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  1. copied from an online goldfish forum archive in India.. praziquantel is available in India.. we have also had other forum members who are based in India and were able to find it. "You can get Prazi from Blue Print Medicine Shop, Lindsey Street, Kolkata. Its brand name is DISTOCIDE and cost of one strip (contains 4pcs 600mg tablets) is Rs 170 (approx). " " Hi, I have got some Praziquantel 600 mg tablets (no other constituents) from the 'Cash Pharmacy' in Bangalore. It comes under the name of 'Distoside'. There are 2 other manufacturers of pure praziquantel as well in India (do not remember the names). You can ask the pharmacist to check in their durg books for this drug (Praziquantel) and they can identify the local company that makes it. For 8 tabs of 600 mg each, it cost me Rs. 165/- " "For all Veterinary drugs in Bangalore THE place to look for is Nathan's Vet Pharmacy near Russel market. Enter the area from Shivajinagar bus stand, turn left at the church, take the next right turn in front of beef market and continue straight. You'll see Hotel Taj on the right, continue up the road leading at 10 o'clock direction. Nathan's pharmacy is on the left. One is for humans, the adjacent one is for animals." the archive is as old as 2007, but the brand name is a good start to finding the product. hopefully you can find some praziquantel so that you can treat your fish good luck!
  2. what you're flicking off your suckers is biofilm. normal. biofilm is natural to any water source (biofilm even settles on our teeth and we brush it off twice a day!) and can simply be wiped off during every waterchange/tank maintenance routine you have going each week. i am confident that this is not the cause of the problems. moving along. you have added 2 new fish and now there is a fin issue. it does not look like rot to me. rot usually has white corroded edges. this looks like it's parasites and most likely flukes. you will need to treat the whole tank with Praziquantel and salt. given the amount of fin that is affected, i would also recommend salt dips before starting prazi treatment. this will strip away the slime coat off your fish so that the Prazi has a better chance of working as quickly as possible. good luck!
  3. this behaviour is typically observed if the water is lacking oxygen, particularly during colder seasons since the heater is on. there is less oxygen in the water when the temperature is higher. partial water changes more frequently will maintain good oxygen levels in the tank water. do you have airstones in the tank? even when medicating, ie epsom / aquarium salt / any meds, it's advised that you add an extra airstone or two (depending on the volume of water) more so to keep the water circulating well.. fish taking oxygen from the surface risk swim bladder issues as you have described. bubbles in the poop casing confirms that they have air in their tract and that is most likely being received from gulping at the surface. if you can share a full tank photo and a short video with us, that would give a better understanding to the people helping you with the issues you presented. good luck
  4. Black Coloration Disease

    hello and welcome to Kokos so that we can assist you, you will need to provide answers to the following questions. Please copy & paste fill the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
  5. i have to get reading all the posts in this thread.. and i will do that before the new year. my Christmas gift from my buddy Amanda (FishyMandy) arrived well ahead of time. since we're used to sending things back n forth she and i, well... i stupidly neglected to think that she may be my assigned buddy! so i opened it up when received and ate half the chocolates my gift consisted of something i lack in skills myself, but something i treasure a lot, art. Amanda took inspiration from photos i have shared with kokos and on fb of my fish and painted them with great detail and accuracy she even dressed the envelope with her wonderful talent can't seem to upload more than 1 photo and i have 6 photos to share.
  6. my buddy has received their gift
  7. was that me? because i have eaten all the chocolates already
  8. Planted Tank

    fantastic result i bet the fish are loving it
  9. Baby Budgie

    beautiful, hun
  10. Winter fun Exchange!

    sent 7th of December AEDST
  11. Winter fun Exchange!

    ok, count me in remember, i am in AU, anything heavy costs more to send. i appreciate anything. it's the thought which counts. i absolutely love 80% dark chocolate (or darker).
  12. FishMother

    they are/were not lice. these are lice: not sure what your fish had going there, but it was not lice. i have detached lice from fish (hence their removal from the host and onto a plate), they are not difficult to pluck off with tweezers or with a scrape of your fingernail.