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post #21 of 26 Old 05-05-2013, 06:41 PM
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wish i knew how to avoid it. I think avoid as many of the stress producing situations as possible. my 20 gallon was over stocked. I did weekly water changes of 1/4 -1/3 but apparently it wasn't enough. and again, it may have had nothing to do with it.
Apparently from what I've read, the stuff is ubiquitous in fresh water, so it's up the fishes immune system to keep it at bay.
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post #22 of 26 Old 05-05-2013, 06:45 PM
Next time your tank gets overstocked try doing 50 percent water change weekly. I know that seems like a lot, but my tank is heavily stocked and that's what I've been doing. I try to keep the stress of the water change down by turning the lights off and being very inconspicuous.
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post #23 of 26 Old 05-06-2013, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. going to try and keep stock levels low. This is going to be hard given the babies that are now in the tank. I have no idea how many are going to survive: not easy since I can't seem to find baby brine shrimp in the immediate area.
I am using a mortar and pestle to grind up flakes into a small a powder as I can.
Hope that works.
yes, huge water changes aren't that hard: I keep a rubbermaid 55 gallon barrel full of aged heated water.

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Two cents, as you know, I have six balloon platy/Molly hybrid babies that have survived the columnaris. They were born right in the middle of an outbreak, and not ONE has even gotten sick. Its hard to believe that newborn fish could fight off this horrible disease. So maybe yours will be alright. I just hope my luck with them continues, because more and more of my fish are getting sick and dying, even with me putting them in a hospital tank at the first sign of sickness, with Furan 2 and Kanaplex.

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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Oh, forgot to add that my tank has never been overstocked, and I've practiced 30% water changes on a weekly basis, religiously. I didn't quarantine a couple of fish when I first started out, and I think they brought it in. I've learned the hard way.

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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post #26 of 26 Old 05-07-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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maybe there just isn't an answer, short of a huge expense. necropsies, lab tests, etcI still have babies as of this evening. need to do another water change.
I just am going to be worried about syphoning off babies now.

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