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  1. floating ryukin

    Hi guys. Been ages since I've posted but I have a swim bladder problem with my 5 year old ryukin Freckle & am hoping to save him. I lost my black moor almost a year ago to same problem after trying everything i could. Thanks for any input, I'm at a loss at the moment & am considering euthanasia if he doesn't right himself & can't eat. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)0ppm-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank)0ppm-5.0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph 7.6 kh 3 gh 14 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph 7.6 kh 0 gh 0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 23 (switched up 2 degrees from regular to try & help digestion) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 400 litres, 12+ months running, large filter been running 5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim 2217 & 2213. * How often do you change the water and how much? every couple of weeks, approx 1/3 - 1/2 * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? Comet 10 inch, fantail 4 inch, shubunkin 7 inch, telescope comet 7 inch, oranda 6 inch, ryukin 6 inch, bristlenose pleco 4 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, aquarium salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. hikari wheatgerm formula sinking pellets last few months(koi food recommended by aquarium staffer), once daily. previously a vegetable based ciclid sinking pellet(cant remember brand, comes in a black container, also do goldfish sinking pellets but they had run out) as advised bu aquarium staff. peas occasionally. algae wafer if they beat the pleco to it. * Any new fish added to the tank? no, last one was 6 months ago. * Any medications added to the tank? kanaplex * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. prazi 1 round maybe 6-12 months ago, salt on & off but usually not, salt dip for sick fish only yesterday 15 minutes 1 tbsp salt per 1 litre water, ate peas 4 days ago, fasted since then, no interest in peas last night. kanaplex & metroplex 10 months ago to attempt to treat SBD in black moor (unsuccessful. R.I.P Tiny) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? large patch of blood under the scales on the belly 2 weeks ago, suspected septacaemia & treated with salt, went away after a couple of days. added kanaplex once it arrived in the mail but blood had already gone by then. blood on the belly again but its in a ring shape, i think it's from floating the last couple of days where his belly sticks out. sort of tilting to one side a bit more today but still can't get upright. blood amount has decreased. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? . swimming upside down often but able to right itself(last few months), problems with balance, somesaulting. appetite usually very good but not showing interest in food. Got stuck in the pleco cave a week ago, damaged tail fins, a few days later started floating
  2. Hello guys, I have recently bought a new goldfish and put it into the quarantine tank (which is 4 gallon big (or small )). From the first day I have noticed that he was making white poop. Also, the fish had issues maintaining an orizontal position when relaxed, he kept getting onto his head or even on his back (like in the image below): He doesn't seem too stressed about that though. And can swim correctly(?) when feeding for example or when not feeling lazy (my guess). At first i've treated him for an internal bacterial infection, due to the awkward swimming: https://www.sera.de/en/products/in_category/ornamental-fish-treatments-335/product/sera-baktopur-direct.html No change after 3-4 days. Then i read some threads on this forum and feeded him only peas for 4 days. Fasted him for a week.after. Still no change. Tried to diagnose him using http://www.jbl.de/en/online-hospital Seemed to me to be intestinal parasites now (used fish sick and fish not eating as selections, though the fish does eat...) Used this for 8 days: http://www.jbl.de/?lang=en&mod=products&func=detail&id=5573 I'm at the end of this treatment. There have passed 3 weeks + since I bought and quarantined him. I'm doing 50% water changes every 2-3 days. Feeding every 2 days 1 pea. Fish seems to have lost a little weight but might be due to the 1 week fast. It has normal appetite. Still poops white. Still floats. Doesn't seem to be affected by the floating Was thinking to try the other product they recommend now: http://www.jbl.de/?lang=en&mod=products&func=detail&id=5569 but tought I might ask here first. So any advice you guys have, would be appreciated. (pls mind that I live in europe and don't have access to your u.s.a. medications. jbl are the most easy to get here) thanks, radu
  3. Hi, sorry for all of the questions lately. I am planning to start dosing potassium before I take the plunge and go the dry fert route, but I also ordered Seachem Nitrogen since I am noticing some yellowing on new growth (namely my sword). However, I'm still cycling the tank (high nitrite phase), and I don't want to screw anything up. Would it be advisable to hold off on any kind of Nitrogen dosage until things settle and the fish can fertilize everything? Nitrates are at around 5 ppm before I do a big water change. One other question: my Brazilian pennywort keeps wanting just to float in the tank. Should I let it? I've noticed that some people seem to be able to grow the pennywort in kind of an attractive daisy chain, but my penny wort just wants to float all over, which I don't find attractive. Would I have to put the stems close together (floating one of them) with the hope that their aerial roots will link them? Or should I just keep replanting them? I've also noticed that my creeping Charlie wants to be more of a thicket than a set of orderly planted stems, so I've let a couple float in the thicket there. Would it need more water column ferts to succeed? (I use Excel and Flourish comprehensive... and the potassium soon). My pennywort isn't growing as much as I'd anticipated and isn't sending out a lot of aerial roots. The Charlie is doing better. By contrast, my bulb plants are doing decently (growing some new leaves fairly regularly. Sorry for all of the questions again and thanks for any advice.
