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  1. Nitrate: 5 Nitrite: 0 gh: 300 kh: 120 ph: 8 chlorine: 0 ammonia: 0 temp: 80f Ok, bit of a long story but bear with me. I got 4 platies and 4 mollies from ac about 4 weeks ago. I quarantined them and treated maracyn then para cleanse, near the end of the para cleanse treatment the male molly got a few cloudy white spots and died about 4 days later. I then dosed ich x every day for 3 days. During that time A platty died, I hadn’t seen any spots on her or any of the other fish the whole time. Her body was quite crooked and she hadn’t eaten for several days so that makes me think it was unrelated? I then put the 6 remaining fish in my 30 gal planted community tank. (6 petricola cats and a bristlenose). The next day I noticed one tiny white spot on one of the platies so I put her in quarantine and started treating with ich x. She kept just the one spot for about a week then got like five more. The cloudy white spots seam to have gotten a bit lighter since. I read about stress ich and am wondering if it could be that? See dots on her tail. A week ago I noticed 2 of the Molly’s had lots of cloudy white spots so I quarantined them to. Their spots mostly went away after a few days but there are still some cloudy ones that don’t look quite like their white markings. (Looks like there are more spots that there really are due to plant bits in water) Another thing I noticed is that my aquarium glass had a bunch of cloudy white spots. See third pic. Idk if it’s related or just algae. I cleaned them off since then. I have been treating ich x inconsistently for about 2 weeks. They seam to have gotten a bit better but I guess I am wondering if I should continue or do something else? I am also wondering if it is really ich or if it could be velvet? They all eat and act normally. I might be overreacting as it seams to be getting better, but I want to be sure that I am doing the right thing. thank you! And again sorry for the long explanation!
  2. Hello everyone! I'm new! And I have a problem. I have a 7 gallon planted tank with 2 amanos, a few neos, a nerite, some pest snails I can't get rid of, and a Betta. I've had this tank for over a year, and my last fish, Punkin, had been doing great in it until she started doing what I can only call coughing. You can see it in this video. I tried to treat with ich-x, since I've heard that ich can attach to the gills and cause irritation, but she did not react well to it. She almost seemed to have a seizure in response to it, even though Im pretty sure I've dosed her with it before. Regardless, I dosed two times, she had the same terrifying reaction, and quit. After that, I simply tried to treat her with daily water changes. But she didn't get better. It turned into dropsy, which I tried to treat in a hospital tank first with a trifecta of kanaplex, metroplex, and focus, then with maracyn and maracyn2. She didn't get better, and I ended up euthanizing her a few weeks after all this started (SIP Punkin - I miss you sweet girl). Which brings me to now. I reorganized the tank but didn't treat it, convinced at the time that maybe Punkin had died of something genetic. I ordered a new fish after about two weeks, and placed him in there (at this point the tank had been without fish or a heater, though the shrimp and stuff were still in there, for about two weeks, and with a heater but no fish for about a week). It didn't take long for him to start showing the same coughing symptom. I consulted reddit and fishlore, concluded it might be gill flukes (though I'm very open to being wrong, i just want to figure out what's going on at this point), and tried to treat with prazipro. I've treated twice now (1.7 mLs each time, 7 days apart), and thought I was in the clear. Until I saw him cough again today. So clearly I'm not. Which also led me to realize that much of what he's been doing lately in the tank is getting stuck swimming around the pieces of wood i have in the tank, which could be because he's itchy, and not endearingly stupid like I had thought. His pectoral fins have also been kind of ragged, which I had assumed was because of transit at first, but its been at least a few weeks and hasn't gotten any better, so I'm starting to think that might be an issue as well. I unfortunately haven't been able to get a good video of him coughing, but it looks almost identical to the Punkin video. That being said, I've included a few videos that show his fins and the scratching behavior pretty well, so long as you don't mind having a staring contest with a fish lol. I really just want to figure out what to do. I don't want to lose another fish so soon. I have a bucket I could use as a hospital tank around, and I have plenty of meds. I'm even willing to tear down the tank and start fresh, especially since Winter break is around the corner - I would have time then. BTW will post values before the end of the night - still have some last minute studying to do, then I can test the water. Also if need be, I can link the fishlore and reddit threads I've started on this issue too, if they will provide more information.
