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goldiegeek

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  1. I always get more Prime at times like these. Or liquid test kits.
  2. Jordan, if you want to start a new tank with something different, I recommend a 20 gallon long tank and an Axolotl. They are easy to care for, relatively speaking. They need very cold water (55-65). I blow a fan over the surface of my tank and it's at a constant 62 degrees. Check them out:)
  3. If you look at the second photo, the two black dots look like they are in his head. Like stuck to the opposite side of his skull. You can see it when you get just the right angle where the reflection disappears.
  4. I was researching albinos and did see the info about the blindness issues. Pretty sure he can't see a thing. Explains why he was all alone in the corner of the tank at the store. It was like he got picked last in gym class. Lol. I shall continue the hunt for eyeballs. Thanks for the info!
  5. I missed one opportunity that really bummed me out. Ever since, bucket in the trunk:)
  6. No flash at all. What you see on the video is exactly what it looks like when you look at him. It's really strange.
  7. I'm thinking so too:) I am so taken with him. He's munching on cucumber right now:) So happy he avoided the Ich.
  8. I just did a bunch of stuff...nada. He's in fantastic condition. Probably the nicest looking fish I've bought from a big box store. My daughter calls him "Crazy Eyes" now. lol. Poor thing.
  9. Amanda, that looks just like mine. I originally thought that a decoration was crumbling or something, but no.
  10. Good morning Koko's, I have been travelling to Toronto every couple of weeks for months. My son is part of a clinical trial for the development of a drug to treat Autism Spectrum Disorders (pretty mind blowing). Anyhow, we always stay with my cousin in Brampton. I have been popping into the Big Al's there and it's pretty impressive. They seem to bring in a lot more of the harder to find fish (adult black chus, adult pandas, very large calico chus, chocolate teles). I was in a few weeks ago and freaked out. Very (very) rarely do I ever see a fish I am instantly drawn to. There was a tank that had a bunch of panda telescopes. They were in rough shape. A couple were covered in Ich. I was bummed. Then I saw him. A gorgeous white fantail (I think lol). He was in the corner at the back of the tank. I took a close look and he looked amazingly healthy. Beautiful fins, dorsal standing straight up, happy floating an inch off the bottom, no gasping. I immediately told a staff member about the Ich. She slapped the "sick fish" sign on the tank right away. I asked her how long the white guy had been in there. She said he just came in a couple hours before I did. Being the nosey parker I am, I recommended that she get him out of that tank before he got sick too. She actually did AND did a salt dip before he went into the clean tank. My body left the store, but my heart did not:) Right before leaving for Ottawa, my amazingly awesome husband, without saying a word, pulled into the Big Al's and handed me a bucket (I keep one in my trunk, hey, you never know). I popped in to ask if she'd even sell him to me being from the sick tank. She checked him out for any signs of Ich and after seeing zippo, agreed. We made the long trip back. Avoided potholes, turned corners in slow mo. Got him home and eventually into qt. He has been treated for flukes and shown zero sign of illness. Yesterday, he went into a 40 gallon with my little panda telescope who has been all alone in there. Named him Zombie. Zombie seems to be at least partially blind. Unless food smacks him in the face, he has no clue it's there. Quite a good tank mate for my tele. lol I am trying to decide if he is a true albino. Totally white with red eyes. But the red eyes look black at certain angles. I leaned in close to look...and to my shock and amazement, I don't think Zombie has eyes. It looks like you are looking into his head...and possibly out the other eye at certain angles. It's like the clear orb protective part is there, but then it's just a flap of skin with a circle in the middle. I posted a video to Youtube. I, AGAIN, took a vertical video. Sorry about that. It does give you a decent look...into his soul. lol So Guys, is he a true albino? Is he missing eyeballs? I had to feed him to keep him in one spot. lol
  11. My previous calico telescope (RIP) had the same gorgeous tail fin:) Just LOVE the black and orange! Reminds me of the ice cream I always wanted to get at the ice cream store, but my mom would never let me. She said I wouldn't like it. Tiger's Tail?
  12. That sucks! I was filling a tank once and stepped around the corner to check my email. 45 minutes later I had the heart attack moment. Got up, ran around the corner and 90% of the basement had about 2" of water. I briefly considered just running away from my house and never going back. Lol
