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  1. no, you cannot use table salt.. it needs to be aquarium salt or perhaps morton's is available in your area? i hear the green box is the one to use. I disagree. She already explained no added ingredients. What difference does it make?
  2. Yes, that one is fine. 4 teaspoons. 4 liters equals a gallon. It's very small though. Do you have a large tub, larger than that tank? Anything bigger is better than a small tank which makes it difficult for its wastes to be diluted. Undiluted wastes will only worsen the infection.
  3. Bacterial infection, yes. However with mild cases, clean water and salt is enough. Keep the fish separated until the wound recovers. Stick with salt and clean water.
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    Sick Red Caped Oranda

    Hi Hailey, If at all possible, please buy your own test kit. API liquid test kit is best. If you need to ask your petstore to test for you, have them use the liquid kits and write down the exact results. Preferably, just buy your own kit so you can constantly monitor the quality. Exact results are very important so we can figure out what went wrong exactly. This may determine whether water quality contributed to the issue or not. How often do you vacuum your substrate? How does Angel's poop look? White and stringy? Normal brown or green (depending on the foods it ate)? What dechlorinator do you use? Are you using tap or well water? I'm biased with Melafix. I don't advocate its use preferring to use sodium chloride as a means to resolve mildly infected injuries and other bacterial infections. The advanced stages of infections may require antibiotics (and Melafix is not one of them nor will be one of them). Luckily, you will not need antibiotics judging from the details you posted. At this point, since we do not know your water parameters yet, you may have to try doing daily water changes as much as 40% until you get the water parameter readings. Since you have salt with you, do add a teaspoon per gallon. It is possible for nitrite to contribute to Angel's issue. The salt will neutralize its toxic effects. Be sure to dissolve the salt first before adding. Make sure it does NOT contain yellow prussiate of soda (YPS) which is toxic to fish. Rock salt, pickling salt or aquarium salt will work just fine. On long term basis, I would not add the salt continuously. This situation calls for one but once Angel recovers, it's time to pull it out completely. My other concern is how you describe Angel shaking his head. Has he been treated with anything before? If so, which meds were previously used? I'm amazed that after 7 years, he just started going sick. With that length of time, I do not think parasites would be responsible. They would have shown up before that. Perhaps this has really something to do with your water quality more than anything else. Hopefully, it's simply water quality issue which we can easily correct. Keep water well aerated as well since the salt can reduce oxygen levels. And once you have the heater and thermometer, keep temperature consistently at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Lastly, it's a good idea to either vacuum the gravel thoroughly or just stick to plain barebottom setup. I keep all my goldfish tanks barebottom and it makes it easier for me to maintain cleanliness as the poop is easily vacuumed out. It's up to you though how you want your tank to look at. If BB doesn't suit you, you could ideally add some plants confined in clay pots with gravel to inject a bit more detail in the bare setup. Hope this helps.
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    Treating Ich

    68 degrees is a tad cold and too slow for an ich treatment. If you don't have a heater, may I suggest you get one? Eheim if you can find one. The maximum temp I would advise for goldfish would be 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the heater in turbulent areas to evenly disperse the heat. When you do water changes, you need to redose salt per the water volume changed. Since you're doing 50%, if you already reached three teaspoons per gallon, you have to redose 15 teaspoons of salt back to the tank again. Aquarium salt, pickling salt or rock salt will do the job nicely. Make sure the salt does NOT contain yellow prussiate of soda.
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    Curing Ick

    You'll have to continue another 10 days of treatment after ich disappears to be sure you eliminate the parasites completely. The only way for them to return would be: failing to quarantine the possible carriers properly for four weeks, and failing to complete the treatment course as appropriate. In short, shortening your treatment process because you assume everything is back in order may allow the ich to survive as a low profile infection. Ich can attack the gill tissues silently and become quite visible only when they sense their hosts weakening significantly especially by stress-related factors. It is most vulnerable at free swimming stage but cannot be killed when they enter two other phases: cysts and feeding phase (wherein they embed themselves under the skin) as they are well protected in the process from meds. This is where elevated temp comes into play. It forces them to reproduce quickly thus the free swimming parasites are quickly destroyed by the present meds. Be sure you vacuum the bottom thoroughly to remove the cysts. And as a precaution, sterilize equipments after use so you will not transfer the cysts to other tanks. Ich cannot survive without fish for a few days and cannot host on invertebrates at all.
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    Curing Ick

