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Poseidon My Feeder Has A Fuzzy Spot


Kerstin

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[*]Test Results for the Following:

[*]Ammonia Level? 0

[*]Nitrite Level? 0

[*]Nitrate level? about 5

[*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 or higher

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

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

[*]Water temperature? about 76

[*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 Gallons 2months

[*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua clear

[*]How often do you change the water and how much? every 2 days about 5 gal due to left over food

[*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? yesterday 5 gal

[*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 single tails about 1 inch and a bit

[*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime

[*]What do you feed your fish and how often? 3 times a day: Hikari pellets crushed, GC salmon flakes and freeze dried brine shrimp

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

[*]Any medications added to the tank? not right now

[*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? fuzzy spot

[*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? not anymore

So Poseidon one of my little feeders had a case of fin rot when I got him and after my tank finally cycled I thought I'd best treat it. My local Aquarium shop said that Furan 2 is the best thing to use, which I did. But regretted soon afterwards because it seemed really harsh on the little guys. Anyways I finished the treatment and he looked fine for a little bit and actually is way more active than ever before, but now he has developed a "fuzzy" spot right at the end of his tail, which seems to be growing.

Can I just treat that with salt and clean water or is there anything mild I can treat it with as the other meds seemed way to harsh and I don't want to use those again.

Thanks for your input.

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yes, i think salt to 0.1% should be fine for now if all other meds are out of the tank.. please increase your water changes to 50-60% per week.. this will be healthier for your fish..

also.. you will need to be looking at an upgrade 40-50 gallon tank soon to be keeping 2 single tails... they not only need the room for health reasons, but for swimming also.. single tails love to swim lenths of the tank & fast.

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yes, i think salt to 0.1% should be fine for now if all other meds are out of the tank.. please increase your water changes to 50-60% per week.. this will be healthier for your fish..

also.. you will need to be looking at an upgrade 40-50 gallon tank soon to be keeping 2 single tails... they not only need the room for health reasons, but for swimming also.. single tails love to swim lenths of the tank & fast.

Thanks Stakos. 1 will add the salt.

I do change 5 G every second day, which is more than 50% every week. Do you think I should do bigger changes less often? I like to syphon out the left over food.

The 20 G is just their QT tank.

They are supposed to go in my pond once I know that they are healthy, but I want to make sure of that first as I have 3 big guys out there already.

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what you're doing atm is fine for the food thing.. but, in order to rid most potential problems, there needs to be a large water change per week..

if they're not eating all the food, then you may be overfeeding. the white spot could be caused by bacteria perhaps? just a suggestion..

i recommend that you also cut down on the food. most here do not need to change 5 gallons intermitantly.. we just do the one to 2 big water changes per week depending on your tank stock levels.

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Kerstin, yes. Fewer but larger water change remove more toxins and bacteria than many small ones. Maybe this example helps:

A 100% water change removes EVERYTHING.

Two 50% water changes only 75%. The first 50% removes 50% of course. Then you fill the tank back up, diluting the remaining 50% of original water. When you do another 50% water change then, it means that you remove only another 25% of the original water.

I hope I am making sense :rofl

I would do bi weekly 30-40% changes, or more if you want to :)

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