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Old 02-16-2011, 12:27 AM   #11
 
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I find this disturbing. Point a flashlight on them in the dark and see if there is golden sparkling dust around their bodies. Could be velvet but it's hard to say.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:34 AM   #12
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i shined the flash light at them. nothing looks different.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:34 PM   #13
 
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Do you have a hospital tank?
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:46 PM   #14
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i have a second 10 gallon tank that only has 5 fish in it, but no, it's not being used as a hospital tank. i can see no white spots on any of the 3 platies. i kinda think i might be able to see a single spot on a few of the zebra danios, and a few of the bloddfin tetras, but some of them is only when the light hits it the right way. i've never seen ich before so i don't really know how obvious it is to see. i also don't see any white spots on the cories or the otos. if it is ich, and i have to add salt to the tank and raise the temp, can those 5 kinds of fish all withstand it?

the water is very clean. ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 0

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Old 02-16-2011, 05:50 PM   #15
 
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No treatment yet. Ich usually goes for the fins first so watch the fins for possible spots. I was just considering hospital tank as a possibility since you do need it anyway regardless of the situation. If this does happen to be ich, then you will need to treat everyone altogether. Nothing we can do much yet but observe them for other symptoms that will clearly tell us the exact issue.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:53 PM   #16
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thx for your willingness to help me Lupin. and everyone else for that matter. this is a very helpful message board.
i'll observe them and keep you posted. by the way, what is an ideal size for a hospital tank?
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:59 PM   #17
 
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10g minimum. It's much easier to deal with wacky water parameters than a 5g or anything else smaller. A tub may also work but a tank is more advantageous as you get to observe the fish from every angle whereas a tub will restrict your view to the top only.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:52 PM   #18
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last night i saw one of my Zebra Danios flopping around on the bottom of the tank on the gravel. he was falling on his side, and spazzing out. so i filled up a 1 gallon tupperware container that i use for water changes sometimes, and put him in there. after about 15 minutes of watching him, he seemed totally fine, so i put him back in the main tank. he sank to the bottom and started flopping around again, so i put him back in the tupperware container. when i first saw him flopping around, i thought i could see 3 white-ish spots on his back. i left him in the tupperware container until now, while i'm on my lunch break, and he's still alive ans swimming around like there's no problem. i'll be home for good in another 3 hours, then i'll try acclimating him back to the main tank and see what happens.

i still don't really see any white spots on the fish, especially not on their fins. a few have spots on their back if the light hits it at the right angle. on thursday i didn't hardly see the platies flicking against plant leaves at all, but then yesterday they were doing it alot again. so i don't know what's going on. and still no fish have died or have white spots on their fins. i'm thinking of doing a water change tonight. if anything, maybe it will help dillute the water if there's something in the water that's bothering them. last night i tested ph (7.4), both nitrite and nitrate were at 0, and ammonia was a hair over 0. yellow with a slight greenish tint.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:41 PM   #19
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yesterday one of my two baby bloodfin tetras died, day after a water change. the zebra danio from my previous post ended up being okay. my platies aren't flicking hardly at all today, but they still seem lethargic.

on 2-12, i added a small peppered cory to the tank, totalling 5. today, i've thought he's been dead a few times. he floats on his side at the top of the tank, but i'll blow on the water or something, and he'll swim back down, and then just hover in the middle of the tank, right side up.

something seems wrong in my tank. could it be some kind of a fungus or a bacteria? again, i've never seen what ich looks like, but i see no white spots on any of my fish. anyone have any other theories about what could be the problem in my tank? none of this really started until sometime after 02-04 when i started adding live plants to the aquarium.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:47 PM   #20
 
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my fish tend to do this sometimes it looks like there itching themself every now n then even my clown loach does it they bounce off the leafs it looks cute no signs of anything on my fish that do it.
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