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My big ryukin Dragon is bottom sitting. I took tests yesterday and they were perfect. So I thought perhaps I would just wait until tomorrow to see if he was just...I dunno....But he is doing it again. He doesn't do it all the time, just every once in a while he will wedge himself under my melon sword and sit there. k-worried.gif

Also he has been flashing lately as well...do you think it might be parasites? I posted last week (I think) about a missing scale and Trinket helped me with the flashing thing. We decided that it could be because there wasn't enough oxygen in the tank, so I put my airstone back in (it was in the QT tank). He stopped flashing so much, so I thought he was ok. I guess not.

help please

[*]Test Results for the Following:

[*]Ammonia Level? 0ppm

[*]Nitrite Level? 0ppm

[*]Nitrate level? roughly 10ppm maybe about 15ppm

[*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 8.2 or 8.3. It's in between 8.2 and 8.4 but definitely closer to 8.2

[*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.2

[*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops

[*]Water temperature? 74-76o

[*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal (really about 18) running for three months.

[*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? AquaClear 150g

[*]How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week 50% once a month 100%

[*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 - 5in and 3in

[*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime at water changes, and crushed coral in the filter (This is a new addition, do you think this could be affecting him?)

[*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice a day - Hikari Marine A, Peas, Freeze Dried Shrimp, Spinach, Grapefruit or Spinach

[*]Any new fish added to the tank? No

[*]Any medications added to the tank? No

[*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nothing

[*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Sitting beneath my melon sword, he is eating normally. He also flashes as mentioned above

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Since about January. I bought him from p*tsmart and he was 1in. I would guess he's about a year old or so.

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Actaully, yes! My roommate likes to turn off the heat when I'm not looking! Do you think I should put my 50watt heater from my QT set-up into my tank?

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Yes. Stable temp is important. Especially big fish can get chilly and bottom sit..dont want him come down with ich..(the one parasite that can arrive out of nowhere)

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Ok thanks, Imo! You are always so helpful and direct! I think that's the best part, no unnecessary info or things that aren't important right away, just the cold hard facts!

As soon as I hit post, I'm adding the heater. I think I will set it to 75 as this is pretty much the temp my tank hovers around. I was going to give the heater to Steve for my puffer at home...oh well! guess I have to buy another one!

Thanks again!

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I'm looking at him now and he seems to be doing well. I don't think I've seen him flash all day OR bottom sit. The tank is now sitting at 76-78o. I think it's good.

I just saw him yawn! It was so cute!

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