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Arctic Mama

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About Arctic Mama

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    Female
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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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  1. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/OCEAN-FREE-GENERAL-AID-ACRIFLAVINE-240-ML-AQUARIUM-MEDICATION/201818494547?epid=1858113384&hash=item2efd51d653:g:Bi0AAOSw2gxYozbe
  2. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    Acriflavine is a chemical, not an antibiotic. It’s in the API liquid fungus cure bottles, let me see if I can locate some for you. It also comes as a powder.
  3. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    I do not believe meth blue will be useful in this situation. These are not open sores, and this isn’t a fry or juvenile needing some help keeping fungus spores at bay with their fragile immune systems. I have not personally found acriflavine to be harsh on *goldfish*. Beneficial bacteria in the filter, inverts, and certain tetra species? Yes. That’s why it wouldn’t be the worst broad spectrum treatment in this case, and combined with the malachite green in the furan and the gram negative antibacterial, the two together stand a good chance of handling this if it is NOT viral. The acriflavine also seems to penetrate the slime coat a bit better than meth blue in addition to stronger antiseptic/fungicidal/bactericidal action. I’m a big proponent of meth blue for certain issues, like topical ulcers, fin rot, etc. But for these sort of cysts it may help and is unlikely to hurt. The other treatments that could knock out fungus are too weak (like Pimafix) or too toxic to goldfish (like copper or formalin used in the wrong concentrations), IMO. I would generally advise to wait and see as well because I do believe these are viral, but the men’s combo suggested by Koko’s friend is actually quite sound for eliminating other potential sources of the symptom and with comparably little risk to the fish. A wait and see approach has the downside of possibly causing the fish to weaken and be more susceptible to stress from the treatment, but that’s far from a given. Someone poke me if more help is needed. OP, it’s your decision, you’ve been given plenty of information to decide treatment (or not) from here. I’m pretty busy (and still kind of stuck with a healing ankle and house reno drama) so I don’t always remember to check in, but you can reach out with an @ if more help is needed.
  4. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    Yes, salt needs to be removed with complete water changes in the hospital tank before these treatments begin.
  5. Arctic Mama

    Pudge's eye.

    Do me a favor and paste your answers into our form please, it’s so much easier to look back and find information. I also would like you to test your water again right before a water change and really shake your nitrate test well. In an established tank there should not be zero nitrates which is a sign the test is likely being administered wrong It may well be a ruptured cyst but treatment does depend on the water parameters to some extent. And sometimes those cysts are symptoms of underlying bacterial infections due to poor water quality, which we cannot ascertain without accurate tests. So. Retest dirty water carefully and do yourself a favor and get liquid test kits instead of strips. The strips are very inaccurate, unfortunately. Here is the diagnostic form again. Cut and paste it into your reply and fill it out line by line so we can read the details more easily 🙌 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.?
  6. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    Whereas honestly my experience with these is viral, with secondary infections common. But Furan-2 and acriflavine in a hospital tank for a fourteen day course really isn’t going to hurt anything to try and may well do the trick.
  7. Arctic Mama

    White Pimples on Tail Fin

    I’m not sure I see the bump in the pictures, but the tail looks streaky and red? Can you link to the other thread so I can refresh my memory? And this is a different fish than that one, correct? we will need you to fill out the disease diagnostic form again as well 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.?
  8. Arctic Mama

    Wound

    Sometimes they can have internal bleeding as they’re dying but that’s usually due to something rupturing, like liver or kidneys... I’ve had a few poor fish start bleeding out their vents right before passing with conditions like dropsy having set in 😭 But if it got noticeably worse while she was still alive I think you’re right an internal injury could have been the issue. Even heavy bruising under the scraped scales and puncture could have done it. Without a necropsy on her we can’t know for sure, though. I’m sorry for your loss
  9. Arctic Mama

    Wound

    I’m sorry to hear that. That was why I was worried about the lack of eating - the shock after an injury can be bad, and if a goldfish isn’t hungry we are always worried.
  10. Arctic Mama

    Wound

    The lack of interest in eating is worrisome. Can you take clearer pictures under bright light? I agree with Koko. NO melafix. 1 tsp per gallon (or .1%) aquarium safe salt, or 1/2 tsp methylene blue mixed into the water (1/2 teaspoon total, not per gallon).
  11. Agreeing with MJ, it’s pretty obviously a tumor by appearance. We can get you some more help with that if you want to take he surgical route, but please fill out the form Koko provided as thoroughly as possible. Another picture, side and top view, with the fish in a white bowl with good lighting would help. We need really clear images, the more focused and high contrast the better
  12. Arctic Mama

    Goldfish Staying at Bottom of Tank

    Based on the information we have, it looks like your poor bigger fish has a bacteria infection. The medications you’re trying aren’t really effective for that, we will need to acquire antibiotics to deal with it and, to be honest, it’s bad enough that it’s a dice roll as to whether we can reverse it. Just keep the water impeccably clean for now. No salt right now either. Do you have a quarantine tank or big plastic bin we can use to treat the larger fish? I’m not seeing any reason we need to dose the main tank, and it takes more meds to do it anyway. The antibiotics we need to order online or pick up from your local fish store are Metroplex (metronidazole) and Kanaplex (kanamycin). Amazon.ca should have them.
  13. Arctic Mama

    Goldfish Staying at Bottom of Tank

    Welcome! Honestly rinsing the filter, especially if you did it with tap water, probably did more harm than good and could cause a cycle bump. The power outage could have impacted water quality as well, but we need some more data to tell. Your nitrate numbed doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, in the form below please be sure to include which test kit you used so we can figure out what scale they’re using to measure and convert to PPM, our normal unit on this forum For the water quality, we want the levels BEFORE a water change, so we can see how the filter is functioning. If you’ve done a water change today, please wait a day or two and retest so we can get some better parameters that aren’t skewed by it being fresh water from the tap that is being measured erroneously. Make sense? 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.?
  14. Arctic Mama

    Open Chat :)

    I still have Sherlock and Watson left, two Thai oranda from the fish shower earlier in the year. I’m not getting any more stock until they pass just in case what has been afflicting my tanks is viral. I’ll nuke the system when they’re gone and start again, but they’re hanging in there pretty well. Enjoying the whole 110 gallons alone 🤣
  15. Arctic Mama

    Open Chat :)

    @Shahbazin that’s such a mooove! Work related? I’m glad you arrived safely, how do your girls like it? Ankle is healing, just slooow. One month down, two more to go before I can weight bear. My two youngest sons had their fourth and second birthday celebration today (they’re only a day apart on the calendar) and that was fun! We’re getting some nice family pictures done at 11:00 today too, which I’m also looking forward to. Well, and trying to not eat my weight in cookies! That’s been an ongoing battle this Christmas 😱
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