I'm new to this forum. Actually I just joined because I think my Blood Parrot is getting sick. Over the past month she has been developing severe black spots all over her body. It started on her face/mouth and then spread to her body. At one point it seemed as if it was fading away but then all of a sudden last week it came back.
1. What is the size of your tank? - 40 GL
2. What are your water parameters? State the brand of test kit used. - Stupidly enough I haven't purchased my own test kit. Borrowed an ammonia and PH/Nitrate/Nitrite test strip from PetSmart and they all looked normal.
3. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or brackish water? - Freshwater
4. How long the aquarium has been set up? - Just shy of 2 months
5. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them? - 2 Blood Parrots (2"), 2 Pink Kissers (1"), 4 Barbs (1/2"), 2 Gold Gourami (1"), 1 Tri Colour Shark (3"), 1 Black Tail Shark (2 1/2"). All about about 1-2 months old.
6. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? - No
7. What temperature is the tank water currently? - About 80-84 (recently turned it up as the tank is close to a window so it gets cold quicker)
8. Are there live plants in the aquarium? - No
9. What filter are you using? State brand, maintenance routine and power capacity. - Aquaclear 70 running with Foam, Carbon and BioMax filtration. Cleaned bi-weekly. Sponged washed monthly and will be changed end of Feb. Carbon already changed end of Jan. BioMax added end of Jan.
10. Any other equipment used (aside from heater and filter which are two very important components of the tank)? - Pump supplying bubbled via aerator inside the tank. 2 strips.
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)? - The aquarium is against a bay window however we keep the blinds closed as to reduce algae growth. I turn the light on in afternoon and turn it off around 9pm. So about 6 - 8 hours of tubular lighting.
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? - Started with 10% when we got the tank. Then did an emergency 50% change in fear of ammonia burns when we started noticing the parrot turning black. The water was filthy with lots of garbage in the gravel. Now we do bi-weekly 10 - 20% changes and just recently did a 40% change this Sunday along with cleaning the plastic plants and the filter. Scrubbed for algae.
13. What foods do you provide your fish? What is the feeding schedule? - Flakes, dried shrimp and frozen shrimp brine. They LOVE the frozen brine, they go crazy when I feed them than. Feed them twice a day. Once at about 7am and again at about 7pm.
14. What unusual signs have you observed in your fish? - Other than the recent black spots on the parrot nothing very unusual. They all chase each other. The parrots of extremely docile and keep to themselves. When we first setup the tank we put a big coliseum in there and the 2 parrots spent about 80% of the day inside. We removed the coliseum about a month and a half ago and put in a log instead so at least they weren't already hiding from site. 1 parrot is fine (still always hiding tho) the other just looks sick.
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. - I've asked the fish experts at PetSmart and they said it can't be ammonia burns as that would result in white spots. But i've read over and over again that ammonia burns turn black when healing. I asked about how I can reduce stress level so he recommended aquarium salt and throwing in some extra water conditioner to re-coat the slime on the fish. I've use the aquarium salt twice now (both times after large water changes).