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  1. Wow - my first post here for ages... I've got to go with Sandy on this one! Thing is with the medi-food here - it's a chance you've got to take if you want to... I've had nothing but good results with their food so I feel justified in shouting about it. Maybe it's not a miracle cure, or an anti-biotic - but in my own tests (on REAL sick fish) it's worked! Yes, I keep my water pristine and yes, I use other meds where available - but the fish got sick in that same pristine water - so what can you do. Becuase of a load of idiots misusing antibiotics in UK fish farms, they are now banned from general sale, and very expensive to get a vet to prescribe as well - so we have to grab at what we can get. All I'm saying is - be sceptical if you like - but don't knock it until you've tried it!
  2. Basically, the more the surface of the water is moved, the more oxygen will find it's way into the water. If you can bear the sound of the waterfall, it will be adding extra oxy. When an airpump pushes bubbles into the tank, it's the rippling at the top of the water that causes oxy levels to increase. And yes - I agree, the more oxygen in the water the better for your fish - so I would (and do) use both filters with a return above the water line and air pumps.
  3. Now I'm back, I'll be sticking around wherever it may go! Don't worry Koko - this'll get sorted!
  4. Can I join in? (If I win, I'll pay the postage to the UK).... #77
  5. I order my ProGold from The Fish Sempai in Canada. It takes about 3-4 weeks to arrive, but you get a 2lb bag which for me lasts about a year! I won't advertise the links here, but PM me and I'll let you know the site address and details! I can't find anything CLOSE to that sort of quality food in the UK. Edit: Actually - looking at goldfishconnection, it looks like it'll cost about the same either way! And they do the 2lb bags as well. Not sure if they deliver to the UK though!
  6. Yes, there is a way of feeding a fish. You need a plastic syringe (without a needle) - a baby's medicine syringe is what I have used in the past, and they are normaly available from your local pharmacy. I have found the best thing to feed a fish in this situation is peas, as they form a good mush. So, take a few frozen peas, and boil them for a minute until they soften. Allow them to cool, and then take off the skins. Mash the peas down to a pulp, and draw a few ml up into the syringe. You then need to catch your fish - preferably in a wet hand rather than a net, and gently hold it (not tightly, just make sure it doesn't jump out of your hand as they can wriggle!) If you keep the tail of the fish in the water and just lift the head out, you will find the mouth will open slightly. Place the tip of the syringe into the mouth, and press on the plunger lightly. The idea here is just to give the fish a little food, not much - otherwise it will choke. Then let the fish swim off, and hopefully, it should eat what you've given it! Best of luck with your fish!
  7. Thanks all - the results I have had are really stunning. Emma, the unit I use is a Vecton UV25. Make sure you shop around a little, as they vary massively in price. My LFS sell the unit for ?127. However, I got mine for ?78 online(!!). PM me if you want the address, as I won't do the advertising bit on here!
  8. Reading a post elsewhere on the board, I notice that some people don't soak the pro-gold sinking pellets when feeding them to the fish. I have been soaking them since I first started feeding it to the goldies, as they eat so much so quickly that I'm worried about anything swelling in their stomachs. So, what is the line with ProGold - should it be soaked or not?
  9. A fortnight ago, I added a 25w UV Steriliser to my filter setup, and what a difference. Now the water is so clear you only know it's there because of the bubbles and ripples! Also, the number of free-floating bacteria and parasites in the tank should be reduced by 95%. Has anyone else got a UV unit on their tank, and do you think it's overkill?
