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  1. Thorsten has a little bubble/blister at the front of her right eye and I'm worried it's going to turn to popeye/dropsy/horrible bad stuff. She's really clumsy and runs into her filter tubes all of the time so it could be an injury too. I'm just worried and want to know what you guys think. She's the only fish in the tank. It's barebottom with 1 big terracotta pot as the only decoration. She's about 4 years old and has never had any sort of serious illness. The best way to see the bubble is with movement so I took a video. What do you guys think? Youtube video Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0-.25(from the chloramines I assume) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 5ish * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0-5 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 72 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 for about a year with older filters * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s) Aqueon Quietflow 200 gph, 2 x 100gph hobs(don't remember the brand but one does have a biowheel) * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week 30-50% + several small poop vacuums throughout the week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? This morning 5% poop vacuum, yesterday 50%, day before 10%, day before that 10% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 about 4-5 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? hikari lionhead small amount twice a day and peas * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. occasional salt but none currently * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? eye bubble * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? acting normal
  2. Thanks for all the kind words They will definitely be getting lots of bloodworms because I have a bunch that I bought for my frogs, but were too big for them to eat. They'll also be dining on lots of yummy veggies once they get into their big tank. Right now I'm feeding them sparingly to keep the water quality good in their little quarantine tank. The one that I went back for is the little golden guy that has the more sloped back(pics 2 & 3). It was really hard to not just take all 20 or so that they had home, but that would have definitely been biting off more than I could chew.
  3. I haven't had goldfish for a couple of years, but I started to get all wishy washy and reminiscent about them the other day. I decided that I would start looking around, and if any cuties struck my fancy, I'd get them. Well the very next day I took a peek at the tanks at one of the big box stores, and they had a bunch of adorable little lionheads which are my absolute favorite fancies! It's literally been about 5 years since I've even seen any for sale locally so I took this as a sign and got 3 of them. There was one left that I couldn't get off my mind so I went back for him, and now I have 4 new little lionheads! They're in a cycled 10 gallon right now for salt + prazi and they will be moving into my 46 gallon when their quarantine is up. :newfish :newfish
  4. Thank you all for the kind words. It's weird not having any goldfish in the house. I think this is the first time in 8 years without goldies. Squishface's butterfly bush has already had some visitors(and someone laid eggs all over it). Here are a couple of pictures of the blooms. I think their beauty honors her well.
  5. Sadly she passed away overnight. I bought a butterfly bush to plant over her grave so she will always be surrounded by friends. Thank you guys so much for your help. I didn't think that she'd last a week when I got her, and I had one and a half wonderful years with her. She is missed very much.
  6. Thanks I do appreciate all the input that I can get and will take all things into consideration. I tried my best to keep her tank cool during the time that my AC was out(4 days total, and we went with the company that could get it replaced the fastest). She was in the coolest room in the house with an open window and I rotated in ice packs and increased the surface agitation to try to keep her tank as cool as possible. I don't have a basement so that wasn't an option. She didn't really show any signs of hanging out at the top while the AC was out except to check out/try to eat the ice packs. Her red wen didn't show up until a couple days after the AC was fixed and her water temp was stabilized and her fins being frayed at the end with the blood in spots on her body showed with increasing lethargy so it seemed like a progression that went... stress period -> opportunistic bugs(parasites that caused infection/just bacteria) -> subsequent infection that spread around to different areas and then went internal and is now causing her to be listless and reject food. I probably made a mistake in choosing to give her medigold instead of metro and that is my biggest regret. I should have just waited until Koko's was back up and asked, but I panicked and picked the one that seemed to go with her symptoms. Medi was probably too hard on her kidneys and now my scrambling to fix her as she fades away probably won't help, but it's really all I can do without a time machine.
  7. I tried to force feed ziggy when he was really bad. I soaked the food in a bit of water and then syringed it up and held his head just above the water and squirted it in then tried to hold his mouth shut... It was not fun at all! I'd love some good tips if there's anything that would help me end up with less food spit back all over me.
  8. Yes it does, thank you That's what I tried to do... and I had it perfect then she wiggled and it popped out. I got it back in at the same spot though and was able to finish. By that time my hands were shaking pretty bad. My vet put the whole .5 cc of baytril in a single syringe so I just used .1 cc.
