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post #101 of 108 (permalink) Old 01-13-2020, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday was fast day, so aside from Picasso's tank I did not turn on the tank lights. This morning, when I turned on Corky's light, he did not swim over to eat. He was laying on the bottom of the tank between his sponge filter and drift wood. I managed to get him to eat a couple of blood worms, by holding them in front of him using my second pair of plant tweezers, but he swam away after that and showed no interest in eating more, since then he's been laying about on the bottom of the tank. I've no idea what is going on with him, or how to help him. I've checked the parameters and they are perfect with 0 ammonia, 0 nitirite, and around 5 or 10 nitrate. His water is 8 degrees. The tank is fully planted; Rosie the ramshorn, and Nelly the nerite are both acting fine. Just glanced over at Corky and he's out and swimming around, but then went back down to the bottom to hide... Fingers crossed that he's just having a bad day for whatever reason, but I'm concerned about him.

Picasso survived the night but his health continues to slowly decline.

Bruiser, although the tumor is sill slowly growing, is active and his appetite is good. Yes, he's not as active as he used to be before all of this, but overall he seems to be doing good.

RuPaul is doing well, but that bump at the base of his tail worries me. He patrols his whole tank, and likes exploring his plants.

Lagniappe has dethroned Bruiser as the reigning brat fish. He bit the heck out of me this morning when I went to feed him, and loves to flair at anything held up to his tank. He's my kitchen counter betta and enjoys swimming over to watch whatever I'm doing in the kitchen.
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post #102 of 108 (permalink) Old 01-14-2020, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Please excuse me while I go visit crazy town, because that's where Corky is going to take me.

After all the worry that boy caused me yesterday, from the time I turned on his light till I went to bed last night, this morning he's up and about patrolling his tank like yesterday never happened! Don't get me wrong I was extremely happy to see him doing well, but I still can't figure out what happened.

Picasso on the other hand is still going downhill and this morning he ate less then he had been, but he did swim up to the top when I started to feed him.

I'm going to be researching proper feeding tweezers so that I can use them to feed my boys rather then using my fingers like I have been doing. Using feeding tweezers / tongs will take away the only way my tanks are becoming cross contaminated. Other then the way I've been feeding I have separate equipment for all my tanks.
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Oops, I did it again. I accidentally, on purpose, not my fault he begged me, got another betta.

I was at the pet store yesterday and spotted him, but resisted bringing him home, see I have will power! Then today I went with a friend to the strip mall that the pet shop is in, well I went back to the pet shop to grab some dog food and the betta was still there. I fought the urge to get him but ended up talking myself into it. Poor Picasso isn't going to make it and I figure I'll have an empty 10 gal tank the new boy can live in. I'll wait at least 6 weeks before putting him in it, first to quarantine him, but second because I don't know what it is Picasso has and I want to give it a chance to die off if it's contagious.

Yeah, I know I need professional help for this addiction of mine.

Here's a couple of pictures of him. In good light, the 1.5 gal holding / hospital tank's light sucks, he almost looks like he has a lavender body and sky blue fins. Oh the dang cup he was in really is as small as it appears to be, it's slightly less then 1 cup of water.
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Poor Picasso is not doing well at all, and I've come to believe he's simply existing, and not really living. He's rail thin despite my feeding him. His appetite isn't that good, but he does still want to eat. He spends 99% of his time laying either on the bottom of the tank, or on his plants at the top. I keep dancing around euthanizing him, and I know I should, but I'm having trouble getting myself to do so. 1. I've done it once before and it broke my heart, and 2. I think I keep hoping for a 9th inning miracle. My current decision is to give him till Saturday and if I see no improvement just go ahead and do it.

On a happier note. Bruiser is still doing good. Yes his tumor is growing but so far he's holding his own. He explores his tank, hunts down any food that may have dropped to the bottom, and loves to come watch me when I'm by his tank. About the main changes in him is he's s bit slower, and no longer builds bubble nest.

RuPaul is also doing well, whatever it was that was at the base of his tail is gone. He patrols his 20 gal tank and keeps the rasbora's and cory cats in line, he also likes to see what I'm up to when I stand near his tank.

Corky hasn't had a relapse of whatever had him so lethargic that one day, he's pretty laid back and lazy, but I think that's because of his twin tail. He does well though, has a good appetite, and while he's on the shy side he does seem to enjoy watching me.

