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  1. Yes, multiple times, but I noticed differences consistencies and colors. Once is was a firm and thicker with red/brown color, after that is was more thin and white (see pictures). But I assume this is just caused by the different foods I feed (I feed a dry food mix in the morning with vibra bites, tetra flakes and some other granulates etc.) and usually white, black or blood worms (in Germany we call them white / black / red mosquito larvae, I assume these are the same) in the evening. Today, she had one scale standing out, but since the angelfish are still fighting more then usual, I assume it is because of that. The medicine arrived today. From the instructions, it seems to be a lot stronger than the first one I used, recommending water changes every 2 days during treatment of 7 days, compared to one dose of the other one. I fed something today, and as expected she is thicker again. She acts totally normal, so I would say probably still waiting. Maybe some of the food I feed is the problem, I heard in a livestream of Cory that some dwarf cichlids had problems with red blood worms, maybe I will leave those out for a while. I also read that constipation might be solved by higher temperatures and/or feeding daphnia, I could try that also.
  2. Thank you for the suggestion, I was able to order Sera baktopur direct tablets as well as Sera bakto tabs, both contain nifurpirinol, the first has to dissolve in water, the second is anti-bacterial food. I hope they arrive tomorrow. As for an update, I think she is getting slimmer but is still a lot thicker than the other 3 angelfish. The images are 36 hours after the previous ones. I fed a little bit after the images just to check if she was still eating (as the other two dead fish weren't at some point), and she ate.
  3. Okay, thank you very much! I'm a little more nervous about all of this than usual since the two other fish died...
  4. I assume you mean scales stading out? I would say no but here are more images of her. I also should add that she does get bullied by the dominant pair a lot currently. In general, the tank is more tense between the angelfish since the dominant male died.
  5. Hi, I wanted to give an update and ask a follow up question. I used the medicine and everything went fine, I did a water change a few days later and went easy with the feeding. Two of the angelfish already layed eggs twice since, so they appear healthy. But one of the other angelfish, what I assume to be the second big female, is also very bloated now. I did feed a lot yesterday though, and she acts normal for now: She is still eating, what the previous two fish did not do when this bloated. Here two other angelfish for comparison: This in the front is also a female of similar size. Should I immediately dose the antibacterial medicine again, use a "general purpose" medicine (ingredients: aminoacridine hydrochloride, acriflavinium chloride, Ethacridine lactate monohydrate, malachite green oxalate), or wait and not feed again? I could also move her to a 10 gallon aquarium and treat only her, but I'm not sure this wouldn't then still spread if it indeed is something that spreads and not a false alarm.
  6. Sadly I'm in Germany so I don't have access to the same medicine as in America. I bought this from Sera: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B0010RP3SG Bactopur, which has the active ingredients Acriflavinium chloride and Methylthioninium chloride and is advertised for bacterial infections. Appearently it turns the water green, I will get it tomorrow (stores are closed on Sunday in Germany...). I also bought medicine for fungal, ich and a more broader medicine that is advertised to help for the most common fish disease. I should have bought something like this already, I know 😖
  7. Maybe you can tell me if any of my angelfish look sick to you (I fed maybe 5-6 hours ago). I think I will stop feeding for a while to see if their bellys get smaller then.
  8. Thank you for your advice. Sadly she is just died ☹️ Do you think I have to worry about the other fish in the tank also getting sick now? I would say everybody acts normal. And if she was this fat or close to this fat for months, would you say she was also ill that long?
  9. Hello, I just spotted my female honey gourami as seen in the picture. The belly seems to be torn open, but after this photo where she was laying in the moss, she swam relatively normal again. From the very beginning, she was always thicker than my male honey gourami. At very first, I thought she had eggs. But I think the true reason for her huge belly is that she just always eats too much. I have lots of different fish in the 350L tank along with the honey gouramis (angelfish, corys, otos, amano shrimp, rummy nose tetras), so I need to feed a lot, and she always eats from the top when feeding the tetras and angelfish but then also eats a lot from the bottom food for the catfish. So the question now is, did she just eat so much that her stomach ripped open, or might she had a disease for month now? Additional info: Water parameters: ph 7.2-7.5 / gH 12-13 / kH 11 / NO2 0, NO3 maybe around 10 mg/l before a water change / temperature right now a little hotter because of summer, usually 26-27°C (around 79 F), now more 28°C (82 F). Big water change was just a few days ago. I had one of my angelfish die of dropsy a few days ago. But he was a kind of rescue fish from the beginning, he only had 1 eye and other deformations, probably from the breeding process (its a blue angelfish). All other angels and all other fish are fine, and most importantly: The female honey gourami was this thick long before the angelfish got sick, so I cannot imagine this also being dropsy, since she still acted mostly normal ("dancing" with the male honey gourami and eating as I said - the angelfish stopped eating a few days before dying). What should I do now? Anesthetize her and kill her to end potential pain? Keep her in a fry holding net thing inside the tank and not feed her for a while and hope she recovers? Or take her out into another tank? I have an empty 10 gallon which is currently getting cycled, but I fear the stress of moving her could also kill her... I really really don't want her to die, but this looks pretty bad 😢 Best, Max Edit: added another photo from just now, she's swimming at the top and taking in air from the surface frequently (she also recently lost half of one of her feelers sadly)
  10. I don't yet have a quarantine setup, I started with the big aquarium and basically got most fish from the same 2 sources in a relatively short period of time, so I wasn't too worried. Now, I wouldn't add any new fish directly into the tank, so I'm currently setting up a small quarantine tank. Therefore I did not medicate them. I would agree with you that there is something bad with the tank in general, if it weren't the case that all the other fish aren't doing just ok but very well. For example, the last time I had Otos, 80% died, as I read is often the case. Now, all 12 are still alive and very active and well fed. The angelfish just now layed eggs again, etc. Maybe a new possibility: I just found a habrosus stuck in front of the filter intake, which actually already has a "shrimp safety" cover making the holes smaller. Now I'm not sure if it got stuck there, because it is weak and dying, or if it got hurt by the intake and is now weak because of that. It is the first time I've seen this. It was able to get away from it though, I will monitor the little guy but it doesn't look too good.
