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  1. Let's start with the swim bladder most case of swim bladder are cause by over feeding and the stomach putting pressure on the swim bladder constipation or bacterial infection of the swim bladder and injury to the swim bladder Frist I would recommend fasting your fish for a couple of days and doing epsom salt baths 1 table spoon for 2 gallons for no more than 15 minutes 2-3 times a day as eposm salt acts as a muscle relaxants to help with constipation if that has no effect then I would treat with antibiotic medication in food Kanaplex is my go to antibiotic treatment you could also use maracyn2 and furan2 are not very effective at a higher pH above 7.8 if your in the UK I would treat with Sera baktopur direct tables if it's a damage swim bladder caused by an injury it case of wait and see some will improve given time other will not improve and may have to be euthanize if you think there suffering clove oil is one of the most humane ways to euthanize your fish
  2. Ok so kinda a 3 part story… Had my 29G tank up and running for about a month explosive plant and algae growth and 0 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0-10 Nitrate. Added my betta, week later added a bolivian ram, another week later 9 cherry barbs. was going to quarantine but shop said not to as they do it (very good shop so i trust) Yay everything worked PERFECT. gonna let the tank develop a little more and get some algae eaters/loaches. Part 2 smh. So basically the 3 Otocinclus i got did fine but the 3 yo-yo loaches I got were a whole other story… I’m new to this but do extensive research so I know they weren’t like in shock or anything but the next day i noticed them acting a little strange… I look it up online “oh loaches are just weird” hmmmmm ok. next day they are like really starting to freak out and i’m like ok something is wrong and then I find out about flashing and all that but still can’t tell exactly what is wrong. Day 3 BOOM the 3 yoyo loaches EXPLODED with Ich (oh they were scratching) I honestly thought since it was later stage I was going to lose them all. On the 5th I Got Ich-X and treated whole tank (store instruction)raised temp to 82 (I heard barbs can handle temp up to 79/82 from different places and I figured there would be leniency on a shorter timeframe.) My barbs weren’t very schooling but were very active and now they all were just hiding in the bottom back corner of the tank around my dwarf aquarium lily. and usually they don’t even want to be that close to each other. Part 3 :(… I figured it must be because heat rises so they were chilling at the bottom I turned it back down from 82 to the regular temp of 79 and left for work… come home and Lil Red (smallest male barb) passed away and i’m just soooo confused… I figure maybe his body was just too small and couldn’t handle it? Sad but only 1 loss and all the yoyo made an incredible recovery not the worst right. Also all of the other barbs were back out swimming after I took him out last night… ok back to normal right ? But then this morning I wake up to another dead female barb (still smaller one tho) and all of them hiding like face down in the corner of the tank. I dont get it they weren’t even the fish with the disease but idk maybe I just cooked them I feel so bad… Water Parameters: pH 7.4 Nitrates 0~10 (super fast plants) Hardness… Sorry idk but they were fine for a month so! Nitrite… Always 0 Ammonia… Always 0 KH/Buffer… Sorry idk but they were fine for a month so! Water Temperature… Plz read story to fully understand. Im including a link to a video below because I feel as if it is soooooo much better if a look and breathing and everything. Please help me save the rest of my barbs! https://imgur.com/a/yjRrlrT
  3. I’ve had these white skirt tetras for 5-6 years, since last year they’ve had these brown blotches on them. I’m not sure if it’s a disease or just aging.
