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Possible Fin Rot Starting
January 13, 2011
4:55 pm
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JazzBora150
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hi guys

maybe think ive got a case of fin rot starting on 2 fish

i also think that my ammonia @ 0.25 ppm may also be the the cause but im unsure

i know from my koi days that high ammonia would burn the fins off fish thats why we starved them for a week before transport to shows

also have a danio with a white thing on his lower lip looks like fungus

i need to sort this one quickly

thanks

martin

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January 13, 2011
6:29 pm
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I don't know if it's the camera angle or what but that ram doesn't look right? body shape?? Also looks like somthing took a bite out of his caudal. White lips could be columnaris, or could be it just bumped into the glass and will go away. Clean water is the best recipe IMO. I'd probably do daily changes, even twice a day of 15-20% each until the ammonia is 0.

January 13, 2011
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which ram are we talking about plaamoo

the bolivian or the ramirezi

1st water change has been done

January 13, 2011
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First pic, Bolivian. I really have no experience with this fish. Though I've seen many, I've never kept them. As I've said before, I'm one of the least experienced here so don't take my opinions as fact. Hopefully there will be more input.
Compare here. http://www.seriouslyfish.com/p.....file.php?g...osus&id=138

January 13, 2011
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yes i see what you mean he looks a bit wasted in the belly
i must say hes not a very active feeder maybe im not offering the right food for him
i do feed flake bloodworm and brine shrimp he does accept all of these but not vigourously
maybe i should try a sinking pellet

January 13, 2011
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The first pic is of what's sold as 'long-finned balloon ram', a notoriously weak ornamental strain. The second is the M. altispinosus which does look undernourished. I can't see any signs of fin rot but Jim's right it looks like something has been biting their fins as the dwarf gourami in the background looks ragged as well.

The danio does look as though it has some mouth fungus or something. Melafix is my personal favourite remedy for things like this though others may have different suggestions.

Martin would you mind posting pics at a lower resolution please? These are playing hell with my rubbish internet connection!

Cake or death?
January 13, 2011
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 13 2011, 12:10 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
The first pic is of what's sold as 'long-finned balloon ram', a notoriously weak ornamental strain.

Is that what it is? I've heard of them but not seem them before.

January 14, 2011
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Afraid so. Presumably you're now praying you never see one again? /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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January 14, 2011
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@ matt

no more large pics as requested

January 17, 2011
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i have added my second dose of melafix today and its really brought my tank to life

all fish are really active

to a degree could be over active

should i use a pellet to feed the bolivian ram and cupid cichlid as they tend to stay at the bottom

so i presume they are bottom feeders

ive noticed that not a lot of food actually makes it to the bottom so maybe im starving them without actually knowing it

January 17, 2011
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It's always a good idea to target feed bottom dwellers with sinking foods such as wafers, pellets or granules.

I tend to feed flake first at one point in the tank and then add the sinking foods at the other end.

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