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  1. Hello Aquarium coop community! This is my first time sharing anything here, and I probably should have done so earlier because my story has several facets at this point. I love this community and appreciate everything you do here❤️ I’m a pretty novice fish keeper. I have one 10 gallon tank that has been set up since after Christmas of 2021. It has all live plants with two filters since I’m keeping an extra going for the quarantine tub. The only inhabitants of the tank right now are three otocinclus catfish and two assassin snails (oh, and I’ve been fighting hydra in the tank but I think that’s probably unrelated to the other issues I’m having) The ottos eat algae exclusively- I’ve tried spinach, zucchini and algae wafers on them and they won’t touch it. Ammonia- 0 Nitrite- 0 Nitrate- 0-10 Hardness- very hard (off the chart) KH- 60-70 PH- between 6.4 and 6.8 Chlorine- 0 Lights on from 8am to 8 pm with an hour break in the middle Temp- normally kept at 78 but this is a 2nd floor LA apartment and it got up to 82 overnight, I realize that’s too hot, trying to get it down now. The ottos- Ok so back in the end of March I got three ottos to take over for my pond snails which were being eradicated by the assassins. I lost one of those on the first day of quarantine, and a second when I later medicated the display tank for my betta fish (I’ll get to him in a minute). I was left with one lonely Otto, who immediately started presenting with some fin rot and lethargy which I thought may be due to the stress of having no one to shoal with. I had to move apartments, so I let her be like that for a few weeks (no change whatsoever), and then after the move I bought three more. This time I was more cautious with acclimation, and introducing medications (again, used the aquarium co-op quarantine method). I used drip acclimation for everything. Once again, I lost one in quarantine, and two made it into the display tank. They were introduced Thursday, and OG Otto seemed to be loving having friends again. They swam around nonstop all day on Thursday grazing on diatoms, it was great. But come this morning (two days later) I was shocked to see that both the new ottos have chunks missing off their tail fins, just as bad or worse as the OG. Whatever this is, it takes over fast. They’re all just sitting around now, like OG was before they arrived. Not sure if it’s really visible in the video, but OG Otto also has some redness around her gills. I’m sorry the pictures aren’t so clear, my phone has a really hard time focusing on fish this tiny! The betta- Just to be clear off the bat, my Betta fish passed away after we moved into the new apartment. I got him on January 29th, and at that time he already had a small tumor (I didn’t realize it was a tumor until later), and what I thought looked like some mild fin rot, but I will never know for sure because it never wen’t away entirely. I treated him with salt, and then Maracyn during his quarantine. After he moved into the display tank (mid-February) he continued to present with pin-holes appearing on his tail, some of which healed on their own, but eventually they stopped healing back. At the same time his tumor continued to get bigger, and his colors became duller and muddy. He also flashed from time to time but would always stop on his own. I removed some decor, trying to eliminate physical hazards, but nothing helped. By the time it was time to add my first Otto’s to the tank, he wasn’t looking very good and I feel bad that I probably hastened his demise, because he DID NOT like sharing the tank and I had to separate them. Soon after the separator went in (first or second week of April), I treated the entire tank with Paracleanse and then Maracyn. Again, lost the second Otto at that time, and OG still had all of her tail. Nimbus perked up for a little bit, but soon turned for the worse again. By the week of the move, he was knocking on death’s door, and I feel very bad that I didn’t have any time to get supplies to put him down humanely before he had suffered so much, but that is just how it went. You can see in his pictures that in February he was a very beautiful fish, and he slipped so far so quickly after that, it breaks my heart. I wish I knew for sure what actually killed him, but with a fast-growing tumor in the mix, I’m thinking there’s every possibility that his body was too weak to fight anything off, with or without the help of medication. Very long story short, I need help. I’m confused, frustrated and weary of the perpetual fin rot. Should I try to medicate again? Leave it alone? If anyone has some tips, I’m all ears! ”OG” Otto, from side OG again the larger of my new ottos, both of these had perfectly formed tails going into the tank littler new Otto full tank view Nimbus, February 25th April 12th, I think during medication, RIP Nimbus
  2. Hello there. I am new to taking care of fish and I am worried about my betta. I’ve had him since January and he has always been such a social, curious little guy. Active swimmer. I noticed some fin rot about a month after we got him. I treated him with Kanaplex and added some almond leaves to the tank for tannins. No change. Even though his fins looked shredded Kujo was still very active and had a good appetite. Last week I noticed a change in his behavior. He is very lethargic. He spends most of the day hiding or at the bottom of the tank in a kind of curled position leaning over to one side. I really have to coax him to come to the surface for food now. The water parameters seem ok, although I only have test strips. I can see no visible signs of disease, like ich or velvet. But I’m inexperienced, so any help is appreciated. Is this just advanced fin rot or is something else amiss? Any recommendations? I gave him a salt bath for the first time today with API aquarium salt. Water Parameters: GH: 150; Nitrires: 0; Nitrates: 0; Ammonia: 0; KH- 40, pH- 6.4 He’s in a 10 gallon planted tank with 4 glow light tetras, 3 Pygmy Cory’s, 2 mystery snails, 1 khuli loach and 1 pleco. Here are some photos with and without flash.
