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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. She looks healthy except for the lump, was there a specific concern you had with the image? I can’t see both sides well because of fins but she is a pretty fish with good color (nothing that immediately screams infection like red patches or blanched body color) and no dropsy, so that’s all good news
  2. It went pretty well! Oldest had some issues because she didn’t listen when I told her to practice her pieces on that piano before the performance (mommy knows best, guys) but overall it was fun
  3. It could a internal cyst, tumor, or egg-binding, none of which are really easy to treat. Sometimes adding lecithin to gel food can help with egg binding but it’s not a very well proven treatment, and unless the fish is showing other symptoms I wouldn’t want to use antibiotics to treat something that likely isn’t bacterial.
  4. True. Contamination could be a major issue 😆 Wish us luck, everyone. The three oldest kiddos have a piano recital in a few hours and I’m sincerely hoping we don’t get a ton of mistakes - some of these songs are on the tricky side.
  5. Oh I’d take a dishwashing goldfish in a heartbeat! Nice poem 👏😁
  6. Hmm.... does this fish defecate normally? What do the poos look like? If you fast this fish does the swelling change at all after three or four days of no food?
  7. Likely it’s nothing, but if you can put your goldfish in a bowl and take a good macro/closeup under bright light of the affected area, from both top and side, it would help immensely. Also please fill out this form with details from the pond he came from, it will help us troubleshoot if this could be environmental. 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. Yes, I agree it’s not awesome to trim a wen so frequently. I’d definitely do an under bed tote or wading pool setup for him since this is a regularly occurring thing, along with addressing the nitrates through terrestrial root uptake. It’s easiest and least invasive; plus inexpensive.
  9. Oh what a cutie! It’s a tough situation, because unless there are underlying symptoms causing weakness the wen trims are good advice. Another thing to try - if you put him in shallow after, no deeper than six inches, is he still flipping and struggling with buoyancy? I do note high nitrates going on, but it looks like that’s a tap issue to some extent. Still you may consider running some terrestrial plants like pothos in a basket in the back of the tank, their roots can help very much with uptake of that excess nitrate. We have had several good discussions about that around here over the years
  10. Yes. What she said. Also I might get my gun. Maybe a flambé torch.
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