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  3. Thanks for hanging in there with me. These are my daughter's "pets" and aside from her bamboo plant, it's all we're allowed to have here. I've been trying different amounts of water change because I read somewhere that fish can get stressed right after a water refresh due to a big PH change. So I tested the tap water PH today and it looks to be a little under 7. The aquarium water ends up being around 7.5. So I can refresh the water twice a week. I have to find a balance that's practical. I'll try the big clean/refresh weekly on Saturdays and do just a water refresh on Wednesdays. Saturdays will probably end up being close to 50% and Wednesdays, about a third. The redness started on Big right after it injured itself in the net. Small isn't showing much redness. One thing I've noticed is that the redness is alot less in the morning - I give them the Melafix and Pimafix in the evening. By evening, the redness is a bit worse. I know for sure, the nitrates have been too high for years in their original 2.5 gal tank and they didn't seem to care until very recently and I didn't know what to do about it. Now in the 9 gal tank, the Nitrazorb has gotten that under control. So hopefully another water change per week will do something.
  4. He passed away last night. Here are some of my favorite pictures of him, including his existential crisis in quarantine.
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  6. Oh I understand. I was in your spot years and years ago. but the problem here is they have out grown they're tank hun. It would be like trying to keep a husky in a 1 bed room apartment. Not much room for the dog to run around in. With 2 fish in there they are starting to show that there isn't much room for them and nip at each other. The redness is cause the filter can't keep up with the waste they are producing. The only thing you can do is more water changes.
  7. Please copy & paste the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) Nitrite Level(Tank) Nitrate level(Tank) Ammonia Level(Tap) Nitrite Level(Tap) Nitrate level(Tap) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Water temperature? Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? How often do you change the water and how much? How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? How many fish in the tank and their size? What kind of water additives or conditioners? What do you feed your fish and how often? Any new fish added to the tank? Any medications added to the tank? List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? "If copy and paste doesn't work for you, quote this post and put your answers after each question."
  8. I’m sorry, when the dropsy is that severe it is often really difficult to manage, let alone recover from. If you do decide to put him down finish out the whole treatment though, so you can have reasonable assurance that any news fish brought into the system after their own quarantine won’t then be infected by whatever was still hanging out in the tank from the snails.
  9. Not looking good. He hasn't been getting better or worse, except today he's pretty much out of energy. He tucked himself behind the filter sponges, I thought he was dead, but I think he just wanted a spot where he didn't have to move. When I got him out of there, he was just kind of floating around and was being pushed by the filter. I went ahead and set up a QT tub for him so he can rest. Added meds and I did 1/2tsp of Epsom salt so hopefully get some fluid off of him. He will still eat, but only one piece of food at a time. Hoping he can get some rest and start looking better in a couple days, otherwise I will probably put him to sleep.
  10. A 40 gal tank just isn't in the cards. We're maxed out. The thing is that these two have been fine with each other for years and the fighting is pretty rare. With no obvious problem with the water quality, there's gotta be something we can do for the red streaks in their tails. At this point, I could give them the antibiotic until the red is completely gone since that's been the only thing that seems to help.
  11. Yeah, the bump I wouldn’t worry about so much, but treating for lice is a bit expensive and obnoxious. Generally speaking, you want the healthiest stock possible. Pity purchases and trying to nurse fish back to health can certainly be done, but it is money and stress and often still a shorter life for the animal, as each treatment and infection can run the risk of damaging their bodies long term. If you do buy this one we will help, but expect to purchase praziquantel, dimilin, and furan-2 at a MINIMUM, for the initial quarantine treatment plan.
  12. Does my ranchu have columnaris? I change some of the water every day, keep algae scrubbed off the sides and bottom, use well water (have hard H2O), don’t heat the tank, and keep house temp in 60’s; it has 1 large black moore companion. https://share.icloud.com/photos/0a1kl3JlBOb5LybAqGPBtYuEQ
  13. and Please copy & paste the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) Nitrite Level(Tank) Nitrate level(Tank) Ammonia Level(Tap) Nitrite Level(Tap) Nitrate level(Tap) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Water temperature? Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? How often do you change the water and how much? How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? How many fish in the tank and their size? What kind of water additives or conditioners? What do you feed your fish and how often? Any new fish added to the tank? Any medications added to the tank? List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? "If copy and paste doesn't work for you, quote this post and put your answers after each question."
