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  1. Hi all, I wish I could say that I cruise around here more when Nemo and I are NOT having a bad day... but long time no see. Last I was on here was a while ago and Dnalex was so very super helpful. I have a problem! The below results were after my last water change 25%, a few hours ago. I had brought the nitrate levels down to a manageable level. Please read below.. they had been dangerously high in the previous days. I am currently uploading a video of this bloody splotch on his fin and will post it asap. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 20ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 pH, KH 35.8 ppm (and rising, as I replaced my crushed coral. my tap is suuuuper soft.) GH 143.2 ppm * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.0 pH Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API MASTER KIT (drops) * Water temperature? 76°F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal, about 6 months, cycle has been established. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon 20 and AquaClear 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? 25-30% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, about 5" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Amquel+, and I would buffer my tap with small amounts of baking soda. I just replaced my crushed coral today. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari pellets, occasional TatraFin flakes * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? See below for answers to the above questions. Today marks the 4th day of bottom sitting. 4 days ago, I noticed a change in behavior... Nemo was lethargic and bottom-sitting, whereas the day before he was just fine. It had been about a week since my last 25% water change, so I did one (25%) out of routine, and left it at that. I didn't test the water because somenody was borrowing it. I always use Amquel+ with my water changes. The next day, more bottom sitting. So I got my test kit back and decided to test the water. 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrites..... then alarming, shockingly, 120+ppm nitrates!!! EEP! I then administered two back-to-back 25% water changes (so 50% total) that evening. The nitrates went down to about 80~70ppm. So the next day I did another 25% water change, and the nitrates went down again to about 50ppm. I had also ran out of Amquel+ so I made a trip down to the LFS and bought me some more - along with a sword plant, thinking that would help in bringing the nitrates down. I did another 25% water change yesterday evening, and added the plant. Now something I might have slipped up on was I probably didn't clean the plant well enough. We were out of bleach, so I just rubbed it down in pure water for a bit and put it in. :/ He's been eating.... I backed off a little bit on it and gave him a pea here and there during this whole time. This morning, I wake up... Nemo's still bottom sitting. HOWEVER! I was APPALLED to see on the underside of his belly, on his first bottom fin (pelvic fin?) he had a bright red bloody splotch that looks like it's slowly creeping down through his veins in the fin. It starts right where the fin attaches to his body. Eeeeek! Now my questions. Is it possible that: 1.) There could have been parasites on my sword plant and he got attacked/infected THAT QUICKLY? 2.) Nemo occasionally will do laps around the bottom of the tank and never really leave the gravel-level. In fact sometimes he is brushing up against it, skirting it. Is this was is known as "scratching?" I should note, however, that he was doing this BEFORE the new plant, and there shouldn't have been anything else new introduced to the tank before this. 2.) Can bottom-sitting for that long cause something similar to 'bed sores'? If he scratched/bumped up against the gravel too often? He gets bursts of energy, where he'll go swimming through the middle part of the tank, then just 'turn off' and sink rapidly toward the bottom, looking as if he's almost 'hitting' or bumping up against the gravel. Is this what's known as 'flashing?' Meep! OKAY! SO. Should I do salt in the tank, or salt dips? What concentration? Should I try to disinfect the plant better or is it too late? Do I need to buy some Prazipro? I've never administered it before. My LFS closes in about 3 hours, sorry this is so late but I'd appreciate some advice asap!!
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