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  1. Hello everyone! I’m going to start my first Prazi Pro treatment ever tomorrow and just wanted to make sure, that I’ve understood the measurements according to this http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/105076-schedules-for-the-treatment-of-flukes-etc-using-praziquantel/ correctly, since I’m working with the metric system. I’m working with a 280 L tank. So,… 1 gal = 3,8 L Dosage of salt 5 gal = 19 L 19 L = 1 Tbs salt 280 L = 15 Tbs salt Dosage of prazipro 1 tsp per 20 gal 20 gal = 76 L 280 L = 4 tsp I know it may be easy for others. I just want to do everything right, because 15 Tbs salt sounds a lot to me. Thank you for your help!
  2. HEEELLLLPPP!!! I've been to the fish store (Eddies Aquarium, local mom and pop store in upstate NY) twice in the past 2 days. They tested my water and said the only thing they could see was high nitrAtes. They did the test tube tests, so we had to wait a few minutes there. I posted some pictures on their facebook and they said to try salt and Melafix, and if that didn't show any improvement, then to try the Kanamycin. I got the Kanamycin today because we lost 3 more after the salt and Melafix. Can I just dump it in or do I need to change the water to get rid of the salt and Melafix?
  3. kiro

    Question about salt

    So, I have left the new goldies alone over the weekend to destress (by "alone" I mean I've not started any quarantine procedure), but I plan to start this oncoming week. I just wanted to know, if seasalt meant for cooking is okay to use? I live in UK and haven't seen anything that's be similar to Morton's Canning and Pickling salt. The tub of our sea salt says it is 100% salt, so I assume it is safe to use, but I want to check this just in case.
  4. Hi there! As a newbie one of my greatest concerns is my precious goldfish would get sick. Reading here and there I learned that aquarium salt can be used as a form of treatment for fungus infections. What I read and also saw on Youtube was about giving fish salt dips or baths to help them restore and reinforce their bodies' natural defense. I was wondering, and here goes my question, could I add a teaspoon or two of marine salt to my 20g tank once a month as a prevention measure?I don't have any live plants so I only worry if the salt would mess with the water values or hurt the fish instead of keeping them healthy. Thank you in advance for your answers! M
  5. I'm planning to dose my main tank at .3% salt for parasite issues, and I was wondering if it would be possible to save my rooted plants. I don't have a ton of them, but I'd like to save them all the same. However, it seems that throwing them in a bucket might not work, right? Does anyone have any tips about saving rooted plants when I have to treat the main tank? I have some broad-leafed swords, dwarf sagittaria, and Italian vals.
  6. Hi all, I have had my new oranda, Victoria, in a .3% salt solution for almost 2 weeks now while administering Prazi double doses. She came from Petsmart so I have been following Koko's protocols for QT under questionable circumstances. Other than some surface dancing--I think she associates the surface with food from her flake days--she has been tolerating everything like a champ. I plan to do 4 rounds of Prazi. She is on round 3. How long should I keep her at the current salt concentration, do you think? My other fish had a secondary infection after a full blown Prazi tratment, so I am nervous about parasites in general. Duchess seems to be improving despite some lethargy and her tail issues, though. I am hoping that she is in the clear and that the main tank is healthy. So am I QTing Vickie right? Or is it overkill? I've never QTed before.
  7. Hi, I was treating my goldfish under the Koko teams guidance, and I realised that I have not treated any of my tropical fish for anything. Should I be treating them for ich and with prazi? I bought the tropical the same day I bought the goldfish, and the goldfish had ich. The tank is cycled, but it was an in fish cycle with comets bought from the same shop as above and they were untreated. I have in my 100L tropical tank: 16??? (I cant count them) neon tetras 3 bumble bee gobies 2 bn plecos 6 male sailfin molies 2 male guppies (one very young) 4 female guppies (3 pregnant, maybe 4) Does salt affect any of these fish in concentrations up to 0.3%? Does prazi affect any of these fish?
