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Arctic Mama

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Oh I’d take a dishwashing goldfish in a heartbeat! Nice poem 👏😁
  5. 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?
  6. 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.?
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Yes. What she said. Also I might get my gun. Maybe a flambé torch.
  10. Happy birthday Justine! And yesterday my kids made me and my husband an anniversary picnic, it was so sweet!
  11. Huh, never tried citric acid! Yes to the quarantine, everything every time or regrets ahoy.
  12. So what is everyone's favorite way to sanitize plants and driftwood? I’m going to acquire more and I vacillate between potassium permanganate and weak bleach, but am never really satisfied it’s either effective or isn’t murdering the plants, especially soft leaved ones like elodea or crypts.
  13. YES that is the issue. Soaked sleeve and stepstool and all. Fortunately the tank has sand on the bottom but that means I have to be careful not to get sand stuck in my scrubber pad or it will scratch the aquarium.
  14. Okay I do see a bit of a fluid ring but very slight. I’d not treat for that with anything but half a teaspoon of epsom salt per ten gallons. Let’s see if the epsom calms it or not.
  15. So I can’t be the only one - are there any good algae scrubbers on a stick for deeper aquariums? The only ones I’ve found are flimsy or the wrong angle for me to get the front of my acrylic through the top cutouts 😑
  16. The good news is that you can actually make a smaller tank work if you can commit to more frequent water change and instead, you may not have to rehome if this is temporary?
  17. Yeah that’s for her liability not your good. What a bummer My landlord before we bought this house had a blanket 20 gallon aquarium rule but I appealed it and they flexed for me because it was on a slab and not a second story, so even a leak would cause fairly minimal structural damage. I hope you can move or find a compromise with her. How frustrating!
  18. Welcome baaaack! It sounds like you’ve been through the wringer. Definitely go check out the raffle, which I think is essentially our current chat thread
  19. You’re really digging back here 😹
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