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Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 8/5 15:11
Re: Platy poo is constantly white! #31
Anyone?

What is the best treatment for internal parasites, excluding Seachem Paraguard?


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 5/5 12:55
Re: Platy poo is constantly white! #32
Just a quick update...

There are two platys and both seem to be quite lethargic. One I've had for 3 weeks (the one with the white poo) and another I added on Friday, which is also producing white poo.

They look like marble saffron mollies but are platys and they both spend a LOT of time on the gravel and don't move that much, even when the light is on. I can't see any visible signs of disease on either of them so I've started dosing with the Paraguard, however, I believe it is only for external parasites rather than internal?

Can anyone confirm this? If so I may need to buy something else in order to eradicate this problem.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 3/5 17:51
Re: Platy poo is constantly white! #33
Ordered a bottle of the Paraguard.

Thanks Fishlady!


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 3/5 10:07
Platy poo is constantly white! #34
Hi there!

I've got a Platy whose poo is always white, since I first got her 3 weeks ago. She spends quite a lot of time at the surface but other than that she seems to be acting normally.

I treated with a standard dose of Esha 2000 at the start in case it was some nasty bug, and I've also given her peas but it is still white or sometimes clear. I can't see anything visible on her so I'm at a bit of a loss.

What else could it be?

Cheers.


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  • Posted on: 21/2 10:34
Re: Ammonia spikes every time I replace filter media #35
Thanks for the info fmcf.

The way I have it setup is the U3 is the main filter for the tank, then the mini/U1 is the supplementary filter. This supplementary filter gets taken out whenever I buy new fish, and ends up in a 24 litre holding tank whilst I quarantine the new arrivals. The Cardinals were quarantined for just over 2 weeks. Then the supplementary filter goes back into the main tank.

I think what hasn't helped this time is that I had the issue with ammonia after replacing some of the filter media in the U3. With hindsight perhaps I should have left it a few more weeks before adding the Cardinals. When I swapped out the mini for the U1 I didn't put the sponge from the mini into the U1, so I obviously lost some beneficial bacteria. So again, bit of a school boy error, but I expected the U3 to be able to handle it.

I'm not adding anything else for months now, I need to get on top of it before adding anything more. The sponge situation is also problematic in that I have tried various ways but never manage to get the sponge to fit. It's either too thin or too thick. The sponge that goes in alongside the carbon/poly pad is too thick to cram in twice and I really don't want to start slicing through sponges to try and get them to fit. It'll only be a problem when I come to remove another carbon/poly pad, so I've got time to find a slution I hope. Suggestions are welcome!


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 19/2 7:45
Re: Ammonia spikes every time I replace filter media #36
Looking for some further advice with this, as it's still an issue.

The situation has changed in that I added 6 cardinal tetra at the end of January, they seem to be doing great but it's Cherry the cherry barb who I've seen flicking off objects a few times.

Also, I was using a fluval mini as a supplementary filter alongside the U3, but it was unbelievably noisy. So, last week I removed it and replaced it with a U1 (I like to have a spare filter for quarantining). Now I know I lost some bacteria when I removed the mini but I wasn't expecting it to cause any issues.

For now I'm doing water changes with double doses of prime, and I hope things will settle down but I'm concerned that I may be overstocked at this point (1 cherry barb, 5 platy, 6 cardinals). Am I?

Thanks for the advice.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 25/1 14:16
Re: Ammonia spikes every time I replace filter media #37
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fcmf wrote:
I used to have a Fluval U2 myself, so I can recall what it looks like. That is odd that removing that quantity of filter media is resulting in that effect, as it is much less than the >1/3-max recommendation that is generally considered safe to remove, and especially as you're understocked. Are ammonia levels definitely fine the rest of the time?

There isn't actually a need for the carbon/poly pad, except for if wanting to remove medication from the tank. What I did with my Fluval U2 was to insert extra foam into it in lieu of the carbon/poly pads, and then didn't need to change them anything after that - just the gentle squeeze into being-discarded tank water (and a jiggle of the Biomax in similar fashion). You could remove one carbon/polypad, ensure that you spend the next week or two doing extra water changes, then remove the other and add in extra foam/sponge once they're both gone, continuing with extra water changes for another fortnight or so after that. To be extra safe, you could dose with Seachem Prime during each water change to reduce the toxicity of any ammonia for the following 24 hours, and possibly even coat the extra foam/sponge in Tetra Safestart or Dr Tim's One & Only which are one of the few of the bacteria-starter type products with some evidence of effectiveness.

Hope that helps.


Thanks for the quick response fcmf, appreciate it.

Ammonia isn't usually an issue other than when I'm changing the media, and unfortunately, I've been trying to solve this issue for weeks now without success.

I've tried to do away with the carbon/poly pads but I can't seem to find a compromise. Putting in another sponge pad won't work because it ends up being too thick and cutting the sponge in half length wise is messy and never works. Also the sponge is quite 'holey' and isn't fine enough so the biomax ends up getting filthy really quick.

I actually do a double dose of prime along with water changes whilst the ammonia spike happens but that is no long term solution. I will look into those bacteria-starters though.


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Ammonia spikes every time I replace filter media #38
Hi folks

This is becoming a major problem for me and I don't know why it's happening.

I have a 125l Fluval tank with a Fluval U3 filter. The central compartment contains Biomax, and each outer compartment contains a strip of sponge and a carbon/poly pad.

Every time I remove the old clogged up carbon/poly pad I get a spike in ammonia. I only ever change one carbon/poly pad at a time and only ever when they become filthy (usually every 8 weeks ish). I soak the new carbon/poly pad in old tank water in a jug for about 10 minutes beforehand

I'm actually scared of changing the other side because I know I will get a spike in ammonia. The only fish in the tank currently is 5 platy and 1 cherry barb so it's not overstocked.

I can't think of anything else I can do to prevent it from happening.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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Re: Recurring 0.25 ammonia help needed please... #39
I checked the tap water against the tank water this morning and both were definitely at 0 for ammonia, so I’m not sure if the test result yesterday was a false positive or not.

The fish have been suffering so I believe the result was probably accurate. I will keep testing the water daily and hopefully, if any good bacteria was harmed, it has now recovered.


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  • Posted on: 6/10/2018 7:47
Re: Recurring 0.25 ammonia help needed please... #40
Anyone?



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