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Old 01-03-2012, 12:50 PM   #11 
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I was thinking of buying API's master test kit. Will this be good and tell me what I need to know?

Update! Whenever I look at him in QT he is either at the bottom or at the top. Upon closer inspection it looks like he has an open sore on his face. I tried to get a picture but, he keeps moving around and I can't can't a good one.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:53 PM   #12 
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I have an API kit as well, but it doesn't tell me metals. Still get the metals checked if you can.

could you describe it?

1. where is it?
2. what color is it?
3. is it fuzzy?
4.how are his eyes?
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #13 
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Is there anything he could of hurt himself on?

Master test kits test for ammonia, nitrIte and nitrAte and i think two other things. Its good if you are trying to cycle the tank but I won't tell you other stuff thats in the water.

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Old 01-03-2012, 01:08 PM   #14 
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I tried to draw a picture of what he looks like. I'm on my phone so the picture might be a bit big.
Please excuse my poor drawing skills.


The sore isn't fuzzy and it's kind of a Yellowish-Brownish color. It looks like there is a sore on each side of his head in the same place. So, I don't if it's always been there and I just didn't notice it. Though I have never seen it before.
His eyes look kind of hazy. Their not swollen or bulging out.
He is getting more and more pale as time goes by.

I have double checked his tank and there is nothing he could have hurt it on.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:09 PM   #15 
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ammonia burn. Sounds like ammonia burn, or a toxin has "burned" his face plates. I've seen this before on many fish who have a burn of somesort - either 1. ammonia 2. chemical 3. metals which would also explain the clamped fins, and pale color
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #16 
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I don't know how he could have gotten ammonia burns. I always keep up with water changes. I have never used anything with chemicals around or on his tank.

What can I do to help him?
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:21 PM   #17 
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well it could be chemicals in the tap water... which is why I recommended getting it checked out. I am not sure what you can do, to dilute any possible toxins...
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:27 PM   #18 
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Ok, so if I take the water to petco will they test for everything? I will try to get out today and do it.
Will, he be okay for today? Should I put him back in his big tank? What should I do to make him as comfortable as possible?
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:37 PM   #19 
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I forgot... sometimes tap water has high ammonia. sometimes.

I don't think it'd do him any good to put him back. It's better to have him in this smaller container. I do believe they test for metals and chemicals. Tell them, that there is something in the water that's hurting your fish, and when you find out what it is, buy a conditioner that "neutralizes" whatever it is.
best to do it ASAP. otherwise he might not make it.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:55 PM   #20 
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Ok, I can't drive myself so I will have to get someone to take me. But, I will get out as soon as I can!
Right now his QT is at 76 degrees. Is that ok?
After I get back from Petco I will post the results!
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