An online buddy suggested this site. This is my first post and thank you for being here - a hand of help in troubled times!
(1) Four weeks ago
I had my relatively new clown pleco get an ulcer on his tummy. It was red around it and I segregated him and treated with melafix and pimafix. He is back in the community tank and looking better - not 100%, but better.
(2) Three weeks ago
I had a glow-light tetra start swimming sideways and upside down. No other apparent problems. After 3 days of death watch, he succumbed. Of course, during the 3 days he had also stopped eating.
(3) About 2 weeks ago
I noticed one of my panda cory's got a white lump on her tummy. She still seems OK. Eating. Swimming fine. But has got a white lump.
(4) This morning
I woke up to another sick glow-light tetra with a white swatch across his middle and breathing fast, swimming oddly. (lack of balance). Swatch does not appear fuzzy and runs vertical from top to bottom of his mid section, left side belly area.
At first I thought it was neon tetra disease. Now I'm not sure. Columnaris?
Pictures are available. Unfortunately, the tank glass had spots of water on it which I didn't clean before picture taking for fear that any delay would cost me a photo of the Cory who doesn't usually stay still for long. Nevertheless, the white lump and white swath is visable.
What I know about Columnaris:
It strikes when a fish is stressed. Poor water quality, sudden changes in conditions, wide temperature swings, high nitrate concentrations, low dissolved oxygen concentration, crowding, shipping, and bullying.
What I am doing, or doing wrong!
I have a heavilly planted 10 gallon tank. My signature will give details about the fish inhabitants and other criteria. Water parameters:
: 50 ppm
: 80 ppm
On another post I described a brown dusting of substrate debris on plants. Maybe it's excess waste? It has helped significantly since I started pouring the water into the tank onto my hand - keeping the substrate from unsettling - though the cory's like to nose their way through the bottom a lot.
I do 50% water changes weekly. Treat the water. Do dose fertilizers, but everything seems in check.
I'm considering copper for treatment, but won't it will kill the plants? Do I rip all the plants out - treat the entire tank (10 gal
). Treat just the visibly sick?
I'm thinking of a diatom filter for the brown debris that settles on the plants. Might this help? UV
? Gulp - $$
Columnaris is treated with an antibiotic specific to gram-negative bacteria or a broad-spectrum antibiotic. I've read that Kanacyn (Kanamycin sulfate), Spectrogram (Kanamycin sulfate and Nitrofurazone), Tetracycline, or Furan 2 (Nitrofurazone) are all good choices. I've also heard of people getting good results with medicated foods containing oxytetracycline. How are these treatments on plants?!?
thoughts, opinions, guesses, constructive criticism, any type of reply that might help my fish and plants be healthy, are appreciated!!
P.S. Sorry for such a long post! Thanks for reading!
TANK: 10 gal
. 100% Flourite, HOB
C02 with filter intake diffusion, two 20W Mini CF
bulbs in the original incandescent light hood for 11hrs. (4-WPG
FAUNA: 4 Glo-lite and 3 Neon Tetras, 2 Panda Corys, 1 Dwarf Otto and 1 Clown Pleco.
FLORA: Anubias Nana, Hygro, Tropic Sunset, Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green and Brown, Bacopa Caroliniana, Watersprite, Wisteria, Dwarf Crypt, Rotala Rotundifolia, Hygrophila Corymbosa ''Siamensis'', and Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'