Hyposalinity Question

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1) Your water parameters - pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates and salinity (if appropriate). This is by far the most important information you can provide! Do not answer this with "Fine" "Perfect" "ok", that tells us nothing. We need hard numbers.

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants. Include algae eaters, plecos, everything. We need to know what you have and how big the tank is.

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While you wait for assistance:
One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

Note - if you do not normally do large water changes, doing a sudden, large water change could shock your fish by suddenly changing their established water chemistry. Clean water is still your first goal, so in this case, do several smaller (10%) water changes over the next day or two before starting any large ones.
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Hyposalinity Question

Post by Nickdavey126 »

*Water parameters are based from the current hyposalinity setup in a separate hospital tank*

1: water parameters
Salinity: 1.009
Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates: Both 0, I made sure to do two test to make sure Nitrite was actually 0 and this is how it read both times.
2: 20 gallon (I understand I should have opted for a bigger tank but this is what I had to setup for a hospital at the time, this fish is about 3.5 inches) Inhabitants: Porcupine Fish
3: Food: Squid, Snails, Clams, Cuttle Fish, Octopus, Shrimp (typically dosed with Vita Chem)
Waterchanges: Instant Ocean for full water changes, “Real Pacific Ocean water” by Imagintarium for partial water changes which occur every week (Saturdays) I’ve been doing lower % water changes to not mess with the salinity too much for this system.
6. Nothing
5:The aquarium has been running for almost 2 weeks, salinity was lowered to hypo conditions Saturday Jan. 16.
*If I missed anything or have any advice to help improve my care please let me know!*

Ok, so the fish is doing seemingly well in hypo so far, I have been able to get the pH up and everything else seems to be in check. My question is, would it be beneficial for when the time comes to start a new hospital tank to start raising salinity ? My thinking is that if I set up a whole new clean aquarium with new equipment matching the current salinity of the hypo tank and then gradually raising it, it would lower my chances of re introducing the fish to the crypt. (I hope that makes sense) . Also, since the fish will be going into a whole new setup after treatment (I have two setups one at my home (the setup that exposed the fish to crypt while I was on winter break) and one at my school , both in which are established) should I still stick with the month time frame for this treatment or wait longer ?
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Re: Hyposalinity Question

Post by Pufferpunk »

Hi, I haven't ever needed to treat crypt on my fish but maybe this will help:
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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