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  1. Thank you. The tank is pretty barren, but I was thinking of adding a few silk plants. Right now, there is just a few pieces of slate, which the fish hides behind. I don't want to take away swimming space, though, as the tank is pretty small as it is for a 10 inch fish. Thanks again
  2. Please keep us posted. I hope she continues to recover.
  3. Thanks so much for the info. That's a big help. Being he's 10 inches already, I am going to explore the idea of getting him a larger tank.
  4. Thanks Colu....anyone have any hands-on experience with this species?
  5. Hello all, I found an adjacent office at my job that has a fish tank...a 46 gallon bowfront with a single banded leporinus fish. He's about 7 years old, and about 10 inches. When I asked who took care of the tank, everyone looked a bit puzzled, and said "we put a bucket of water in ever now and then." So I decided to test the water, and lo and behold...not good. Perhaps really bad. Nitrates were way off the charts. I estimate 400ppm+, as it took a few 50% water changes to get it back on the charts. Also, PH was off the charts acidic...around 5 or 5.5. There was 0 KH as well. As I did daily water changes, the PH rose to the low - mid 6s, and the KH rose to 20-40ppm. I got the nitrates down to 20ppm. The fish mainly just sits on the bottom behind a piece of slate, as he did before. My questions: 1) Is this typical behavior for this species? 2) Would there be a range of parameters that would be preferable? He probably lived in nitrates 200+ for years. Can fish adapt to that, or does it have any long term effects on them? Any and all info on the banded leporinus is appreciated, as I am probably taking over maintenance of this tank. Thanks!
  6. First off, I am really sorry this happened. The salt and erythromycin definitely seems warranted. I am not sure about Ick-x, but I am assuming you are trying to cover the fungal bases with it. I have used API Fungus Cure successfully, and really like it. I don't know how it would react to the other meds, though. Don't underestimate the power of clean water in addition. Most importantly, I hope for a successful recovery.
  7. When you say "refusing food", are you referring to trying but spitting it out? If so, that sounds like a direct path to use Levamisole or Flubendazole.
  8. A KH of 0 is always a bit worrisome to me, as it can result in PH fluctuations, or a PH crash. Could that be related....possibly. I would test the tap and see what the KH is. You can use crush coral to help raise KH, and, in turn, stabilize the PH and prevent a crash. I think adding an extra air stone would be a good idea, as well. Out of the two meds you have, I think Maracyn would be more of a broad spectrum treatment, but you may want to try some salt and an extra air stone first.
  9. I would try Sulfaplex over Neoplex if you can get it. I have treated Columnaris before with Sulfa-based meds, and thankfully have been successful. Sometimes they work when Kanaplex+Furan 2 combo doesn't, though Kanaplex is generally considered a stronger medication.
  10. That looks like body slime. I like the Kanaplex suggestion, but you can also try API Fin and Body Cure.
  11. As for heaters, you will find a variety of opinions, though the one consistency you will find is that they are inconsistent. Personally, I use 2 heaters (200w each) in a 75 gallon, and I have one set a few degrees lower, and it almost never turns on. It seems the one 200W heater is fully sufficient heating 75 gallons to 78.3 degrees, when the room temp is about 68-70. Also, the heater actually cycles (on/off) less, which I prefer. If you get a single heater for the 29 gallon, and the watts are high, it will cycle quite a bit. The theory is that the constant cycling is what kills the heaters. You would probably be okay with a single 100-150W, and you can get an Inkbird controller as a failsafe.
  12. I agree with the above. I have livebearers, and I believe a PH of 7.6 should be fine, but your KH is quite low, which can result in PH fluctuations. Crushed coral does work, but if you are doing large water changes, it takes time for the parameters to "catch up" , so to speak. Here's what I do, since I have VERY soft water with low KH out of the tap. 1) Crushed coral in the substrate 2) Crushed coral in a HOB filter. (It dissolves faster due to the flow through it.) 3) Wondershell (for GH)...though your GH looks great. 4) Baking soda (BE CAREFUL if you go this route!) added to the water during a water change. This raises the KH/PH of the tap going in to match what is in there already. If you decide you want to try this, test (I repeat...test) a given amount of baking soda in a 5 gallon bucket first, to see exactly what effect it has on the PH/KH. A given amount will have a different effect on different water. I have found that 1/2 teaspoon per 5 gallons gets me from 6.8 to 7.6, and brings the KH from 40 or below to around 100. But that is on my water. Definitely test first.
  13. You can also try a sulfa med, such as API Triple Sulfa or SulfaPlex. These are usually pretty mild meds. I have had luck with Triple Sulfa working against Columnaris when Furan2/Kanaplex combo didn't. If I posted this earlier in the thread, my apologies. Just throwing it out there as a possibility.
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