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  1. I brought this goldfish Flubber home from vet tech school. There they use them to teach Anesthesia and blooddraws and radiographs to the vet tech students. He seems very pineconeish and fat. He sits near the bottom and does nothing. He does eat and gets lively for food then will sit and gasp for minutes afterward. His poop is thick and black and sometimes a stringy clearish grey. He eats goldfish flakes and I fed him a little oats yesterday. Can you help me? I don't know how to treat him and I don't want him to die!
  2. I'm back...again Quick update - Winston & Piggy both moved into the new tank (600 litres) on Saturday afternoon along with the old/existing Fluval FX6 (I cleaned it in fresh Primed water several times as recommended). The tank has 1" layer of TMS, airstone and 2 FX6 filters (the other is completely brand new) running at 24.5*C. Overall dimensions are 6' x 2' x 2' Yesterday I thought Winston was looking puffy. This morning he's definitely pineconing. I've transferred him to a QT (40 litres) with 1/2tsp of Epsom (20g). I have Oxymav B on hand, as recommended by FishyMandy for dropsy cases. Aside from the raised scales, he's not showing any issues - his redness has gone completely (no wen rash, no blotches on sides or lateral line and the redness in his tail is subsiding). Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) – 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) – 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) – 5ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) – 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) – 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) – 5ppm. Nitrates out my tap are generally 20-40ppm so I use a Pozzani filter to filter the water into tubs which I treat with Prime and usually let sit for 24hrs before adding to the tank. The ‘tap’ figures above are the levels in the water that has been filtered, treated and stood. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) – 8.2ph * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) – 7.4ph Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master kit (drops) * Water temperature? – 24.5C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Approx. 600litres, running 1 week total but 2 only days with fish (prior to that, Juwel Rio 240 litres, running 2.5 years) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 x Fluval FX6 (3500lph) - #1 set up on 01-Dec, #2 set up on 13-May * How often do you change the water and how much? Yet to do a WC - planned to do tomorrow - 200 litres (third) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? N/A * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 in total. Chocolate Oranda “Piggy” approx. 3 years old (6” body), White Oranda “Winston” approx.. 3 years old (4” body) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Saki Hikari purple bag, seaweed, bloodworm (frozen), Tetra Gold Japan, Hikari Oranda Gold (saturated using a pellet pump), occasional veggie usually peas/lettuce/cucumber * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Fluke Solve added on Saturday as soon as the fish were introduced * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Melafix and Pimafix to main tank 9-Oct to 14-Oct Salt Dips (Winston) 15-Oct to 20-Oct (max. 2% for 5 mins) Fluke Solve to main tank 29-Oct to 12-Nov (2 weeks) Salt @ 0.3% Silver Dips (Winston) 29-Oct to 9-Nov Fluke Solve in QT tank (Winston) 12-Nov to 26-Nov (2 weeks) Salt @ 0.3% Metro+ & Furan-2 in QT tank (Winston) 18-Dec to 31-Dec Metroplex & Kanaplex in QT tank (Winston) 29-Jan to 08-Feb Metroplex in QT tank (Winston) 10-Feb to 16-Feb Fluke Solve & Metroplex in QT tank (Winston) 26-Feb to 04-Mar (1 week) Silver in QT tank (Winston) 07-Mar to 13-Apr - 10 drops initially, raising to 25 drops Winston reintroduced to main tank on 14-Apr Fluke Solve & Metroplex to main tank 15-Apr to 29-Apr Silver added to main tank (20 drops) the night before every WC starting 02-May Fluke Solve added to new tank 20-May * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Winston displaying raised scales * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? None Meds on hand include - Fluke Solve, Oxymav B, Acriflavine, Metroplex, Kanaplex, Sulfaplex, Focus, Triple Sulfa, Furan-2 & Silver
  3. A new oranda, named Howie, is in my hospital tank and I need a little assistance helping him through a couple of disease/illnesses he has. I knew I shouldn't have bought him but no one can resist those chubby cheeks. As far as I know... he has dropsy, fin rot, fish lice, open sores, and flukes. Show all the signs: pine-coning, eroding fin edge, green disk all over his tail and moving to his body, and clamped fins. Surprisingly though he is semi-active and always eats all the food I provide. Treatment started 3 days ago with .3%, kanaplex, and an 80 degree temperature. I'm trying to knock out the dropsy and fin rot. He is still pine-coned but I remain hopeful. The kanaplex says to only do 3 doses maximum every 2 days for a total of 6 days of treatment. Is it okay to extend treatment past that if I do need to treat more? I figured I would treat him for flukes after he healed from the dropsy. I didn't want to do too much treatment as to cause more stress. Don't want to throw the kitchen sink at him. Or, is it okay to do that now? As for the fish lice. I know they are feeding on him like a tick would a dog. That in turn weakens him so I'm worried that it could prolong the dropsy or result in something else dramatic. What should I treat to get rid of those things? I've heard salt does nothing and that potassium permanganate dips do wonders. But I have no idea has to how to go about treatment. Or if it just adding more undue stress. Also, do I need to manually remove the lice?
