Thread: Fin Rot (?) Troubles
12-07-2013, 05:46 PM #1
Fin Rot (?) Troubles
I seem to have reoccurring trouble with fin rot (or something) in the fancier guppies. Here's the best pic I could get:
You can see the dark border around his tail, his fins clamped in appearance, and the orange strip on his dorsal area where he's lost color. Planning to quarantine and treat. Suggestions about how / what I should treat with would be fantastic.
Tank conditions (I have naturally high alkaline / hard water):
Ammonia .25ppm (seems to hold here)
Nitrate 5 ppm
GH 150 ppm
Kh 300 ppm (dH 12-20)
Temp 72.9 f
I know the water is too alkaline to their liking. Going to gravel vac / change 18% water today.It just so happens your fish here is only - mostly - dead...
12-07-2013, 07:45 PM #2
Not all fish prefer soft water. African rift lake cichlids, some Central American cichlids, livebearers including guppies, koi and goldfish are just some if the fish found in the hobby that prefer their water hard and alkaline. If it is possible, depending on the guppies' tankmates, raise the temperature to 78-80degrees Fahrenheit and look into what is causing the ammonia. Ammonia readings above 0 are an indicator that something is wrong with the tank.
12-07-2013, 09:02 PM #3
Thanks for the reply
When changing the water today I noticed that I haven't been going deep enough into the substrate with the vac. Pulled plenty of waste out. Hopefully my levels will go back down. There's really not that many fish in the tank (6 neon tetras, 3 guppies, apple snail, bamboo shrimp, ghost shrimp). A New heater is on my list of things to get.
What about medication to treat fin rot in my quarantine tank?It just so happens your fish here is only - mostly - dead...