  3. My nerite snail looks weird, there seems to be something wrong with his skin that wasn’t there before. Anyone know what this might be ? (See picture)
  4. Noticed this zebra danio had a weird blister looking bump on its mouth yesterday and wanted to know what type of medicine to give it
  5. My Betta is looking rough. Everyone else is fine. I moved her to a bucket. I have salt and the med trio. I could really use some help, as I haven’t used medication before, besides trying salt once.
  6. Hello Coop community, First the tank details and info then below is my fishie issue: South American Style heavily planted aquascape. 300 liters / 79 gallons Filter: Oase 600 biomaster and eheim skimmer unit Water parameters according to Coop test strips: Nitrate: 0, Nitrite: 0, Hardness: 0, Buffer: 0, PH: 6,4, Chlorine: 0, Temp: 23 C / 73,4 F CO2 injected at about 20 / 30 mg per liter via inline system (comes on 2 hours before lights and goes off 1 hour bf they go off). 10 hours of lighting per day. Fertilizer: Dennerle fertilizer system. Inhabitants 9 angels (Bulgarian Green Seal Point), 20 cardinals, 20 green neons, 16 corys (orange lazer and eversi), 7 panda garra, 1 whiptail cat, 2 flying foxes. The water we have is really soft (Black Forrest, Germany) and it isnt RO its just mountain water. But almost all my species are south American originally or from areas that have soft water. I used to do 1 50-80% water change every 2 weeks but now I do it every week since the start of the month bc of my current issue (see below). Feeding 1-2 a day. 1 day of fasting / week. Now here is my problem: My angels are having some issues with their dorsal and anal fins (top and bottom ones). In the photos you will see they are slowly deteriorating on the top and have some slime on them. They are also attracting what seem to be the co2 bubbles. There seems to be some stringy substance coming from the fins. To try to improve the problem I have upped my water changes to once a week and also added lots of catappa leaves to see if that would help. I am thinking of using a catappa concentrate (https://www.sera.de/en/product/freshwater-aquarium/sera-phyto-med-catappa/) starting tomorrow after a water change to see what that does. My fish are eating well, super active and the colors are very good atm. So I am really at a loss for what is going on. It is also only the angels that are currently having this fin problem. Other fish seem to be just great. Any thoughts or ideas would really be helpful. I want to get their fins healed up and be a good fish papa! Many thanks. Will
  7. Hi All: I have problems with my tank, cant figure it out. LFS doesn't know, planted tank forum no help.. Maybe you can help. Might be a bit long to describe.... Tank is 14 months old. Cycled fast. Dirted, planted tank. 32 gal but a bit shallower so say 27 gal. Generally looks beautiful. Fluval plant 3.0 light. fluval 207, heavily planted, aerator, generally stays 77F, slight bit of fluctuation. Have had a bunch of different fish, mostly Scarlet badis, and returned some fish due to incompatibility issues (I returned halfbeaks, bumblebee gobies, peacock gudgeons). Now have a few silver kuli loaches (3), one Annandale loach, 4 ember tetra (just lost one to the weird sudden bloat), about 8-9 exclamation point rasboras, and now down to only 4 scarlet badis. Had up to 13-14 badis, breeding successfully many times over, now Ive lost almost all, all my females gone, my big male has a poor pale color rather than the super bright red they normally had. A few months ago bought 11 (wild caught didn't know at the time) green rasboras (Sundadanio). They were amazingly healthy, got fat, then precipitously died in a matter of weeks. Possibly for them it was the hard water.. They had a bit of ich but that cleared up fast. The badis are my biggest concern. Bumblebee gobies were tail nipping so I got them out. Still, randomly they decline. Some get bloated, many others start by getting raised whitish patches, but not as bright as ich, typically they lose much color, then die. Usually still aggressively feed up till they get bad. My last big female badis was too bloated for several weeks or more.. tried to get her to eat frozen daphnia but she wasn't too into