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  1. Ich infected fish

    Hey everyone, I got a new tank of 60gallons a week ago and introduced fish 2days back. Unfortunately out 5, 3 fish already had ich on its tail fins. I read garlic was an effective treatment. So I have added 3clove fresh garlic to the tank. I tried feeding them garlic but they seem to chew and throw out the sliced garlic cubes. I also have fungal medicine from pet store. I have added 5drops to my 60 gallon tank. Please let me know if this is the right treatment. Most of the fish are sitting on the bottom. Worried😶 Note: I couldn't get any test kits from local stores. So no info to share, need to get it online I guess.
  2. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8pH * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8pH Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Test Kit (Drops) * Water temperature? 76F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29g * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 / Aquaclear 110 (see description) * How often do you change the water and how much? every 3-4 days * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 (~2-3 inches each) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, API Aquarium Salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? Tetrafin Goldfish Flakes, Repashy Soilent Green, Hikari Pellets, deshelled peas (2 times a day) * Any new fish added to the tank? all 3 last week * Any medications added to the tank? Mardel Coppersafe (for Ich), and API Aquarium Salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Day 5 Salt, Day 7 Mardel Coppersafe * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Ich white spots, bloody eye * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Lethargic, Bottom of Tank, Top of Tank, Bully by one fish Hey everyone, I've posted this on numerous places but I figured I should focus on a goldfish specific site because people here understand more. I bought 3 fancy goldfish (ranchu, telescope butterfly, pearlscale) last Saturday and added them to a 29g tank I had cycled previously. I know the tank is overstocked, but they're all very small now so I figured I'd adjust once they got bigger. I also am keeping a close eye on the water parameters and changing water as soon as I see issues. The tank was cycled with goldfish from a friend. At the time I added the 3 new fancy goldfish I was using an Aquaclear 110. Also when I got my pearlscale, I noticed I could see red under the head and some tiny red spots near the gills, but I just assumed it was the clearness of its head that allowed me to see its organs. Day 3: I noticed my pearlscale lazy and hanging around the top of the tank. (http://imgur.com/kUmzDun) From my understanding I was not having oxygen problems because my other fish weren't near the top and my pearlscale was just chilling and not gulping air. I also assumed the Aquaclear 110 was creating enough water displacement for the fish to have enough oxygen. I had been feeding them Tetra Goldfish flakes twice a day following the 3 min rule. I was worried my pearlscale was experiencing constipation or dropsy, so I immediately switched them to a diet of 1 deshelled pea a day and Hikari Sakari Fancy Goldfish sinking pellets (purple bag). Day 4: The pearlscale began sitting lethargic at the bottom of the tank. I immediately tested the water parameters (0/0/10-20ppm) and did a 25% water change. I primed my tap water with Seachem Prime. I also noticed that the ranchu was pushing both the telescopebutterfly and pearlscale up from behind their butts. He seemed to be bullying them. Here's a video example of the ranchu bullying the telescope and the pearlscale being lethargic (https://vid.me/yEEL). Some users on other forums suggested that the pearlscale was exhausted and that my Aquaclear 110 (500gph) might be causing too much current and be stressing out the fish. I went out immediately and bought a Aquaclear 70. I wanted to turn off the high powered filter, so I removed the sponge, biomedia, and carbon filter from my old filter and placed them into my tank. I then began my new filter and also added some of the old biomedia into the new filter's biomedia. Also this day my Repashy Soilent Green came in the mail and I began using this to feed the fish. Day 5: The next day I tested the water parameters and they were looking fine. (0/0/10ppm) After seeing my pearscale still chilling at the bottom of the tank for two days straight and my other fish joining her, I got worried and went to my LFS.He suggested aquarium salt, which I purchased and added to my tank. I followed the instructions and did 1 tablespoon / 5 gallons. A few hours after adding the salt, I noticed all my fish perking up, which was great. I assumed everything was fine. Day 6: I came home to all my fish swimming around lively. I was very excited and happy. I then noticed that my pearlscale began developing white dots and immediately assumed she had ich. Here's a video of her swimming around with the dots: https://vid.me/C61H. I tested the water parameters and they were still at 0/0/10ppm. Day 7: After spending the night researching how to get rid of ich I was determined to do it naturally by buying a heater and increasing the heat while also maintaining the salt level. I went to Petco to buy the equipment and the sales advisor advised against raising the temperature because goldfish like cooler temperatures. He suggested I go to the LFS and look for some ich medicine. I went to the LFS and he also suggested not raising the temperature because goldfish like colder temperatures and prescribed Mardel's Coppersafe. I went home and added the recommended dosage (1 teaspoon/4 gallons). Later at night I came and checked on the fish and the pearlscale was now hiding behind my rocks. The other two fish were swimming around normally, but I was concerned and tested the water again. 