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  1. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.10 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0.03 * Nitrate level(Tank) 8.7 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.06 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 1.0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.3 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Hanna Instruments 83203 Multiparameter Photometer * Water temperature? 74°F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 56 gallons; 9 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 each AquaClear Model 70; 1 each AquaClear Model 50 with Quick Filter feeding an Aqua UV 8W Advantage 2000 HOB UV Sterilizer * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly 20%; Daily 4% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days for Weekly (20%); this morning for half of daily (2%) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 Comet; 12 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice Daily: 1/8 tsp. Saki Hikari or Hikari Lionhead, 4 peas; Weekly: 1 tsp. Hikari blood worms * 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. Dosed with Prazi and salt 6 times (two regimens) two years ago (new fish). * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? frayed dorsal fin - this is normal for him - he's a jumper and runs into the tank cover * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Has eaten almost nothing in the last two weeks. During this time he has had only one poo - a long, thin, stringy "stress" poo. Mr. Cuddlesworth is normally a voracious eater - two feedings/day. Each feeding is followed by immediate waste removal. Tank is bare bottom. For the last two weeks, he has ignored almost all food. He will occasionally take a part of a pea into his mouth, chew, then spit it out. Same thing for bloodworms. He completely ignores the Hikari pellets. I had not been too concerned 'til today because he was acting normally in all other respects: fins not clamped; does his "happy dance" when I approach the tank; no flashing; no bottom sitting. This morning I found him on the bottom, in the corner, and clamped. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I love this fish. Matt
  2. how normal is it for fish to spend ridiculous amounts of time sifting through the substrate (grave, sand, etc.)?
  3. Ok, so I have a large Calico Oranda that floats after EVERY meal!! I typically feed her an Aquadine blend around 9 at night and sure enough, every morning she is floating upside down at the surface. This doesn't seem to bother her (unless she is startled), but it doesn't look very comfortable. I have determined that the food must be the culprit. I have noticed that as the food disolves, a thin film gathers on the surface and then she sits there and gulps at the surface for hours after feeding. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Or has anyone developed a clever way to keep the fish off of the surface? The obvious answer is to change the food, but I have used this food for years and have been very pleased with the results. The other fish do not seem affected by film at the surface and leave it alone. The Calico is the only one that goes for it. My other question, will this inverted floating have any long term negative effects? Again, the fish doesn't seemed bothered by it and she is usually flipped back over by noon, but just seems cruel and unnatural. Any thoughts or suggestions?? Thanks!
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