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Old 07-14-2013, 11:12 AM   #21
 
Just read back on your post, when exactly did the species M.Ramirezi become a salt water fish? I must have missed that one.

M.Ramirezi loves fresh soft acidic water. The salt is burning the heck out of the gill filaments. Ouch

The big secret is clean fresh water, and a lot of it. They will even live in a higher Ph if it is kept clean, and fresh.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:37 PM   #22
 
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How is the fish doing? A few questions, how long have you had this fish for? How long has it not been eating for? Can't get a good view of the side of the fish to tell if it is looking bloated or emaciated. When you moved the ram to the qt tank did you move any filter media over? If not and if the tank has not been cycled you will need to keep an eye on the parameters. What types of food have you been feeding before symtoms appeared? Also any changes to the tank before sysmptoms appeared?
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #23
 
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Just read back on your post, when exactly did the species M.Ramirezi become a salt water fish? I must have missed that one.

M.Ramirezi loves fresh soft acidic water. The salt is burning the heck out of the gill filaments. Ouch

The big secret is clean fresh water, and a lot of it. They will even live in a higher Ph if it is kept clean, and fresh.
This isn't marine salt buddy. You've never heard of API Aquarium salt? It's for freshwater tanks and provides the fish with many essential electrolytes.

I do a 25%-50% water change weekly. And i'm doing a 20-25% daily in this tank since I don't have another filter for the tank, all i have is a heater and air stone+air pump for this tank.

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Old 07-14-2013, 03:36 PM   #24
 
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How is the fish doing? A few questions, how long have you had this fish for? How long has it not been eating for? Can't get a good view of the side of the fish to tell if it is looking bloated or emaciated. When you moved the ram to the qt tank did you move any filter media over? If not and if the tank has not been cycled you will need to keep an eye on the parameters. What types of food have you been feeding before symtoms appeared? Also any changes to the tank before sysmptoms appeared?
Still alive, slightly more active than yesterday. Had the fish for about a month and a half. It's looking emaciated, but breathing heavily and rocking back and forth. I used water from my main tank in the QT, so the parameters are good. Ammonia is about .10ish with the 25% wc i did in the QT. It's not eating peas or the regular fish food today and i've also tried feeding it peas with no luck. Only other thing i've moved to the QT is a lava rock. I used the regular dosage of Seachem Paraguard in the tank today.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:00 PM   #25
 
yes, I have heard of API Salt. LOL Been doing this before your birth.

Just tried to help
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:50 AM   #26
 
Sorry to hear it. I know from having Bolivian Rams that it's easy to become attached to them. Do his eyes still look clear? Any cloudiness?
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:08 PM   #27
 
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Sorry to hear it. I know from having Bolivian Rams that it's easy to become attached to them. Do his eyes still look clear? Any cloudiness?
He passed a few days ago..
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:04 PM   #28
 
Practical Method for Salt Bath

Salt dip:

2 tablespoons per gallon water. ANY salt so long as there are no anti-clog additives. , cooking salt is cheaper.

Mix salt in a clean bucket with dechlorinated water of the same temp as the fish's tank. Net the fish and place it into bucket. After 30 mins remove the fish and move fish back to its tank with new clean water, BUT if the fish rolls over before the 30 minutes is up, then remove it straight away to the clean unsalted water.

Normally while doing the water change give the Aquarium a good through cleaning, or put the fish into a newly setup cycled tank, but not everyone has the added tankage.

The salt dip can be repeated daily (even twice daily) if needed for as long as necessary (well easily 2 weeks).

It is typical to see the fish will drop slime, normally do another mini w/c an hour or so after to remove any slime if its visible.
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