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  1. 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?
  2. I'm still concerned about Fire Marshall Stanley. He's such a dear he just lets me scoop him up, mainly to inspect/photograph him and weigh him (29 grams, he's gained 4 grams in a month!) - since he had stringy poo not long ago and went through a full antibiotic round (MediGold). His poo is FINE now after antibiotics and I don't want to over-analyze the situation. I'm concerned that he's the only Ryukin that is turning black. Here is a photo from today. I bought some Melefix today just to be safe 'cause his fins look like they might have fin rot. I have a quarantine tank at the ready, but don't want to stress him out. "Mom, did I do something bad?" Here's my good side, stop worrying. I'm including a photo of him about 90 days ago, when he arrived overnight via Bluegrass Aquatics. It looks like his fin was eaten away back then too. But that doesn't mean he still doesn't have a treatable problem. I hope this question will help others too.
  3. Hi all, I have a question about a spot on my fantail goldfish's tail. She also has some very mild fraying in two spots, but she's always moving so it's hard to get as HQ a picture as I would like. She does not always swim with her head down--I know that Erik Johnson says that this can be a sign of an internal bacterial infection. She just likes to dig. I am concerned about what to do since normally I would dose a .3% salt solution; would a salt bath work instead? I also don't know if this is a bacterial or fungal issue. I am reluctant to dose Pimafix since she seemed to be pretty out of it when I have tried it in the past. My parameters aren't as stable as I would like--I would like to see more nitrates--so I am nervous about anything that would disrupt the biofilter. Here are my parameters, etc: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 after water change, .25 ppm this morning * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0-5 ppm (orangeish hue to yellow) * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Kit * Water temperature? 74-76 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons, 5 years with biofilter disruptions * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 (2 of them) * How often do you change the water and how much? lately, daily or every other day due to trace ammonia and paranoia * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 50% this morning * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish around 3 inches body length * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Flourish comprehensive * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2x daily; mixture of spirulina, recently New Life Spectrum pellets (previous Aqueon goldfish pellets), peas periodically, treats: brine shrimp about every 2 weeks * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Melafix for 3 days now * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi about a month and a half ago (2 rounds as per bottle instructions); haven't salted in a long time due to plant addition; I have done antibiotics (Maracyn 1 and 2) for a columnaris infection one year ago; methalyne blue bath about 1.5 weeks ago * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? slight fraying and opaque spot * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? seems nervous and agitated since the death of her tank mate; startles easily but otherwise inquisitive and hungry Thank you!
  4. A couple of day ago I noticed that my Black Moor, Nox, had some ripped fins. I read that it just takes time for them to heal with good water quality. Yesterday the lobes were a different color than usual. A coppery color instead of black. And, today parts of the lobes are missing and they look "ridged". I don't know how to explain it. Hopefully the picture will help out. What should I do to help him out?
  5. Hello, I have recently been having problems with my kh and ph in my 20 gallon aquarium. There is one lionshead gf in the tank. He is still small but I think the stress of the moving ph has causer him to get fin rot. His tail has a white line at the edge and is being eatin away, I have caught I'm rubbing against the plastic plants every so often wich I understand also could be flukes. I have prazi pro and aquarium sal on hand and need to act today because I leave for work tonight for 2 days and it has gotten much worse seemingly over night. All of my other paramiters seem to be fine except for ph wich has gone up to 7.6 in 3 days and kh is below 50 ppm, amonia and nitrite are 0 wich is the same as the tap as wel as kh bring that low, nitrates stay between 5 and 10 in tank and are 0 for tap. Would it be ok to use the salt to treat the fun rot untill I can fix the kh and ph problem? If so how much should I use? Can I put the prazi pro in as well as I have seen you need to leave it in for a day or 2 and the change some water and treat again? If anyone can please help as soon as possible tonight? Please help I am worried about the general!
