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    Columnaris or fungus?

    Short background summary: One of my tanks is infected with tape worms, and I suspect the 45 gal has minor infections as well since I’ve seen some stringy poops. These tapeworms seem to have been infecting the fish for months with no symptoms. 2 weeks ago, I dosed Seachem Excel 3 days in a...
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    I came back to the tank she is laying upside down. She got up to swim and is moving now, but she can’t stay upright. Can’t get a good pic cause the light is off but she has cottony tufts coming from her mouth. They developed yesterday, and were worse this morning. I dosed Maracyn 2 since it’s...
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    Update for this morning, the female rainbow has confirmed columnaris. I'm going to hold off on the levamisole treatment and address the columnaris now. I only have Maracyn and Maracyn 2 on hand, so I'll go with that. Better than to wait for 2-3 days for Kanaplex and Furan-2.
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    Oh I just saw your comment on my other post as well. Thanks, I am going to get a 75 gallon tank during the petco sale starting in November. Then I can move the 45 inhabitants to the 75, move the danios up to the 45 and leave the guppies in the 20. I also feel that the 20 is way too small for...
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    I appreciate your responses. Most of the time posting on these forums I get very little help. The danios are much too busy chasing each other than the guppies. Since I've lost guppies over the months, I am down to just 4 in the tank and they pick at each others tails all day. There is the...
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    I have to add a note of positivity, I saw the zebra danios breeding for the first time in months, pretty much since I added the guppies. This gives me hope the Prazi and Levamisole are working. Now just to beat the fin rot...
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    Yes they've had these worms since I got them 6 months ago. Just wish I could have diagnosed it earlier. The fin rot showed up much before signs of internal worms, so I kept attacking the rot and nothing worked. Once the pleco started producing endless poop with little tapeworm eggs in it...
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    No smell from the tank. I do about 50% weekly changes. My tap ph is 8.5-9 and the tanks run at 7.5 so anything larger than a 50% water changes causes a large ph swing in the tank. Its unfortunate, but 50% seems to work well for keeping nitrates down.
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    Colin has helped me extensively actually. The tank has tapeworms or threadworms, which is the main problem. I am currently following his recommendation of Prazipro and Levamisole. I have been fighting this for 6 months, I hope and pray this solves the issue. I ask this question because the...
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    What does it mean when people say Pleco's will "foul" small tanks?

    I rescued a BN pleco and its been in a 20 gallon for some time now. Nitrates are always under 25-30, and I never detect any ammonia or nitrite. The fish in the tank aren't super healthy. Could it be that the pleco is "fouling" the water? Is there more to fouling the water than what I can...
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    Is this fin rot bacterial or fungal?

    This fin rot has arisen because the guppies have tapeworms, and thusly have weakened immune systems. As a result, the fish get nipped tails and it doesn’t heal. I am currently treating for the tapeworms, then I will address the fin rot. But I’m hoping someone can indicate whether this rot...
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    What is this feces?

    Oh they have worms or parasites no doubt. This is what their poop looks like.
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    What is this feces?

    My fish are fighting some sort of internal parasites or worms. I am currently treating with alternating doses of prazipro and Levamisole for 4 weeks. I saw this feces in one of the tanks today. Or possible it isn’t poop at all? Can someone explain what this is.. or at least guess.. thanks for...
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    Very pregnant guppy making yellow poops?

    thanks for the answer. Great to hear someone in the same boat. I got these guppies 6 months ago, when I knew literally nothing about fish. No quarantine, no nothing. And it’s been a hell of a 6 months for these guppies, literally endless problems. It’s been quite a relief to finally be able to...
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    Very pregnant guppy making yellow poops?

    She eats voraciously. You are helping me treat tape/threadworms in one of my Other tanks. You advised me to treat all tanks in the house, and so far I’ve declined to do this. I’m using Levamisole and Prazipro in that tank. Do you think these small yellow poops indicate the worms have...
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    Very pregnant guppy making yellow poops?

    This guppy has been pregnant for at least 5 weeks. Last few days has shown signs she is going to give birth so I’ve moved the two males out of the tank. Today she is hovering at the top of the tank, barely swimming and breathing heavy. I can see many dots on her Gravid spot. Just saw her poop...
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    Does this poop indicate parasites?

    I just examined the BN pleco and he has very long poops like the one pictured above coming out of him. He seems to be the worst impacted, currently at least. Thanks for this answer. Paracleanse is the same exact ingredients as General cure. #3 is the exact scenario I seem to be experiencing...
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    Does this poop indicate parasites?

    I had 2 guppys die after developing very stringy poop, so I treated the tank with Paracleanse. I have done 3 rounds of treatment, each 2 weeks apart, just finished the 3rd round a few days ago. I have not seen any stringy poop since treating, but yesterday I noticed a bunch of stringy poop...
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    Is this Columnaris? Pineconing Guppy

    Thanks for the help Colin. My problem with 75% water changes is that my tap ph is 8.5 but aerates and drops to a steady 7.5 in the tanks. 75% water change means my tank ph spikes to 8.2, then slowly drops back to 7.5 over the course of a few hours. Doing this daily seems very stressful on the...
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    Is this Columnaris? Pineconing Guppy

    I've tried Maracyn and the fin rot was unresponsive. Actually it spiked my ammonia and made things worse, that was months ago. Is it worth giving Furan a shot? Which pic makes it look like fish have parasites? The guppy with stringy poop has long passed, as did the other who developed stringy...
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