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  2. mjfromga

    My Golden Adventure

    Oddly enough, Blue here only cost about $2. It's funny how cheap Shubunkin babies are here. I have several types I haven't truly owned before and so far they seem pretty tough and hardy, so with luck I'll be able to raise some types I haven't been able to raise before. A Common, both standard and London Shubunkins, and a Sarassa Comet.
  3. Today
  4. FishyMandy

    My Golden Adventure

    I'm glad all your mud babies are ok. I love bug shubies. I'd love to see Blue get nice and big too
  5. Yesterday
  6. mjfromga

    My Golden Adventure

    Gotcha. Seems that sometimes there's just a bad batch. It does happen. I'm careful now with quarantine too. I'll never get another import and I quarantine outside on the OTHER side of the house well away from my current fishies. Super careful. I figured you would like this blue baby. I hope he does well because I can imagine how pretty he would look if he were to get to the size of say... Rustic. I've never had a Shubunkin before. The only non tiny ones I've seen in person is the occasional one at the goldfish show. I'm excited to see if I can grow some Shubunkins this spring/summer. I saw all my mud babies yesterday too. Totally fine. A cold spell is coming, but they made it through the first one and I believe in them. I do have a cover this time to try and keep ice off them.
  7. FishyMandy

    My Golden Adventure

    I am most likely going to euth them. I've had multiple cases of dropsy, thankfully nothing these guys have touched have touched anything that touches any of my other fish. I'm so super careful with keeping QT stuff separate now since having things creep from a QT to a main tank. It is a bummer though. One fish died before it got to me, I didn't get a good look at it but that looked pineconed too. She said she was giving them up because she needed more time to focus on her family but who knows. As far as I know all these fish were from the same source, a LFS that I have bought from multiple times without issue, I know for sure at least 3 of them were from there, but saying that I don't know what her maintenance was like, there were 6 (small) fish in a 50g tank, its quite tall compared to it's length (a corner tank) not great for fancies, they were in a bucket for about 24 hours before I got to pick them and the tank up, the one that died before I got there was dead in the bucket when I got there so no idea how long it had been dead in there for. So I feel like there is a lot that could be contributing to it. The only other time I've had multiple fish get dropsy at the same time was the three calico butterflies I bought...2 years ago? They all came from the same place (Not the place mentioned above), bought at the same time, two were dead a week later,competely pineconed, the third, pineconed very slightly but pulled through, she's never been completely 'right' though and if she ever started pineconing or anything again I wouldn't even try to treat. My friend, who bought fish from the same batch from that store, also lost half of them to dropsy. Small young fish. Overall I've had dropsy more times than I wish to think about, but has mostly been in older fish who had been with me for 7+ years. I hate dropsy, Id honestly rather find the fish dead with seemingly no explanation than see them with dropsy. ANYWAY enough ranting lol, Blue is beautiful! I love Blue Based Shubies and I love how he has that white head! I wouldn't have been able to resist him either
  8. mjfromga

    My Golden Adventure

    None of them look very old and so it's odd that multiple of them are having dropsy issues. I've never had dropsy myself, but it's uncommon to get multiple fish to come down with it at once. Did your friend have issues with fish illness and loss before she passed these to you? Just wondering why she pulled away from the tank and fish. Might be related. I haven't had dropsy, but I had a massive outbreak of disease from a foreign (seemingly healthy) fish last winter that destroyed all my babies. No medicine could save even one of them in the end. I gave the same seller another shot but said I would never mix his fish with mine. When the new fish begun to show signs, I threw in the towel, unwilling to risk another mass outbreak. My point is, at this point, if these were my fish, I would unfortunately put them all down or seek to send them back to where they came from. It seems like something is spreading and after my nightmare, I will never take chances with the unknown. If it were ich, my decision of course wouldn't be the same but if I don't know what is causing fish illness, I won't take any chances. You truly did a lot to make me like single tails more and more and I actually am beginning to actively find some of them nice and want them. This is Blueberry, or just "blue". I got this fish thinking of nothing but you, so I figured to show you. Got her on the 6th, this was uploaded on the 7th. She's still fine thankfully. I think this girl will go into the mud with the others when she's done with quarantine, she seems strong.
  9. FishyMandy

    My Golden Adventure

    Well others are now following suit...Cola (bronze oranda) is pineconed and Mirinda (orange chu) is very slightly pineconed too. Thinking there is something with all of these fish
  10. FishyMandy

    What did you do today?

    Nice deal on the dog food!
  11. Last week
  12. mjfromga

    What did you do today?

