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  1. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrate level(Tap): 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API strips * Water temperature? 72 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal QT for 2 weeks * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? None * How often do you change the water and how much? 100% daily change * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 100% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 medium pearlscale * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Soilent green twice a day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? API General Cure (Metronidazole) and Seachem Kanaplex (Kanamycin) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. API General Cure and Kanaplex for 12 days. The last days, no meds. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nothing visible on the fish. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? For the last 6 months, my pearlscale named Golfball has had some floating and buoyancy issues. Despite soaking my NLS pellets, he would often float after eating. I changed the feeding routine for the whole tank and they have been on Soilent Green gel 2x day and frozen bloodworms 2x a week. Occasionally I'd remove Golfball for 20 minutes while I fed the rest of the goldfish NLS pellets, but Golfball hasn't had them. His floating got worse in the last month. Three weeks ago I decided to QT him in a 20 gallon tote with the meds mentioned above. Due to his SBD symptoms, I wanted to treat him with meds to rule out an illness causing his SBD issues. After 12 days of treatment, he was no worse and no better. So I assumed the SBD issues are stemming from a physical problem with his swim bladder instead of an illness. The last 4 days, he hasn't had any meds in his water, but he has now gotten much worse. Yesterday and today, he is constantly upside down on the bottom of the tank and can't right himself. He doesn't seem stressed. He's actually quite calm and breathing normally. Yesterday and today, I've lowered the water level to give him relief. Before, the level was about 15 inches deep, and now it's at about 8 inches deep. Is there anything else I can do for him? I think it's a deformed swim bladder... and I hate to watch him suffer. I was planning on giving him another day or two, and if he is still constantly upside down on the bottom, I'll have to euthanize him... which is not at all what I want to do. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. That's a bit of a joke heading - I really do try to be a good fish mommy, but I'm worried now. The situation: A ten-gallon, which I cycled with flakes, doing a massive water change before adding my baby. The filtration is Ryan Coughlan's plant filter. Here are the parameters: The tank's been running for about four months. Current temp is about 70 F. Ammonia - zero Nitrites - zero Nitrates - trace pH 6.8 KH 80 (moderate) GH 150 (hard) These parameters have been absolutely stable (except for temperature, which has gone down slightly in the winter - I have no heater) every time I've tested. I've also confirmed them with drop tests from API. I normally do a 15 to 20 percent water change every week. Inhabitant: Faramir fish, a baby comet I rescued from our local Petco in October. He is about an inch long. No gravel. Four Marigolds on top of the tank. Two plastic plants and one bio-rock in with the fish. I have been feeding him Tetra flakes, morning and evening. I know they're not the best, but he is so little that he couldn't begin to handle pro-gold. Also, I have not been able to buy it - Rick is sold out. On one occasion, a bit more than a month ago, I overdid it with the evening flakes. Afterward he was bottom sitting, and then he had a string of dangling feces. It was a bit bubbly, but the color of his food. I saw more signs of constipation in the weeks following. I tried to feed him a pea, broken up small, but he wouldn't touch it. In the past two weeks, the bottom sitting has increased, alternating with his gulping air at the top of the tank. He grazes on the algae in the tank when he has the energy. He seems thin, and his gills look a little swollen to me. It also seems he's been struggling to eat, even the flakes. He used to inhale them, but now he spits them out and then pecks at them. Also, he's not noticing his food right away, as he used to do. So, thinking he might have gill flukes, I dosed the tank with Prazipro (Hikari) on Tuesday. It seemed to perk him up, but the bottom sitting increased. Today, I did a 40-50 percent water change and re-dosed. He was sitting behind his rock with his fins clamped before the water change, and again just now. His color seems a little pale to me, and, as I said, he's thin and has swollen gills. But otherwise there's not a mark on him. Since I added the Prazi, he doesn't seem to be gulping air as much. I intend to give him another big water change on Monday. Took a film - with my phone - of him swimming today, and also a somewhat blurry pic. I'll try to post these below if I can figure out how. Oh - I do know the tank is small, but he is tiny, and I thought he'd be okay for awhile. You can see Ryan's filtration system by googling "groponix". I wish he would come up with a larger one for a 20 long or 29 - that would be ideal! As it is, I think it's a great system; it would be wonderful for a feisty betta that didn't mind all that space, or for a group of White Clouds. But I love goldies! And I really thought this would work for a baby, for a year or two, anyway.