  4. Hi all! I've been following the coop for probably 3 years but I am more of a lurker usually😅 I have a sick fish and was hoping y'all could help! Today my angelfish did not greet me so I thought something must be up. One of them (the smallest and lowest in the pecking order) has two grey patches on the left side of its head, is clamping its fins, and will also "cough" (like gasping or choking but only in spurts and not at the surface). I noticed one of the other angelfish has a thickened slime coat and also exhibited the coughing behavior. So we have a problem but what could it be?! After doing some research, watching Dr.Ashley's video for a fourth and fifth time, and leaving a message with my local fish vet (who is closed on weekends) I do have a few guesses. My firsth though was hole in the head (based mostly on the placement of the white/grey patches on the head but there is no hole), second was columnaris (based on the description from Dr.Ashley's video with the flat, thickened white/grey patches), and third would be chilodonella (also based on the description and photo from Dr.Ashley's video with the flat, thickened white/grey patches and difficulty breathing). I do have access to a microscope! I tried to make slides today with scrapings from the sick fish but they dried before I got to the lab...I have a new plan for this and will attempt again tomorrow! (For personal and scientific curiosity) Water parameters from today are listed below and the best photos I could get of my clearly uncomfortable little buddy :( Water Parameters: pH: 6.8 Nitrates: 20ppm Hardness: 300 Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0 KH/Buffer: 100 Water Temperature: 78.6 degrees F Other info: 55g, last water change 2 weeks ago (usually once a month), 2nd round of ParaCleanse for deworming started yesterday, tank occupants are 4 angelfish and bristlenose plecos, have had the fish since April last year so approx 1 year old (they are starting so do some light sparring)
  5. I was watching some old livestreams Cory did on guppies and I heard him mention how guppy breeders used to introduce different diseases to their strains. They would let them die back and build back up so the offspring would be resistant to those diseases. I have some logistical questions about that for anyone who can answer. How does one find and introduce diseases? Are medications used when the fish are fighting the disease or does that negatively impact the fish's resistance? After the colony has beaten the disease, do the fry of successive generations become less and less resistant? Can these methods be used for other livebearers such platies and endlers? Thank you for looking!
  6. Hi all, I am new here, and also fairly new to the hobby as well and I am having serious issues I'd like to ask questions about. I have had a 55g set up with no issues since Feb of this year. I'll give you a brief rundown of my setup, water parameters and then get into the issue. 55g with an Eheim 350 classic canister filter. Initially stocked with 12 white cloud minnows, 1 male Halfmoon Betta, 5 male endler guppies, 2 assassin snails, 1 clown pleco, and 12 pygmy cories. Water has been tested by 3 LFS and all of them said it was fine, and it's been the same even after 4 different 30% water changes in the last 2 weeks. pH is 8.0 (always is this high, never been a problem) 0ppm Ammonia 0ppm Nitrite I think Nitrate is 5.0 -10ppm but I am not sure, so attaching a photo. Water temp is 80 Now, here are my issues. Two weeks ago I stupidly brought home 10 female guppies for the male endlers from PetCo, and didn't quarantine them because until this happened, I didn't know you had to. VERY hard lesson learned because I am sure you know what's coming next. Within 5 days all of the guppies died off, with no visible signs of illness. I took the receipt along with water sample to PetCo, and the girl was like "It's not your water, all our females die", they gave me the refund and I was pretty sad about it but figured since it was just them that we were in the clear. Once I got home that same afternoon I noticed that one of my pygmy cories had a white puffball thing on one of his fins, looked like a cotton ball, so I took a water sample to the first LFS and he suggested Pimafix/Melafix. Not knowing any better, I put it in and it didn't do much. Over the course of the next few days, fish would start losing their color, and then be dead in the morning. I have lost at least 10 more of my established fish in the last week. I went to two more LFS, all of them told me my water was fine, suggested water changes which I did, and also suggested Pimafix/Melafix. So I stumbled across the wonderful Co-Op YouTube channel and found the info for the medicating trio (Maracyn, Paracleanse, Ich-X). I was able to hunt down two of the items and had to order Ich-X on Amazon. Today I lost 4 more fish before putting the meds in, and 2 more since adding the meds, but to be fair they were on their way out before the trio went in. Here is my main concern as of right now: I have my male Halfmoon Betta who is my pride and joy in this tank, and I was in the process of setting up a 10 gallon for him (it's been cycling for a week) because the flow from the filter in my 55g is just too strong and I know he's not happy. I really do not want him to die, and I don't know what to do. The trio of meds is in the tank and he looks really stressed out. Should I leave him in there to medicate and hope for the best, or should I pull him out into a bowl with daily water changes until his 10g is cycled? I am so stressed out losing this many fish in such a short amount of time, but if my betta dies I will be devastated. Since that 1 cory with the cotton ball on his fin died, I have not seen any other fish with any visible signs on their skin of infections or disease, so I have no idea what is going on. I am attaching a photo of one of my white clouds that passed away this morning, as I am not sure if these black marks on him are just the markings, or something else. I am really new to all of this, so any in depth, clear explanations or help will be fantastic. My immediate goal is helping the remainder of the fish, but at this point, what do I do to ensure my betta can survive this? If you need anymore information please just let me know, and thank you in advance for ANY help.
