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  1. Thanks I will try this! putting them in/near the filter seems the best so you can still have the lid.
  2. lol now I am undecided about the RTS So many choices.....
  3. I have heard that some people put just the roots(since it is not aquatic) of a pothos plant in their tank to help eat up the nitrates. I was wondering how you would keep it there without leaving the lid open? Has anyone here done this before, or could someone show me some pics of how this works? It sounds like a great idea and I would love to see how it works.
  4. Some websites metions that Barbs, Angelfish, ram cichlids, and Dwarf and Honey Gouramis would be ok with guppies. I don't know if all of these are really non aggressive. What do you think? Sorry, at this point I don't have much experience with tropicals so I don't know what exactly is classified as non aggressive, semi aggressive and whatnot.
  5. Hi, I've had tons of gf before, but I haven't been able to have very many fish for a while. Now I am starting up my tanks again and I thought I would like to try some tropicals. I have a 10g which is set up and I'm doing a fishless cycle with it right now. I also have a 55g which I will hopefully be setting up in a few months. I really want to breed guppies in the 55g and use the 10g as a nursery for the babies. But I would also like to have different kinds of tropicals in the 55g since it's a decent size. Since I am relatively new to tropicals I have been doing a lot of research, but the problem is that every website says different things. In your opinion, what kinds of fish are compatible with guppies? I also would really love to get a Red Tailed Shark. Unfourtunately, I know that they can be a somewhat more aggressive fish. I thought since the RTS is mostly a bottom dweller and guppies are mostly a mid-top level dweller maybe it would be okay IF I provided lots of cover and plants, and IF I added the RTS into the tank last and tried to find a smaller one. But I have no experience with these guys. What do you guys think? Would it be possible to keep a Red Tailed Shark in a 55g with guppies and other tropicals? If I do get one and it turns out they don't get along well, I suppose I could always put up a tank divider.
  6. sorry I didn't reply for so long, my computer lost it's internet for a while! I will try to get the exact params within the next few days, but I can pretty much give you a good general idea of what it is without an actual reading. I am like 99.9% sure that the Ammonia and NitrItes are both 0 and the NitrAtes are not above 40(probably less, though), the PH is about 8.3. So you're saying that you don't think Flash actually has some sort of disease? That would be great if this turned out to be nothing because there is a fish that I have had in QT for a long time that is perfectly healthy, and I want to move that one in with Flash if Flash really isn't sick. The thing on her tail is not flat exactly, but it's definatly not an external parasite, no worries there. It's a little fuzzy, but not very big. at first I thought it was a fungus, but the tank was salted to .3% and like i said before, I also dabbed hydrogen peroxide on it, and I don't see how a fungus could survive both of those.
  7. oops, I forgot to tell, you how much I feed! I don't feed too much, obviously that would cause an abnormal amount of poo! I feed as much as they can eat in one min. or less.
  8. well, I had actually posted another thread when my other fish was ill, and was told to use Maracyn plus, and salt couldn't hurt anyway(unless of course you put too much!). I wasn't just medicating randomly, don't worry.The other fish was sitting on the bottom, had long stringy poos, was being overall very listless, getting extremely skinny, and not eating well either. I didn't want to wait until this fish started having those symptoms, because then it could be too late to help. I usually feed once to twice a day, exept I have been fasting her latley in hopes that it is just constapation, and not something more serious. the tank has been running for about two years, so it's not a cycling issue. The filter is a Emperor 400 and I rotate feeding bio-blend by marineland labs, dried baby shrimp, shrimp pellets, and peas. I usually change only 36% of the water every week becuase it's only one small fish in 55g of water. I do use water conditioner, and there hasn't been any meds within the last few months. There is actually a small white sort of puffy thing on her tail, but it has been there for months and hasn't hurt her, so I'm wondering if it is really anything to be worried about. I did treat it once by dabbing it with hydrogen peroxide, but that didn't do a thing to it. And I'm sure that's not what's causing her constipation. BTW, the poos are very long, sometimes several times her body length, and regular brown color, but sometimes also squiggly. I hope that's a good description! thanks!
  9. Hello, I haven't been on here in a long time, but here I am. My fish, Flash, is the only fish in a 55 gallon tank, because her much larger tankmate passed away a few months ago from dropsy, but I suspect internal parasites were the cause of it. Flash has been having constant constapation for the last two weeks at least. I have tried peas and fasting, but to no avail, so I think it may be something else. Since she was in the same tank as the sick fish, it's probably what that fish had, but how to treat it remains a mystery to me, because when the other fish was sick, I tried a lot of medications, none of which worked. I have tried salting, Maracyn Plus, and I can't remember what else. I have been changing her water regularly(although not much needs to be changed since she's the only fish in such a big tank), and other than the constapation, she has been acting normaly. Hope you guys can give me some clue as to what's going on here. Thanks!
  10. Ok I applied the hp by soaking a cotton ball with it an then gently pressed onto her tail. the fungus seems to be shiny now, like sort of a metalic tint right after I applied the hp, wierd. Anyway, I also put some melafix in there just in case. Also I'm going out of town for a week today, so I hope she will be okay wile I am gone. I am of course having someone feed her while I am gone. Just wanted to give an update, thanks for the help!
  11. I already tried salting to a .3% solution, but it didn't help at all, surprisingly. I'll try the Hydrogen peroxide, I do have some of that. thanks for the help!
  12. Hi, my fish has a small fungus on it's tail. the water params are fine and everything, but I just had a question about treating it with iodine. The problem is I only have a bottle of iodine that says "10% Providone/Iodine solution USP", and besides not being just pure iodine I think it is kinda old. It looks like it was a perscription for somthing as it has some sort of paper label on it.Will it still work? I hope the providone part doesn't harm the fish. I also don't really know where to find just pure iodine.
