5g planted tank
constant 78 temp
Parameters 0 across the board and 7.6 pH
Azoo Palm filter
Nerite snail for a friend
Dosing: Flourish equilibrium (soft Washington water), excel, comprehensive, iron
NLS food, doesn't have much of an appetite though
Unknown age, I have had him for 11 days and he was new on the shelf
Weekly 20% water changes
Tetra aquasafe plus conditioner, switching to API stress coat
I came home from class one day to find Felix had grown some gray patches, which I originally thought were fungal growths or fungal-related missing scales. I immediately QT'd him in my 2g bowl w/ stress coat/fish protector & jungle fungus clear. This bowl has better lighting than my 5g and upon further inspection I realized the patches were not fungal in nature and were actually more along the lines of his scales having turned gray and actually SORT of shiny in the right light. His fins are intact, though in the midst of paranoia I can see how his anal fin could be slightly raggedy....
His behavior has not changed, he swims around and is certainly active. He even built a massive bubble nest in the QT tank. He ate a single food pellet last night, but usually either ignores it or once or twice I have seen him spit it out - I believe he mostly just doesn't like NLS pellets and is adjusting to the new home but obviously it could be a sign related to the gray scales. Today, and I could just be paranoid, but it looks like the very beginnings of a white growth is occurring on one of the gray patches. I therefore rushed to the local petsmart and picked of maracyn 1 & 2 and some triple sulfa in case I have to begin battling columnaris.
After reading through some threads, I realized that what I thought was him being goofy and doing a little dance could have been flashing? I would have normally associated flashing with rubbing up against objects like the driftwood or the filter intake sponge. I always thought he was just chasing his reflection cause he'll go up to the glass and swim up and down while moving his head.
Last night I did as close to a 100% water change as you can get with a planted tank without uprooting everything and creating a mess (between 90 and 95%). I will be performing a 100% change on the QT bowl and add 2tsp/gal of aq salt, the stress coat & fish protector, and I will steep some garlic in hot water for a while and cool it down for the tank (garlic tea is also great for sore throats or general colds/flu-like things, just sayin'..)
I bought a little filter bag & activated carbon for the 5g because I figured I could go without it in a planted tank, but supposedly carbon keeps the columnaris away. And for future use in case I ever need to drop meds into the main tank I could use the carbon afterwards, who knows.