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  1. Goldenhero -- Unfortunately, with the holidays, shipping delays, and below freezing temps, it may be a couple more weeks before I am able to get Boris (hahaha) settled into his new home.
  2. Trust me ... it took days of convincing, and some really bratty tactics to get even just a spiderling!!!
  3. It could still be months away -- my oldest goldie will be either 6 or 7 this year ... maybe it will be longer than I thought....
  4. <3 Thanks guys. I have been keeping goldies for so long that I don't know anything else. I was 13, I think, when I started. So ... 15 years?
  5. I have been doing a lot of thinking a lot lately, but I have finally decided. I am permanently closing my goldfish collection. Once the last few of my remaining fish are no longer with me, I am going to be leaving the goldfish hobby. I have actually decided to try my hand at a salt water setup, and living in an apartment does not allow for more than one large sized tank. There is no timeline, and I definitely do not intend to intentionally kill my fish by any means (!!!), but ... the decision has been made. I have also been starting to become more and more intrigued by tarantula-keeping, and am awaiting my first arrival some time during the first of the year. I know this isn't exactly happy news, but, I need a change. I do plan on keeping one goldie in a 20 gallon long, but no more.
  6. I was going to edit that last post to add a good sign. I did get him to eat about 6 pellets of MMs. So he is still eating.
  7. Okay, now that I have gotten all my personal stuff taken care of (I was just a victim of identity theft), I will be able to upload pic/videos and give you guys a better idea of what's going on. I've also had time to stop freaking out and worrying that my fishy companion of 5+ years was very ill. I honestly believed he wasn't going to survive the night. He is definitely red all over, and just sitting very still on the bottom of the tank. He was stuck to the filter near his vent, and I thought at first that some of the poo hanging from him was intestines that had been pulled through the skin. He did let out a substantial amount of very dark poop -- it covered the bottom of the QT tank more than the diameter of his body. I do still worry that he may not survive, and I know that is a possibility, but that doesn't mean I am giving up! I am going to start feeding him MMs, since that seemed to help my other fish as well. He had been occasionally floating nose up during the past week, but since it was so infrequent, I didn't really think much of it. I thought he was just resting. He does tend to get floaty after meals, but not with every feeding. I let him rest in the QT tank at room temp overnight, but now I am going to start raising the hospital tank so I can boost his metabolism. My main tank has a fairly thin layer of gravel (between .5" and .75" at the deepest parts), I use fake plants (but I do let green/brown algae grow on the sides and back glass to help keep nitrates in order), and I have 3 ornaments in the tank. The bubbler does have a hollow body, but since the air is constantly moving through it, there is constant water flow. I also stir around the ornaments in the tank with every weekly water change. I am planning on covering the intakes (I will have to buy some more tulle to cover the intakes -- this worked the last time), and am toying with the idea of tossing my gravel so the bad bacteria has less of a place to take root. My tele tank has glass beads instead of gravel, but even that can be a pain to clean -- not to mention that a couple of the beads have broken in half during gentle handling, and I don't want the teles to get hurt! I will be posting images very shortly. He isn't moving enough for video to be helpful.
  8. The intakes were situated at the gravel line prior to my first set of problems. I removed one extension so they are now at mid-level in the tank.
  9. I think the 2 fish that got stuck to the filter were weakened. I had noticed this particular fish being a little less active over the past few days, but since Hawaii was in QT, I didn't have anywhere to place him. Plus, outwardly, he looked perfectly normal -- no streaks, spots, anything. I can bleach my tank again if necessary and remove all gravel to help prevent this from happening again. Less space for the baddies to hide. I remember reading somewhere that a fish floating nose up is usually experiencing kidney trouble -- is this right?
  10. Alex, I keep the flow turned all the way down. And sorry I haven't gotten the video yet -- had to deal with some very important personal issues tonight. -_-
  11. How high does your parameters get before your water change? Nitrates never go above 20ppm prior to a WC. I am looking into finding a way to make a plant filter to help keep my nitrates very low. What are the numbers from the tap? Numbers from tap are 0/0/0, pH runs between 7.8-8.2, depending on weather (it tends to be lower after a large rain, since our water is taken from a nearby river) Is there a picture or video of your fish or tank set up? No, but I can definitely get it. How often do the inside of the filters get cleaned? What is in your filters for media? I rinse the filter media about once a month in old tank water. Were your fish quarantied before going into this tank and have they ever been treated for parasites? The fish were treated for skin flukes a few months ago. Do you think you are overstocked? I really don't think I am, although I have closed my system permanently and planning on rehoming the common fairly soon. Do they ever get veggies in their diet? My fish never really took to veggies other than peas, and I feed peas occasionally. The fish is hanging on for dear life in QT. He is nose up, motionless. His gills are bright, angry red, and he has some internal bleeding from being stuck to the intake. I think he got stuck due to being in a weakened state that I didn't notice prior to him getting stuck. Also planning on making a baffle for the filters soon, too. Just have to figure out how to attach them. EDIT: He did start trying to swim. He was stuck on his side and near his vent, and there is some damage there. I did also notice a LOT of very dark poop on the bottom of the tank that he has passed. My phone is charging, and then I can upload some video of him.
