Test Results for the Following:
* Ammonia Level(Tank) : 0ppm
* Nitrite Level(Tank) : 0ppm
* Nitrate level(Tank) : 10ppm at highest between WC
* Ammonia Level(Tap) : 0ppm (supply NOT chloraminated)
* Nitrite Level(Tap) : 0ppm
* Nitrate level(Tap)Very low barely 2ppm. (reads as zero on home tests and official report from Water board has it below 2ppm) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 /kh- 7/gH 8 No chloramines in supply. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 / kh-1-2/ gh- 2
Supply water very soft. All goldfish water is buffered and remineralised with Aquadur by JBL. Has been for years.
Other Required Info:
* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
API, Salifert, Hagen/Nutrafin
* Water temperature? 19/20 degrees C (66/68 F) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 180L - running for years. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? x2 eheim largest aquaball internal filters. * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly 80%
Filter media squeezed at every WC in old tank water- and water tested every week before and after WC. I keep a log book!
* How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
Thursdays are water change day and 80% changed.
* How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 Comet, 7 inches approx. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime Aquadur for adding minerals/buffer * What do you feed your fish and how often? Various commerical dried foods, fresh veg, and frozen (gamma irradiated stuff) * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? See below - none currently in tank. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Over the last load of months the following: Metronidazole Salt 0.1% Flubendazole Prazi esha2000 * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nope, looks wonderfully healthy. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? See below.
Folks I am looking for thoughts on my eldest fish- he's into double figures now.
He basically has an air gulp problem and it is driving me to despair and I am just drawing a blank as to what I can actually do about it now. He did actually do this years and years ago - but I have no idea why it stopped and why it has started again in more recent months.
A typical scenario would be thus- enter the room and he is fine. 9am Feed him a tiny amount of (sinking) food and he'll busy himself down at the bottom finding it etc... This will then be followed by surface gulping for hours and hours. This will leave him overly buoyant and although he will never flip over or become completely incapacitated he will struggle to reach the bottom and needs to just stay at the surface. I've experimented with loads and loads of foods over the months. There are definitely some that he will be worse with (not great with Tetra Gold Japan or *any* flake food- and more of it results in more intense gulping) but it does still happen to a lesser degree with frozen bloodworm, fresh veg. (cucumber, peas...). Or even if he has been fasted he will sometimes still do it. His stools are normal and he passes a large amount of air out of his vent- what goes in must come out!
With the cooler water oxygen saturation should not be a problem..... there is loads of surface agitation (and a good surface area) to dissuade him from wanting to spend lots of time at the surface- makes no difference. Having a gentle flow, no venturi- makes no difference.
All the treatments listed earlier - made no difference at all. Even briefly or temporarily .The tank has a tiny smattering of gravel but is essentially bare bottom with a few flat river rocks. There = generous amount of floating live plants : hornwort and elodea (that went through various chemical treatments- nothing new).
I tried lowering the water level temporarily to see if that would help- made no difference.
So any practical thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated - however esoteric- because I have reached a cul-de-sac in my mind as to what the issue is. He looks in great health- there are no signs of anything physiological amiss at all. No fin clamping or redness. And behaviourally he never flicks or does anything unusual except for this air gulping.