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post #71 of 93 (permalink) Old 01-02-2019, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Last but not least Picasso.
The first is what he looked like when I got him around 4 months ago, second is what he looked like last month, and third is him now.
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post #72 of 93 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 10:55 AM
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Fab pics!
And I LOVE the hamster tunnel mountain.
BRILLIANT idea.
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70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, 2 nerites, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Valentine); betta, 2 amano. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, heavily planted.
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Fab pics!
And I LOVE the hamster tunnel mountain.
BRILLIANT idea.
Thanks! I stole the hamster tunnel idea from someone else LOL. Picasso does like swimming through it and the nice thing is that it can be taken out and redone onto a different layout.
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Been awhile since I updated the journal.

Let's see, another fish followed me home. There was 3 left at the store and while all of them seemed lethargic, there was one that just seemed to have given up, and resigned himself to his fate in that cup. So he came home with me and I set him up in my 3 gallon tank. That was on Jan 8th. His name is Lagniappe, and been doing very well since then, but someway, somehow, this past week he's been mangling his fins. I'm not sure what's going on but tonight I overhauled the tank, he's not got sand substrate, the bases of the artificial silk plants are buried, I got him 2 anubias and some teleanthera cardinalis yesterday so that's in there. I also found some sharp plastic points on one of his new artificial plants and those were cut off. Fingers crossed that the mutilation will discontinue!

Bruiser, my problem boy has given himself another fin trim. He's determined to be a plakat! I figured he would since his fins were about finished growing back in. He's a determined bubble nest builder and likes to patrol his tank flaring at anything he considers a threat... Usually his reflection and occasionally a snail.

Cinnabar is getting FAT, yep a FAT betta.... The brat has learned that I feed the cory cats at night and patiently waits for the tank top to be opened so that he can catch the food as it drifts to the bottom of the tank. So he's getting a bunch of food at night, in addition to his morning feeding. I'm cutting back on the morning food so hopefully that will get him to lose some weight. Congratulate me! I finally found some decent bronze cory cats at PetSmart, they're babies and sooo cute! I forgot how little they can be. That brings my number from 5 to 8, and I've got a decent shoal.

Picasso continues to morph into a new betta, he's back to being more white then black. He's a goofy little thing and loves to eat but seems to have a bit of difficulty aiming right to get the food. He likes to lunge for it but then misses. The food then drifts to the bottom of the tank....

Then there's Mercury. I'm really worried about him. The past week or so he's been laying on the bottom of the tank more and more, but I tried not to worry about that too much and just kept an eye on him. Today when I went to feed him he didn't go to the top of the tank like he usually does when I turn the light on in his and Picasso's tank. He did finally swim to the top when I filled their feeding bowl with a bit of tank water but then went back down. He stayed down there when I started feeding him, but swam and got the food as it drifted down, after a time or two of that he finally came and finished eating at the top of the tank. The rest of the day he's stayed on the bottom of the tank not moving much and seems to get exhausted easily. He's never been very active, and has always been timid, but this isn't like him. I did a water change and tested the tank's water parameters before it, they were perfect, 0 ammonia and nitrite, and 10 to 20 nitrate. I could use another round of ParaGuard in the tank, it's seemed to help in the past, but the problem is that in a month or two he goes back downhill. I'm never sure if it's the ParaGuard helping or if he'd have rallied on his own.... My poor boy I've only had him for a year and a month so I'd guess he's anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 years old, really not that old for a betta
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Finished the water changes on my tanks today. Yay me. The cory's were not too impressed with the change, and neither was Cinnabar. They've gotten over it though and since tank light out the cory's are zooming all over the tank waiting for feeding time.

Mercury continues to puzzle the heck out of me. I've not medicated the tank or did anything to treat whatever may be wrong with him, what do I use when I don't know what's wrong, yet today he's doing better, he seems to have more energy, and was laying around on the bottom of the tank less.

Here's a picture of Lagniappe's tank, and another one of the 20 gal. I love how the plants in the 20 have filled in. Oops! I almost forgot I never posted a picture of Lagniappe! I'll add one of those too.
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Oh my poor, poor, poor Mercury. His health has concerned me for around 6 months now, starting with the discoloration on his caudal fin. All I've managed to do is keep him from being too lethargic, and his appetite staying good. I never did get that discoloration to go away despite using more then one medicine over the months. I've used Indian Almond Leaves, StressGuard, Kanaplex, and ParaGuard, but nothing cleared up the discoloration. Over the months is color got duller, and his fins started looking worse and worse. If only it stopped there!