  4. Swim bladder or no?!

    Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 62 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons 9 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? sunsun canister 40 gallon * How often do you change the water and how much? 2-3 wk * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1 55% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 9inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? repashy soilent and supper green mix/peas once day * Any new fish added to the tank? none * Any medications added to the tank?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? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? My goldfish started acting up a few weeks in to Feb he was laying upside down with his face on the bottom. I did a fasting for 3 days then peas still didn't help. Then I stayed up for 48 hours and I noticed that when the light was turned off he was laying normally like fish should when sleeping. I shined my iphone light to the tank and moments later noticed he was upside down so I turned it off. I then be began to watch tv then noticed he was right side up. As it gets close to bed time he goes upside down till the light turns off. During the day he will float normally and swim normally like a healthy fish should. He seems healthy and happy but when it gets time for bed and it is dark in my room he turns upside down till all lights have been turned off.
  5. Hello I have been seeking help for weeks now. My goldfish Neo who is a Jumbo Oranda has some swimming issues. I have had him for 2 months now and just this month he has started to do this really scary thing but ONLY AT NIGHT for some reason he floats around upside down most of the night. He dose gulp air sometimes during the day but its not a massive thing like you would see if the water quality was very poor. I have asked and asked people to help and no one has an answer. I am fasting him for 3 days and hoping it will help I just want to take precautions just in case it doesn't work. He lives in a quarantine tank which is a 20 gallon long tank with 40 gallon canister filtration system. I feed him peas repashy gel food solient and super green 50% mixed together and on rare days I feed him southern delight pellets (I have stopped feeding him those because I dot want to make things worse). As of right now I do not know his water parameters I have ran out of strips and haven't been able to go anywhere to get a kit or more strips because there was a hug snow storm that gave us 17 inches of snow. Also haven't done a water change since 2/13/15 because we have no water. But he didn't just start floating this week it has been all month. I try and do 3 water changes a week some are 100% and then some are just 50% they vary depending on what the water looks like. Please someone help me. I don't want my fish to die !