  9. Well I went ahead and did the first injection. I tried to do it exactly like the video and I did take a scale off, but I dabbed the area with biobandage and she seemed to be fine with it. I didn't use the clove oil. I know it's pretty harsh, but she's at the point where I think she probably won't make it anyway since nothing has seemed to improve her and she's not eating so I can't keep giving her med food. I tried to make her eat it, but uses all of the strength she has left to spit it out.
  10. I watched the video and think I can do it, but I'm waiting for a go ahead. The one thing that worries me is that in reading it seems that fish that have been on their side are bad for injections. She was lying on her side this morning and seems to settle to that position, but when she moves around she's upright. It's always the same side so I don't know if she has trapped air or something or if she's really just going into the bad curled pose. Since she's not eating I don't know how much I can really do outside of an injection so just waiting and hoping she gets better doesn't seem like a good option at this point either.
  11. This morning Squishface was doing worse She was lying on her side and refusing to eat her food. Her redness looks better, but obviously there is internal stuff going on. I still have a little bit of hope though. I stopped by my wonderful dog/cat vet and even though he doesn't treat fish, he sold me .5 CC of Baytril pre-loaded into a syringe so I can just give her .1 CC a day. I've never given injections though so I am going to be watching the video a bunch before I get up the nerve. I know I have some finquel or clove oil around here that I've successfully used in the past for anesthetic so I'm going to look around and try to find that. This is scary stuff, but I know with her refusing food this is probably her best bet so I'm going to try to be brave!
  12. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I feel like I should update this to let you guys know what's going on since she's still having issues. I woke up Saturday morning and she looked awful. Her tail was blood red all along the edges, and she had a spot on her side where she had knocked off a scale and that was bright red and oozing. When I tried to give her peas she just spit them out. I tried to hop on here and see what you guys thought, but I couldn't get the site to load so I started her on medigold because I was afraid she'd stop eating. She ate it and I was wringing my hands over whether I made the right choice on med food. Saturday night she looked the same. Sunday I didn't see any improvement and started to see some indication of her scales lifting. I thought I'd watch her closely and keep up the medigold until I was sure she was starting to dropsy then I'd get on here and see what you guys thought about continuing the medigold or switching to metro. Sunday night she looked the same. Monday morning her redness was a little better. I did a 100% w/c with removing the salt and adding epsom salt instead. I also bumped her temp up to 80, added more aeration. These are the pics that I took Monday morning during the w/c. Monday evening her tail seemed less red and she looked better overall. I did an 80% water change today. She's getting up and eating, but mostly sitting in the corner clamped. I'm thinking she might have a parasite problem that caused this - maybe flukes that took over when the temp was fluctuating, but I don't want to inundate her with medication so I was hoping I could get the infection under control and get her a little stronger then get her started on Prazi. What do you guys think? I think her swelling and redness has decreased. Her scale spot looks better. I wish I had pictures from Saturday morning because she looked just awful. I took these a few minutes ago.
  13. Thank you all for the help! Today she's pretty much back to normal. All of the redness is gone. She's still hanging out on the bottom some, but she gets up and zooms(waddles) around when she sees me. She has had a lot of wen growth just recently so I bet it's getting pretty heavy and she's still adjusting to it too. What's funny is that she's been the only fish in the house for a while, and when I got her a new bubble bar at the pet store I fell in love with a betta and brought him home with me. Then when I went to put her bubble bar in is when I noticed her red head. It's like she was acting out and taking revenge for no longer being the only fish!
  14. Her head looks much better this morning. It has faded to a barely noticeable light pink. She was still pretty lethargic this morning, though. The temperature has evened out at right around 76-78. We had a new heat pump system installed on monday so no more fluctuating temps in the house. I had to kind of nudge her around to get her to notice her food and then she swam around a bit and foraged for it and ate it all. Now she's hanging around at the top and swimming around when I come to see her, but she's a little offbalanced. She looks bloated. She doesn't seem to be dropsying, but her body is just fatter and more stretched looking than normal. I hope she isn't gravid... I had been seeing zig-zag poops the last couple of days. Her pea poo from yesterday's pea looked healthy. Also, her tail looks a little ragged with a couple of red spots along the bottom. I'll probably do another 50% w/c change today and kind of scrape the bottom of the tank to get any slime/bacteria/poo that is on the bottom that she might be sitting in.
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