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Kim S Walker

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  1. Well, I treated Diamond for three days to see if there would be any change and she didn't make any improvement. If anything, the red wound area got darker and slightly bigger, and it became obvious that she'll never swim right again. So tonight I euthanized her with clove oil. RIP dear Diamond. You were a beautiful and spirited fish. You will be missed. Thank you to everyone who helped.
  2. Thanks Koko and Arctic Mama, Diamond isn't laying on the bottom now that she's in the QT. She alternating between laying in the bubbles from the airstone, and kind of wobbling around the tank partly on her side. If I can get the kanaplex today, I think I will treat her for a few days or until she gets worse. I'll pick up some clove oil too just in case. The clove oil my Mom picked up for me has glycerine in it and I'm assuming I can't use that.
  3. I will post water test results shortly, but here's the situation...Way back in April, I had one fish (Kukurri) who pineconed on one side. I treated him with Metro and triple sulfa and epsom and he made a complete recovery! He is active and happy still today. Thank you for your help saving him! I had also asked about a mysterious wound on my big fish, Diamond. We decided to try salt baths and a koi liquid bandage and keep an eye on it. I have done all these things and the wound didn't go away but seemed to settle down. It wasn't producing the white pimples anymore but still appeared as a reddish shadow under the skin. Diamond has been happy and active, so I've just been watching, but it has been still nagging at me. Last night, I fed the fish a little bit of food before going to bed and they all ate happily and enthusiastically. This morning, I found Diamond laying on the bottom with her body bent. She chaotically swims through the water every now and then before settling back to the bottom. She tries to beg for food but can't completely right herself. I know this isn't a good sign but since she still has plenty of fight in her, I figured I'd at least try medicating her. I have her in QT with Metro. I'm wondering if I should add salt or epsom and since I have to go buy a second antibiotic, what would be my best choice? Has anyone had a fish recover from the bent shape? What causes it? Amazing how it happens over only a few hours time. I'm really crushed as I tend to get stupidly attached to my fish. It has made me consider giving them up before. Thanks for any help you can offer.
  4. Oh! I didn't know I could add the prazi along with the metro and triple sulfa. I don't mind doing that at all if the three are compatible.
  5. I have never used it while prazing I dont know Hmm, well I assume the Prazi is more important at this point in case this is caused by a parasite? The tank has only had one 6 day dose of Prazi. I kind of want to wait on the Prazi until Kukurri is back in the tank. He won't be finished with his meds until Friday. Unless you feel strongly that I should start Prazi before then, I'll wait until next weekend to start the Prazi treatment. We did the first salt dip for Diamond (1%) and peroxide on the wound tonight. She's taking it well so far. I hope I'm right I should do 2% salt dip tomorrow, and 3% the day after, then every other day at 3% from then on? I ordered the biobandage but they didn't have fast shipping, so it looks like it'll take about a week to get here. Thank you for all the help!
  6. I'm wondering, would the silver that Koko recommends be a good thing in the main tank while this is healing? Or is it not compatible with Prazi?
  7. so amazing. Yay Lemon! Congrats on successful surgery.
  8. I haven't done the salt dip yet, but one of the white bumps burst and I got a picture for you. It has a piece of filmy white tissue hanging from it. And this is an OLD photo of Kukurri from a few days ago. if you compare this to the last one you can see how much he has improved!
  9. I don't know. I could probably borrow one from my kids' school... I'll definitely continue all the meds as suggested. I'm going to get my husband to help me with a salt dip today. I'll let you know how it goes.
  10. Kukurri as of tonight (9/30/16) no raised scales that I can see! Diamond with wound at base of tail
  11. Kukurri update: Good news! I woke this morning and checked on Kukurri and found mostly flat scales! He looks so different. I can only find raised scales a tiny bit on the same side where I first noticed it and it is only a few. Still happy, eating and active! This is day 4 of metro, triple sulfa and epsom salt treatment. Can someone recommend how long I should continue the treatment after seeing improvement? I'm going to try taking photos now, but I don't have the better camera with me. I'll do the best I can. Kukurri and I say think you for hanging in there with us! You are all awesome! Diamond update: On the other hand, our heat wave seems to have made Diamond's wound more active (if that is possible). The white bumps (pimples?) on the rear edge of the wound have been forming daily for the last 3 days and the rear edge is redder, almost looking like a gash. I posted a picture of two of the bumps back a few posts. I want to start salt dips for her, but have been too busy with Kukurri to start. Hopefully I can start treatment for her soon. Do we still think salt dips and peroxide is the best action to take for her? In case this is aggravated by a parasite, can I treat the main tank with Prazi again now too or wait until after salt dips? Diamond is also still happy, active and eating well.
