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post #11 of 16 Old 05-08-2010, 07:23 PM
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Your pleco alone will overstock that tank eventually. That fish will get to be up to 20" long. Likely longer than your entire aquarium is. And plecos are very drity fish. I found out the hard way about that, they create ALOT of waste and grow very very fast. So, no. It isn't nonsense actually.
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-10-2010, 12:38 PM
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Oh my, I hope things are going good. I would get some Pimafix in that tank ASAP! Plus continue to do water changes. Let us know how things are.
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post #13 of 16 Old 05-10-2010, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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fishlovejoan thanks for the suggestion, I will get some Pimafix, continue to do water changes and of course keep you updated.
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post #14 of 16 Old 05-15-2010, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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The next day after moving the fish in to a "Hospital" aquarium, the white fluff/cotton has disappeared with out me doing any tratment.

However, I can notice small "erosion" on the fins where the fluff/cotton used to be.

I will be treating the water with Pimafix. I will post the results after the water treatment.
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post #15 of 16 Old 05-15-2010, 05:05 PM
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It was probably fin rot BUT did no one notice his water parameters?

PH - 7.2
Ammonia - 1
Nitrate (NO2) - 0.50
Nitrate (NO3) - 60

something is HORRIBLY WRONG.

Ammonia should be 0
Nitrite (assuming the second one is nitrite) should be 0
Nitrate should be at MOST 25-30.

Either your tank isn't cycled, you accidentally killed your bacteria, or you are SEVERELY overstocked.

How long have those fish been in the tank?

I think the parameters are the problem-
If you want to save your fish, forget the pimafix.
Change your water OFTEN.
I would say 50% of the water DAILY until ammonia and nitrite are 0 and nitrate is under 20.
(Will probably take a while)

Since the fish cleared up overnight in new water, it's got to be the ammonia/nitrates. Possibly they were ammonia burn?

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post #16 of 16 Old 05-15-2010, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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The fish has been in a tank for about a week now. I'm totally new to fish keeping. I bought the fish and aquarium together. Since I had nowhere to put the fish I filled the aquarium with tap water, conditioned it and let the fish in. Plus I never knew about water cycle until recently.

I'm doing about 20-30% water changes every 2-3 days. Other fishes are fine.
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