it, then she vanished and a shrimp was eating her the next day. One occasional symptom is the fish will flick as if rubbing their sides.. not common but has happened. My last female badis was doing this a bit at the end .. I feed live black worms that I keep in a separate tank, in RO water and feed them boiled organic broccoli, squash, which they devour. Some sediment in that worm tank gets in during feeding.. I also feed live or fresh dead baby brine almost daily, frozen adult brine and frozen daphnia. Hikari micro pellets for those that take it (tetras and rasboras and loaches only). LFS people say my fish are "spoiled"... Suddenly in the last month or two Ive lost a ton of badis. Always had a slow trickle but many breeding so they were replaced... Ill attach a current badis with a spot on face, and water test result. Water always has zero N so dont ask, no I dont have Chlorine or ammonia or Nitrate or anything. I also have Neocardinia shrimp doing well and Amano shrimp, many snails.. all good. My thoughts: -I put a rock or rocks in there that is leaching something I cant test for.. Tested most with vinegar first, so not sure that it. -I have a piece of wood that is leaching something.. Mostly manzanita but some is mystery driftwood (mostly small pcs) that I previously boiled for hours. I do have a fair bit of tannin build up either from soil or wood. -Ive introduced a disease, bacteria, or parasite by feeding live mosquito larvae or live daphnia I get from local ponds.. Dont really do this often at all but used to a bit more often (still rare, haven't in a while so its odd the die off has increased). -My organic potting soil is too deep and is gassing something; I do *still* get bubbles if I prod the soil with tweezers. LFS recommended I put carbon in the fluval, so I did, chemi-pure elite. That seems to take some of the tannin out but its only been a couple weeks in there. current little male with a spot. Last female shortly before dying, Aug 23. Bloated. Death of a male shortly before that... got bloated fast. General tank look typical water test Thank you for any wisdom and for reading
  8. I made a rookie mistake and introduced Ich to one of my display tanks via some plants that I got from Petco. I have removed all of the fish, and they are being treated separately in a hospital tank. I cranked the temperature in the display tank up to 92, hoping to kill the Ich without killing my BB. Does anyone know if this is an effective method, and how long I will need to keep the temperature raised to ensure the Ich is gone?
  9. Hey! I really need some help please! My Betta fish developed a cotton-like spot next to his eye over 2 weeks ago but it faded in about 3 or 4 days using only methylene blue. A couple of days later he developed a white spot on top of his head probably due to an injure, and he stopped swimming… Now he remains still on the surface to catch some air and he hasn't eaten in about 2 weeks. I thought he might me suffering from Columnaris or Saprolegnia so I treated him with SulfaPlex and KanaPlex separately but none of them seem to work... So, I added some activated charcoal to my filter to remove the remaining SulfaPlex from the hospital tank. However, the white spot on my Betta's head has grown a little and the cotton-like spot next to his eye has reappeared (picture attached)... I'm almost certain it's fungus, but I don't know how to treat it since the SulfaPlex treatment did really nothing. I've had my fish for about 8 months. I actually rescued him from a previous owner who didn't really care for him. His usual tank is 5 gallons, it's fully cycled and the parameters are fine but right now he's in a 2 gallon hospital tank. I usually do 25 - 40% water changes every week. I had recently added a new plant but my snail ended up eating all its leaves, leaving some sharp branches, which might be where my Betta injured himself. But what I'm most worried about is the fact that he hasn't eaten in a while and that he stays at the top of the tank. I watched the video on the Aquarium Co-Op channel on how to treat fungus with aquarium salt, but do you guys think it’s gonna be ok for my fish? I mean, due to the fact that he might be really weak at this point for not eating in weeks.
