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Old 12-04-2013, 09:59 AM   #1 
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Greenish color loss at base of tail? (Picture)

Hey guys! I have my male veiltail Jasper alone in a ten gallon. It is cycled and I change 30% of the water each month. The tank is heated and filtered. I skipped water changes one month and now he has this! He has this scary clear greenish discoloration that's see through! What is it? I did a 50% water change last week to lower ammonia.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:11 AM   #2 
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That's because he's stressed out. Even though a tank is cycled, that doesn't mean you can skimp out on changes weekly. You should be doing at least 50% weekly, bi-weekly is okay depending. But he's suffering from some fin rot on his fins so to cure that you should do daily water changes of at least 25% to help him.

Notice his face looks white and pale, fish lose their colors when they're stressed out and unhappy which is what he is. He can gain his color back when he get's happy again. Water changes aren't just about getting rid of ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. There are other non-dissolved and dissolved organic compounds in the water that need to be removed and then water needs to be topped off so that he can continue to get the minerals he needs from fresh water.

I suggest just to start doing daily 25% water changes, small so it doesn't stress him out but starts to help him heal up. If you can, get some Stress Coat water conditioner to help replenish his slime coat and hopefully heal up those fins. The water changes alone with start to heal up his fin's since fin rot comes from bad water parameter's.
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Keep in mind he is the ONLY fish in the tank and creates a minimal amount of waste daily. The tank is very cycled and I have tested the water after a month and the ammonia is still at 0. Too many water changes can cause a lot of stress. When I do a water change I use a gravel vacuum so I remove all the gunk at the bottom of the tank as well.
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I use stress coat too.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:38 AM   #5 
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It doesn't matter, it's not just fish poop and food you're taking out. And especially since he's got some bad fin rot going on, he's going to do need the daily water changes. Rather than trying to dose him up with all sorts of meds which he doesn't need, just do the water changes and he'll be fine. At night fully cover his tank with a towel or blanket to keep his stress level's down, darkness equals a very relaxed fishy.

If he get's stressed with water changes, scoop him out gently in a solid colored cup or container (red solo cups work well) make sure it's never seen soap though. Then keep him out while you do your change and then when you're ready to add him in, float him in the cup in the tank and add a little water to his cup every 10 minutes or so so he can acclimate to the new chemistry and then tip the cup in and let him out. The solid colors help him not know where he is which makes for a more calm fish unlike a cat or dog who need to see where they're going.
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He's absolutely not stressed at all. He's acting normal just this random think appeared. He doesn't have fin rot either he went through a filter when he was young and it healed for the most part but them he tore his fin on a plant. :/ he's stubborn. But he's acting fine. I put an Indian almond leaf in but I wil check ammonia levels nd do small daily water changes. I do that routine for water changes and he doesn't get stressed unless that water change is large like 50% or greater. I'm sure he wouldn't like daily water changes but if it can make him feel better, I will. Thank you. How much water should I remove per week in my cycled tank in the future?
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:16 AM   #7 
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Your betta in your profile is beautiful! Is he yours?
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