Maybe slime disease - help

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Nierums

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Hi there, I thought I'd try this, my gold Gourami is having issues, looks like cataracts. Please see pertinent information about the tank below!
Thanks so much!

Tank
What is the water volume of the tank?
- 55 gallons.
How long has the tank been running?
- Since March 12, 2019.
Does it have a filter?
- Yes - Fluval 306 canister filter
Does it have a heater?
- Yes. Fluval submersible 300w.
What is the water temperature?
- 73.9F.
What is the entire stocking of this tank?
- 5 harlequin rasbora
- 4 giant danio
- 3 Dwarf rainbow
- 5 cherry barbs
- 1 gold gourami
- 1 electric blue crayfish

Maintenance
How often do you change the water?
- Once a week.
How much of the water do you change?
- 30% to 50%
What do you use to treat your water?
- Seachem prime
- Aquarium Coop easy green all in one Fert
- Aquarium Coop iron.
- started with Melafix when I noticed illness
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?
- I vacuum the substrate 1 or 2 times a month, and just siphon the water the other weeks.

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish?
- Yes.
What do you use to test the water?
- API Freshwater Master Test Kit.
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
- Ammonia: .5ppm
- Nitrite: 0ppm
- Nitrate: 10ppm
- pH: 6

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish?
- Once a day.
How much do you feed your fish?
- One small to medium pinch of flakes with a small amount of blood worms for the fish
- one to two algea wafers a day, with occasional zucchini slice, carrot slice or a few shrimp pellets for the crayfish.
What brand of food do you feed your fish?
- Aqueon tropical flakes for fish
- Marineland Tropical wafers for crayfish
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods?
- Hikari dried blood worms
- Aqueon shrimp pellets

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had these fish?
- Gourami 1 year
- Rasboras, cherry barbs, danios, loaches, rainbows - separate times between 7 and 9 months
- Electric blue crayfish 6 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms?
- About 4 days ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
- I have only notices it on the Gold Gourami, she looks to have cataracts, and has a grayish film all over her.
Have you started any treatment for the illness?
- I started dosing the tank with Melafix
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase?
- No
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?
- I believe she is a bit more lathargic, but she is eating and going to the bathroom still breathing at the top of the tank, but I'm the 4 days, it does jot appear the melafix has done anything to help.
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How many fish total in your 55gal?
 

Nierums

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Thank you for responding!

A total of 17 and one invert (electric blue crayfish

- 5 harlequin rasbora
- 4 giant danio
- 3 Dwarf rainbow
- 5 cherry barbs
- 1 gold gourami
- 1 electric blue crayfish
 

Nierums

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Hey! You live in west falls? The same west falls between Colden and EA? I grew up on lower east hill rd just down from the top of tamarack, between what was Buffalo and sitzmarker ski clibs
 

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Yep! I'm a bit north of the slopes.

That's a bit of a bio load for a 55g, but it's possible ~30% per week WC is enough to keep nitrates manageable.

I don't use meds unless I know what I'm treating. I'd up my water changes and possibly the water temp. Feed less and watch for improvement.
 

Nierums

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Thanks so much for taking the time, I will do that.

Hope the snow clears up soon, my father still lives up there..
Have a nice night Joel
 
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