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  1. This morning at 9:00 KoKo was put to sleep so he would not continue to suffer. After trying everything I could find, talking to fish experts, using this forum, and still unable to come up with a solution for KoKo's problems he was just too weak to leave in the tank. I believe their is a difference between living and alive. KoKo was simply alive and out of respect with some heartfelt tears was put down today using clove oil. He went quietly without any struggle. I can't say enough how much I suggest people use this method as the fish simply goes to sleep and passes. I wish you all well and for now this will be my last post on this forum. I will be tarring down KoKo's 72 gallon bowfront tank and putting it on craigs list after a heavy cleaning using several bottles of hydrogen peroxide. It truly is a shame that we have come so far in keeping such wonderful pets to still have them taken away by something we are unable to understand and treat. God Bless and take care. James
  2. I have been treating KoKo in a rubbermaid container (it's slowly bowing at sides but holding). I have slowly added salt and have seen no helpful difference. He has actually gotten a few more white spots on his fins so if anything he is slowly getting worse or at least stuck at the same spot. I decided at this point to do a couple scrapings to see if parasites were anywhere around and found NO parasites. However I am at a loss to what this is. the first 3 photos are of the same area however the last one was taken with blue then switched to green glass below it to see if I could get any more detail. I believe it's nothing more than blood or a small peace of skin since I scraped him in several locations and this is all I turned up. and here are the two of same spot but different glass I didn't see anything of any help or interest other than a little algae.
  3. I am not trying to argue with you. I appreciate your information and do appreciate your time. If you say it's not too much then why should I say otherwise? Can you suggest filter for me? KoKo may be worse than I think. I don't know. All I know is it's slowly getting worse enough for me to come here looking for help. Who knows maybe I am stupid for not understanding what is wrong with him. Apparently I don't know enough or he wouldn't be in this spot. Anyhow I'm all ears. I have had apple snails in the past and it did from time to time crawl on the Goldfishes tail causing an issue at that time so I had to get rid of the snail. But then again maybe I was doing something wrong then too. I don't know and am always willing to listen and learn. The white streak on his tail has opened up into a hole as of today so going downhill is more than likely right. Thanks for your help and any additional info. you want to add.
  4. The AquaClear 110 Power Filter is ideal for use in 60-110 US gallon (227-416L) aquariums. This does 100 GPH. 700 would blow the fish around. This one almost seams too strong for him from time to time. Sounds good. I will try this. I'm a little concerned about that. Snails and Plecos tend to attack Goldfish especially a lethargic one. I fear it would not be a matter of if but a matter of when they would attack not to mention I have no clue what is causing this issue. I wouldn't want to infect another fish so for now that is out of the question. Thanks for all the info and the suggestions.
  5. One other thing, I love my book Fancy Goldfish A Complete Guide to Care and Collecting and it suggested that parasite or bacterial issues typically cause these issues and that is why I suggested I do a skin scraping and take photos under the microscope. I have been afraid to treat the tank with przi in case another form of treatment here is suggested however I have treated all my tanks and equipment with that every year to make sure I do not get an infestation like I had before that killed one of my other Goldfish. I can't recommend Prazi enough to people considering how safe it is to use. If I didn't see this with my own eyes I would swear it was ick/fungus on him but since I treated with permafix and melafix I know fungus would have been killed off not to mention I have seen fungus at work and this doesn't look anything like it (not fuzzy) I have read about fish pox but don't know if this is a possible match for it. I'm just lost and throwing things out there. KoKo does not miss a meal and does go about picking at the bottom of the tank a few times a day but spends most of his time watching TV (I guess since his favorite place is next to that end). If I wasn't worried I would offer him some potato chips Thanks again.
  6. I have forgot to add that I have been adding cycle every day since the nuking of the tank. This may be why I had little to no cycle. I will stop adding that today to see if anything changes but I have used that in the past and he has not had any reactions like this to it. Thanks again for trying.