  6. I had to leave town and when I returned my Betta was very ill.. Ich (sp?) and fin rot I believe. I did daily water changes and treated with salt for a week, and he is SOOO much better. When he was sick he was sitting around, not interested in food, his colors almost completely faded, white spots in some places, and MOST of his fins gone with the tips black. IT WAS HORRIBLE. My goldfish were fine of course, but the betta needed more frequent w/c because of the tiny tank. Now he's swimming around normally, eating, no Ich. My question is whether his fins and color will return to normal with time (and is there something I can do to help) or are they damaged forever I feel SO AWFUL. Before and after pics: BEFORE: AFTER: And this one's just to show that you can see some color depending on how the light hits him: (After pics are in a smaller tank so I can change all the water every day)
  7. * Ammonia Level (tank): .25 ppm * Nitrite Level (Tank): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): 5ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tap): 10-20 ppm (the color was very hard to read...it was between the 10 and 20 marks) * Ph Level (Tank): 7.6+ (it came out a dark blue for both tap and tank tests) * Ph Level (Tap): 7.6+ * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops: API Freshwater Master Test Kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon Power Filter 20 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress Coat+ (to condition water); Jack's Aquarium Salt (less than 1 tablespoon when I change the water) * Water temperature? 70 degrees * How often do you change the water and how much? Irregular due to new tank (see below) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Last water change was last night (10 hours ago?) and I changed 75%. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 15 gallon tank that has been running for 1 week (6 days with Baxter in it) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish, Baxter, and he is about 2 inches long from tip to tail. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Every two days I feed him sinking pellets...about once a week we'll vary his diet and give him a pea or an algae wafer. * Any new fish added to the tank? No. * Any medications added to the tank? No. * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) NA * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? His back left fin is looking slightly frayed towards the bottom. It's hardly noticeable, but there were some white "spots" on the ends of his tail where it has now frayed. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? NA * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. NA Hi all. Sorry I haven't been as active on the forum in a long time...school got really busy. But Baxter is doing just great, aside from this newest issue. The last time I posted on Koko's, I had decided that Baxter would get a new, bigger tank when I was able to move home for the summer from my university. At the university dorm, he was living in a dank little ten gallon tank. After seeing his new one, which has a light, a lid, and better filter, I realize what a dump he was living in. But last Friday, Baxter and I made the 3 1/2 hour drive home from school, and he did just splendidly. I was so proud of him. He didn't seem bothered by it at all...he's a real trooper. My mom had offered to buy me a new tank (to which my wallet squealed with joy), and purchased/set up a fifteen gallon column-style tank. She put water conditioner in the water, and cycled it 24 hours before Baxter and I got home. Once we arrived, we added Baxter, his old plants and toys, the thermometer, mag-float, etc. And he has taken to the new tank like crazy. He swims around it all day, being very active and happy. He eats whenever I give him his 2 pellets every 2 days, and he hasn't had any strange behaviors that I've noticed. What I did notice, two days ago, was a raised white spot on his back left fin. I freaked out and yelled for my mom, thinking it was ich. She told me not to panic, and to monitor his behavior/water quality over the next couple of days, and see if it went away or if another spot appeared. I watched him like a hawk, all that day and yesterday, and his white spot kind of migrated to the edge of his back left fin, and stayed there. Another one appeared just above it yesterday, smaller, on the edge of his fin. This morning his fins are looking a little frayed, so I'm thinking that maybe it's fin rot? Either way, I know something's up, and I was wondering if you guys could tell me how to approach treating this. I'll include what crappy pictures I was able to take, and if you all think it will help, I'll include a video. He just won't sit still for a good picture! I feel that I must admit one last thing...I changed Baxter's water for the first time last night since he's been home. I have been testing the water quality every two days since I've been home, and nothing looked bad. No ammonia appeared until yesterday, when it was at .50 ppm. I suppose there was a spike in the ammonia between the days I tested/didn't test. Needless to say, I changed it asap, and this morning it's still at .25 ppm, and I'll change it again later this evening to try and get it down. I feel bad, like maybe that caused this (plus all the stress of moving), but I'm not sure. I don't feel too alarmed by whatever's wrong with Baxter, just because he's still eating/active/happy-looking. I just want to stop this before it gets any worse. Help? D: Pictures are coming in just a second...
