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Old 09-25-2011, 02:34 PM   #11 
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The Seachem Prime bottle say that it "provides slime coat"

Isn't this what StressCoat++ does?
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:39 PM   #12 
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The Seachem Prime bottle say that it "provides slime coat"

Isn't this what StressCoat++ does?
Stress Coat does provide slime coat too, but it does more than that. It also helps reduce stress and promotes healing if you're fish got hurt. . .

Prime just removes chlorine and all that nasty junk that's found in your water along help your fish with his/her slime coat.

Stress Coat is not needed but it is recommended. It's your choice, to add it or not. Not much is needed a drop or two would be good. :)
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:00 PM   #13 
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He is beautiful! This was a nice survivor story... so many times I hear of sick ailing fish bought at these stores that don't survive.

You've given him a good home :) Keep us posted on his progress!
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:17 AM   #14 
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You try to do something nice...

It appears that despite close inspection and a 5 day soak in untreated tap water, the Marimo ball has introduced a minor planaria infestation. ( I know I should have done a 2 week quarantine, but I got anxious and wanted them in helping the tank, not my wine glasses.)

Do these pose any threat to the betta or the ghost shrimp? What is the preferred method of dealing with these little guys?
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:47 PM   #15 
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I think your betta might munch on them. A tasty snack for them
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:03 PM   #16 
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Planaria aren't harmful, really. They're pretty good foods for fry, but that's because they're moving and squirming, and it gets their attention.

If you'd rather not have the intruders there...
After maybe two or three weeks of water changes, I got rid of my infestation. It was pretty bad, too, since the hairgrass and sand hid them all pretty well. You could completely empty the tank and wash it out with hot water, then refill it and etc., but seeing as they're not harmful and you've already got everything pretty set up, you might not mind just doing the regular water changes.

Edit: I also do 50-75% water changes for my 5g. (I don't mean to get that much water out, but the syphon sucks. lol)

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Old 09-26-2011, 06:56 PM   #17 
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Not sure if this has been mentioned, but shrimp will fare best (as in, you might get them to breed, even) in a balanced, planted and cycled tank...

As for the damage to his fins, I personally think that a sit with 1tsp/gallon of aquarium salt in QT will do him best, as to get whatever gram-neg strain is hitting him out of the picture, rather than fussing with it over time.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:27 PM   #18 
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MOVING DAY!!!

Today is the day I have been waiting for.

I was able to snag a 10 gallon tank on craigslist for FREE that came with a hood, a filter, a few decorations, and a heater. All I had to do was pick it up and clean it.

Last night I spent several hours carefully cleaning, assembling, and decorating the new tank. I placed a DIY divider in it because i am currently hunting for the right female for the breeding that I am still thinking about.

I let it run all last night and through the day to make sure the heater works right, and it has sat at a comfortable 80 degrees since this morning.

I am awaiting the big moment. Right now my little guy is floating in the jar i bought him from. I am going to let him float for 20 minutes, then mix in some of the new water, give him 20 more minutes, and release him to explore.

I am taking some pictures and thought I would share them here.

First is his old 1 gallon, unheated and unfiltered tank. It was a nice place to start, but it is time to move on.
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The new place, minus a few extra plants.
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floating the the cup I first found him in.
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