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Post by Drake-tripod on Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:47 pm

my O ventralis has what looks like maybe the begins of fin rot Sad but idk it could be nipped fins as well the end of the tail is a plaish color and at the base there is what seems to be a lil bump here are some pics



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Post by theswede on Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:13 pm

Hard to say if it´s fin rot. Fin rot is usually easy to fix. Heat up the tank to 82-84 fahrenheit and put in some salt.
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Post by theswede on Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:23 pm

You should also do a wc before treatment.


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Post by iceblue on Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:34 pm

Doesn't look like nipped fins to me. You might want to take the Swedes advice.
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Post by preacherboy on Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:34 pm

I would try some maracyn 1 for the external infection and then
try maracyn 2 to treat any possibility of a secondary infection.

But try some salt or some Melafix first for a few days before moving to meds.

Good luck and keep us posted
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Post by Drake-tripod on Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:35 pm

ok so do a water change then dose with the salt? melafix?
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Post by preacherboy on Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:38 pm

I believe that would be the first appropriate step.
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Post by jimmymac on Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:52 pm

Derik, No meds! 70% Water change , uniodized table salt @ 1tsp. per 7.5 gal of water changed. Change 50% of the water again in 3 days with salt again, but @ 1 tsp. per 10 gal of water changeed.
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Post by preacherboy on Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:34 am

I'm not trying to start an argument here on this thread, but I'm only trying to learn something here. So nobody think I'm trying to attack anyone's position.

I'm not convinced that salt is the "cure all miracle" worker in every case.

Somebody please enlighten me here.

Again, not trying to start an argument, just trying to learn from the masters here.

Also, I don't like to use meds either, but sometimes, we have no choice in my opinion!
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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:50 am

so if i do a 10 gal change how much table salt?
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Post by bulldogg7 on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:07 am

Salt basically increases slimecoat production, also increases the ability of the gills to gather oxygen, speeds healing of wounds by drawing out the infection, kills some parasites. It's not a miracle cure and plants and scaleless fish don't tolerate too much of it. 1tsp per 7.5gallons is a pretty low dose, for ich some people recommend a tablespoon per 5 gallons.

Maracyn (erythromycin) is great for infections, fungus and finrot.

If I catch something early, I'd personally rather use salt as an option. If it's to the point it's spreading or fungussed then I would probably go with something a bit stronger like erythromycin or tetracycline.

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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:10 am

ok tomorrow ima do that so 10 gallons 10 table spoons safe? and table salt right?
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Post by bulldogg7 on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:22 am

maybe 1-1/2 teaspoons
table salt, non iodized, prefferably not Morton's or anything that says "free flowing"

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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:23 am

ok so 1 teaspoon per each gallon?
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Post by bulldogg7 on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:27 am

1.5tsp per 10 gallons

Not the big spoon in the punch bowl, the one those British guys use to stir their TEA with Smile


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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:28 am

ok thanks
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Post by cichlidman on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:31 am

No, what size tank is it?

I normally for any treatment use 1 tsp, per 5 gallons of water in your tank.

Not the amount you change.

If you are doing a 70% water change take out 7 gallons for every 10 gallons the tank is. (100 gallons change 70 gallons.)

If you have a 100 gallons of water add 1 Tsp of salt for every 5 gallons.. ie: 20 tsps for 100 gallons. 10 Tsps for 50 gallons.

Is that a little clearer now.

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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:32 am

its a 45 gallongtank
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Post by bulldogg7 on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:34 am

OOOPS! Embarassed got me confused too Suspect
Yeah, what size tank?

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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:36 am

its a 45 gal
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Post by bulldogg7 on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:36 am

9 total teaspoons
or 6 if you do the 1 per 7.5gal
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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:37 am

ok 9 teaspoons for 10 gallons
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Post by bulldogg7 on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:38 am

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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:39 am

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Post by bulldogg7 on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:42 am

9 teaspoons total in a 45gallon tank

but on the next water change only add a teaspoon of salt for every 10 gallons you put back

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