Use them to buy amazon gift cards for yourself for any value. They stack up and your money isn't stuck in a junk drawer.
Edit: use-anywhere type gift cards
Edit: amazon link
It’s called a ssscat. I have one. Use it. Love it. It gets bonus points for occasionally scaring my wife even more than the cat.
Ssscat. Although the replacement canisters are kind of expensive, I recently found out that the top is fairly universal and apparently you can just use compressed air from Staples or something. We have gotten to the point that we don't even need it on our counters anymore, and mostly use it if we want to keep the kitties out of a room temporarily, we just set it outside, and they stay away without scratching at the door. We usually don't even turn it on anymore.
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I've used this, SSSCat, to deter my girl from jumping to areas she's not supposed to. But she's a little devil, and if I remove it, she'll go back up. However, now I don't need to turn it on. It's presence is enough of a deterrent.
This is the cage I got for mine. It's a little pricey but it's great quality, metal and solid. Also very easy to assemble and clean with the way both doors on each level open up. [link]
You're absolutely right. Cats need to make a full stretch so that post obviously not tall enough for the cat to use for this purpose. I swear by this scratching post. I had a really long and big cat who destroyed the arms of my couch. It was years of this and I was at a loss about what to do since I had already tried the sticky stuff, sprays, and other posts. Finally I found that post and it was a night and day change in my cat's behavior. He LOVED that post and immediately stopped scratching my couch. He got the full stretch he needed and he loved the texture.
When people say that cats know what they're doing, they're right but it's not spite and it will never be spite. The human just hasn't figured out what it is the cat needs to change their behavior. Cats do things for a reason and it's up to us as caretakers to figure it out to stop the behavior.
Check out this thing I used from Amazon! I have a climbing, chatty tortie who LOVED placing her ass directly on my dish towels/dishes and this fixed it.
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Hilarious! Here's the product: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Deterrent-Activated-Repellent-Environmentally/dp/B0721735K9
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Test the water again with a liquid kit as strips are super inaccurate.
Mosquito Bits. Sprinkle them on the top of the soil or add them to the water you use to water your plants. By far the easiest way to deal with fungus gnats and a 30z container could last for years.
Seriously, this is the most inhumane and dumb shit someone could do.
I adopted a pair earlier this year and the guy who sold them to me had them in this tiny little cage that could maybe fit one for a short weekend trip.
First thing I did when I got home was ordering a giant cage off amazon. ([link])
For the time they were in the tiny cage until the new one arrived, they wouldn't move much and looked miserable and angry.
Now they are active and have tons of room to fly around in their cage and look much happier than when I got them.
It's harder if you've left it later, but there are a few options.
Motion detecting repellent is probably the best way. They train cats that a location is off-limits because they'll get sprayed, even if you're not around. It happens every time, all the time, so they quickly learn. Best of all, it's never linked to you so it can't possibly harm your relationship with your cat. Alternatively tape down some aluminum foil on the area. Many cats hate the fact it russles as they walk on it and it will panic them.
If you're around when the cat gets scared though you then have to fuss over them to make them happy.
What's also important though is if your cats like the counters they likely like being high, in which case it will really help if there's an alternative. Shelving or a cat tree for example. These can be harder to simply implement but they can really help.
And finally, don't leave incentives for your cat to jump up if you do. Don't leave food out etc. Reduce the reasons they want to be up there.
Here ends my knowledge gained from watching My Cat From Hell
I’ve purchased these little things that sense motion and spray air to keep mine from jumping on a table where he was constantly knocking down a lamp! He jumped up maybe twice, was sprayed with air, and has never jumped up on the table again since! link
I would say a cage like this is strongly recommended for happy lovebirds, unless you’re letting them free roam your house a few hours a day and the cage is for sleeping only.
I believe Air Wick makes them you can buy them almost anywhere. Drug stores, grocery stores, Wal-mart, Target, etc.
