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  1. Hello Everyone. I'm very new to the hobby and I'm really stressed and horrified right now. I really need help. I hope someone has experienced this and can share how they dealt with the situation. I have only done the med trio on panda cories, albino cories, black neon tetras, zebra danios and peppered cories (on separate occasions). Only the peppered cories had such drastic effect on these meds. I am baffled because I got them from a hobbyist. Before the trio, I observed them for almost 2 weeks fed them regularly (frozen brine shrimp, shrimp sinking pellets, micro pellets) and made sure the water was clean. I used test strips as well as the API Master Kit constantly and water change accordingly. (0Nitrite 0Ammonia) I noticed the peppered cories were energetic, eating, very responsive, looked way healthier than the fish I got from big pet stores (such as panda, albino cories, black neon tetras) so I was very confident to do the med trio. I have a 20Gal Tank so I put 10ml Ich-X, 2 Packets of both Paracleanse and Maracyn. I have an airstone running, heater, filter (I took out the carbon for the meds), thermometer, live plants, hiding places. I currently have small zebra danios, and pepered corydoras in this tank. Only a few hours after the meds (nitrite .25 & ammonia 0) I noticed all the peppered cories seemed like they all had swim bladder disease. For example, they're like swimming on the moon, like the gravity is working against them, some would float just still on top then after a quick nudge from another cory or me they would swim slowly to the bottom, a few make it okay to the bottom, while the rest just let themselves go back up again. Their eyes are still moving, still breathing it's just not normal. I had the lights off and left them there tried to not stress them more. After 10/12 hours or so, the situation seemed worse, so I did 20/30% water change and put the carbon filter back on. I was so stressed going to bed because I didn't want to wake up to dead cories. More than 24 hours has passed and still no deaths but I did another 20/30% water change. I think the cories are still getting worse I can't really tell at this point. I'm going to do more water change later. Has anybody experienced this? I've only found one forum just like my situation The mixed responses I've been getting: never a good idea to medicate fish when you don't know what's wrong with them, cories are scaleless and don't tolerate meds well, you're better off putting them in a tank for weeks and watching them in the future now that I reflect on my experience I have lost 4 panda cories while on the med trio but I thought that was because they were sick and weak already when I got them *3 albino cories, 2 panda cories, 6 black neon survived my first med trio don't overdo dosing meds, start low and work up stress from uncycled tank and meds at the same time I made sure with both test strips and API Master Kit that nitrites & ammonia was 0 before I decided to do the trio. Although, I don't think my tank was fully cycled - however, my fist batch of fish that I did the med trio on were also on an uncycled tank but none of them floated like how the peppered corydoras reacted to the med trio Are there other ways to quarantine my peppered corydoras now? Aside from fully cycling a quarantine tank, what could I have done different?
  2. Hi, Sorry I don't have a photo, but I noticed a small tiny worm inching along my betta tonight. It was maybe a milimeter or 2mm in length, very small. Didn't look to me like an anchor worm. It also did not look like a flathead worm, but it was very tiny. It was moving around my betta's body, on top of his scales, near his head and gills. My fish has been showing some signs of distress lately, including lethargy and tears in the fins. He is also approx. 2.5 years old. Can someone help me identify if this should be a cause for concern? Additionally, I have API Fungus Cure, Tetra Fungus Guard, and Tetra Lifeguard all-in-one treatment. Please advise if any of these chemicals might be helpful to use. Thank you!
  3. Recently found my Mexican dwarf crayfish in his filter. I quickly took him out and put him back in the aquarium. he seemed to have no injuries and is eating fine, but is being a bit shy. I assume he's doing okay and I don't need to give him any medication? Sorry for the poor image, shot it on chromebook
  4. Hey, quick question about KanaPlex dosing. I have a 30 gal that has minor epistylis, saw it this morning. I have seen the KanaPlex dose chart, and saw that it’s one scoop KanaPlex, one focus and a tablespoon of food per 5 gallons, does that mean I have to do 6 tbsp food?? My fish definately don’t eat that much 😂. Is there a better way to do this or am I just not understanding right?
  5. Can't seem to get algae to stop covering all my leaves. I run full CO2 system, dual aquasky lights on my fluval flex 32gallon. I've attached my most recent light setting that have been running for a week. Sword and clover seem to be growing ok, but the other steam plant grows then all the leaves die and only the tip grows a tiny new section. I use eazy green fert 2ish pumps every 3 days, and add 3ml of flourish trace every once in a while. Thanks
  6. Hey! So for those who know, about 2 weeks ago I got a bunch of plants to fill up the empty space in my tank. The problem is that algae blossomed EVERYWHERE in my tank. Green and brown algae on the glass along with green spot algae, and blue-green algae coating the substrate and covering the tips of my plants. I'm able to clean the algae off the glass, but I have no idea how to clean the algae off the substrate. I do have a sand vacuum, but it's quite big for a ten gallon and doesn't fit well between gaps in the rocks and plants. I don't have anything stocked in the tank except for a betta fish, but I don't think the quality of my tank is good enough to introduce shrimp or other cleaning fish/inverts. For example, the GH is way too high and I've been struggling to get it down, and there aren't enough hiding places for tiny animals like shrimp in case my betta gets aggressive. Any tips to how I can effectively clean the algae and muck without a cleaning crew or ripping up my scape?