    1. Good. 2. I'd just get API kit to be sure. 3. Same as no. 2. Get the kits to be sure. You can never be too sure. The results with nitrogen cycle always vary. 4. Yes, carbon is not necessary. I've never used that for years. It's expensive for me to replace it every month anyway so there's no point investing in it when the water is consistently clear without it. 5. 79 is safe. 80 is max. Make sure the heater is functioning properly. Get a thermometer to monitor the temp. And keep the heater in turbulent areas to disperse heat evenly.
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    Setting Up A New 10 Gallon

    If you have to use sand, ditch the UGF. You cannot use sand with UGF. It's basically your preference. If you want sand, go for it. It does not need to be thicker than an inch if you do not plan to keep any plants. I do not see why you cannot use sand if you want it. HOB filters may be your best bet although sponge filters prove to be adequate enough since the critters you plan to keep won't contribute too much bioload. If you have to use HOB, wait for sand to completely settle first before you turn on the filter. To instantly cycle it, you may "borrow" the established media from your goldfish tanks. Aside from neons, you can still try honey gourami, sparkling gourami, betta or scarlet badis. More info on scarlet badis here. http://www.aqua-fish...?h=scarletbadis Be careful with a betta as it can prey on small shrimps. You may need to ensure your tank is heavily planted so the shrimps can quickly hide. For shrimp compatibility, check this. Incompatibility arises mostly from their ability to crossbreed. That is quite counterproductive to the purists who prefer to keep their shrimps pure especially if you plan to sell them. http://www.theshrimp...ility-chart.php Edit: UGF sucks by the way. If you have to clean it, you have to strip down your tank. This is counterproductive in a planted setup.
  9. If you don't mind, do daily water changes at least 20% for now. Hopefully, the issue will significantly recover. Yep, looks like it's just pebbles here and there now so it'll work better than the cm thickness that could still encourage dead pockets when left untouched.
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    Lump On Left Side Body

    I'm sorry to hear that, bro.
  11. Hmmm...Have you smelled anything reminiscent to rotten eggs or sulfur when you dug the substrate? How often was the substrate vacuumed? Any decors? Hollow ones? At this point, my best assumption is that your fish's pop eye is very much related to water quality issues. I suspect possible nitrogen gas is responsible for popeye. Yes, gas supersaturation is one of the causes of pop eye. Only very clean water will help resolve that issue. You do not need to add the salt at all. Stick to clean water. Perhaps considering your gravel was very cloudy when you cleaned it up, you either have to do a more thorough vacuuming or just stick to barebottom setup. It's up to you but I've kept my goldfish tanks bare with plants confined in clay pots. Works well for me. As long as you keep your water clean, yes, your other fish will be absolutely fine. As for the salt causing the water to become acidic, well, salt does deplete oxygen level. If your hardness is somehow very low, the water can easily acidify when there is high amount of carbon dioxide involved. Nitrogen gas is also responsible for acidifying the water. Check your hardness levels please. If you don't have a kit, I recommend getting the API liquid kits.
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    Curing Ick

    Could you please try testing your nitrite and nitrate? If you don't have test kits for those, please get an API liquid kit to determine your nitrite and nitrate. I think it would be a good idea to test your ammonia as well. I'm not sure yet I'd trust the ammonia reading even though that is toxic at that level. Doing a water change at this point won't hurt until you have the API kit. How much salt was dosed? Carbon is irrelevant. You can do well for years without having to use carbon. And it is disposable so you have to replace it every 4-6 weeks anyway otherwise, it will prove ineffective once it has collected enough substances that it is designed to absorb. If you do not have a heater, please get yourself one and crank the temp to 80 degrees Fahrenheit max. Eheim brand if you can find one. That's the highest I would advise for goldfish. You have to make sure water is well aerated as elevated temp and salt can deplete oxygen level. Goldfish are heavy oxygen consumers.
  13. Please keep your temperature at 80 degrees max. You are only shortening the lifespan of both neons and snails! 86 is ridiculously high. I ended up killing my neons by accident cranking heater to that temp. And pH at 7.8 is absolutely fine. I've kept several tropicals from tetras to loaches in pH of 8.0 with no issues. No, fiddling with my pH using RO water was never an option for me as I hate the rigorous pH fiddling. When the neons flash, which part of their body are they hitting constantly?
  14. No carbon for me. Have not been using it for years except to remove meds. Even then, I just do water changes anyway to take advantage of clean water while removing the meds.
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    Goldies With Ick

    What? Three tablespoons every 12 hours or for a week? That's not my point. Your typo is three tablespoons EVERY 12 hours?
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