EDIT: There is an actual item made for the sole purpose of repelling pets. It's called a Ssscat
They look ok from this, but unfortunately test strips are actually incredibly unreliable. They also don't test for ammonia, which is possibly the #1 most important thing you need to test for. As soon as you're able, you'll want to pick up a liquid test kit instead so you know things are ok for sure. This is the cheapest but also most accurate one out there.
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You need to go see a vet. He is dying. You also need to get a water test kit like this. The water needs to stay between 15-18 Celsius. He should be eating earthworms at this point.
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Maybe try this? It's overpriced on amazon for some reason, you should be able to get it half the price if you shop around.
It will startle you and your SO just as much, but it's hilarious.
The strips tend to not be particularly well regarded. They're really hard to read and aren't known for being super accurate.
Liquid test kits tend to be better and easier to read. Something like theAPI master test kit is recommended as an easy all in one option that's in pretty much every pet store.
Personally I think you might be starting out on the wrong foot if you use distilled. Honestly better to get the 4 stage RO Buddie from Amazon for $60.
This isn’t really the hobby to cut corners on, but you do you.
Ok go do a 25% water change. Make sure to follow the instruction on the water conditioner.
Next step. Go back to the store and tell them they’re all idiots. Pick up a liquid water test kit. API FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT 800-Test Freshwater Aquarium Water Master Test Kit, White, Single [link]
Get a slime coat solution like seachem stressguard too.
You can try a ssscat device, you can buy it online and possibly at a local pet store. It is motion sensored so when it cat comes near it will put out a puff of air and it won't go into your room. We use it to keep the cats away from our door at night or they will lick our faces when we sleep.
Here is a link to amazon and reviews [link]
Since you had fish die of unknown causes I would disinfect everything in the tank and get new filter media. Bleach/white vinegar are good options for cleaning. Just make sure everything is super well rinsed afterwards.
There's been no fish in there for a while, so the cycle will be dead. Ordinarily you don't ever want to change out your filter media (save for chemical filtration types ex. carbon) as it would crash your cycle.
Make sure you fishless cycle the tank.
You also 100% need a liquid water test kit.
As far as plants go, have sand as a substrate and get some root tabs. Easy plants: java ferns (don't bury these, tie to decor), anubias (don't bury rhizome), java moss, moss balls, anacharis, and amazon swords.
The nicrew lights on amazon are really cheap and work well for low-tech, low-light setups.
Bare minimum for a betta to be healthy and happy:
-5 gallon tank or larger (with a lid, since bettas can and will jump surprisingly high)
-Water testing kit
-Decor (this can be as cheap or as expensive as you want)
Most of the basic equipment will be cheapest if you buy used. The water testing kit is cheapest on Amazon. You also don't need to buy everything at once. Start with the tank, filter, conditioner, and testing kit, and you can begin working on your fishless cycle while you get the decorations and everything else. Food you can get at the same time as the fish if you want. I've found craft mesh makes a really cheap tank lid.
After everything is set up, make sure you can dedicate just a little time to daily feeding and weekly water testing and water changes.
I'd just like to point out that these things are the minimum. I understand college can be very demanding as far as time, space, and money goes. If this sounds like too much, I highly encourage you to wait on getting a betta until after college. Don't sacrifice the fish's health in order to get one now. /r/Jarrariums can give you some super neat ideas for smaller, cheaper, lower-maintenance setups that don't include fish but will still be very nice and relaxing.
The API master test kit contains everything you need, and is on sale on amazon right now for wayyyyyy cheaper than in any stores.
I'd fully recommend the api kit compared to the paper kits that are out there, as the paper kits are notoriously inaccurate.
A hard freeze would help. But seriously..
I somehow have got the problem under control by a professional service but I also supplement it with this:
Summit Responsible Solutions Mosquito Bits - Quick Kill, 30 Ounce [link]
Idk how well it works but anytime it rains I go around like a mad man pouring that in every puddle. Mosquitos love me and this is the first summer/fall I haven’t bathed in bug spray.