  8. I have seen several posts that mention not to add salt to the tank if there is any ammonia present. I have high ammonia in my tap water (1.00 ppm) due to chloromines. I am currently treating my new fish with Prazi and salt, but anytime I do a WC, there is going to be ammonia in my tank (detoxed with Prime, of course). My question is, if the tank is treated with Prime, is it still dangerous to have salt in the water when ammonia is present?
  9. I recently had surgery so my husband has been feeding my guys. He's been overdoing it a bit so they became constipated . My fault really, I don't bother weighing the food because I can eyeball the correct amount from having done it so often now. Husband is now weighing the food beforehand which I really should have made him do from the beginning . I know the dosage for treating a tank is 1/4 teaspoon per 37.854 liters but I did want to do a quick check on on how long it is safe to leave epsom salt in the tank for? I am assuming for about a week at most or until poop makes an appearance. We have already done the peas and fasting which has helped most of them come right but Munch and Nessie are still floaty (both tend to get constipated easily).
  10. Isa17

    Am I doing this right?

    Hello! I'm new here! Nice to meet you. I have a cycled tank, which has been this way for about 2 years (26 gallon, 1 fish) I brought home an Oranda yesterday and put him/her in a 10 gallon, I really don't want to contaminate my other fish in any way.. So I've done research on here and I need advice to make sure I'm doing this properly... Here is what I'm doing right now: -100% daily water change -Added cycled media from my main tank to the filter -0.1% salt, planning on going up to 0.2% or 0.3% (How long should I use salt for?) -Added Prazipro yesterday, and today after WC. (How many days in a row can I add prazi in? Do I give ''breaks'' to the treatment?) -Observing behavior, eating, poo...etc. Is there anything else I need to do? He is my setup right now... Thanks in advance !!!
  11. goldfishfanforever

    Salt removal

    So I have finished a week of salt with my two new fish after just over a week or so without salt so they have been in quarantine for nearly three weeks. I upped the salt every 12 hours from 0.1 - 0.2 and then finally 0.3 but now the fish have been salted for one week how do I remove the salt do I just fill the tank with no slat and just fresh water or do I take 0.1 away every 12 hours by using less salt?? any advice will be grateful thanks
  12. So it's only just over a week since I lost my lovely Mario, but my big beautiful tank has been sitting empty and I have been miserable about the whole horrible situation all week... what I could have done differently, if only I had antibiotics available straight away, if I only I hadn't gone away that weekend, etc. etc. My boyfriend finally managed to coax me out of my misery hole to go and look at some goldfish shops at the weekend. So we went to our usual places, we even did the hour drive to the place where we got Mario from, but every fish I looked at I compared to him, and so obviously none of them were good enough. But then Baz saw a bronze oranda that he liked, so we went for it. There's no time like the present I suppose. I said to myself that the next fish we get will be a pair, I almost felt bad for Mario spending all that time as a solo fishy. So I picked out the cutest calico ranchu, about the same size as the oranda. So there we have it, an oranda and a ranchu, I'm not naming them yet or posting pictures until they get through their qt (sorry for being mysterious, I just don't want to get too attached just yet). They're in an 80l quarantine tub (I think that's about 20 US gallons?), with the same filter, heater and air curtain I used for Mario's qt (all cleaned and new sponges in filter of course). It was all set up and ready to go before I went fish 'browsing', who was I kidding thinking I was going to come home empty handed?! Here's my thing though - it's uncycled (hence new filter sponges) - I initially used some mature filter sponge from the big canister filter from the main tank, but no matter how much I 'gently rinsed it' in old tank water, it was still dirty looking and throwing bits of gunk into the lovely clean qt tank. So I emptied it all out and decided to go uncycled and be a slave to the bucket for the next few weeks. So my qt plan is to salt for the first week, then start de-worming treatment next week. I got them home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, and let them into their lovely big clean qt tub after a couple of hours acclimatising. I fed them little and often yesterday, which they ate ravenously, and had a towel over the tub to let them destress. This morning I did as big a water change as possible, then