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post #11 of 15 Old 01-30-2007, 10:33 PM
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How often are you feeding the fish? What foods?
What are your water params for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH?
Binox is probably the best med out there for what you are dealing with. I would do the larger water change, and while doing it, try to suck as much of the white fungus as you can out of the tank at the same time. It sounds as if another treatment with the Binox is needed. Do you have a quarantine tank? I am thinking that moving the fish to a tank without the fungal issue may tell you if the issue in the tank itself is causing the fish to remain sick or to be reinfected. Treating them in a quarantine tank would be the safest way to be sure they are responding to the medication. This would also remove nutrient level from the main tank, and give all of us a better idea of how to get rid of the fungus in the tank. Some strains of fungus can be tricky to kick.

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post #12 of 15 Old 01-31-2007, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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I generally have fed once a day a mix of tropical flakes, algae wafer, tubifex, plankton, krill, shrimp pellets. I had tried mixing in some garlic powder (had heard beneficial) but discontinued since it didn't help with this situation. No I don't dump in a ton of food the above items get mixed up for variety and I throw in some extra now and again if they seem to be scavaging extra hyper (if that makes sense).

The parameters were all within safe zones (and steady for years). Which is basically the same as my tap water (I use a dechlorinator like "genesis" drops). Speaking of which after the "major" water change I just did (between half and 3/4) pretty sure nothing is out of whack parameter wise. Though I would have to guess the biological filter is probably shot. And I added a healthy dose of aquarium salt, along with another dose of binox. Turned out the light.

No I do not have another tank, but I have been debating getting some containers to seperate fish from each other and tank. At least maybe I can get a few if not all to "stay" clear of that fin rot. Right now only one of the loaches is showing a rough looking top fin.

Hey folks thanks! I mean it!! This has been a very depressing situation. And well I just had to vent.

Oh I did try something "super genius" I hope. I wrapped (clean) old socks around the empty media containers to act as a floss. Those emporer cartridges are just to expensive to cut open and throw away the carbon. And I thought it would be a good idea to have fresh mechanical filters.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-21-2007, 06:03 PM
We have white cottony stuff floating around too, almost slimy at times, and it started when we got 2 rock shrimp a couple weeks ago. At first we thought it was the shrimp molting or something but every couple of days there is more white stuff floating around the top of the tank, mostly in the corner and around the filter and heater. We asked at the pet store and they didn't have a clue what it could be. I would post a picture but we just scooped out the most recent stuff today, but don't worry, there will most likely be more within a couple of days. Anybody have any ideas what this could be... we do regular water changes and all the water tests come back good, and we had no problems until we got the shrimp.
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-21-2007, 11:22 PM
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i agree with herefishy that it would be a fungus,
most likely from over feeding or not enough cleaning of tank. if you leave detritus on the bottom of the tank it will quickly turn into the white stuff, with adding a new fish and adds more bio load onto the tank which the filtration needs to "adjust" to and the best thing to do is keep the tank clean and do regular water changes. scott0402 you keep saying your water paramounts are at a safe level but what level are they at, what are the exact readings for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and .

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post #15 of 15 Old 04-23-2007, 02:55 PM
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if I may finish... "and pH"
sxcsamman, you are on the right track here... and it is likely that the biological filtration is shot at this point, which won't help the fish when the tank cycles again. Slowing down the feedings (1/2 the amount of food every other day) will help a lot, and small 10 - 15% water changes on the days you don't feed will also help to keep the nutrient levels under control while the tank is cycling again. This will make the water params much safer and leaves a better chance for the fish to survive this ordeal.
I will warn against using medications at this point because of the expected cycling. Any ammonia or nitrite in the water, or nitrate over 40 will make medicating safely impossible. The best thing to do at this point is to keep the water clean by doing the water changes and decreasing the food, and wait it out. Once the tank is cycled completely, then if still needed, you can use medications to help cure the fungal or bacterial issues that may remain.

Moving the fish to "containers" would be the worst thing to do for them right now. The stress alone would likely kill them, especially if they are sick. I would advise avoiding large water changes (50% or more at a time) in the future. Small and frequent is always the safer way to keep things healthy or to fix a problem.
Good Luck with it!

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