There are very few mosquitoes in Seattle. We don't even have screens, like most of our neighbors. If you have a lot of them you might have a source on your property or near it -- standing water where they breed. We have a sump pit in an outdoor stairway that I regularly add "Mosquito Bits" to. Find the standing water near you and do the same!
We have this cage or one very similar: Midwest Deluxe Critter Nation [link]
The pans avoid the issues of bumblefoot but we still pad it out with fleece. Our rats chew through the fleece so we end up buying more pretty regularly but it’s plenty of space for our 4 rattos :)
A 2 story critter nation should be plenty. You can officially add a 3rd story no problem if 2 isn't enough. Or connect 2 or more side by side.
A 2 story CN Cage is ~$250.
Edit: Apparently they've gone up a bit ($300) [link]
Hopefully your local shippers aren't trash and kick yours off the back of the truck....
I would suggest getting the following first:
- Tank (Also buy a filter if your tank doesn't come with one)
- Fish food
- Water Testing Kit
Once you scape your tank you should add a pinch of fish food to start off the Nitrogen Cycle
And over the next 2-6 months you should constantly check your water conditions. Once you have 0 ppm of amonia and nitrite you will be able to add livestock To the tank.
If you do have any more questions or you just need help just DM me and I'll be happy to help!
Get some scratching posts instead of cardboard boxes. My cats love these: [link]
They're a little expensive but so worth it. Very durable too.
Hahaha this reminded me of this old thing my mom used to have for our cats. It’s motion activated canned air and it is the funniest thing I have ever seen. You just stick it on your counter facing the part where your cats would jump up and then when they do, it’ll just spray a quick, loud burst of air that sounds like a hiss. Your cats will indubitably flip their shit and get off the counter.
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It's sturdy, durable, and my cat loves it. Only downside, the base is biiiig. Which is why it's so sturdy, but also makes it hard to find room if you have limited space.
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Using a water test kit! Absolutely necessary for fish-keeping. You can get them at most pet stores, but they're cheaper on Amazon. Make sure you get a LIQUID DROP kit, not paper test strips. The paper strips are horribly inaccurate.
Don't worry about the pH, what you need the values for are ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates. The only safe value for ammonia or nitrite is 0ppm. Anything higher is harmful and can cause a lot of issues with fish and their tanks, including cloudy water. Same goes for nitrates, but nitrates are safe up to 20ppm. You still want to keep them as low as you can though.
In the meantime, do lots of partial water changes. If your water is that cloudy, I can almost guarantee it's a water quality issue, and doing water changes will help reduce the levels in your tank into safer measures, and in the process clear things up.
I'm not trying to upset you or make you feel bad. I'm trying to explain part of what the issue is, and prevent bad things from happening to your fish as well in the future. Please just read the care guide I linked if you don't believe me.
Believe me when I say I understand money issues, I've had/am having my fair share of them, but these fish are relying on you/your sister/your guardians for all their care. Space, safe heating, and safe filtration are necessities for these pets to live and thrive.
10 gallon tanks are $10 right now at pet co if you're in the continental US, I highly recommend that as a cheap option for an upgrade. A lot of pet stores will also test your water for free if you bring in a sample. Test kits are $18.15 on Amazon right now, I know that's not cheap but it's insanely important to save up for and get one asap. Craigslist, /r/Aquaswap, facebook marketplace, etc are all great places to look for cheap used equipment as well. If you're in the Wisconsin area, pm me and I can give you some of my old supplies.
What I'm trying to tell you is, like /u/pyropixieshesaid said, the heater is not the only issue here. Poor water quality from living in a small unfiltered tank will cause stress and health issues to begin with (even if they don't seem immediately visible) and while the heater definitely seems to have triggered/made things worse, it's not the only problem here.
Go with Neocardina, they come in basically every color.
What you need to understand tho is this. If you mix different colors of neocardina, they will interbreed and eventually your tank will return to wild color neos which are clear/brown. If you want to prevent this you can mix species that cant breed, such as Neocardina + cardina.
