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  1. I am not sure what this is or where it came from. I don't believe its any kind of eggs of fish in it as they are huge and hard. When squeezed they pop out milky like substance. I have another post with mystery plants that were in the tank, plus I have hygrophila augustifolia and a ludwigia of some sort in the two tanks I have found these. Fish - Fresh Water Bee Gobies, ottos, pea puffers, a couple guppies and lots of red cherry shrimp. Yes my peas do great here.
  2. Hi All: I have problems with my tank, cant figure it out. LFS doesn't know, planted tank forum no help.. Maybe you can help. Might be a bit long to describe.... Tank is 14 months old. Cycled fast. Dirted, planted tank. 32 gal but a bit shallower so say 27 gal. Generally looks beautiful. Fluval plant 3.0 light. fluval 207, heavily planted, aerator, generally stays 77F, slight bit of fluctuation. Have had a bunch of different fish, mostly Scarlet badis, and returned some fish due to incompatibility issues (I returned halfbeaks, bumblebee gobies, peacock gudgeons). Now have a few silver kuli loaches (3), one Annandale loach, 4 ember tetra (just lost one to the weird sudden bloat), about 8-9 exclamation point rasboras, and now down to only 4 scarlet badis. Had up to 13-14 badis, breeding successfully many times over, now Ive lost almost all, all my females gone, my big male has a poor pale color rather than the super bright red they normally had. A few months ago bought 11 (wild caught didn't know at the time) green rasboras (Sundadanio). They were amazingly healthy, got fat, then precipitously died in a matter of weeks. Possibly for them it was the hard water.. They had a bit of ich but that cleared up fast. The badis are my biggest concern. Bumblebee gobies were tail nipping so I got them out. Still, randomly they decline. Some get bloated, many others start by getting raised whitish patches, but not as bright as ich, typically they lose much color, then die. Usually still aggressively feed up till they get bad. My last big female badis was too bloated for several weeks or more.. tried to get her to eat frozen daphnia but she wasn't too into it, then she vanished and a shrimp was eating her the next day. One occasional symptom is the fish will flick as if rubbing their sides.. not common but has happened. My last female badis was doing this a bit at the end .. I feed live black worms that I keep in a separate tank, in RO water and feed them boiled organic broccoli, squash, which they devour. Some sediment in that worm tank gets in during feeding.. I also feed live or fresh dead baby brine almost daily, frozen adult brine and frozen daphnia. Hikari micro pellets for those that take it (tetras and rasboras and loaches only). LFS people say my fish are "spoiled"... Suddenly in the last month or two Ive lost a ton of badis. Always had a slow trickle but many breeding so they were replaced... Ill attach a current badis with a spot on face, and water test result. Water always has zero N so dont ask, no I dont have Chlorine or ammonia or Nitrate or anything. I also have Neocardinia shrimp doing well and Amano shrimp, many snails.. all good. My thoughts: -I put a rock or rocks in there that is leaching something I cant test for.. Tested most with vinegar first, so not sure that it. -I have a piece of wood that is leaching something.. Mostly manzanita but some is mystery driftwood (mostly small pcs) that I previously boiled for hours. I do have a fair bit of tannin build up either from soil or wood. -Ive introduced a disease, bacteria, or parasite by feeding live mosquito larvae or live daphnia I get from local ponds.. Dont really do this often at all but used to a bit more often (still rare, haven't in a while so its odd the die off has increased). -My organic potting soil is too deep and is gassing something; I do *still* get bubbles if I prod the soil with tweezers. LFS recommended I put carbon in the fluval, so I did, chemi-pure elite. That seems to take some of the tannin out but its only been a couple weeks in there. current little male with a spot. Last female shortly before dying, Aug 23. Bloated. Death of a male shortly before that... got bloated fast. General tank look typical water test Thank you for any wisdom and for reading
  3. Hey everyone, I have a question about a disease that I’ve been trying to figure out for awhile now without success. The disease appears out of nowhere, kills quickly and always creates a lot of flaky debris. The first time I saw it was while I was an employee at Petco and it killed an entire shipment of 100 guppies in 24 hours. It just showed up in my 10 gallon planted tank yesterday and it killed my school of Ember tetras in 12 hours, my Pygmy Cory catfish in 24hours, and now my Albino Cory cat and Oto both have signs of it. On my Embers and Pygmy Cory it created a lot of flake, but now it’s starting to behave like ich. I thought it was a bacterial disease the first time I saw it, but then yesterday seeing it’s characteristics I decided it was probably a fungal disease, so I started treatment with API Fungus Cure. Now today I’m thinking it’s parasitic, but I’ve never seen a parasitic disease cause flaking like this. I did a 25% water change to reset the fungal cure I was using yesterday and I started treatment with the Paracleanse, Maracyn, and Ich-X trio today that they sell here on the site. I unfortunately don’t have any pictures of it since everything happened so fast, but I can tell you I recently moved to a new state and this was the first time I used the tap water. The water here is weird and I wasn’t going to use it, but then I did and this happened. The only off thing before this issue appeared was my pH sitting at 6.0 (possibly lower because 6 is the lowest my test kit goes). This tank has been giving me issues as of late, but hasn’t been detrimental until now. Mostly just an abundance of algae growing. The pic is after I started the most recent treatment. Thanks for any help given!
