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  2. Thank you for your advice, i'm not sure how to do bigger water changes without using dechlorinator? I will do a massive water change tomorrow, I gave him the last dose of esha 2000 today so it should be ok to remove it from the water tomorrow morning I think. Is it safe to change the water parameters so drastically though? I'm trying to feed him minimally but he keeps eating the plant that's in his tank, I would take it out but he needs something to hide behind. I'm not sure what to do about it. I don't think he's getting any better, there is still white stuff coming out of the lump on his side. Someone suggested I should treat him with internal parasite medication. I have esha gdex to hand but i'm not sure if I should use it or not. Would it hurt? I think perhaps it could be parasites because his bottom looks red and sore, and his poop is sometimes white and stringy.
  3. They look cute together. I’m waiting on a friend too. Should be here in a couple weeks. I’m still working on the set up. I like the plants. Maybe I can upgrade later on. I’ve had plants in the past, but my water is really hard so I would cut it with RO at 50%. I don’t feel like doing all that right now. Just trying to get everyone settled in. I’m going to shoot my video. It’s dark now and my image keeps showing up in the black background. I’ll try later in the daytime and post. Ttyl Donetta
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  6. The fish looks better. I agree that this was initially a bacterial issue. I do not believe that this is dropsy even with the raised scales which also look better. I would do much larger water changes such as 80% or two 50% water changes, vacuum your gravel. I would use prime as your conditioner. I would only feed repashy super gold , no hikari or waffers, no dry food at all. If you have completed the medication cycle I would continue with the salt until the scales have gone done. Feed sparingly for a while and slowly increased back to normal feeding but once again I only recommend the gel food and peas.
  7. He is a lot more active today and I think the swelling has gone down slightly. For now I will continue using eSHa 2000 (for 3 more days) and 3ppt aquarium salt. I don't know if what i'm doing is right. I did a 30% water change today, I want to do a larger one but I have to let the water sit overnight because eSHa says not to use water conditioner with it. How fast can I remove the chorine/ chloramine if I use an aerator? It might also dilute the medicine but will be ok if I replace the medicine I take out? I noticed a slug like glob in the filter media when rinsing it. No idea what that was but I took a picture incase anyone knows. Parameters today before the water change were PH 6.6 - 7, Nitrite 0, Ammonia 0, Nitrate 0, not sure why Nitrates are 0 though. Could it be that he is not releasing ammonia properly? Could the plant or the filter be taking care of the Nitrates? Really not sure about that one, the test drops are in date.
  8. I have bagged several fish with just air (not oxygen) and the package went through the mail overnight just fine and none of the fish suffered at all. They'll be fine for 4 hours in the bag so long as they're bagged properly. Removing them and putting them in a bucket etc isn't necessary. That pH difference also wouldn't be enough to make much of a difference so I wouldn't bother with that method either. As for the black - some of them hold it, some don't. It's always a gamble with black.
  9. I think this weekend I'm going to go and check out the thai ranchu in Arlington. I have a battery operated bubbler, bucket with a lid, and prime to take with me if that would help with the drive and keeping the water stable- its about 3.5-4 hours away. When I called today, they recently got in some baby black thai ranchu - supposedly they keep their black color?, and they have some other thai ranchu that are just coloring up. If I like what I see, I guess the next decision would be whether to get one or multiple. I'm still leaning towards just one... (Two or three? I don't think that a 40 breeder could handle more than 3. I've read that odd numbers reduce bullying / spawning stress but I don't know if this is true). As a side note, the shops' water is much softer than mine with a pH of 7.2 (mine is 7.4 to 7.6) - if I bring a whole bucket of their water home instead of just whats in the typical bag, how long should I take to acclimate? I was planning on using a solo cup and taking 1 cup of their water out and adding 1 cup of what matches the tank water every hour for a few hours - I want to acclimate the new parameters as slowly as possible but keeping a fish (or two?) in such a small volume of water for hours worries me too. IF I get fish that is
  10. Thank you for your reply! I am in the UK, I actually just ordered some Kanaplex from the US, it's going to take a while to get here though but i'm holding out hope it will be here in time.
  11. and I would have to say that this fish is showing signs of a bacterial infection. The red anal fin and belly fins on the first photo was the first hint. Then the redness in the scales sticking out. Anytime you see red lines coming out from the body like that with a swelling and then that white pus coming out in a big indication of this problem. I do believe you will need "Kanaplex" but I will get @Arctic Mama 's attention she is Awesome with these kinds of illnesses. Give her some time though. She has 7 kids. Hold on tight. Oh and by the way what country are you in. This will help out in what we can suggest for you.
