the whitespot treatment is not going too well, its spreading further making me think that it might not be whitespot. Im taking the fish to be checked by my local aquarium and hopefully they can diagnose it.
No worries mate it's a common cause we both want our fish to be healthy! Mine has the exact same problem you can see threads floating around, I will get the water test results tomorrow and hopefully a picture.
I would also seriously advise a bigger tank than that, the fish can barely move in that and plus less volume means more toxin concentration. I had a 4.4L tank conned to me by the pet shop now I have a 72L tank, which is still abit small for coldwater fish but it'll do for now.
If anything you should be looking at the same size, check ebay for a tank because I got mine from there and pretty cheap! I beat you that setup cost around ?20 from the shop? I got my tank with filter, heater, gravel cleaner and a few rocks for ?30. So if its money holding you back from buying a new one try ebay as you can get nice ones for cheap :)
Yes what you've described is the exactly right. The white spots are abit cottony but look more like salt grains. Yeh the tail is covered in these white spots I rang my local aquarium who said I can try esha exit instead of protozin?
I have a 3.2 MP camera and it's not picking up the detail on the fish and you can't distinguish the white spots either. I';; try and borrow a mates camera and get a good clear picture ASAP.
I've just noticed that my comets tail is breaking down! The upper part of the fork is seeming to vanish, I cant see little threads waving about in the water and no "skin?" between the threads. Has my fish gone beyond saving? please help :(
Thank you very much Anna! The info is greatly appreciated hope I can return the favour one day. Being a sunday and bank holiday tomorrow (no uni) I will vac the gravel today as much as possible, Im on day 3 with the whitespot treatment and to tell you the truth I don't see any difference, infact I can see white spots creeping from the tail, and fins to the actual body with 1 or 2 small spots around its eyes.
Also another query I have is that Audi the comet was spitting out its food last night. I crumbled in some tetra flakes and he swallows them and a second or two later spits them back into the water in much smaller pieces. Firstly I thought he's breaking them up but then he would again spit out the smaller pieces he had made. Does anyone know why this might be happening?
Is it also safe to put your hand into the water (to vaccum the gravel) while there is protozin in there? Protozin contains formalehyde which is bad for human skin isn't it?
Yeh I know I should have put Audi back in the main tank ages ago, I have now done it and put in the recommended dose of protozin in the tank. I have also removed the zeolite/carbon sponge from the filter.
He's been in there for 1 hour and he is really happy compared to the 4.4L.
I have added tape safe which states on the bottle it contains aloe vera which coats the fish in a protective layer.
I have also put in an extra air pump which I had lying around to increase aeration. The only maint hing I'm worried about now is the healthy fish because I don't want it to catch anything. He (Quattro) is my first fish, infact pet ever and he's beautiful and I would be super sad if anything happened to him:(
Hope the steps i've taken are adequate. Just one question I don't understand how to clean the gravel. How do I Vaccum the gravel? With my tank I was given a "syphon filter" and the guy said I can clean the gravel with it, would anyone like to explaion the best method of cleaning gravel. Thanks :)
The 4,4L has no filter in it, i've worked out why there has been no change in condition.
As it was a small tank I was doing water changes everyday (diluting the protozin) which meant Audi was not getting the full effect. I'm going to put Audi into the 72L tank with Quattro and remove the carbon and zeolite sponge from the filter. Then get the prime and start treatment.
Im very wary of putting the sick fish into the 72L as I think the fish in there will become sick to? Ive been treating audi with protozin for 5 days now in the 4.4l tank and there is no change.
I appreciate the advice its great but im still stuck to what exaclty I should do. So far what I think is that:
1) I should add the sick fish back into the 72L tank (but then theres a chance the other fish might become ill) 2) Buy prime and add it to the 72L tank 3) remove the filter as it will clear the medicine away 4) start treating with protozin
Is the basically the course of action I should take?