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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...
  • How many Goldfish
    More than I planned thanks to Cincy Ranchu!


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    Milky Way galaxy

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  1. Big bulge on fish's left side

    The change in buoyancy isn’t great. We can try a gram negative antibiotic if you’d like, since he is getting more symptoms and not improving, or we can give it a few more weeks with Epsom alone. Your choice.
  2. Red streaks o n goldfish

    I hadn’t realized you posted two threads. Here is what I said on the other, which I deleted to keep this all in one spot: Hi there! Your tank is still a bit small, but more frequent water changes can help. However I’m noticing a big difference in hardness and fairly low pH water coming out of your tap. How are you treating/buffering it? Can you verify what filter you have, or at least show us a good picture of it and what kind of media you have in it? Also, have these fish been treated for flukes?
  3. red spot on head, general lazyness

    I think we both want to try the easy fixes/husbandry habits/basic maintenance care stuff first. There is nothing that screams ‘infection!’ at me, even the red spot on the web might just be a bacterial cyst from water quality issues or even normal wen funkiness. And you have new aquarium animals that weren’t treated for ecto-parasites or quarantined and watched for a month or two. So hitting the easy stuff with the least stress is what we want to try in the absence of worse symptoms. And Sharon is right - goldfish like shallow tanks and lots of horizontal space. Think ponds and rivers. Not only would it be good for them, but adding in a great aquatic plant food like duckweed is helpful for their condition and digestive tracts in general. It is nutritive and laxative, both. Again, easy things to try first
  4. red spot on head, general lazyness

    Given the time of year he’s probably feeling some spring fever and trying to get frisky, goldfish style. But you can always reorganize the habitat and float a plastic colander in the water with him for a bit to keep him on fishy timeout and give the others a bit of a break too
  5. red spot on head, general lazyness

    Yes, just do the main tank. The plants won’t love the salt so I’d remove them if they’re sensitive, but things like anubias should hold up fine. The filter will be fine as well. Definitrly quarantine new arrivals - I learned that one the hard way more than once!
  6. Moxelle, how is it going? We are here to help, just let us know where you are in treatment.
  7. red spot on head, general lazyness

    Yes, I’d probably just have an air stone in and do daily 100% changes in the ten gallon. Prazi and salt rounds for now, and let us know how things look over the next week or two. Prazi has been known to make fish pout and bottom sit, just fyi Here are the salt instructions https://www.kokosgoldfish.com/UsingSalt.html And here are the instructions for rounds of prazi and salt together: You did quarantine the new fish before adding them in, right? If not, we may want to treat them all together with the salt and prazi.
  8. Open Chat :)

    Not much going on here, we have been sick again. I did have a good birthday and mother’s day, overall, and my son had his first piano recital along with the older two girls. He has bulletproof self confidence, that one!
  9. red spot on head, general lazyness

    I actually wouldn’t medicate for that just yet. A quarantine with great water (daily changes please) and slowly increasing the salt to .3% until the bump subsided or pops. Watch his behavior in the quarantine and if it deteriorates we can run some antibiotics and a prazi round. Do you need specific instructions for running the quarantine or administering the salt?
  10. New Ranchu's red marks and dropsy

    And the volume of fish would even work with daily water changes, if you stick to them, but it’s an awful lot of work compared to a bigger tank Can you get us some photos of the entire tank and the fish in good light? I can’t really see what I’m supposed to be looking at with him in your fingers. I need it a bit zoomed out on the entire animal.
  11. Yes, please fill out the form so we can best help you. What you’re describing makes me suspect water chemistry, over feeding, or both. Help us help you with pictures and more information please
  12. My Monster Flowerhorn

    He’s pretty enormous! I’m impressed
  13. Just wanted to say Hi and thanks

    We all had to start somewhere! And add me to the list who suggest the posted link - it helps SO much. Remember that first and foremost you are a water keeper and fish happen to live in it. If you get the water chemistry right and healthy and keep it in tip top shape, you can avoid so very many problems. I’m sorry about your oranda. If you need further help with your tanks please post and ask away.
  14. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    Just consider him your litmus fish - the one who tells you right away when things in the tank are off because he acts funny first. I had a nitrate goldfish, who would pout and bottom sit as soon as nitrates crossed about 10 ppm. He was just a sensitive little guy and I used him as a barometer for when I needed to do water changes I’m glad the bullying cleared up! And here’s to no more issues with infections
  15. red spot on head, general lazyness

    Your pictures didn’t come through, could you try again? Include some closeups of him as well as the entire tank, please. And can you fill out this form in as much detail as possible. 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?