Lagniappe, continues to be a brat! He'll flair his little heart out if I hold my finger in front of his tank. He's my kitchen counter betta and is always interested in what I'm doing. He also maintains a bubble nest.

I've named the new boy Hendrix, and he seems to be doing really good. Near as I can tell he's healthy and active. He eats well, is interested in what I may be doing when I'm by his tank, and this morning built a bubble nest. Unlike Lagniappe, he has not decided to bite the heck out of my finger yet, nor has he decided to flair.

I have a new API Master Kit, and some more IAL, coming tomorrow. I ordered plastic feeding tongs but they won't be here till the 23.
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I just fed Picasso and he repeated what he did this morning. He'll eat a couple bites then he rapidly darts away like something scared him or hurt him, I'm not sure what's up with that. I decided to put a dose of Prazipro in the tank to see if it helps, but I doubt that it will. I figure I'll give him every chance I can think of, even if it's a long shot.
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Yesterday I did the first water change on Hendrix's tank, I had meant to do it the day before but was feeling lousy so I put it off. I decided to test the water before doing the change so that I'd know if I should do changes every other day or 2x a week. The ammonia was a bit high so I know I need to do changes every other day. Then I tested the Nitrite lv.... The test turned a lovely shade of deep purple. It seems to be somewhere between 4 or 5ppm. No there's no way on God's green earth that that test should have registered that high UNLESS the tap water containes Nitrite. When I tested the tap, yep it matches what my tank did. Lovely, just lovely, not only am I poisoning my fish when I do water changes, but I'm also poisoning myself and my dog because we drink that tap water! I get to call the water company on Monday, since they are closed today. Thank God I use Prime as my water conditioner since it neutralizes the nitrite. Also that God that all but Hendrix tank is fully cycled. I also did water changes on Lagniappe, and Corky's tank last night, this morning when I tested Lagniappe's water the nitrite reading was already down to .25ppm, so the cycle is taking care of the nitrite.

Until the water company quits trying to poison us with nitrite I'll be dosing my tanks with Prime the day after a water change, and poor Hendrix will get his tank dosed with Prime every day!

I also tested the taps Nitrate level and that was at around 5PPM.

I've decided to give Picasso one more dose of PraziPro to see if it does any good, that means I'll be putting off euthanizing him so that it has a chance to work, if it's going to. I'm not hopeful as he seems to be ever so slowly declining in health, but he's still really interested in food, and has once again started coming to the top when he knows it's feeding time. Fingers crossed.
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Goodbye Picasso. I wish that I could have made you better. I wish that I knew what it was that we couldn't fight off. I'll miss you my marble boy, SIP in that big river in the sky.

I've learned to loath the smell of clove oil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I am missing a Raspbora and apparently, if he died, the body is nowhere to be seen. There should be 8 of them and only 7 are present and accounted for. Between the cories, ramshorns, and MTS, along with the huge amount of plants on the bottom of the tank I'm unlikely to ever find the body.... Othen then that mystery, the cory's are all doing good, the remaining rasbora look healthy, and RuPaul continues to rule the tank. I've finally gotten the nitrates back under control after completely messing them up by topping the tank off with nitrite laden tap water. I'll explain more on that in a bit.

My poor Bruiser seems to be taking a turn from the worst and the tumor is getting the best of him :'-( He's having more trouble swimming and seems to spend most of his time resting in his plants. He does still have a good appetite. He's breaking my heart though, I love that feisty boy and out of all my boys, even though I love them all, he's always been my favorite. I wish there was something I could do to help him.

Lagniappe remains his usual brat self. He's so curious and loves to watch whatever I'm doing on the counter, he'll swim over to watch. If I put anything up to his tanks glass he just has to flair at it and try and scare it away. Sort of saying the tanks his, "Go Away!!!".

Corky is doing well. He's the shyest of my boys and spooks easily. He also still has a bit of trouble swimming but that's probably his swim bladder and body shape. I'll never purposely get another twin tail betta, but I'll never regret rescuing him!

Hendrix is doing well, and I won the fight with the Nitrites and Nitrates in his water, but it took me nearly all month to do so! I can't wait to get him into the 10 gal, 1 1/2 more weeks to go! He's so active that he really needs more swimming space and hopefully he'll love the 10 gal.

Speaking of 10 gal, I'm overhauling it. I'm going to try and turn it into a natural planted tank, I really hope it turns out better then the last time I tried one a couple years back. Let's just say I learn lessons the hard way It should be done in the next day or two, that'll give it time to settle down before I put Hendrix in it.
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