  3. is my fish dying?

    my goldfish Squeak is sitting at the bottom of the tank, he wont really swim unless I go near the tank, he did eat some peas this morning and I thought he had a new lease of life, but he's been like this for a couple of days, seems to be deteriorating. 2 days ago we did a 75% wc and he started floating on his side on the top, he has been going between floating on the top or just sinking down and sitting on the bottom, but he always floated upright like in a trance, this was the first time he was on his side. He was also being bullied by my other fish. I thought he had swim bladder disease and also that he was being stressed out by the other fish but now they're separate he barely moves at all. I've had him for about 6 years, I think he's about 8 because he came to me when he was about 2 (friends who didn't want the fish when they realised how much work was involved after getting them). as Im typing he's just sitting in the corner resting nose down, fins clamped, he just had what seemed like a major spasm and really frightened me, he started spasming and swimming erratically straight up and back down. when he's in the corner he looks peaceful but I have no idea if he might be in pain. I thought he was going to die in the spasm and it look horrible, like he was suffering a lot, then he just went back to the bottom. I am so scared if I euthanise him and I shouldn't be because he is curable, then Im just killing him, but I don't want him to suffer if thats not the case, he means so much to me but I am not a fish expert and i cant exactly take him to the vet. everyone else keeps telling me to kill him because he's just a fish. But he's not just a fish to me, i've looked after him for 6 years, he's one of the family pets and I am not even sure I have the strength to euthanise him, Im just so sad, is this the end? can anyone help me? my water levels and info are all below: the other fish is fine, the tank levels seem fine, I've been running the filter over a year and it was cleaned out about 2 weeks ago so its all clean. I have stopped feeding him anything, I fasted him for a day then gave him peas which he ate this morning, although the other day when he was floating on his side he spat them out when i tried to hand feed him them. he has always been a bit of an air gulper and I thought it was just sbd from taking in air but now I think its more serious than that.His spasm almost looked like he had been possessed by something he was all twitchy. I have no idea what he is going through or how to help him. its horrible. I will try and add a link to a video now. help? 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(0) * Nitrite Level(0) * Nitrate level(0) * Ammonia Level(0) * Nitrite Level(Tap) will check and add * Nitrate level(Tap) will check and add * 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? 40 gallons, 4 and half-5 years (was smaller tank before that) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? eheim 2213 * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, about 50-75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?2 days, 75%, also did a full filter clean which was the first time since I got it- only about 1 year ago- eheim run for a while and I have the really good media and substrate for the eheim- the ceramic noodles and balls. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 - squid (goldfish)- about 12cm, squeak (shubunkin)about 17cm * What kind of water additives or conditioners? sometimes a tiny bit of prime to help settle after a change but otherwise nothing * What do you feed your fish and how often? tetraflakes- always swirl it down to the bottom to try and stop them feeding at top- and more recently ive fasted them and theyve only had a few green 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. i have not put medication in the main tank, squeak was in a hospital tank when he was little and i nursed him back from finrot. also had the same problem with squeak about a year ago and treated him for sbd after coming on here for advice, he went back to normal again until now. I occasionally use gold buffer to adjust the ph levels, thats it. we did move house about 6 months ago and the tank now sits in more daylight next to an outside wall, also the heater got broken int he last tank clean so the water temp is lower than i used to keep it but I read that goldfish are better in colder temps so I didn't replace it. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? they have had red streaks appear in their tails and I have taken that as ammonia poisoning and increased the tank changes from once fortnightly to once every week, the red streaks did fade but they never went away completely, I dont think their fins are frayed but they might be and im not recognising it. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? yes, as I describe above, although he seemed keen to eat this morning which i though was a good sign. right now not looking good at all though
  4. Hi all, I've been very busy as of late (fostering a newborn kitten in between work shifts) and would like to say that I've some good news to report, but I'd be lying. Pickle, as most of you probably know, has always had swim bladder issues. They were formerly caused by algae (probably spirulina), and improved for a month or so once I removed all sources of spirulina from his diet, but now they appear to be resurfacing. He never fully flipped before, but he's been alternately upside-down or floating right-side-up for the past 2 days. He still gets excited to see me, and still wants food, poops are normal...but I'm so torn. I don't want him to be in any kind of pain, but it's so hard to tell....I'm considering setting up my new tank early just so they all have a greater water volume to swim in. I don't have the correct filters yet, but could order them today. Just did an 80% WC today. pH: 8.0 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 0-5 Temp: 70F I don't even want to have to think about this, but figured I'd ask those who might have some experience to lend me a hand. When do you know when it's "time?"
