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  1. Thanks for the help! I will try that. I'm almost certain it's pox of some sort...it's the only thing I've found that matches the symptoms. I have also noticed that the spots tend to disappear after water changes, becoming worse over time...so I will up the frequency and hopefully will see an improvement. I'll also see if some salt will help...as well as raising the temperature. I've read that fish pox aren't treatable, only controllable...is this correct? I've also read that its not infectious/contagious...but my newest addition clearly "caught" it from the older fish....any thoughts? Thanks again! Mandy
  2. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? <5 Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? ~7 Ph Level out of the Tap?...same...city water, pretty stable Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? - 20 gallons...about 2 and a half years What is the name and size of the filter/s? - Aquaclear 200 How often do you change the water and how much? - every 2-4 wks, ~ 30% How many fish in the tank and their size - 2 fish....one ~5 inches from head to tail...and the other ~ 2. What kind of water additives or conditioners? - AquaPlus Any medications added to the tank? - nope Add any new fish to the tank? - the smaller fish was added about a month ago What do you feed your fish? - Hikari pellets mainly, peas, lettuce, tubifex Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? - white spots...larger than ick...on belly and nears tips of fins (along spine of fin) Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? - none Hey! I'm writing about some strange white spots that occasionally appear on my fish. My largest fish is the first fish I got, over 2 years ago, and has shown these spots for the last year at least (though it's possible she always has and I just didn't notice before, as she was white, but is now turning orange making the spots easier to see). The spots will appear and disappear with time, and never seem to affect the fish in any way. I have written to ask about them before, but without being able to provide a picture, never really had any conlusive ideas about what it could be. I always just figured it was a benign genetic thing, and didn't worry much about it...as the fish has always been really healthy. The troubling this though is that my newest fish is showing the spots, and because he is black, they are a lot more obvious on him. They also seem to affect him worse, possibly because he wasn't the healthiest when I got him, and may still have a lowered immune system. I guess this proves that these white spots are contagious, and probably not as benign as I originally thought, but it still doesn't explain what they are. The fish doesn't appear affected by them, and seems really healthy. The only thing I have found that sort of looks like what they fish have is Fish Pox, but the spots have never gotten much larger than ~2mm, and only appear on the belly and the tips of the spines of the fins (usually the tail, but sometimes the pectoral fins). They also disappear on their own after time...though they seem to be slowly getting worse on my new little guy. Any thoughts? suggestions? ideas? I'm at a loss, and though the fish don't appear to be ill, I would hate to wake up one day to an outbreak of whatever this is...though that has never happened with the older, larger fish, the smaller one worries be a little. Thanks for any help! PS. This is definitely not Ick, as I have seen it before (if fact, the little black guy got it when I brought him home) and this really doesn't look like it...the spots are much larger and fewer than ick, and only appear in specific areas.
  3. Thanks for all the help! I just retested it....shoke the heck out of eveything and waited awhile before checking. The reading was around 5....but than again, I did just change the water, vacuum and clean the filter, so I wasn't expecting much. Saivite, thanks for the concern, but the fish is actually fine. I was just asking out of curiosity.
  4. Thanks Touchofsky! I will definitely be keeping an eye on him...as I feel like he may still be scratching some, and I don't think he's fully out of the clear. I'll let you know if he seems to be getting worse. What are your feelings of Maracyn? I' ve got some left over from a past fish and was wondering how it compares to the Jungle Cure. PS. I just noticed you're from Ontario....I am an Ontarionian as well! Though I'm currently in Montreal, I'm originally from London. Nice to meet you! PPS. I also just noticed a long stringy white poop with bubbles trailing behind the little guy. Any thoughts on that?
  5. Thanks for all the help! The fish is about 5-6 inches including tail (which is about half the length). I would say I change the water more like every 2 weeks, with a really thorough vacuum and I usually clean the filter too (as I find that it tends to overflow if I don't). And while I don't have plants, I do have lots of algea (as my entire one wall is windows and I get tones of light). I think I follow the instructions pretty closely...I shake the bottles and the test tube pretty long, but I guess it's possible that I'm doing something wrong. I'll try again tomorrow and let you know if I have any luck....though I just did a water change today, so that may affect it. Thanks again!
  6. Thanks for the help! I've had him for about a week and a half now. I will keep treating him for another few days or so, as the ick disappeared about 4 days ago. Thanks for the advice. I'll also try and get my hands on some medicated food, but for some reason the pet stores close by (in Montreal) are pretty poorly stocked in fish care products. Thanks again!
  7. I just recently bought a new fish, and currently have the little guy in a small 5-gallon quarantine tank. I'm doing water changes every day or two and I've also got a filter on the tank. The fish was distressed when I brought him home, sitting on the bottom of the tank and not doing much, and showed signs of ick. I brought the salt level up to 0.3% and the ick disappeared within a few days. The fish appears prefectly healthy now, swimming around and eating normally. (note: the salt is still at 0.3%) My question has to do with his poop, as I've noticed that some of the poop I see in his tank is white. It doesn't trail behind him, and isn't really long and stringy (though I've noticed a few pieces that may be). It looks like normal poop, only white. I've also noticed normal looking poop as well. I've been giving him the same food as I give my other fish (Hikari pellets), and her poop is always dark brown. I also fed him some peas and spinach, and he pooped out dark green normal looking poop...so he's definitely no constipated. Could he have a bacterial infection? Is it possible I'm not feeding him enough? What other things can cause white poop? Thanks for the help!
