At least two sick fish. Please help!
I have something wrong with at least two of my fish. I detailed it below. I attached a pic of the flame tetra, but I do not have one of the emerald cory as he is always in the back. I also attached two pictures of the barnicle seed things. I hope someone can help me as I am at a loss of what to do. Thank you!
1. What is the size of your tank?
2. What are your water parameters? State the brand of test kit used.
I tested the levels with the API freshwater master test kit. For the GH and the KH I used the API test strips since I do not have the liquid for those tests. Results:
ph: 6.0 or possibly less. I have been trying to raise it for months now using the PH up drops, but it doesn't seems to work. This is one reason I went from 2 feedings down to one. For the first few months I had the tank, I had no problems keeping the ph at 6.6-6.8, but now I can't seems to get it up.
Ammonia: .25 I checked this yesterday before the gravel vac and water change and it was 0. Maybe I stirred up gunk in the gravel?
Nitrate: With the liquid test it is reading somewhere between 0 and 5.0. With the test strip it is reading 80.
GH looks like a color somewhere between 60 and 120.
3. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or brackish water?
4. How long the aquarium has been set up?
5. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?
3 emerald corys
4 flame tetras
4 black widow tetras
3 snails (2 zebra, 1 tiger)
1 common pond snail, recently desceased (about 2 weeks ago)
I have had most of them 6-8 months. The snails are the most recent purchase, but that was probably 4 months ago.
6. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?
7. What temperature is the tank water currently?
8. Are there live plants in the aquarium?
9. What filter are you using? State brand, maintenance routine and power capacity.
Aqueon quiet flow 30. Change carbon filter every couple months. Gravel vac about every three weeks. (though in the last few monts, it may have been more erradic).
10. Any other equipment used (aside from heater and filter which are two very important components of the tank)?
11. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? What is your lighting schedule (assuming you do not rely on sunlight for our viewing pleasure)?
There may be a little but of nat light, but not much. I turn on the light bulb around noon or 1:00 and turn it off around 10 or 11 pm.
12. When did you perform your last water change and how much water was changed? How often do you change your water? Do you vacuum the substrate?
Yesterday. Before that, I changed it about two weeks ago. I vacuum the gravel and remove about 25% whenever I change water.
13. What foods do you provide your fish? What is the feeding schedule?
TetraMin tropical flakes. Used to be twice a day, but about two weeks ago I changed to once a day. Sometimes I also give them dried blood worms, maybe every 4 days. I also give them wafers every now and then, but not very often.
14. What unusual signs have you observed in your fish?
About tow-three weeks ago, first noticed a white mark on the edge of one of the emerald cory's tail as well as a few white bumps on its side. These seem to still be present, but not noticably increased. Yesterday, I noticed similar white spots on the largest of the flame tetras tail and body. Today there seem to be far more in him. He also has bulging eyes and seems to be gasping. Just recently, he was swimming vertically at the bottom of the tank. He also has a protruding belly, but he has had that for most of the time I have had him. Also, I have these strange things growing on some og the decorations in the tank. They look like little seeds or barnicles.
15. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? If so, what treatments did you use? State your reasons for planning ahead of proper diagnosis.
no treatment currently. Just the water change. I have been afraid to treat because I do not know what it is. I though maybe ick, but I read an article yesterday that said you had to have something new in the take and I haven't had anything new in moths. Plus, all the things I have read about ick say to raise the temp in tank and to treat with salt, but I was concerned that this wouldn't be safe for the type of fish I have. I could not find anything that said whether it was or was not. HELP! I don't want this to spread anymore!
Thanks Gwen. Unfortunately, my flame tetra has died. I am a little concerned about how the emerald cories will tolerate the medication. Do you have any thoughts on that? I went ahead and ordered it on amazon (next day shipping, should be here by tues), but in the meantime, I am raising temp, keeping off lights and doing water change. Should I be doing 50% every day until the ick clears up, or just weekly?
Just stick with 50% water changes weekly, but as a regular maintaince, nothing to do with Ich. Quick Cure is very safe, I used it with German Rams, and they are very sensitive, so you should be fine. You can't use salt with cories, as they are too sensitive to that.
Keep me posted. Ich is very treatable.
Thanks again for all your help.
The "seed" things on your decor are snail eggs.
Good luck on your fish. Hope they get better.
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