  3. Hello all, I bought 3 guppies about 5 weeks ago, two females and one male. I did the quarantine trio when I got them and did the paracleanse follow up. The females seem to be doing amazing. The male is a little bit thinner in the belly, but I assume that is to be expected. When I brought him home the very end of his tail looked good even though it did look a little frayed. It maintained its frayed appearance, then about a week and a half I noticed two V's cutting into his nice hemisphere tail. He eats good and has consistently been gaining color.... (the wrong color but whatever the girls are as advertised) he is also quite active swimming around the tank. I've been looking at videos and pictures to see if it is fin rot or not. From what I'm finding the fact that it has the V's in it is more likely that the girls are nipping on him. Also I have not noticed any slime trails coming off his tail. When I noticed the V's I thought it would not hurt to put salt in, so I did. Then 7 days later added Maracyn when it did not look any better. What should I be looking for to eliminate fin rot as a source?
  4. 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
  5. Hi guys, my betta has some holes in his fin, do you know if it's fin rot of some other illness? Thank you
  6. BAT

    Thank you Nerms!

    Dear Nerms (esp @laritheloud@Levi_Aquatics@Irene), Thank you so much for all of your help and prayers! Cutie is doing much better and his fin rot is on the mend after the salt, kana-led, frozen foods and warmer water (see before and after below). I will now try decreasing the salt as directed by the AqCoop article. Thank you! Beth BEFORE AFTER
  7. I am a first-time fish-owner and sincerely did not mean to fail as a Betta caretaker, but here we are. This little guy survived the Texas winter storm, when we were without power for days and it was super cold inside, but now he has been on a slow decline (so slow that sadly it took me way too long to notice it). Based on what I have read (and the helpful co-op video I watched), I think he has "stage 3" fin rot (see first 3 pictures). 😢 He has been super lethargic and his fins appear decimated. 😭 We have a small, round 3 gallon tank (uses Whisper XS filter cartridges). He is the only fish in the aquarium and I don't have a 10-gallon tank, so he has stayed in his usual tank instead of moving to a quarantine tank. First I did a water change removed 2 of the 4 (plastic) plants so he would have more room to move around without his fins potentially catching on any of the plants. I couldn't find Maracyn in town, so I bought API Fin & Body Cure (don't judge, I just wanted to get something as soon as possible) and performed the treatment as directed on the package (except I emptied the packet into 10 ounces of water, then only used 3 ounces since the tank is 3 gallons and removed the filter, as directed). I did not add the 4th packet of medicine because I didn't know if my fish or aquarium could handle it (because the water was already so "murky" from the medicine) and put a filter back in yesterday. He does not show signs of improving (granted, it's only been 4 days) and there are all these particles in the water, on the aquarium walls, the substrate, plants, etc. from the medicine. What else can I do to help my fish survive??? He tends to hang out right up against the filter or just float about listlessly. I remember the co-op video mentioning about how this medicine can affect the viscosity of the water. I looked into getting an air stone, but it appears they all require tubing, and I can't figure out how that would work with this tank. How can I ensure he is getting enough oxygen?? In the co-op video, it said to do the treatment they recommend, then wait for a week and do not feed them or do any water changes. Is it really ok not to feed the fish for a whole week?? Also, I really want to do a water change and try to rid of some the gunk, do I really have to wait?? Thank you all for any help you may be able to provide so we can (hopefully!) save our Betta fish!
