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HappyPercy

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  1. I got these guys from goldfishnet. I couldn't resist, they're so little and cute!!
  2. I need a new scale. I want one for weighing the fish and fish food. Can I use the same scale for both? How accurate does it have to be? Is 0.1 gram scale sufficient or do I need one that does 0.01 grams? What about maximum weight the scale can handle? Could anyone give me some suggestions on what to buy? Bed bath and beyond does NOT have scales that can weigh fish food, the lowest they'll measure is a gram. (like the metro-med)
  3. Thanks everyone and thanks Alex. I did go ahead and start with the metro med. I appreciate your advice and everyone ellse's
  4. Alex, I have seen him poop it is normal. When he does manage to swim around he "flashes" sometimes which means his movement will be very erratic almost as if he's twitching and darting around. I did start the prazi, I'm on day 3, but I am following the prazi schedule that one of the moderators had given me. It may have been you I don't remember. I DO have metro meds but have not started them. I actually have an old video of him from when I first got him and he WAS a little floaty. This is not to be mistaken with a current video. If you watch closely his rear end would go up when he stops moving. This video was taken back in April, NOT now: I can't really seem to get any video of him doing much of anything other than bottom sitting. HOWEVER, he is not just sitting, its like he's swimming in place constantly moving and wiggling around. As far as the flashing goes, what I am seeing now is not the same as the wiggling he always does its more jerky and erratic. It definitely appeared as though something was irritating him because I saw him dart around the tank but I've only seem him do it once or twice.
  5. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 10 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) PH: 8.0, KH: 120 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) PH:6.4, KH: non existent Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? PH monitors are digital, but for KH I use strips, the rest I use test tubes * Water temperature? 73 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? He's in a 10 gallon QT tank that has been running about 6 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? I am already treating for flukes with prazi, so whenever it says on the schedule, every few days I suppose * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday 100%, just put him in last night * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish 2 inches not including tail * What kind of water additives or conditioners? PRIME, Prazi pro * What do you feed your fish and how often? Pro-gold, small amounts twice a day. Does he need to be on metro-med? * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? PraziPro * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. This tank has had epsom salt in it in the past, but no prazi * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No he looks fine * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He bottom sits most of the time, but does move around when its time to eat. He seems almost stuck on the bottom. I would say maybe its swimbladder buoyancy issues and/OR flukes because of the fact that he bottom sits, but when he does swim he can't seem to lift himself off the bottom. Here he is in the 10 gallon QT tank: A picture of the tank (I like to keep the QT tanks simple)
  6. Wiggles was added two weeks ago. I had to take down a tank I had set up, so compared to how long the tank has been set up he's fairly new
  7. No these are live PH readers and I've used the strips, the test tubes, and a meter you dip in. It is now saying 8.45..... I am going to have to do a water change to lower it I dont know what else to do. The problem is that will lower the KH and I know its more dangerous to have the PH go down than up but what else can I do? I know I read on the goldfish connection page that they keep their PH at 8.4 and that they don't do anything as long as it doesn't go above 9.0. I'm frustrated though because this is not the PH I want. Is there any kind of product I can buy?? There is something about this past water change that is different and I really can't figure out what it is other than that maybe I used too much baking soda.... but the PH levels were stable for a few days before they started increasing.
  8. Not that I know of. I have two aquaclear filters hooked up.. a 70 and a 110. The only thing in the filters is the biomaxx and two sponges (instead of using carbon I've just put a sponge in as a replacement) I have not added anything unusual to the tank. Maybe both meters are off? The funny thing is, I also have a third meter that you dip in the water and that tested high too although it was slightly lower. PH now says 8.26 This is Wiggles just now. I was going to film the whole tank but look at him wiggle!!! PS- tank is a little overstocked right now. I had to take the tank down where I work because I'm going to go back to another job. I will probably set that tank up here.
  9. lol... I meant to say, I don't just measure the PH. I always measure KH. I then said the KH happens to be 120. What I mean about the baking soda is usually when I first put it in the bucket, I don't measure it right away. I wait a good 8 hours because it seems like the PH continues to climb until its reached whatever PH its going to reach with the baking soda. I would just be surprised that the PH would continue to increase after 4 days. Usually it'll go up with the baking soda and then stop definitely after a day. Does that make anymore sense?
  10. The KH is 120 sorry forgot to tell you that. I must have, but I thought by now the baking soda in the water would have stabilized?
  11. PH is down to 8.29... as you can see I used two different PH monitors and the readings are almost identical. The strips I use are drops are useless because they all are off the charts for measuring PH. I don't have the high range PH test anymore. So strange. It's never done this.
