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lenoirj
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PostPosted: 2007.01.15(Mon)10:52    Post subject: Tattered Cory fins Reply with quote

I bought three peppered corys 2 days ago. I'm noticing that all three of them seem to have damage to their dorsal and tail fins. The damage does not look extensive and I'm not positive that it's fin rot. They were in a small tank with about 20 zebra danios! If this is just a bad case of nipped fins, do I need to medicate? Would Melafix be the right thing to use? Is there anything else I need to do to ensure that they don't get worse? Unfortunately, I don't have a quarantine tank or in they would go. Here are my up-to-date tank specs:

10 gallon
25% weekly water change (just done yesterday)
Gravel vac every other week
1 CT betta
3 Cherry Barbs
2 Ghost Shrimp
1 Snail
3 Peppered Corys (newly added)
Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 10ppm
Temp - 80 F
Plants - Hornwort, Water Wisteria, and Variegated Acorus

Edited to Add: I'm working on a quarantine tank, it's not much as it's a little 1 gallon but I just started cycling it 2 days ago so it's not much use right now. Plus, it's not heated so the average temp is between 72 and 76 F. I can't seem to find a heater small enough for it. Any ideas on that? It has a (believe it or not) very small UGF. I actually kept a single cherry barb in it for 6 months and it did fine though I realize that's not ideal at all for ANY fish! But I thought it would make a good TEMPORARY quarantine tank.
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lenoirj
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PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)21:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one knows anything about this????
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krt
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PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)21:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

melafix should do it, corys are relatively hearty fish and should be OK. just make sure u medicate properly and remove your carbon
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lenoirj
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PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)21:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 teaspoon once a day for 7 days? I started this dosage 2 days ago and have noticed the water has gotten oily looking at the surface. Is this normal?
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Cathy G
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PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)21:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeh, that is normal for melafix. I wouldn't treat these fins with anything other than really clean water. Keep the water changes every other day so nitrates stay around 5. Feed them with good food and their own immune systems will fight off the bacteria.

Cathy
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lenoirj
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PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)22:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

The MelaFix bottle says to treat for 7 days THEN do a water change. If I'm doing constant water changes wouldn't that just be removing the medicine? I did a 25% water change 2 days ago and planned to do a 40% water change after the 7 day treatment then continue with more frequent water changes until they begin looking better.

Geez, I've become so fanatical about my fish! Have I lost my mind? Rolling Eyes
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krt
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PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)22:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think cathy's saying to do water changes (along w/ proper diet, etc..) and not add melafix... I kindof agree and think medicine should be introduced only in severe cases......

but.... u could always do a partial water change before adding the medication everyday for seven days and then do a larger water change at the end of the treatment.

melafix is tea tree oil. that is why u've got grease on top of your water...
it's not rocket science, if u underdose, no biggie... just avoid an overdose.


and yes, u have lost your mind Shocked
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lenoirj
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PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)23:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
and yes, u have lost your mind


My husband thinks so too...
Is that what staring into fish tanks for hours on end does to a person??? Shocked

...and hours
...and hours
...and hours
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