  7. 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!
  8. Last week, it appeared that one of my cory catfish developed swim bladder disease. He died within 2 days of showing symptoms. That was 4 days ago, and today I noticed another cory acting the exact same way. I’ve had these corys for nearly a year. Does anyone know what is happening? I do weekly water changes and my water parameters seem fine (ammonia and nitrites 0). I’m getting the water tested at a fish store tomorrow just in case something is wrong with my test kit. My tank is heavily planted and heated. Although I have been concerned that my tank might be getting too cold at night. I’m really upset about this and I don’t know what to do. Any advice is appreciated.
  9. Pair one. Have laid several times but no fryPair 2 currently with eggs day 2Day one of eggs male is still fertilizerDay 2 what is left of eggs day to. I have hatched many angelfish but now I want them to hatch because I have some where they can go. Both pairs are laying every two to three weeks. Ideas welcome. I have platinum Pearlscale that will soon be ready to breed and some are pairing off already.so I would like to be more consistent.
  10. Christmas is coming up and I need ideas. Should I get my Killifish an egg tumbler for their eggs? Thank You. Happy Holidays!!
  11. Ever since i finished the scape for this 10 gallon ive just hated it. I designed it on the table and it looked good but when translating it to the tank i just cant stand it. i thought i would try a light colored substrate for once but i can never get all the debris vacuumed out without harming my plants (killed 3 successful pink flamingo crypts this way 😰). im planning to move out the embers into my 40 community tank along with the snails and shrimp that i brought in from my 40 originally. i was wanting to try an nutrient rich instead of root tabs in inert substrate. im planning to add the newest betta i got into the tank once he is done with quarantine and the tank is ready.
  12. Any information about this will be helpful I've had this 40gal aquatlantis tank running for a month and a half. Originally I had 5 gold barbs in it. They were doing fine. They are currently in my other tank. I'm trying to cycle this tank as I'm hoping to get an axolotl fairly soon. I've asked breeders as to what they would do to cycle the tank. I was told to take the fish out and dose in ammonia and max dose seachem stability everyday. I've been doing this for the past week. Supposedly this process should be the quickest to cycling the tank for an axolotl. But before doing this I was treating it with stability as stated on the bottle. I've never seen this tank show any readings for nitrite or nitrate. Currently I have 2ppm of ammonia and have not seen anything else. I guess I'm asking for help on cycling this tank. I know it can take up to 3+ months. I'm just wondering what would be the best solution? This tank is running a sponge filter. It has 3 lucky bamboos. 2 Java ferns. I've used Fritz Zyme 7 and seachem flourish for the plants. Plants are doing fine as well. I'm not sure what else to mention. Hopefully this helps diagnose the problem a little. Thank you
  13. 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.
  14. Hello Everybody! Finally I have a break from school, so now I want to restock my 10 gallon tank. I was looking for some recommendations for fish, but first you should know about my tank. It is a heavily planted 10 gallon tank, stocked with Amano shrimp. It has a nicrew planted light, fluval stratum substrate, dragon rock, and malaysian driftwood. It has a Oase Thermo 100 with an Eheim 75 watt heater. My water is extremely hard and has a high ph. I am looking for a breeding project, preferably egg layers. Something that is on the easier side but still a challenge for a novice fish keeper. Also, I would like it to be a peaceful fish that is smaller in size. Thank You!
  15. 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)
  16. Hello, I'm relatively new to fishkeeping and just got a small school of Green Neon Tetras. I purchased these at the Aquarium Co-op store in Edmonds along with the Xtreme Nano (0.5mm pellets) to feed the fish. However when I put the food into the tank, the tetras go to try to eat the pellets, but can't fit it into their mouths. So it just bounces away and lands on the bottom of the tank. Is there a smaller food I should be trying to feed the tetras? Thanks, Joe
  17. 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
  18. Nitrate 10ppm nitrite 0 temp 78 ammonia 0 ph 8.4 kh 180 gh 150-300 Heavily stocked 10 gallon
  19. Anyone have recommendations to optimize the Nano sponge filter? I've tried the Ziss air stone as well as a normal air stone to get bubbles to stop escaping from the sides with no luck. I haven't tried to put a piece of tube down around the air stone, mostly because the uplift tube on the nano doesn't fit down there. The uplift tube is also not wide enough to even fit the ziss inside of. I've also tried lowering the air, really not running that high as is, and that doesn't seem to help either. Honestly the only way I've found to stop this is by running no air stone at all, but that pretty loud.