salted to 0.1%. This evening I will raise it to 0.2%, then finally to 0.3% tomorrow morning. It's going to be a faff adding back salt with all the water changes, but needs must. I plan to start worming treatment next week - I've ordered two worming products, as I wasn't sure which would be best (both ordered online as anthelmintics aren't available over the counter here). So here is where I need the most advice, I initially ordered some Kusuri Wormer Plus, as that was what I saw was recommended on an article on here. Then I found an eBay shop that ships to the UK, so ordered some PraziPro as well. So now I've got the choice of using either a flubendazole or praziquantel based product, does anyone have any advice on which I should use? And whichever one I do use can I continue with the salt treatment or should I stop that? Or just lower it to 0.1%? Also, I would really like to add some carbon to the filter to help prevent ammonia creeping up between wc's (I'm doing almost 100% everyday), can I do that with salt? I'm assuming I'll have to remove it when I start anthelmintic treatment though. Both fish look active and healthy but I don't really trust the source they came from - the oranda was from a very overstocked display tank, and the guy didn't seem that knowledgable, I had to catch the oranda myself as he wasn't keen on catching it with his hands and I don't like them thrashing around in a net. Anyway, I must be a sucker for punishment, lets hope I don't have too many problems... Thoughts and advice very welcome as always
  13. After 1st round of prazi and 0.1%, noticed redness on bottom and tails. White spots on one of my fish tail. 30g tank but only filled 2/3. Not cycled. They also group together in one corner.
  14. I bought my blue oranda last Monday. I am unsure of gender I have decided to name him Quinn after much uncertainty I believe this name goes either way, gender wise. He weighs 78gm and is 3.5 inches in body length plus 2in with tail He's' been on 0.3% salt since Tues afternoon 10/26 and is currently being quarantined in a 10gal that I'm doing WCs on daily or 2x/day depending on the gunk factor of water My first question if someone will be so kind. How much prazi should I use? Its the powder. Will you also show me the calculation of how you figured the answer please. And how many rounds must I do?! And from what I remember I shouldn't change the water every day when on prazi, right? So, should I fast Quinn and dose the tank with prime during this time? Keep going with 0.3% salt or decrease it? How do I know if I need double prazi or just regular strength? Sorry for slamming you all with these questions it says 10grams/1000gal on my prazi container BTW Quinn says to all the Kokonuts
  15. Hi everyone. This is an update from my last post about Pickle, who was gasping for air at the surface of the tank (which is still cycling). Alex advised that I add salt, making a 0.1% solution. I have been doing this for about a week now, and it seemed to help a lot at first. Now, however, it seems like the salt isn't helping as much and Pickle is still gasping. Buttons and Speckle are a little jumpy at times, yawn a lot, and sometimes clamp their fins - though not extremely tightly. I really want this cycle to just establish itself already Does anyone have any advice on how I can make it easier for them? I get the feeling it has to be cycled soon...please help! Here's my params: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 2.0ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): Between 0ppm and 5ppm * Ph Level, (Tank): 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * Water temperature? 74F * How often do you change the water and how much? Daily, 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 80% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30gallons, 2 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, less than 3 inches each * What do you feed your fish and how often? Saki-Hikari pellets (daily), repashy soilent green (2x a week), green peas (daily/every other day), hikari frozen bloodworms (2x a week), hikari freeze dried brine shrimp (2x a week); usually feed very small meals 3-4x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) SBD; Speckle had septicemia * 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.? Gasping at surface, slight clamping, occasional jumpiness, yawning * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Speckle: maracyn 2, for septicemia, 1wk treatment; salt is the only other thing I've used, x1wk
  16. May I know how much aquarium salt shld I put when doing a wc? My weekly twice wc is 30%(est 100L).... Pls advise thkq
  17. I needed to do a salt dip today for Luca, and since I’ve seen a few requests around the forum for a how-to video, I figured I’d go ahead and make one! Here it is.
