Well... I just got done with a week long treatment with Permafix and melafix and those didn't seem to help. I'm down to my last 3 harlequin Rasboras and I'm so close to just giving up, but I don't want to see them die... they've hung in this long.
I am now going to be doing a 2 week long heat treatment as I believe now that it could be Ich. I have a cory that just goes bonkers scratching itself against the sand (not constantly) and I've seen a few others of my neons, a harly, and my betta occassionly scratching themselves. None of my other fish but my harlys have anything on them. Two of my harly's have white stuff on them. But what's odd is that its not 'sprinkled' like Ich is described, its just this puffy white glob. I've swabbed them with a q-tip and some Melafix, rubbing some of it off in hopes it'll help them out as well.
I raised the temp yesterday from 74 to 77 over the course of a few hours and am in the process of raising it to 86 in hopes that'll help get this out of my tank. I will be doing a WC tomorrow about 25% and then the next will be Saturday.
I ordered 10 MTS from Aquabid (before i started this treatement) that should be arriving Saturday that will be added to the tank. I don't have a QT set up either cus I haven't gotten my paycheck yet, but even if I did it wouldn't really be a QT unless i cycled that seperately as I wouldn't be able to use a pad from my current filter.. given that... theres something in my main tank anyways so that would defeat the purpose of seeding a QT tank.
If i get my PC friday should I just get a QT for the sake of my snails? Idk if they can even catch diseases o-o?
Anyways... current setup now: I've replaced the Topfin with a Fluval as I've had to return the damn thing twice already. 1st time was rust forming, and this time it was moisture condensation inside which i doubt is much better. So hopefully this Fluval will work better... it's not fully submersable, which i dn't like as I hate having vertical heaters but.. i've put it beside the filter intake soooo it should still push the warmth around.
I won't be getting more Harlequins after this though... as I feel that perhaps they just aren't right for my tank. At first when i set up the tank i added 8 neons (not right off the bat... a few weeks later) and 4 died within the next day. All params. checked out via API liquid test kit. and a week later i restocked with 4 more. Since then I haven't lost a single neon -knock on wood- but I've been loosing Harlequins left and right. I still have all original 5 cories, my BN, and though i lost my original betta, I've gotten a new one who is still well. So it's just been the Harlequins. but since they're the only ones dyeing (at first there wasn't any signs of disease so i thought they were just dying from stress or somethin since my water checked out)
Though lately I've been thinking of just trying to find a 40g tank after i finish treating this one. Give away my neons, and what harlie's I'll have left and get Angels as they are some of my favorite fish. But it's still up in the air and i probably won't geet around to even bothering with it until this summer after I move (easier to move a 20g L then a 40g....)