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  1. Where did you find these meds? What are the brand names? I only had a few minutes to look yesterday before they closed, but they didn't seem to have anything helpful. Hope your fish feel better, too!
  2. I just did a bunch of research on columnaris, and I think you're right. I always thought it killed fast and left a cottony film, but I guess there are several different strains I didn't know about! The tail rot appeared 2 weeks ago. I'm pretty sure I can see some tiny rib bones there are exposed in the lesion Params: 80*F Ammonia- 0 Nitrite- 0 Nitrate- 0 pH- 8.1 I read that gradually lowering temps can lower reproduction rate of the bacteria, but I can't get the temp below 80 because that's just what our house is at, sometimes higher. I want to try a salt bath, and putting him back into a completely disinfected tank. What % do you recommend for bettas with columnaris? I'd rather treat on the aggressive than cautious side.
  3. Hi all, I have a betta that has an unusual condition I haven't seen before. About a month ago, a tumor-like abscess popped up very quickly on my fish's back. (interestingly, the pigment in the affected area turned a dark turquoise color before it happened) The skin split open and there was some blood. I immediately changed the water and started him on a round of melafix and it seemed to keep it clean at the very least. I've been doing 100% water changes on his unfiltered 2 gallon frequently and dosing with melafix for a while now, and it is not solving anything. He's lost the part of the dorsal fin near the abscess and the ends of his caudal fin have become pretty ragged, and showing red streaks for a few weeks- hopefully not septicemia. He seems like he isn't in pain, so I was just going to let him go as long as he could with melafix and clean water, but the other night something interesting happened. I had been more lax about the melafix lately, and I found him in poor condition on his side. I gave him a large dose of melafix and he was absolutely fine in the morning- back to his very active, hungry self. It even looks like the abscess has subsided a bit. Maybe this is treatable with stronger medication? I don't want to buy a bunch of medications to experiment with, but if you know what's going on and what I can treat with, please let me know. He is not an old fish. Here's a photo from today. Sorry, couldn't figure out how to upload: http://ponderosapower.deviantart.com/art/Fish-Abscess-530846685?ga_submit_new=10%253A1430692790
  4. Got him to eat, phew. Apparently, Snooty-Butt likes his pellets crushed, not whole. Go figure.
  5. Hi all, I feel like I've risen from the dead here. I've been too nomadic to be involved in the aquarium community lately, and I probably don't know most of you here at this point. I haven't kept aquariums for a few years, and haven't kept any personal aquariums for much longer. Anyways, I have a home now, so now I have two bettas. The first betta I've had for two weeks and will not eat. He appears perfectly healthy, alert, and active, but just ignores the pellets I give him. I went back to the LFS to ask them what they were feeding because my first thought was that he just didn't recognize it. Turns out they feed Omega One Betta Pellets, the same thing I've been trying. However, they give the snooty ones freeze-dried bloodworms if they don't eat the pellets. I sighed, and asked for a pinch of their bloodworms to take home to see if he'd go for it. He did right away, little snooty-butt. I really do not want to cave in and feed him freeze-dried bloodworms for the rest of his life. How long is it safe to push a hunger strike? I assume they will eat the pellets before their health degrades?? The other betta is a poor soul that was most likely mislabled as an expensive King Betta. His body might be a little bigger than average, but he's mud brown with fins shorter than most females', so even his big puppydog eyes probably wouldn't have landed him a home. He's probably been at the store for a long time, so I want to condition him up a little. He ate right away, but I've got a small colony of mosquito larvae that I'd like to save for him and preferably not give to snooty-butt.
  6. Hi all, I feel like I've risen from the dead here. I've been too nomadic to be involved in the aquarium community lately, and I probably don't know most of you here at this point. I haven't kept aquariums for a few years, and haven't kept any personal aquariums for much longer. Anyways, I have a home now, so now I have two bettas. The first betta I've had for two weeks and will not eat. He appears perfectly healthy, alert, and active, but just ignores the pellets I give him. I went back to the LFS to ask them what they were feeding because my first thought was that he just didn't recognize it. Turns out they feed Omega One Betta Pellets, the same thing I've been trying. However, they give the snooty ones freeze-dried bloodworms if they don't eat the pellets. I sighed, and asked for a pinch of their bloodworms to take home to see if he'd go for it. He did right away, little snooty-butt. I really do not want to cave in and feed him freeze-dried bloodworms for the rest of his life. How long is it safe to push a hunger strike? I assume they will eat the pellets before their health degrades?? The other betta is a poor soul that was most likely mislabled as an expensive King Betta. His body might be a little bigger than average, but he's mud brown with fins shorter than most females', so even his big puppydog eyes probably wouldn't have landed him a home. He's probably been at the store for a long time, so I want to condition him up a little. He ate right away, but I've got a small colony of mosquito larvae that I'd like to save for him and preferably not give to snooty-butt.
  7. Otos will not eat hair algae. Stick with the siamese algae eater. Learn to ID the differences between them and chinese algae eaters because pet stores usually can't.
  8. In my experience, they LOVE algae wafers
  9. I've kept them before with no problems. Most otocinclus are wild-caught by electrofishing, so they come into stores weak and stressed. If they've been in the petstore that long I'm sure they are fine. They are voracious eaters and you can tell they are happy and healthy because their little bellies will distend slightly haha. They are the best algae eaters in my opinion good luck with them Those of you who are interested in them, here's a good web page to read up: http://www.otocinclus.com/
  10. Cute! I love otos they my favorite algae eaters.
  11. Do you know what species of leech they are? A good picture may help. Once we know what kind they are, you can lure them with bait.
  12. No they don't sorry... They do look neat under a black light though.
  13. I had a betta that was especially sensitive. He jumped out of the cup while I was changing the water for a couple minutes and was fine until his water reached the TINIEST TRACE of ammonia about 5 days later. He looked like a goner, laying on the botton on his side and hardly breathing. I got rid of the ammonia and he was better the next day If you have Prime water conditioner, use that instead of a waterchange. It will detoxify the ammonia without further stressing your fish.
  14. Hmmm no I tested the tap water for phosphates and they are at zero. I added phosguard but that only seemed to help minimally. Waterchange tomorrow.
  15. I would just buy plexiglass and have it cut to fit. If you have access to an electric saw etc it is much cheaper than any divider you can find. It probably won't dissolve either
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