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  1. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)- anywhere from 0 to .25, but I'm thinking it's closer to .25 * Nitrite Level(Tank)- 0 * Nitrate level(Tank)- anywhere from 40-80. With the color guide to check with my API Freshwater Master Test Kit, the 40 and 80 look almost identical in color * 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 Freshwater Master Test Kit. Drops * Water temperature? between 71 and 75. I think it's 71 though. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? It's a 29/30 gallon, but I have about 25-27 gallons of water in it. It has been running since May 16th * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval AquaClear. Size 50 (20-50 gallons) 200 GPH * How often do you change the water and how much? I change the water once every 2 weeks by vacuuming the gravel in a certain section (4 sections in tank). Vacuum out about 10% of tank water. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Last water change was November 5th and I changed 10% of the water * How many fish in the tank and their size? There are two goldfish in the tank and the biggest is about 3-3 1/2 inches and the smallest is about 2-2 1/2 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Jungle Start Right water conditioner (with aloe vera) * What do you feed your fish and how often? I have fed them Omega One natural protein formula protein enhanced goldfish flakes since I set up their tank in May. I feed them twice a day. However, as of yesterday, I have been feeding them peas (without the shell) because of the problems one is having as I will tell you later. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Yes, I added API Fungus Cure into the tank for two consecutive treatments (as directed by the medication) and un-iodized salt (a teaspoon for every 5 gallons for one treatment, as I was told by a fish store). * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I used API Fungus Cure for one full treatment (2 doses, as directed on box) from October 5th to October 7th. I used the medication exactly as directed. I also bought un-iodized salt (ingredients are salt and sodium silicoaluminate) to put a total of 4 teaspoons in it (as directed by a local fish store). That was only a one-time treatment since I wasn't aware of the directions for salt treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? I have noticed a weird thick white line on my goldfish's anal fin that I haven't noticed before (I could have just never noticed it before and it's always been there though). I also found black tips on one of my fish's fins (chemical burns from ammonia poisoning is what I found out from researching on the internet) but it is gone now (I corrected it with Tetra SafeStart with a one-time dose). However, the chemical burns did not show up on my smallest goldfish, the one that has been sick. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Yes, my smallest goldfish has been sitting at the bottom for about 2 months now (started mid-September). I noticed that she doesn't open her mouth to eat. I haven't seen her eat in this amount of time. She occasionally opens her mouth really wide, but other than that I never see her open her mouth. I tried the fungus cure because I researched extensively on the internet and most people said if they don't open their mouths then it is because they have mouth fungus. I tried the medicine, and she opened her mouth for the first time since I noticed her being sick, but she still wouldn't eat. She goes to the food every time I feed them like she wants to eat, but she can't open her mouth it seems. She sits at the bottom whenever I'm not in the room, but as soon as I come into the room, she comes toward me and gets excited still. Also, she had been putting her head above water repeatedly (but not gulping), but I have no noticed this behavior much the past week or so. About 3 nights ago, I noticed she was sitting on the bottom with her bottom up in the water. I knew this was usually attributed to swim bladder disease, but I am still a rookie at having goldfish (I've had them for a year now) so I don't know what is causing all these symptoms. I wanted to take her to the vet, but there are none in my state (Alabama), only surrounding states and I can't afford to travel that far. I've called Petsmart and fish stores and no one can tell me what's wrong with my fish. I'm extremely worried about her and I just want to know what her illness is where I can get her the correct medication so she can be well again. Also, I got both fish at the same time and they were both about the same size. Now she is much smaller than the other and I didn't think about it having something to do with illness until she started showing symptoms. I'm wondering how long this has been a problem. The fish are either comet or common goldfish, I'm not sure which. I can upload pictures of her anal fin and of her in general if anyone needs it. I'm sorry this has been such a long post. Thank you to anyone who can help me solve this mystery and give me advice on what to do!
