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Old 03-09-2011, 04:52 PM   #11 
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As long as you maintain water quality with regular water changes to help prevent secondary infection he should be fine....

Do you use a filter on his tank-sometime the water current itself can be a cause.....and even back off on some of the water changes to get a good balance...if its filtered-twice weekly 50% and unfiltered 1-50% and 1-100% weekly...do you use any tannins in the water-this can sometimes help and improve nutrition with a wide varied diet fed in small frequent meals and adding in some live foods like mosquito larva or gut loaded livebearer fry or even chopped up red worms...more varied the better to meet nutritional needs to support tissue growth and health....
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Nope, I don't ever use a filter, so there's no current.

I don't use any tannins... That is like IAL, right? I didn't know that could help, maybe I'll try that first... I can get a hold of some frozen food and try feeding that. Don't know where I can get the live foods though :/
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IAL or dried Oak leaves can help give the scale and fins strength and it can help a tiny bit to naturally soften the water...not much but some.....

Depending on your locations......mosquito larva are easy to culture....just sit a bucket of water outside and let nature happen......net, rinse and fed.....
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:26 PM   #14 
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Thanks Oldfishlady, I will definitely try the tannins and better food first before I do anything drastic to my fish water :) Thank you, I just had no clue what else to try!

Oh, umm, is it ok to add a pinch of aquarium salt for the pin holes, or is that not really helping much?
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Personally, I wouldn't use any salt unless you are going to QT and do a treatment...but thats me.....
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Ok, thank you! No salt it is then :)
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:51 PM   #17 
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Seemed like when I started adding aqu salt to the water regularly the fish did much better. I the only thing is, if you have any snails, they like the hard water
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