  4. Well.. once again Im experiencing dropsy.. (So yes Taryl, Im a horrible fishkeeper, Lol..jk ) I have 2 mailed lionheads that arrived in March 30, in what it seemed to be good conditions They're still in a 20G QT One is (still) in perfect conditions but the other black/bronze one started to get red pimples and excessive slime on the wen a few days after arrival so I notified the seller and he recommended a few (10 second) peroxide dips. First dip.. good Second dip.. a little more time to recoup and some sideways Third deep.. more time to recoup and lethargic On April 12 I noticed some prickle to the scales but didn't think any of it since I was told that ranchus sometimes experience that without being sick I sent today some pictures to the seller and he corroborates that it is an early stage of dropsy but cannot recommend anything specific since it could be caused by different internal problems.. pristine water along with antibac water treatment and/or medicated food is his suggestion Im doing the questionnaire in a few minutes.. Thanks! Here's what I've done so far Mar 30: Arrival, covered tank Mar 30 -1: De-stress days (just WC & double prime) Apr 2: 75%WC + 76g salt (.1%) Apr 3: add 76g salt (.2%) Apr 4: 100%WC + 228g salt (.3%) Apr 6: 75%WC + 170g salt (.3%) Apr 8: 75%WC + 170g salt Apr 10: 75%WC + 170g salt + 10sec peroxide dip (8:1 ratio) Apr 12: 75%WC + 170g salt + 10sec peroxide dip Apr 14: 75%WC + 170g salt Apr 16: 10sec peroxide dip prior to WC 100%WC + 76g salt (to reduce at .1%) + .2g prazi powder Apr 8: 75%WC + 56g salt (.1%) + .2g prazi powder
  5. Quinn has dropsy I can't handle it 55gallon 3small to medium fish. Tank params are(last WC was 3/23): Ph 8 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 5-7 I feed a mixture of omega one gf, NLS goldfish pellets, NLS Thera A, saki hikari (purple bag) all mixed together in jar and fed daily. Once or twice a week will get FBS or FBW. I do 80% wc weekly. Meds available: melafix, parasite guard, maracyn, furan-2, metronidazole, kanaplex, life guard, pure oxolinic acid powder, API triple sulfa, and metro meds opened 2013 I will weigh Quinn and take pics and post in a minute.