  8. Thought I'd share my success story here ☺️ - my betta has been battling fin rot for a good few months now. Or at least that's how long I've been noticing issues. I believe one of the most important aspects of treating fish is identifying the root cause. In this case, I determined that I had simply gotten a bit lazy with his tank. Knowing bettas can be exceptionally hardy and the fact that my tank was already cycled, I was only doing water changes every 2 weeks or so. Sometimes longer. Fast forward about 4 or 5 months to mid-April, when it peaked. The fin rot began as some red discoloration on the ends of his fins where they had previously been white. This is usually the first warning sign, discoloration. Nearly 5 days after I started noticing this, it had progressed to almost the entire loss of his tail (top photo) and I could knew acting fast was my only option. I got my 5 gallon hospital tank ready with my air pump, airstone, heater and a few silk plants I had on hand to make him feel comfortable. My first step was water changes - a lot of them. Keeping the tank CLEAN. I was doing a 50% change every three days with a teaspoon added of aquarium salt per gallon that I was changing. (PS. never add SALTwater to top off SALTwater, only add it when you're changing the water as you could easily build up too many salts for the betta and stress him/her out even further.) I repeated this process for about 2 weeks. I could tell with the salt that the fin rot wasn't getting worse, but it also wasn't really getting any better. So, I progressed to treating with meds. I usually use this as a last resort, but I didn't have much time to decide and I didn't want to lose my fish while I waited around for things to improve. I used erythromycin to treat him as this antibiotic is commonly used to treat fin rot, is very accessible and widely understood. A good one is Mardel Maracyn found here. There was the potential that the fin rot could have been caused by a fungus. But in my research, I found that many people had success treating it as a bacterial infection with an antibiotic, so I wanted to start there and move to an antifungal if needed such as Ich-x. I followed the instructions for the erythromycin and before the treatment was even over, I began to see improvements. I did not run a second round. His tail began growing back a clear-ish white color and later began to turn a dark blue/black which was very similar to his original coloration. Now, I am feeding him a variety of his favorite foods and changing his water about every 5 - 6 days (with no salt) and just working as hard as I can to keep his tank sparkly clean. He isn't 100% yet as this type of infection causes a lot of damage which takes a long time to repair, but we are definitely in the home stretch!! Water changes Try Aquarium Salt, UP to 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) per gallon Or Antibiotics, Antifungal or both More Water changes forever Top photo is just before I started antibiotic meds (April 19th, 2020) and bottom photos are from today. What he looked like the first 6 months or so after I got him! 🥺
  9. Okay so some days ago a male guppy I’d just recently got started acting weird. He stopped chasing the females and was just by himself. I didn’t think too much of it and went on with my day. Like yesterday I then saw my other male also not really chasing the females but doing his own then I knew something was up because he’s literally always chasing them. After I’d gotten the new male I began to see what looked like nips on the tail of the other male so thought it was just some dominance nipping from the new male. But today when I got back home I looked at the tank and my old male is just swimming kinda slow with a red spot on his now very shortened tail and on his gill. I then also saw some discoloration in the tail of the new guppy and a hole leading to a slit in the tail of one of my female guppies. I have contemplated that it’s fin rot but don’t know what to get to help it. I want to get pemafix and metafix but don’t know if they’ll work and if they’ll cause harm to my honey gourami because it’s a labyrinth fish. I’d get the Fritz mycerin oxy(I think is the name) but it won’t arrive till 4 days so while the API products would arrive tomorrow. I could also get the API erythromycin but I’m not sure if I should. Any help would be appreciated as I’m really worried about my fish. I’ve lost two guppies in the last couple weeks, one from old age and the other from jumping out of the tank. So I really don’t want to lose any more.
  10. Hiya all. I have a male guppy who has what looks like tail nipping or rot. I'm not entirely sure. A little back story. When I first introduced him to the tank he chased my female Mollie everywhere all day long to the point where she's begun to chase him away. I really can't blame her, she looks very annoyed with him. The male Mollie doesn't really have an interest in her however. So I decided why not get the boy guppy a girlfriend and see what happens. Maybe he can shift his "hornyness" elsewhere and leave the girl Mollie alone for a while.. lol After getting him a female guppy, she now chases him too. To the point where he is constantly hiding and on the bottom of the tank. He swims around once and while as normal but gets chased no matter where he goes unless he hides. He will eat a little but won't go to the surface to feed because he gets chased away and relies on getting the food that has gone to the bottom, which isn't very much since the other fish gobble it up. I've tried sinking pellets near him and while he might get just one, the other fish zoom in a steal it from him and he goes back in to hiding and stays there on the bottom for the most part. I noticed today his tail is frayed which leads me to believe he's being nipped and bullied by these two girls. I've put him in an small breeder/isolation tank to see what's going on and to hopefully keep his stress level down from being chased so much. Here are my tank parameters: 10 gallon, 4 fish in total 2 Mollies: 1 male, 1 female 2 Guppies: 1 male, 1 female Water Temp: 78 degrees Live plants: Anubias ,Java Fern and Anacharis Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate around 30ish+ ppm Ph. 8.0-8.2 His tail looks clear of any gunk or ich as far as I can tell, just ratty and I've tried to get the best pics I can but of course he moves his tail and it's hard to get a perfectly clear pic. If anyone can offer any advice if this indeed looks like tail nipping or perhaps rot, your help it would be appreciated. 🙂 ♥
  11. KristinaC

    Fin Rot?