  10. Nice one, thanks! I normally feed ProGold anyway, so that's really made things easy for me!
  11. When you feed MediGold, how much do you try and give each fish? I have 2 fish with possible bacterial infection, maybe more, so I am feeding the whole tank a course of MediGold to be sure. So far, I've allowed each fish to eat about 4-5 pellets per feeding. Is that about right, or should I do more next time
  12. Ok, it sounds like your tank is cycling, and you need to take a few steps very quickly... Let me explain "Cycling"... Fish, like all living creatures produce waste. Also, uneaten food will also add to the waste in the tank. Waste from fish and uneaten food is in the form of ammonia which is extremely toxic to fish. In the filter system of a tank, bacteria colonies form which break down the ammonia into another compound called nitrite (note the spelling). Now the problem here, is that nitrite is also extremely toxic to fish. Again, once you have nitrite in the tank, more bacteria will form in the filter which break down the nitrite into less harmful nitrate (now you see why the spelling is important). In a cycled tank, the bacteria in the filter are at present in high-enough quantity to deal with all the ammonia and nitrite that is produced. That's not to say that nitrate is without problems.... Firstly, nitrate in high quantities can cause a fish to suffer from internal problems such as Swim-bladder disease or other internal infection. Second, nitrate is responsible for algea blooms and breakouts in tanks. The time it takes for a new tank to cycle depends on a number of things: Size of tank, size and type of filter, amount of fish. Ok, so that's a VERY basic overview of a tank cycle, now to your problem... 1. You are overstocked on fish. A 15l tank is less than half a gallon. The general rule of thumb is that a single goldfish needs 10-15 gallons of water / tank space. This is not just us being silly, goldfish are very messy fish, and produce very high levels of ammonia. 2. It sounds like the ammonia levels in your setup have now become toxic, if not deadly. You will need to do a water change immediately. Tap water here in the UK contains loads of Chlorine, so a de-chlorinator will be required to make it safe and usable. Personally, I use StressCoat from AP, but there are several available from your local fish store (LFS). Do a 40% change immediately, give it an hour and do another 20%, and then another 20% later in the day. This will at least bring down the chemical levels for the time being. Also, a "NitraZorb" pouch wouldn't be a bad thing, as this removes some (not all) ammonia and nitrite from the water. 3. You need an "active" filter. Just having gravel in the tank is not enough. For a small tank, an internal filter such as a Rena IV1+ or Fluval 1+ should be enough to start with, but you are going to need a larger tank very soon, so why not go for a larger filter. The rule here is the best you can afford. The more times per hour the water runs through the filter, the better the removal of the chemicals. You could of course go for the "under-gravel" filter, which uses a powerhead to pull the water through the gravel, and return it to the top (thus producing oxygen). 4. You will need to do water changes on at least a daily basis until the tank has cycled. About 30% per day should do it. 5. Is there anything actually moving and circulating the water in the tank? Oxygen levels may be depleted. An airstone and pump can help this, as can a filter which returns the water to the top of the tank causing it to splash a little. I hope some of this info helps, and I'm sure others here will be just as willing to help you. Right now though, change some water - and make sure it's de-chlorinated. It sounds like the fish is suffering from ammonia poisining which unfortunately can be fatal, and if not, it can cause permanant damage to the fish. Feel free to ask any questions, and by the way.... Welcome to Koko's!
  13. Thanks Paul, My filter is an Eheim ProII 2028, flowing at full-tilt - so 198Gph through the filter (Although it pumps 277Gph - not sure how that works). I clean the filter every 4 weeks, replacing the carbon and the white fine pad and do a 1/3 media replacement every 5 months. Last cleaned 2 weeks ago. I'm just planning on adding a UV steriliser to the system, to deal with water-bourne parasites, etc. I wonder if it would help to get this in sooner rather than later? As for the fish, the spots look about the same this morning! I'll pop out at lunchtime and see if I can get some iodine, but I've no idea about the anti-biotic creams - I don't know if we can get them over the counter here! Emma? Any ideas on that?
  14. Actually, I'm not so sure it is such a small thing. It's now 3 fish out of 5 that have it, and it's a lot bigger than I thought. It even looks like it may be getting a bit of a fungal infection at the edges. I've already treated tonight with MelaFix and a fungus med from Interpet. Have a look at the piccy and see what you think...
  15. 2 of my fish have a little problem. I've noticed what looks like a little red spot which has lifted a scale or 2. It looks like it may be a slightly open wound, but the spot is very small (so small, I couldn't get a good piccy)... I've put some MelaFix in the tank to hopefully ward off infection, and had a very good look at the fish in case of parasites, but I can't see anything at all. All the fish are active, and as hungry as usual with no signs of distress. Here's a list of parameters... 75g tank, 5 goldies, 2 dwarf (2") plecos, 1 apple snail Ammonia 0ppm Nitrite 0ppm Ph 8 Temp 24.5C (Fluctuating a little recently - see post in discussion board) Nitrate 10-15ppm No changes or additions to the tank in the last 3 months.
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