  8. HEllo everybody, This is my first post and I'm very new to fish. I really really need help. I love animals very much and my silly girlfriend accepted a small goldfish as a present knowing nothing about them. We have a Puny Fluval Chi' 5 Gallon tank and at first everything seemed fine. Our fish got lethargic and started resting on the substrate, but would wake up in the morning. Then I noticed the poor little guy gasping at the top of the tank a couple of days later so I did a 50% water change. Next day the poor guy was covered in white spots and part of his tail had started to erode, although i didnt know it at the time. I freaked out and read as much as I could as quickly as I could and bought NOX ICH to clear the white spots. The next day he looked way worse. Had clamped fins, rotting tail and white cloudy substance all over his rear half of his body. He looked very very sick. I went and bought API test kit, API triple sulfa and API Fungus cure aquarium salt and prime and came home and started a treatment of Triple sulfa and malachite green at 24 hr intervals, Fungus cure at 48 hour intervals and daily 30%-50% water changes with prime. I'm putting in top fin Bacterial supplement temporarily to try and help him through this although I know they will not form a sustainable colony. Every water change i put in about a 1/2 teaspoon of aquarium salt. Its been 3 days and he still seems very very very rough. He has white cloudy looking 'mucusy' stuff hanging off of him, and white dots, no tail, all fins clamped. Is floating on the surface. Has a very hard time swimming down. I don't know what to do. The cloudy fungus looks worse than it did yesterday. The white patches on his back and tail look almost yellow. I know our tank is too small but it is all I can do for at least two more weeks. I need to get him through this with the small tank. I think this was all caused by stress from ammonia poisoning and poorly matched temp water changes. My levels pH is 7.6 Ammonia is now 0ppm but rises to 0.25 between daily changes nitrite is 0ppm nitrate is 0ppm I've attached pictures. He now has black/greyish patches on his gills and face. Thanks so much for reading. Any help would be a Godsend. Please click the links for pictures!
  9. Hello i am new to the Fish keeping hobby and i am loving it. Firstly my tank is 20 imperial gallons, and yes i am saving up for a much bigger tank as soon as possible. Reacently i bought a small common goldfish, it seemed loanly so i bought another common goldfish from a different shop. The new edition had one or 2 blemishes on his side, i thought maybe he was missing a scale or two. There is white spots on his fins and the more i do research on these little fellows , the more i grow concearnd of the new goldfish recently added. He has salt like white spots on his fins, very small but noticable. He is feeding happly and very active. They both are. My other goldie is fine and very happy. They both play/fight/try mating at feeding times.. I have tried to stop this by re-arranging the tank. Anyway i am really worried it may be ich or fin rot, i cannot afford a camera yet to show you guys but i do need help/ advice on meds to buy how to give them it and quarenteen. I do have another tank but it is only small, taking a guess it is 5 gallons, and it is un used. My 20 imperial gallon tank has 2 common goldfish ( just found out they grow massive so am saving up for a second hand 50+ gallon) Within the tank is some gravel , a filter, and some fake plastic plants. The water is very clear, and has been treated before the fish entered this tank. Also the tank was not cycled , im doing it now with the two goldies inside. Please help, if they die i will be so gutted Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Nitrite Level (tank): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Nitrate level (Tank): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Ammonia Level (Tap): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Nitrite Level (Tap): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Nitrate level (Tap): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): Cannot afford this test kit yet Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Cannot afford this test kit yet * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Layal SK 9102 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Chlorine controle * Water temperature? 72~74 (Kept in a bedroom at room temp) * How often do you change the water and how much? 2 times per week 25% only * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, around 25% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 imperial gallons, 1 week. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 common goldies, 1~2 inch * What do you feed your fish and how often? Supa Daphnia , 3 times a day * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) New fish. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? YES!!! * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Need a camera !!
  10. SHUBUNKIN, TWO YEARS OLD APPROX 5” LONG Whitish blurry spots on fins, not like ich, maybe small blood streaks – hard to tell on Shubunkins because they are mottled, suspect fungus or fin rot. How to treat and should I remove him from tank to treat? Other fish seem fine. In UK we may not have the same medicines as US! I have pictures but don't know how to post them! * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? FLUVAL 3 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? BASIC CHLORINE REMOVER * Water temperature? 65 DEGREES * How often do you change the water and how much? Sporadically, 30% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 30% TODAY * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 3 YEARS * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 GOLDFISH 5” EACH AVERAGE * What do you feed your fish and how often? Variety of flake, pellets, tubifex MAY have overfed lately due to holidays and everyone being here * Any new fish added to the tank? NO * Any medications added to the tank? NO * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) Had ich two years ago when new fish introduced * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Whitish blurry spots on fins, not like ich, maybe small blood streaks – hard to tell on Shubunkins because they are mottled, suspect fungus or fin rot. How to treat and should I remove him from tank to treat? Other fish seem fine. * Any unusual behaviour like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? NO * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. No treatment for years ich medicine and salt two years ago * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.
