday and the PH seems pretty stable now at about 7.2 and the KH seems to have raised by 1 unit but is taking time to increase. I used some hydrogen peroxide topically on the white rot as I had some on hand and wouldn't have to wait for it like I would have with the meth blue. However the white patch has now gone but the tail seems a little frayed where it was. No more spots have appeared and no new rot that I can see but I know they're desperate for more space. The bigger tank is pretty much ready i just need to add some oyster shells to the filter to help stabilise the PH. Do you think I should transfer them to the new tank soon and treat with salt in the new tank? Or should I treat with salt first and then move them?
  6. I bought a mesh bag for the shells, will put some in this evening. Yes I do have a food scales
  7. I've been to my local fish store and got some salt, how much should i use and how long should I bath her for? I couldn't get any meth blue but I can order some online. I also managed to get some crushed oyster shells because the guy said they would do the same thing as the crushed coral. He said it wouldn't matter how much I put in because it would only dissolve when needed.
  8. Not sure if I can get hold of any meth blue but I know I can get hydrogen peroxide. How would you apply? With something like a cotton bud? I can also pick up some aquarium salt for baths. The PH is more stable now but the KH is still low so I'm sure that's not helping them. How much crushed coral do I need per gallon of water?
  9. No the tail doesn't look frayed it's like a semicircular white patch about 5mm in diameter and 2 or 3mm high from the bottom of her fin. The white patch looks like it might have white stringy bits coming off it? It's difficult to see but I tried taking some more pictures, however they're not much better than the last so I'll attach the best. Sorry, I'm not sure if any of this info will help you further
  10. UPDATE I'm almost 2 weeks into treatment, I'll be putting my third dose of fluke solve in the tank tomorrow. The PH is about 7 but the KH is still about 2. I've found some crushed coral I can order online, how much do I need? The white spot on the big guy disappeared and another one appeared in a similar place but that also disappeared so he currently hasn't got any visable symptoms. However I noticed what looks like rot?? on the little ones tail fin. Here's the best picture I could get. Its the first physical symptoms the little ones shown, but it's clearly different to the white spot. What would you reccomend I do now?
  11. Thank you for your advice, I will start treatment next week and keep you updated.
  12. Sorry for not responding for a few days, I've been really busy. The tank is now at 25.5 and PH is 6.8. I've not managed to get any coral for the filter but I've ordered the fluke solve and it should be here my the end of the week. How long will they need to be in the treated tank for? Their new tank is ready for them to go in
  13. I cant find anywhere that lists all the ingredients for fluke solve, only that it contains 50% praziquantel. https://www.vetark.co.uk/pages/SoluPraz_1.aspx?pageid=368 That's a link to the page with information about it. I'll start raising the temp over the next couple of days. I tried using my KH test kit - you have to add 1 drop at a time and wait for the colour to change from blue to yellow, counting how many drops you add. The first two drops didn't add any colour to the liquid and then the 3rd drop made it yellow so I assume the KH is less than 3. I will have a go at raising the PH with baking soda tomorrow. Should I raise the PH for all water changes from now on? I will also have a look round for some coral.
  14. Thank you for your advise i really appreciate it. I got a KH test kit today so I will test that for tap and tank water tomorrow and let you know. I have a heater that I can put in to warm up the water. I can't find anywhere selling prazi in the uk but I found something I think is similar, called fluke solve. I cant find any meto though. I'm about to go to bed but tomorrow I'll do KH tests so buffering advice would be greatly appreciated thanks again
  15. No I didn't do anything like this, I just acclimated him and then netted him into the tank. I found a website that I think is similar to what you were describing. https://www.stwater.co.uk/my-supply/water-quality/check-my-water-quality/ Using the postcode DE4 2DP you can see all sorts of results for water in my area Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) really low less than 0.1ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) Less than 1ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) Less than 0.1ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) Less than 1ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) PH is 6.6. sorry I dont know the other values * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) PH 6.8 I'm not sure of the KH or the GH but on the website I found for my area it said it was 2.75 degrees german Chloride on the same website says 12.3mg/l Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Api freshwater test kit uses drops * Water temperature? About 21°C (70°F). Theres no heater but the house is kept at a pretty consistent temperature. It maybe drops half a degree at night * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 14.5gallon tank has been running 4 months and is fully cycled. I have a 26 gallon tank for them to go In until i move house in a couple of months when I will get a much bigger tank. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval u3 rated for 40gallons and a little sponge bubbler rated for 10 gallons * How often do you change the water and how much? I change the water twice a week normally about 25% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago I changed nearly 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 black moors the little one about 4cm and the bigger one about 7cm including tail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use aqua one water conditioner every time I do a water change. I have some api stress coat that I've used previously but havent used any in the last month. * What do you feed your fish and how often? They get a mix of goldfish flakes, bloodworms and peas. I feed them once a day mostly flakes * Any new fish added to the tank? The most recent was added a month ago and he was netted in after being acclimated * Any medications added to the tank? Nope * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I've never treated either of them or the tank for anything * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Only the white spot on the top fin of the big one, the little one has no visable problems * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? They're both eating fine they were swimming in one spot at the front of the tank several times a day but this last day they've seemed more like themselves just the spot is still present.
