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  1. I got a 46 gallon bow front from craigslist a couple weeks ago which had hard water stains on the inside, outside and completely covering the glass hood both top and bottom. I don't know how any light passed through it when they were still using it. I used full strength vinegar with a little baking soda and a scraper used to scrape algae off. Some spots took a little more elbow grease then others but it did eventually all come off. My trim is also the fake wook look instead of the black but mine is the darker brown. I was going to use some sort of paint to cover it up but I didn't know what would be safe so it is what is it now since I already put my fish in it.
  2. Thought I would add that I did do a water change today and the nitrates were in between the 20 and 40 colors so that is why I said 30ish and that was before I did the water change. But since out of the tap the nitrates are around 15 that is why I said 30ish isn't that bad. I also went and actually looked to see how much I actually take out each water change, it's more then 50% but not quite 75% so I guess maybe around 65% every 1 -2 weeks. It really depends on how busy I am. He was laying on the bottom when I just went to check but when another fish went over to him to peck at the bottom of the tank near him is started swimming again. The one thing on his side looks like it has a little dark spot right in the center and it looks a little smaller. I don't know if maybe it popped or if the PraziPro is doing something.
  3. I know they are overstocked but it is the best I can do for them and 55 gallons is better then they were in for a couple years. 30 actually isn't that bad since I have nitrates in my tap and I have been doing my water changes like this since I have had them for almost 5 years. Yes I know I could do more but I don't think I'm doing that bad either. Thanks for posting though
  4. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level?0 [*]Nitrate level?30ish [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?7.5 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?7.5 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Tetra Laborett Deluxe Test Kit; drops [*]Water temperature?72 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?55 gal; more then a year [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)?2 Aquaclear 70 (300 gph each) [*]How often do you change the water and how much?around half every 1 - 2 weeks [*]How many fish in the tank and their size?3 commons averaging 7in each [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often?Omega One floating pellets twice a day; 12 hours apart [*]Any new fish added to the tank?no [*]Any medications added to the tank?I just added PraziPro this morning, it's the only thing I have on hand and thought it wouldn't hurt [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? One side looks like craters and the other side looks like a funky looking zit. When the fish went under the light at the top you can sort of see in the fish and it looks like there are more of whatever these things are under the surface. He is also looking thin and IME that is never good and I have never had any fish come back from it. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? I noticed the other day he was hanging out at the surface of the water more then usual and gulping a little and now today he is laying on the bottom. Another one of my fish had what looks to be the same thing around a year ago but she never got thin looking and it eventually just went away and she is still fine to this day. They share the same tank but when she had them the others where fine and showed no symptoms. Now it's him with whatever this is but he isn't handling it so well. I do have pics but the camera that I was using isn't very good, you can see what I'm worried about though. BTW, it's a mirrored background This one you can see the zit looking thing. Where the scales are missing is where these things were but were much smaller in size before they fell off or popped or whatever happens to them when they disappear. They started showing up around a week ago but he showed no other symptoms so I didn't think it was anything serious. This one you can see the dark spot near the top of the back, that is the thing inside of him. This one you can see where he had one and now it's just a crater. What is it and what can I do to save my fish?
  5. My nitrates are 10 straight from the tap, in the tank they are usually 20. I thought about separating the fish but if it was something bacterial then I thought it would be better to treat both even if the other isn't showing any signs. I'll keep my eye out for some anubias or any plant that doesn't look like it's already dying and covered in snails.
  6. Sorry it took so long for the video, for some reason photobucket kept having problems with it uploading and I had to keep picking lower resolutions for it to upload so it looks grainy now. But if you look closely you may be able to see the redness on her right side and a couple white spots on her dorsal fin that I'm assuming are just from too much air contact. I will put the espom salt in now and start feeding peas later today as I need to go buy some more. I just felt her and she feels pretty normal to me, not rock hard but no where near soft either. I will keep my eye at for any poop too. If she isn't constipated and doesn't have any sort of bacterial problem that is causing her to float do you think she all of a sudden got very sensitive to nitrates? I know mine aren't perfect but I never really thought they were bad either. She was never exposed to any high ammonia, nitrite or nitrate at least while in my care and I had had her for a while now. I only have 2 fish and a couple snails in a 29 gallon tank and I don't over feed. I'm still planning on getting some plants to help with the nitrates, is there a particular plant that is better then others? I also plan on taking the snails out and putting them in their own tank just to help the water quality a little more. Is there anything else I can do? I feel sorry for her that she spends so much time floating.
