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  1. Interesting... so it's basically a standard med (formalin) for fighting internal bacteria infections. Not as "great" as I initially thought. Thanks for the input!
  2. The traditional thoughts that I've read about on goldfish swim bladder disorders are that you are pretty much stuck with them. You can try feeding boiled peas with the skins removed, but that will usually only correct swim bladder disorders associated with constipation. I just stumbled across a treatment specifically for swim bladder bacterial infections in goldfish. It's by a company called Interpet, and it's called Interpet No. 13 Swimbladder Treatment. It's a UK company, so it's only available in the UK. Of course there are some shops that can ship to the USA, but I really wonder why this isn't available in the United States, since it's the only Swim Bladder disease treatment I've ever heard of. http://www.pet-bliss.com/acatalog/Treatments.html (scroll down) http://www.fishfurfeather.com/product_info...roducts_id=2505 (both ship to the USA) Does anyone know what exactly is in this? Has anyone used it successfully?
  3. You do realize that the majority of fish on Koko's compatible fish page are tropical? This question gets asked time and time and time again, and time and time and time again the wrong information gets posted. The number one response people give is "Guppies are tropical, goldfish aren't." However, most all fancy goldfish (save perhaps for commons) do best in a tank heated in the mid 70's, which is perfectly fine for guppies. So temperature (the number one quoted "incompatiblity") is not the issue. The number one issue is IMHO that guppies are very fast skittish fish, while goldfish are very slow and lumbering. Unless the guppies are sick, the goldfish will be way too slow to catch them. It's the other way around... the guppies may harass the goldfish and nip at their fins.
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    FYI, Paraguard is also filter-safe.
  5. FYI, the salt treatment is not effective unless the temperature is brought to 81? - 85?F. The bacteria have a growth cycle and are only vulernable to salt at a level of at least .30% when they are in their most active growth stages. In order for that to happen, the temperature needs to be 81? - 85?F. I have had three black moors and all of them have gotten the white blotches (I'm guessing tail rot bacteria?). They are the ONLY type of goldfish I've ever had get sick. I wonder if black moors are genetically predispositioned to have weak immune systems? Anyway, instead of the high salt level, I treat with Paraguard at the recommended level as well as giving one hour dips daily until the legions clear up. It can take up to 30 days in some cases! I also do 100% water changes daily when treating. (A hospital tank or bucket makes this a lot easier.)
  6. It's perfectly normal. Goldfish's (especially the "egg shaped" species) digestive systems are very ineffecient, and there is quite a lot of undigested food in their poop. Nothing to worry about! In fact my dojo's consider it a delicacy
  7. Marineland currently says it will be available again sometime in September... at least this is what they are telling their vendors and distributers. I did e-mail them about a month ago and asked if it still looks to be September, and they said yes.
  8. Seachem Acid + Seachem Alkaline Buffer is what I use. It's a carbonate based buffer (many others are phosphate based). $13.49 for 1 kilo (2.2 pounds). Follow the directions on Alkaline buffer for the amount and ratio of Acid Buffer to mix in with it.
  9. Coppersafe for parasites (like ich) Maracyn and Maroxy for fungus and body fungus Maracyn-Two for bacteria (like popeye and fin/tail rot) Plus you can use all of them at once
  10. I tried some different cleaners, but found that the best thing is a wet terry cloth towel. Yep, plain water.
  11. I'm pretty sure it's carp pox: http://www.koivetforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12594
  12. My last black moor had this as well. He recently died, but I am not sure if it is a result of the white spots as he had the white spots for quite a long time before he finally passed. From the research I have done (and I am no expert, this is an uneducated guess), it may just be what they call "carp pox." It's a form of herpes, but it's specific to goldfish and carp, and it doesn't affect them as severly as it does people. If that is what it is, there's really no treatment other than to let it go as it's relatively harmless to them.
  13. There is a chain store here called "Pet Supplies Plus" that carries dyed fish. Their tanks are also in horrible condition, many dead fish, and many fish stuck in the small slits in the dividers in the displays. My other local pet shop is called VIPets, and they are also bad, they don't even use sumps. All of their FW tanks contain only a single air driven sponge filter and a heater. Many many dead fish. The last time I was in there, two customers wanted discounts on their bettas becasue they were all sick and dying (the store didn't give it to them), and they had a single brackish tank with one large dead decaying puffer floating about with a few other smaller puffers picking at it. And yes, they stock dyed fish. If anyone knows of a blacklist site that lists all known stores that stock dyed fish I'd appreciate the address.
  14. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is used in planted aquariums, as most feel it's absolutely vital for plant growth. Here is an example of equipment used for adding CO2. The main things the equipment does is produce the gas, then dissolve the gas in the water, then inject it into the tank. Some people use yeast, sugar, and water to produce the CO2 gas, some buy it in tanks, then use the equipment to add it. The test is important because adding CO2 to the tank lowers the pH. You don't want to add too much, because you will make the water too acidic. Some of the most expensive equipment is completely automatic, which uses a tank, a "reactor" which dissolves the CO2 gas into the water, and an electronic pH monitor so that it turns off the CO2 when pH drops too low. I have plants but don't use CO2, I use an alternative product called Flourish Excel. Plants don't really want CO2, what they want is the carbon, and they get it from the CO2. Excel is carbon that is in a molecular form that plants (in theory) produce when they use CO2. I have found that it can sustain some plants and provide growth, but not as good as CO2. The reason I don't use CO2 is because I don't have enough room in my tank for the equipment.
  15. Otos get stuck in goldfishs' mouths because they are catfish, and being catfish they have spiny barbed fins on the sides that stick out extremely rigidly when they are scared or threatened. This is why they get stuck - it is their natural defense mechanism. Also, while goldfish can eat smaller fish, the likelihood of it happening is different depending on the species of the goldfish. Long bodied goldfish are more likely to do it than egg shaped goldfish, especially ones with more docile temperaments like Moors and Orandas.
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