  7. I was able to coax him to come out of hiding behind his favorite plant. He likes to sleep on it or under it. He has been quit lethargic lately and the white patches/stuff comes and goes at will. I took readings and everything is still as I listed above. I'm sure the tank had to cycle however I never saw any ammonia spike but did see nitrates and nitrites spike just after nuking the tank. I use Crushed coral (about a handful) in the bottom of the tank to keep the PH from moving from 8. The PH of my local water supply changes daily so that is why I added the crushed coral to the tank when it was setup. I have always used this method and it has worked out well over the years for me. KoKo never did fully clear up. This issue has been going on for months. The only reason I used the meds was because of the ulcer that formed on his side. I knew that was a major issue and had to be dealt with asap or he would die. KoKo has had some issue for the past several months (never did go away). I have tried everything I can think of to clear him up but I feel a parasite or a disease is at play and am completely lost on what to do. The pictures makes the issue in the top fin look like fungus or ick but unless it's a new kind its not like the Ick or fungus I've seen. All the plants in this tank are original plants he has had for over 3 years so nothing has been added to this tank other than water in the past 3 years and that includes the move over 6 months ago from the 125 gallon tank (just too big in room) down to this 72 gallon bow front tank. I do think some of these issues are excess slime but not sure what is causing it. KoKo is laying in his favorite plant now. (he is a funny fish) I feed Medigold and yes I started using Jumpstart when I thought he was getting better after nuking his tank. Then he started showing the same signs as if the other treatments were only temporary so that is why I went back to using Medigold. Thanks for everything, James
  8. Sorry its been a few days and I appreciate your kindness. I had a death in the family and am back at it again. I'm working on getting the algae off the glass but the camera keeps picking up on it and autofocuses on zooming in on it . At first I thought it was fungus but now I'm positive it's not. I don't have any personal experience with such an issue. This really has me stumped. When I get the glass cleaned I will attempt to take a couple scrapings of it and post the photos here. I'm not sure if they will be helpful or just cause confusion. Thanks again. James
  9. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 2-4 (untreated tap is 4) [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? ph 8 gh/kh 9dh 0 chloramines [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.6 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API [*]Water temperature? 74 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 72 Gallons and running for 8 months. [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Old Aquaclear 110 Thanks for any help.KoKo the formally black but now Orange Moore was named after my first visit to this wonderful websight. I hope any information listed here will help him return to his normal curious self. KoKo lives in a planted tank that must be trimed often. I do NOT feed the plants or add any adgitives to the water other than prime. KoKo lives in an allglass brand bowfront aquarium with pleanty of room for swiming. I have treated KoKo many times as whatever this is seams to come back. At first I know I had an issue with Flukes and treat every year for those even though I believe they are non-existant. I have not treated for over 6 months for this and use prazi powder from goldfishconnection.com For the first time I'm bluntly stumped. I have access to a microscope and a camera and can take scrapings from the fish but hoped giving some information here and listing tank conditions would help. I have photos of the fish but from putting all these chemicals in the water and the small cycle I dealt with it's difficult to get a good picture through the algae covered glass. I allow the algae to grow for now in hopes to make sure the ammonia stays at 0 as the tank gets back to normal. KoKo does not miss a meal either so I feel he is at least stable but I'm getting concerned since this has gone on for over a month without any major improvements. Although this means nothing I work at a store that sells fish so I am familure with ick, fungus, and many other issues you see in a pet store. This one is just nothing I have seen before and frankly am concerned since it comes and goes. His tail turning white in areas then back is not normal and has me just dumfounded. It does not coinside with the waterchanges and happens at different intervals and has been almost constant lately to the point of me searching for help. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 40 gallons since this issue every week. Water is left out with airstone for a minumum of 2 days before water change. [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? 40 gallons every monday. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish about 5 inches long [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? goldfishconnection.com fish food [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? I have treated the fish who had a few scales missing and was becomming lathergic with penacillin, and erthromycin for 1 week as directed on bottle. This did help a little. Now only Permafix and Melafix and goldfishconnection medicated fish food. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? The fish has areas that are turning white but when healed turn back orange. It's tail seams to be the biggest isue along with it's side that has healed but no scales have grown back on. It also has a real light milky look starting over its head area where no scales are located. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The fish is highly lathergic when not ready to eat. The little fish seams like it is just drained of engergy.
