04-23-2012, 12:48 AM
| || | Thank you for the welcome Jakiebabie and koimaiden.
This is my tank tonight:
It is planted with live plants, and all the decor except for a "fertility goddess" (glass) and a Buddha (resin) are real rock or wood.
I definitely will not be adding any more fish any time soon. I have found a guy online who is going to get me some meds for the worms (EEEUUU!!!!!) so hopefully I'll be able to get that before I have any more losses. I feel bad for the poor little guys - the worms must hurt. Did I mention EEUUU!!!
As of last count I have:
3 female guppies and 2 fancy males, plus at least 5 3-day old fries
5 neon tetras
5 white-tip tetras (so cute! like little bulldogs)
4 gold longfin danios
1 galaxy rasbora
1 dwarf emerald rasbora
3 Gertrude's blue-eyed dwarf rainbowfish
1 male and 2 female Praecox rainbowfish
8 Cories (2 peppered, 2 dwarf panda, 2 false julii and 2 possibly agassizi)
3 siamese algae eaters
A handful of Amano, Orange Halo and Cherry shrimp
10 Nerite snails and too many of those average pest snails that wont stop reproducing.
I also kept my 10 gallon starter tank so that I could use it as a hospital. Unfortunately I put an infected rainbowfish in there so I'm going to have to treat that before I can use it as the "welcoming" tank. This is the 10 gallon:
As for water parameters, I know I have hard water with pH of 7.5. I tried treating that early on but it just stressed the fish with extra chemicals so I am letting that be what it is. I've added some aquarium salt which seemed to make everyone feel better. I noticed an increase in appetite and activity all around. I've read conflicting reports about salt with Cories but so far they are my little champs and they're doing great. All my other water parameters are good. I have the API test kit and I'm somewhat ODC about using it. I test at least twice a week, especially if fish are sick. I keep the water unusually warm because it combats Ich, of which I had a very small outbreak a couple of weeks ago. I'll reduce the heat next week back to about 79/80 over the course of several days. I have the tank aerated and running a Penguin Biowheel 200 filter. The lights are 4x 6500 in an Odyssea fixture.
Today was the first day in over a week I didn't have a death in the tank, but seeing those red worms coming out of a Guppy and a rainbowfish didn't make me happy. Actually, it made me itch. Once I've tried this Levamisole to get rid of the Camallanus, I'll post the results in the disease forum. Maybe my trial and error can help someone else!
Okay, that was a huge post! Thanks again for the welcome.