  5. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(tank)0 * Nitrite Level(tank)0 * Nitrate level(tank)0 * Ammonia Level(tap).25 * Nitrite Level(tap)0 * Nitrate level(tap)0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)6.5, gh:30 ,kh:0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7.6,gh:30,kh:0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?api drops * Water temperature?73 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?40gal 10 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?2 aquaclear 50s * How often do you change the water and how much?every 3 days 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?2 6/24/13 * How many fish in the tank and their size?2, about 6 inches each * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often?super green, hikari purple bag,peas,bloodworms,spinach, lettuce,kale * Any new fish added to the tank?no * Any medications added to the tank?prazi * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.prazi and salt 9 months ago,metro meds and salt dips roughly 3-4 months ago * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?odd belly shape * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Sinks straight to the bottom only moments after swimming up. Will quickly go to the surface and launch out her head out for a gulp of air, she will then sunk down and release a large amount of air. I woke up this morning and notice sage was sitting at the bottom breathing heavily . Immediately I get a few peas to see if that would help elevate any possible constipation. This happened after the third round of prazi . Feeding schedule has been fairly consistent and supplied with loads of veggies. I'm a bit worried and stressed about this because its getting closer to the end of the school year and this is the last thing I need. I will get a video and photos up tomorrow as it is too late tonight. But I was thinking of fasting for two days but if needed I do have metromeds just incase this is a swim bladder infection.
  6. SBD: Two Sinkers

    * Ammonia Level (tank): 1.0 * Nitrite Level (tank) 0.0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 40.00 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0.0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0.0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * 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 master test kit liquid drops. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 200 (up to 50gals 200GPH) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Sera brand, not sure what it's called exactly. * Water temperature? Unknown, no heater * How often do you change the water and how much? Previously 25% once a month (if that) then weekly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Unknown * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons, a year. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 approx. 5" * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One sinking goldfish pellets. They were really small though. * Any new fish added to the tank? No. * Any medications added to the tank? Unknown. * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) SBD, sinking. * 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.? See above. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Unknown, I suspect nothing. The information above is for BEFORE I got the fish. As it stands their current set up is this. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.0 * Nitrite Level (tank) 0.0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 0.0 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0.0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0.0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 * 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 master test kit liquid drops. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 200 (up to 50gals 200GPH) on one, nothing on another. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Nutrafin water conditioner. * Water temperature? 70F * How often do you change the water and how much? Currently going to do 50% weekly on the filtered tank and 50% twice weekly on the unfiltered until I get a filter. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? n/a * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Two 20 gallons, running for a day but used old filter media in the one with a filter. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 goldfish per tank, approx. 5" * What do you feed your fish and how often? Going to do the pea treatment then switch to Omega One medium goldfish pellets (presoaked) and frozen bloodworms. * Any new fish added to the tank? No. * Any medications added to the tank? Aquarium salt (1tbsp per 5 gallons) * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) SBD (sinking) * 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.? See above. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Just the salt. Ok, so, preface. I just recieved (a few hours ago) two fancy goldfish from a customer at my job. I work at a pet store. I'm not going into much detail about who I got them from or anything like that online. But let's say the conditions were less than ideal. The customer could no longer take care of them and I offered to take them. They used to be in a 5gal, then after a year or so upgraded to a 20gal. It had a filter, air stones, pea gravel, and a plastic smooth stone decoration. The owner had problems with green water and the fish sinking and was completely at a loss as to what to do (even with proper advice...) and they just were fed up so I offered to take the fish. So they are currently in two bare bottom 20 gallon tanks. One has a filter and an air stone, the other has a heater and an air stone but no filter. I will obviously get a filter asap. I did some reading about SBD and I know it can be caused by anything and may be chronic. If worst comes to worst they get X rays, possibly aspirate some air, and harnesses to manage it. My HOPE is that it was caused by nitrate poisoning and will go away with clean water and time. So, questions: What is this clear bubble on the pearscales side? Is the pearscale bloated or just deformed? Is 50% twice weekly ok for water changes on the unfiltered tank? Water test results: Them in the bucket: Setting up the tanks (incomplete in this pic) The pearscale is SO deformed. The fantail seems to have a small sore on his side, probably from sinking into pea gravel: Videos coming soon.