  18. I thought it might be nice to have a thread where we can all discuss our observations during salt dips for our fish. When I did salt dips for Luca to deal with his mouth issue, I noticed some things... First Dip: He did really well. He did "faint", or tip over, quite a few times. But each time he would either right himself after a few seconds, or he would respond to minimal disturbance by righting himself. He was able to be left in the salt bath for a full 5 minutes with no problem. When returned to normal water, he seemed maybe slightly dazed and swam slowly or stayed in one place (not bottom-sitting) for a really short amount of time; 1 or 2 minutes tops. Then he resumed his normal activity level. There's a full video of his salt dip experience here: [i wanted this to show up as a clickable link, but it keeps embedding it! Sorry.] Second Dip: The next day, I did another salt dip at the exact same concentration. This time he tolerated it a little worse. He was still able to stay in the salt bath for the full 5 minutes, but he "fainted" more, and it took him much longer to right himself each time. When returned to normal water, he seemed slightly dazed and swam slowly or stayed in one place (not bottom-sitting) for less than 5 minutes. Then he resumed his normal activity level. Third Dip: Third and final salt dip at the same concentration. This time he tolerated it much worse. He "fainted" sooner, more often, and had a really hard time righting himself, even when disturbed. Eventually he started to seem more unresponsive after each "faint", and he also began looking like his mouth was stuck open (that was scary). So I took him out after only 3 minutes had passed. When returned to normal water, he seemed dazed and swam slowly or stayed in one place (not bottom-sitting) for about 5-7 minutes. Then he resumed his normal activity level. I wonder why Luca's tolerance to the salt dip diminished each day? I guess it was a stressful experience, and so with each new dip, he had a little less energy and ability to deal with it? I just thought it was a little strange because from reading other recent D&D threads, Luca's reaction seems slightly abnormal. I just wanted to hear from others who have done salt dips to see if their observations are similar or different. I assume that every fish is different and so there will probably be varied observations. But it would be nice to establish some sort of baseline for what is normal during and after a salt dip, especially for repeated dips.
  19. Hello! for stopping by here! i need some instructions This evening i am going to purchase a QT tank, filter, hood etc. Tomorrow i will be getting 3 new fishies! I'm so excited! So i have a few questions : 1) How should i set up my QT tank? I'm planning on taking filter media and gravel from one of my tanks to put in the QT tank to do an instant cycle. 2)How do i do the whole salt treatment thing? I am going to get some Morton canning salt. 3)What is flukes? 4)I'm going to be QTing 3 GF at once (very small babies, most likely less than 2 inches. They will be in the QT tank which is 10 gallons (long) for 2-4 weeks. THNAK YOU FOR HELPING !!!
  20. Hey there! So for QT, I know you can only use table salt if it doesn't contain any anti-caking agents. I have some salt in my cabinet that contains an anti-caking agent called calcium silicate. I WILL NOT ADD THIS FOR QT but I was wondering what it would do to the GF if it was put in (0.1%) Thanks to all P.s. (edit) - I was wondering because the aquarium salt at my local Petsmart is $8 for a 65 oz. carton
  21. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level * Nitrite Level * Nitrate level * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? aquamaster drops * Water temperature? 20 degrees celcius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?15 gal, 4 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?marine master crystal clear aquarium filter 380. 100 litres per hour. * How often do you ch approx.ange the water and how much?usually once a week, about 30% * 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? 2, 1 1/2 - 2 inch each. 1 x common, 1 x fantail * What kind of water additives or conditioners? aquarium salt, 1 tsp per 10 litres approx. during water changes, dechlorinator, stresszyme * What do you feed your fish and how often?daily, nutrafin max small sinking pellets * Any new fish added to the tank? fantail 2 months ago * Any medications added to the tank? * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. melafix/pimafix 5 days, aquarium salt ongoing * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?white patches on commons sides, 1 on one side, 3 smaller on the other & 1 on bottom of tail fin, all but tail fin have gone now * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?common is bottom sitting, darting to waters surface, not eating, seems unbalanced. fantail seems a little unbalanced also. I apologise for the missing water parameters, i am waiting on a test kit. which will hopefully arrive in 2 days. i am also aware i will soon need a bigger tank for my babies & am looking at a 3 or 4 foot one for my