  13. You must have sent me some "log in" vibes. lol. I just popped over...thanks for the link. *facepalm*
  14. Thanks! So far he's eating like each meal is his last. Hopefully that continues.
  15. once the damage has occurred, I think it is unlikely to reverse even with treatment. My aim with treatment in these situations is to stop the progression, and I think that's the best we can hope for in terms of Steve's mouth, that it does not continue to get worse. Can you get a pic of the white dots? Are they in Steve's tank? Could they be goldfish eggs? Definitely not eggs. These guys spawn every two weeks, so I spend a lot of time dealing with eggs. Lol. It looks like it could be super tiny eggs of some other kind. I'm doing that tank today, so I'll get hubby to take some shots of the siphoning. I am dying for a microscope. If anyone is near Ottawa and wants to come over for a coffee and a scrape, let me know! I have these white specks in one of my tanks, too. I might have them in all my tanks, and only notice it in that tank because it has black gravel. I never really thought much of it, but now I'm curious. I have mostly bare bottom. I noticed it about 3 weeks ago and figured it was detritus from the North Fin food I am trying (it is almost white) and did an extra water change. It was when I started siphoning that I got a close look. Definitely not detritus. I really want to know what it is. Do you have a photo of your specks? Lol
  16. Justin! I've missed you, buddy:) I'll send you a PM. At the risk of sounding thick, lol,anniversary? One year on Koko's!!! I've been busy lately (a new bedroom for me was being built in the basement! ) but I'm glad to be back. I see you've been gone for a while, too! Glad to see we're both back in the groove! Omg! That's right! Lol. I hit a point where things got crazy busy with my kids and I had to put my goldfish obsession on the back burner. Things have simmered down now, so I plan to take the weekly photo contest by storm! Haha Super glad to see you are back too. I must admit, hubby and I built our bedroom and offices in the basement too. It is the best decision ever. I've now got my fish in my office and the rescues stay upstairs along with all of their equipment. It's really nice not to have to worry about cross contamination. When I empty rescue tanks, I run a hose from the siphon to the sewer at the end of my driveway, not sure if that actually helps avoid anything. Lol. ANYWAY...very nice to be back and see all of the familiar folks:) there's no other site quite like this one.
  17. once the damage has occurred, I think it is unlikely to reverse even with treatment. My aim with treatment in these situations is to stop the progression, and I think that's the best we can hope for in terms of Steve's mouth, that it does not continue to get worse. Can you get a pic of the white dots? Are they in Steve's tank? Could they be goldfish eggs? Definitely not eggs. These guys spawn every two weeks, so I spend a lot of time dealing with eggs. Lol. It looks like it could be super tiny eggs of some other kind. I'm doing that tank today, so I'll get hubby to take some shots of the siphoning. I am dying for a microscope. If anyone is near Ottawa and wants to come over for a coffee and a scrape, let me know! ?
  18. Justin! I've missed you, buddy:) I'll send you a PM. At the risk of sounding thick, lol,anniversary?
  19. So glad you guys don't think it is Columnaris. Holy cow! I was scared to pop in and see the responses. Lol. I was reading up on it and it is often attributed to poor tank conditions. These two went into a brand new "fishlessly cycled" tank and have never experienced a drop of ammonia or nitrite. No pH swings. No illnesses. No stress. So I was stumped. I have noticed a lot if little white specs on the floor of the tank. They can be siphoned no problem, but have to be scrubbed first because they are sticky. I have never noticed this before. I am hoping it isn't some sort of parasitic eggs. Definitely not Ich. Steve's mouth is no worse over the past couple of days, thank god. He can still eat, mind you it takes a couple tries. Like his aim is off. I'm puzzled though because the meds seem to have no effect. Steve's gf still has those two patches. Both still have the white dots on the tail fin, I assume slime coat as Tithra suggested. No worse, but no better.
  20. Sorry, 2 patches now. :/ Are the tubercle looking dots around HER eye normal? Trying to pop it out... One white patch has an eruption. I'll try to get a shot of Steve's open mouth.
  21. Thanks! I did the dip according to your instructions. Not much change. His jaw/cheek is continuing to fold further into his mouth. I'm afraid it may block his whole mouth. This morning, his girlfriend acquired a lovely white patch on her head. I was researching and I think it was Columnaris that presents with a fungus like patch? Any possibility there? There has been no improvement with the General Cure (god it's expensive). To add to my fun, two of my kids have pneumonia and hubby dropped my 8" Axolotl from three feet causing some bad injuries:( I've been all over that too.
  22. Steve's mouth got a bit worse in terms of the cave in. It seems to be holding steady now. It looks like it drives him nuts. Round 2 of meds starts tonight. I think I will give him a dip. If any more damage occurs with his mouth, it looks like it would have to be cut:/ I don't want to go there. Is there a specific amount of salt that would be best in this case? I think I remember using 0.05% the last time I did one. 5 minute dip unless he can't right himself or shows other signs of stress, right? I really hope he bounces back.
  23. Tithra, the way you describe the slime coat build up makes total sense with what I'm seeing. I'm amazed I didn't notice any symptoms until the mouth deformity appeared. These two are my most social, friendly, interactive fish. It's really scary to imagine not having them. Do you think there is any value to giving him a salt dip to try to blast a few off of him? I'm apprehensive because I don't want to cause him anymore stress if it won't do much.
  24. Sounds great! Thank you so much Helen. Today Steve looks much the same. He is still eating like it's the last meal he'll ever get. Lol. He was even chasing his tank mate this morning. It was nice to see. I'll dose the General Cure and post some photos tonight. Poor little guy.
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