  14. That could be parasitic or bacterial. If you did get this fish, I would QT it and do a round of Prazi and salt as a first step. Fish lice are a big problem. They can lay there eggs in your tank a keep hatching if you don't kill them really good. I don't know kinda up to you if you want to spend time and money to save it.
  15. If there is just one in there now, it should be good for a while hun
  16. Hi there, I have had goldfish for years and, for the first time ever, found one in a pet store that had lice! My immediate reaction was to buy it so that I could bring it home and treat it but I have no experience treating lice and decided it was best to leave it and research treatment before purchasing. That being said, I took a lot of photos of the fish for reference and after looking they them, I see some other issues that I am not familiar with. Namely, a bump under the right eye/nostril, and then other lumps on the right side. Not sure if these are caused by the lice or are other conditions. Doesn’t look like ick - just bumps. Fish looks and acts healthy outside of these concerns. Would really like to give him/her a good home but want to know what I am dealing with and how to treat beforehand. Any insight is appreciated!
  17. Hi there! If you can attach some pictures, health history, and fill out our diagnostic form as complete as you can, we will do our best to assist Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
  18. Hey All, My 2 year GF who is the size of a tennis ball developed a mass on her head. It is growing slowly. I am now concerned and think it might be a fungus. I am looking for a second opinion and best treatment options. Thank you in advance. Rob
  19. Hey All, My 2 year GF who is the size of a tennis ball developed a mass on her head. It is growing slowly. I am now concerned and think it might be a fungus. I am looking for a second opinion and best treatment options. Thank you in advance. Rob
  20. I understand you're maxed out on space, have you considered/do you have space for a pond of the appropriate size? (Around 40g)
  21. His eyes look fine now, the only thing is he’s clamping his fin a little. He’s also been fighting with himself a bit in the mirror. He seems stressed on his own, they used to shoal. Water is still fine. I’m a bit stuck now. I was planning to upgrade to a 240 litres this month but then one died. I’m now torn. I know he should be in a pond really but he’s been inside since the summer ended and it’s winter now. Plus he’s teeny tiny and would be eaten. Not sure what to do.
  22. Thanks guys xxx I still have a ton of others,I'm not even sure how many, but I've lost quite a few of my special ones this year which sucks
  23. Your loss reminds me of the goldfishies I've lost. I know how you feel. Sending a virtual hug your way. How many other fish-babies do you still have?
  24. I just tested my tap water and here's the results, all tested with API drops: Ammonia: .50 (wow, did not realize it was that high, luckily I always put Seachem Prime in) Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: <5ppm PH: 8 (I add some Acid Buffer to bring it down to closer to 7.4 - 7.6) I've been treating with Kanaplex and Metroplex mixed into gel food for about a week now. I've also been dosing epsom salt at the rate of 2 tsp / 10 gallons. I stopped adding salt a couple days ago at your suggestion. Gil is still moving around, though he's getting more pine cone-y by the day. I went with antibiotics in food rather than dosing the whole tank because in October I suspected his tank mate had been killed by columnaris, so I dosed the entire tank with Kanaplex (2 doses total) and Furan-2 (4 doses total). So since dosing the tank didn't seem to knock out anything but my biological filter, I thought feeding the antibiotics would be better.
  25. Aquarium Water PH 7.4 Ammonia .25 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 4ppm Tap Water PH 7.4 Ammonia 0 Nitrates 0 Nitrates 0 Have to get a KH test then. As far as the food I can try it. We had been doing 1/4 tsp flakes twice a day, defrosted brine shrimp and seaweed as vitamin additives once a week each. We skipped the brine shrimp and seaweed last week. Just an update. We have been doing a partial change every evening and adding prime every other day. Have been putting stability in every day. We also changed the media in the C3 Fluval from the Carbon/Ammonia mixed to the Ammonia only removing media. Tonight we have levels of .5 ammonia. Any helpful thoughts as more of the comet's tail's veins are turning red and we had been close to .25 for a couple days. Concerned a bit tonight. As far as the food I can try it. We had been doing 1/4 tsp flakes twice a day, defrosted brine shrimp and seaweed as vitamin additives once a week each. We skipped the brine shrimp and seaweed last week.
  26. You ph what is it out of the tap? Goldfish can deal with ph from 7.4 to 8.8 so if its in that range you will be fine. The thing to worry about is the KH. If the KH is to low it will drop down your ph and then you will have a ph crash. So I would test your tap water for PH and KH and test your tank for KH. Also lets only feed them once a day for a week and see if the ammonia will go down. They will be fine with a restricted diet for a while.
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