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    JazzBora150
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    hi

    question: how do i identify parasites

    when i kept koi i would lift the fish out that was showing signs of parasites and take a scrape

    from it and put it under microscope and treat accordingly

    but the is no way i could do it with the little boys i have in my tank

    so heres why im asking

    ive noticed a few of my fish flicking against stuff in the tank now if this were a koi i would be

    looking for gill flukes or a skin fluke

    but ive no clue as to what to look for in the aquarium

    could someone point me to the right place to look

    or maybe enlighten me as to what parasites our aquarium fish suffer from

    my parameters are all zero apart from ammonia 0.25(which i might add isnt moving regardless of 3 large water 30 litres per day in a 125 litre tank)

    many thanks

    #320805

    Eyrie
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    Flicking could simply be in response to irritation caused by the presence of ammonia.

    Most tropical fish diseases though do have visible symptoms (eg ich, one of the most common, looks like grains of salt on the skin).

    #320838

    JazzBora150
    Participant

    is it rite to keep doing these water changes utill 0 ammonia is achieved

    ive been changing about 25% daily

    ammonia hasnt moved

    #320843

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    Just for fun, test your tap/replacement water for ammonia.

    #320861

    JazzBora150
    Participant

    plaamoo
    im using an api freshwater master kit

    either im reading it wrong or my tap water has ammonia in it

    i was expecting to see a zero reading but i get a 0.25 reading

    i definatley get a light green result ive done it 3 times to be sure

    the result is not yellow

    can this be right if so why do i have ammonia in my tap/drinking water

    #320862

    Eyrie
    Participant

    I wonder if the test kit is past its date?

    #320863

    JazzBora150
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    cant find any dates on any of contents

    #320866

    Mark Duffill
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    Ammonia is quite common in drinking water much to the surprise of most people, there isn’t even an actual maximum level for ammonia within mains water. Levels from 0.1 to 1.0 ppm are common, ammonia levels can be raised due to disinfection processes.

    There are quite a lot of things that can cause fish to flick, it’s not always down to disease, it is something that you become accustom to over the years and experience gained.

    You could try adding some zeolite to your filter and that would remove the trace amounts of ammonia and see if the fish look better.

    #320872

    Plaamoo
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    I just did some googling as i know I’ve read about this problem before. Have a read here Jazzbora. It sounds like it may be good to use prime(or similar) in your change water to detoxify the ammonia, and maximise your biomedia for the bacteria to process it. Unless you want to go the RO route which is a whole other process i haven’t done myself.

    http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/freshwater-and-brackish-water-fishes…-tap-water.html

    This is the site I linked before for parasite info. Also some good info about water chemistry.
    http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/docs/water/chlorine.shtml

    It may be a good idea to contact your water company and try to determine the source of your ammonia.

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