  6. Hi, I had posted a couple weeks ago about my friend's oranda that appeared to have dropsy (raised scales, round body-fluid retention body and eye area). To recap, she does not really do water changes but she has done 2 since I last posted, did kanaplex, still on metroplex, and Epsom. The oranda is still eating, definitely rounder-whole body, more raised scales, and does swim but not like a 'normal' goldfish. Is this dropsy or could it be something else? Any thoughts on how long a fish like this can/will live? The fish overall seems okay all considered, is this fair to the fish? I feel bad for the fish but I am at a loss of what to tell her and what else to do. Thanks for any input : )
  7. Hi, My friend's 2 year old female oranda sounds like she has dropsy, my friend said she is pineconing, very mild yesterday & more pronounced this afternoon. She started kanaplex & epsom salt last night, would metroplex be recommended with kanaplex or just kanaplex or just metroplex? I can post (or try to) post pictures tonight, I know she doesn't test her water, has 2 goldfish in a 20 gallon, and does minimal water changes. I have talked to her extensively about goldfish care/maintenance and her current set up is an improvement. Any advice is very much appreciated : )
  8. Hello. I think one of my fishies has dropsy and here you can see photos I took. I was advice to treat with magnesium sulfate that is found in Epsom salt aka English salt, metronidazole and kanamycin ingredients which are found in Seachem Metroplex and Seachem Kanaplex but I am outside of US and don't have luxury of wide selection of products. Local shops do not seem to have those but they may have Sera Baktopur Direct which company recommends to use with Sera Ectopur that should complement treatment. I have 35 litre container for quarantine and want to know what are the steps to proceed with treatment. When I use Epsom salt? Do I use it to prepare water and then dropsy medication? How often I change water and add Epsom salt again and is it safe to add both? Should proceed with procedure even if not absolutely positive about fish' dropsy condition because I don't know how treatment will impact fish provided condition is different. • 4.7 gals since middle 2011 when I got aquarium • JEBO water filter • 50% water changes - 3 times one week, 2 times another week and repeat • No water additives - only dechlorinator • Sticks in the morning • No new fish ever • No medications so far
  9. I'm a big stump on what is happening to my poor fishy. I have a black fancy goldfish who currently has dropsy. She still eats and I've been feeding her pees while her medicated food comes via mail. She's had dropsy for but now. But so far she's really fighting to stay alive so I'm detrmend to get her feeling better. I've been doing Epsom salt baths which looks like really helps her because she starts swimming around once she's back in the quarantine tank. Problem I'm having is I keep change her water because it gets dirty like the next day a rally of things are inside the tank attached to the walls of aquarium. It looks like she's able to digest the pees because green poop comes out but like I said I'm stumped with the additional items unidentifiable in the tank. At fist I thought the filter was the problem so I removed it. But still happened. Need help ; ~ ; I use aquarium water from main tank whic has below water levels. PH - 7.0 Ammonia - .25ppm Nitrite- 0ppm nitrate .50 ppm Tempature at 80F Using melafix pimafix Any suggestion is really appreciated.
  10. Hi, I had 2 large orandas in a 55g for about one year with weekly water changes. I slacked on my water changes for 2 1/2, maybe 3 weeks (mainly due to unforeseen work needs) and the one oranda developed dropsy and died within about 4 days. That was 2 days ago, I had put him in a qt tank in the evening, she/he was gone by morning. My question is-do I need to do anything for my remaining oranda? He/she seems okay-swimming, eating, no raised scales. My other question is-I would like to take down the 55g & put the oranda in with my large fantail which is in a 40g breeder. When would that be okay to do? I know better about the water changes and have learned a sad lesson the hard way. Any advice is appreciated, thank you.
  11. Hi guys, My redcap oranda appears to have dropsy Would anyone be able to give me some advice on whats the best thing to do please. Hes been separated from the tank so hes now on his own. Hopefully these photos help Thank you
  12. My little ranchu has always been "lazy" in that she's kinda hung out at the bottom of the tank. When she sees me she'll usually start swimming around and begging for food. Lately though I've noticed her doing it more and today when I fed her she wasn't that interested. Now that I've had a much closer look I think I may have spotted some of her scales sticking out. She finally got the food I dropped in for her and ate it and then started swimming around again. I'm not sure if she's just being lazy or if she really does have something wrong with her. I hope you guys can let me know if it's dropsy or not and if so what I can do to help her. Thank you!