I recommend you pick any color neocardina shrimp. If you plan on doing a multispecies tank, think about getting a cheap r/o system like this. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00204CQF6/
Learn to use saltyshrimp gh/kh salt to get parameters right. Set it for cardina shrimp. since neos can live in cardina parameters. Get neos first, After 2-3 months if your neos are thriving, then add in some cardina shrimps.
Make sure to allow your tank enough time to cycle! It usually takes 4 or so weeks to cycle. During your cycle is a good time to figure out and make adjustments to your hard scape and plants, in my opinion, since there aren't any shrimp in there that you'd have to worry about and work around. Make sure you have a water testing kit and test every 2-3 days to track how your cycle is going. This is one of the most commonly used and best kits.
Mosses are a good choice because biofilm will grow on them. I'd suggest getting a sponge filter too because the shrimp will like to graze on it and will help filter your water. Also, if your shrimp have babies a sponge filter is the best way to ensure they have food to eat and won't get sucked up and die.
Unless your tank has a ton of shrimp you probably won't have to feed them at all. Test out if they have enough food by putting some blanched vegetables in the tank and if they seem uninterested after 15 or so minutes then they probably don't need to be fed and have enough food naturally building up in the tank. Don't over feed, especially in a small tank like that. If you do it will cause ammonia to quickly buildup and can kill your shrimp.
The biggest thing I have noticed is to have fun with it and see what works for you. Do your own research on everything, even the stuff I suggested, and figure out how to care for them through mild trial and error. Don't be afraid to change up your scape a few times if you're not in love with it or if it's not growing how you want. Some of your shrimp will die early on but don't be discouraged.
Get a water testing kit to monitor ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates, as those are vital for fish health. Safe parameters are 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, and 20ppm or less nitrates. I recommend the liquid test kit over test strips, as strips can be very inaccurate and don't always include ammonia.
In the meantime, do a 50% water change for each of them immediately with new water, treated with water conditioner. That should help dilute the waste in the tank.
Might wanna see if any fish stores or /r/AquaSwap in the area will rehome your fish instead of you trying to save them. I'd say your best bet is to rehome the non-betta fish and then keep your betta in the tank alone (like it should in that tank) and keep the water quality pristine with daily water changes and get yourself a freshwater testing kit [link]
> No one has answered me this
No-one can really answer unless you do a water test. Yes, it looks like it's low on oxygen in warm water, but who knows?
Get this, or lose fish: [link]
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I had a terrible fungus gnat situation and putting Mosquito Bits on the soil before I watered eliminated them. Neem, hydrogen peroxide, and yellow sticky pads didn't work for me, but this did. It kills the larvae.
You'll save money in the long run if you buy one of these. That's a super good sale right now, too.
If your cats counter surf and you don't want them to, that's your own fault.
I've had 6 cats through my life and I've just bought this thing that sprays air when it detects motion in front of it (years ago it was aluminum foil instead), left it on the counter while I slept or went to school/work and all of mine have stopped jumping up within a week or two of coming home.
"The cat's gonna do whatever they want" is just code for "I'm a lazy owner who won't make any attempt to train them" imo.
Yes YT or some chill playlist is a perfect thing for them to get more comfortable. For the parakeets if the room is quiet it means it’s danger around. So you are doing a right thing to adding some background noise for them! Also I suggest cover the cage during the night with a cloth, it will muffle the sound & make them feel safer.
Birds are taking it hard to be rehomed & all I can suggest is to be patient. It will most likely take around 2-3 weeks to get them settle in & get comfortable. But yes, this cage is more like a transporting cage, I suggest check out Amazon for bigger cages with big doors. like this
You can also find better perches on amazon suggestions (basically pieces of branches you attach to the sides with metal fastenings, also wooden toys, swings, ladders, chewing toys, rattan/hay balls for rodents (I suggest to not add any mirrors & toys made of cheap fragile plastic) also do not use any air fresheners, hair sprays, scented oil diffusers, scented candles, perfumes in the same room as birds. They have very sensitive lungs, this is one of the biggest hazards for them.