  12. Where is the form that you copy and paste into your post? I have never had this problem before. I actually have a very low PH out of the tap: Around 6.4 usually. Because of this, I have to add baking soda to the water. I can't give you a specific amount, because it varies every time. Basically I have a 60 gallon tank, so if I want to do a 1/3 water change on the tank, that's 20 gallons, which is four 5gallon buckets full of water. I put the baking soda into the buckets until I get a PH that matches what the PH is in the tank, which I usually keep around 7.4. Well I added the baking soda slowly, checked the PH hours later, added a little more, checked PH hours later, etc. and waited a day for the PH to stabilize. I thought it had stabilized because it stopped going up and had been in the water 24 hours. Well, now I've noticed that the PH has been climbing steadily over the last week and now it's above 8.0!! All my PH monitors are giving me slightly different readings but ultimately its around 8.4!!!! I did calibrate all of them two days ago so they should be accurate. I'm freaking out because I don't know why this is happening. It's extremely time consuming and hard on my back to do water changes right now becuase of the fact that I fell off my horse recently and cracked my tailbone.. however I will do it or find someone who can if this is an emergency. Is there any possible way to use the hose without the buckets? Why is this happening? I guess i'll just write the details on my own: Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 20 PH out of tap: 6.4 PH out of tank: 8.4 KH: 120 This is a 60 gallon tank with 3 fish in it. One of the fish is about 3 inches, while the other two are about four. The screen on the second one has always been hazy, both PH monitors gave same readings for PH out of the tap.
  13. I don't believe it. I can't believe it. It's not 100% but it's 100% better than it WAS. I got back into town and his dropsy has gone WAY down. He was almost completely pineconed when I left:
  14. The person watching Alfredo for me charges $20 a day. I'm paying $80 just for Alfredo!! He's one spoiled fish!! Its worth every penny. I've been keeping goldfish for 10 years and I have NEVER seen a fish like him. He's so animated and friendly you'd think he's a dog.
  15. So I've left town and have someone feeding him, watching him. I get back Sunday. I put the food taped to the tank in pre-measured litle baggies. I noticed the dropsy on one side of him was a lot less than the other. He seems to be doing fine, even though I don't visually see much improvement. His personality is still there and he's still very hungry and eating well.
  16. I have a question. I am leaving town and a friend is taking care of my fish. I'm in a huge hurry, how long should I leave Alfredo in the epsom salt? My friend doesn't know how to do a water change so I will be gone 3 days. He's been in the epsom salt for 3 days.
  17. Thank you. I'm doing ok, he's a fighter he's still got his personality.. he acts like a dog lol
  18. This is a good point. Are you buffering the water when you do a water change? This is a problem for me. I have live PH monitors and usually I'll put the fish in a bucket with an aerator while i'm changing the water until I can get the Ph just right. Otherwise you're right, it will cause a major drop in the PH and the baking soda doesn't work right away so yeah its not good for him being exposed to an unstable PH that is constantly changing. Is the bucket thing OK?
  19. Also, his tail is getting slightly ragged which concerns me a little.
  20. Oh my god I can't stop crying. This fish is everything to me. He's all I have. I live alone and he's like a dog. Everyone's had a goldfish like that. They're special. He'll go to the top and wiggle around. I hand feed him. He's the only fish I have that doesn't get scared when I put my hand in the tank or have to move him to a tank he doesn't even fight me, never has. Alfredo has shown early stages of dropsy in the past and we treated it. I tried to treat it this time and he's not responding to the epsom salts or the metro med. He's in a QT tank by himself. This is just too devastating to even watch. His fins are black, I'm wondering if there was an ammonia spike when the power went out last night. None of the other fish seem to have this. Please help me, if there is even a way to be helped. My internet isn't working so I'm using my phone. It will make the video quality lousy. Towards the end you can see the dropsy. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level less than 10 * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4, KH: >100 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)6.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API glass tubes one * Water temperature? 73 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallons, 6 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? It says Aquaclear 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? On the QT tank I try to 100% every day * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 100% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? usually pro-gold he's on metro med now for the 3rd day. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Yes, 1/4 teaspoon in a 10 gallon tank of epsom salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Alfredo has struggled with early signs of dropsy before. i've always been able to get it under control. This practically happened overnight. He's just all the sudden swelled up. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, when I picked him up he was very slimy. He appears to have ammonia burns but I'm not sure if that's what this is. None of the other fish had it. The power had gone out, maybe there was an ammonia spike. I didn't check the ammonia because I didn't know if/when the power went out if it even did. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He's gasping for air a little bit at the top. He's getting weak, the filter is blowing him around a little bit. He's still eating a lot but he's not quite his spunky self but still energetic.
  21. I scrub the inside of the tank a lot, but I do it especially for Speckles, because he has to slide around on the bottom and I don't want any of it to be abrasive if it gets that film that can grow on the sides and bottom of the tank
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