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  1. Thank you, and yes, that is a pothos. I have it growing in and out of my aquarium and it doesn't seem to have a preference. That is one seriously hardy plant. You can cut it into little pieces and it just grows more roots. It wasn't originally submerged in the water. I used to have lids on my tank where I first put the plant, and also in my AC 110 filter to help with nitrates. They developed huge root systems and seemed to thrive from tank water. Then I got water lettuce and a water lily, so I decided to take the lids off. I tried to keep pothos leaves out of the water, because I was also concerned that the plant would rot. But the whole plant kept falling into the water so eventually I just left it there to see what would happen. They have been submerged for almost a month now and I don't see any signs of rotting. I've also had that driftwood in the tank for at least a year.

    Yes, you remembered correctly about my situation with RO. I did say that the last water change was a week ago in my first post but it was probably closer to a week and a half ago. Sorry for that. I don't change the water on the same day of the week so it's not consistent. Either way, I do agree that when nitrates get to the 30-40 ppm range, it's time for a water change. My plants really help with this; the levels never get to that point in just one week. I would encourage live plants to anyone that keeps fish for this reason, but also because I think they can be equally as rewarding. I get so excited when my plants make flowers or my lily shoots up another lily pad. :)

    Here is a picture of the tank before I took the lids off. I've also since removed the driftwood on the right.

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  2. Test Results for the Following:

    • * Ammonia Level (Tank) 0 ppm
    • * Nitrite Level (Tank) 0

    • * Nitrate level (Tank) 30

    • * Ammonia Level (Reverse Osmosis) 0

    • * Nitrite Level (RO) 0

    • * Nitrate level (RO) 0

    • * pH Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6, 125.3

    • * pH Level, RO (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6, 90

    • Other Required Info:
      • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API MTK
      • * Water temperature? 68 F

      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, 3.5 years

      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 305 and AquaClear 110

      • * How often do you change the water and how much? Every two weeks, 100%

      • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? One week ago, 100 %

      • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 orandas, 4 and 5 inches, not including tails

      • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Equilibrium, baking soda, Seachem Excel, Flourish and Iron for my plants.

      • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Thera A daily, occasional blood worms and spinach, fasted once a week

      • * Any new fish added to the tank? No

      • * Any medications added to the tank? No

      • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Last Prazi treatment was about four months ago.

      • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Cloudy eye

      • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No unusual behavior

    One of my orandas has developed a cloudy eye. This is the first day I have noticed it. It's just in one eye. It's not fuzzy or anything and it appears to only be on the eye's surface. Here is a photo:

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    If this needs any treatment, I have API fungus cure, triple sulfa and Melafix on hand.


  3. I checked it a few months ago. They came out and did a pH test and took some water for further testing. A few weeks later they called me to say everything was normal. They said the nitrates were 6 ppm. I told them my test was showing something more like 60 and they said it was wrong. I even did the test while I was on the phone with them. The conversation kept going in circles so I just bought a RO system. It is something the whole area is aware of. Some people speculate that it is the cause of high breast cancer rates. Who knows. I'll just avoid it altogether.


  4. Yes, water changes are a lot of work because I have to use RO. There is ammonia in the tap and the nitrates exceed 60 ppm. I fill 55 gallons of big water cooler jugs with RO water and then add it to the aquarium after siphoning 100% of the dirty water. Then I add Prime, baking soda, Equilibrium and all the stuff for my plants. The fish go back in the tank after it runs for about half an hour.


  5. She looks the same today. I added more epsom. Should I start MMs? She is 3.8 inches from nose to peduncle. How much do I give her?

    Okay, we definitely want her at 1/2 Teaspoon Epsom per 10 gallons (which I believe you are, now). Let me confer with the other Moderators about whether to start the MMs today or wait and see if the increased Epsom helps. Do you have a scale to weigh her?

    Okay, I don't have a scale so that's why I provided her measurements. I'll wait before feeding her.


    • Test Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level (Tank) 0 ppm
      • * Nitrite Level (Tank) 0
      • * Nitrate level (Tank) 10
      • * Ammonia Level (Reverse Osmosis) 0
      • * Nitrite Level (RO) 0
      • * Nitrate level (RO) 0
      • * pH Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6, 125.3
      • * pH Level, RO (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6, 90
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API MTK
        • * Water temperature? 68 F
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, 2.5 years
        • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 305 and AquaClear 110
        • * How often do you change the water and how much? Every two weeks, 100%
        • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 6 days ago, 100 %
        • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fancies, 4-7 inches
        • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Equilibrium, baking soda, Seachem Excel, Flourish and Iron for my plants.
        • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Thera A daily, occasional blood worms and spinach, fasted once a week
        • * Any new fish added to the tank? No
        • * Any medications added to the tank? No
        • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Last Prazi treatment was about three months ago.
        • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Puffy tissue around eyes and swollen abdomen
        • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No unusual behavior

    Hello everyone.

    First I must mention that have been out of town since the beginning of June and I won't return home until the end of this month, so my boyfriend is taking care of my goldfish, so I don't know exactly how long these symptoms have been going on. He noticed today that my ranchu Squash has puffy tissue around her eyes and a swollen abdomen. From what I can tell, the tissue doesn't look fuzzy or oozy and the eyes are not popping out and she hasn't dropsied.

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    I have both Metro Meds and Medi Gold on hand as well as aquarium and epsom salt. I think I may have some Melafix and some other things too. I already told my boyfriend to set up my quarantine tank. It's a 10 gallon.

    What is the next step? Thanks so much in advance for any help.

    Tara


  6. I have a piece of driftwood in my tank and I just noticed tiny little white specks all over it. When I looked closer, I saw several flatworms moving over it. They are also very small and white. They look more like the planaria that fantailfan told me to look at.

    Maybe my fish have been eating them this whole time. They are probably laughing at me now. :P Thanks for the assurance guys. I'm glad to know what they are and relieved that they are harmless.


  7. They are likely harmless, and feed on the detritus in the filter media. I've seen similar "worms" in my tank, and no harm has come. It's just a wake up call to clean the filter (in dechlorinated water, of course). Also, I don't think Prazi will kill them.

    I put some prazi in the bag and then like fifty of them came out. Out of the five BioMax. They weren't moving.

    Maybe I'm paranoid but it's only because I don't know what they are. :(

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