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I will post water test results shortly, but here's the situation...Way back in April, I had one fish (Kukurri) who pineconed on one side. I treated him with Metro and triple sulfa and epsom and he made a complete recovery! He is active and happy still today. Thank you for your help saving him! I had also asked about a mysterious wound on my big fish, Diamond. We decided to try salt baths and a koi liquid bandage and keep an eye on it. I have done all these things and the wound didn't go away but seemed to settle down. It wasn't producing the white pimples anymore but still appeared as a reddish shadow under the skin. Diamond has been happy and active, so I've just been watching, but it has been still nagging at me. Last night, I fed the fish a little bit of food before going to bed and they all ate happily and enthusiastically. This morning, I found Diamond laying on the bottom with her body bent. She chaotically swims through the water every now and then before settling back to the bottom. She tries to beg for food but can't completely right herself. I know this isn't a good sign but since she still has plenty of fight in her, I figured I'd at least try medicating her. I have her in QT with Metro. I'm wondering if I should add salt or epsom and since I have to go buy a second antibiotic, what would be my best choice? Has anyone had a fish recover from the bent shape? What causes it? Amazing how it happens over only a few hours time. I'm really crushed as I tend to get stupidly attached to my fish. It has made me consider giving them up before. Thanks for any help you can offer.
Hello, Citizens of Koko's! One of our goldfish has a problem and needs your help. Chippie, our 4 1/2 year-old lionhead, has come down with several fuzzy white specks on her otherwise magnificent wen. That cottony-looking overgrowth of bacterial infection called "fungus" (I've lurked on this forum long enough to know! ). Unfortunately, this infection may have been developing unseen for several weeks, because the normal whitish cast of new wen growth in these mega-lumpified areas probably would have obscured "fungus" that was just starting out. WHAT I'VE DONE SO FAR: During the last water change (4 days ago), I put Chippie in a mild salt dip of 2 tablespoons per gallon for approximately 8 minutes, during which she calmly swam around the bucket (that's why I kept her in so long). Then the fuzz went away, but it reappeared as bad as before within 24 hours. So during today's water change, I found my trusty ol' goldfish book, and did a stronger salt dip following David Boruchowitz's recommended 2 tablespoons per quart. However, this higher salinity clearly upset Chippie, who thrashed slightly before just drifting at the surface with the top of her back exposed, motionless besides heavy breathing. Of course, I removed her within the minute. I returned her to the bucket only after diluting the solution by two quarts, then watched her extra-closely. She hated it the same as before, and when some veins in her tail became red, I returned her to the tank instead of diluting it further (as it seemed like she'd been through plenty of stress for one day). So, she had at most the equivalent of a 2 minute salt dip altogether this morning. I'm pretty sure I'm doing the dips correctly: Morton Canning & Pickling Salt (100% salt, no additives) dissolved in tank water heated by well-rinsed pots, then cooled to room temperature before being added to room-temperature tank water (45 gallon always kept at room-temperature too) in the "goldfish-only" bucket. Also, for what it may be worth, after all three salt dips, upon being returned to the tank Chippie immediately zoomed to the corner and spent a good 20-30 seconds vigorously rubbing her head in the powerful incoming stream from the refilling hose. So apparently the salt stings: maybe that means it's working? And doesn't this problem requires longer-term, lower-level salinity to clear up? I'm not sure what's the optimum salinity for this problem or how long I should maintain it, at the 45 gallon tank level. (Of course I would prefer to avoid subjecting the other two goldfish to salt they don't need by putting Chippie in a "hospital" tub, but there's no remotely safe place for it.) Also I am uncertain how to interpret salinity-related instructions given the concentration of Morton Canning & Pickling salt : a tablespoon of it is MUCH more salt than a tablespoon of rock salt, for example. Maybe 2 tablespoons per quart of this particular salt was way too much? Thanks for your help! And for slogging through my many paragraphs! NOTE: This is the first time I have used a smartphone (which I'm only borrowing) to post ANYTHING online, and I am TERRIBLE at it, so please refer to my last post (about red splotches on Blunderbuss) for information regarding the tank and its inhabitants. I will post basic water parameters shortly, but the ability to copy and paste the standard form is hopelessly beyond me. (Please forgive me, this post has taken me about two hours already; no wonder I just have a flip-phone.)
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 30ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.8 * 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 * Water temperature? 73F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 / 3 YEARS * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 30G AquaClear Sponge/ZeoCarb/BioMax * How often do you change the water and how much? 3 times/mo 1/4th WC * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, half (emergency) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 adult telescope eye goldfish * What kind of water additives or conditioners? algaefix, stresscoat, accuclear, fluval * What do you feed your fish and how often? fluval goldfish pellets every other day * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? melafix * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 2 years ago had dropsy. was fed medicated food i got from a member here. i can't remember what it was called. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? stringy white film coming off body, white fuzz on head. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting, not interested in food. i apologize for this HORRIBLE picture but it's the best one i can get in the night time. circled is some of the white fuzzy substance on his head. i went out of town for a few days and our friends were watching our apartment. when i got back i did WC, but the water got cloudy fast and there was an algae bloom. so i did another one (This was about 6 days later) and put in accuclear and algaefix to try and stop it. the water cleared up but ever since then my goldfish Edward has been acting strange. he ate his last meal about 3 days ago now. he does not want to eat. when i did the water test i noticed the high nitrate levels, this is even after doing a 50% WC just a few hours ago after noticing what i imagine is a fungal infection. i'm guessing the high waste levels may have been a cause of this. although i have not encountered this before, i do not know what to use to treat this nor do i even know exactly what it is. best i can describe it is there are some tiny white dots around the top of his head and near his eyes. a stringy white film substance was coming off of him earlier today. i attempted to hand feed him but he was not interested. he was 'breathing' fast all day today. thanks for any help and suggestions.
* 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) 7.6-7.8 kH=140ish ppm gH=17-25ppm * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2-7.4 kH=30-40ppm gH=17-25ppm Other Required Info:* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 73.0-74.5 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons 4 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? SUNSUN HW 304B (525 GPH 9 watt UV) Aquaclear 70 (300 GPH) * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week 90-100% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days ago 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6 ranges from 2"-6" with tail * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2-3 times a day repashy super/soilent, bloodworms, HL, Omega one, NLS Thera+a, pro-gold * 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. Prazied 2-3 rounds in January with .1% salt Puff has had MM before for a 14 day course. VERY sensitive to salt. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Streaking, slimy, and a little red hoe in her wen * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting a lot (She's been doing that for a long time now, so that's normal) and just saw her flicking her dorsal and bottom fins. Eating normally and still greets me and does her feed me dance. She is a little unbalanced. Also some clamping from her and a few of my other fish occasionally.