0/0/10ppm. Day 8: I came home today and saw all three of my fish hiding behind the rocks. I once again tested the water parameters and they were 0/0/10ppm. I dropped some Repashy Soilent Green into the tank and they were all swimming around eating. At this point I noticed blood in my pearlscale's eye and that the red spots I saw when I originally got the fish were starting to spread. http://imgur.com/6tRXS8u I saw some sites that suggested it might be due to oxygen depravation, but like I said before I hadn't noticed any issues with the other fish trying to gulp the surface of the water. I am curious if my Aquaclear 70 is not producing as much oxygen as they require though. Here's a picture: http://imgur.com/jytGSSG ----------------------------- At this point I'm really at a loss of what is going on. I feel like my pearlscale is suffering so much and I'm scared I'm going to end up killing these fish. I've spent a so much money on trying to keep these fish alive on top of all my normal equipment, and I'm still willing to do whatever it takes! I check their water parameters every day and I feel like there isn't a problem with the water, but I don't know what else to do. Should I consider getting a heater and setting it to 86F like most ich remedy sites suggest? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much everyone!
  3. Two sick Goldies

    Hi All! Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) -0- * Nitrite Level(Tank) -0- * Nitrate level(Tank) -0- * Ammonia Level(Tap) Haven't checked yet. * 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 liquid test * Water temperature? 72, Heater isn't raising the temp. I'll buy a new one. Could use some input on that. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Upgraded to 90 gallon, 1 1/2 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland Emperor 400 Bio-wheel, Wet/Dry Sump, While acclimating * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week 30%, Daily bottom cleaning. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday 10 gallons. Today 40% water change with 1 tsp. of Aquarium Salt per gallon, * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 Goldies, Body Size 3-4 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? New Life Spectrum, Saki-Hikari, both sinking pellets. Repashy Gel food, Brine Shrimp, Peas. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? 1 tsps. aquarium salt per gallon, Yesterday with 10 gallon water change. Today 40 gallons. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Treated for Ich and Fluke in their old tank 3 months ago. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Raised scales, White indented bumps on tail fins. One fish with White raised spot on face. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Telescope bottom sitting. All Gulping once added the new salt today. Here are today's pictures : http://s935.photobucket.com/user/slbradley04/library/?sort=3&page=1 I'm thinking I have a second case of ich in my tank. However, this may be something new. My Telescope Eye (Sunshine) is hanging out at the at the bottom of the tank. (Until water change today) When he sees me, he swims straight towards me. Sometimes he will swim about and then lay back down. I'll keep an eye on him. Everyone one in the tank has a great appetite. My Blackmoor had Swim bladder as of yesterday. He/She is swimming great today. I had been feeding peas to the whole tank. Fed gel food yesterday. Big mistake. I took out my Telescope and Blackmoor placed in hospital tank. I removed 40 gallons of water. I feed the other three fish. Brine Shrimp and a few pellets a piece. Then I added the salted water. I feed a small amount of Brine Shrimp to the two in hospital tank. After adding back the fresh water will salt. I then added some of the fish tank water to the hospital tank. Waited, then put the Blackmoor back in to the main tank. Then I feed the Telescope a few pellets before placing him back in to main tank. I began treating for Ich. If this looks like anything else please let me know. I am willing to change treatment plan. I just want my Goldies healthy. Thanks in advance! P.S. I'm not feeling well. I have Clostridium Difficile Colitis (Bacterial Infection). Caught from friends visiting from out of town. I've been taking Antibiotics. I'm very careful with hand washing before and after caring for my fish. I'm weak and light headed. So, this has been hard on me.