birthday! apologies also for the very long post, i thought as much detail as possible would be helpful. I originally got my common as a "starter" fish for my new tank. this was recommended to me by an actual aquarium, not some ill-informed pet shop or the like. i know this is frowned upon here but i did not know any better, i was not aware of such a thing as fishless cycling at the time & would have used this method had i been aware of it rather than stress the fish. i was assured the "comet" (i have now learned he is a common, not a comet) is a hardy fish & will do ok in a cycling tank. indeed jaffa survived well & was joined by a fantail, nancy, a couple of months ago. gary the apple snail followed soon after. before she arrived i noticed jaffa displaying strange behaviour which i now know is called "flashing". he would go to one particular corner of the tank & do loop the loops at the wbottom, hitting the fine gravel i use in the tank about 3 or 4 times. i thought he was going mad from being lonely & didn't think it was a problem. he did it rarely, maybe once every week or two. a couple of weeks ago i noticed jaffa developed a small white patch on his side, like cotton wool. a couple of smaller ones appeared on the other side & one on the bottom fin of his tail. his behaviour had not changed & he was perky & eating well as always. thinking this was fungus i tried melafix & pimafix to no avail. (had to remove gary as he reacted alarmingly whenever i dosed the tank!) i removed jaffa to a smaller isolation tank (15litres) i put in some plastic plants from his home & some gravel & rocks, hoping to bring in some good bacteria to the new tank & new filter while i tried to treat his problem. i tried fungus cure first for 2 days(acriflavine/malachite green) then switched to multi cure (methylene blue/acriflavine/malachite green) for another 3 days, careful not to overdose i changed 50% water in between. he was still eating fine at this stage. about now i found kokos goldfish forum & started reading up about the benefits of salt as a cure. jaffa seemed miserable in his green water (homesick??) so i put him in a bowl of dechlorinated water while i changed his tank water 100%. did not change the filter media & left plants gravel etc in. very slight change to the white patches on him at this stage. i added the first amount of dissolved salt (3 1/2 tsp for 3.6 gal) & returned jaffa to the tank. he handled it well & was swimming normally, altho had little interest in food at this point he was still perky. next day & all but the white spot on his tail had gone!! i was so happy!! he even ate one pellet of food. i added the second dose of salt to an aerated section of the tank away from the fish & this is where he went a bit funny. within minutes he started swimming at the top of the water only with his head sticking out. i've never seen him do this before. he continued to do this for about half an hour & i panicked, i siphoned half of the water out of the tank & replaced with fresh dechlorinated, bringing the salt level back down to where he was happy earlier. he was still acting strangely, swimming at the top & swimming into the corner like he had no sense of direction. i noticed at this stage i had mismatched the water temp by about 3 degees celcius & he was suddenly in warmer water. i removed him to a clean bucket of water of the correct temp & used an ice pack in a plastic bag to bring his tank down 3 degrees before putting him back in. i felt absolutely awful, knowing i had caused him so much stress in such a short time!! i covered the tank to make it dark hoping it would settle him. i checked an hour later & he was still wobbling around the top of the tank. another hour again & he seemed to be resting on the bottom of the tank. when he tried to swim he seemed disoriented still, bumping into things, tilting side to side a bit as he swam. upon returning from work i saw his condition had not changed much. as there was only the small spot left on his tail left to heal i decided to return him to his home tank for comforts sake. i thought i noticed nancy swimming a little bit tilted also but i may be a bit oversensitive at the moment & she was just swimming normally for a fantail! she seemed to be lurking in one area of the tank a lot but still came out for food. i thought she was missing jaffa. when i put him back in she swam straight to him. upon return to his bigger tank jaffa kind of sat above the gravel & swam around only a little bit. he's had one manic episode of racing to the top of the water a few times almost like he wanted to leap out & swimming into the corner. he's definitely not acting normally & is very subdued right now. basically i'm not sure if i have stressed him out with the salt or done something else wrong to harm him?? could this be flukes even? i am aware that the uncycled hospital tank may have not been ideal but i tried my best to make it as beneficial & clean as possible for him while he was treated. i am hoping he will return to normal in a day or two but am worried that i may have missed something & he wont get better, even after the white patches have now gone.
