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Arctic Mama

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About Arctic Mama

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    Old enough to know better!
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    Land of the Buckeyes
  • Referred By
    Madame Google, many moons ago...
  • How many Goldfish
    More than I planned thanks to Cincy Ranchu!


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    Milky Way galaxy

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  1. Open Chat :)

    They’re so cuuuute! I love me some calicos.
  2. Open Chat :)

    Well I know I haven’t been on much, as we are still living in boxes and I’m having a heck of a time juggling the therapy schedules and homeschool and online activity. But this takes the cake: Aftwr a few days of visiting in-laws, an ice storm that knocked out our power for two days, and then spending all night Saturday cooking two turkeys for a church potluck, I was carrying said turkeys, all carved up and warm in my roasting oven, down the church stairs. My left foot was on about the third stair from the bottom but my shoe tread somehow slipped and I went down hard, snap crackle pop crunch, and horrible shooting pain. Miraculously I didn’t spill any of the turkey, but I broke both bones in my ankle and damaged the ligaments and have been in the hospital since Sunday morning. You can’t see it in that particular picture but the fibula is in a few pieces at the bottom and I broke the *back* of my tibia, sheared it right off as it jammed down over the bones of my foot. Apparently that’s a way more unusual break than the side of the tibia, who knew? I had surgery earlier today to add plates, screws, and fit the various bone pieces back together. I might be released as early as Tuesday night or possibly stay another day, and then I’m seriously considering heading to a surgical rehab center for a few more days to rest and get help before going home to the kids. It’s going to be three months, minimum, of zero weight bearing or torsion. They want me using a walker or possibly a knee scooter, but how I’m going to do that and care for the kids (including the disabled toddler, who cannot crawl or stand or walk) I honestly don’t know. Our church is stepping up in an amazing way to help and my husband has taken off work until next Monday, but after that is when my need for help will really step up. As if life wasn’t crazy enough, right? But I didn’t hit my head or break my back, this happened during a fairly good time at hubby’s work, and it was just an ankle, albeit a bad ankle break. We also had our deductible AND out of pocket max filled for the year because of the toddler’s medical needs, so all of the ambulance rides and inpatient and surgery have been fully covered. That’s a huge blessing. Prayers and good thoughts would be appreciated, as I’m having a hard time finding the right pain management that doesn’t make me too nauseous or not work. For now, it’s safe to say I’m doing a whole lot of sitting and lying around this holiday season!
  3. Goldfish stressed and not eating, don't know why????

    He’d probably eat them, yes.
  4. Shakaho gave you excellent advice. A larger tank volume will solve many of your problems, as will frequent, smaller water changes (several times per week) so your filtration can help manage the ammonia in your tap water. Please let us know when you have a hospital tank ready and we can help you from there
  5. Goldfish stressed and not eating, don't know why????

    Huh. Maybe only goldfish eating them? I’ve honestly never had anything like that grow or hatch in the tank 🤔
  6. Pudgster's Tail

    We will be here whenever you need help, just give us a poke and maybe a day or two to respond in case one of us doesn’t see it right away.
  7. Pudgster's Tail

    I agree Shakaho, I think the tail issue is tank related too, but I didn’t want to try and solve the system problems in the med thread and confuse her if she’d already treated and didn’t actually want to address that any further. So I figured it would be good to clarify what the goal was here
  8. please Help with My Goldfish

    Yes, I’m not sure we will need to treat for that bacterial cyst if there are no other symptoms, but you want to do a big water change to remove the pus from the water and make sure the conditions are kept impeccable clean while he heals. Grabbing those antibiotics - one treats gram positive bacterial infections and the other treats gram negative - will set you up just in case we do need to do more. But at this point I wouldn’t necessarily use them, just want them on hand. His side profile does look a little ‘tight’, like a submarine. That can be a precursor to dropsy, and a sign of a bigger bacterial infection, so that’s also something Koko is noting and why she is recommending those treatments be obtained. And it is likely that water quality issues are the cause - those internal filters are rubbish and hard to clean - they tend to become nitrate factories. If you want an inexpensive internal filter I recommend an air stone powered sponge filter instead. Much easier to knock to poo out of when you’re doing water changes (which should be bigger, you want your nitrates more in the 5 ppm range for healthy goldfish). These are my favorite sponges, hands down: http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/SpongeFilter.html
  9. Goldfish stressed and not eating, don't know why????

    Hmmm, and the parameters are fine coming out of the filter? That’s so strange, I wonder if it is a short or leeching something? Remove the media and run it empty. If he keeps laying down then there is something in the motor or housing of the filter that is causing the issue and you’ll need to get a new one, but if he perks up when the media is gone and the filter is just circulating then I’d simply add new media and just do a fish-in cycle for a few months, very carefully testing water parameters and changing frequently as the filter matures again. Make sense?
  10. Pudgster's Tail

    Would you like help with the treatment or the tank chemistry? Those are two different issues If you’d like medical assistance for him, please fill out this form with as much detail as possible: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
  11. What is this unknown organism

    Looks like a kind of damselfly larvae. They can eat fish eggs and young free swimmers so be careful
  12. Various issues arising

    I didn’t see anything notable on the videos. But definitely don’t warm it up anymore, that’s sufficient temperature and agitation.
  13. Various issues arising

    Yes, how is the aeration and temperature? You could be dealing with something parasitic, but Kanaplex wouldn’t combine well with anything but salt to combat that, except metro, and even that could be stressful. If you can give us some longer video and post it on YouTube with a link here that would be helpful.
  14. Goldfish stressed and not eating, don't know why????

    Okay, so if you haven’t dosed any general cure or metronidazole yet we should do a two week course of that. I hate doing any more meds but with the appetite issues plus the head lesion it’s a logical step.
  15. Goldfish stressed and not eating, don't know why????

    I’d worry about the hole being related to hexamita, with that plus the poor appetite, but we already treated with metronidazole, correct? and yes, if he is eating well again in quarantine try moving the filter over. We should know in a week or two whether that is positively or negatively impacting him. Did you dump out any mulm in the bottom like Koko suggested?