  4. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Strips * Water temperature? 82 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 72 gallons, 5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 406 * How often do you change the water and how much? I change 80% of my water once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday. When I got home from work and noticed they had ich, I did an 80% change. Later I did another 50% change -- see more below. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7 goldfish, ranging from small to medium * What kind of water additives or conditioners? dechlorinator * What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS Goldfish pellets and Repashy Soilent Green gel * Any new fish added to the tank? None added for a year * Any medications added to the tank? There's a half dose of SeaChem ParaGuard in the tank now. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. See below. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? See below. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? See below. Background: I got 2 new fish in the mail last week. They're both in QT, in a separate room, using completely different equipment and food. And I was washing my hands up to my elbows after each time I did anything to the new fish. I have my original fish tank - 7 fish in there. No new fish added for a year. Yesterday morning, my fish looked fine and ate well. I got home from work at around 6:00 and noticed all of my 7 original fish had quite a bit of ich. I did a salt dip for each one (half a cup of aquarium salt in a gallon of water) and did an 80% water change, really cleaning the gravel. I started raising the temp, and put salt in to start raising the salinity to .1%. That was all I was planning to do for the ich. Then at around 9-10:00 I started noticing they all started having a white patchy film (looks like a bacterial infection, but I don't have much experience with this). And I noticed my pearly white scaled fish started looking rusty (doesn't show up in pics, but it's super noticeable in person_. And their bellies had what looks like maybe blood under their scales. But by now, all the pet stores are closed. I had Seachem Paraguard on hand -- says it works for Ich, some bacterial infections and some fungal infections. The fish looked like they all were going to die over night, so I decided to add it even though it's a harsh medicine. I dosed it exactly as directed (taking into consideration the actual gallons of water in my tank). Within an hour, they were all bottom sitting and gulping, so I decided the meds were too harsh on them. I did another 50% water change (adding back the salt). This reduced the Paraguard to half a dose. They seemed to perk up a little after that, but they all look rusty and covered in ich and white film. There is no flashing, erratic swimming, or anything like that. They're all just floating around or bottom sitting. Their fins are ripping at the ends, but are not red. I thought I'd lose several over night, but they all lived. This is the first chance I've had to put up a post here today. My husband texted me and said "Only one is still bottom sitting, they're all still alive but they all are still rusty and covered in ich." Any help would be very much appreciated. I still am having trouble understanding how to post pictures here, I hope this works: The above picture is their tails right when I came home and noticed the ich, but before I noticed any other symotoms. This is the chu that shows the "rust" the best in pictures Above are their red scaled bellies. These scales are usually solid white. Again, I thank you for any help you can provide. I feel such an overwhelming sense of responsibility, because I know that even though I was careful, I still caused this. My heart is breaking for them and I want to help them get better.
  5. I seriously don't know what the heck just happened. One minute everything is peachy next minute everyone is covered in white dandruff with some red belly spots on everyone. I change my water EVERY 3 days!! how does this happen. I am completely beside myself right now. One thinks they do everything right and I feel like I failed them ...sorry just upset Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) o * Nitrate level(Tank) 20ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap)5-10ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 KH 2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API mater liquid test * Water temperature? 73F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?75 gallon 9upgrade from 40 so running a week * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AC 110 & AC 70 * How often do you change the water and how much? every 3 days 50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 days ago... WC is due today * How many fish in the tank and their size? (5) 3+ inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, baking soda and koi clay * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2x day a variety of Pro gold, repashy soilent green, peas, NLS thera-A, dark leafy greens, cucumbers, OMega one sinking shrimp pellets * Any new fish added to the tank? 2 juveniles (both had 6 rounds of prai and .01%salt and were in QT for 5 months or so before adding * 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. All fish in main tank have been on prazi for 4 rounds with salt in the last 5 months. Juveniles went to 6 rounds * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? grains of salt on everyone with red patches on bellies * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Skipper the ranchu in bottom sitting right now , all others are active, Citrus the big orange oranda is floaty They all have it, some worst than others as far as the ich. I am due for a WC today im wordering if I should do 100% instead of my normal 50%