    10 gallon tank is 6 months old. ph 6.7 amonia 0 nitrites 0 nitrates 0 (heavily planted) Temp 78-80 Our water is on the hard side. Is this fin rot? I'm not sure! He always had sort of fringy fins but now I'm worried it's something I should be treating. Thinking of using Maracyn on the whole tank.
  12. 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
  13. Elser

    Discus Fin Rot

    Guys I need some help. One of my breeding discus has fin rot and now is showering this awful bloated stomach and I just don’t know what to do. I have tried A combo of Salt and Rid ich plus, water changing everyday and re-dosing salt for the amount of water that was removed and full dosing Rid ich each time. After one week of that it still got progressively worse and now the discus has a huge bloated stomach. Here are my current parameters based on coop test strips. Nitrate: 5 Hardness: 25 Buffer: 40 pH: 6.4 temp: 83
  14. Hi folks 👋🏻 I'm Julia, nice to join your CARE community! This will be a journal of my fish-keeping journey in Canada. Having a weak memory I need a place to keep track of my mistakes (and hopefully successes in future) and forum seems to be a nicer, safer place than Facebook group. Will start documenting my first *stressful* month into the hobby tomorrow and share my story 🐟
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Hello! I have a roughly 2-3 year old male betta and I've noticed his fins have begun to appear more and more torn over time. He is in a small 2g temporary bowl with a filter that I only turn on occasionally due to his sensitivity of high current. The reason that he is in this take in the first place is that we are moving and don't want to transport another tank (but we will definitely be upgrading him later😁). Does his torn fins look like fin rot or something else? Thanks in advance!
  18. Can't get a good picture, but can give a good description: 1 angelfish in a lightly planted 55 gallon. Only tank mates are snails. Every few months, 1 tiny white 3D dot will appear on a boney part of a fin - not the webbed part. The dot tends to be about 1 cm from the tip. After days to weeks, the bone is bent at the dot, as if broken. A few days later, the dot and the boney section past it simply fall off. The most frequent fins are the 2 long dangly ventral fins. Currently, there are 3 of these white dots - 1 on a ventral, and 2 on the tips of the anal fin. This has been happening for years, but I'd never seen 3 at a time before. Parameters: pH 7.8-8.0 Nitrates 10-30 Hardness 11 Nitrite 0 Ammonia 0 KH/Buffer 3 Water Temperature 76 Any ideas?
  19. Hey fellow fish Nerms, In one of my previous posts I asked you guys, "where should I position this tank" its a fluval spec 5 gallon. Well I decided to ignore everyones input because I thought of a even BETTA 😉 idea (not that your ideas weren't good its just I didn't want the tank taking up so much space on my desk) I have decided to put it on my dresser. See the picture below. Anyways in the post I said I wanted an all white platinum betta, well I changed my mind. I went on aquabid this morning and saw all these GOURGOUES bettas for only like $20 (the platinum ones I had my eye one were like $30, and the ones on aquabid were WAY nicer looking). So I plan to make my first order off aquabid in this comming week. But before I geta betta I need to aquascape it. My idea was a Monte Carlo carpet with Amazon Frogbit tucked away in the back corner (I will be making a barrier so that the frogbit wont spread past it). I plan on then doing a peice of small dragon stone for in the center of the tank, no co2 injections. I have decided to do a Journal for this betta tank, My plan is to go to the fishstore on Saturday and get everything I need for the tank.