This stuff works so well for fungus gnats. Just sprinkle some in your watering can before you water and viola!
Starter bacteria is usually a waste of money. Step 1:) Thoroughly, understand the cycling process. 2:) Get yourself a water testing kit (avoid the strips), something like API Freshwater Master Test Kit https://www.amazon.com/API-FRESHWATER-800-Test-Freshwater-Aquarium/dp/B000255NCI . Step 3:) I cycled my aquarium by putting small amounts of plain ammonia in it, look at the ingredients to make certain it does NOT have surfactants in it. Step 4:) You're going to have to wait something like 4-8 weeks for it to completely cycle. Step 5:) Add your fish slowly, species by species, so as to not bombard your bacteria cultures. You have to be patient with this. Glo fish generally aren't cheap.
I think that's a good plan. If you have access to Amazon, I can't recommend this birdcage enough. I have gotten one for all my birds and most recently my 2 English budgies upgraded and they think it's the best thing ever. The rolling ability rocks and this thing is HUGE for the price you are paying.
Don't get discouraged...the people on this subreddit and /r/parrots are really helpful and supportive. I'm really happy you are looking for advice and talking with people about what to do to make your bird happy and healthy. That shows you care.
API freshwater Master test kit so you can measure you're water parameters. You can find it at your lps or lfs Amazon.
I'm still learning myself but you want to watch out for Ammonia and nitrite and nitrate getting Too high. Nitrate is the safest of the 3 but you need to make sure it doesn't get crazy.
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> This is only something that happens when a delivery is brought out with an Amazon vehicle...
You should also be very careful with 3rd party sellers.
GiftCards via email, is the only safe method imo.
The API Test Kit is most commonly used and it's $22 on Amazon. It's definitely worth the investment and lasts a long time.
I used the cage you have as a temporary cage for my cockatiel as my cage I originally ordered him wouldn't come in time for him. I didn't like it very much because I still found it too small for him.
This is the cage that I had originally bought him and use to this date: Prevue Hendryx Pet Products Wrought Iron Flight Cage [link]
You can find it cheaper on Petco I believe, especially since they have discounts often. I got mine for around $118. This one was cheaper than the one you have for some reason (I suspect it's because if the thinner bars).
Ssssscat can works for us
Or spiked plastic mats
[link] This is the only thing that saved our couch. Not completely, but our three assholes will scratch this over the couch nine times out of ten.
Critter Nation. Sturdy, large (especially if you get the double), easy to clean. Got mine second hand for around $80.
Here's a link so you know what it looks like: [link]
API Master freshwater test kit is excellent. And a good value.
Research the nitrogen cycle before you buy any fish.
This kit doesn’t measure water hardness. Get that done free at your pet store. It shouldn’t change much as long as you use the same water source. Tailor your fish selection to your water hardness and pH and you’ll have a much easier time with your new hobby from the start!
Being completely honest here, i despise those cages. They’re overpriced for the amount of space you get (which isnt enough for any species) for your bird and do not use space effectively (which is obviously a massive thing for birds)
You’d essentially be downgrading the amount of space he has to work with, is there a reason you can’t bring his current cage into another room? Are you hellbent on a tabletop cage? this cage is around the same price but its way more space
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Your tanks most likely aren’t fully cycled. In my experience, it usually takes a little more than a month to establish the bacteria that make the aquarium nitrogen cycle happen. (The cycle is as follows: fish produce ammonia, bacteria break ammonia into nitrite, and a different bacteria break it into nitrate. Then you remove nitrate by doing weekly water changes)
As you probably have fish in uncycled tanks, you’re doing a fish-in cycle. That’s a little risky, as you found out the hard way. Test your tanks ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate every day. Change 30% of the water whenever one of those values get too high. That will likely be every 2-4 days. When your ammonia and nitrite are nearly zero and you’ve got high nitrates, your tank is cycled.