  2. Hi Everyone, I know what I have done wrong; I just need to know if I have done any permanent damage to my goldfish Buster. I have four telescope eye butterfly tail goldfish in a 300 litre tank. I have been changing 50% of my 300 litre tank's water twice a week since it was set up over 8 months ago. Things have been going along really well for ages now and then I forgot to clean my filters and the Nitrate levels got to 20ppm. I have a nitrate sensitive fish, Buster and he was sitting on the bottom a lot for 2 days before I realised he was not suffering from over-eating and I tested my water parameters. Everything was zero readings except the Nitrate. I immediately did a 100% water change but Buster did not seem much better. Over the next few days he was swimming a lot more but still sitting a lot. His appetite is normal. I have been doing 3 x 100% water changes a week and testing the water and the nitrates are zero when I test for it. He swim more but still sits in sheltered spots in the tank. Will Buster fully recover or is he permanently damaged now? Does any one have any experience with nitrate poisoning? This is Buster
  3. Oftentimes, we suggest using the bucket to bucket method when QTing a fish, whether it's a new fish or a current fish that is sick. Occasionally when we recommend this method, people ask what we are talking about . Since I just got a new fish, I thought I would do a quick post on what's involved. You will need 2 tanks (or buckets), 2 airstones, water conditioner and any meds needed. You may need a heater (or two) if your treatment includes raising the tank temp. You will also need a very patient spouse, roommate, children as it kind of puts a damper on things in the kitchen if you set up like I do. Tank #1 (on the left). This is the tank that I just moved the fish out of. I removed the fish and water and rinsed the tank out. Depending on why you're QTing, you may want to sterilize the tank at this point with bleach or potassium permanganate. I then fill the tank and add the airstone. Tank #2 (on the right). I just moved the fish into the tank. I added Prime and am dissolving salt in a knee high pantyhose. Because the tank has been sitting out for 24 hours, the temp and pH are matched perfectly. If I was treating with anything besides salt, I would add those meds also. Here is the set up from farther away And here is my newbie in QT. Here is the salt, dissolving. Please note: I use this method if I am using a 10 gallon or smaller. If I'm using a bigger QT for larger fish, I typically will do large daily WCs and/or add a filter depending on the reason for QTing. Also, notice I have the tanks on a towel. Tomorrow when it's time to move new fishie, I will transfer him/her over to tank #1 and empty out tank #2. I will then slide tank #1 with fish over to where tank #2 currently is so that the empty tank can be rinsed and easily filled with the faucet hose.
  4. So Pickle is not doing too well. Yesterday morning I noticed a small red spot, a bit like a hematoma, on his belly. I immediately assumed it was the result of his SBD and floating excessively on his back, so I applied a thin layer of vaseline and removed him from the main tank, into a small bowl for feeding and observation. I put him back in the tank when I left for work (right now it's about 95F up here and I have no AC...will have some next week but because of this I absolutely can't have a QT set up as it would get much too hot within hours) and when I got home the spot had at least quadrupled in size. I've attached a video so you guys can see it, and see how he swims.... I freaked out, and moved him to the bowl, and he seemed a bit better. He is weaker, but still eating and still trying to right himself. Keep in mind, I have tried EVERYTHING to help this SBD, which Pickle has had ever since I first got him. I tried vegan diet, peas, fasting, lower water level, lower temperature, medication, etc. None of this has made any difference, but I never saw any sores until this one. The sore has remained the same size today - nothing has gotten better, but nothing has gotten worse. At this point...I just don't know what to do. This came on so fast, and I don't want him to be in pain. However, I also don't want to cut his life short if he could get better. I just want to know...if you were me, what would YOU do? I know this is a personal decision, but I need some help making it. I've been on the edge with him a few times, and none of them have been this bad. Maybe it's because I've seen him get better that I'm hesitating. Please help Water Testing: Temp: 80F pH: 8.2 Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 10ppm
  5. My black moor, Pistachio, has an extremely swollen eye with a cloudy lump in it. He also seems to have fin rot. It has been going on for over two months now (I think I originally posted about him back in Feb.) and he has shown no improvement despite a round of melafix and later a round of Marcryn II. I have been feeding an antibacterial pellet food all week, but so far no luck with that either. Should I repeat one of these Mede? Try something different? I have salt, tetracycline, prazi-pro, and jungle fungus clear tabs on hand but am willing to track down anything that would work! Photo and Other info below: Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level: 0ppm Nitrite Level: 0ppm Nitrate level: 0-5ppm Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops Water temperature? 72F Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29gallon, ~1 year What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Penguin Biowheel 350 also a small sponge filter How often do you change the water and how much? 10-15% every three days How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, ~15% How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fantail and 1 black moor, bodies ~2-3 inches long What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One small pellets, 2-3 times daily Supplemental veggies ~once a week Any new fish added to the tank? no Any medications added to the tank? not currently List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. One round of Prazi about 6 months ago, one round of melafix about two months ago, one round of Marcryn II about one month ago, currently feeding antibacterial food. Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? frayed/ragged fins, bulging eye with small cloudy bubble in it, white specks which I believe are breeding stars on gills and front fins Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No change in appetite, occasional bottom sitting.
  6. Hello! I have a question about quarantine tanks. I currently have 1 oranda in a 20 gallon and I may get another one sometime. I have had 2 goldfish before in that tank. While I enjoy having more than 1 fish, my frustration is when one of them gets sick. I find myself rushing to start my quarantine tank to protect the other fish, but I also worry to stress the already sick fish by setting up an uncycled tank. I have considered keeping a quarantine tank running for such emergencies. Do you keep a quarantine tank running all the time so you are prepared for a sick fish? I do know how the tank stays cycled if there are no fish in it most of the time. If you do not keep a quarantine running, is it okay to just set up a quarantine tank when a fish gets sick? This is what I used to do. I've also tried to ease the stress of being in an uncycled tank with some Tetra Safe Start and using water from the old tank. What are your thoughts on Safe Start? Thank you very much!
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