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.7 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Test Kit * Water temperature? 74-75* F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 38g, 3 mo * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland Penguin 350 * How often do you change the water and how much? 25-40% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Last Saturday 7/21 * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, fits in the palm of hand. Ryukin * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Daily, 3 pellets each. * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none * 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? no * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Fish is not swimming properly. Alive, no external issues. Floating with current.
  8. Hey all, My three ryukin goldfish are doing great, but all of a sudden, one of them decided to show symptoms of SBD. He's active, but staying on the surface, unable to swim down. What should I do? They're in a 40G, cycled tank.
  9. Hi everyone! I jus noticed that my biggest and usually most active goldfish is acting kind of low today, and swimming sideways - sometimes letting himself float away. He doesn't look ill otherwise, he's appetite is good though... I'm afraid he might be suffering from SBD, which is weird considering I usually feed them peas every other day. They had some today... Why is he acting that way? Any other remedies for this? Here's the video: Please comment Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level: 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level:0 * Nitrate level:0 * Ph Level, Tank: 7.6, after adding Seachem Neutral regulator * Ph Level, Tap : 7.4 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Kit drops * Water temperature? 85F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20gallons, 2 weeks * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Penguin 150 * How often do you change the water and how much? Daily, 50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Tonight, 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish, biggest is 3.5inches body and the others are around 1.5-2.5 inches each * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Neutral Regulator, API Stress Zyme+ * What do you feed your fish and how often? Spectrum New Life Goldfish 3mm, peas every other day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) None * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. None * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Goldy stays at the bottom or swims sideways to the top and then he just lets himself drop slowly all the way down. This behavior is relatively new, he used to do this mildly but it's a bit more noticeable now.
  10. I know that the forum has a wealth of information of great foods for goldfish, including gel foods. However, I would like to collate some of the info, specifically on gel food that has been tested and verified to work for confirmed floaters. Please share your recipes here I'll start. This is my latest recipe, and I am 100% pleased with it. I've had other recipes that work, but this one by far is the best, simply because I think it gives good nutrition, awesome food consistency, and not even a hint of floatiness, at least for my fish Alex's No-Float Yummy Agar Gel Recipe: - 6 oz canned or bagged tuna (low sodium is best). Substitute: steamed fresh fish (weigh before steaming). - 2 jars (8 oz) Gerbers baby food. I've used peas, carrots, and mixed vegetables. Substitute: 4 oz veggies cooked and then puree with 1/2 cup spring or distilled water. (Do not use broccoli [gas] or spinach [interferes with calcium absorption in same food]) - boil two eggs and use only the egg whites - blend this together until you get a nice thick pur?e consistency. - 4 teaspoons of highly quality food like Pro-Gold - 1 multivitamin - 1 probiotic tablet - 1/2 teaspoon garlic - 1/2 teaspoon koi clay - crush pellets etc. to a powder, and mix together. - in a pot with lid, add 2-3 tablespoons of agar to 1.5 cups distilled spring/distilled water and turn heat on high - add the fish eggs mixture and stir slowly but well - cover with lid and let mixture come to a boil - once boiling, occasionally lift lid to stir mixture, and let boil for about 3 minutes. - remove from heat - in about 5-10 minutes, when mixture has not yet congealed and is warm but touchable, add powder mixture and stir slowly but well Pour into baking pan. Leave at room temp for 1 hour. By this time you should see a very well gelled product. Cover with Saran wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Then, cut into 1 inch cubes and freeze. Thaw before using. Thaw enough to feed only for 2-3 days max. For maintenance, feed 1% body weight daily once or several times a day. For growth, 2% - 3% divided into 3-6 meals/day. Note on agar: I use 3 teaspoons for my recipe. The texture is relatively hard and the fish will have to chew a bit more. I do this intentionally so that the hogs don't inhale everything. To make it softer, use 2 tablespoons. You must make sure to cook the agar as shown above to ensure melting of agar and binding of the mixture Click here to view the article
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