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  1. I am so frustrated, 4 times now Maracyn has ruined my cycle. Each previous I owned it chalking it up to inexperience as I have only been fishkeeping for a year. I was like, ok you must have messed something up, or the beneficial bacteria was not strong enough yet to take a treatment. The first time I lost my Hillstream loach and thought ok we need to do better. The next two I fed on day 3/4 and it caused a spike but I was able to water change through it. Then I had a fuzzy fish at my work tank. I used a full treatment of marcyn and it did not affect the tank, so confidently I thought I had figured it out. Last friday I was so happy I got a dozen CPD's that I have been waiting the better part of a year for. I got them home fed them over the weekend because they looked a little thin. Then this morning I thought, OK the QT tank is well established, lets do the med trio properly. I looked in the tank this evening and I had a CPD swimming vertically. I look around and other ones were having trouble as well. I test for ammonia and it is at 0.5ppm, but my fish are struggling. I changed water and in the process I saw that I have one dead already. It just sucks that I had been waiting for these fish, they are the most expensive I have purchased, and now I get to make the same "mistake" and get to watch them struggle to live. I've changed water twice and have put the Fritz Complete in. I can't think of anything else I should be doing but I'm just frustrated. Right now most of them are sitting on the substrate and at least one of them is doing a death flop as he is struggling. I am pretty sure I will be going with the med duo for now on unless I see something specific.
  2. Can upload images if helpful. LMK if this would be helpful! My 10 gallon was set up using media and substrate from my older tank. It was cycled before the inhabitants and plants were introduced. Levels were good, everything was stable. It did really well for about 6-8 months, but my mistake was introducing some new cherry shrimp from petsmart to "add genetic diversity". I think they introduced a pathogen that killed off all the shrimp in both tanks. The older tank did poorly for a bit with all the waste, but several month on, it's fine again. However my betta tank isn't doing so well. First, my male veil tail has always had fin issues. They have been stringy for lack of a better word for a couple years now. He seems to get on just fine, there didn't seem to be decay or anything for the longest time. LFS didn't seem concerned when I asked them for help with this originally. I've tried getting advice off the internet before, overall consensus is that despite his less than attractive fins, he's okay. However, lately I've noticed what's likely to be fin rot. For 3 days, I have been doing daily 20% water changes, adding tap water with conditioner. I have also purchased and boiled mini almond leaves to add to the water. Still possibly noticing some black tissue on the edges. He was also very lethargic the last few weeks. I did a very big water change 3 days ago, and removed his floating log because it has discoloured and might be leaching toxins (??? unconfirmed), and he's sort of perked up. He is active at times, likes to eat whenever I visit him, but he still rests a lot. Maybe he's just old? My other concern is that the plants are not doing well at all. I think I have an algae that's taking over their leaves and affecting their growth. Moreover, their growth is inconsistent. Some plants have died, others look like they will die soon. I'm sorry, I don't remember the names of the plants, but I can upload pictures. I need to know how to fix this because I don't want to be slowly torturing my betta. I am trying to do everything right but I must be doing something (or multiple things) wrong. Current water parameters: pH is stable but high, 8.0-8.2 (my tap water is high, too) GH 0-30 (mg/L) KH 80-120 (mg/L) NO2- 0 ppm NO3- 0.5-10 ppm Ammonia around 0.25-0.50 ppm (I know this is higher than it should be, this is why I'm trying to be diligent with water changes). Temp 78F Any thoughts on what to do next ? Please and thank you! EDITED TO ADD: Also, I changed filters a while ago from your standard HOB to Tetra Whisper 10-30 gallon. I do not like it. It's not adjustable, and at first the flow was much too strong. Over only a few months it reduced to hardly any flow at all. Ended up getting a lot of biofilm on the surface of the water due to lack of agitation. I have removed it and put the original HOB back up.
  3. my Ram tank suddenly got ick from nowhere... I added no new fish or plants... what I have done so far: turn temp up to 86deg f did 25% water change added medicine microbe-lift by herbtana been 1 week so far. feeding Ram food with garlic added 3 tbsp salt (15gal tank) added air stone here is what he is looking like today Question is can I change to the ice-x instead of what I currently use?
  4. I've researched for months, hundreds of hours of reading and videos, learned the techniques and the best equipment for my goals, overplanned and over-engineered, the list goes on. Put it all together: fish die, plants die (even floating ones), tank is overrun with algae/diatoms, the tank is tanking. I've kept fish multiple times in my life, but I always seem to get to a garbage bin and give up. I'd really like to be successful. I don't keep trying because I don't enjoy the hobby. Am I just bad at fishkeeping? Should I give up (again)? Do you struggle or do things just go right for you? How do you push through this frustration?
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