And a quick word on water change, make sure that the new dechlorinated water is close to the same temperature; temperature shock can kill fish. You may also want to grab the API Master Kit, as testing strips can get expensive for two cycling tanks. Link here: [link]
I put these bits in a gallon of water, then use the water on the plants until the gnats are gone. It doesn’t work as well on the adult gnats, but stops new ones.
it looks like a critter nation. cant tell if its a single or double, but i bought mine on amazon:
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So, first thing, test strips are basically useless. They're hard to read and also very inaccurate. Here's an example.
Next thing, pH isn't that important. It's more important that it's kept constant than that it is a specific number, so don't worry about pH really. Especially do not use any chemicals that are intended to alter it, as that will make it unstable.
The most important things to be checking are ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. The cheapest most reliable testing kits are the API freshwater master test kits. They're cheapest on amazon but they're also sold in most pet stores, and the price isn't majorly different. Get one of those as soon as you can.
There is no way the tank that goldfish is currently in is cycled if there's any ammonia present. Do you have a filter on it? If so, how long has the tank been running and what is your water change schedule?
I use 66 quart sterilite tubs from Amazon as litter boxes. If you have Amazon prime - they also ship a great clumping litter for $13 and free shipping (40 lb bags). I have 2 and go thru about 40 lbs a week.
Get at least 1 of these scratching posts - even my full grown MCs love this and can't knock it over. My breeder has a couple of these too.
They are actually on sale for half off on Amazon right now! - ours cost $41. Snatch it up while you can, IMO, /u/cockleburrito
>If you've been doing a fish-in cycle for 2 months and haven't lost a fish, go ahead and pat yourself on the back for that.
>I would imagine that after 2 months and fish, your tank may actually be cycled already.
I also second this, although using Platies probably helped a lot with that. They're about as close to indestructible as you can get in aquarium fish, which is why a lot of people recommend using livebearers if you absolutely have to do a fish-in cycle.
Amazon is selling these flight cages for only $85 right now. For their size, they are an absolute steal (normal price is $100).
I agree that the goal should never be to simply get the minimum cage size for any bird. The small birds in particular are very active, and benefit greatly from having enough space to hop, fly, climb, and play. Especially if they are going to be locked up for most of the day.
Awesome to hear! Yeah, that's why I never do that. My cats have a traumatic response to just the yearly vet visits. So we just brush and comb, and get knots while they are still small. Bathing we simply don't do. I've bathed my cats maybe 2-3 times each in their entire lives, and it was because of diarrhea/puke in their fur or whatever. Otherwise they do a good job themselves. As for nails, scratching posts scratching posts scratching posts. And not the crappy ones that tip over. A big one they can fully stretch out on and really dig into like a tree. I swear by these SmartCat ones. They are on Amazon or at Petcos I believe. I have 3, one in each of our main living areas. They love these things, see shedded nails all around the thing. It's a quasi natural way for them to take of their own nails.
Glad kitty is alright though! :)
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What are the dimensions of the 13g? Could you link it maybe? The footprint impacts the tankmates options you have. You could for sure do shrimp and/or snails, and depending of the footprint, a school of dwarf cory catfish! They do great with bettas since they're very peaceful bottom-feeders.
I agree that pure ammonia would be faster and simpler than the food method.
Live plants wont affect the cycle very much. Silk plants are a great option too, choose whichever you prefer.
For substrate, if you get cory catfish you need sand. They like to dig through it with their barbels. It's adorable tbh. Also I just kind prefer sand generally, it looks super nice and makes placing decorations way easy.
A few recommendations:
-The API master test kit is awesome and very accurate. It's also cheaper on Amazon than at any pet store.
-Seachem Prime is the best water conditioner imo, it's super concentrated so it lasts way longer than other brands.