  10. I brought 6 Julii Corydoras home from my LFS yesterday, put them into quarantine, and fed them live bloodworms hoping to fatten them up before medicating. One had what I thought was an injured Pectoral fin and possible injury to his swim bladder. I put him into a separate nursery tank I was preparing that had already been medicated with Methylene Blue, hoping to prevent infection. This morning he had passed away, and I noticed that a few of the other Corys now had large portions of their fins missing and fraying. Other than the damaged fins, I have not seen any signs of the remaining 5 acting unusual. They are resting together in their shoal and traveling up to the top of the tank for air. I am guessing this is fin rot, but I have never dealt with this before with my livebearers. The picture I added is the one who seems to be in the worst shape. His entire tailfin has completely frayed away. I have added aquarium salt to their tank at half the usual dose; although, I know there is conflicting information about how sensitive to it corys really are. On hand, I have the Quarantine Trio, Methylene Blue, API Aquarium Salt and Malachite Green. In the past, I have known people to use Maracyn 2 for Fin rot, but I can't find it anywhere at a reasonable price or that could be shipped to me in time. Will regular Maracyn work? Should I go get Malefix from Petco? Water Parameters: pH: 7.2 Nitrates: ~15 ppm Hardness: ~200 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Ammonia: 0 ppm KH/Buffer: ~40 ppm Water Temperature: 79.1F
  11. Hello! Need help identify what’s going on with the left fin of my pearl gourami. When he is looking at you it’s the fish’s left fin. You can kinda see that there looks to be some kind of swelling? It’s kinda pink where the body connects to the fin. The other side doesn’t have it. He is swimming fine at the moment but I want to identify and treat as soon as possible if it’s an issue. Thank you everyone for the help!
  12. Hello everyone, Can someone please confirm if my betta has columnaris? I have only just stopped treating him for fin rot, but just today I notice there is white stuff coming out of his mouth. It also looks like he is discoloured underneath (can be faintly seen in the second image). He has also just gone off his food and is lethargic. I have treated the tank with aquarium salts and primafix (this stuff). The last fortnight I did 100% water changes and dosing with primafix and salts to treat the fin rot- which finally seemed to be getting better, and now this! I appreciate any advice as this is a very new hobby. Thank-you
  13. 2 of my 3 nerites have been at the top of the tank for the last 2 days I moved them to clean the tank and when one was going back up to the top I noticed some white growths on its side. I've been battling with this tank to give the snails the correct water conditions because one of the snails has bad shell erosion I've tried putting eggshells in but not sure if it's working I've dosed equilibrium in the past and have wonder shells as well but my water is pretty hard so I don't use those often. My GH is usually around 200-300ppm KH between 40-120ppm oh is 7.8 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and 40ppm nitrate everyone else in the tank is super happy my platys can't stop having babies and even my aenues corydoras are mating now so I'm quite frustrated at the trouble I'm having with these snails.
  14. Hi, 3 days ago I purchased 10 Glowligh tetras from a pet shop. Upon arrival at home I noticed one of them had some white spots on the tail and some white on the fins. Another one had some redness on their stomach which now turned into what's seen on the photo, I assume fungus? I'm not sure what the disease is and what medication to treat it with. Water parameters are all perfect. As of now in the house I have: Seachem's Prime, Stability, Clarity Interpet's Anti Fungus and Finrotn, Interpet's Aqualibrium first aid salt additive, AllPondSollutions Aquarium Rescue, King British Disease Clear and King British White spot Control Since I don't have a hospital tank and other fish now started showing some white on their fins I will be treating the whole 58L tank at once. The two fish with the most visible symptoms are in the photo. Any help is much appreciated
  15. I have had 5 corydoras in Quarantine for a month now. They have been treated with 2 rounds of paracleanse. They have been growing well and no longer have swollen stomachs. Went to go get them to move to my main tank and found one looking like the picture below taking its final breaths. obviously transfer is on hold. Remaining 4 look fine swimming around. There are bladder snails, MTS, and mystery snails in the tank with Java fern and hornwort. Nitrate is 20-30 temp 78 kH ~3 ammonia and nitrite 0 gH 7 pH 7.8 What could cause this? What do I need treat with again to clear the remainder in quarantine? thanks
  16. I am at a loss. Water quality spot on, temp 78, excellent filtration, two air stones, calcium, salt,weekly water changes,etc. In the past two and a half weeks I have lost 8 guppies from my 29 gal tank. I treated once with melafix and lost 3 of the 8. My fry is unaffected. One Cory lost part of his dorsal and tail but growing back and doing well. Lost some beautiful fish. It does look like a fungal issue. The fins look as if they disintegrate. Any suggestions.