  6. Blue, my oranda has me stressed. I don't think I've read so much and boy do I love to read. I'll fill out my form as soon as get some good lighting to run my tests again, although parameters were fine yesterday. What concerns me is he will float at the top for minutes at a time and won't move until I come near the tank. When he's ready he even swims sideways. If that isn't bad enough he does this thing when foraging that drives me bonkers; a headstand. He used to be pretty active and he is when I come around but I hate to see him in one position for too long. He usually eats a mixture of hikari lionhead and pro gold and he loves spinach. I'm really clueless as what to do next other than put him in quarantine timeout. Since I've been on this forum I haven't lost a fish. A first for me. I really don't want to lose him. He's my baby
  7. 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
  8. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 10 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) ​0 * Nitrate level(Tap) ​0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 KH107 GH140 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 KH70 GH140 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 73*F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60gal, ~4months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2x AC 70 * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly, 60-70% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday 7/24, 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3. 2x2.5in, 1x5in * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Alex's gel food 2x daily, alternate bloodworms and brine shrimp 1x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? leftover Prazi and salt from last round of treatment * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 8 rounds of Prazi+salt for 2 fish, 3 for the other (just finished) * 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.? Snowflake floating tail up This is the second incident where I've caught Snowflake floating at nighttime. She doesn't seem to be in any discomfort and swims away when I approach the tank, but I can see swimming downwards is hard work (see video). I fed everyone peas tonight in case she was constipated (she is a ryukin after all). Her poop is ~1.5in long, green and thin. I'm concerned because 1. she was kept in a 10gal with other fish for a few months and got floaty, and 2. I just read a post about females having trouble releasing eggs and I don't know how soon that can be a possible problem. Video is taking forever to upload so I will add it in another post
  9. When I bought my 3 ranchus in April, Skittles was always a little too buoyant. I halved the water level in my tank for a while to decrease the pressure, but the noise from the waterfalling HOB filters was driving my hubby and I nuts! Now Skittles is having trouble getting down from the top. I haven't checked my parameters in a month and the TAP water is horrible!! Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)0.5 * Nitrite Level(Tank)0.25 * Nitrate level(Tank)5-10 * Ammonia Level(Tap)1 * Nitrite Level(Tap)0.5 * Nitrate level(Tap)5-10 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7.8 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 77 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55gal 2 months and used established media in filter to speed process * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AC70 and AC110 * How often do you change the water and how much? every 5-7 days 60-75% depending on how much I've been feeding * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Sun 7/21 I changed 75% and then today I added about 23 or so gallons to top tank so that is wasn't half empty any more * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 small ranchu 2in from nose to base of tail * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime and sometime koi clay * What do you feed your fish and how often? I've been feeding FBW almost daily to try to grow a wen, blanched spinach, FBS (spiralina enhanced), NLS-Thera A, Saki-Hikari (purple bag), frozen blanched peas. I feed 2x-6x per day depending on if I am working a 12 hr shift or not * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? salt and prazi when I first got them * 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.? Poop is short and dark and color of food. Eats like a maniac. Only abnormal is this excessive buoyancy issue... Has a very hard time getting to the bottom and staying there. He floats up butt first. I have to post pics from my phone so those will be on there way. I do not know why I am cursed with floaty fish What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance for any suggestions and this was happening before the stupid tap water!!!!!!
  10. * Ammonia Level (tank):0 * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 * Nitrate level (Tank)10 * 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) * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eclipse biowheel with 2 sponges instead of cartriges * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * Water temperature? 77 * How often do you change the water and how much? Q4-6 days 80% I'm gonna post this then check the tap water. I will also try to get photos but if flipper sees me she fixes her position. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? monday 80% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29gal running since 3/16 but filter sponge from 12/12 * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish. Body size 2" and 3" * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari purple, FBW, omega one small pellets, progold and repashy commutiy plus. I feed 2-5x/day small meals. Yesterday I fed one meal of only shelled boiled frozen peas. * Any new fish added to the tank? I added Mr T on 3/16 * Any medications added to the tank? * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) see below * 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.? both fish eat great. Flipper hangs out at the top of tank and some times she is even inverted so that belly is up. When she see me she will fix her position and swim to me excitedly. When she is hovering mid water her butt starts to float upward. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I just finished a 4 wk prazi and salt treatment. I also fed medi gold for 15 days. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.
