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    Test Results for the Following:
  • * Ammonia Level 0
  • * Nitrite Level 0
  • * Nitrate level 10 ish
  • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) It looks like the highest on the API card
  • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) same
  • Other Required Info:
  • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drop
  • * Water temperature? 75
  • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 G about 1 1/2 years
  • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua clear
  • * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% weekly

  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 6 days ago 50%
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 comets, about 7 inches head to tail
      • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime
        • * What do you feed your fish and how often? once a day GC flakes, hikari pellets, blood worms, peas as snack
          • * Any new fish added to the tank? no
            • * Any medications added to the tank? 1 tea spoon of salt per G
              • * 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? She keeps getting (this is really hard to explain) a white fleecy mass coming out from what seems to be behind her eye. Thea after a while it just falls off. Put one tea spoon of salt per G in to maybe help heal it. Now since this week her tail fin looks like it has been chewed on and she seems to have constipation, too.
                  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? She eating normally, but not pooping normally. It's almost like stringy clear poops.

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I took a photo, but I'm not sure if that shows much. She is such a fast swimmer. It does show the eaten tail, though


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Hi Kerstin. I'm sorry your beautiful fish is having some issues. From your description, the thing behind the eye may be a columnaris (bacterial infection), and it seems like there is also some fin rot. The 0.1% salt is a great first step, although in situations like this, it is immensely helpful to increase the frequency of water changes. If the raggedness in the fins still worsen after 2-3 days in salt, you may need to increase it to 0.2%.

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Thanks Alex.

Will do more water changes to start with. The white thing just fell off again so right now she is only showing the ragged fins...

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