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Old 11-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #31 
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I am not an expert, your fish looks to be in distress, and I would guess that it could be ammonia or nitrite poisoning, the grey coating could be the fishes own slime coat trying to shield it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:24 PM   #32 
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How would I treat that?
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:27 PM   #33 
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Treating slime coat? Keep your water clean is how you treat it, also looks like your fishy may have some ammonia burns but not 100%. He looks a bit like the fish I rescued from a situation where his tank was seldom cleaned and he had ammonia burns all over his body.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #34 
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ok. ironically the algae keeps your water clean. if you wih to get rid of algae, you might need to do extra water changes (like 2x100%) every week to account for the ammonia created by the dying algae. I would say turn the lights back on....
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I have an ammonia test kit, which I would do every week, and it was at about 0.25, I got it down to 0. ? I thought it was fine.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #36 
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you tested before the water change...? how dark is the fish tank right now?
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #37 
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Since yesterday, I have not turned the light on as the lady in petsmart said the algae is caused by light? . I didn't know what was causing all the algae. I changed the water a week ago and within 3 days it was going green again.

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:39 PM   #38 
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well algae thrive on an excess of nutrients and light. the are usually only bad aesthetically, but really is beneficial to your water...

maybe fishie is just missing his light. turn it back on for him. i use to have a fish that got stress stripes whenever its dark.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:50 PM   #39 
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Velvet is goldish looking, not grey. It's probably slime coat.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:51 PM   #40 
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velvet can look grey under normal lighting but gold/coppery under a flash light
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