  7. Thank you guys for replying. This morning she only has a little line of redness which I believe is from how she floats next to the breeding box. I was hoping by putting the breeding box in there it would keep her from floating at the surface but I guess it's not working very well and I will try to figure some other way to keep her down. I will also try and get a hold of her to feel her for softness but I have noticed even though she doesn't actually wedge herself between the glass and the box (I have it taped so it doesn't move so she has room on both sides of her) that it seems to be flattening her sides. Since she does tend to float on her sides (not always the same side) she does press against the sides and I just sort of thought because of her floating the pressure could be pushing her side enough to make it flat but maybe she is a little soft. I keep checking to see if she starts to pinecone but like I said it looks like she's flattening more then anything. I haven't seen any poop in tank tank, the filter does a good job at getting rid of it so I don't know if she is pooping. The last time I remember seeing any was when I fed peas and for some reason those turds always hang out for awhile before getting sucked in. I'll fast and feed the peas again just to check for constipation and I will get some Jungle anti-bacterial to feed after peas. Or should I just put in some epsom salt and feed the Jungle anti-bacterial now? It's been a while since I used espom salt, should I put it all in at once or a little at a time like normal salt? The other fish that is in with her seems perfectly fine although she does seem a bit lost as she used to be the pearlscales shadow. I took a quick video and will post it once I upload it from my camera. It shows her swimming while searching the bottom for food even though I didn't put any in. After she stopped she went right up to her spot to float and hasn't moved since, it's been around 30 mins now.
  8. She's getting red now on both sides as well as her dorsal fin but they seem to be going away as fast as they come. I guess it just depends on what side she floats on. I would still like to know if there is anything I can do to help her. I picked up some maracyn 2, only had enough money for either that or maracyn 1 at the time but if I need maracyn 1 I can go pick that up too or anything else I need. The only experience I have with a fish floating was one (a goldfish) that had dropsy and one (a betta) that had a growing lump, both ended up dying. I don't want her to end up that way too. I already fasted her, fed her peas and now I soak her sinking pellets when I feed to make sure she gets no more air in her. I used to feed morning and night but stopped feeding in the morning since when she eats she tends to be more buoyant even though she always floats, she just looks to have a harder time swimming back down after she eats. Can someone please give me some advice on what I can do to help her?
  9. I say get him and give him a better life even if only for a while, but I don't think it's so bad as he will die from it. He has lived this long being in a crowded pet store tank with other fish picking at him, having is own tank with nice clean water will only help.
  10. The redness seems to be fading so I guess it was only from her floating even though I didn't ever see her float on that side. She is still floating though and I would like some help on finding out what is causing it.
  11. Could something bacterial be causing her to float? Should I try maracyn? 1 or 2 or both? Do I need to make sure no prazi is left before I use it?
  12. Here is a pic of her floating between the glass and the breeding box. See how it forces her to stay upright and keeps her in the water? This is how she spends most of her time when she isn't searching the bottom for food.
  13. OK, I'll hold off on adding anything until someone else comes along.
  14. So I'm able to salt while I have prazi in there?
  15. Thanks for replying. When I treated with the prazipro she didn't have any red on her yet, it was just because she was floating and all the threads I had read on here about a fish floating someone mentioned treating with prazipro in case of flukes. One of the first things I did when I noticed her floating was test the water for nitrates to see if they were high because she may be sensitive but they weren't any different then usual but I did do a water change anyway. I would really like to get my nitrates lower but they come out of the tap no lower then 10. I was thinking about getting plants to maybe help with that but all the ones I saw at the 2 stores I went to were covered in snails and I would really rather not add them to the tank. I have been trying to grow bulbs for the past couple months but they keep getting fungus on them. Do you think maybe that has something to do with the fishes problems? Since there is still some prazipro in the water I don't know what I can put in to treat her redness, if there is anything I can add while that's in there.