  22. why do aquariums so highly recommend the use of the blue conditioning salts? i know they contain beneficial minerals etc. but isn't the "salt" part the same as the chunky white aquarium salt crystals & therefore not really necessary in everyday water? i know minerals are important & can't figure out how to add them to the water another way... also, when salting a tank that is already using the blue salts, do you have to take into consideration the amount of blue salts in the water when calculating how much to add to bring the tank to .1%, .2% etc. for medicinal treatment of the fish? thanks!
  23. My tank just began its 4th week of cycling at 70 F/21 C. I'm also treating my goldfish for flukes, with fenbendazole and 0.1% salt. Would it be prudent to keep replacing the salt after the treatment, to help protect the fish from the eventual nitrites? I read that salt keeps nitrites from entering their bloodstreams. I'll still be doing frequent large water changes, of course. I just wondered if keeping the tank salted would give my fish an extra protective measure when the nitrites appear.
  24. Hi all. After a spate of activity before the Thanksgiving weekend, I have not blogged for a while. I added 2 more White Cloud Mountain minnows and the school is much more cohesive. I still think more would be better, but I'm stopping for now. I think they are happy because there seems to be breeding behavior between the 4 females and 2 males...(the 7th fish has not revealed its gender to me!) We added another goldfish - Hercule Poirot, a little black and orange fantail. Yes, he has a mustache! He is super active, and makes a nice contrast to Jelly Bean and Emma the lionheads who are smaller and slower. So the fish group is complete. Everyone seems healthy and happy and I was considering adding them to the big tank right away, but decided to continue with the original plan of keeping them in qt for 3-4 weeks. Today I finally began their qt treatment - over the next couple of days I'll increase the temp to 78 degrees and add salt. Then if no problems over the next 10 days, I'll do 3 rounds of Prazi. Then clean water and temp matching to the big tank and I'll move the fish over one by one. Tonight I vacuumed and did a 30% wc. I added the first batch of salt and upped the temp 2 degrees. The fish have all become super active since I did the wc - everyone is swimming back and forth really quickly. I don't have any pictures and I know I risk the koko's stick. Please don't hurt me! I will try to take some by the weekend.
  25. Hi everyone. I recently bought some Parviflorus Tropica swords for my betta's 3 gallon jungle. They sent some extra plants so I put some in my goldfish 20 gallon. I planted both of them about 1 week ago. The ones in the betta tank immediately began developing brown spots and now the leaves are turning yellow. The ones in the goldie tank are doing just fine. Can anyone help me figure out what's wrong with the swords in the jungle? The setups: 3 gallon Betta tank, 78-80 degrees, pH 6.4, salted at .1% to treat a mold on his fins. I use exel flourish daily and some kind of Iron/Magnesium liquid fertilizer once a week. Substrate is gravel. Light is a 15watt strip that came with the tank and gets a lot of bright light from a window. 20 gallon goldie tank, 68 degrees, pH 7.6, no salt, exel flourish daily and Iron/Magnesium once a week. In both tanks the plants roots are wrapped in the blue/white filter floss and "planted" in plastic pots. The rhizome is about 1/2 visible above the surface of the pot. This has worked well with the anubius and amazon ferns in my barebottom goldie tank. The light is a 17watt Flora Sun that I recently put in. Lights are on about 6 hours a day, and the tank gets a fair amount of natural light. Is it the salt? Any help would be appreciated. The betta loves his jungle, but the jungle does not seem to love the tank. Thanks so much!! mj
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