  17. Over the past week or so I have lost all but one CPD. Every day one or two would die. I did the med trio on the entire tank and they kept dying all week. I continued to feed normally half the week. This morning I fed the two that are left with my normal food, but had not been feeding recently and almost immediately the remaining adult CPD began the twitch of death and listing that was the sign I recognized all week at the sign that the fish wouldn't make it til the next day. Is it possible that my putting wet fingers in the food over a couple of months would cause it be poisonous? All other fish shrimp etc. have been fine??? I looked at the remaining food on a white plate and don't see anything obvious. I see all over the internet people loosing all their CPDs one at a time and so bummed this keeps happening to people. Thanks All! Chris
  18. Hello everyone - I'm looking for info regarding freshwater diseases, treatments, quarantine protocols, etc. Does such information exist here as a "sticky" or elsewhere? TIA
  19. First post here and it’s gonna be a long one because I want to give as much info as possible. I've been having a strange issue with my pristella tetras in my planted community tank. I first got them in mid December of 2020 and I want to say it was early February when I first noticed some small dark patches on one of them; It didn’t look like any diseases I’m familiar with and it was only one fish, so I just assumed it was some natural variation in color or scars I hadn't noticed before, but after a week or so the patches were bigger and it started swimming strangely so I moved it to my 10 gallon quarantine tank where it died the next day. It wasn’t until April 14th that I noticed another pristella tetra with similar patches, this time with a growth on it’s mouth and a small chunk of its tail missing. I immediately scooped the fish out and stuck it in a little 1 gallon quarantine tank. The main tank had already been treated with ICH-X as a precaution after I moved in a new neon (for just a few minutes) that had been in quarantine without noticing it’s ich, so that medication doesn’t seem to have an effect on whatever this is. I did start treating the pristella with KanaPlex in it’s quarantine tank, but that had no effect either. I never did see it eat after removing it, and it eventually started to swim very weakly/float around and died on April 28th. The same day that the second fish died, I managed to catch and quarantine a third pristella tetra that I noticed has the same dark patches (noticed maybe 5 days prior, but it was exceptionally hard to catch compared to the others), so far this one is alive but not eating and occasionally swims kinda weakly. I haven’t treated with anything since the meds I have on hand don’t seem to do anything, and I can’t for the life of me figure out what the issue is. The black patches start out just looking like pigmentation, but after a while they seem to turn into raised bumps. My many google searches show nothing that looks the same except for occasional forum posts much like this one where people are confused about dark patches on their fish and nobody is able to give a concrete diagnosis; seems like it’s only tetras but that could just be a product of my search terms. It just seems really strange to me that it’s happening to so few fish, only the pristella tetras so far, and so long after getting them. The aquarium is a heavily planted low tech 55 gallon kept at 75F, weekly water changes of 50-70%, weekly doses of Easy Green and SeaChem Flourish Potassium. Ammonia and nitrites always test at or near enough to 0 ppm that I can’t tell the difference, nitrates hover between 10-20 ppm depending on how long since the last water change, PH is 7.5. Tank stock is 4 pristella tetras (originally 7), 6 neon tetras (more in the quarantine tank until I figure this out), 7 siamese algae eaters, 3 clown plecos, 1 otocinclus, a few dozen endler/guppy hybrids, and a bunch of cherry shrimp; everything else seems perfectly healthy including the remaining pristellas. I feed New Life Spectrum flake food, Hikari micro pellets, Fluval Bug Bites pleco formula, Hikari algae wafers, and Ocean Nutrition instant baby brine, no live foods ever. No fish have been added to the main tank since December other than the one neon for a few minutes and all issues that it and it's quarantine tankmates had have since cleared up. I have added new plants multiple times since first getting the fish so maybe something hitched a ride. Other examples of people with similar looking disease problems, the third link has multiple people reporting similar symptoms: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/PristellaF.htm http://www.wetwebmedia.com/FWSubWebIndex/BlackNeonTetF.htm https://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/threads/anyone-able-to-identify-black-spots.133788/ I don't have pictures of the first fish, so I can't compare to the other 2 and I guess it is possible that what it had was something completely different, which might explain the gap in time between them, but if memory serves me correctly it looked pretty much the same (with the base of the tail being the most prominent dark area) and in the third link above people mention months between infections. It might be worth noting that I had a skinny female guppy die the other day, but I would just assume that was from old age, I can't keep track of all their ages, but there's been a population in there for years so that happens every once in a while and it wouldn't be unusual for them to waste away a bit before finally dying (it had no other symptoms and all other fish seem fine). Any help steering me in the right direction would be appreciated.