  4. What is this? From a face book post, permission was granted to reach out for answers: As posted; It's growing off a nirate snail. Nothing kills it. And it's hard! It is a snail. Size of a quarter. We have treated the tank with parasite and fungal stuff as well as algae. He moves around well, eats and has grown. We have cut them off but they grow back.
  5. Above is a clump of gravel that I removed from my tank last week after noticing a white spot on the susbtrate. It didn't have any noticeable smell, even after I broke it apart to see if there was anything inside. I broke it apart completely but made sure to put all the gravel back in one spot to see if it would recombine like a sponge allegedly would. It appears to have done so. Does anyone know what this might be if not a sponge?
  6. Hello all! I need some assistance figuring out what has developed near my betta gill plates. Any and all advice would be appreciated so I can follow through researching any possibilities. Behaviorally, there is nothing out of the norm for my dragon plakat betta, and as such the ID I've gotten elsewhere as gill hyperplasia does not seem to fit the bill. Water parameters are dialed in and maintained well in the planted community. For reference, I now test with the coop strips. Tank is stable and has been running for six ish months, pH is ~8, Nitrates are <10ppm, GH is ~150, KH is ~120, and water temp is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Thank you!
  7. I found this on ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/184942242967 It says its for brine, but I can't see how that would actually work well, or at all. Is this something else that's being sold as a brine hatchery?
  8. Using my aquarium coop test strips was reading high level of nitrites. So i did a 50% water change. I dosed the tank with water conditioner while it was half empty and add water from the tap at the tank’s temperature. I had a platy die, all 14 babies platies alive and the mom hanging out on the surface of the tank. The rams seems like everything is fine and I notice a lot of dead bladder snails. What did I do wrong here? I’m so sad because i felt like I was finally coming to my own (dialed in) and all the plants were looking great and healthy.
  9. Hi everyone I came across this forum on my search to figure out what the tinted/foggy white bubbles on my Betta's lair (his name is Vlad he's a Petsmart 'rescue' it only seemed fitting to give him an evil lair) I've never seen these before so hopefully they aren't harmful he's been through enough already it took weeks to get his color to come through and the fin rot to go away so I'm beyond grateful to have found all of you I'm somewhat new to Betta care I typically have goldfish but after my last two passed away after 8.5 years I wasn't ready for another fish until I found this little guy suffering in a foggy cup Temp= 77° F Nitrates =0 ppm PH= 7.0 ppm KH= 80 ppm GH= 60ppm *KH and GH could be more towards the 120ppm range
  10. So I have a 20 gallon I’ve had set up for about 5 months now. It’s planted with some driftwood and sand. I have 2 mystery snails, a nerite snail and a trapdoor snail (plus babies now - oops). Anyways, anytime I add fish they die within a few days and it seems to happen so fast I can’t catch what’s going on. I first put a school or runny nose tetras in there that were mailed to me - half died in transport so I had went to get some more at my LFS so they wouldn’t be stressed by having inadequate numbers. A couple days go by and they seem to adjusting fine and eating well - then I see one that looks like he has a messed up eye - like it’s squinty. So I’m confused - I go to Facebook and get a ton of diff suggestions. I didn’t have any meds on hand (I now have the coop trio of meds) - so went to a big box store and got some ich stuff but by the time I could treat them after work half of them were dead. I then added the meds and the other half died in the next 12 hours - so within 24 hours they were all dead. It was my first fish dead and devastating. So I waited a couple months and my snails seemed fine. I obviously did big water changes and stuff but everyone assured me that nothing would survive the tank. so I then decided to get one dwarf gourami - seemed fine for the first day and then next morning he seemed to be struggling to breathe but I could see no visual signs of anything. I took even more of my floaters off the top and I have 2 sponge filters with air stones running - so I don’t think it was lack of oxygen. finally I just went to get a trio of guppies as my last attempt and sure enough they are dying. I can’t see any visual signs but they seem to be breathing heavy. I have no idea how to treat my tank in an attempt to save them?! Or even so I can keep fish in this tank. I have 2 other tanks with no issues so this one is killing me. I’m also newer to the hobby my tank parameters are: ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrates 20-40 ppm depending on day pH 8 im really hoping I don’t have to tear the whole tank down and start all over again - help please
  11. Hi there! Newcomer to the hobby, here (about 4 months). This tank has 2 pea puffers and some shrimp for some color. My other tank has berried shrimp so I know what that looks like, but no idea what this is. I wouldn’t have imagined my puffers would be breeding so I’m just confused. Thanks so much for any help you may have to offer and hope y’all are staying healthy! edit: I also have 2 Asian stone catfish.