-You didn't mention it, but make sure you get a thermometer too! A heater is important, but it's impossible to know if its working right without a thermometer. Pet Stores sell little glass ones for like $2-$3 that are very accurate. Just whatever you do, don't get the sticker ones you put on the side of the tank... they're very hard to read, and they don't really tell you the water temp, just the temp of the room really.
That's all I can think of right now, good luck with your tank! Sounds very exciting!
You may want to remove fake plastic plants and imagine that their fins are more delicate than nylon tights. Get an API water test kit from Amazon;
Good luck on your future with your fish!
We use Ssscat motion activated air sprayers to keep our critters away from places they're not supposed to be. You don't need to buy the proprietary refills, just get canned air from the office store. The cans are universal fit.
We've been using these things for years. There is also another version by a different company we found on Amazon that also beeps so you can use it even when the canned air runs out. I couldn't find the link for it at the moment though, but it is worth seeking out.
This is the original Ssscat. They are worth it.
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Here's a link to a good test kit. You can buy them in stores as well, but they're cheapest on Amazon. In the meantime I'd do a 50% water change immediately, and keep doing those daily until you get the test kit.
This looks like fin rot (the red bits look especially bad), possibly in combination with tearing/biting.
How big is his tank and when is the last time you changed his water? Do you use a gravel vacuum to clean the substrate? I can see waste build up at the bottom of the gravel in this picture.
Also you should really invest in your own liquid test kit. They're $14.95 on amazon right now. link
That's exactly why we got them. We got them off of Amazon. Here's exactly what we bought
Would this testing kit be worth it? Or would you have any one day amazon recommendations? The ones at the store seemed overly priced.
I recommend mosquito bits! First learned about them over on /r/isopods. Safe for use with them (crustaceans) and tried them in my bioactive dubia cockroach and morio beetle tank--no problems! They're basically just corn granules coated with a bacteria strain (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensi) which kills the larval form of mosquitos and fungus gnats.
It seems to be most effective if you sprinkle some granules in water, let them soak a bit for the bacteria to become free-floating, then water all substrate with that until all larvae and adults and eggs have died. It seems to only kill in the larvae stage, so you do have to continue to dose for a bit, but it seemed pretty effective for me.
I've also had great luck with apple cider vinegar traps (literally just apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap--breaks surface tension better--in a container, they drown trying to get to it) if you can find a way to plop that in gecko-proofed. Some people put a rubber banded bit of cellophane with holes in it to catch more flies, might keep curious geckos out.
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l 100% understand the quarantine situation. You can get a master test kit from amazon: here. The problem is space. Fish stores and the like will completely BS a customer "Yeah those fish can live together," "Yeah this tank will be big enough," in order to make a sale. Goldfish need a lot of room, single tailed goldfish need an INSANE amount of room. They need this because their bodies will stop growing, but their organs do not. This is why goldfish only live for at most a few years when in tiny spaces before developing health problems or dying from their stunting.
For people who can't upgrade tanks right away I always say do as many water changes as you can while you wait. It won't fix the problem, but it will help. Goodluck, I'm routing for the little guy to live to enjoy a full sized tank.
oh I can help!!!! this stuff right here is a miracle worker for fungus gnats and it's plant/animal safe.
Vision can be on the fence in terms of longevity. I read of reviews of things breaking and it is unable to find pieces for it. I recommend this one.
You know you have finished cycling when both ammonia and nitrites go to 0 within 12-24h after adding a dose of ammonia. Get API liquid test kit, that way you can check daily on how the cycle is doing. First week your ammonia will be really high but then it starts going down, then you´ll see nitrite spike and that too will subside down (takes a bit longer), after that you are officially cycled. This is a good article with ammonia calculator to give you an overview how the process works.
It can take anything between 2 weeks to a month or two, it depends also how much ammonia you are adding. I wanted to fully stock pretty much straight away, so were adding 3-4ppm (only after it went back down to 0), both 55l and my 90l took 2 weeks to do this.