  11. i just thought I'd share a story that happened to me today. I went to Walmart ironically for a can of tuna and I happened to see a sign that said tropical fish, I don't usually shop at this Walmart but I thought it might be worth a quick glance (why do I do this to myself??) I walked back there and immediately saw a tank with at least ten koi in it, it couldn't have been more than 15 gallons, they were, to Walmart's credit, pretty clean tanks. The problem was that there were two dead fish in one tank and a beautiful tri color koi floating sideways trying desperately to swim as everyone else in the tank picked at him. Upset I attempted to get ahold of a manager, after waiting 10 minutes I finally walked to the front of the store to let them know that I needed a manager right then and after another 10 minutes the manager finally showed up (no one treated me like I was crazy the whole time i waited thank goodness) and I walked with the manager back into the pet department explaining everything that I saw wrong with the tanks and some easy cheap ways he could fix them. He Was So Nice!! he took me very seriously and even pulled out a pad of paper and took notes on what he could do to improve it for the future! he agreed that the health and happiness of the fish was most important and he wanted to do whatever possible to save the dying fish. he said he did not trust his employees who work back there to take care of the dying koi the way I had told him, (I was pretty certain it was an internal parasite due to a long white poop I had seen on him in addition to some sores, and i guessed that the floating was a secondary symptom) he asked me if I would be willing to take the fish because he felt it had a better chance with me. I was very moved by his concern for this poor little koi fish (so refreshing!!) So I agreed and took him home to my 10 gallon qt tank and fed him some peas and added some jungle anti parasitic to his tank, he was not wanting to eat so I ended up having to hold him in my hands and lightly push food into his mouth, long story short, even though this beautiful little trooper tried he was just too far gone, within a few hours he had passed and I have to say my heart hurts more then I expected it would. I knew his odds were slim and I knew I wouldn't be able to keep him long term for lack of space (I just wanted to get him healthy and rehomed) but holding him he seemed so trusting I feel like I let him down, if only I had stopped by a couple days sooner so rest in piece beloved little koi, we only had a very short time with you but wherever you are now please know you were loved
  12. Hello everyone! OK so I basically set up my profile here on Kokos just for help with my situation! Just to warn any of you and I know I might sound like a charity case or a hopeless case or whatever but I'm doing the best I can do, no I can't afford Metromeds or a quarantine tank, water test kits or something like that, but I'm just looking for advice on what I can do, still living within my means! I really do love this site for the kindness of all members and the patient everyone has. Ok, I don't have a water test kit, I don't know any of my levels, and yes I know this is a crucial step but getting one right now just isnt an option and I dont live in the USA to go to Petsmart to get my water checked! I do think though that my water is fine, at least ok for my fish, I've had my 3/5 of my fish for a year now and there hasn't been any water problems, my filter has plenty of beneficial bacteria and I feel like with this issue, my water isn't the case! I am overstocked, at the beginning of my fish journey last december I got 2 comets and regret the decision and I'm finding it hard to find a suitable pond for them and my mom suddenly thinks "they have earned their place in the tank, they are staying!" I will have them in the pond soon, it's my mission! It's a 30 gallon with a black moor, oranda and fantail, and my 2 comets. So my black moor and oranda are constantly at the surface gulping up air especially after feedings (I do water changes weekly, large ones, I promise!) and I'm wondering WHY do they do this and it really upsets me to see them floating afterwards. My black moor goes upside and has done a headstand once and he is my favourite so I really want the best for him, but all my fish deserve the best care I can provide. So that is my swim bladder story and I have no idea why they do this, I have an air stone and my filter provides water movement and little bubbles throughout the water, I do water changes, I feed them peas almost every day, (I need to get back into feeding them pre-soaked flakes) They eat the peas then float I just don't get it, peas are supposed to help with swim bladder issues and it doesnt anymore? Then tonight I noticed on my black moor that he has a white patch around his throat area? Only noticed it tonight, added Fungal & Fin rot medication and will just have to see from there. He has been the subject to fungus before but pulled through and he seems to be the one with the most problems (SBD, fungus) I will attach pictures. With the angle I took the picture it looks raised, it is verrrry slightly, I think I caught it early before it really took shape. Added the medicine, probably have to buy more because it's almost gone. And sorry the quality isn't very good at all Here is the link to my blog for the pics! http://goldfisheaven.blogspot.ie/2013/01/swim-bladder-fungus.html And here is the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQN_QFfiwY&feature=youtu.be I really feel like a train wreck and I'm so sorry to have to do this to my fish and not have the right equipment or space for them but I am trying to do the best I can provide and I feel like that's all I can do. I'm sorry to anyone reading this and probably getting a headache reading this, as more and more problems create. Overall I feel like my tank is not toxic, the water is pretty good, it is not horrifically overstocked, medicine in, big water change tomorrow (it's late), I'm keeping a close eye even though I feel super stressed out. I mean, school is starting for me on Monday and my fish isn't in tip top condition I'm asking anyone with experience to please give me advice and thank you in advance, like I said I can't give you water parameters or go out and buy something expensive, I dont live in the USA so prices are different! Thank you so much!
