I am not new to fish, but I am new to LARGE tanks I recently aquired a 300 gal aqurium to good to pass up. It took a little doing to get it in the house, but we got it set up. I have a Texas cichlid I have had 5 or 6 years in a 55 and he despreatly needed more space. I had been looking for a100 to 125 when I stumbled on the 300. The tank came with a peco approx 8 in long, my Texas is approx 10 inches. They were fine and I added a salvinea --sp? all was good. A week ago a friend gave me a yellow tiger Oscar approx 10 inches and what he is calling a Jack Dempsey (unlike any I have ever seen befor) approx 14 inches long. My PH and ammonia are great, the temp is a little cool, today I noticed "Jack" has a white fungus looking "ickish" looking something on his nose and one fin.
What can I do tonight to help him, raise the temp, add salt, isolate him? all I have availiable is a 10 gal (if he would fit)? Then what do I need to do or what product do I need to get to clear up the problem before it gets worse. HELP Sue in Texas
if its just the one fish that has it, i would suggest moving it to another tank. bump the temp to 82-85 and add salt ( (1tbsp/gal), and keep an eye on him
I think the fish sounds to large to place in a 10gal tank.
You may want to consider adding Melafix or Primafix to the large tank. I sometimes use it in my 210gal. Its one of the cheaper meds to use if you have to treat a large amount of water. You can sometimes find it in the pond section at the store.
Turning the heat up some may help as well. I dont know what heaters you are using, but I have two separate heaters for my 210.
If it is ick, I would treat the whole tank using the heat treatment.
i was under them impression the OP said they have a 55g
My 55 is tropical - all those fish are 1 to 2 inches . I turned the heat u last night, but it takes a while to raise the temp for that much water. I have 2 heaters in it and will add another this morning - Will add the salt. Right now it is a small amount of nastyness, but with the tropicals, I have learned it;s best to treat the whole tank rather than trying to seperatr one or two fish. With the 300 I am unsure of how much of what to do.
Thanks for all the advise, I will let you know how things go. - Sue
if separating it to a new tan kis not an option, next best thing will be to bump the temperature in the tank to 82-85 and add aquarium salt (1 tbap/gal) and dose the whole tank.
best of luck to you
Temps up, added salt, went and got the primafix. Everyone seems to be doing OK. Thanks again for all the help. There isn't a good fish store close to me, just the Petco / Petsmart type, and those people are of no help at all, in fact most of what they tell you is flat wrong.
How are things going? There's a big difference between fungal infections and ich, but a broad spectrum approach is probably ok (especially with big, hardy fish like you've got).
Any chance we could see some pictures? I've never heard of a 14" Jack Dempsey so I'm curious as to what you've got.
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