05-22-2011, 12:45 AM
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I can help you but I really need to know those water parameters. If you don't have your own test kits then you will need to do 1 of 2 things... either purchase your own test kits (API master freshwater kit is under $30 and contains everything you need) or take your water to the lfs and ask them to test it for you (be sure they aren't using the strip tests, as those won't give accurate results).
Do you have a quarantine tank? I ask because this fish is going to need medication and it would be easier, less expensive, and safer to do so in a quarantine tank. Once I know your water parameters I can suggest a treatment for you, but if the water parameters are not checked there is the chance that medication can have adverse effects if there is ammonia, nitrite, or high nitrate present. I need to know that so I know what med to suggest to you, as some are more tolerant of poor water quality than others. If need be, I can suggest filter medias that would help to safely but quickly clean up water quality enough to medicate... so knowing what kind of filtration (make/model & how many) you are using on this tank will also help.
The first thing I CAN suggest is more water changes starting now. 10 - 20% every day until we can make progress with those test results. Always do the water change after taking out water for testing, and if you need to take the water to the lfs, it needs to be tested within 1 hr of removing it from the tank.
I will keep an eye on this thread over the next few days and watch for the info. If you notice any changes please post them asap.