  13. Unfortunately I don't know what the water conditions were in the tank before I had them. I do know that they were in a 250 G tank that was heated and filled mainly with tropical fish including a very aggressive cichlid. The tank was way overstocked with probably more than 25 fish at any given time. The fish die off like nobody's business and then are replaced with new, sometimes aggressive, fish, like oscars. The tank's water changes were only made every six months or so and the six inches of rocks on bottom hadn't been cleaned in over a year. I took them last night and brought them home. I only have a 10 G quarantine tank for the time being but will be getting a larger one to keep them in if they live on more than this week. I took them out initially because I was certain they had swimbladder from some reading I've done on the site. They were both floating at the top of the tank and would eat a lot of food but never really saw if they passed it at all. They both have fin issues as well. I will post pictures. Anyway, last night I fed them some peas which they ate right up and this stopped the bloating. But now all they do is sit at the bottom of the tank and don't move hardly at all. I'm not really sure what to do with them. I have their current water conditions if you'd like those but they've only been in this water for under 24 hours. * Ammonia Level - 0 ppm * Nitrite Level - 0 ppm * Nitrate level - 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 6.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api master kit * Water temperature? 76 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 G and about 2 weeks * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? aquatech 10 * How often do you change the water and how much? starting today it will be daily 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? I haven't yet * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fantails about 1.5 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime seachem * What do you feed your fish and how often? nutrafin sinking pellets twice a day and boiled deshelled peas to help with bloating * Any new fish added to the tank? both of them * Any medications added to the tank? melafix and prazi * 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 prazi * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? one has a fin that has a bend in it... sort of looks like it has been ironed into a crease, the other is missing part of his dorsal fin * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? well they were floating but now they are bottomsitting
  14. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level: 0.25 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate level: 5.0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) no idea. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: API drops. * Water temperature?: 74 degrees F. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 30 gallons, about a month and a half. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: Two tetra whisper 30gallon. * How often do you change the water and how much?: twice a week, between 25% and 50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?: today, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size?: three. Two about an inch and a half, one about an inch /maybe./ * What kind of water additives or conditioners?: Aquasafe. * What do you feed your fish and how often?: Peas three times a week, goldfish crisp food, frozen bloodworms, frozen vegetarian diet. * Any new fish added to the tank?: Two. * Any medications added to the tank?: Melafix and Prazipro. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. About four days of Melafix, now Prazipro. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nope. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? One of the little guys, Gaston the larger one, is still very floaty. The other, the small one Emile, seems very nervous. I'll come in and he'll be swimming a bit, then move and sit on the bottom at the back of the tank. Emil was floaty, but that went away yesterday. Now he seems to keep buoyancy fairly well, he doesn't look like he's sinking so much as going to the bottom on purpose. I'm getting kind of concerned with both of them. I don't know if after Bastion I am just very nervous and over reacting. I've been feeding them peas, they both eat well. Is there anything else I can do to help with Gaston's floating issues? He isn't stressed, he just wiggles underneath a leaf on the plant in there to sit. I just want him to be able to wiggle around happy. I hear not feeding for a few day could help, possibly? Also is there something wrong with Emile, and his slight bottom sitting or is it just because this is second day and he is still skittish and hiding? Also I think the ammonia and nitrate levels are just from the tap water. I only thought to test the water early because I noticed Emile sitting like that.
  15. Ok, so I have a large Calico Oranda that floats after EVERY meal!! I typically feed her an Aquadine blend around 9 at night and sure enough, every morning she is floating upside down at the surface. This doesn't seem to bother her (unless she is startled), but it doesn't look very comfortable. I have determined that the food must be the culprit. I have noticed that as the food disolves, a thin film gathers on the surface and then she sits there and gulps at the surface for hours after feeding. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Or has anyone developed a clever way to keep the fish off of the surface? The obvious answer is to change the food, but I have used this food for years and have been very pleased with the results. The other fish do not seem affected by film at the surface and leave it alone. The Calico is the only one that goes for it. My other question, will this inverted floating have any long term negative effects? Again, the fish doesn't seemed bothered by it and she is usually flipped back over by noon, but just seems cruel and unnatural. Any thoughts or suggestions?? Thanks!