  12. Ok, brief update. 50% water change today. It all went really well although I am being pretty anal so it takes me forever. I suppose it'll get quicker as I go along. Kukurri is doing great, still active, eating happily, dorsal fully up. I think he enjoys all the attention. I might be imagining it at this point but the pineconing seems the tiniest bit less today. I'll take pictures tomorrow if there seems improvement. I'll know better during daylight. He's definitely not worse. I was looking up directions for making medicated food with the metro and the hikari site says to use pure grain alcohol. Has anyone done it without this? Or if this is the only way, where do I get some? Also, I have enough triple sulfa for 9 days. Will that be enough? Or should I extend the sulfa treatment longer than that? I can pick up more if needed. Thanks for the help!
  13. Thanks Sharon, this is brilliant and so helpful! I was trying to wrap my head around the measurements and you've made it very easy. I set everything up marked with 5 and 10 gallon markers. I have a jar for the meds that holds about 3 cups, so I marked it with markers for 1 cups and 2 cups plus air for mixing. I'll mix the meds in there and use it as you suggested. I tried it just now and it worked great! Since the quarantine tank was set up with half existing tank water and half treated tap water, I did the same again to 10 gallons and added the new meds, epsom, prime and buff it (that I always use since i have soft water) I checked that all the parameters matched and that the ammonia and nitrites are still at zero in the quarantine. I was surprised actually, I expected a little, but I haven't been feeding him much either. I transferred him gradually, mixing the water in a pitcher, as if acclimatizing a new fish from the store and he went in with flying colors. Tomorrow I'll do a 5 gallon water change as you suggested with fresh meds. We are having a heat wave, so everything is 82 degrees at the moment. I suppose that is good. It does make the temperature easy. I have a heater set up to keep it stable when the weather cools back down. Current measurements: Ph 8.0 Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 20 approximately Unfortunately, the pineconing looks a little worse and is more even now rather than being all on one side like it was yesterday. I took pictures and will post them as soon as my husband comes back home with the camera. I'm keeping hope since he's still active and hungry and acting like nothing is wrong. Keep it up Kukurri! Keeping my fingers crossed and thank you for being patient with me (I'm a little worried about how much to feed him. I don't want to starve the poor guy! Is there a good way to estimate without weighing him? If you want to talk me through it, I could probably weigh him, I do have a small digital scale.)
  14. Would there be any harm in going from a 0.1% salt solution, to an epsom solution with a 100% water change? I would have done triple sulfa + epsom last night (since I didn't have the metro) but no one had said those two were compatible. I really am trying to follow directions. Please be patient with me. I'm very worried for the fish. I can pick up the metro today. Just to confirm, I could use the regular dose of triple sulfa + the regular dose of metronidozole + epsom. It looks like the metro course is expected 15 days minimum. The triple sulfa package says 4 days (LFS recommeded 6 days). This morning Kukurri is happy and hungry and active. Pineconing the same.
  15. Haha! I didn't mean to scare anyone. I meant 0.1% salt treatment, not 1.0%! Sorry about that. (that is what I get for posting after a long day.)
  16. Thank you so much for your help! Diamond is active and eats well. She seems to think there is nothing at all wrong with her. For Diamond, I will research salt dips. I have swabbed the lesion with hydrogen peroxide twice now and it hasn't seemed to make any difference. Is there a recommended schedule I should try? I do see some mild improvement when I add Melafix to the tank. I wasn't sure how long I could use it though. For Kukurri, if I was going to combine metro and triple sulfa, how would I go about doing that? Would I do a course of one, and then a course of the other? Or would I combine them? Since I have the triple sulfa on hand and couldn't pick up the metro today, I've started the triple sulfa + 1.0% salt solution in a 15 gallon quarantine tank as recommended by the LFS just because I feel I have to do something. I'm watching him carefully, and so far so good. He looks perky and happy and still pineconed on one side. I can also get the metro tomorrow if needed. Do we ever use epsom and salt together? Send Kukurri some good vibes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I asked the LFS why they recommend salt rather than epsom in this case and they said because Kukurri's pineconing and swelling is asymmetrical, they suspect a cyst or tumor or localized infection rather than general systemic bloating. Also, no sign of constipation. They said they've found the salt helps the fish absorb the medication from the water and of course for all the usual reasons we use salt. That does sound good to me, but I haven't dealt with this before so I have no idea. I'm just trying to learn and I have a general policy that the more information the better. I certainly wasn't looking for an argument, just some reasoning that would help me decide which course makes the most sense in my situation. BTW, there is a brief video of each of them a few posts back in this thread which might give you a better idea of their condition. I'd also love to know if anyone can actually view them. The links work for me, but they look messy and ridiculous. Clearly I have no idea what I'm doing.
  17. So, the questions I really need answered are do I treat both fish (Diamond with the strange wound) and Kukurri (with the partial pinecone) with the same treatment? If so, I need a larger quarantine tank. I hope someone can help me figure these things out. I've been afraid to start treatment, not knowing the right course since yesterday and I'm afraid to lose too much time. Also, my highly respected LFS recommended salt and triple sulfa as a treatment for Kukurri. I'm wondering the pros and cons of that vs. Metro and epsom salt. If I'm buying metronidazol, should I also buy some gel or paste food to make medicated food? I've never done that so if so, I will need help. I'm also guessing that I will treat the current problems, and then do several rounds with the Prazi after everyone has recovered? I'm always nervous about stressing the fish out too much during treatment. (they have only had one 6 day course of Prazi pro several months ago.)