  6. Possible Ich

    Noted my two new ryukins and calico butterfly were sitting in one corner of tank with redness after first round of prazi and 0.1% in 30g qt. The butterfly had a lot of white spots on her tail. Added a post in qt. Afterward, I look up ich. Stopped prazi and moved them to a sterile tube. Increased temp to 78% and gradually added salt to 0.3%. After two days, I noticed less white spots on the butterfly tail. The two ryukins are more active and dorsal fins no longer clamped. The red white ryukin was chasing and biting the calico tail. Separated it today with a floating plastic container. Her tail is frayed and very weak. I was able to give her rephasy this morning. 2/27 post in qt questioning reaction to prazi and 0.1% 2/28 moved fish from 30g to sterile tube 3/1 wc, increased temp 78, added 0.3% salt 3/2 wc, temp 78, added 0.15% then 0.15% salt Questions: How long should I treat with temp and salt treatment? How should I treat butterfly's tail? Thanks * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * 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? 78 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 g tank 6 days, 6 g sterile tube 3 days * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? none * How often do you change the water and how much? daily 100% now * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, 4" to 5" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? seachem prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? once a day wotj rephasy soilent green mixed with super green and saki hikari fancy purple * Any new fish added to the tank? two short tail ryukins added to quarantine with calico butterfly 2/13/14. two nerite snails added 2/11/14. * Any medications added to the tank? 0.3% salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. prazi + 0.1% for 1 round and one day of 2nd round, melafix for 8 days * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? grains of salt noticed first on calico butterfly 5 days ago, bloody streaks and frayed fins on all three noted while they were in 30 g tank after first round of prazi and 0.1% * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Corner sitting, clamped dorsal fin, rubbing abdomen and sides against bottom of tank, bloody streaks of caudal fins
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) Oppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 10ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4; Currently don't own a Gh/Kh test. Not sure about chloramines. * 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? Probably around 75-78F. My thermometer broke a day or two ago but that's the temp range it usually is. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallon, about 4 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear 50 & Aquatech 20-40 (<<<Wal-Mart Cheapy). Together they filter 350 gph I think. * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% once or twice a week. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Two days ago, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? Two Fantails. One is about 2-3" the other is 5-6" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One Sinking Pellets, twice a day. I throw in veggies every so often too. * 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. -Not sure. I've only had the fish for about two months, and I haven't treated them for anything. They are PetSmart "rescues" though, so not sure what they may have been given in the past. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Not that I can tell. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No. They're currently active and responsive. Hi. I'm new here, but I've taken a lot of info from this forum in the past few months. You guys have really helped me out so thanks for that Okay. So, here's my problem. About a week ago, a long-term power outage basically destroyed my cycle. I ended up getting some cycled media and substrate from my Aunt's tropical tank to keep my water safe. My issue is she informed me her fish have either ich or velvet yesterday (or both?). So my goldies have probably been exposed. Neither of them are displaying any symptoms of either parasite so far. Should I go ahead and treat to be on the safe side? When I purchased my tank on Craigslist, and the woman gave me some meds and stuff, so here's what I have on hand: Mardel Coppersafe (1/2 a bottle) API Aquarium Salt Tetra Paraguard (Unopened) I can run to my LFS tomorrow morning if I need a specific med. Thanks for reading.
  8. HI Guys Little Bosco has some odd white spots that have appeared out of nowhere, none of my other two fish are affected. I did move some anubias into the tank (forgetting to bleach treat them, stupidly) that had been in quarantine with some Ramshorn Snails, and these snails (and the shrimp they live with) have been in contact with other fish int the past. * Ammonia Tank - 0 * Nitrites Tank - 0 * Nitrates Tank - 5 * Tap - no readings for Ammonia, Nitrate or Nitrite * Ph is around 7.5 for both tap and tank * 20 Degrees C Temperature * 220 litre tank, Fluval 305 external Canister with charcoal, various sponges, floss, glass and ceramic media * Four occupants in total, all under a year and generally quite small * 25 - 50 % WCs per week * Water conditioned with Seachem Prime
  9. Hi Gang, My Goldie is probably terminal, but I'm hoping there is a chance I can save him with your help. Was thinking he had Ich so began treating him with Kordon's Ick Attack for the past several days. He was fine until I came home this afternoon at 5pm, and I found him like this: What do you all think? Break out the clove oil? :/
  10. 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 !!