  13. I'm just going to give them a 10 day feeder. I know the food may not be the best quality, but it's better than nothing.
  14. 50% water change, redose maracyn plus and add 50% more epsom salt but not regular aquarium salt, have I got that right? Only one thing, Dusty was supposed to get the second dose tomorow so do I add double the amount or the same? Will it hurt her to get too much all at once?
  15. Nope, my whole family is going on this trip with me. I already have the epsom salt and aquarium salt both in, so what should I do about that? It doesn't actually seem to be harming anything, in fact she is doing rather well today. She has been swiming about more instead of just sitting in one place like she was doing for a while, and she is eating alot better too. Also, since on the first dose of maracyn I still had the carbon in, should I re-dose it and just start all over again? Thanks for the advice!
  16. Sorry for the extra posts, I could not find the edit button! I decided to err on the side of caution, so I did the waterchange and am just going to replace the missing % of meds. Also, I called my friend but she said she couldn't watch my fish because she will be out of town too. And everyone else I know is going on vacation this week, so there is nobody who could medicate the tank in my absence. Should I just add all the doses before I leave or just skip the last one that should be on tuesday when I am gone?
  17. I just put in the maracyn, but I didn't take the carbon out of the filter as it said on the pakage to maitain normal filtration. Did they mean carbon too? Also it's about time for the weekly waterchange, so do I just skip the waterchange for now because of the meds, or do I do the waterchange and just replace the same % of meds as to how much water I change?
  18. I was pretty sure they can go together, as epsom salt is not actually salt it is magnesium sulfate. Though if I am wrong I hope someone more experienced will let me know. I do have marcyn plus, so I'll start using that right away. Should I start feeding the expired medigold again in hopes that it might do at least a little bit of good? She hasn't been interested in food that much lately so it is hard to get enough down her. I could try asking a friend to come over evey couple days to check on them , feed them, and perhaps even medicate the tank, but I'm not sure if they will or not. I certainly couldn't ask them to do any water changes though. I'll call and see what they say.
  19. I posted about this before, but I hadn't tested the water yet, so here are the params first. PH 8.0, KH 250ish, GH 300, NitrIte 0 NitrAte 5-10 Ammonia 0 I have two fish in the tank( which is 55 gallons), I usually do about 50% water changes once a week, and I always use water conditioner. My big fish, Dusty, has been showing signs of internal parasites for a while. She's been looking skinnier and at first was having long stringy poos but isn't anymore. She has not been her usual peppy self, she is being quite lethargic and she actually got stuck on the filter intake tube. Luckily she was only stuck for a few minutes so she suffered no damage but it worries me that she actually felt weak enough to get stuck. Two days ago she really got me worried because I noticed her scales were sticking up just a little. Just a little, though, barely even noticable. But then I saw that skinnier parts of her seemed to be bigger, so there was definitely some swelling going on. But then today it was even worse, she is definitely getting dropsy! My other fish, Sunflash, also has a bit of fungus on her tail. I currently have the tank salted to a .3% solution and have in Epsom salt too. I have tried feeding medigold for a while, but it didn't do any good. I think it is expired but I figured it couldn't hurt to just try. I've had it for about a year. I've also tried parasite clear by jungle, but I didn't use as many doses as the label said I could have so maybe I will try that again. But I am leaving on vacation for a week starting Monday, so I hope she can reach a stable point by then! What can I do for her while I'm away? Any advice would be helpful! Sorry for the long post! Thanks!
  20. He looks to me like a ryukin who just has a less exagerated hump. And don't forget, he could be a crossbreed too.
  21. When I put the new filter in I did replace the water that I took out so it is still the full 55 gallons. The old filter is not running, it stoped working that's why I had to buy a new one, but I did put the old filter cartriges in the new filter along with the new filter cartriges so in theory it should still be cycled. plus I forgot to mention that when I noticed them having stringy poos I started feeding medigold, that was probably at least a week ago,but it may be past its date so I'm not sure if it will do any good. As for the water params I haven't tested it recently but I will try to to so soon. I haven't added any new fish or anything like that and as of yet there have been no strange behavior. I usually change about 50% of the water once a week and I do use water conditioner. Dusty, the one that has been looking skinnier is a 5 inch fantail and SunFlash is the one with the fungus on her tail. She is a 2 inch lionhead. thanks for the quick replies!
  22. Hi guys I have gone from koko's for a long time. The two fish in my 55g are developing some kind of internal parasite I think. Actually they may have had it for 2 or 3 weeks because I thought I was just imagining things as I usually do, then I get all panicked and give them all kinds of meds that they don't really need. On the 2nd I bought them a really huge Emperor 400 bio wheel filter (I think it goes up to 80 gallons)and had to do a huge (60% ++++) water change because the filter was so big it wouldn't fit in between the tank and the wall so I had to move the entire tank to fit it wich meant I had to get most of the water out of the tank. Now that I looked on the calandar I realized that they haven't had a waterchange since!!!! I really feel stupid to forget to change their water for so long! One of my fish has been looking skinnier and today I noticed that she had some red streaks in her fins, but then a few hours later they had vanished! They are both having stringy poos and the other on has something on her tail that looks unmistakably like a fungus. I am doing big huge water changes as we speak and tonight I will probably dose the tank up with Parasite Clear tablets. I would salt it as well, but I don't have enough salt! Please any recomendations, advice, or anything else would be helpful and appreciated! thanks!
  23. I was looking for the thread about the silly things pet store employees say about gf, but I couldn't find it! Does anyone know where it is? thanks!
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