  18. Thank you shakaho. I listed the meds I have on hand in my last post: Triple Sulfa, Maracyn2, Maracyn, Melafix, salt, epsom salt. The quarantine I set up yesterday is 10 gallons. I can buy a larger tote if we think I should set up a quarantine for both fish instead of treating the main tank. I almost wonder, if I should put the healthy ones in the quarantine and treat the main tank with the two who are having issues (?) provided they need the same treatment. (Then the healthy fish could be moved back into a treated tank after, rather than possibly moving the treated fish back into a contaminated tank after.) I don't have plants or snails right now, so it is a little simpler with just goldfish to consider. I know I am a bit overstocked. I rescued Diamond from a friend who had to give her up. I didn't PLAN to have this many. That said, I don't think I can do water changes more often than once a week consistently (busy mom = lazy fishkeeper). I'm considering adding an inline UV, or a plant refugium to help handle the load. If anyone can refer me to threads about these topics, I would be grateful.
  19. Diamond Update: I finally got a picture this morning of the white bumps or pimples(?). You can see two of them here. They protrude like a tiny opaque, white finger, then disappear (burst?) The big one is at the bottom of the red patch, and the smaller one is at the top where there was a small red dot yesterday. I got a better angle this time and you can see how the scales are slightly raised at the rear edge where the pimples form. Kukurri looks the same as in the video above. I'll try for a better picture. Still pineconed on one side. Not better or worse. I have on hand, Triple Sulfa, Maracyn 2, Melafix, salt, epsom salt. I can order other things but they may take some time to get here. Best course of action? I also have a 10 gallon quarantine tank set up since yesterday but need to get a pump to add an airstone. (which I can do today once I decide if I need to get anything else.) The quarantine tank is probably fine for Kukurri but a little small for Diamond? Also, since I have two fish in this tank with problems, I'm wondering if I need to treat the whole tank.
  20. Test Results for the Following: (changes in blue) I think I included all of this in previous posts but here it is in chart form. * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 20 - 30 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 ph , KH 71.6, GH 71.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 ph, KH 53.7, GH 53.7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Test Kit - Drops * Water temperature? 72 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 gallons - running for almost 10 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 500 and Rena Filstar XP3 * How often do you change the water and how much? 50 -70% once a week, missed a week again from being out of town. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 weeks ago (out of town), 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 goldfish, 1 is 5 inch bodylength, and 3 are 2 inch bodylength. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? treat with Prime and Buff it at water changes. Need to increase Buff it? * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Goldfish, daily with a fasting day once a week. weekly offerings of veggies and citrus before water changes. * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? So far, just Melafix and one round of Prazi (6 days) about 4 months ago. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Tank had ich about 6 months ago and finished a salt treatment and temp increase which cured the ich and haven't seen any since. Prazi 4 months ago (one round). * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Diamond: Red patch in side, scales at the back side of it slightly raised, otherwise looks good. New finding - Kukuri: swelling and pinecone scales on one side behind gill cover. Slight wobble, otherwise happy and eating well. I have new photos and will include them next.
  21. After reading about various dropsy treatments, I'm trying to figure out the pros and cons of using triple sulfa or maracyn2 and can I use either with epsom salts? Or something else entirely? The LFS also suggested soaking the goldfish food in the triple sulfa solution to attempt an internal dose. How would I ensure I'm giving the right dosage? I'm planning to treat the calico with the pineconed scales in a separate QT, but it brings up the question of what I do for the main tank since I still have the original problem with Diamond. I've never had fish with such obvious problems act so healthy. They all act as if there is nothing wrong. I'm grateful and I hope it stays that way! I'm going to bed in about an hour so I guess I'll start treatment tomorrow morning.
  22. Video link - hopefully - of the now 5 month old "wound" or bruise or whatever it is. The tiny red spot above it is new. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ImGxbTh_sNE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sorry that link is kind of sloppy although it works for me. Let me know if you can't view it. Here is a short video of the fish with the pinecone scales. You can see it best around 20 seconds when he is swimming towards the camera and you can see the scales sticking out on his left side. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/onp8mNzM900" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sorry for the inept linking, and bad images! Best I can do right now. I'm not sure if they are helpful actually.
  23. OK, the QT is ready. I just need some confirmation as to what treatment I should be doing. Epsom salts? Aquarium Salt, Triple Sulfa? My LFS seems to think it is an internal cyst or a tumor and the triple sulfa will treat if it is bacterial, the salt is to help the fish be more comfortable and take in more water (??) Isn't that a bad idea if the fish is bloated on one side? Is it true the epsom salts will reduce the bloat and keep the fish more comfortable? Ugh, so confused. (my other LFS store suggested Maracyn 2 for the whole tank, so I'm ignoring them for now.) I'm going off to look for dropsy instructions.
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