  7. Hello all! I'm having a bit of trouble with a batch of Japanese rice fish/medaka/Oryzias latipes, and I was wondering if anyone out there who's more knowledgeable than myself could give me a hand. I took a break from fishkeeping after moving cross country, and this is a bit of a disheartening foray back into the hobby. Parameters: 20 gal tank, about a year old, other occupants are 15+ RCS and a handful of snails, pretty well planted pH 7.2, ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates <5ppm Water temp is 76F The situation: Ordered a group of 8 "blue sparkle" medaka. Shipment arrived on time, but the bag was leaking and HOT when it arrived. The fish were shipped in a styrofoam container, but the interior was really warm. Still, all 8 fish were alive and active. One fish was missing an eye, but it didn't appear to be a new injury. Day 1: Drip acclimated the fish, kept them in a breeder net for 24hr to observe. They all seemed active, alert, and acclimating well. All of the fish were eating and swimming well through the end of Day 2. Tested water levels and did a small water change in the afternoon of Day 2. Day 3: One of the smallest fish seemed to be breathing quickly/swimming near the surface at the end of Day 2. It declined quickly overnight and was dead on the morning of Day 3. The next smallest fish followed a similar trajectory and was dead by the end of Day 3. Day 4: The largest fish, a female, got stuck in some algae near the back of the tank. I've had a bit of a hair algae problem in the past. Things have been much better, but I guess I missed a clump in the back. I gave the algae a bit of a nudge and she quickly swam free, but she's been hyperventilating ever since. She hasn't been eating, has been swimming near the surface, but also has bursts of energy where she swims around the tank. At the end of the day, I noticed a small red splotch on her back. The remaining 5 fish seem to be doing fine and are eating and swimming well. Tested water levels and did a small water change. Day 5: Today. Big girl seems to be struggling even more, the red splotch is bigger, and she's drifting nose-up. I gently scooped her into a breeder net (with some plants for cover) for closer observation. One of the other fish is still swimming normally, but he seems to have popeye in one of his eyes. Another fish is swimming near the top of the tank like the others were before they died. Three appear to be doing okay. What am I doing wrong here? Aside from ordering fish during the summer (which, really, I should've thought of beforehand), I can't pinpoint what's going wrong. Is it a delayed reaction to the shipping/acclimation? Am I missing something? Any input y'all have would be much appreciated, and I'm here to answer any questions. Thanks! --Plants, a frustrated fishkeeper
  8. 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
  9. Good afternoon everyone, I am a beginner to aquariums while my boyfriend has some experience in it, as he used to have a lot of aquariums and cichlid tanks back when he was younger a few years ago. We recently decided to get into it again as I have always wanted to have a freshwater aquarium to take care of and appreciate in our apartment. About 2 weeks ago, we went out and bought a 35 gallon tank and proceeded to buy freshwater fish that night. Unfortunately, we were both unaware of the idea to cycle your tank before getting fish, so we ended up having to do a fish-in-cycle, which has been doing not too badly. Nitrites are just now forming and the ammonia levels are super low (about .25 ppm according to the API test kit), we do daily water changes and keep a close eye on the ammonia levels. The fish we have in our aquarium are 3 swordtails, 8 neon tetra, 2 honey gourami, 3 ruby barbs, a marble angelfish, a hillstream loach and a clown pleco. Now, where the issue comes in. About a week ago, we noticed that our swortails, and only the swordtails started to have little white spots on their tailfins and other fins. Only one of the three had a couple whereas the other 2 only had maybe 1-2 spots. No other fish had them though. We figured it was ich and started treating the tank with Ich-X once every 24 hours, doing 40% water changes before each treatment and also adding like a small dose of salt (Not too much as we dont want to hurt