    Petco had a sale on its less popular foods that were set to expire next month. I got these 3 bags, 13 lbs of food for around $5. Pretty great deal when that bag of Blue Wilderness is usually around $26 by itself. My dog is 100 lbs so the food won't sit too long and so I'm not pressed about the nearing expiration dates on it. They're sealed bags and all is well. He's sort of a chubby man and so I don't suspect that he will have any issues as far as taste goes. I also decided to do a pH test on a bottle of water that we buy just out of curiosity, and the pH was 8.8 off the charts high... Same as my tap water. Very interesting indeed.
  13. FishyMandy

    My Golden Adventure

    Yea, fingers crossed, but I never let myself get too hopeful
  14. mjfromga

    My Golden Adventure

    She's my favorite as well. Sad. Maybe she will pull through.
  15. ShadowScru

    Pearlscale tail rot

    A tank slightly above 20gals. I had to crop the image as the file size was too big
  16. FishyMandy

    My Golden Adventure

    Well, Lucy, the orange and white ranchu, and my favourite of the newbies, is pineconing. Disappointed, but can't say I'm surprised somehow.
  17. Go_redfish

    What did you do today?

    Synodontis eupterus. Common names are featherfin Cat or squeaker cat. This one is about 9.5 inches and probably female. (Females get bigger and have pot bellies and egg tube) its been a fun fish to watch so far. How come cleaning a tank always makes a mess of it? Lol Got a measure of her before she settled in. Chunky girl
  18. koko

    Pearlscale tail rot

    If you can please give us a photo of this tail. What kind of tank where they in before this?
  19. I got a suggestion for your power head. You can attach a sponge filter to it, then you have the power head pushing the water but the sponge as a filter. Thats great news to hear. Yeah I don't like the use meds but if it did the trick Im so glad
  20. koko

    What did you do today?

    Is that a high fin banded shark> that is such an interesting looking fish 👀? How sad, Im glad you where there to help her out, that was so kind of you. Need more of that I did a water change the other day. Replaced the motor and peller to my HOB Then Wiped all the glass down and man was that a messy tank after
  21. AquaAurora

    AquaAurora's Goldfish MTS Chronicles

    Thank you very much ^^ I think I lost some vals (but from melt off when moved from 55g to 75g) but they don't pull them up. My amazon swords are doing well. My melon swords however were completely devoured. Aponogeton crispus is doing great-nibbled on and algae covered but it keeps growing. Also have some crypts (common wendtii brown/green)
  22. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/OCEAN-FREE-GENERAL-AID-ACRIFLAVINE-240-ML-AQUARIUM-MEDICATION/201818494547?epid=1858113384&hash=item2efd51d653:g:Bi0AAOSw2gxYozbe
  23. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    Acriflavine is a chemical, not an antibiotic. It’s in the API liquid fungus cure bottles, let me see if I can locate some for you. It also comes as a powder.
  24. Caretta Rose

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    I’ve been able to find Furan-2 powder packets on Amazon but not having luck with acriflavine. I messaged my LFS asking, but I guess there is a new law in Canada around certain meds and anti-bacterials. If any users know of a Canadian alternative to acriflavine please let me know.
  25. mjfromga

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    Don't get me wrong, I fully think that the methylene blue will be useless. I don't have any reason to believe that this is fungal... So I believe ALL antifungal approaches will be useless. I did say that. Yes the acriflavine does have much stronger fungicidal etc effects, but that's also what makes it much harsher of a med in general. The OP is free to do what she wants. I simply cannot stand behind medicating this fish with those meds in this case and so I decided to add my opinion this time. I've seen medications recommended on nearly every disease thread recently when I wasn't sure that they were needed and I decided to say something this time. If the bumps are fungal, much like most external fungal infections, they should begin to worsen/intensify fairly quickly if left untreated but are still not generally life threatening until left for quite some time. That's just how fish fungus usually works. This is why I advised to wait and see before the fish is attacked with medications. If they begin to worsen, then try the meds. If they respond, then that's great. You know what works. If Taryl stands behind this treatment and recommends it, then I say go for it. She's always been a great help to me and I trust her judgment on this issue.
  26. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    I do not believe meth blue will be useful in this situation. These are not open sores, and this isn’t a fry or juvenile needing some help keeping fungus spores at bay with their fragile immune systems. I have not personally found acriflavine to be harsh on *goldfish*. Beneficial bacteria in the filter, inverts, and certain tetra species? Yes. That’s why it wouldn’t be the worst broad spectrum treatment in this case, and combined with the malachite green in the furan and the gram negative antibacterial, the two together stand a good chance of handling this if it is NOT viral. The acriflavine also seems to penetrate the slime coat a bit better than meth blue in addition to stronger antiseptic/fungicidal/bactericidal action. I’m a big proponent of meth blue for certain issues, like topical ulcers, fin rot, etc. But for these sort of cysts it may help and is unlikely to hurt. The other treatments that could knock out fungus are too weak (like Pimafix) or too toxic to goldfish (like copper or formalin used in the wrong concentrations), IMO. I would generally advise to wait and see as well because I do believe these are viral, but the men’s combo suggested by Koko’s friend is actually quite sound for eliminating other potential sources of the symptom and with comparably little risk to the fish. A wait and see approach has the downside of possibly causing the fish to weaken and be more susceptible to stress from the treatment, but that’s far from a given. Someone poke me if more help is needed. OP, it’s your decision, you’ve been given plenty of information to decide treatment (or not) from here. I’m pretty busy (and still kind of stuck with a healing ankle and house reno drama) so I don’t always remember to check in, but you can reach out with an @ if more help is needed.
  27. mjfromga