  13. So - here is what I have done so far. I woke up this morning and Speckle was pineconing slightly. She had been a little listless lately, but was eating/pooping fine and wasn't floaty or anything. The males have been chasing her around all over the place so I just figured she was tired. Anyway, I rushed to get her set up in the QT (10 gallon) before I had to leave for class and work, and started maracyn 2. I don't have a heater in there yet and have not done anything else since getting home 10 minutes ago. She is still tired looking, still alive (thank goodness!!!) and the pineconing has not gotten worse. What else should I do??? Thank you for any help...I feel so awful that my poor water piggy is sick
  14. My beloved Miss Piggy has dropsy. Not entirely certain why since all the others are just fine, but I guess she is just sensitive. She had damaged her swim bladder pretty bad, which at first even went away but progressively became worse, and now since yesterday I see her scales sticking out and bulging eyes. She is upside down and looks miserable (she's usually the most active/greedy/interactive). I did a full water change yesterday as soon as I saw that and am going to clean the filters and change water again today.. but seeing as the dropsy part of this seemed to have happened sometime between friday and saturday.. I dont know what my chances are on helping her survive this. Have many of you been able to heal someone after dropsy? Obviously the sooner you treat the better the chances with anything but I read on here once its at that staged they are pretty much doomed
  15. Hello folks! I just picked up three juvenile goldfish - one calico fantail (1 inch body) and two pearlscales (1.5 body for both of them). They were selected for being curious, active, and cute, of course. Still unnamed, for the moment. They're in quarantine in a ten gallon tank I had on hand and already running. It's planted and has filter media, which isn't ideal, but I don't mind decimating it if need be and it was just sitting there, so I figured working with a stable, trouble free tank with no other occupants (save a lone nerite) was simple enough. We're doing 90% water changes every two days, given the bioload in the tank. They're also being treated with prazipro and salt as per the recommended procedure I picked up from this site. The fantail and one pearly look great - foraging, curious, swimming well. But the other pearlscale has been a bit floaty and, upon closer inspection, I think may be retaining some fluid or constipated. The thing is, I'm having a hard time telling what is typical pearlscale shape and scale characteristics and what might be mild dropsy. The other pearlscale looks smoother and less round, but I have only had them a day and cannot compare them, before and after, to tell what looks healthy for each fish. So tell me, does this pearlscale look ill or normal? She's a little less active than the other fish but some of that seems to be due to the floaty issues. Still, I think I need more eyes and brains on this than just my own! I don't know what they may have had exposure to at the LFS, hence the preventative prazipro and salt, but let me know if I'm missing something (and do move this if it is better suited to another section.
  16. I just got home for the weekend and found that Snowflake has dropsy. Pineconing, popeye, not acting right, white poop. I'm picking up a hospital tank right now, so this post is on the go. I have MMs. Ive never dealt with dropsy before. What should I do??
  17. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) - 0.00 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) - 0.00 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) - 10 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) - 1.00 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) - 0.00 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) - 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 8.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 77 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 135 gallons, running just under a year * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval FX5, AquaClear 500 * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly, 90% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Sunday 10/6, 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6 fish, 3 medium-sized, 3 large * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Soilent Green, once a day * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi, one dose on Sunday. Salt at 0.1% * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. see above * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Looks bloated, some red dots on the stomach area * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? see below He was fine this morning. I fed them, he ate some Soilent Green, everything seemed normal. When I got home from work, he was just hanging out in the top corner for a long time, which he never does. So I coaxed him out with the net and realized he was not looking good at all. I just tried to feed him some MMs and he won't eat, just spits them out. I'm extremely worried.
  18. Well, all of a sudden Asha was upside down and the disease, whatever it was, advanced very fast. Poor fish. RIP
  19. i'm gona try to post a video i took of this little guy. all my water conditions are normal, its just this one little fish that has been sick for a long time and everyone else is great. i got him at petsmart in mid march.. i thought he was a little "different" looking and maybe consitpated looking but seemed like i could just feed him peas and seemed healthy otherwise, but im now convinced that he is stunted and thats why he looks kind of weird in his face/eyes, and am wondering if all his health conditions are because of it or not, or if i should just euthanize him, or give him away to someone willing to spend even more money on treatments for him. im not sure how to tell if he is suffering in pain or not. he definitely 'looks' uncomfortable to me. and seems to get knocked around by the bigger fish. he was fine for about a week after being fed peas, then he started looking really more bloated in his butt area, it is really big and round more so than the other orandas i have under the tail. and had started pine coning, he has been bloated and pineconing with bulged eyes since april. now he is getting some red streaking. and has had a few scale injuries from the water changing hose because he isnt healthy enough to always stay away from it, he swims and still tries to eat but sometimes he swirls around like his belly wants to float. today ive now noticed a buldge or bubble looking lump under one of his eyes. my fish eat sinking hikari products and peas regularily. since april he has been treated with epsom salt, aquarium salt, dropsy meds, prazi-pro, Proform LA (because of another fish in the tank), and liquid mardel maracyn plus antibacterial antibiotics, melafix and pimafix.. (of course with appropriate water changes and time in between) with absolutely NO results on him what so ever. i still have some of the antibiotics and prazi pro left(but i dont see this to be fluke). im not sure if i should give more antibiotics or just quit? or what i should do, i would be sad but im accepting of euthanasia if i can get some confirmation that it is best. or could he be saved by some other treatment im not aware of or just let him be until he dies in the tank? i never have any good luck with isolating a fish they always seem to die in a day or two when i do that. he never looks any better no matter what ive done and little by little he seems to be getting more and more things wrong with him. please help with any ideas or advise. thanks (its taking a looong time for this video to load so im going to come back with it and post it later if i can figure out how)
  20. I just noticed this morning that my Oranda, Moor, and feeder has had some injuries at night. My moor has possible dropsy that can't be seen properly on my camera, my Oranda is bottom-sitting quite frequently and has a injured lip, and my feeder has a injured lip, and nothing else with my fish. I will get a picture of the injuries ASAP. They are still wanting food, as usual after I feed them.