He's always held his dorsal fin in such a way that getting a good look at his caudal fin is difficult to say the least. He holds his fins down rather then spreads them, and he likes to stay laying around the tank rather then patrolling it. I do try to get a look at his fins though, and today, to my everlasting horror, I noticed that the ray and webbing on the top of his caudal fin is rotted away all the way to the base of his tail, and the next ray and web is black! I dunno how I did not see it before it got that bad! I know his fins are a hot mess but I didn't think that rot had set in, just something that I never could properly diagnose to treat, so I had stopped all treatment after the last round a ParaGuard a few months back.....

I checked the parameters and they are perfect 0 ammonia and nitrite, and 5 nitrate, I did a 50% water change anyway and added Furan2 which is an antibiotic I hadn't tried, StressGuard, and Indian Almond Leaf. Hopefully this does the trick because I'm running out of medicines to try.

Posting a picture of my boy back when he was healthy, and the last two from today. Sometimes it helps to see exactly how much they have changed.

The other boys are doing great. Cinnabar continues to rule over his 20 gal kingdom. Bruiser continues his fin biting ways and is still building bubble nest and waiting for the ladies to show up. Picasso continues to change his pattern (he has a marble gene) and this morning had built a bubble nest. Lagniappe is a brat but has become gorgeous. He is another bubble nest builder but, unlike Bruiser, he will flare at my finger when I feed him if I get too close to his bubble nest LOL.
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Well, today is 25% water change and dose #3 of 4 on Mercury and Picasso's tank. So far they are both doing well with the treatment, but I"m not sure if any of the snails are going to make it. I moved Sir Poops A Lot the zebra nerite snail into the 20 gal, but the ramshorns and the MTS I'm not able to find to move. Sir Poops A Lot is going to remain in the 20 gal, the little guy makes way, way, way, to much of a mess to remain in the split 10 gal.

My order of 6 horned zebra nerites came in today, and I'm very happy with the purchase. They sent me 8 and all 8 are alive and kicking. Bruiser has 3 in his tank, 1 went in the 20 gal, and 4 are in the 3 gal that was getting over run with algae due to the new fertilizer I've been using. Once treatment in the 10 gal is over 2 of ones in the 4 gal will be moved there.
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Well, Furan2 by itself doesn't seem to have helped. I'm moving Mercury to a hospital tank and am going to treat him with both Kanaplex and Furan2 together. If this doesn't help I don't know what to do.
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Day 1: Use recommended dosage for both KanaPlex & Furan-2
Day 2: Use recommended dosage for Furan-2 only
Day 3: 25% Water change and use recommended dosage for both KanaPlex & Furan-2
Day 4: Use recommended dosage for Furan-2 only
Day 5: 25% Water change and use recommended dosage for both KanaPlex & Furan-2
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Well, I've successfully put off writing in here for nearly a month. I guess because I hate writing about sad stuff.

The Kanaplex x Furan2 did not work on my poor Mercury, just keeping him in extra clean water with Indian Almond Leaves and StressGuard for 2 weeks also did not work. I put him through a round of Maracyn2 and it did nothing. The rot slowly continues to spread as does the pale grey. I purchased clove oil around a week ago and have since been dragging my feet on putting him to sleep. He's still eating just fine, he's still willing to swim to greet me, and I keep hoping for a last second miracle. I know he's slowly getting worse though.... Tomorrow I'm putting him to sleep, but I don't want to. If he was acting really sick this would be a heck of a lot easier. I took the divider out the 10 gal (he lived in one side of it but has been in the hospital tank) as a sign to me that this needs to be done, no more putting it off, but running through my head is give him one more day....

A couple days ago someone said she was sure it was Myco bacteria, God I hope not! It's incurable, contagious, and the way this started, and how long it's been going on, that would mean all 4 of my tanks have it, because I didn't know what I was seeing at first, just a pale grey place on him and him acting just fine. The problem is the way I feed them from my finger.... Bruiser has some grey on his anal fin, but Cinnabar, who I got 3 months after Mercury, is just fine, I got Bruiser a month later.... Mercury tends to be a chronic tail biter, so there's no telling what may be up with him. You can see the spot of grey on Bruiser's tail in the picture.
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