  11. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.25 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank):0 * Ammonia Level (Tap): * Nitrite Level (Tap) * Nitrate level (Tap) * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) : 7.6 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: API drop freshwater test kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: Top Fin 60 x2 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Amquil and safe coat, as well as 9 Tbsp of aquarium salt (in a 10 galon hospital tank) * Water temperature? 72 F * How often do you change the water and how much? I just changed the water at 2 am this morning * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal since 2 am this morning * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 * What do you feed your fish and how often? tetra fish flakes, just fed him tonight and he only ate a couple flakes * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? Erythromyacin powder (1 packet) added at 7pm this evening * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none that I know of * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? : There are weird growths on his wen and as I mentioned, I think all of his fins have rotted off * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Last night I noticed him flashing, floating upside down, and gasping a lot, so I moved him from my 80 gal tank which he shares with a bristle nosed pleco and put him in a hospital tank. * 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 maracyn and maracyn 2 this morning but I realized it was really expired tonight when I was inspecting the package. Luckily, I had left the charcoal filters in all day. I went to petsmart but they don't carry it anymore so I bought erythromyacin by API instead. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Here are some pictures of the situation. He stoped floating upside down today and is just sitting at the bottom of the tank in the corner. He did eat a couple flakes of food.
  12. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level Unknown * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) unknown * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) unknown Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? strips at LFS and API ammonia test kit * Water temperature? 77 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 G 3-4 weeks * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week no changes yet * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Orandas 2 inches ish * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? API Goldfish pellets, peas, lettuce * Any new fish added to the tank? They came home 3 days ago * Any medications added to the tank? None yet * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) None yet, just concerned about Bevery's fin * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. N/A * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White spot on back fin * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no I know I'm supposed to have a test kit, but I only have an ammonia kit thus far. I will get a full test kit next week. Tank perameteres were 'perfect' according to LFS this week before bringing them home. I am testing ammonia, which has stayed at 0 but can't test the rest currently. They seem healthy, active. I'm wondering if perhaps she (not sure just guessing on sexes) was injured during netting/transport. It has been there since day one, but not getting better. Perhaps a little worse. Any advice on what it might be appreciated. I didn't want to salt as Teddy seems fine.... Thank you in advance. -F
  13. I got a calico popeye today. sort of out of pity. I went to get this gorgeous pearlscale they had (which I still got) and it was in the same tank as the calico. They also had about two dozen yoyo loaches in there. I think his fins have been nipped, and nipped terribly. I can see distinct bite marks. I put them in quarantine with melafix right now. But I want to make sure that it's nipping, or if I have to go back and get a treatment for fin rot. My water parameters in this tank are spot on, perfect. I didn't think to test the water from the store, but I can safely assume it wasn't the best. I got the best photos I could. A video:
  14. After nearly five years I lost my lovely fish Diego today. He exhibited fin rot out of nowhere (I'd been battling high ammonia for a month but had FINALLY gotten a 0 reading after 4 weeks of intense water changes and watching the tank), and I first treated with API fungal medication for the 5 day suggested period, and saw no change. I did a huge water change, checked conditions (all in the clear) and tried Melafix anti bacterial as their bottle also said it treated fin rot. Today was the 7th day of treatment with Melafix and I found Diego dead. I have one remaining fish in a 30 gallon tank. I have a penguin bio wheel 200, and did a 80% or more water change 7 days ago. Since then I have been treating with the Melafix and have had my carbon filters out of the tank. My remaining fish doesn't have fin rot, but I'm still worried. Do I continue to treat? Or just do a water change, add the filters back in, salt, and see how it goes? Thanks
  15. Zon was QT just a few weeks ago with the fish that had seizures, http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/97944-omg-seizures-help-please/page__st__0 Since then they both went back into the main tank and were doing well. After about a week or so I thought I saw flashing in one of the other fish so as preventative I added PraziPro to the tank. The next morning Zon started some major fin rot and he wasn't eating much mostly due to his weak nature. I immediately QT Zon and gave the full 4 course treatment of Furan-2 which contains Nitrofurazone and Furazonlidone. Half way through the treatment I added Melafix (tea tree oil). Since he was in a bucket it was really hard to analyze his fins. Just now I was about to put Zon into the maintank but noticed his fin rot is more severe. His right pectoral fin is clamped really tight. Dorsal fin has been clamped since the first treatment from the "OMG Seizures" episode from the link attached. Ph is 6.6 on the test but the water was 7.6 before adding the medication and the color of the medication may be tinging the color of the results. Ammonia 0 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 Warm room temp. about 72F. Upon realizing just how far the ph dropped during this posting we've added just a tiny touch of backing soda to this small plexiglass container he's in. Not sure to release him to the general pop, give him some more melafix, or put him back into QT with some other measures.