  11. Well, I guess I can't really change anything for my current corydoras, I just hope not all of them will die. Thanks to both of you for the help 🙂
  12. I just tested Ammonia, is it at 0. I cannot really differentiate between the ones from the first group and the second group, but you might very well be correct that it was only the ones from the second group. A little additional data point: I actually bought a single habrosus after I bought the second group, because it was the only one at the store left, and that one still lives. I bought the second group around 1 month ago, and I would say maybe two weeks ago they started dying again, up until at least today. I think the timeline was similar for the first group, they didn't die immediately after I got them. When I bought them the first and the second time, it was at least 12 in one bag, and they were in that bag probably for 45 minutes total. My method for adding fish to an aquarium is from the king of DIY where I first float the bag in the tank for temperature, and then put a net over a bucket, open the bag and dump the fish + water in the net, then adding the fish directly in the tank without the water from the store. If the corydoras released ammonia in the bag, the floating time was probably a bad idea, even though I don't remember them panicking inside the bag.
  13. Hello everyone, after watching Corys livestreams regularly, and after researching myself online but not finding a solution, I hope someone from here can help me. I have a 350L (92 gallons) community tank with the following fish: 5 young angelfish 2 honey gourami about 25 rummynose tetra about 30 amano shrimp 12 Otocinclus 9 Panda Corys 3 different kinds of nerite snails 20 (now maybe 12) Corydoras habrosu You can see photos attached, it is a planted tank that is now running for around 4 month. Water parameters: ph 7.5 / gH 12-13 / kH 11 / NO2 0, NO3 maybe around 10 mg/l before a water change / temperature 26-27°C (around 79 F) I do a water change of 30% every 1-2 weeks, I usually follow Corys advice to rather test the water regularly instead of overdoing it with the water changes, I also have a decent amount of plants, I think/hope especially my floating plants help with the NO3. I have to say that all animals except the Corydoras habrosus seem to do very well: My two larger angelfish already layed eggs once, my Panda corys show breeding behavior, my rummynose tetras are bright red, basically all my female amano shrimp carry eggs, my honey gouramis also build bubble nests, the otos have a nice, round belly. Only the Corydoras habrosus keep dying. You might think the angelfish attack them because of their size difference, but this is not the case. When feeding pellets etc, the angelfish eat on them side by side with the corydoras and never get aggressive in any way. They also don't care about the amano shrimp, which are relatively large already. I started with 12 habrosus, as they are my favorite kind of Cory. In this phase, maybe 3 or 4 died. I suspected my very aggressive apistogramma agassizi female, so I moved the apistos to another tank. After that, the dying stopped for a few weeks, so I bought new ones to get up to about 20, which was my original goal to have. Now, probably 8 or so have died in the follwing pattern: On day one, one habrosus swims around the top of the aquarium a lot, and seems to not want to or be able to get to the bottom of the aquarium. On the next day, it is dead. I think I have lost one fish every day for the last few days, today it was 2 at once. Yesterday, I saw one unable to control its body while swimming. I think this speaks to a swim bladder issue. What I don't know is why it is only affecting the habrosus, any why only one or two at a time (all the others seem fine at that point, until one of them starts with the same behavior). They eat normally with the other fish. I have to say that I don't have sand but round gravel in the aqaurium, but I don't see them trying to dig into it to get food. They mostly chill on plant leaves when not eating etc. I got all of them from the same source, it assume they might be wild caught so maybe they are use fragile? Another theory I had, I have an O2 diffusor in the output of my filter that adds air bubbles similar to an air stone. I read that maybe these small bubbles destroy the swim bladder of those small fish? Or maybe my tank is too high / the pressure is too high for those small fish? (around 25 inches high). I would really like to save the remaining habrosus, but I also don't want to do large changes in the aquarium that could distrub the other fish that all seem to do fine. I reduced the O2 diffusor to produce less bubbles a few days ago, but since then 3 still died (maybe the damage was already done if that was the reason). Really I would just like to know if anyone has any alternative idea what I could do or how to find out the actual reason for their problems. Please tell me if I should post any further information. Best, Max
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