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  1. That's the right dosage and I would include the epsom asap - as long as you don't have salt in the tank
  2. Let's just give him the benefit of the doubt and leave it at that... If it is indeed true then kudos and if not, he does nobody but himself a disservice...
  3. An hour? It takes me a good day before I'll let the evil thought of dishes enter my head HR - If you're able to dig out 356 gallons in a few short hours then you must be hiding a blue suit and red cape under your clothes. That's mighty fast!
  4. I'm so sorry NFM - I know what you're going through and it really is just so heartbreaking Elizabeth
  5. Carol and I had the same idea - i pm'd you about trying the pea with an epsom. It could be extreme constipation which if left untreated can make a fish appear to be at death's door. Is she still eating? What's the current temp of your tank?
  6. Never mind - most intelligent people are adept at soaking up useful information so boredom is never an issue with them ....
  7. I just wanted to jump in with the possibility of another scenario so will ask a couple of questions if I may? This sounds eerily familiar to my large female tele who became eggbound. She started to float at a strange angle and then she ended up resting on the bottom of the tank - listing to the side. Some other things that gave away her condition were: - (the most telling) increased breathing. As she would rest, her mouth continually opened and closed due to the added pressure on her heart - her belly became a little distended but as she was a big fish with an already round belly, the difference was hard to spot - she became constipated If it is eggbinding - and this is a big if, then Furan 2 and a salt dip would help her - especially the salt dip. I have a butterfly tele who responds well to salt dips and on the whole, releases eggs shortly thereafter... but i'm usually forced to hold her belly in my hand so she starts to wriggle. The one time I came close to losing her, I took the next (risky) step and put gentle pressure on her abdomen until a white(ish) fluid was expelled from her port followed seconds later by the eggs that were killing her. Have you noticed any change in her belly? Any heavy breathing?
  8. Hi helicopter and My first suggestion would be to do one massive waterchange (ie. 70%) to get those nitrates in a nice healthy range... Also, is your pH stable at 6.4? Would you be able to test the pH out of your tap water and post the number? 6.4 if stable is borderline but if it drops any lower, could lead to pH crash but won't go into that until you reply With the protrusion - does it look like a pimple growing from under the scale? How long has it been there? I think the first thing that'll help with the fin rot is water quality - nitrates of 80ppm is considered quite high so getting them to <20ppm will be a good place to start and if you can post back on your pH and the growth, it'll help understand what the problem may be. PS. Is there any way you can post a clear pic?
  9. Hi Julie How's the water quality? Still excellent? Melafix will help with surface abrasions etc but does little for any internal bacterial infection so with that said, try to keep the water excellent and as a suggestion, you can salt to 0.1% (1tsp per gallon). Would you be able to describe the finrot in more detail? Is there a powdery coating around the edges of the fins? Or are they split? Any redness? Fin rot can be caused by several things however its appearance can usually give a good indication of the underlying cause. How far is it progressing? And how quickly?
  10. Hi there clockman - it sounds like some problems have taken hold I'm a great believer that salt is the best, most gentle method of eradicating ich however, it sounds as though this wasn't/isn't the only problem. I have a few questions for you: - can you test your water and post back ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and importantly pH? - when you say "his scales are lifted away from his body, there are white patches all over, he looks bug-eyed and cloudy and his fins are rotting away" do the white patches look slimy? Greyish in spots? Are the scales sticking completely out? Or are they slightly raised? Is any of the skin on the body open? Red?... How do your other fish look? Any similar symptoms? There's a good chance a secondary bacteria is at play here and some of the symptoms would indicate it could be columnaris - a virulent strain of bacteria. - where abouts are you? What kind of bacterial meds are available to you? I would suggest treating with both maracyn one and two which will also resolve most strains of bacteria - do you have a large tub you can use as a hospital tank for your sickest fish? - are the white spots still present? - what's the current temp of your pond? - what kind of filtration are you running? - is there any chance you can take a pic of the affected fish and post back? The simplest method I'd adopt for destroying ich in your pond would be: 1) Remove any live plants. 2) Raise temperature to 80 degrees if you can. 3) Increase aeration while the temps are raised 4) Add one teaspoon of salt per gallon 5) Twelve hours later, add another one teaspoon of salt per gallon 6) Twelve hours later, add another one teaspoon of salt per gallon If your fish has columaris as well, treatment will need to be fast and quite agressive as it can destroy quickly but will wait for your confirmation/picture first
  11. Hi hurleygurl - no, it's not usually a one time thing unfortunately. Fish that are weak can get caught on the intake so the question is why? The best place to start would be to answer as many of the questions in the white box as possible to see if it may be something in your tank. Please post back soon
  12. How is her breathing? Does she have a red anal vent? It does sound like she's eggbound and is unable to shift them. I have a butterfly who goes through this about once a month during summer and i basically have to lift her in my hands losely while she starts to thrash a bit. I let her continue this for some minutes, then do it again 5 minutes later. Basically i'm massaging her belly without putting any real pressure on her and she'll release eggs shortly thereafter. I have fish this doesn't work on and with these guys, resort to 15 minute epsom baths (1 teaspoon in a 1 gallon tub). This can also work. The problem here could be that while she's egg laden, she could also have a bacterial infection - especially if she has any redness on her body. First things first though, i'd test the water asap and post back with your parameters
  13. I've merged your 2 topics to keep it all in 1 thread
  14. Hi pf, when you say scoop, how big is a scoop? It's so important to know how much salt you're adding to your tank... It sounds like flukes (or some other parasite) and there's one of 2 things you can do. 1) Dose the tank with prazi - it's gentle on fish and won't mess with any good bacteria on the gravel. You can administer 2 doses plus it works well when run with a salt level of 0.3% or 2) Grab a product called Paraste Clear - it treats a whole host of parasites I would go with the prazi and salt for now and keep an eye on your salt level. You can always start again with fresh water (2 large waterchages) and start with 1 teaspoon of salt per gallon...
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