  16. well, i'll start with the info you need and also... hello everyone! Other Required Info: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - usually 0, but lately 0.25 (will explain later) * Nitrite Level (0.25, again normally 0) * Nitrate level (80 - long story) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5, sorry don't have tests for the other things * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? all drops, tetra for nitrate, api for the rest * Water temperature? varies, currently at 72°F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 130L (Clearseal, 4 ft long, by 15" tall, 12" wide) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Ehiem Pick up 2012, Fluval U2 * How often do you change the water and how much? Normally a 30% once a week, now around 25% every day (in the last week - i'll explain!) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 25%, (doing another in a min!) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fairly large orandas (16cm including tails), and one weather loach about 8cm? never measured him! and 2 apple snails * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Previously used API Stress coat conditioner for the tap water, and API Stress zyme as the 'cleaner' every week, recently changed to Seachem Prime as tap water conditioner (this week) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari sinking pellets for fancy goldfish * Any new fish added to the tank? Not since September (the blue oranda was added then, after 2 weeks quarantine and worming with Kusuri) * Any medications added to the tank? Currently treating with Pimafix and Melafix, as well as salt and increasing the temperature ( i normally keep them around 18-20°c/66ish F) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Treatment has included Swim Bladder medicine by Interpet (my first treatment for the huge amount of issues about 5 months ago), Melafix and Pimafix in the past week or so as described above, Kusuri wormer (2 treatments one after the other about 3 weeks ago) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? You name it they have it. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? All of that. Will describe! This is Pedro... i think he's an oranda x fan tail - i've had him since 2009 when i bought him from a pet shop as a tiny baby. kept him horribly (35L tank!! with 2 commons who of course died) until last year a kind person from the internet helped me out and educated me in the true value of a goldfish. Upgraded him to a properly cycled 4 ft 130L tank in November 2010, had the weather loach since December 2009 so of course he moved in too. This is Precious - a beauuuuuutiful girl with the grumpiest face ever, a blue (?) oranda who i rescued from a man on Gumtree with the same new perspective but no room for a big tank. She was quarantined for 2 weeks and wormed etc. Went in, all was well for the happy couple. ie they ignored each other completely. Then in October, Pedro decides to do the upside down at the bottom of the tank thing. Assuming constipation/swim bladder issues as he's a greedy pig and gulps at the pellets before they've even sunk and eats his own poop, i didn't feed them for a week, then fed peas. Green poop all round, still no change. Tried again, nothing. Tried out the swim bladder treatment, i think you have to use it for a week, then try again if no change. I gave it 3 weeks, no change. Precious was fine. The loach was fine. Kept feeding to very small amounts every other evening. This carried on. December i thought i'd test the water, naughty, i hadn't done it for ages... used api drops for all of it this time. Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, ph 7.5.... nitrate was over 100. aaarrghh!! So i started doing more water changes. Kept testing, no change.... what was going on. Brain got into gear... tested the tap water.... 80ppm nitrates. Insane. tested again... same. Kept testing every week, always between 50-80ppm... rang the water company, they told me my tests were obviously wrong and i should keep my fish better... the guy tells me i must use water conditioner.... OF COURSE I DO!!!!!! He talks to me like i'm clue-less... i give up! Put de-nitrating style media in the filters, it helped until the Fluval U2 kept clogging up every 5 mins, so that left just the ehiem with its normal sponge and a juwel de-nitrate sponge shoved in. It didn't do enough, especially as every time i did a water change i was bringing in even more nitrates. Tried plants, they kept dying... the only thing they wont destroy (they don't eat just pull at them) is moss balls... but they don't help much! Then as winter got colder in December, Precious' activity