  12. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): 15ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): n/a * Nitrite Level (Tap): n/a * Nitrate level (Tap): n/a * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7.8 - 8.2 (can vary occasionally based on weather conditions) 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)? 2 AC 500's * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Just Prime water dechlor * Water temperature? Room temp (about 72-75 degrees) * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 70% or more * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 6 days, 75% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75g, 10 months at current location * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7; 2 comets (medium sized), 1 common (1"), 1 fingerling koi, 1 ribbontail, 2 otocinclus cats * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One sinking pellets, once daily * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) One fish already had this problem. * 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.? yes, explaining below * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Okay, one fish has already had a similar problem to this. I treated him in my hospital tank for over a month before reintroducing him to the main tank. Now my oldest fish is having the same problem. He had been slightly listless for a few days, but I didn't think anything about it. When I got home from work, he was stuck to the filter. I really expected him to be dead. He does have some trauma to his underside, and I can't really tell how bad it is. He was able to poop, but I am worried that there may be some damage that he won't heal from. I have the qt set up and at .1% salt, and going to heat him up. He is almost 6 years old. I still have MMs on hand. Is there anything else I can do, or anything else I need to look for? And with 2 fish now experiencing the stuck to the filter thing, what else do I need to be checking for, to possibly identify the underlying problem?
  13. If it's only one fish that's affected, and you're unsure about water quality, then you can try to apply something topically to the tail that is showing rot. I had good experience with iodine. Are you comfortable handling your fish? This is something that can be a bit nerve racking, but it's actually really simple. You want to remove the fish from the aquarium, and make sure he isn't going to be anywhere close to the tank. You don't want to accidentally get iodine into the water! A q-tip or a cotton ball is fine, just saturate your weapon of choice and gently swab the affected fin(s). One swab is typically enough in my experience. WCs are awesome to keep bacteria levels low, and it seems like you're keeping up with them really well. My only other question, is the size of your fish including tails, or body only? Fancy or single-tails? Oh. I also use Prime for my water conditioner. It does have a sulfuric smell, but it has been the least expensive water conditioner I have used, and it lasts a really long time. One thing with Stress Coat, is that the aloe vera in it can sometimes coat the gills of your fish, and make it hard for them to breathe. I hope this little bit helps, and there should be someone more experienced with this to help you!!
  14. Nice, I'm glad I read this thread!! I have a broadtail telescope that has a hard time. The happiest I've seen her is in a 10g tank with a filter that pushes around 100gph. She struggled in my 75 with 2 AC 500's (turned all the way down), and she also struggles in her 20g with an AC 300. The two tiny teles can swim happily in the 20g, but she just can't. Is there anything else I can do, aside from keeping her in a 10g tank for the rest of her life?
  15. Whew, I got really worried. Hawaii has kept a wonderful appetite, and already his scales are sitting flat against his body again. I'm not sure what's causing the bloating issue, but I'm hoping the MM's and epson clear this up completely this time. None of my other fish are having any issues, so it's likely just something he came down with. :/ I'm just glad he's responding to medication round 2.
  16. Okay, I know we had pretty much stopped this thread weeks ago, but, Hawaii had a relapse. I had noticed him getting just a little bigger around the middle a day or two ago, but thought it was just him putting some weight back on. No, it wasn't. :/ He pineconed, and MUCH faster this time. I've already separated him into a 10 tank, heated him up, added 1/4tsp of epson salt, and feeding him the MetroMeds I ordered when I had this problem the first time. Is there anything else I can do at this point? I will go back to 2x daily 100% WCs if I need to.
  17. He's still doing well. I had an emergency with one of my birds, so I missed a WC yesterday. I did a partial (about 50%) and double dosed Prime to help keep ammonia in check. He's still doing well, but I did notice when I turned off the filter yesterday that his poop is just empty casing with dark colored spots in it. The poop I saw hanging off of him a couple days ago was food colored, and I have withheld food for about 2 days now, waiting for the MMs. I will take pics when I do my WC in a few minutes. I am going to take him off the epsom as well with this WC.
  18. MetroMeds arrived today. Do I feed these, or just keep on hand for future problems?
  19. Sorry for the blurry images. He is definitely feeling better, because he's being a about sitting still for the camera!
  20. Still have Hawaii in his WC bucket, going to get pics.
  21. Okay. I can easily add back the other 1/8 tsp. My heater I bought ... Silly thing. I had to set it to 82 degrees to heat the tank to 78. I moved it on up to set it at 84, hoping that will make the tank 80. Keeping a close eye on it, since this heater is rated for tanks 25-35 gallons. My Metromeds still haven't arrived, but I'm expecting them today or tomorrow. Do I go ahead and feed these anyways, despite symptoms appearing to subside? Haha!!! Koko got you. ^_^
  22. Okay, question. Hawaii is thankfully back to normal size. Do I go ahead and continue with the epsom salts, or can I stop those? I am going to add just a half dose (1/8 tsp), just because of how well he is looking. Also, had to throw out my peas. Figured out that he wasn't eating them because they were freezerburnt. -_- Oops. I am going to give him frozen bloodworms in the meantime. I am also really considering ordering Repashy Soilent Green for all my goldies -- my oldest is beginning to act funny. Posting another thread for him.
  23. Thank you. I just got done with a 100% WC, and I will do another when I get up in the morning.
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