  11. Hello My fantail Blub seems to have a white spot on his anal fin, though I'm not sure certain it's Ich. But I'm not a vet and I don't have a microscope. I previously treated suspected Ich on leading edge of left pectoral fin with Ick Cure twice, but now I wana treat with salt bath, on recomendation. What kind of salt must i use? he's single in a 10 gallon tank, and I'd like to get rid of this 100% if possible before his new 55 gallon luxury home is done cycling---fishlessly of course. No rush, I can keep feeding the 55 with ammonia for 100 years. Wana make sure he's not bringing souvenirs he got at the fish store! The 10 gal will become the hospital tank.
  12. A Description of Goldfish Ich . The disease known as ?ich? is short for ichthyophthiriasis; it is caused by the formation of a parasite called Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. This is a single celled organism (or protozoan), it can move, and feeds on organic compounds of nitrogen and carbon (e.g. an amoeba). In fact, ich is so successful it has become one of the most common of captive goldfish diseases, and is sometimes responsible for more goldfish deaths than any other disease. The parasite forms in several stages, namely: Stage 1 ? The Trophozoite. During this initial phase of the ich life cycle, the parasite exists on the skin of the goldfish. It has a spherical appearance, incorporating a cup shaped mouth. Present within the mouth are extremely fine hair-like formations named cilia; these cilia constantly move rhythmically inwards. They scrape tissue from the body of the goldfish, eventually transferring it into the actual mouth area. The parasites? presence causes the goldfish to react and create a natural barrier, surrounding it with a hard case that forms a cyst. These cysts are the most noticeable symptom of ich; giving all the indication that the fish has been sprinkled with salt. The growth of the trophozoite depends on the temperature of the tank water; it can grow to between 0.1mm and 1.0mm wide. After a period of approximately one week, it then drops off the goldfish; then, swimming in a downward spiral to the base of the tank, it then adheres to a plant or ornament. Stage 2 ? The Tomont. In this settled position on plant or ornament, the trophozoite then absorbs its own mouth; and creates a gel like protection around itself, at this stage it becomes known as a tomont (e.g. an encyst). This tomont then starts to replicate within the gel casing; the initial cells produced create an internal layer on the inner gel casing, the remainder of these later develop into parasites. The number of cells produced in the tomont varies between 600 and 1000, but the most common number produced, is normally the lower figure. It will take between 8 hours and several weeks to reach this stage of the ich life cycle, the exact time scale is determined by the water temperature within the tank. With this stage completed, the tomont then bursts, and releases its individual cells. These are now called theronts, and upon release, they immediately set off to look for goldfish to burrow into. Stage 3 ? The Theront. These theronts are microscopic in size, and oval in shape; they are extremely good swimmers, they move around the tank until they find an unsuspecting goldfish to latch on to, and eventually burrow into the skin of the fish. Each theront then appears as a tiny white spot on the fish. They swim with cilia, and are believed to burrow into the skin of the goldfish using not only this cilia, but a combination of mechanical and chemical attacks using a pointed structure which emits a capsule of chemicals, and is found at the front of the parasite. It is only after they burrow into the skin that their mouths are formed. The life span of these theronts is a maximum of approximately 4 days if they are unable to detect a goldfish to feed on, in the majority of cases they will perish after approximately 2 days. What is the approximate time scale for this process? The process is highly dependent on water temperature. The warmer the water, the sooner the ich life cycle is completed. The cycle would take approximately 4 weeks to complete at a temperature of about 20 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit); raising this temperature to 26 Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) would reduce the cycle completion time to about 1 week. As the preferred water temperature for goldfish is at the lower end of the scale 16 ? 20 degrees Celsius (60 ? 70 degrees Fahrenheit), the ich life cycle will take much longer in a goldfish aquarium or pond. Click here to view the article
  13. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 QT * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 QT * Nitrate level (Tank) 0 QT * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 * Nitrate level (Tap)0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? quietflow 30 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, neutral regulator * Water temperature? 78 * How often do you change the water and how much? new water, qt procedure * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gals, new qt * How many fish in the tank and their size? 0 * What do you feed your fish and how often? twice a day * Any new fish added to the tank? this one * Any medications added to the tank? prazipro and salt * 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? bloody streaks, ich like markings. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? not eating, people shy * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. PraziPro and salt 1% Hi everyone, I've been away for what seems way to long Been busy at home, work and with new projects (aka discus fish lol).... Anyways I'm writing today on D&D because my husband tried to cheer me up the other and got me a surprise fish... I almost had a heart attack when I came in after work yesterday and saw a beautiful huge oranda in my main tank... NO QT whatsoever, he just wanted to surprise me (he never listens to me when I'm going on about my fish nor the importance of QT). She'd been in my tank for 8 hours with the others and upon close examination she had some small white spots which he swears were not on her when he bought her, so assuming he's correct they appeared after being introduced in my healthy main tank. Spots on her wen may be wen growth? And the ones on her tail might be that her tail got sucked on the filter (Goldy used to get them all the time) - but I'm very nervous and anxious... She also has bloody streaks on her fins (maybe high ammonia from shipping? petshop told my hubby she'd just gotten in form US night before) and is a bit shy. I immediately set up my hospital tank and added salt to 1% and PraziPro because she looked to be yawning a lot... I tried feeding her last night and she wouldn't eat, tried all day today and nothing... Tried NLS pellets, Repashi soilent green, progold, krill, bloodworms, flakes EVERYTHING I had and to no avail, she just doesn't feel like eating apparently. I noticed she has a big wen and has a growth on her nostrils that resembles that of the pom-pons to some extent, it tends to get into her mouth and she constantly chews on it. Should I/ Can I trim it? I was thinking of adding salt to 3% and continue monitoring her and see if more ich like lesions develop. Also I'm scared that something might be in my main tank now... I did 2 back to back 80% wc after taking the big girl out but I'm freaked my babies might've caught something. Should I do anything to my main tank? Any suggestions? I really appreciate all of your help, I'm kind of desperate here... Here are some pics and a video of my huge sick baby...
  14. Hello everyone! So I just tried out a new LFS and brought home two new red cap orandas. But when I took a close look at them on the way home, I noticed a white spot on both their fins. But after bringing them home and seeing them under the light, they have quite a few white spots. Is this ich? Of it is, how can I treat it with aquarium salt? Will the salt affect my other fish that don't have ich? And I don't have any test kits, but am planning to get some soon! Thank you! Picture: http://i1342.photobucket.com/albums/o766/seannn_/20C91604-A226-44FB-9F5A-F03526340438-4547-000001EF7D152F5F.jpg
  15. two my goldfish started look like they got ich, i have been treating for a week or so. And now only one is sick, but i was looking online for some symptoms an velvet disease came to my eyes. the fish is acting strange i will say, sometimes acts normal and then Goldfish star swimming like crazy bumping in to the walls of the tank. If any body see this, and can help me
  16. I just got back from vacation and found ALMOST ALL OF MY FISH in my main tank DEAD. My neighbor who was given very simple instructions for my fish has almost killed them all. Lesions, ick..fungus? Hemorrhaging? I made a video for you to see. I left very detailed simple instructions. The one fish who was in QT she moved into the big tank, perhaps out of laziness? Regardless, that fish showed no signs of illness for two weeks before my leaving. The instructions were simple - feed once a day, change the 50% of the water once a week, and follow qt procedures for the ryukin. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - 0 * Nitrite Level - 0 * Nitrate level - 0? * 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? api drops * Water temperature? 78 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons for at least a month, fully cycled * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 75 gallon hob + 2 large sponge filters * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly 75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? unknown * How many fish in the tank and their size? normally 3 fish but she added the one in qt so 4 fish, one 7 inch oranda, one 4.5 inch oranda, one 3 inch oranda. The fish added was a 4 inch ryukin. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime (I hope) * What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS once a day I hope * Any new fish added to the tank? just the one from qt that wasn't supposed to be there * Any medications added to the tank? i dont think so * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. just each fish going through prazi and salt qt * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Bloody streaks, dropsy on the yellow oranda, head standing on the red oranda, a bit of floating on the brown ryukin, and the blue oranda is doing the best. Looks like ich plus other nightmares. Cloudy eyes. I don't even know where to start. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? All of the above. I tried to describe it best in the video and I wrote some here. Please help me. I have been crying, it was hard not to during the video. I am so beside myself. There was also cat poop on the floor, urine, no food or water. Cat wasn't wearing her collar. I am absolutely beside myself. <embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid7.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy282%2Fgreentea191%2FFishy%2520guys%2520%2520gal%2FMVI_4231.mp4">
  17. treatinch Ich

    After searching the forum here and looking at the posted photos, I'm positive I have ich going on in my 100 gallon tank. I understand to treat prazi and salt. I don't have any prazi and even if I ordered it today it won't arrive for several days...so my immediate option is salting the tank. I have Mediterranean Sea Salt which IIRC will work Question is how much do I add to the tank to raise it to the recommended level and how long do I keep them in the salt water. Oh I did do a BIG water swap...about 80%. The kiddos do seem perkier right now, except for the one who is worst, which is Hershey my chocolate Ryunkin and he has it the worse. Any other suggestions? FishyMom
