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  1. Hi Everyone, At the moment the parameters are Ph: 7.4-7.6 Ammonia: 0.25 (I squeezed out the bubble filters during a water change and tank cleaning today, so that might be the reason, keeping it conditioned) Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 10-20 Gh: 200 Kh: 100 Temp: 76 F I have been monitoring my favorite fish (Snake'y) for the past month now and documenting his condition. I have not noticed any major behavior changes and he still seems to be behaving normally. He likes to swim against the window when I look like I am about to be him. Just less happy with me since I moved him into the hospital tank (30g) with two bubble filters. Originally I set up the hospital tank to treat a mild fin fungus problem when I noticed other problems. First I noticed a small hole or pit in the right side of his face and then I noticed some bulging in his torso over the course of late February-early March. Like one of his sensory pits was swelling for some reason or maybe a hole in head (Although I don’t think it is a hole in head). I am not sure what the deal with the pit is, I may have been an infection of a sensory pit or hole in head. Or something else my be going on. I fishless cycled the hospital tank for two weeks before the move and treated Snake’y with first salt (up to 3 tbsp per 5 gallons) and almond leaves, then Kanaplex (to cover potential bacterial and fungal issues) and then prazi-pro (to cover any parasitic issues) Meanwhile is mostly behaving normally. My fish is not lethargic nor staying in a single place for a long time. Although in the hospital tank there is a lot less to look at and do so he might be sitting around more. Though he still swims towards the class when he is excited for food. With the bulge on the left side of his body, I am not sure what to do next. There is one possibility that it is a tumor as a result of old age. I got Snake’y as a rescue from my local fish store years ago. So he may have been 1-1.5 years old when I got him, and I had him for 2.75 years at this point. Their average life span is stated at around 4 years in captivity and up to 6 with great care and presumably luck. I still have some general cure and fungus clear tabs I can try and have on hand. However, if it is a tumor there is no way to cure it. 😞 The focus then becomes to return him to his home and keep him happy. The these photos was from August 2021 and November 2023 as a reference, the second and third shows the pit from a month ago, Top down photos are to try to show bulging,
  2. Someone help? I used to have 4 oto in my tank but 2 died and 1 went missing (most likely dead too but I couldn't find the body in the tank), so I pretty much have just this one oto left. Anyway, last few days ago, I noticed that my oto has gone really fat, before the belly was just plump but now it's so round and bulging I'm really worried. There was one time when I saw it pooping a really long brown poop, that's gone past it's tail. I thought maybe before it was just constipated and now after that long poop the belly would decrease in size...but it didn't and it seems it's gone fatter. I don't know is it because the oto has just got a lot of food available for it to eat and it's gone fat, or has it got dropsy? Here's a pic of the long poop: Side and bottom view of my oto:
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