Okay…I have more questions for you all…this time regarding fins. First let me post my water parameters as of a few minutes ago:
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrites 0 ppm
Nitrates around 5 ppm (lower than usual)
PH about 7.6-7.8
Here is the situation. I have cories, loaches, danios, rainbows, and a pleco in my tank. I have noticed that my peppered cories fins look…ragged. I know this can be a sign of fin rot but am not sure if you can have ragged looking fins without fin rot. There fins just don’t look healthy, mostly their tailfin. I don’t see this issue on my danios or rainbows. My loaches sometimes have fins that look slightly ragged or maybe a small tear, but not as severe as the cories. I did have a cory about a month ago that I isolated and treated for fin rot. The barbels are gone on the poor guy and his fins are now improving, but still, none of my cories fins look as healthy as I’ve seen in various photo’s.
Other than fin rot what else could be going on that fins would look unhealthy? If you think this is fin rot then what could be causing this? I would like to know if there is something else I should be doing to promote healthy fin growth.
I perform water changes at least once a week, sometimes twice. Usually I change about 25-40% and use Stress Coat during those changes. I’ve been adding half doses of melafix for the past week or so and I don’t see any improvement on the cories. I have some Jungle Buddies fungus tabs if you think treatment would be necessary.
Just FYI…..About 3 weeks ago I put a new canister filtration system on my tank. I had two biowheel filters and I removed the smallest one. I kept the biowheel from that filter in the tank while this new system establishes itself.
Any ideas are welcome….I just want to help these little guys flourish.