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  1. Again... many thanks for all the replies! Although they don't know it, my girls are all thanking you And again, in order... Raivynn: Many thanks for the info on removing gravel. I will do this slowley once I've sorted this current problem. I would have just done it all in one go without this info. Raivynn: I looked at some silk plants today too. I agree this is a vital step. I will have to do this later, however, as I'm a bit short on cash right now. I get paid next week so will do that then! I am sure my oldest one will love somewhere to hide Isabella: I've gone for the flukes treatment as it appears to be the most liekly culpret. She has got so much worse in the last few days I have no choice other than to go with the most likely cause. I couldn't find the Kusuri product in any local shop and as I don't want to wait until Monday for delivery, I chose an alternative product which is Prazi based. I'm hoping you're not all going to shout at me now, but after doing lots of reading and driving around (and pulling my hair out), it seemed the best option. I also invested in a heavy duty airstone to increase oxygenation. Isabella: I will check her vent tomorrow morning and report back. I'm not sure on her gills. Would I need to catch her to see this or do you mean externally? I really want to avoid disturbing her right now - she's not a happy bunny Isabella: Yes, the worse one is the oldest fish. And thanks for the vibes! dnalex: I've used Melafix (tea tree oil) before (in another tank) and have found it to be very effective for bacterial problems. I have already purchased enough for 7 days treatment, for use after this treatment, to help protect the fish against secondary infection. koko: Thanks for sorting the post! My bad on the video Update: I started the fluke treatment this lunchtime (9 hours ago) and also installed the airstone. So far no real change to the older (more ill) fish. However, the other two have perked up dramatically. This may be a coincidence of course, but I'm very pleased to see it. They both have spent all evening at the front of the tank begging for food (usual behaviour!) I have fed them a small amount, a couple of flakes at a time, and they've eaten it all. It's bed time here in the UK now. I really appreciate all the replies and suggestions and will report back tomorrow. Many thanks
  2. Again, thanks for replies... Raivynn: Thanks for info on gravel. I will remove a good portion of mine shortly. I'll have a look at some hiding places too. PhoPho: Thanks for sorting video link out Regarding flukes... I'll have a look into this and get back... Many thanks!
  3. OK, seems I didn't do it right! Any chance a Mod can fix this problem for me please? I can't edit the post for some reason! Thanks!
  4. Picture of worse fish without flash... With flash... She was originally a gold colour, but turned white at 2 years old. Since then she has often had the odd scale in orange and the base of her fins have always been slightly orange. Looking at her closely, I'd say she's looking more red than usual, around the fin bases and also in general. She is usually more white/silver.
  5. HI, alistairew, The filter I use is supposed to handle a 600 litre tank as far as I was aware. I used to have a Pro 2 (for 6 years) until it began to leak. I tried replacing seals etc. but it kept leaking so I replaced it with a pro 3. I just tested the water again now (before water change) and I have a slight ammonia level (0 - 0.25). The PH is 7.5, Temp is 22C, nitrite is 0 and nitrate is 15-20ppm. The lower nitrate level (usually 40ppm for me) is probably due to the fact I've not been feeding them much recently? Not sure on the ammonia though, that's usually zero. I'd be more than happy to reduce the gravel level if that helps. What's the optimum level? I only removed the fish as I did a complete tank clean as I thought the problem may be in the gravel after seeing a load of food at the bottom. I do, however, tend to do a complete tank change (and remove fish) once a year. I clean all the gravel etc. I've got some pics and vids now, so I'll try and upload them now...
  6. Hi and thanks for replies, I'll answer in order... I should be able to get a video tonight and some pictures. I've not noticed any unusual markings or injuries. Poop seems fine too - usual colour and length. No air bubbles in it. Filter grabs it all easily enough. The worse one started to act a little strange about 2 months ago. It's a bit hard to say as she's always been a panicy fish and often darts arounds when spooked by the other two. I may not have noticed early signs of trouble. The other 2 have only recently started to act strange... maybe 2 weeks or so. There was no improvement in fish after the water change 3 weeks ago. I changed the water as there was an amount of uneaten food on the gravel and thought it best to clean it all in case that was the cause of the first fish acting strange. The gravel was very dirty so I'm assuming there was a lot of uneaten food around. I'm not sure how I didn't notice this build up though - very strange. I checked the filter at the same time, but didn't rinse it. The last time I rinsed the filter was 1 month before this water change. I noticed it was quite messy at that point too; more than usual. There is a layer of about 4 inches of gravel in the tank. There are no ornaments in the tank as the panicy fish would damage herself on them. I had to remove them years ago to stop her getting hurt. She is very fast and skitty - alway has been. Bangs into everything! There are also no plants in the tank as they get instantly destroyed by the fish. One time she swallowed one whole and had it sticking out of her mouth for quite a while until I cut it off. Thankfully she ate the rest and was ok! I'm also paranoid about introducing anything into the tank that could bring disease. I'll be going home shortly and will test the water again / get the temperature / change some water / grab some pics and video. Hopefully should have that uploaded within the next few hours. Many thanks for replies. Back soon!
  7. Hi, I have 3 fish in the tank (450 litres)... 1 Goldfish, 10 inches, 12 years old. 1 Goldfish, 9 inches, 10 years old. 1 Shubunkin, 12 inches, 10 years old. One Goldfish is looking very unhappy. She sits at the bottom in the corner all day with fins clamped. Hardly eating at all. Only movement is to occasionally go to the top, often in a 'round the tank' circluar panicy movment. Sometimes she grabs some air, sometimes she doesn't break the surface. The other 2 are more lively and still eating a little but are clearly not happy either. They don't go to the surface, but tend to keep still in the corners (mid tank) most of the time. Fins ok. I changed the water and cleaned the gravel 3 weeks ago as I there was an amount of uneaten food around. Possibly had over fed them or not noticed they weren't eating as usual. Filter seems ok. Water was good before change, although nitrate was 40ppm and is now too. (I've never managed to get it lower than this) When I removed fish for water change, there was no noticable increase in slime coats. Looking for some ideas please! Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 40 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API, drops * Water temperature? Unknown * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 90 gals. 8 years. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Ehiem Pro 3 600 * How often do you change the water and how much? 25% monthly on average * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 weeks ago, 100% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish, 12, 10 and 9 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress Coat, when water changed * What do you feed your fish and how often? Aquarian Goldfish Flakes, twice daily. Occasioanl frozen bloodworms/shrimp * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) None * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. None * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Clamped fins on one. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Staying at bottom, not eating, occasional dart to surface.
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