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Old 07-14-2011, 09:42 PM   #51
 
Well we shall see!

Hi there,

I went to guppytripod and found some really helpful info and sure hope it works for this little buddy. He is so pretty and I hate to loose him! I just had to put a female down last week because her uterus ruptured! I know I am well a softee but I cried.

As for the info from tirpod, it was very helpful. It REALLY helped when I signed in it was mentioned. I went to guppy aliments & remidies. Here if I am allowed is some info form there that might help others.
Salt Treatment:
This is a treatment that is as old as the aquarium hobby itself. Treating with salt is undoubtedly the safest way to treat fishes. While chemicals such as Formalin, Malachite Green, and copper are considered by some to be more reliable, these are strong substances to impose on a guppy and must be handled with care. Using salt is especially handy with guppies, since they are built to withstand a lot of salt - they do that quite well. Salt is especially effective against fungal infections and some parasitic problems such as ich. If diagnosis is difficult, try salt. Normally the salt treatment lasts 10 days. Note: This bath is not intended as an additional treatment and should not be combined with other medication.

Anyway it gives a 10 day guide. I think by reading that my little buddy has been bullied (at night a lot!!) by another male I caught him doing it day time today! So little guy has badly nipped tail and I think some fungus has set in. I hope this works but they want a well ariated tank and all I have is the tube down in the water blowing bubbles at a goodly rate. I have a heater in the gal glass jar and rising the temp to 80 from 78. Usually my main tank is 76 but weather has been so hot here.
Until I add the right amount of salt, he had started to welll like just mid float and kind of a wobbly back and forth motion and seemed to breath fast. Now he is swimming up and down, pickng again at bottom where some of the stuff from the sponge filter is. I JUST don't want to loose him! Well, I am doing my best and that is all we can do right?

SOO wonderful to have algae bloom gone! The UV sterilizer is wonderful! I have turned it off today as current is pretty strong for the three week old fry I added. They were just staying in the current and that was it. Couldn't eat either. When I turnred it off, they have been swimming every wherel Understand I can turn it back on if algae bloom returns. I still pull blinds and do a light blanket to keep AM sun off and my fry tank too.

And Byron, the Braz. Pennywort is beautiful as are the 2 Lutea and believe it or not...a Flaming Sword!! They are growing so much! Oh on Flaming Sword it has reached the top of the water now. Am I supposed to do anything about it? They all look so pretty!! I think you would be proud cause it is because of your knowledge they look so awesome as does my tank!!

A grateful gupgram!
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:00 PM   #52
 
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And Byron, the Braz. Pennywort is beautiful as are the 2 Lutea and believe it or not...a Flaming Sword!! They are growing so much! Oh on Flaming Sword it has reached the top of the water now. Am I supposed to do anything about it? They all look so pretty!! I think you would be proud cause it is because of your knowledge they look so awesome as does my tank!!

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You're most welcome. Leave the sword, it will grow as it grows. Sometimes removing outer leaves repeatedly will tend to keep it smaller, but I've never done this.
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:26 PM   #53
 
Unhappy I lost my little buddy,

Hi there, I found little buddy gone this morning. I sure wish I had been aware that nipping could lead to I think fungus. But he was nipped in one area right at base of tail and understand the fungus can get in the blood stream. He was beautiful. The Bully does not bother any other male or fish. Bad boy! The rest seem just fine. I turned my UV back on and hope I got him out in time. Oh I did put a colonized sponge in with him about 6p yesterday. I better throw it away right? It has salted water in it.

And some how I know have all these teenie little brown snails. Have removed 23 in 24 hours. I have a turkey baster and just suck them out and out the door! I have had this tank since April. Where I get the plants not one of there tanks have snails, are exceedingly clean, but not where I got the fish. But I do not mix the waters! I slowly add mine and take out theirs and dump it in a big disposable cup. Net the fish out and then put in tank. I saw no snails in the new otto I got a week ago.

Gosh! Hopefully if I keep taking them out they will go away? Does anyone know? I can't find the one big one. Well, it was about the size of my pointer finger but has never grown. Is one snail able to produce?


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Old 07-16-2011, 10:29 PM   #54
 
Did some reading! I got ramshorn snails I think and bet your bottom dollar it was the otto I got about well 10 days or so ago where I have got all my fish but the LFS is not a clean place. NEVER again! The girl that got the otto, did drop the bag in the tank but quickly grabbed it. Understand eggs can even stick to the bag. I am going to try the carrot trap. Large piece of carrot on bottom, wait few days, snails are attracked, in AM pluck it out, clean them off and put carrot back in same spot. Some say, the ramshorn are ok, others say get rid of. Know better than to ues chemical. If carrot does not work, then lettuce, but I have carrots on hand now. Hmm, not sure if they will hurt my plants. I see them on the glass and so far not on the plants or none of the plants look like they have been attacked but yet they just appeared first one then in day 23!! They crawl fast for little critters acorss the glass! Got one on the edge of the sand box (bowl). Hmm, may sound dumb, but can they get in my Aquaclear? gupgram
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:37 AM   #55
 
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I never bother over small snails, they are very useful. The ones that can "hitch a ride" on plants, wood, etc (rarely with new fish) are Malaysian Livebearing, Pond, Acute Bladder or Ramshorn. None of these are plant eaters, they eat decaying plant matter but not good live plant leaves. Although one member did report ramshorn snails eating her plants. I would keep an eye on them, whatever they are, and unless the plants start being eaten, leave them. They will get into every spot, including the filter; when i clean my canisters I find dozens. They certainly are ot eating plants in there. Snauils perform a tremendous service in a healthy tank.
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:21 PM   #56
 
Well then I will keep them and watch my plants. I think they do give a natural look. I would like to eventually get rid of the plastic plants and want some like lower back ground plants that don't get tall. The Java Moss, I think I will have to try some place different if that is nice back ground low plant.

What is funny to watch, I have "bowl" as a sand box. Some of the guppies, going "boing, boing" across the sand and bowl like it is a trampaline! To funny! They love to play this!

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