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post #41 of 47 Old 09-03-2013, 11:48 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about the sick glass fish...

It's really hard to say what it could be, since they're new from the shop, and in a cycling tank - all dye jobs aside, they're probably under a lot of stress right now.
You mentioned white spots - do you think it's ich? Is that what you dosed the main tank for?
(I got lost somewhere, I'm sorry!)

I don't know what to tell you, except to keep the water clean for them. . . I hope everyone comes through okay. . . T.T

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post #42 of 47 Old 09-03-2013, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to make a trip to my LFS and ask them their opinion tomorrow, but I'll probably end up treating for ich. The last glassfish had a white spot on the back of its head (moved to quarantine with the other two), and the other two are starting to trail this speckly lacy sorta stuff?
Most everything I read says to treat the afflicted fish in quarantine, but also to treat the main tank, and I still haven't ordered the friggin python (waiting on some stuff before I do.)AND I'm starting a new schedule, So this is going to be tricky. I wish I knew I could count on my family to help me out with this, but I really doubt that they'll be willing.
What I treated for before was general internal and external parasites, but the box doesn't mention ich, so I'm going to have to get another medicine for that.

On a somewhat brighter note, I just realized that this is a photography subboard. Hopefully I'll have some actual decent pictures to upload in the next week or so.
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post #43 of 47 Old 09-04-2013, 10:15 AM
I'm in the same situation, the fish have ich, and school JUST started yesterday! So yea...
Have you raised the temp?
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post #44 of 47 Old 09-05-2013, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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I've raised the temp in the main tank to around 80 for now. I wasn't able to get to the LFS yesterday, but I'm heading out to there in a minute.
My problem right now is I don't have any way to heat the quarantine tank; it does have a small preset heater, but nothing I can use to bring the heat up to a high enough temperature to treat for ich, and it's too big to float.
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post #45 of 47 Old 09-05-2013, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Okay after a long overdue trip to my LFS, I'm brining the main tanks temp up to 82, and treating both the main and quarantine tank with maracide.
It's supposed to be safe for plants, shouldn't upset the nitrogen cycle, and doesn't require large water changes between doses, so here's hoping everything turns out cool.
Did another water change this morning because nitrites and nitrates were both high, I'm starting to get good with the buckets.
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post #46 of 47 Old 09-05-2013, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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I got home from work today to find that I've lost another two of the glassfish; the silver and the orange. The one remaining seems healthy still, but so did the other two this morning. Honestly I don't hold much hope out for the last of the glassfish, they seem very fragile and not prone to recovery, which is pretty congruent with what I've found about dyed fish.
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post #47 of 47 Old 09-27-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Long time no update. I promise pictures just as soon and I figure out how to make my camera's shutter speed settings cooperate with me.
Finished the treatment for Ich I think two weeks ago? no signs of it coming back. The final death toll was three of the glassfish and one ADF.
The remaining glassfish is still hanging out in quarantine. Labored gill movement, not eating, barely moving, but not dead. I've been treating with Aquarium salt for now, but I don't know what else to do for the little dude. I'm not putting him back in my tank before I am 100% convinced that he/she's healthy and not going to bring back any other parasites or disease to my tank. I CANNOT risk another infection in the tank right now; my schedule is super tight.

Happier notes. FINALLY got the new light fixture in; dual t5 bulbs instead of the single t8. the plants are EXPLODING. I finally got around to doing a trim on I think tuesday, and I swear I pulled out more plants than I put in to begin with.
brown algae is starting to pop up a little. Photoperiod is probably too long (~15 hours of one full spectrum light and one daylight spectrum light. I need to get a timer) I'm trying to decide if I want to reduce my photoperiod and nip the algae in the bud now, or if I want to think about adding an algae eater.
Also cleaned out my betta tank really good, vacuumed up as much of hte BBA as I could get, and pulled out all the ludwigia to put in the 20GAL the leaves have/had about 1/4 inch pad of algae clinging to them, and the flag fish are ecstatic about it. They've already made a good headway into cleaning it off.
I"ll probably wait until the next trim to decide if I want to move it back in to the betta tank, or if I just want to leave it in and stuff the betta tank with Anacharis.
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