the pleco). Before the treatments, we moved our snails and hillstream loach into a separate tank, to ensure their safety. We turned the temperature up to about 80-82F from the normal 78F and waited. About 3-4 days pass and we see little to no improvement. Not only that, other fish seemed to have also caught whatever it was and the barbs specifically got it horrible. At this point (about 2-3 days ago) we started freaking out and called the fish store we bought all the fish from. Apparently they say its ich, and that their whole tank of swordtails got it (which is how our tank probably got infested as our swordtails had the first signs of it). The were treating it with their own custom medication that seemed to work on their swordtails. I assume its similar to Ich-X as it has the same blue color and such. We are now on day three of treatment (3rd dose goes in later this evening) and we still see no improvement at all. The swordtails still have it, though not as badly mostly just on their fins. They seem to scratch and rub themselves on objects aswell. The tetra have started acting very worrying the past day or so aswell. I see that 1-2 have the spots, and they have been not active at all since yesterday. They mostly have hid or stayed at the bottom of the tank. I cant even see them all anymore, as I assume they are now hiding. The angelfish has a few spots on one of his fins, which he clasps to his body. However, the barbs have it the worse. The white spots/bumps cover their entire body and they seem very agitated and uncomfortable. They skim very irradically up and down. All of the fish have started to clasp their fins to their body aswell. At this point I just dont know what to do. Everyday just feels like a ticking time bomb before the whole tank passes, which would devastate me. I worry that this may not be Ich, even though it looks just like it. The main things ive noticed are: - It first started appearing on their fins. - The ones covering the barbs on their body, are less flat and have a little bit of dimension to them (like crushed salt) - The fish clasp their fins to their body and dont eat as much anymore - The tetra stay at the bottom of the tank and hide - None of the treatments have done a ton of help, though its only been about 4 days with Ich-X and 2 days with the fish store medication. We arent sure if this is something different like a bacterial disease such as Epistylis or something? We just arent sure what to do anymore and its starting to stress me out a lot. Please if anyone can help in any way to help identify if this is Ich or not, or if its something else, please let me know. I have attached pictures of the barbs (who seem to have it the worse). All the other fish just have the small white spots on their fins, nothing much on their bodies). If you need more photos or any more information, please let me know! We are desperate to help our fish!
  10. So I found out this white molly has what I believe is red spot disease (correct me if wrong) I have qt her in a 2.5g ...(my hospital tank is full of angelfish babies) I thought at the beginning it was like, ...her guts showing or something because she’s so light colored she looks a bit translucent , but I noticed her head slightly changed to pink ish... but today is red and her side has a red spot too. I am treating with erythromycin, and added a bit of aquarium salt. But any other advice appreciated She's one of my fav fish, I have her in a 60 gallon community tank. I have her with 2 veil angels, 2 more mollies, a hillstream loach, a yoyo loach and a bunch of black neons (8 or 9) and zebra danios (also 8 ish), 8 ottos, 10 nerites and a shitload of mini ramshorns (the itty bitty ones). It's a heavily planted tank. Everybody else is perfectly fine. There is no aggression from anyone (I observe a lot) Parameters: pH 7.4, ammonia/nitrites 0, nitrates 25-30 ish. I did a wc yesterday, 50% Thank you in advance!
  11. Hello all, I am getting a betta for my shrimp tank but i don't want to quarintine him because my qt tank is a 10gallon, and his permanant tank is 5 gallons. And I don't really like the idea of downsizing him, especially if its a betta that probably hasn't been with other fish, meaning it probably won't have any parasites or deseases. Will invertibrates spead deseases to fish or vis versa?
