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  1. @Arctic Mama @koko Just an update. Blacky is totally back to normal. Thank you for the help
  2. Great. Thank you both for your help. I'll come back in 2 weeks to let you know how he is, unless anything else happens between now and then!
  3. Okay thank you, I'll order some epsom salt and up the water changes The scales are flattening back to normal, I'm going to assume some sort of injury was the cause after him freaking out so much. Here are the white spots, they're smaller than the operculum breeding tubercles and across his body scales. Maybe it's just breeding stars across the body which are easy to see as he is a deep black? I've never really heard of them across the body but if they've been there for years that makes more sense I guess Thank you for your help. Definitely had a panic when I saw uplifted scales!
  4. I don't feed him live food and he hasn't had live plants in a while but has had them previously. I didn't even do 1 round of esha prazi because he reacted badly to it. I was torn between giving him the full treatment and ending it. I chose to end it as apart from occasional flashing there is no signs of flukes it was more preventative. Also these ich-like white spots over his whole body have been there for over 4 year, I was looking at older threads I have made on here and it was about these... and I have treated with esha 2000 & exit a few times over the years and nothing gets rid of them. If it was ich would he be able to survive for that long with no ill-effects just occasional flashing?? One more thing, the protruding scales look slightly better this morning which is good. I'll add a picture when I'm home, this leads me more into thinking he injured this area. However these white spots, I'd still love to get to the bottom of ! Thank you!!
  5. Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 80-160ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 10-15ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4ish * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6-8ish The test kit is 2 years expired ... so unsure how accurate these are but it's what I expected. All values have been like this for years except nitrate which fluctuates. Obviously he's been living in a tank too small for a few years. He seems happy enough and has always been so healthy despite it not being a great size for him. Despite this I do want to find a bigger space it's just taking a lot longer than anticipated. Due to this I try to manage the nitrate levels with water changes but with a fish that big in a tank that small it's almost impossible so he has been subject to high nitrate levels for a while. I hope this isn't the reason but to help anyone with diagnose(s) it's only fair to say. He's a great fish with a massive personality. I've had him since I was 10 (now 20)! He's grown from the size of my little finger to this beast. I hope there's some hope of recovery from whatever this is so he can finally get to swim in a bigger space.
  6. Thank you so much! I'm in the UK so a delayed reply may come back from me, but I'll look straight away in the morning
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) If you have a test kit, take these readings before you do a water change. If you don't have a test kit and can't get one immediately, please take samples of tank and tap water to your fish /pet store and request a test. Demand numbers for each test. * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) Please test tap water. It may contain ammonia or nitrate. Tap water often varies in quality with weather/season, so don't just report an old test. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Difference in the pH of tank and tap can cause distress in your fish. We need both tap and tank results. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) If you don't have KH and GH tests and have municipal water, you can often get this information from the water company. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API test kit - drops * Water temperature? Air temp - 16 degrees celcius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 90L - >5yrs * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? By the "size" of the filter we mean the gph/lph that it claims to turn over? 400 lph * How often do you change the water and how much? Please answer both questions. Every 5-7 days, 80-90% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Please answer both questions Monday 22nd - 70% * How many fish in the tank and their size? You may give the weight of each fish or the length. 1 goldfish - length of my hand plus caudal fins * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Water conditioner means the agent used against chlorine. Fluval aqua plus water conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. Repashy soilent green - once a day +occasional algae wafers/sinking pellets/peas/brocolli * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? None at the moment. About a month ago added eSHa gdex (active ingredient praziquantelum) due to flashing and never actually treated him for flukes before. He reacted really badly to it which I thought was unusual due to being known as a safe medication. Read it could be due to dead fluke overload however as it was mainly a preventative measure I removed it by water changes then carbon. He has been fine ever since. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. This can be a long answer if you have a sickly fish. In the past he's had eSHa 2000 & exit * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? He's had small white specks on his whole body for a long while now. I thought this was ich however they are much smaller than all the photos of ich I have seen. They look like breeding tubercles, but all over his body... He occasionally flashes which makes me think he has some kind of parasite issue, however I'm not 100% and due to no other issues like going off food etc and him being sensitive to medications I haven't treated. As I was cleaning the tank yesterday he went crazy, which is unusual. Then I noticed protruding scales (slight white discolouration) on both sides near his anus that I hadn't noticed before, however I hadn't particularly looked closely in about a week as I have been busy. The first thing I thought of initially was dropsy - which is obviously just a symptom with many possible causes, however wouldn't this be less focal and more diffuse. It almost looks like an internal growth causing scale protrusion. Or could it be some sort of injury, hence the crazy episode whilst cleaning. I honestly have no idea what it is. Slightly white stringy poo too. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No except when still his back end rises higher than his front end which he normally doesn't do but he seems in control of the movement. Apart from that he's acting completely normal. Hi guys, I'm just about to test the water (however I think my API test kit is out of date) but it's the best I can do for now. Before I have the results, I have never had ammonia or nitrite in the tank. It's been well cycled for years and years. I've had Blacky 10 years! Nitrates will be higher than ideal due to tank size but water changes keep them under control enough. Also I already know the tank is way too small for him. Working on getting an indoor pond this summer. I think everything else is mentioned above. I'll attach some pictures. Thanks in advance for any help. Images: 2 image showing small white dots on body - hard to see Here is a video showing the protrusion.
  8. Sorry I didn't make it clear. In the first photo there isn't anything to actually see I was just showing where I saw it, in the second photo it's the tiny paler bit but its a very bad quality photo ahaha No worries, it is really hard to see in that photo (2nd one only), the first was just illustrating where it was before passing through to the back. My mum who is currently looking after him has told me she can't see it anymore so I think it has just passed through. Thanks though guys!
  9. That explanation is not great. Here's a couple (bad) photos. Where it was when I first saw it Where it is now I presume it will just make its way out now
  10. Sorry I wasn't able to get photos as it is such a small thing to try and photograph and he won't stay still at all. Update though. The gravel got sucked even deeper and now I see it down the hole behind the nasal flap so I presume this means it's managed to travel through the sense organ somehow with the push of the water and hopefully will come out the other side. I feel there isn't much I can do now except hope it comes out...
  11. Hi guys, Long time no see! I still have Blacky, he's 9 years old now! I just noticed he has a piece of gravel lodged into his nostril, it looks very stuck and quite deep. How he managed to do that I have no idea ... Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get it out? I'm going to leave it overnight and hope it falls out but it doesn't look like it's going to. I was thinking maybe creating a suction with a piece of tubing? This is not ideal as I'm moving back to university on Friday so only have tomorrow to try and get it out Thank you
  12. Do you still work here? Are the goodies still there? Sadly, the pond is gone. It turns out my customer owned about 1/3 of the pond and the golf course next door owned about 2/3. The golf course sold to a developer who is putting in condos, and due to the grading of the road, building, etc, the pond was drained and ceases to exist. Oh no that is sad, could have been amazing now
  13. Love your tank and also one of my favourite things to do
  14. Hi koko, Finished round 2. Starting round 3 this evening, I think Blacky developed a secondary bacterial problem so for the 2nd and now the 3rd round I am using esha gdex(prazi) along with esha bacterial as they were made to be used together with no problems. This seems to be working and I think they are getting better.
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