  8. I've had my tank set up for more than 2 years now and haven't had a problem with my water parameters since the first few months. I've currently got one goldfish in a 20 gallon tank. My question is with regards to my nitrAte level....or lack there of. I've never really had a nitrAte spike...or at least I've never tested it above 5. I've read that a tank isn't cycled until nitrAtes are present (as they are the "good" bacteria), but I don't seem to have any (or at least so few that my tester doesn't pick them up), and I don't seem to have a problem with ammonia or nitrites. My tank is currently decorated with some river stones (only a single layer) and a few pieces of driftwood. I've got a Aquaclear 300, and I clean the tank (vacuum and clean algea) every 2-4 weeks. I don't have a problem right now (my fish seems perfectly healthy) but was wondering if it's possible to have a cycled tank with no nitrAtes? Thanks for the help!
  9. Thanks nichjake! To add to my last post.... I've added a filter...covering both the intake and outflow with filter floss so as to minimize current. I've observed a significant increase in swimming, which maybe just mean he was bored and unstimulated. Unfortunately though I've also noticed an increase in scratching...as well as what I think may be a few spots of ick...or fungus. I'm going to add salt when I change his tub tomorrow.....should I consider treating with any meds yet? I've got quickcure, and a few other meds for various diseases. Thanks again for the advice guys.
  10. Hey Ranchugirl! Thanks for the help. The fish looked good at the store. Unfortunately some of the other fish didn't look so good, but this guy was swimming around quite normally. To add, I've noticed that he seems to be scratching a lot along the side of the tub, as well as a few stones I put in. No ick though...and no fin clamping. When I dropped the food in he didn't react at all...didn't seem to notice. I did notice that he does eat the food though, as they're gone when I look a little later. He's also REALLY jumpy when I go near him....if I notice him swimming around and go over to have a look, he seems to lay down and play dead. Strange indeed. I will add an airstone...or perhaps I'll put in a small filter I've got. I'll also start putting a little salt in. In your opinion, should I continue with the tub-to-tub? or set up a 5-gallon tank I've got and switch to partial daily water changes? Thanks again for the help!
  11. I got a new fish yesterday...a small black moore, no more then 2 and a half inches with tail. I've got him in a small tub, probably only 2 1/2 gallons, for quarantine right now. I am using a tub-to-tub method, with 2 tubs and new water every 24 hrs...water treated with dechlore. My question is with regards to his behaviour. He seems to sit on the bottom of the tub a lot...his fins aren't clamped, and he swims around relatively normally when disturbed, but other then that, doesn't seem too energetic. Yesterday I figured he was probably just a little freaked out from the walk home and the new place...but he's pretty much the same today. It's pretty cold where I am, so the tub temp is only around 72 F, so maybe it's just too cold? Or could he still be freaked and just a little shocked still? Should I add an airestone? I was holding off because he seems to lethargic, but maybe there isn't enough air or water flow? What about salt? Should I add a little as a safeguard? I don't notice any other signs of illness...and I haven't tried feeding him yet, so maybe I'll go so that. Thanks for the help. I really don't want to lose this guy before I even get a chance to name him.
  12. Hm, interesting thought...I'll try adding it slower next time. I match the new water temperature to that of the tank, so I wouldn't think it would be too cold...at least not by much. Thanks for the advice...I guess I won't worry about it unless it seems to get worse, or if she gets any other symptoms.
  13. The bubbles don't last, just sort of "pop" out....I also haven't seen that for awhile. Right now it's just like 5 dots, a few on her tail fin and one on her belly. Her stomach doesn't swell....other than the spots, she's in perfect health. Not blister-like at all, more just like little white bumps...that look more like they're inside the fin, rather then on top of it. Thanks for the help. I'd love to post a pic, but I don't have a digital camera.
  14. Hey guys! It's been awhile since I posted, as I haven't had much goldfish news lately. I lost a goldfish, then a betta, then another new goldfish, and have been left with just one, who was actually my very first, and has survived through it all. Anyways, my question concerns this perpetually healthy goldfish, regarding small white spots she occasionally shows on her tail fin and her belly. I would say they probably appear when I have been neglecting to change her water, but she never seems distressed or unhealthy in any other way. There's always less then 10 dots, they usually disappear again after awhile, and I believe I've noticed a few of them sort of release a little bubble at times. That sounds wierd, and it's hard to explain...but it's as if the thing sort of "pops" into a bubble. I really don't think it's ick, as I've seen ick, and this seems bigger and never spreads. Also the fish doesn't appear ill in the slightest. Other then the fact that I've just purchased a new fish who is in quarantine, and want to rule out the possibility of introducing it to an unhealthy tank, I'm not really worried about her. Any ideas? I've also read about Carp Pox, but the pictures I have found show it to be much more extensive then I've ever seen with my fish. And her spots are always the same small size. Thanks for any help! Here's are the tank specifications: 20 Gallon 1 fish set up for a few years just did a water change readings are always ~0 pH steady (city water) feed Hikari pellets, use dechlore
  15. Well, sadly the little guy didn't make it. Jeez, that's the 3rd fish I've lost in the last couple weeks. One was a betta I had in a 5 gallon, and then 2 goldfish from the 20 gallon. I had 4 and am down to one. How sad. I blame it on the heat actually, as it seems like at least 2 of the fish died from bacterial infections, which came on suddenly during heat waves, and killed them within a few days. Oddly enough they didn't share a tank. Thanks for the help guys. Hopefully my last fish will make it through the rest of the summer.
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