  12. I have a 29 gallon planted aquarium that I am attempting to use as a guppy breeding tank. On one hand, I am quite succesful in producing lots of guppy fry. However, recently I have been having issues with chronic deaths in the tank. These are occuring on an approximately weekly basis, are accompained with consistent symptoms, and has been ongoing for approximately a month and half. I know this seems like a long to be losing fish for but that is only because I cannot seem to determine the root cause. Here are my water parameters: Temperature - 76.4 degrees TDS - 384 ppm PH - 7.4 GH - 14dgk KH - 4dkh Ammonia - 0ppm Nitrite - 0ppm Nitrate - 40ppm I change 25 % of the water once a week. I dose with easygreen and seachem potassium (I noticed some deficiencies). Additionally, I have started supplementing the water column with seachem equilibrium at water changes to increase GH. My tap water is about 7 dGH and considering guppies typically appreciate hard water I thought boosting that up a bit may help the problem. Unfortunately, that has not been the case so far. Although, I have only started this practice about 2 weeks ago so perhaps its effects have not fully materialized Here is a picture of a sick fish: Many of the fish that become sick and ultimately die present with very similar symptoms. They initially become lethargic, after 2-4 days I may notice some red discoloration on the side and beginning of dropsy, after this these symptoms progress to a more serious state and the fish stops eating. I typically lose the effected animal with a week of noticing the initial symptoms. When I first acquired these fish they were subjected to the quarantine trio. I have also included a picture of the tank below in case that offers any additional clues. I really love guppies and enjoy the experience of watching them breed. However, this disease has significantly hampered my ability to appreciate these fish. If anyone can offer me any insight into this disease I can assure you it will mean a world of difference in my hobby. Thank you greatly!
  13. Hello, I have been observing my danio for about a month or so now after noticing that it has a lumb on its left side. Nothing changed until a few days ago when I saw that lumb has gotten bigger and there are no scales around that part anymore. The underside also has some fairly big red spot and one red line in the center. The danio is still very active and respond to movement fairly good but has been breathing a little faster than normal now. I am suspecting that it in some form of internal parasites but not too sure. Here is the URL to the video, Not sure that this disease is IMGUR.COM Imgur: The magic of the Internet
  14. If your feeder fish have swim bladder and it’s not cured can that spread to the fish your feeding. Google says not contagious but idk don’t want to harm my oscars
  15. I am using a aquatatop cannister that came with a uv sterilizer. I'm curious how much protection does this offer? I did notice when ich broke out in this tank due to bad water parameters i added it and it was the shortest ich battle I've ever had. But like tapeworms and such are they killed by it?
  16. Hello there! I recently started watching and looking at fish to help with overall life issues and just something I wanted to put my focus on with everything that has gone down this year. So I decided to start small. I got myself a single gold fish, in a 40L (8.8ish galleon) tank. After about a month, I noticed I had a spike in Ammonia. Realized that my substrate was FAR too thick. No matter how much gravelling I did, it wasn't doing enough cleaning. I only realised this when I noticed my fish started acting strange. So after watching all the videos. I did a full clean. Put about 30% of the fish water in a separate container. Fully scrubbed the entire fish tank. Started fresh. Low amount of substrate, fresh water changes weekly (Ammonia returned to clear again). Then I noticed a white patch on my fish. So like the novice I am, I went to the fish store, and just bought all the meds surrounding "fungal", and other things like "EasyBalance" & "NitrateMinus" (both by Tetra) - side note, I already used a dechlorinator and waited a week before adding the goldfish. I started using them all to hopefully mitigate what was going on. I have a filter which uses carbon, so during this, I turned off the filter and left a air stone running to help with water circulation and just overall additional oxygen. However then the white patch opened up. So I thought ok, somethings obviously more serious here. So I started doing every 5 days a 50% water change. Using a medicine called "Melafix" by API Fish Care. I'm started to get worried that what I am currently doing will eventually lead to it's death. Even if its a small goldfish and most who I've talked to said it's not worth the cost... Is not what I am looking for. I want to save it's life at whatever cost. So any help would be much appreciated. It might be a super common thing that I'm just not searching for the right terms or something. - Oliver Image link, sorry it's not a full side on view, I was told it was best to give it a place to hide and rest whilst in the medical stage, and didn't want to disturb it for a photo!
  17. Okay so I have no idea what is going on. I treated for ich, bacterial & fungus infections. At first I thought it was nitrate burn, but water parameters checked out. Then I thought of columnaris but it has been around for about 10 weeks, only one death so far. My next guess is some internal parasites / worms but I don't know if that would cause any issues I'm seeing. The aquarium they are in I got from my mom as she didnt want to take care of the fish anymore. They didnt show any symptoms before when they were babies. One thing I noticed is that any medicine with coloring seems to be gone within 3-4 hours (Esha Exit (blue) & Esha 2000 (yellow)). Even with the filter off. Could the substrate play any part in that? I dont know exactly what it is, though it looks like some aquasoil / PH lowering soil. I'm thinking of taking the substrate out if I cannot get this issue solved. I tried my best to take some pictures of some fish but they cannot sit still. I ordered some meds for internal parasites & worms. If that doesnt work I'll ask a vet for some levamisole, I'm not in the US and its a prescription drug here. Symptoms: - White scales above eyes / mouth - White scales on top near the end of the tail for one platy - 1 Thinning platy, white stringy poop. The rest are fat & happy and regulary have solid poops though they do have some white scales. Water parameters: - Ammonia: 0 - Nitrite: 0 - Nitrate: 10 ish Suggestions? Ideas?