  16. Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 20 Ph Level, (If possible, KH and GH and chloramines)? ph= 7.0, gh=150 Ph Level out of the Tap? 7.0 Brand of test-kit used? (strips or drops?) Tetratest Laborett (drops) [*]Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 29, used to be a 20long but I upgraded and moved everything over a couple months ago [*]What is the name and size of the filter/s? Penguin 350 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? I usually do it every week (50%) to 2 weeks (75%) [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 pearlscale (fish that is floating) and 1 calico telescope both around 2 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]Any medications added to the tank? Prazipro [*]Add any new fish to the tank? none [*]What do you feed your fish? Omega One sinking pellets [*]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, ect. I noticed around 2 weeks ago she was hanging out at the top back corner of the tank but didn't think much of it other then it must be her new sleeping spot because whenever she saw me she swam fine. A week ago I noticed her in the same corner but she was floating on her side and when she saw me it looked like she was having a little difficulty righting herself. I came on here the day I noticed her on her side and read a little and saw people requesting Prazipro so I went out and got some and put it in that day. I fasted her as well for 3 days and fed peas. She still floated but was usually on her back and only occasionally on her side, when I started to feed the normal food again she was mostly on her side. When she swims she is fine it's only when she stops (I guess resting) that she floats. I noticed yesterday her scales are turning red and this morning they look even worse. I put a breeding trap in the tank that she sort of wedges herself next to, not like she is stuck but just enough that it keeps her upright and so she isn't exposed to the air. Here is a pic of her swimming just fine near the bottom of the tank this morning, What it causing it? Is there anything else I should get? Maybe something for the redness?
  17. I wouldn't stir up the gravel for the reason you said, it will just release all the debris into the water and will be harder for the siphon to get it all. Just use the gravel vac/siphon by pressing it into the gravel to clean it but since it takes out so much water you may have to clean half the gravel at a time, then the next time clean the other half.
  18. The oldest fish I have that are still alive are turning 4 (well it will be 4 years since I got them) this coming May. "Feeder fish" that my niece and I won from a fair. The oldest fish I ever had was a black moor that was around 8ish when he died from recurring dropsy.
  19. I hope you don't mean you haven't been using a filter at all and you just mean that you haven't been using the carbon. You need to being running the filter at all times but when you do need to medicate just remove the carbon. In some filters it is harder then others, like if your filter uses cartridges then you may have to cut it open to empty the carbon out.
  20. I think it's best to try and replicate nature, lights on during the day and off at night. And think about it like this, how would you like it to sleep when the lights were on and you can't even close your eyes to block any of it out because you don't have any eye lids?
  21. I would suggest having more then 1 filter on a big tank too. That way if for some reason something happens to one of them you still have the other one working and will keep your cycle, if you need to set up another tank real quick you can take media out of one of the filters or just take one of the filters off and I also think it would be good because you can have one on either side of the tank so you have less of a chance of a dead spot where debris can settle.
  22. I have seen lights sold that go in the water but have never actually had any so I don't know much about them. I believe they are more of a decoration or used to highlight other decorations like a spot light rather then an actual light to light up the whole tank and have seen them sold in white, blue, red and green.
  23. Yes 6 gallons is fine. The last time I had a male betta he was kept in a 5.5 gallon with a whipser 10 filter, a 25 watt heater, tons of plants and a little hidey. The only reason I would never keep a betta in my small tank is because it will be a little difficult to have it properly filtered and heated. I also think they are more active with at least 5 gallons.
  24. Look at it this way, if you were kept in a very small room with nothing at all to do, the room was filthy because it wasn't cleaned often enough (or at all) and probably a little cold, would you be happy and running around? Probably not right? If given the right type of environment bettas can be just like any other fish. I'm not saying this to make you get one but a lot of people are misinformed about them I just thought I would shine a little light on it. I myself have a 2.5 gallon hex tank sitting empty in my closet because not many types of fish can fit in it. I have a betta but she is in a 20 gallon tank with some tropicals as friends, and knowing just how active they can be I don't think I would ever put a betta in such a small tank again unless it was an emergency.
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