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post #51 of 65 Old 05-28-2012, 08:24 PM
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Ahhhh, Jayy! I wish I could be of some help to you - best of luck, hon. Hopefully it helps the lone female diamond tetra - but like Byron said, if not - hopefully it at least STOPS with her. Please keep us posted on how things go over there. *crosses fingers*

Olympia, I'm a total fish newbie here, you know this. . . but from what I've been taught, it's really important to actually take the time and watch your fish eat. . . to know if they actually are eating, for one - but it also gives you the best opportunity to see even the most reclusive fish out in the open. While they eat, look them over, check their breathing, their fins, scales, eyes, and gills - if you know what is normal for them, you'll realize sooner when something is amiss, and have a far better chance of getting the help we need to fix it before it's too late. This is especially important for beginners like us! Maybe you can try turning the tank lights off, but leaving the room lights on so that you can actually see them while they eat? My ADF used to be shy, but he's gotten used to eating at the same time every day - in the evening when he's most active - and now lights don't bother him a bit!

I don't know anything about betta and breeding, but I do know that. . . to me? Dogs are easier! Dogs are MAMMALS! I totally get dogs - fish? That's a whole 'nother thing that I know NOTHING about ;) Good luck with your skinny boy. . .
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post #52 of 65 Old 05-28-2012, 08:36 PM
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I try. But they always ignore the food it would seem. Until I leave. (For the betta I eyeball every piece of food they eat! Not shy at all!) :O
The tank used to be right by my computer and I'd watch them for a couple hours at a time without success. I'll try and watch them again tonight. It's kind of awkward because the tank is in my mom's room until I find a shelving unit for all my tanks, she likes to go to bed early.

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Ahhhh, Jayy! I wish I could be of some help to you - best of luck, hon. Hopefully it helps the lone female diamond tetra - but like Byron said, if not - hopefully it at least STOPS with her. Please keep us posted on how things go over there. *crosses fingers*

Olympia, I'm a total fish newbie here, you know this. . . but from what I've been taught, it's really important to actually take the time and watch your fish eat. . . to know if they actually are eating, for one - but it also gives you the best opportunity to see even the most reclusive fish out in the open. While they eat, look them over, check their breathing, their fins, scales, eyes, and gills - if you know what is normal for them, you'll realize sooner when something is amiss, and have a far better chance of getting the help we need to fix it before it's too late. This is especially important for beginners like us! Maybe you can try turning the tank lights off, but leaving the room lights on so that you can actually see them while they eat? My ADF used to be shy, but he's gotten used to eating at the same time every day - in the evening when he's most active - and now lights don't bother him a bit!

I don't know anything about betta and breeding, but I do know that. . . to me? Dogs are easier! Dogs are MAMMALS! I totally get dogs - fish? That's a whole 'nother thing that I know NOTHING about ;) Good luck with your skinny boy. . .
Thanks, I just hope the others are fine. They seem healthy. Does anybody know If I should still treat them?

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I would say not yet - wait for advice from Byron or Dawn to be sure. Depending on what exactly it is that your tetra has, what other fish are in the tank, and what other medications are in the food that you got. . . it might cause more harm than good. I'm sure one of the guru's will answer that for you, but I'd hold off until they do just to be safe.

In my case, I separated my sick fish to a QT tank and am treating him all alone. None of the others show any signs of illness. . .

It would be a good idea to post up exactly what medication you have, and what the ingredients are, that way if Dawn pops by tonight she's better equipped to advise you based on what you have in-hand. . .
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I have just stopped in to check on how things are going but this thread is getting so long I am sort of lost to who's progress is what at this point. Jayy... can you fill me in on how things are at present please?

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Dawn, thanks for your kind wishes to help. My German Ram died last night :( He's the one in my avatar. I'm glad to hear about the meds you would use for this. I don't know what illness would have claimed him. I keep my water clean and use RO water with a low ph of 6.3 I've never tested the GH or KH. I have lots of live plants etc. He'll be missed. I have lots of pics of him to remember him - also his fry. So cute!

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I have just stopped in to check on how things are going but this thread is getting so long I am sort of lost to who's progress is what at this point. Jayy... can you fill me in on how things are at present please?
Dawn, the sick female died last night. I also did a 25% water change and went searching for metro+ or something close. After going to two different stores, I bought Tetra parasite guard. I only got it because it was the only thing that had metronidazole listed as one of the ingredients. It's in tablet form. The other diamonds seem healthy and are showing no sign of illness( lets hope it stays this way) I was also wondering if I should medicate them or what until they get sick.

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Jayy, what other ingredients are listed in that medication? If the other fish don't appear to be sick or showing any symptoms then I would not medicate them.

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Jayy, what other ingredients are listed in that medication? If the other fish don't appear to be sick or showing any symptoms then I would not medicate them.
Praziquantel, diflubenzuron, and acriflavine.

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I agree, there's a good chance that they were able to fight off any problems themselves.
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