  18. Hi guys! I’m hoping someone can help me figure out what is afflicting my corys, and how to treat it. For about two weeks now they’ve had a white sort of patchiness on their sides. One has a patch on his head. A couple have had some fins start to deteriorate. Things have stabilized, it seems, but they don’t seem to be getting better. When I first notice the infection, I started with the basics, testing water and I did a couple water changes. The tests showed the water had become a little too acidic, so I added a little salt, and put crushed coral into my filter and did a few more water tests after a day or so. Then, I started a basic round of pimafix and melafix, because I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was a fungal infection at first, but, after a decent amount of research, I still couldn’t determine exactly what it was. I did a few additional water changes and continued rounds of Pima and Mela, which has appeared to stabilize things, like I said. At the beginning of week two, I started adding some antibiotics (amoxicillin), to see if that would resolve it. It hasn’t seemed to have done much so far - today is day three of five. I should also say that it is not affecting all of the corys in the tank. There are about 12 total, but only about four have any kind of issue. Unfortunately they’re in my 90, which is very densely planted and I haven’t been able to pull them out to treat in a smaller tank. To do so, I think I’d have to pull up basically everything, which I will do if necessary. Can anyone help identify and treat this? Thanks!
  19. Paul

    Dying Cory's

    I have a well established tank (29 gal) with stable parameters pH 6.0, N3 0, N2 0, and Am .25. All the other fish in this tank are doing great. I had a group of Panda Cory's in there for well over a year all's good until abut 6 weeks ago when I found them all dead when I went to feed the tanks. Once I removed all the dead Cory's I treated the tank with General Cure (I followed the treatment procedure). Waited a month all the other fish are still doing great. I even transferred some of the fish into another tank with Cory's in it with no losses. So I get another group of Cory's quarantine them for a couple of weeks then put them in the 29 gallon where all the fish are doing great. I go to feed the tanks the following morning and the Cory's in that tank are all dead. I did notice some bruising on the bodies behind the gills. I don't have this issue in any of my other tanks with basically identical parameters. Any thoughts?
  20. We got 20 neons from Petsmart about 4 weeks ago and I am down to ...6. It's one a day or every couple of days. I treated with the med trio when I got them. My water is 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 20 nitrate, 6.8-7 pH, very hard water but with low kh right now. Working on getting some crushed coral in my filter to help with that. The tank is currently unheated and seems to get to about 74 at night and 76-78 during the day. Thought about adding salt but I have plants: plenty of jungle val and some crypts (and driftwood!). I have noticed that the ones who die have noticeably red gills before they die.... The other fish in this tank are a betta in a breeder box up top (waiting for his new tank setup to cycle), a young common pleco, and one baby platy who got moved over when I relocated the pleco and that's all. They all seem fine, no abnormal behavior or symptoms that I can see. I also haven't noticed the pleco interacting with them at all because I did wonder if he was being a bully but he's chill af. He came from a community tank with a billion platys and danios. I got 16 neons from aquahuna in the mail about 2 weeks ago and they are in quarantine still, treated with the med trio, and I haven't lost a single one. I'm scared to move them into the tank with the remaining 6 even though in a livestream Cory said "do it." lol. Poor lil guys. I have thought about scooping them out, moving the 16 from AquaHuna to the big tank, putting the poor 6 in the QT tank, and treating with the trio again... but what if something in my big tank is the cause for the deaths and then I lose my other 16?! 😩
  21. Lost a adolescent male in my guppy breeding tank. I’m unsure what could have happened. He was apparently fine last night and dead this morning. I included a picture of the fish in case someone can spot something I can’t such as bacterial sores. Tank parameters are as follows: Temperature - 78.5 F pH - 7.4 Ammonia - 0 ppm Nitrite - 0 ppm Nitrate - 20 ppm gH - 8 dgh kH - 3 dkh TDS - 1,500 ppm If people have any thoughts on what I should do to avoid further loses I would really appreciate hearing them.