levels dropped too. Never worried about temperature before :s but bought a heater, it helped Precious no end and she picked up and was fine again. Pedro was still upside down and at the bottom, looking completely out of it. but still alive. he normally acts like a naughty puppy and watches you eat, follows you around and shouts abuse (well it looks like it!) at me. I don't know where my fishy friend has gone, but i couldn't bring myself to give up on him and put him to sleep. Installed an airstone in the beginning of January this year to help with oxygen levels, as i read that nitrates can bind to the red blood cells of the fish and make it harder for them to absorb oxygen, so i wanted to be sure there was plenty of oxygen and water movement. I begged for further help on one of my regular forums fish sections... so many people were convinced my issues weren't because of the high nitrate... so i asked what they thought it was if nitrate wasn't an issue. New suggestion was Pedro was suffering due to water pressure - apparently fancies were bred to be viewed from the top in ponds, not tall and narrow tanks and also though some cope fine, some don't. Over a couple of weeks i reduced the tank water level 1 inch. The water is normally 14" deep, at 8 inches, Pedro changed. he was tilted, rather than fully upside down, still the wrong way up. but he was stretching out his fins, not clamping them in, he was swimming and moving around the tank in spurts... he was looking at me with that face i hadn't seen for months! Hooray! Due to the water level of course, i upped my water changes from once a week to twice. I also started to take out the gravel as i didn't want them dragging their bellies on it, and i do eventually want to convert to a proper planted tank when i have the money. The one day stupid me forgot to turn the heater off during a water change and POOFBANG... heater exploded of course but i whipped it out before it could even touch the water with the bare heating element. Finished off getting all the gravel out that night too because i was worried about shards of glass being hidden amongst it. Ordered a better heater, that one was a cheapo one of ebay so spent the money and got a Jager, trouble is it meant a week with out heat in the coldest time of the year in a flat without heating that can't be put on a timer (it's electric storage heaters, wired into the wall without timer switches). Tank temperature dropped to 12°c, Pedro seemed ok, Precious shut down, like she was hibernating. Gills barely moving, stuff settling on her like she was gathering dust! A couple of days showed it wasn't dust and i was an idiot. It was a full on fungus taking over just on her wen, and a little on her fins/tail, then Pedro got it too. Started treatment with Melafix and Pimafix, wacked on the heater when it arrived (at 22°c this time) added the salt etc, changed water and vaccumed every day. I'm guessing that i disturbed something lurking at the bottom of the gravel, combined with the temperature drop affecting their fishy immune systems they caught it easily. As Precious is black and upright, it's easier to note progress on her. The fungus looks like mould... it looked translucent originally, now it is more white, and looks like it's breaking off and blistering in places. Sadly she seems to have fin rot on her lovely flowing fins. She's not very active at all, and seems hunched up in the corner a lot. I don't know what to do... part of me thinks i should fill the tank back up so i can get the water quality back on track and have the right amount of water for the fish full stop, as you can see i now have 0.25 ammonia and nitrite and 80 nitrate, but then risk losing progress on Pedro. Another thing to add, i set up an extra tub in the past week, with a ehiem 2010 filter with just Seachem denitrate pebble media in. I've been using this for water changes. However tested it tonight, it's ph is 8 and nitrate reads around 12. the water in there is also treated with Seachem prime when topped up with tap water. The sad irony is that i tested the tap water itself tonight and the nitrate has come down to 25. *screams* but i do suppose that's a good thing really!! Also... though ALL this... the weather loach has been absolutely fine!! But then they seem to be fishy versions of tanks... i've heard someone had one jump out the tank and he found it on the carpet the other side of the room still alive and fine, went back in the tank of course! Please if anyone has any suggestions i'd like to sleep at night i really do love these fish to pieces but i just keep going wrong somewhere.... sorry for such a long post. Here's my naughty loach... the Lieutenant as he's known.
