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  1. dbunny1


    Hi all, my 9 year old goldfish has a fungus ion his upper body. one on each gill which I as able to remove. He also has one on each eye. I was able to get art of one off of one eye but the other one is large over the eye and I can't get it off. He also as one in the middle of his head and it looks like each fin has the start of one where the fin meets the body. I have all three fish quarantined and added ich-x and salt and doing water changes. He definitely has perked up in the last 24 hours. It is NOT ich, which I found from my research tonight, but the store where I buy my supplies didn't do enough research and claimed even if it wasn ice the salt and ice-x would be ok. What do I do now and which med is o.k. Do I treat all three fish even though the others show no sign of the fungus. By the way, they are all in the bathtub and love it!!! I don't have a quarantine tank because they have never been sick. I will appreciate any help because I can't find a vet that treats fish in my area. God Bless. Deby
  2. Hi, it turns out after thorough researching; the site that she has a broken tail.  I have had no experience with this and didn't even know it was possible. I feel so stupid.  Last night she was breathing quick and today and tonight she is very quiet and breathing very slowly.  Now I doubt that she has swimmers bladder.  She is lying against the side of the quarantine tank but just now flipped over on her side.  I checked her eyes and it looks like she has a blister on one eye.  I am taking her to the vet first thing this morning.  I feel badly I should have taken her today.  Even though my girls are 7 years old I have absolutely no experience with illnesses.   This is the first time one of them has become sick.  Thanks for your help.  It means a lot as I don't feel so alone.  I will post after I have seen the vet.  Also, I am going to buy the the shorter tank.  Regards, Bunny

  3. I am soo upset. One of my girls - the runt of the liter - for the past few weeks has been staying on the bottom of the tank. At feeding time she tries to swim up (55 gal tall tank) but gets abut a quarter up and then floats down. The last 2 days; she is on her side and then rights herself. I just transferred her to my small; tank. A few years ago she lost all of her color and is totally white noticed her eyes are blank. She is 8 years old. Do I euthanize her and how? Has anyone been through this and she is just sick? I will so appreciate your help. Bunny
  4. dbunny1

    Acrylic Tank

    Thank you all again. I am going to purchase a clear-or-life but I need to wait 2 months to get the money together so I can buy the whole setup, i.e.,stand and hood. I'll post a pic when all set up. I just love love this site and I am grateful for all the support. Bunny
  5. I need advice on a 60 and 75 gallon glass tank. Which brand is made well. I want the metal rim, not plastic but don't know what the thickness of glass should be. I currently have 2 goldys and may purchase a third. I know there are a lot of cheap tanks out there. I currently have a 4o gallon from Petco - not sure the manufacturer but it is very sturdy - no bowing and after 5 years no leaks. Petsmart has a lot of tanks by marine land but their 60 gallon rectangle is too high for me. the 75 gallon is deeper and not as high. Thanks for the advice. Bunny
  6. dbunny1

    Acrylic Tank

    thank you all so much. I am definitely goin acrylic. I have one more question. currently I am using the hang on filters. Can I use these on the acrylic: I know I will need to modify the top. I know nothing about cannister filters and am intimated by them. Right now I have a solid wood low bureau that I will put the tank on as I can't afford Mrs. Kay's gorgeous set up. That is what I am striving for. Is this a canister set up? Regards to all. Bunny
  7. dbunny1

    Acrylic Tank

    I now have a 40 gallon glass tank for my three goldies. I am thinking about purchasing a 55 or 60 gal. acrylic. One of the brands has a lifetime warranty. The reason I am turning to acrylic is the weight. A 60 gal glass is so heavy. The tank is in my bedroom and I am fearful of a leak while I am at work. Anyone have experience with acrylic, i.e. thickness, bracing or added metal rim or anything else I should know? I now they scratch easily but I'll have to take my chances. Thanks so much for the advice.
  8. dbunny1

    Goldfish Food?

    do the veggies needs= to be cooked? I've given mh goldys peas that I cooked and removed the outer shell. They love them. so do Igeek the veggies soft and peal the fruit and put it in in little pieces? Let me know anything thing else you feed. Thanks. Bunny
  9. Hi, I have both aquac clears and penguins. On my 20 gallon (just 1 goldy, Purim)I have and 30 and 50 aqua clears and they are quiet and my tank is crystal clear. The only sound comes from the darn bubbler and I will figure that one out. I think I am going to try one that someone on the site recommend (can;t remember the name but it is more pricey but supposedly quiet) This tank is in my bedroom and I can't stand noise so for now this is as good as it gets. the only way I seem to to avoid the waterfall noise with the aqua clears is to keep the tank filled to the brim. Honest to goodness there is no waterfall noise. I do not use a hood or lights on either of my tanks because for some reason it frightens the kids. I have glass covers that leave about a 1.5" opening in front of the filters. Now, about the Penguin filters....I have a 150 and a 200 on my 29 gal tank in the living room (3 goldys, Laverne, Shirley and Squigy) and I dispise them. Even though my tank is clean as a whistle, they are soooo noisy. I have tried everything but the filters either hum or the bio-wheel is noisy. Filling the tank to the brim does nothing. I am moving everyone to my bedroom in a 55 gal shortly and I will stick with aqua clears - 3 filters to come up with the gph filtration. I also am using the newer aqua clear combined medium (Zero-Carb) which combines activated carbon and amonia remover in 1 medium and then I add foam and I am done. 2 mediums in the filter instead of 3. I also find the aqua clear medium less expensive. I buy it in bulk on line and never at the chain stores. If anyone would like my penguin filters, you can email me at dbunny1@hotmail.com. Free of course, First come, first served, and when I change tanks I will send them off. A very Happy New Year to everyone. Hope 2012 brings only good things to us and our fishies - and a more stable world. Glad to be able to be on the site tonight. Take care everyone. Dbunny1
  10. dbunny1