  16. I've had the big guy about 3 months and the little one about a month, I'm relieved it's probably not ich😌 I've never bothered altering the PH before as I read it's better to have consistency. Would you reccomend using a buffer to make it more alkaline? I live in a soft to moderately hard water area in the UK. I don't have anything that measures the hardness but I have a TDS meter and the tap water is 64ppm and the tank 88pm
  17. Thank you for getting back to me so quick. I took samples from the tap and from the fish tank and tested them both so I could compare them against each other. The PH of the tank is 6.6 The PH of the tap water is 6.8 (I'm pretty sure I used to get this reading for the tank) Ammonia looks the same for both I'd say 0 or maybe just the tiniest bit Nitrite in both is 0 The nitrate for the tank and the tap water look almost the same although its quite hard to tell. They look to be between 0 and 1ppm very low. I must have done the first test a bit wrong as I rushed to test before work, but I made sure the vials were thoroughly rinsed this time and was accurate with drops. No I didn't😖 I honestly hadn't thought about that. How would you recommend disinfecting plants, for future reference? Could this be why the tanks PH is slightly lower? This is the bigger of the two. Hes the only one with any spots and he just has one on his top fin. This spot is in exactly the same place on the other side of his fin. They both seem more like themselves since I got home and i gave them a few flakes after reading what you said about not fasting them. I will get some green beans tomorrow. I didn't know duck weed was good for them, I would like some for my tank I just need to find somewhere I can buy it near me.
  18. I have 2 black moors in a 55 litre tank, one is about 2 months old and the other maybe 5 months old. They're being moved into a bigger tank soon but they've seemed a bit lethargic this last week or 2. The tank has been set up for 4 months and is fully cycled. Water levels tested with api test kit: Ammonia - between 0-0.25ppm but I'd say it's closer to 0 Nitrite - 0ppm Nitrate - between 0-5 ppm PH - 6.4 -6.6 I introduced some new plants into the tank a couple weeks ago and after this they became very lethargic, hiding in the roots at the back of the tank completely still for lengths of time. I read that they dont like heavily planted tanks so I took out most of the plants just leaving in a few nerve plants that dont really get in the way of them swimming. They seemed to become more active after this and I thought the problem was fixed but I've noticed they're spending a lot of time hanging near the front of the tank. They keep moving but spend quite a lot of time there at various points during the day, the big one more than the little one. Then in the last few days I noticed what looks like ich on the bigger ones top fin. It's just one little spot about 1mm in diameter and it looks kinda fury. I'm pretty sure its ich so now I'm thinking that's why they might be lethargic, I read it's not always visable so it's possible they're both affected. Why might they have got this when my tank levels are pretty good? Before seeing the white spot I thought it might be the tank size but now I think probably not? Should I treat them for ich before moving them to the new tank or should I move them and see if they improve? If treating I would like to use salt as I dont want to put any chemicals in my tank. I haven't noticed any other symptoms other than lethargy and the white spot, they always come to the front when I go to their tank and they've not gone off their food, although I'm currently 48 hours into starving them and I'm going to give them peas tomorrow incase they're constipated. Anyones opinion on this would be greatly appreciated thanks.
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