  12. Does anyone know what this may be? I want to ID it before I simply grab the net and remove it from my tank. Thanks!
  13. I have just finished cycling my tank but these white things started showing up on the glass of my planted betta tank. They started small but now they are getting long stringy tails and attaching to my plants as well. They have longer trails by my sponge filter because the flow is stringer. It's a 10 gallon betta tank with a betta and snail. Sorry I really don't know how to post pictures on here so I linked them below. Please help! Thank you! Started like this: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZErNfutfqC5XPDrS8 Today's pics: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jJM5GHrDMBebo5Bq8 https://photos.app.goo.gl/mc8zLFgxZBUDwcth8 https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZbWQZ74e96PcpKij7
  14. I set up this 90 gallon tank about 3-4 months ago. I took GCory's lead and progressed slowly. Established an undergravel filter, added cryptocene plants (dozen or so), a couple of amazon swords, etc. NO fish yet! Added some biological filtration via a "seasoned" sponge filter. I let the tank "mature" for a couple of months, finally adding some white skirt tetras (5) and did nothing for another couple of weeks. More white skirts. More patience. Two weeks later I added two 3" discus and let them enjoy their new environment. Meanwhile, I was monitoring water parameters, etc...All good. I couple of small water changes (10-15 gallons) All is well. Couple of weeks later, two more Discus. Slow and steady. I even measured out the flake food (1/4 teaspoon) so I would not be overfeeding them. Two weeks later, Cory catfish, about 6 or so, followed by 6 more two weeks later. All is well. Waited two weeks before I added my Blue Diamond (5") Discus and kept a close eye on everything. Water was clear, fish were thriving and besides a couple of 25% water changes it looks a though my "display tank" was becoming a reality. Now in the fourth month, tragedy struck this week. The discus were huddled at the top of the aquarium, but not grasping for air. Just huddled together. Next day, a dead white skirt, then another that evening... I did a 35-40% water change with some fish "improvement" but the white skirt deaths continued, then the catfish, one by one. Another water change (35-40%). Some General Cure meds. Now, a dead discus (3" ones) then another, White skirts all gone. No more catfish. Three more 3" discus. Just the 5" and a couple of 3" discus are left. I expect a total collapse by the weekend. WHAT HAPPENED????? I am at a loss. Blue Diamonds look as though their skin is falling off, except there is no ammonia indicated nor a pH crash. All test "normal". I have had these Discus for over two years, raising them from a quarter size only to kill them in my 90 gallon "dream tank" As a footnote, considering with this tragedy, I had a outbreak of black hair algae. Any thoughts will greatly appreciated.
  15. I found a bunch of these in my shrimp tank yesterday. There is some up high on top of the wood and then mostly down low on my rock cave and substrate. Also see some in the sponge filter There are 5 Red Riley Shrimp and 2 large mystery snails in 15 tall. ph 7.4 ammona 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 10ppm KH 4 GH 9
  16. I have had 5 corydoras in Quarantine for a month now. They have been treated with 2 rounds of paracleanse. They have been growing well and no longer have swollen stomachs. Went to go get them to move to my main tank and found one looking like the picture below taking its final breaths. obviously transfer is on hold. Remaining 4 look fine swimming around. There are bladder snails, MTS, and mystery snails in the tank with Java fern and hornwort. Nitrate is 20-30 temp 78 kH ~3 ammonia and nitrite 0 gH 7 pH 7.8 What could cause this? What do I need treat with again to clear the remainder in quarantine? thanks
  17. First post here and it’s gonna be a long one because I want to give as much info as possible. I've been having a strange issue with my pristella tetras in my planted community tank. I first got them in mid December of 2020 and I want to say it was early February when I first noticed some small dark patches on one of them; It didn’t look like any diseases I’m familiar with and it was only one fish, so I just assumed it was some natural variation in color or scars I hadn't noticed before, but after a week or so the patches were bigger and it started swimming strangely so I moved it to my 10 gallon quarantine tank where it died the next day. It wasn’t until April 14th that I noticed another pristella tetra with similar patches, this time with a growth on it’s mouth and a small chunk of its tail missing. I immediately scooped the fish out and stuck it in a little 1 gallon quarantine tank. The main tank had already been treated with ICH-X as a precaution after I moved in a new neon (for just a few minutes) that had been in quarantine without noticing it’s ich, so that medication doesn’t seem to have an effect on whatever this is. I did start treating the pristella with KanaPlex in it’s quarantine tank, but that had no effect either. I never did see it eat after removing it, and it eventually started to swim very weakly/float around and died on April 28th. The same day that the second fish died, I managed to catch and quarantine a third pristella tetra that I noticed has the same dark patches (noticed maybe 5 days prior, but it was exceptionally hard to catch compared to the others), so far this one