  12. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm Nitrate level(Tank) 0ppm Ammonia Level(Tap) Nitrite Level(Tap) Nitrate level(Tap) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) PH 6.6 - 7 (it's hard to tell), KH 1 Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master freshwater test kit, Drops Water temperature? 22°C Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 100L, 3 years What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tidal 120 How often do you change the water and how much? 50% per week How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 30% 3 days ago How many fish in the tank and their size? Single fish, 14cm. 20cm including tailfin What kind of water additives or conditioners? Usually use API Tapsafe & Stress Zyme What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Fancy Goldfish & Hikari Algae Wafers, threw away when he got sick. Peas only for 3 days, Repashy Supergold yesterday. + Plants. Any new fish added to the tank? No Any medications added to the tank? Yes - eSHa 2000, 3ppt 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. Oct 21st: 5tbsp salt to 100L, 30% water change Oct 22nd: 3ppt salt (300g per 100L), fed peas only, 30% water change Oct 23rd: eSHa 2000 24 drops, salt 3ppt, fed peas only Oct 24th: eSHa 2000 12 drops, salt 3ppt, fed peas only Oct 25th: eSHa 2000 14 drops (2 extra accidentally), salt 3ppt, fed Repashy supergold Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Left side swollen bulge, scales stick out. "Puss" or something white coming out. Right side scales slighty sticking out Hemorrhages at the base of his scales, fins and mouth. Poops thin and translucent in some areas, but normal sometimes. Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Staying at the bottom since yesterday, still excited when eating.
  13. Groundwork is done. Ready to get inside and start the fun jobs.
  14. I'm with you 100%. I got Ziggy, my newest fish... for less than $60 shipped but this can be tough. I don't want to toss any more than that at a fish either. In the past - it has NEVER been worth it. I have 2 of the $4 PetSmart weaklings too. My other indoor goldfish Shion, he came from a pet shop over an hour away and was like $20. The days of tossing hundreds at goldfish are long over for me too.
  15. You will need to upload to YouTube and paste the link here. I'm at work now lol. Ziggy LOVES Shion and follows him everywhere. Shion has always been a hyper ADHD fish and still is.
  16. Good to hear from on you. Dang you working hard! It’s always exciting getting new fish. Hopefully it all works out for you. I look forward to seeing the video. Glad you remember me. You sure helped me out a bunch. I just got a new fish. I’ve had him almost four weeks. He seems to be doing great. This is really the first goldfish that seems to be working out. Hope it stays like that. He is just a joy. I haven’t named him yet, been kind of waiting to see how he does I guess. I’ll start thinking of names. I want to attach a video, but they say it’s the wrong extension. I have an IPhone. How do you work that out? keep us updated 😀 Donetta
  17. Alright, I'm getting a clear picture now. Thanks a lot..and yes I do have access to Prime Water Conditioner.
  18. I am thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this year (that is attempt to write a novel in November while other people are attempting the same) I am thinking of one of my characters to be based sort of on my Loki But somehow more interesting to write. As the real Loki has a goldfish life.
  19. Not particularly opposed - I just prefer to see them myself, watch them swim and interact in the tank, etc. I also am willing to drive several hours to see fish in person. Mostly, I want to avoid spending a fortune on a fish. I know that sounds bad, but I'm looking for something no more than $60 - including shipping - I just don't want to risk spending $100+ to get a fish delivered and then have it die. I want to be able to pick out the exact fish I want and ask about the sellers water parameters, medications, food, history as far as imported stock vs raised stock so that I know what kind of breeder I'm dealing with. I'm leaning more and more towards ranchu the more videos I watch of them. I did the same thing with my reptiles, once I found a reputable breeder I waited until they were going to be at a reptile show to meet them in person and discuss their husbandry and such. Breeders that I talked to when I was looking for my ball python that wouldn't respond to questions about housing and feeding or were unwilling to have me pick up in person were taken off my list.
  20. Is buying filters used okay to do? Tips on cleaning and what not please!!
  21. Do air pumps need to stay on 24/7?
  22. For now. IMO I like to have 2 filters on the tank. This way when you need to clean it or it breaks down you have another filter on the tank. Sponge filters are good but I think the HOB's work better.
  23. When I lived in CA I had 80 gallon tank, 45 gallon tank, 30 gallon tank all inside. I was lucky that I lived on the ground floor and it was a cement floor. I don't think I could do that to this house.
  24. When I take either Loki or Summers out of their habitat to do a deep cleaning, they get so upset, and thrash around in the net as if they are a fish out of water. They are probably glad I don’t do that too often!
  25. It depends on the size of your fish and your maintenance and feed schedule and amounts... along with your water change schedule, substrate depth and other factors. You can have 5 canisters on the tank but if you overfeed and don't change water - it still won't be enough. You'll have to feel out the system. That sounds like enough filtration but again every system is different.
  26. Is one sun sun 300 (783 gph) and 4 sponge filters enough for a 75 gallon tank with 3-4 fancies?
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