  20. Hi! I'm new here. I have a question. And one of my neon tetras in a school of 7 in a 10 gallon tank with 1 nerite snail has some fin rot. I don't know why. I immediately tested my water, and it came out 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, ~30 ppm nitrate. I do 25% water changes each week, and I have cryptocorynes, and some vallisneria. I had this tank setup for about two years. Anyone have some ideas?
  21. Hi all, I’m wondering is this Mbuna suffering from fin rot, or is the result of aggression? I don’t witness too much aggression, and there are 2 other fish in the tank (out of about 20) with similar symptoms. Water conditions 40ppm nitrates 0 ammonia or nitrites. Ph is 7, temperature is 27 Celsius. About. 55 gallon tank. The debris is bubbles from the filter drawing in air 🙂 I’m in Ireland so meds are limited. Thanks all for any help 🙂
  22. Hi, The water parameters are as follows: Nitrate: 20 Nitrite: 0 GH: 150 (usual) Chlorine: 0 KH: 80 (usual) pH 7.8/8.0 (usual) Temp: 72 - I just realized this and am raising the temperature to 80 This is my brother's fish who I knew had been struggling for a month or two, but I just saw recently how badly he's doing. His tail is usually a half-moon shape, so I think that he's had some serious fin rot. Can someone help diagnose and advise? His coloration is quite faded from when we got him, especially on his tail and near his head. The heater was displaying an incorrect temperature, so I just realized he's been a little chilly for a while and I'm raising the temperature now. I think this guy is going to need a bit more than warm waters to recover, however. Is there a recommended course of action? Many thanks for any advice!
  23. DAY 1: Sunday, April 4th - Moved my Betta (Buddha) to a hospital tank and treated him once with Maracyn, Ich-X and ParaCleanse. I did not feed Buddha, further medicate him or do a water change. Day 7: Sunday, April 11th - I did a partial water change (25%) and began feeding Buddha. He has been eating, swimming about his tank from top to bottom. And comes to greet me when he sees me. He has been sloughing off small bits of dead fin tissue Day 12: Friday, April 16th - I woke to find a large chunk of Buddha's tail at the bottom of the tank. He ate his breakfast of brine shrimp and is swimming around as usual. I understand the rotted fin & tail bits need to slough off and that it takes time for healing and regrowth. However, I was not expecting to see a large chunk 12 days in to treatment. I change did a 25% water change today rather than wait til Sunday. I've read the 3 signs of healing are eating, active and new growth. Buddha is eating and is active, but I have seen no sign of regrowth as of yet. The water parameters are okay. Water temperature is steady at 80. And, there are live plants in the tank, minimal decor, a sponge filter and no substrate. The Cories, Ottos and Pleco in Buddha's home tank are all well, if this might factor in somehow. The water parameters have always been good in the home tank, except for that time I was probably over feeding the fish and didn't hange ou the water as often as I should have. Buddha is a Half-Moon Betta, dark blue with a black fins & tail. Sadly, I think he was sick well before I knew it because of the dark fins & tail. With all that information and the big chunk of tail, what are your thoughts on whether I should retreat Buddha or wait and observe a bit longer? Thank you all in advance your help! Buddha thanks you too! Kim
  24. Hi, I'm new to owning neon tetras and I recently got the trio of medicine on this site. My neons caught ick and fin rot after I introduced my betta(he chased them for a bit, but now they are fine together). I was wondering if it is possible to treat both illnesses at once with the medication that I acquired. I already started treating for ick because it looked the worse, but I recently found out I wasn't doing it properly (Sorry the first time I've treated an illness.) I put the 5ml dose for my 10g tank and did water changes every 24hrs, but instead of putting 5ml with every water change I put the amount equivalent to the water change I was making. It's been about 5days now and I don't see any sign of ick, but their fin rot seems a little worse. I was wondering if I could put 5ml of the ick medicine along with a dose of Maracyn in my next 30% water change.
  25. Hey all, we have an Angelfish here who I think is experiencing fin rot?: See pics But no other fish in the community are experiencing any issues. Water balance and ph is all checking out healthy as can be, no issues or obvious causes. I have been cleaning the water and tank but doesn’t seem to be making any change. So looking into the interwebs I am seeing that aquarium salt can be an effective fungal or bacterial killer if used right. Since I have live plants in the main aquarium I didn’t want to disrupt that balance. I have started him today in a small isolation tank along and planning to change the water daily with 2tsp aquarium salt / gallon for next 7-10 days. Does this sound like a good plan or should I just follow the directions on the article these guys posted from coop and just do antibiotics?
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