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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
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    Madame Google, many moons ago...
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    More than I planned thanks to Cincy Ranchu!


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    Milky Way galaxy

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  1. Open Chat :)

    I’m sorry I’ve been gone everyone. But I’m still living in a construction zone. We did officially get moved out Saturday, but the house has bare concrete floors, holes in the roof, no kitchen sink, etc. And to make matter worse, the AC went out and a new unit is going to be about $10,500, which would have paid to complete the entire rest of the renovation. sigh.
  2. Small (stunted?) black goldfish

    Thanks! The photos should help, especially with good direct light.
  3. Goldfish Missing Eye

    Oh no! That is certainly alarming when it happens. Please fill out the form as completely as possible and include some pictures so we can best help you Disease Diagnostic Form 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? * How long have symptoms been going on?
  4. ECR Oranda & Fantail for Rehoming

    I’m sorry you had to rehome, Kathleen! But yay on it going smoothly!
  5. White Bumps are back again

    I like to use 1/2 teaspoon per ten gallons
  6. White Bumps are back again

    Okay, I still stand by my recommendations. Start with the two gram negatives and epsom salt. You can stop the canning salt and we will give it five days. If there is no improvement within five days we can add in the metro as a last ditch effort. Kana and furan seem to play better together than oxy and furan, so that’s what I’d try.
  7. White Bumps are back again

    Okay, I noted in the above information that you did metro, salt, and prazi when you first got him. Or am I misunderstanding the form info? Remember, I don’t actually think this is bacterial at all, but if you’ve already treated the fish with gram positive antibiotics and he hasn’t been exposed to poor water quality or new livestock, the metro likely isn’t going to do much. The gram negatives make the most sense with dropsy presenting.
  8. White Bumps are back again

    You could try the standby Epsom salt and combine kanaplex and furan-2, on the off chance it is bacterial. I wouldn’t add in metro unless the gram negative antibiotics aren’t helping, since he was already treated with that in quarantine. This is after you tried Koko’s silver, right?
  9. floating ryukin

    Definitely keep buffering your water, given the hardness. What were the readings after the bucket test? You didn’t say, but we may be able to recommend some supplements to help. Please listen to the water change and surface area advice. Remember that just because the water doesn’t have a lot of waste in it, it doesn’t mean the redox potential is where it should be to keep the fish healthy, especially in a system with less hardness or lower pH. http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Redox_Potential.html
  10. Yes, he may still have many months of good health despite the dropsy. I wouldn’t euthanize unless his symptoms progressed or he stopped eating, in which case it would be time.
  11. White Bumps are back again

    Truth? Since there have been recurring problems in the population and treatment addresses the symptoms, but doesn’t eliminate the cause? It could very likely be viral. And short of nuking the entire system and starting over with completely new animals, there isn’t much for it. Koko’s advice for treatment is good to mitigate symptoms, but given the history? Don’t be terribly shocked if it abates and then comes back again in a few weeks or months. It happens, and even the very best fishkeeper can’t cure a virus in a system where the hosts haven’t all died. Fingers crossed the silver does help and I’m totally wrong and we never see symptoms again, though
  12. floating ryukin

    Question: if you tap water has zero hardness, are you using a water softener or reverse osmosis filtration? Or was that a typo?
  13. Open Chat :)

    If you’re only getting to freezing a few days a year I wouldn’t worry at all. It takes fairly sustained freezing temperatures to really cause the water to freeze deeply, and a two or three foot pond with agitation from a fountain or filter should be just fine. They do actually make pond heaters, too. Around here, in southwest Ohio the recommended pond depth is four feet to have no issues with deeper freezes. But we are also seeing winter lows down in the teens for days on end.
  14. Open Chat :)

    You’d better hide in that well, mister! Long time, no see!
  15. Cute Blood Parrot

    Awe, the pictures aren’t showing for me, some server error. Congratulations on a new fish though! I’ve heard Blood Parrots are lovely.