  18. HELP!

    Okay, my oto Skitters has this nasty white spot in his head! I do not know the diffrence between a white sore and a ich! No other spots are on his body just this one. There was a particularly terratorial betta that was in the 10 gallon with him and its possible its a sore from a bite. D: I'm freaking out cause i don't know if i need to treat for ich or not and im worried Skat (his female oto mate) will lose her compainion. Sorry if my picture is bad but the white place on the green yellowish body is all that i'm seeing. All other fish are okay for now, what do i do? D:
  19. Ich and Goldfish

    Knock on wood ..... I do not have ich on my goldfish and I HOPE I do not have to deal with ich and cold temps. But for preparations , how does cure ich with goldies since these fish have hard tolerence of temps above 75 F ? I would love to read some experiences of dos and donts , opinions , etc. Thanks in advance !
  20. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level= between .02 and .05 ppm * Nitrite Level= 0 * Nitrate level= between 0 and 20 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)= pH 7.0, KH 0to 40, GH 180 don't know how to measure chloramines * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)= about the same Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Aquarium Pharm 5 in 1 strips * Water temperature? 78F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gal. 4 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 Whisper HOB's 30-55 gallon * How often do you change the water and how much? Lately? 25% change daily. Usually? 10% once a week. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 2 hours ago. 25% every day for the last 7 or 8 days. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 Goldies (was 4) all about 2 inches long without fins and no more than an inch wide each (1 Ryukin, 2 Orandas) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Nova Aqua and AmQuel every change. Lately added Nutrafin Cycle to the tank and changes. Suspect cycle has crashed with meds or with the constant water changes. The changes seem to keep the ammonia at bay. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega small GF pellets, sometimes flakes, and once in a while dried Hykari treats (I'm rushing, hope I'm not butchering the spellings too badly) * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes. One black moor. He didn't make it. (No quarantine. I really, really regret this. I know better.) * Any medications added to the tank? Kordon Rid-Ich Plus. Every 24 hours for the first 4 days. Every 12 hours for the last 3 days. Fish are only getting worse. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Gave the worst looking 2 fish their first 3 min salt bath today 1 tsp per gallon. Both still covered with parasites. No big changes in behaviors. Wonder if I did it wrong. Otherwise, just the Rid-Ich. Plus heat. I slowly heated the tank to between 78 and 80 degrees F. 80 made them more lethargic, so I've left it at 78 and they seem to do okay. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Absolutely grains of salt. My two Orandas are covered head to tow. The Ryukin doesn't seem to have any visible. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? One Oranda and the Ryukin are almost exclusively hanging out on the bottom of the tank. The other Oranda is kind of bobbling along at the top. All become active when I feed them. Not sure if this qualifies for the 911 section, but I may copy and repost this there. I have done two really stupid things in the last week. First, I added a fish without quarantine. Big stupid. Second, I missed one of the Ich treatments on the fourth day. Instead of a repeated dose after 24 hours, they got one after 32. That was the day where a couple of salty spots multiplied into three covered fish out of four. The black moor passed after only another 24 hours. Since then, I've been treating every twelve hours. Other than the salt baths I gave two of them today, I've been sticking to just the one med and heat. I've also been covering the tank for the last few days. I read that the meds get less effective with light. When I uncovered the tank today, I noticed that 1/2 of one of my Oranda's fins were gone, and what was left was all tattered. Also, what's left of his tail is tattered and red streaked. Perhaps the red streaks are a result of the crashed cycle, but half of his once beautiful tail fins are gone! It's turned into a horror show in there. I special ordered some medigold a few days ago. It should be here tomorrow. I figured I'd use that. Otherwise, is this Ich? I'll post a pic. Is it finrot too? Septicimia? Are they too far gone? Here's the pics
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