Here are the current tanks that we will be dealing with throughout this thread:
- 29 Gallon Freshwater Tank - Fully Planted - Hard Water needs to be Soft Water
- 12 Neon Tetras - 1 Cardinal Tetra (4 Neons and 1 Cardinal were added this yesterday)
- 4 Bronze Cory
- 1 Male Lyretail Sailfin Molly
- 1 Female Kribensis Cichlid
- 1 Male Bristlenose Pleco
- 20 Gallon Freshwater Tank - Fully Planted - Hard Water
- 8 Red Wag Platy Fry
- 3 Bolivian Rams (Added exactly 3 weeks ago)
- 1 Female Black Molly
- 1 Male Bristlenose Pleco
- 10 Gallon Freshwater Tank - Fully Planted - Hard Water - Possible QT Tank
- 10-15 Red Wag Platy Fry - Too hard to count
- 1 Male Dwarf Gourami
- 1.75 Gallon Quarantine Tank - No Filter, No Heater, Not Cycled.
Here are my...astonishing water parameters: pH:
7.5 (High and Low) gH:
18dGH (Hard Water) Nitrate as N03 out of Tap:
33.8ppm (Lab Tested - Nitrate Ion Selective Electrode)
20ppm (LaMotte Kit)
40ppm - 60ppm (API Master Test Kit) Nitrate as N03-N out of Tap:
7.68ppm (Lab Tested - Nitrate Ion Selective Electrode)
Requested Water Plant results for Tap Water - Water Plants report 5ppm out of source water. River water also measure 5ppm from the lab who tested my water.
As you can see the Nitrate is an issue. I still have not done anything about changing the water yet because of the other issues I am currently dealing with. Once all my fish are healthy I will slowly start to change the water parameters, so as not to shock them. The plan is to add 25% R.O. water with every water change in the two bigger tanks. R.O. water here isn't to expensive, but the LFS doesn't sell it. WalMart only sells drinkable R.O. water which I can buy at a decent price. Any more advice on this would be appreciated. I don't want to spend a lot of money and am looking for the cheapest method to solve this problem. Here are the other more pressing issues. 29 Gallon
The Male Molly in the 29 has this abnormal growth on his right side. It appears to be black and underneath the scales. Here is a video where you can see what I am talking about. You can see it at about 0:24 into the video, it was taken about a week ago.
The snails I speak about in those videos have since been active and moving fine. The dead ones have been eaten by the Kribensis, she is ruthless.
The tank has previously been treated with Levamisole HCl and Salts for Camallanus. This tank has also been and is currently being treated
with API General Cure which contains the following chemicals: Metronidazole and Praziquantel.
What is that growth and how can I treat it. These are the medications I currently have available:
- Tetracycline Hydrochloride
- Stabalized Chlorine Oxides
- Levamisole Hydrochloride
I was suggested to use the Tetracycline Hydrochloride along with the Minocycline. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions? When to use it, considering I am currently treating with the Metronidazole and Praziquantel, 48 hours left of treatment. 20 Gallon
The Bolivian Rams when I got them didn't look too healthy, since then two have started eating and the third is still palish and not eating as well. He is also still hiding.
Today I noticed the still sickly Bolivian Ram pooping stringy white poop.
This tank has been treated with Metronidazole and Praziquantel about one week ago. Should I try another treatment or should I quarantine this fish and do a treatment on that one fish? Should I treat the entire tank? How long should I wait?
Also, if I quarantine the Bolivian Ram, I would have to move everything out of the 10 gallon tank. The 1.75 is not ready unless I want to do daily water changes, which I don't mind. Any suggestions?
If I move the 10 or so platy fry into the 20 gallon and the gourami into the 29 to free up the 10 gallon tank for quarantine, would the 10 fry over load the bio load in that tank? I will be removing a bolivian ram when I do so.
If I do this, the gourami would be in the same tank as the kribensis...which is not really ideal.
Here is a video of when I first got them 3 weeks ago just for comparison, the one that is now pale is more pale than they look in this video:
Here is a video of the Bolivian Rams about a week ago so you can see them. The third one that is pale is hiding and is not shown in this video:
I originally treated the 20 gallon tank with the API General Cure because the Rams had that sunken stomach. I wanted to make sure they were safe. Two have made it through fine and are getting fatter.
I have already started going 10% R.O. water changes in the 20 gallon where the Rams are just to comfort them, but I do not yet have a gH and kH test kit so I can't take a reading yet. I will need to purchase one soon so I can keep track of where my water parameters are in there.
I think I covered everything but if I missed anything please ask. The only tank I have that I didn't mention is my betta 5 gallon tank but that tank is not going to be messed with. Its finished and doing great. I listed the 29, 20, 10 and the 1.75 gallon tanks as references to see what I am working with and the possibilities of moving the stock and everything.
Any help and all advice is appreciated.