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  1. I have a tank with neocaridina shrimp and fish and the fish have gill flukes. Is there a safe medication to treat them that won’t harm shrimp and snails? Or should I move the fish to another tank to treat them? I can’t move the shrimp, there’s too many and too many babies.
  2. I had some Bacopa Caroliniana that broke free of the roots and wanted to root. I tried floating them with hit or miss luck because there are dark spots it’d get stuck in up top the way the light is. I put a piece in a pot with eco complete and the stem rotted and the plant floated off, so I took a different approach. I used glass marbles (aquarium safe) in a pot and it’s been about 2 months and still doing well. There’s new growth and nothing seems to be rotting.
  3. @Jennifer V thank you. I already have and dose with easy green and easy iron and easy root tabs, though I didn’t give root tabs to the Java ferns. I also got regular Java fern with this order and that one hasn’t melted yet.
  4. I just got this Java fern Windelov. Is the black on the leaves natural melting back or is there something wrong with it? I got it from co-op. The other plants seem okay.
  5. What is this and how do I get rid of it? I have platys in the tank, but only 2.
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    What is this?

    My friend has a skunk corydora. It’s got a white discoloration around its eye. Nitrate 60, Nitrite <1, Hardness 200, Buffer 80, pH 7, Chlorine 0, Amonia 0 Temperature. 78 please help Thank you
  7. I’m currently quarantining 4 platys I got from Petsmart. Sadly, that’s all my area has now. In the 1990s we had about 5 or 6 privately owned fish stores. I got them on Friday April 1st. They had white poop and were flashing. I treated them with internal parasite medicine and medicated food and methylene blue. I did a full treatment for both. The internal parasites were gone, but they were still flashing. One died Tuesday April 5th, so I brought it back and got a new fish (same tank, there was a few leftover from the weekend). Petsmart gives you 14 days. I decided to treat them with salt and let the last dose of meds marinate. 1 of the 4 original fish never showed any signs of illness and seems healthy. The newer fish was flashing when I got it, but has since stopped with the salt. I’ve been adding some and waiting a few days each time. There’s one fish still flashing, but it’s doing it a lot less. I still added some more salt today (Wednesday April 13, as I type this, it’s passed midnight, so technically it’s Thursday). I now have 9 tablespoons of salt in a 10 gallon. Okay, so here’s my big question. Do I keep them in quarantine for a month from the last sign of symptoms or a month from when I got them assuming the symptoms have subsided by that time and no new ones have popped up? I’m hoping the one still flashing will be symptom free by the end of this week. She’s barely flashing now, I had to watch them for an hour to see her do it once. That would give me about 2 weeks until the end of their full month. I’m planning on adding them if they are free of symptoms that last two weeks after I do a few water changes to lower the salt level in the tank. The tank they are going into has no salt and has several plants. Any thoughts or advice are welcome. Thank you.
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    Thank you. I’m getting mixed answers from Facebook groups. Lol. I think I just have to give it a week or so and see if it’s developing the male fin or a damaged female fin. Time will tell.
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    Okay, I’ve been keeping fish for my whole life and I’ll admit it’s been a while since I’ve kept live bearers, but this one I’m having some trouble sexing. Is it a young male that isn’t fully formed or a female with fin damage? Or just a malformed fin?
  10. @JoeQ lol. Maybe I should move it to my quarantine tank. It’s in my basement and gets hardly any light. It’s got some platys in it now.
  11. I put it on top of the fake rocks so it’s in the middle of the tank and closer to the lights and gave it another root tab. Thank you everyone.
  12. I did give it a root tab about 2 weeks ago. I have another 29 gallon that doesn’t have other plants in it, maybe I’ll move it to that tank and that way it doesn’t have to share the liquid fertilizer with the other plants.
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