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  1. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    So the bullying leveled off on its own after a day and things were back to the normal: the Comet bullies the Oranda during feeding but not enough to cause harm. This weekend I finally got around to removing the Comet for a day. It required a proper sized fish net from Dick's and seemingly constant WC's of the QT. Basically nothing changed... It seems like as long as the Oranda is in top shape things are OK. That's a challenge since he's way more sensitive to water quality than the poop-machine Comet he's housed with, and the Comet has to be fed enough to stay fat and happy or the bullying worsens. Eventually I plan to upgrade the filtration (this Eheim disappointingly doesn't actually move more than 95gph on a good day), and that may help. I intend to change weekly water changes to twice-weekly but gravel-vac half as much each time. Anyhow, the Oranda's disease was cured thanks to Spectrogram, epsom-food-soak, and your great instructions and encouragement, so you all have my gratitude
  2. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    Not 100% sure to be honest.
  3. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    Maybe I should try removing the Comet for a day or two and reintroducing?
  4. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    Full update: Completed 10 days of Spectrogram (His behavior/appetite were all better after 3-4 days. Highly recommend). Poops were still abnormal so I soaked his food in epsom solution for 5 days. He made a normal poop after his last meal so I reintroduced him to the main tank this morning... He is getting bullied however. As Hungry as he was in the QT, he is too scared from the presence of the Comet to go for the same food in the Main Tank. I spread pellets all over the tank but the Comet systematically ate them all while periodically chasing the Oranda in circles. So the Oranda is already showing signs of stress again. At least he is eating some duckweed. If this continues I know he will get sick from stress again and the only solution I know of is a tank separator, unless ya'll have any other ideas
  5. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    It's OK I don't have more snails to worry about since I incidentally killed them off (I believe it was the medicated wonder shell). Is there anything I should treat my main tank with to kill off the suspected parasite? Maybe feed the healthy fish with epsom soaked food for good measure before reintroducing the Oranda? Here's this morning's poo... x_x https://imgur.com/a/w0bnti7
  6. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    Gosh he is so hungry he is eating everything twice lol. I do dip new plants but don't quarantine snails. I thought Prazi dealt with parasites pretty handily but I guess not the internal ones. Is there a way to make adding snails safe?
  7. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    I do dip new plants but don't quarantine snails. I figured a round of prazi dealt with that stuff.
  8. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    We did get some new Mystery Snails in December... And Wisteria in September. Those would be the most recent additions On 2nd thought I'll stick with the NLS pellets since he's been eating those I don't want to fudge the recipe and needlessly change too many factors at once.
  9. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    We are on day 5 of Spectrogram and his behavior and appetite are greatly improved - he eats everything offered and is fairly active . However as of today he still poops white hairlike strands and little bits of white stuff along with real poop, and the real poop sometimes comes encased in white slimy stuff as well. I'll try feeding the epsom solution in gel food. I was thinking of feeding metro in the gel food actually, now that he's eating well, but I'll try the epsom first. edit: read the post you linked and I'm very excited to do the epsom lol.
  10. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    2nd day of Spectrogram, I think we are seeing some improvement - green poops and he ate everything offered (except some bits he spat out). Wondering if I should feed him more as he eats it or stick to 4-5 pellets at a time maximum?
  11. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    First day of Spectrogram. Duckweed just came in and he actually went for a little bit of it. Not much, just a plant or two and he didn't eat at all today. I got to say he is acting strange. Here are some videos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/06Q0BV8I460yTvzS2 . He can be seen with a white strand trailing in the third vid and a white spot on his wen (probably just from bashing his head on the filter...) His left eye was swelling a bit again this morning. His "jowels" are pronounced which I think is because the rest of his face is becoming lean. He also seems to me more lean in the back where he used to be rounder. He had a real bowel movement shortly after these videos, which must be from the food yesterday and that seems like slow digestion for a goldfish.
  12. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    I will. He'll be dead bored after 3 weeks in the QT tank so I just feel bad for him. His tankmate has gotten over the absence of his buddy and is currently enjoying the spacious 90 gallon to himself with no one to chase around (side note, the comet has a small cyst/injury lump in his tail which I am monitoring - Would have to remove him from the tank for a picture with any detail but I can if you're curious). And to be sure I'll keep the salt at 1tsp/10g and epsom salt at 1/2tsp/10g during the spectrogram treatments unless you say otherwise. Thanks!
  13. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    Oh wow I've had media in there the whole time. I'll keep it out for the Spectrogram treatment. Maybe I'll do a dose every day for 5 days with a 100% WC instead of every other day. I just got a tiny sample so here it is on a dark background. First pic is under a bright reef tank light. https://imgur.com/a/vTgrz8W
  14. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    I tried a dark background but the sample was very clear so it was hard to see much of anything (for me at least). I'll include one next time for sure but I got rid of that sample. I'm testing water chemistry before and after the water changes. There is mature filter media (seachem matrix) in the HOB that I just lightly jiggle in tank water each WC. Ironically, given the state of my tapwater, ammonia goes down between water changes and then restarts at .5 after the WC. Prime is said to detoxify up to 1ppm ammonia for up to 48 hours so the conditions for my fish *should* remain perfectly safe.
  15. Oranda not eating, not pooping, weak

    We've been provided with another sample. I'll spare you further pics after this unless you request: https://i.imgur.com/TuIi6di.jpg