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  1. We don't get back until Sunday night and we don't have any way to get photos until then, we've had to borrow a laptop to send these messages. We've told our fish-sitter to only feed him peas for now and to up the temperature in the tank a little, so about 25 degrees. We've also asked her to move his next dose of medication forward to tonight, so will have to hope that helps for now.
  2. A few questions about your tank: - how deep is the gravel? Quite deep in our hospital tank, about 3-4cm, but shallow in our main tank, just enough to cover the bottom - do you vacuum the gravel at every water change? Yes - any hollow ornaments? We have a Bio-orb plant that's circular, but nothing hollow per se We're on holiday at the mo, but Splodge is now not eating, milky poo. We've been told he's bloated, but he's quite a fat fish, so that might just be him as he normally is. We're using Interpet Number Nine anti-bacterials as it was all we could get, next dose isn't due until tomorrow. Is there anything else we could/ should do? I keep reading about Epsom Salts, should we use those as well/instead of the meds? And how about temperature? Really hoping I don't loose the last of our little fish!
  3. I am sad to have lost her, she was a beautiful fish (if a little bossy, she's always chase the others around whenever there was any food!) I shall look up some meds to keep handy, we're building up all kind of fish supplies. Is there anything we should do for the survivor? He's in a clean tank, but his only tank decoration is a large mug at the second, didn't want to leave him in a fully stark tank, but I'm worried the other ones will be contaminated? Thanks to everyone for sympathies. I appreciate the attempts at help too, it all happened so quickly, she seemed fine when I left for work and by the time I got home I guess it was too late. I'd never even heard of dropsy until I did some searching. At least I'm more informed now.
  4. It's looking probable, you can see in the second photo there was still something on her side, it just wasn't visible before the pineconing. Not a mistake I will make again, slightest sign of fungus on Splodge and we'll be medicating. Still worried about him and the snail now. Makes me wish I could pet them or hug them, silly as it sounds.
  5. I've taken some photos to check whether or not it was dropsy. The first one shows the pineconing, the second one showing worrying fluffy poop? I hope it will at least be useful for others in a similar situation, maybe saving a fish.
  6. Looking at her now she was pineconing also, looks like D ropsy from what I've read so far. Sadly we lost Sado too recently, he was a much smaller Black Moor and we think the stress got him in the end. I don't feel like we're very good fish-keepers at all Presuming it was dropsy, what should we do to protect the surviving fish and our apple snail? We've so far separated the fish from the snail, putting Splodge (the fish) in the small hospital tank and keeping Franklyn (the apple snail) in the large tank so he doesn't have any fish meds leaching out of the putty of the hospital tank. The small tank that Splodge is in has had a fresh and complete (100%) water change today and we're currently tempering Splodge in a freezer bag full of his old tank water.
  7. Sadly, Noodles has died before we got her diagnosed. RIP Noodles.
  8. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) Between 0 and 5 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0-5ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Around 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Between 7.2 and 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Test Kit, drops. * Water temperature? 23C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? We have two tanks, our main one is 180 litres (about 40 gallon) and has been running Since January. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 205 and a Fluval 3+ (Fluval 3+ required fixing when we came to water change as it had been off) * How often do you change the water and how much? We change about 20-25 litres of water once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 20 litres, about 8 days ago. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Black Moors, 1 Apple Snail. Fish are about 9cm in length. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Stress Coat Plus was used for the 40 litre water change today and the two/three previous 20 litre changes. Prior to that we used API Tap Water Conditioner. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Fish are fed Golden Sinkers pellets, soaked in tank water prior to feeding. They also get King British Algae wafers pre-soaked once or twice a week. They have had two fasting days this week without feed. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. This tank has had no medication in it while we have owned the tank (it was second hand from a friend.) Both fish have had doses of Interpret's Anti-Fungus and Finrot medication and API's Whitespot cure, we use a separate tank for medicating which is 112 litres (about 25 gallon.) Hospital tank has only been owned by us. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Noodles has recently had a cottonball fungus from one of her side scales, but since adding Stress Coat this seems to have gone without medication. Otherwise fish is noticeably bloated and seems unable to stay upright for long. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Both fish have had a tendency to lounge near the bottom of the tank. Currently the other fish (Splodge) is wandering around he tank as normal. Have not noticed if there has been a change in eating. Other: We have two small live plants alongside the three artificial plants, also an air brick, a few rocks, gravel and a ceramic food bowl. Just in case that helps at all.
  9. Hi! I'm hoping someone could help with a problem we're having with our fish Noodles. Both our Black Moors have been a little lethargic of late, hanging out at the bottom of the tank and not swimming around much. We thought this was likely to be the warm weather. However, this morning we found Noodles upside down and bloated far beyond her normal size, still at the bottom of the tank (I say her, they're just a year old and we haven't been able to accurately sex them yet.) Our other Black Moor and Apple Snail seem fine so far, touch wood. We've just done a 40 litre water change using Stress Coat by API as a dechlorinator, so will report back if anything changes.
  10. Thanks for the warm welcome, guys Ok, photos. I'm not very technical, so this may take a few attempts. These ones are the baby photos taken when we first got Noodles and Splodge, Ill get some more recent uploaded soon.
  11. Having finally got around to joining a fish owners forum, I wanted to say 'hi!' to everyone. We own three lovely fat blackmoors, our eldest (and smallest) Sado, is coming up a year old next month,with the younger two, Noodles and Splodge turning one in August. They live in our main tank with our apple snail Franklyn. We have two tanks, our main one is 180 litres (about 40 gallon) and a small hospital tank at 112 litres (about 25 gallon) for treatment of infections. We cycled our tank without inhabitants, which took about a month (though it seemed like decades!) before we bought Sado and his original mate Macey. Sadly Macey had swimbladder problems and when he finally stopped eating in August, we took him to the vet to say goodbye. This lead to us buying Noodles, Splodge and Franklyn. Since then, the fish and snail seem to have been happy and healthy, aside from the odd fleeting cotton-ball infection. Hi everyone!
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