is alive but not eating and occasionally swims kinda weakly. I haven’t treated with anything since the meds I have on hand don’t seem to do anything, and I can’t for the life of me figure out what the issue is. The black patches start out just looking like pigmentation, but after a while they seem to turn into raised bumps. My many google searches show nothing that looks the same except for occasional forum posts much like this one where people are confused about dark patches on their fish and nobody is able to give a concrete diagnosis; seems like it’s only tetras but that could just be a product of my search terms. It just seems really strange to me that it’s happening to so few fish, only the pristella tetras so far, and so long after getting them. The aquarium is a heavily planted low tech 55 gallon kept at 75F, weekly water changes of 50-70%, weekly doses of Easy Green and SeaChem Flourish Potassium. Ammonia and nitrites always test at or near enough to 0 ppm that I can’t tell the difference, nitrates hover between 10-20 ppm depending on how long since the last water change, PH is 7.5. Tank stock is 4 pristella tetras (originally 7), 6 neon tetras (more in the quarantine tank until I figure this out), 7 siamese algae eaters, 3 clown plecos, 1 otocinclus, a few dozen endler/guppy hybrids, and a bunch of cherry shrimp; everything else seems perfectly healthy including the remaining pristellas. I feed New Life Spectrum flake food, Hikari micro pellets, Fluval Bug Bites pleco formula, Hikari algae wafers, and Ocean Nutrition instant baby brine, no live foods ever. No fish have been added to the main tank since December other than the one neon for a few minutes and all issues that it and it's quarantine tankmates had have since cleared up. I have added new plants multiple times since first getting the fish so maybe something hitched a ride. Other examples of people with similar looking disease problems, the third link has multiple people reporting similar symptoms: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/PristellaF.htm http://www.wetwebmedia.com/FWSubWebIndex/BlackNeonTetF.htm https://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/threads/anyone-able-to-identify-black-spots.133788/ I don't have pictures of the first fish, so I can't compare to the other 2 and I guess it is possible that what it had was something completely different, which might explain the gap in time between them, but if memory serves me correctly it looked pretty much the same (with the base of the tail being the most prominent dark area) and in the third link above people mention months between infections. It might be worth noting that I had a skinny female guppy die the other day, but I would just assume that was from old age, I can't keep track of all their ages, but there's been a population in there for years so that happens every once in a while and it wouldn't be unusual for them to waste away a bit before finally dying (it had no other symptoms and all other fish seem fine). Any help steering me in the right direction would be appreciated.
  18. Could anyone please identify the white stuff recently appearing in my tank? Are there any known remedies? It's currently concentrated where I feed, but it's spreading. I can easily remove it from the glass, but not from the substrate or rocks. It grows so quickly that I can almost watch it spread. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Parameters: Temp: 74°F Nitrate: 20ppm General Hardness: 70ppm Carbonate Hardness: 30ppm PH: 7.2
  19. Saw this in my tank this morning. It wasn't attached to anything and when I tried to pick it up with tongs it just fell apart. Very delicate. I ended up vacuuming it out. All of my water parameters are good. I did a water change last night and it was there when I woke up.
  20. A while back i purchased some bacopa from my lfs and didnt quarantine them. Sure enough i did in fact have a small BBA outbreak that spread from the bacopa to my anubias and java fern. I had successfully removed the BBA then a few weeks later i noticed it coming back only on my java fern. At least i think it came back. It has reappeared around the tiny plantlets that are sprouting from the leaves. Is this in fact BBA, or are my sprouts developing roots? Here are a couple of pictures.
  21. This hydra looking, anemone looking being appeared about a month ago in my fry growout tank (60L or ~15us gallons) It came out of nowhere and exploded in numbers and I've been battling it ever since. At first I dosed it with fenbendazole at 1ml of 10% solution per 50L. It had no effect. I left it a week and nothing happened unlike normal hydra which normally dies quickly. I have since tried no planaria using the manufacturers guidance and again no effect! It costs everything in the aquarium. The glass, the plants, the filters to the heaters and it is entirely resistant seemingly! Does anyone know what this is or how to treat it? I think I may have to bleach the tank. Many thanks
  22. Hello. Need help identifying these small yellow balls in my shrimp tank. I saw these appear a couple of weeks ago and ignored it. Now they've turned translucent. I took one out and it squished like an egg. They are bigger than shrimp eggs so I don't they any shrimp would have dropped it. It's an open tank so I guess an insect must have laid eggs?
  23. woke up this am and noticed this growing in small patches on the tank floor.. it’s a white fungus with white balls on the top. Took a pic the best I can..
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