  22. I stand by the quarantine med trio and it has worked beautifully to treat issues for which it was designed. However, I have run into a couple of instances of fish ailments that weren't covered by the trio that didn't really show up during quarantine. (Usually 5 or 6 weeks, for me, give or take a day or two.) From my research (online and books), these don't seem like super everyday common issues and don't generally present symptoms right away or are harder to spot. So far, some of my fish have presented (after quarantine): Camallanus Worms - Treated with Safeguard Goat Drench (Fenbendazole) while waiting for Levamisole to arrive (3 weeks later). Now I am the crazy paranoid fish lady that periodically checks my fish's vents for worms. (Never thought that would be my jam. 🙂 Anchor Worms - Treated with Microbe-Lift Lice and Anchor Worm (Cyromazine) and Cyropro (different tanks, not at the same time). I finally received the Dimilin I ordered (one month later) so I am ready if it pops up again. No flashing for weeks, no lethargy, no nothing. All seemed well until an ulcer on one of my fish showed up. I assumed it had gotten into something and hurt itself. A couple of days later, all of the fish in the tank seemed to have a small ulcer and were flashing. Started general salt treatment (low level), until I could figure out what it actually was. The next day I could finally see the little buggers. Gross. As much fun as it was to treat each of my established tanks after I added in the fish that had "completed" quarantine, I would rather not play those games again. Given the overall world situation, I couldn't go to my LFS to inspect the fish before I received them. At this point, I don't even want to order fish online anymore, not that it would have mattered to see them first as I obviously would not have caught either of the two. I would like to know if anyone can add insight to the following questions so we can all learn something and maybe avoid these types of shenanigans in the future. My questions: 1. Are there any other not so obvious fish issues that can be hard to spot during a quarantine period? (i.e. Not the usual suspects like Ick, Velvet, Flukes, DOA, etc. Lol!) 2. If so, what are the tricks and tips to spot them early (if any)? 3. Are there any good treatments every fish keeper should probably have on hand as they are hard to come by or generally have longer shipping wait times? (i.e. Levamisole, Dimilin, Malachite Green, Potassium Permanganate, etc.)
  23. Ok, maybe I am just not destined to keep tetras of any kind. I am baffled. I picked up 15 rummy-nose tetras 4 days ago. I was worried, because I have had terrible luck in the past with neons and I think I am cursed now...but not worried enough to put them all in a brand new 10g QT tank, because I am an idiot. I took HOURS to acclimate them slowly and carefully before releasing them in the tank, they were casually swimming around relaxed in a more than 25:75 old:new water mix before I transferred them. They are in a planted new 29g that has never held fish before. I have 0 ammonia, nitrites, or nitrates other than the Easy Green I try to put in for the plants. I have a lot of plants, both floating and rooted, and a bit of algae, I can't keep nitrogen in the tank. Yesterday I noticed one not eating. This morning I found one dead. Now 2 more are not eating. Everyone else darts around in a feeding frenzy, these two huddle low in a corner breathing hard. I did a 30% water change, started dosing with Maracyn and ParaCleanse this morning, but I am preparing myself for a total loss. I see no other obvious symptoms. I don't have a clue what it could be. 7.4pH/30gh/40kh matches the water they came in pretty closely, tank is at 80 degrees, high-ish maybe but in range. I wanted to eventually keep Rams, so I was going to ratchet it up a little after they settled. There is an airstone in the tank and a spray bar, the canister filter has bio and mechanical filtration but not chemical. I would love any advice or commiseration you care to offer. Rough day. 😔
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    There was an aquatic vet three day virtual conference earlier this year that I heard was great with applied research for our needs (basics and advanced). Resources from that conference are still available to those who registered. Just heard of their next event in August in Australia. I think this one will be focused on parasites? AUGUST AQUARIUM VET CONFERENCE https://www.theaquariumvet.com/confer...
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