  17. This is my first time posting, so I apologize if I've got anything wrong here. * Ammonia Level: 0 ppm (approximate) * Nitrite Level: 0 ppm * Nitrate level: around 20 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 6.5-7 (GH is around 180, KH around 120) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.6 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Strips, API Aquarium Pharmaceuticals * Water temperature? Not sure - it's around room temperature and I keep my apartment at about 18 degrees Celsius. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons, 2 years (though I have moved twice in that period so it's been dismantled and set up again). * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear, 30 gal. * How often do you change the water and how much? I normally do about 25-30% once a week, but since my comet has been sick and my ph has been a bit low I've been doing small water changes (again, usually around 25-30%) every couple of days. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? This Thursday, 30%. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish, one fantail and one comet, each about 2.5 inches not including their tails. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra Aquasafe to dechlorinate the tap water. The reason I haven't done a water change in the last couple of days is because I've run out and haven't had time to head down to the LFS. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega-One, daily with one day of fasting a week (just started this - they HATE it but I know it's best for them). I also occasionally feed them peas (boiled) and garlic (also boiled). * Any new fish added to the tank? Not in the last two years. * Any medications added to the tank? Maracyn this week, other medications in the past few weeks since nothing has been working. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank: Okay, this is kind of long. My sick fish (Djoser), has had fin rot a couple of times and I've always treated with Furan-2. Unfortunately this last time it doesn't seem to have worked, so I've been trying other things - Maracyn and Triple Sulfa specifically. I also treated the tank with API "Super Ick Cure" a few weeks ago when he had Ich. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, yes and yes. Basically, he was showing signs of fin rot so I treated him with Furan-2. He seemed to have recovered, then a few days later he developed Ich, so I treated him with Super Ick Cure. THEN he developed a huge abcess on his side, in addition to more fin rot, so I treated the tank with Triple Sulfa, which seemed to take care of it (the abcess ruptured, which was horrible, but it seems to have mostly healed by now) but as soon as the treatment ended his fins started fraying again. I treated with Maracyn but it doesn't seem to have had any effect. I'm afraid to keep bombarding them with chemicals, especially since my other fish (Narmer) isn't exhibiting any of the same symptoms and I'm afraid of harming both of them with too much medication. On the other hand, I don't want to just let Djoser waste away. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He was bottom-sitting quite a lot when he had the Ich and the abcess, but he doesn't seem to be doing that anymore. He still seems really lethargic, though, and isn't eating nearly as much as he used to. Also (possibly unrelated), Narmer, who has always been extremely healthy, has been behaving oddly these latest few days. He seems to have WAY too much energy and is darting all around the tank, occasionally rubbing against things. I'm thinking flukes or something similar. Could this be connected? Please help! I've grown so attached to these little guys and I can't stand the thought of losing them.
  18. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level normal * Nitrate level normal * 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 * Water temperature? 74 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal. 5 months. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Top fin 10 * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 20% * 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? One cory catfish (A little less then an inch) Two mollies (a lil over an inch) and I had one rosy red minnow (He's sick so I moved him out) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Aqueon Water Conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? 5-6 days a week * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes. Two Mollies * 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.-Two weeks ago I used Parasite guard because a fish had parasites. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes. My minnow has bloody splotches on his tail which is also slightly frayed. He also has tiny red spots that Look like he was pricked with a pin * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? My minnow wasn't eating yesterday and seemed really nervous. I have a rosy red minnow and he has been acting nervous for a few days. I have him in a ten gallon tank with three other fish (an albino corydoras catfish, and two balloon bellied mollies. I KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T PUT TROPICAL FISH WITH GOLDFISH BUT MY FRIEND'S FISH DIED AND SHE HAD SOME ROSY RED MINNOWS LEFT OVER FROM FISH FEEDINGS SO I TOOK 2-one died-) TOday I came home and my minnow had a red spot on his tail so I moved him into a seperate fish bowl. Now the dot has turned into red splotches all over his tail and he has what looks like tiny red pricks on his upper body. There is NO ammonia in the tank and everything else is normal. Does he have septicemia? Or another kind of bacterial infection? He hasn't been looking normal for the past few days either... He would spit out food, and would be very jittery and nervous. Now my cory catfish is spazzing out (like more than normal and I don't want to lose him!!!). Does it have anything to do with what is wrong with the minnow? PLEASE HELP! OH AND.... the temperature in the tank is like 74 degrees (fahrenheit). I changed the water (like 15%) in the tank because if it was a bacterial infection that would help. Quote MultiQuote
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