  16. My snail wa just floating, I'm not sure why, he seems very healthy I think it's a air bubble. I take the smail down and add the smail under the pump, the smail trys to "snail" away and loses tracked and s back to the top lol. I just put the snail under the tank we got a nice show!
  17. My ranchu betty only floats to the surface when she sleeps, apart from this she swims fine and has perfect control its only when shes still she floats, i feed her peas and sinking hikari pellets soaked in kio clay, but nothing seems to stop her floating her other tank buddies another ranchu and pearlscale are fine. So is this a problem? or do i just leave her to how she is and let her sleep at the surface? opinions please! Thank you
  18. Hello there, My ryukin sometimes floats, and stays stuck at the surface, and sometimes floats upside down (rarely) for a second or two. I thought he had swim bladder, but then I noticed he only floats late in the day (after feeding times have passed). So It lead me to believe that he gets bloated easily, because my oranda does not float like him. I started to research what could be wrong, and then I noticed white string of poop left by him for a couple of days and I got worried, because the other month my smallest oranda died from dropsy after having white string poop. So I quickly fed him more peas than usual, and now after a week or so he has stopped pooping white and has stopped floating altogether, and is now more interactive and more exited to see me than ever before! (i think he knows i am cycling his new tank, he can see it across the room, hehe) did the peas cure him? thanks.
  19. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0.25 (ammonia levels from the tap is also 0.25!) * Nitrite Level - 0 * Nitrate level - 10ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 70 oF * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 litres (15.8 US Gal) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 3 Plus * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly - 20 litres (33%) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today and 20 Litres * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish (2 inches and 1.5 inches) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Just dechlorinator * What do you feed your fish and how often? TetraFin Gold Japan - sinking pellets, 3/4 pellets twice a day. * 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. N/A * 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.? Explained below Over the last week or two, one of my fish (Hugo) has been floating at the surface pretty consistently after we feed him. I'm pretty concerned because I initially though he had just had too much to eat but he seems to be getting floaty after every meal, regardless of how much he has eaten. I've noticed that after he eats he gulps air at the surface of the tank. Hugo has nearly always done this but now I'm certain he's swallowing it rather than just passing it through his gills. Our other fish does this as well to some extent, but he is perfectly fine and isn't floating at all. Hugo can swim down (and does so whenever we walk in front of the tank) but he is pulled back to the surface by his tail, so he just floats at the surface and looks sad. Sometimes he flips over whilst swimming but I have never found him upside down resting at the surface. I find air bubbles in his poop so I'm sure he is swallowing air, after he passes the air bubbles he is back to normal and perfect. However this usually takes him between 6-8 hours and so for most of the time he's floating. I have started soaking his pellets to try and get rid of any air from them but that doesn't seem to make much difference (I have been doing this consistently for a week). I have been feeding him peas fairly regularly to try and flush him out. However I read on a different thread that feeding peas lots can in fact make bloatedness worse, is this true?. I will stop feeding him peas regardless in case this is the case! Please can anyone suggest a course of action? I don't know what to do to help him. I'm not sure why he is swallowing air but that is definitely the reason for him floating. Could there by an underlying problem here? He seems fine after he has passed the bubbles and is acting perfectly normal otherwise. Any help you can give I would greatly appreciate! Thanks!
  20. Floaty Ryukin

    Hey everyone, my Ryukin, Picasso, has been floating some after meals and so I have been soaking his food and trying to fix it. Right now we just have flakes ( I didn't know better) but this next week we are ordering some Hykari (sp) sinking pellets and I will soak them. The problem also happens when we do water changes and I was hoping someone could explain why and how I can help prevent it. I have read some about swim bladder. Is this what he has? We saw he had some bubbly poo a few nights ago. I know they can get constipated so every few days I've been feeding them peas. I just wanted to pick ya'lls brains. I had searched for posts on here and found ones that talked about soaking the food, but couldn't find one that explained the water change floating. Thanks for your help!
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