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    I don't think your maintenance is the issue here but if you find that your filter pads are extremely dirty each time, upping maintenance won't hurt. A prefilter sponge also isn't a bad idea if you notice food being sucked into the filter. I have them for my tropical tank and it really helps food from going into the filters. I don't think this is fungal. I mean I could be wrong but there's nothing here that supports that this is a fungal infection. It doesn't even look fungal to me. The streaks are very mild and they make sense alongside these bumps. To me it's not a concern either. With methylene blue, you MUST NOT dose the tank with it. It'll stain everything a dark blue color and ruin the inside of the tank. You mix the solution in a bowl and you dip the fish in it for a few seconds and then you put the fish back in the tank. This can be done daily for a while to see if it helps. And unlike Acriflavine, methylene blue is very very gentle. Now - I don't expect it to help because though methylene blue is extremely effective on fungus, I don't think this is fungus. If the issue is stemming from your filter, and you seek to kill whatever is in your filter, understand that by treating your main tank, you may very well kill the good with the bad. Acriflavine put on my fish in a paste completely crashed her cycle almost instantly. I cannot recommend trying to use it in your main tank. No way. I've never used Pimafix myself and haven't seen success with it on goldfish, only tropicals. You said the fish appears to be behaving normally and so I definitely cannot and do not recommend hitting him with any meds or placing him in hospital. If anything, I would simply observe for a while and do nothing unless I see any change in behavior or the bumps get much worse.
  28. Caretta Rose

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    I really appreciate all the input! I do filter maintenance on a monthly basis and clean it with tank water. It is pretty powerful and picks up a lot of gunk. I'm not sure if it could stem from overfeeding because I watch until every morsel if eaten (unless it crumbles like kale but I normally feed messy items on wc days). Could fungus also arise in the fish waste itself? I could make an effort to do filter maint more frequently. However, if this is a fungus infection arising from within the filter itself, would it make sense to dose the whole tank and therefore treat whatever could be hiding in my filter? I am willing to begin with something gentler such as methlyne blue to see if that has an effect. Could I dose the whole tank or would it still be recommended to isolate and quarantine? I am concerned about the stress of moving and being apart from the other. A thought also crossed my mind about pimafix which is much more accessible to me - could a swab of pimafix also be done in this case? The red streaks in the tail seem to come and go but the bumps themselves are still visible.
  29. koko

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    Fungus populates when people over feed and there's too much decaying matter in the filter and some clusters getting stuck in the walls or bottom of the tank. Fungus feeds on decaying matter. This is prevalent with people who feed with gel food. Residues dissolve in the water and organic mulm collects everywhere -- not just the filter. As for the ones who don't feed gelfood but is still seeing white nodules on their fish -- the need to do good maintenance of the filter media and never allow it to get clogged for too long. That was a suggestion for feeding the gel food. People have a tendency for feeding to much food and it will collect in filters and on the floor of the tank. Thats what that statement means. Meds aren't the answer to everything. I agree with this. But I have seen these white spots for years. Well thats your opinion I had asked a friend about this cause I kept seeing it over and over again. I wasn't saying poor maintenance. What I was trying to say and where I got the information from is trying to say is that over feeding and not cleaning out the filters can cause excess gunk in the filters causing fungus spores. yes if they are viral it will come back but if they are Fungus you can get it under control. I agree with going with something more milder, but I do worry about fish getting red streaks like this. Normally it indicates something not right with the fish. Im not saying Meds cure everything and Im not one to just use meds all the time. Also it was a suggestion, I always let others put there in put on D&D and Im always willing to learn new things from others. Its just an opinion and everyone has them
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