    introducing new fish

    Hi, Deby. I think consolidating the tanks is a great idea. Could you tell me what filters you have right now on the tanks, please? thanks so much for your advice. Do I introduce the girls and purim at the same time? I am concerned that the girls may turn against pirum or purim, since he is the larger of all of them may attack the smallest, Shirley. Do goldfish have a problem getting along? I thought i read somewhere on the siter that the 70's are noisy. Do you recall anything aong this line. we all thank you! I can;t wait to get this tank set up.
  11. dbunny1

    introducing new fish

    ok. I have Purim in a 20 gal with a Hagen 30 and 50, which put out 150 plus 250 gph. I have absolutely no problem getting my counts o.k. and the water is clean. and clear Then on the 30 gallon I have the Pengiun 150 and 200 which put our 350 gph. The only time the tank gets a little hazy for a time is when I change filters, which are the all on one. I don;t like the bio-wheel because of the noice with the water shoots out in the tank. with the hagen I use the spoke and the new charcoal combination so I don;t need the while rocks, I can just use 2 media. How does this sound? I also have an air stone in each tank but I am also asking advise if I should get the one that lays along the bottom of the tank. thanks. Deby
  12. dbunny1

    introducing new fish

    Hi everyone, I need your advice. I have my one goldfish, Purim, in his own tank. Purim has been by himself for 3 years. I have another tank with my three girls, Laverne, Shirley and Lucy, who have been together for 1 year. All of them are doing great thanks to all of you over the past years. I am sooo lucky Purim lived to 3 because before I found Koko's I had no idea what I was doing. Anyhow, 2 tanks and 4 filters is getting too much. I bought a 55 gallon wide for my bedroom for all of them but I am terrified they won;t get along. the girls are so friendly and outgoing but Purim is still skittish. Can you tell me how do go about this. Even to getting the tank up and running - do I add some water from each of their thanks? After i get your help with moving them I'll tell you have I solved my dirty gravel probem. and the filters I am using. 2 are quiet for the bedroom and 2 aren't so I will have to do something about the filters. I love to watch them swim and it is almost meditation for me.so I hope this works. I took your advise and only keep maybe 1/2 of gravel on the bottom. I do have a lot of plants and rocks they can run in and out of. The floor is much clearer and the think their waste gets picked into the filterquickly.and keeos the tank clener. Any advise how to do this wikl be a lifesaver. I am really rervous sbout iy..Thanks. Deby
  13. dbunny1

    Strainer Tubes

    Hi all, thanks so much for your help. Yes, I quess I mean the intake extensions. Duh, can you believe all this is very new to me? I will check Amazon and Drs. Smith & Foster. I have their catalog and never thought to check. I have aqua clears and 1 penquin. The Aqua clear 50 I just bought is drivig me crazy. The water flow sounds like Niagra Falls and when I got home from work today I actually heard it whistling when I walkeds in the door! I am going to take it back to Petco and get another penquin. I can put up with the motor hum but this is making me nuts. Have a good night eveyone. Bunny
  14. dbunny1

    Strainer Tubes

    Anyone know where I can get extra tubes? On my 30 gal. I would prefer the tube go almost to the gravel and i have checked the major pet stores and they don't sell them separately. Thanks/
  15. dbunny1

    I Might Be Over Filtering...

    Is there such a thing as a quiet filter? One of my tanks (20 gal)has an aqua clear 50 and also a 30 that both have the media baskets. If I keep the covers on they hum. I want to replace the 30 with a 50. seem to My larger tank - a 29 gallon - I have a penquin 150 biowheel and the motor hums. I just bought and added an aquaclear 50 that must be a newer model because it has the cartridge holster and cartridge filter and a biological grid. The current is so strong you can hear it all over the house. My three girls don;t mind the current - I just can;t stand the sound of a waterfall in my living room. I removed the grid but it still makes a lot of noise and the grid is necessary. I also keep my water levels as high as possible. I don't keep covers or lights on the tanks because they freak out the girls. I have one goldie (Purim) in the 20 gal and the 3 girls (Freckles and" the girls") in my 29 gal. Any suggestions? I just can't keep buying filters. By the way, I started off with Purim in a fishbowl for 2 years and now I'm the proud mommie of 4 goldies. I just love them to death. Purim is not friendly at all and it is my fault for keeping him in a bowl for 2 years. I could never get him to respond to me. Freckles and the girls are just adorable and ever so friendly and really growing. I know I will need a bigger tank but can't handle that right now. Nothing seems to bother them and they get so excited when I walk into the room. They love to swim between my fingers and nip at my nails. Now if I can just get these filters quiet, Thanks everyone. I could never have gotten to this point without all of you. Bunny