  20. A few weeks ago, I posted a topic on here and we diagnosed that the white stuffs on the fins are some type of Stalked Cilliates parasite. So I spent 2 weeks treating the tank with Paraclancse and IchX (after a couple weeks of salt treatment then Maracyn and IchX) but I got very little result. One of them did get better but for the other three not too much. Their tail fins are somewhat rotting as well. They are still super active and agile. Anyone know anything about this or anyways to treat this? I have attached videos of them. Not sure if they are very clear like the last post. They are super camera shy https://imgur.com/gallery/PLkO82J
  21. Jeepers... a double hit. Delivered to me via friend from LFS, so I did not view myself, not that I would have seen it in the fish stores tanks. Very easy to see in substrate free quarantine tank. Has anyone had success with treating this fungus and parasite? Here is an article that suggests Kordon Rid- ICH for the fungus. I have ICH-X, Paraguard, and Malachite Green in my arsenal. Salt baths for the Scutariella? I'm not holding my breath for cleaning them up, as I know shrimp are sensitive not only to some meds but large water changes. Probably will end up getting a store credit, but not replacing these imported shrimp from the same store. Lucky for me I quarantined them. https://aquariumbreeder.com/ellobiopsidae-or-cladogonium-ogishimae-green-fungus-in-shrimp-tank/
  22. Hi all i have a 36 gallon bowfront. I had moved a new pearl gourami in and he had immediately shown signs of fin rot and fungus. I got the quarantine Trio to use on my fish. I have 3 problems 1. I started off using Pima and mela fix but then found out they are not good for labyrinth fish due to the tree oil. After 2 days i stopped using this i started doing daily water changes until the quarantine trio came in 3 days later, so 3 straight days of water changes after i stopped dosing pima and melafix 2. Ich-x says to do a water change before every dose, but Maracyn says to not. In aquarium co-op’s video it said they go great together so I tried it to urgently help my fish but now am not sure on what to do. 2. After 2 days of medicating the Ich-X and Maracyn without water changes, my loach of 6 months and Gold Nugget Pleco of 7 months were dead. What is happening??!! I just want to save my tank. I have no money for test strips as that money went to the quarantine trio. Now 2 fish that were perfectly healthy are dead. What the hell aquarium co-op?!?
  23. Hello. I have noticed a white clumpy spot on one of the skirt tetra fins about a year ago and weirdly enough, it didnt spread until recently and only to the other fish of the same species. It doesn't look fussy and only on fins. I have been treating them with Maracyn in combination with IchX and got no result from it. Now I have been doing salt bath with 1Tbsp per gallon for about 2 weeks and still no result. Some of the white clumps did go away but they leave behind red patches on the tetra fins. I would love to get some idea on what this is and how can I treat it. Below I've attached a link to the video. Link to Video
  24. Anyone know whats going on with my salvia? Some of them turn white or maybe have white mold or something growing on them? To be safe I cut out the white leaves but I'm wondering if I should be concerned.
  25. Okay, so over the past few months, my fish have been healthly, but I always noticed them rubbing their sides against the sand (guppies, cories, and algae eaters). I also had a bristlenose pleco and a pearl gourami in the aquarium, but they didn't rub themselves against the sand. Two days ago, the pleco suddenly died, but everyone else in the tank was fine. Just yesterday, the gourami stopped eating and only swam around in a small area in his aquarium. Yesterday night, I noticed something hanging out of him that wasn't feces. I think it's a parasite. Does anyone know of any medications I can use to get rid of this parasite? I watched a video by Cory on Fritz Paracleanse, but it is not at my PetSmart or PetCo. Would you think it would be at a local store (I live nowhere near the Co-Op)? Also, if not, are there any other medications to try? And are they fry and egg safe (I have guppy fry and cory eggs)? Thanks.
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