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  1. I can't see a head. They look like thin, white lines. They are not on the glass or other surfaces. They are freely swimming.
  2. I have a coworker who just started goldfish keeping. His tank is not cycled so I told him I would share some of my filter media with him. I was going to give him some of my BioMax out of my AquaClear 110 or Fluval 305. I put five or so in a plastic bag with some tank water, and then something caught my eye. Then I saw several small, clear, white flagellates moving around in the bag. They are about five mm in length each. Upon close inspection, I can see some swimming in my tank too. Obviously, I will not be sharing any media with this person for a while. Right now all of my filter media is soaking in PraziPro and I am cleaning my filter with bleach. I plan on doing a round of Prazi when I'm finished. I don't have a microscope. I don't know what they are. I'm afraid for my fish. Please tell me if there is anything else I need to do. I will provide water parameters if necessary. None of my fish are displaying any symptoms as of right now. Thank you in advance for your help.
  3. Here are some top-view photos of her: She hasn't changed at all. I would also like to point out that the swelling is not symmetrical.
  4. Squash is exactly 3.5 inches from nose to peduncle.
  5. That must be very tedious to do. . Oh yes, I'm sorry, 1/4 tsp. for the whole ten gallons. Yeah it's a pain. But it's worth it. I don't use the county water for anything. Should I still add the epsom? I'll be back with a measurement.
  6. The first thing I have to do is fill a bunch of water cooler jugs all week with reverse osmosis water. This process is very slow; it takes several hours to fill a four gallon jug of water. I have to use reverse osmosis because my tap water's nitrate reading is very high. When it's time to do a water change, I fill a bucket with tank water and place my fish inside. Then I siphon 100% of the water and add the RO water to the tank. I add Prime, baking soda and some other additives for my plants and then let the tank run for half an hour before adding the fish. Yesterday she had 20 and she's had 10 so far today. You're saying to add 1/4 teaspoon for the whole 10 gallons or 1/4 per gallon?
  7. The QT is a 10 gallon. I don't have a scale to weigh her.
  8. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 30 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5 (Reverse osmosis) * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 (RO) * Nitrate level(Tap) 5-10 (RO) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH: 7.4, KH: 107.4, GH: 107.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH: 6, KH: 17.9, GH: 17.9 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API MTK * Water temperature? 68 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, about two years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 305, AquaClear 110 and and AquaClear 20 (The 20 stays on the main tank for when I need to quarantine.) * How often do you change the water and how much? 100% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 6 days ago, 100% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fancies, 4-7 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, baking soda, Equilibrium, Excel, Flourish, Iron * What do you feed your fish and how often? A combination of Thera-A, gel food, and peas or other veggies two or three times a day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Completed Prazi a few weeks ago * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? My ranchu Squash is very big and round lately. I first noticed when I came back from a trip a few days ago. I had to use my automatic feeder while I was gone, so I wasn't able to monitor the feedings. (The feeder was utilized for five days.) I'm thinking she might have eaten way more than she was supposed to. She always seems to get more food than the others. I put her in QT yesterday and gave her some Metro Meds after I saw pineconing. She's bigger than ever. I will post photos and or videos soon. Her behavior is still normal. She has a lot of energy and always wants to be fed. I haven't seen what her poop looks like yet.
  9. Yes, this is what I would be worried about and why I wanted your opinion. Thanks. I'll see what I can do.
  10. Yeah, I have fed him nothing but peas for the past three days and he's still floating. I was searching the internet and I came across this video. Have you seen this? I think it could help him if it weren't too tight. What do you think?
  11. Hey sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. Bubba has never been on antibiotic food. His poop is mostly normal but is sometimes a little stringy with bubbles in it. I just want to be clear that this fish doesn't display any other problems and this floating behavior has been going on for more than seven months, and the air-sucking for even longer than that. I have tried fasting him changing his food several times so I know it's not food related. I'm sure it has something to do with him sucking air all the time, or somehow the swim bladder has been permanently damaged. He begins gulping early in the morning and is belly-up by 2:00 in the afternoon. Then he stays like that for the rest of the day. This fish is upside-down more than he is upright. I just think we would have seen something else develop already if he had any sort of infection. This has been going on for a very long time. Let me know what you think.
  12. Yes! That is what I'm talking about:) I so hope my black chu grows as nicely as yours, wow. Thank you! Her name is Squash. That's short for Winter Squash. She's actually not that big; only a couple of inches. But she has grown a lot since I got her. I love her big belly and her pom poms. Sometimes I like to tell her, "Squash! You've got flowers on your face!" That is little! Is it a Thai ranchu? I just got one, he's about 1.5 inches, but already the wen is going. He looks very mature for his age lol. Congrats on such a beautiful fish:) Don't think so. She is a RG goldfish. She's not black; she's more like a blue. Thank you. I love how ranchus wiggle their little fins.
  13. I love the colors of your ranchu. I have never seen one like that. Also, your black oranda is gorgeous.
  14. Yes! That is what I'm talking about:) I so hope my black chu grows as nicely as yours, wow. Thank you! Her name is Squash. That's short for Winter Squash. She's actually not that big; only a couple of inches. But she has grown a lot since I got her. I love her big belly and her pom poms. Sometimes I like to tell her, "Squash! You've got flowers on your face!"
  15. This is another video. It shows how he is floaty even when he's not upside down.
  16. Well, I guess Pro-Gold wasn't the problem. He was looking a little floaty for a bit and now he's just upside down again. Here's a video: Now what? I fed him some gel food this morning and some blood worms a little while ago. Sorry my dishwasher is so loud.
  17. Yep, I used your link to get the levels right. Thanks for getting back to me.
  18. Okay, thank you. Bubba was not floating last night after two days of fasting, so I will be switching his food. Now, what else should I be adding to RO water?
  19. Thank you everyone for all the input. I am still fasting him to determine if it is the food or not. If it's not the food, I'll put floating plants in his gulping spot and see if that gets him to stop. Maybe I'll do that anyway though. If he is not floaty tonight, I will assume that his Pro-Gold is the main problem here. What other brands would you guys suggest? Would it be best to switch to gel food? For all the fish? By the way, Bubba likes to be hand-fed (which is so much easier for him considering those eyes lol) so it is possible to feed him something different than the others.
  20. To be honest I'm not comfortable switching back to tap. It was measuring in the 60's for the past few months. The water quality in my county is something that is always being talked about in the news, and has been speculated to be a major cause of breast cancer in my area. I am still skeptical as to why the numbers have lowered, so I think I will stick with RO in the meantime. I would like to check the GH and KH levels too. I don't have any problems with RO water, but unless you are making sure to add back trace and other minerals, this could be a huge source of your problems right here. Bubba was doing this months before I switched to RO. I do understand that RO removes a lot from water though. Other than baking soda and Equilibrium, what else are you suggesting I should add to the water?
  21. To be honest I'm not comfortable switching back to tap. It was measuring in the 60's for the past few months. The water quality in my county is something that is always being talked about in the news, and has been speculated to be a major cause of breast cancer in my area. I am still skeptical as to why the numbers have lowered, so I think I will stick with RO in the meantime. I would like to check the GH and KH levels too. Thank you. I planted my tank a little while ago to help lower nitrates. Luckily none of my goldfish eat them. That's great that she's doing better. I guess sometimes it just takes a little extra work to figure our what works best for them.
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