  10. Hi, Soooo sorry for the long delay. I don't get on here that often (so many things to do). LOL! Thanks I thought it was kinda cute myself. The gravel I use is standard cheap nooppee gravel. Since I have Goldfish it is just the best solution! I also use special plant anchors that I have only found at aquariumplants.com that are made of rubber circles that you can cut for your needs. I really suggest them over any other anchor as they help keep the plant anchored even if you have an extremely hungry Goldfish. I must add several different nutrients. Excel (so I don't have to add Co2), Potassium, Iron, and Kent Freshwater for macro nutrients (you can use any brand) and from time to time I do have to add nitrites. Normally they range at about the 5 to 10 mark so I don't have to mess with that. But if they get low the plants will suffer. It does take a while to get the knack for it. And by NO means am I a plant expert. Just a lucky Goldfish keeper. The hardness of your water may climb extremely high. Crushed coral WILL harden the water. You must use enough of it though. Continue adding some in slowly. If you don't see any real change add up to a 1/3 of a cup extra at a time. You may not have enough room in your filter for all the coral you will need. If not you can use a baggie with holes poked into it (I suggest using a filter bag instead to keep from any danger of stagnant water) and place it under your substraite. I use a coralife fixture (the same type that others use for a saltwater aquarium) but have found that T5's (I think that is what they are called) will work just as well and cost less. For most of the plants I listed you WILL need a decent light setup. and add nutrientsFor the following plants I have had them grow with NO extra lighting and NO extra nutrients. Giant hygro **Suggested Anubias (all) **Suggested Aponogeton's (all) May get rather large! Tiger lotus (green and red) YOU MUST not let the stem reach the top of the water with this plant or all leaves will go to the top of the water and it will look horrible! Will get EXTREMELY large! WARNING: If you have not had any plants in your aquarium as of yet you may want to place some Anacharis (2 bundles in your aquarium. This may need to be done a few times or the Goldfish may completely eat all of your other plants. Goldfish love the taste of Anacharis and it will be like adding cat nip (if they were cats) This may sound odd but allow the Anacharis to wither (slightly) before adding it to the aquarium if is isn't already so it will be soft for the Goldfish to eat. Do NOT leave it out of the water for long or it will turn to MUSH. If you find it with a brown or off colored area near the bottom that will be just fine! **Suggested= really easy to keep. Plants are honestly really easy to keep. It's just how much time do you want to spend working with them and how much money are you willing to spend? Quarantine of new plants is just as important as quarantine of new fish! Plants can harber almost as many bad things as fish can. I suggest that you at least try and dip the plants in fresh water before adding to your tank. I am going to keep Prazi on hand to treat any new plant's and any new fish! Plants do not like many treatments that are used to keep our fish healthy like salt and some others so be careful and read those directions! James PM me if you have any more questions so I can respond in a more timely maner.
  11. I have lost 2 Goldfish the same way. But in my case it was 2 different Ranchu's attacking 2 different Orandas and eating their wen off. It was suggested to me by the LFS that one being picked to death was injured and the Goldfish just couldn't help itself. I'm not sure if that is true or just because they didn't know why they do that sometimes. Do fill out the form as Pixiefish asked to help rule out some things and give them a bigger picture of your tank. Best wishes, James
  12. When you say the Goldfish gets sicker before getting better is it normally really bad looking? For instance you already know about Jaws but I have another Goldfish in a 10 gallon aquarium by himself since he has swim bladder issues and is unable to swim correctly and not only has he gotten bloody patches (under a scale) but so has Jaws now (the one with dropsy symptoms on one side of his body). Jaws has 4 spots and the other (Tiny Bubbles) has 3 or so on him now but tiny bubbles shows no sign of dropsy. The spots are on both sides of both Jaws and Tiny Bubbles but in different areas on the body. They are both Orandas but my black moor Ko Ko named after some websight I know of has not shown any signs of these injuries/burns/whatever it is. Jaws is in FRESH water with NO prazi in it but is being treated for dropsy with Moroxy and Moroxy II. I did a 50% WC in Tiny Bubbles tank just now. Any suggestions or comments from anyone? I'm kinda shooting in the dark here. Thanks, James
  13. Thanks Zookey. I take it treating with the medicated food is OK then. I wish he would eat the medicated food from Goldfish Connection or my geltec penicillin that he has eaten in the past when he was sick. Thanks again my friend. James
  14. Hi, One of my other Goldfish is now having trouble. Jaws has been acting odd the past 3 days since I put in the Prazi. He was the other one that seamed to be having trouble with flukes the most. Some of his scales just past his pectorial fins on one side of him for about an inch or so going twords the back are sticking out slightly. At first I thought Dropsy but the area has not grown nor has it gotten any worse. I am feeding him Anti-Bacteria medicated food by Jungle since it is the ONLY medicated food he is willing to eat (the little turd!) James
  15. Hi, In another tank that I have treated with Praziquantel I found a brown round worm (looks like an earth worm but more like a baby one) dead in the filter. Any idea what that could have been? Thanks. James
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