  21. Hello! I'm sure this has been asked many times before, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I was looking through D&D threads, and I noticed how many people's fish were suffering from dropsy! It's really sad, stressful, and difficult to treat. So...how can dropsy be prevented? I'm sure many others on this forum would love to know the answer to this question, if there in fact is one. I found this quote by Helen: is that all there is to it? so if we clean our filters regularly, keep the gravel/sand clean, and clean the glass regularly, our fish won't get dropsy? That couldn't be it, right? What do you think? -Mandie
  22. I have a back yard pond, about 300 gal. It is filtered 24/7 and has top water flow. I clean the bottom of the pond every year and have never had a sick fish. I have 15 fish, 2 koi and 13 gold fish. 2 of the gold fish are swelling up, at first we thought the were pregnant, but 1 of them is about to explode. the scales stick out. I guess it is dropsy, but in 4 years this is the 1st time any fish have gotten sick. The fish stay in the pond year round. Is there anything that I can do for these fish?
  23. I have two small fantails and not knowing enough about goldfish and their needs, I used to keep them in a 3 gallon tank without enough care and monitoring. About 1.5 months ago, one of them came down with dropsy. I started to read about it and along the way learned about goldfish care quite a bit. Realized that they were in a terrible condition. Don't curse me, I am not an ignorant pet owner, but having seen people keeping goldfish in little fish bowls, I thought I was pretty generous with a 3 gallon tank with filtration and air pump! After all that setup had cost me 10X the price of the fish themselves. I started medicating the sick fish with metro med and added some epsom salt to their tank. I also gave it high concentration warm epsom salt baths daily. In the meantime I bought and setup a 36 gallon tank for my fish along with ammonia and other kits for water monitoring. The metro med seemed to work fine and the dropsy was gone after a couple of weeks. I was so happy because all the articles I had read were extremely pessimistic about the possibility of curing goldfish with dropsy. I thought my fish had dodged the bullet. But again, starting a few days ago, the fish started to bloat and it is showing the dropsy symptoms again (bloated with slightly raised scales). It behaves very normally, swims around and is active. Its appetite is great too. I have put her back in the 3 gallon tank (hospital tank now) and monitor the water quality carefully and do frequent water changes. BTW, forgot to mention that they had perfect water conditions in the 36 gallon tank that she had been in over the last month. She is on metro meds again and I am using another antibiotic powder that is supposed to get absorbed through the skin at the same time. The symptoms haven't gone away yet, but I am hopeful as the fish is very normal and active. The reason I am here is to ask for help/valid information. I have read almost everything on the web about fish dropsy and I am going crazy as there are no two articles or comments that match. One says I should keep the fish cool, another says heat is good for the treatment. One says I should use high concentration salt bath for a few minutes everyday, one says add lower salt concentration to the tank, another says salt is bad for dropsy or has no effect. One says use aquarium salt, another says aquarium salt will kill fish with dropsy and I should use epsom salt. I was wondering if anyone here can give me some expert information that I can really trust and use? I am also wondering if dropsy coming back soon after going away is a sign of something, or is something usual? How can I get it to never come back? Looking at the bloated fish with raised scales is painful and really makes me sick. Please help if you can.
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