  20. Just noticed these raised bumps today. Looked like the occasional missing scale I see on these guys every once in a while. The one closest to the head is a little red. The fish is acting normally and eating more than the others. Advice? What might it be? Should I just observe carefully the next couple days?
  21. Hi everyone, First time posting & newbie to the hobby & the forum. I have a 48 litre (roughly 12 gallon) tank which’s about 5 weeks old & I’ve had fish dying roughly one per day for the past week or so now. For reference the tank finishing its initial cycle after 17 days & I slowly added fish over the next 2 weeks. I had 15 maulata rasboras, 5 peppered long fin corys & 6 fancy guppies in the tank. Everything was going fine & then one day I found a guppy dead in the morning & this has continued almost daily since. I’ve been testing water daily & the parameters as of a few hours ago were as follows: PH: 7.2, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 10, GH 6(107) KH 3 (57) temp 26 Celsius (78 Fahrenheit) I’ve been checking for ammonia spikes sporadically throughout the day which have some back zero. I’ve had some of the fish checked for bacteria but they came back clean. I’ve also been dozing the tank for the past 7 days with API Melafix. From what I understand my Gh & KH look a little low, I have Seachem Equilibrium on order which should get here in a day or so. I really need help on this as I’m now down to 1 guppy, 9 rasboras & 4 corys 😞 Anyone have any help / thiughts on things I might have missed? A guy at the local fish shop said this could be the tank being overcrowded but without the ammonia spikes it doesn’t feel like this is simply new tank syndrome.... Any help would be appreciated 8 if I’ve made some blundering error please be kind, I’m very new to the hobby but am keen to learn & want to give my fish the best care I can. Thanks Dan
  22. Pretty sure my betta has dropsy. He stopped eating 2 days ago, and acting more lethargic, not wanting to swim or move, and hanging at the top. Now today I see he is starting to pinecone. I am going to quarantine. I have read salt helps ... I have aquarium salt, but I just saw a video that said not to use aquarium salt, and to use epsom salt instead. Is this true? If so, how much per gallon? Also I am going to get some meds to treat. Any suggestions on the best kind? I realize the chances or low, but I feel like I have to try! I also realize I may need to euthanize ... I don't want him to suffer if I can't help him. FYI, he is kept in a heated 5gal tank with sponge filter. Water tested at 0 for ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites.
  23. Ok so I have a small jade pothos cutting I bought for probably too much money to grow in my tank to help with filtration. It seems to be growing a bit strange so it's hard to work out how best to place it. Currently I have it sitting on top of my internal filter (out of the water) with the roots trailing in the water, however a small section of roots between the stem and the rest of the roots (this section of roots is above the water line) has gone all brown and shrivelled and I'm assuming the whole lot will come off at some point. I did an awful little sketch to show what I mean: The red arrow points to the dying section. Does the whole length of roots need to be underwater? As you can see the roots are growing in a weird place between the leaf offshoots so I can't get it all in the water without submerging some of the stem and leaves. Is there anyway to encourage roots to grow out of the cut end of the stem? Would make it a lot easier. Thanks in advance!
  24. Ok so I’m now several tanks deep and starting to have fun figuring out how to breed some blue velvet shrimp and albino red head koi guppy. Also growing out some angels as well. I enjoy the red head koi but I can’t decide on which other guppy to breed! I need some insight from you on other types. I can’t decide if I’m going with a strong line of either purple or green Moscow’s off of aquabid. I also like the dumbo mosaic dragon. I went down the rabbit hole and came across big dorsal red dragon ribbon. These look awesome. I have two young sons and we enjoy this together. I want only ONE more guppy line due to space and trying not to get more tanks. I want a beautiful show stopper. A unique guppy line! Which should I chose and from where? thanks I can’t wait to hear your ideas!!!
  25. So I'm a beginner to fish keeping and I would like to know how many plants I should buy? I have a single betta but I plan on getting one snail and I'm wondering how many plants can I get out of one pot? Maybe that isn't the right way to word it, but how do I know how big it'll be and if I need more? Is it better to get a few and start small then add on? Most of the plants I'm thinking of getting aren't really root plants (anubias, frogbit, java fern, etc) and I would like to know if I can plant them in substrate or should I get a different plant for that? I know anubias can be tied to rocks and java fern can be attached to drift wood that but I was also thinking of plants to put in the substrate (maybe water sprites and dwarf sagittaria). I would love to hear other suggestions because I can't seem to find much info online. The tank I have is 5 and a half gallons with gravel on the bottom and sand on the top for substrate. I'm not 100% sure where to get some of the plants because I plan to get most of them from aquarium co-op but they don't have all of the plants I'm looking for. I can get some plants from big chain and small pet stores (I went to check the small store selections and they didn't have much). Sorry for the long paragraph, hopefully that made sense :')
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