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  1. Sorry i haven't checked in for a while but I've been super busy and I've barely been home at all! I just wanted to let everyone who helped me out know that all my fish are doing great...Sophie got her metromeds because she was still a little bloated and she has been completely back to normal for about 4 days now. The tank got dosed with prazi and everyone is just fine. -- Thank you everyone for all of your help, esp. sunshinegurl for the metromeds. Couldn't do it without ya
  2. Thanks sunshinegurl! I got the metromeds Sophie is totally back to normal after her five days of maracyn II and epsom salts *knocks on wood* so I returned her to the main tank and she is doing great. I have been separating her once a day for her metromeds but I couldn't keep her QT'd anymore because I am out of town this weekend. The prazi should b getting here soon so that I can treat the whole tank for flukes so hopefully the three of them will be ok over the weekend until I get back. -Again I cannot thank all of you enough for your help and support
  3. thanks sunshinegurl! she looks much better already, I think she might seem a little bloated but the popeye is gone, she doesn't seem dropsied, and she is acting and eating totally normal. hopefully she will b ok in the end*knocks on wood*
  4. Pixiefish - of course your posts are always helpful Ok i have the prazi on the way so I will treat with that when I am done treating with the maracyn II. The reason why we were trying to find an alternative to the metromeds is because it won't be able to get to me for another 5-7 days if she mails it to me. But I will ask her to mail them to me anyways if you really don't think I will be able to find an effective alternative in that time. At any rate, Sophie (my fish) is much better. She seems back to normal in fact but I still plan to run the full course of maracynII, metromeds, and then prazi to be sure. The others also seem normal so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! -- Thanks for everyone's input, I can't say enough that you have all been a big help to me! EDIT: just to clarify, I am currently treating the sick fish separately, I will treat her with the full course of Maracyn II (5 days I believe so I have 2 days left), then I will discontinue that and feed her the metromeds for however long that takes for a full course of treatment, all the while keeping her in pristine water. Then I will return her to the main tank and treat the whole thing for flukes (which I have done before so I know how to erradicate the flukes)
  5. Pixiefish - hmm, I have PC tabs but I feel like that stuff combined with the maracyn II would b a lot for my fish to handle, right? I ordered the 1oz Prazipro from bigalsonline, what is the dosage like? Will that be enough and can I use it with the Maracyn II? Also, I'm not sure but is there a gel food with those ingredients that I can find at a petstore? Hmm.. on second thought, the main active ingredient of metromeds is metronidazole right? Could I just make a gel food with metronidazole in it in the correct dosage and feed that to my fish? What would be the correct dosage if i were to do that?
  6. Really? I haven't been able to find prazi in any stores around here what stores have you found it in? I tried the parasite tabs from Jungle once a long time ago but there is something in there that really damages the fish, the poor thing died from the meds instead of the parasites. Ya I am always thankful to have kokos members to help me out at times like this
  7. Yes I am going to set up a QT today as soon as I get home from work. As far as the behavior is concerned, they are all acting normal. She is eating and there are no signs of clamped fins or flashing. she is the slightest bit more listless but is still acting perky O and I meant that i do water changes of 50% once or twice per week, generally a total of 100% per week, not 50% per 2 weeks I cannot afford prazi because it is VERY expensive, last time I had to use it I ended up spending about $200, but I will try to get the metromeds from sunshinegurl as soon as possible. Last time I dealt with dropsy, it was due to an internal infestation of flukes but I don't feel that is the case this time because the other two fish in the tank seem wholly unphased and the sick one doesn't seem to even be dropsied at this point
  8. How do I pm u? lol sorry I'm not on here a lot anymore and I don't remember how to do it
  9. I'm sorry about ur job pretty much everyone is having money issues these days so trust me I totally understand, I'm holding down two jobs and I'm still barely making it If u can send it by regular mail that would be great tho so I can have the meds just in case. If she hasn't gotten better in the next week then I can use them. U can pm me so we can work out the details if u would be willing to mail me the meds
  10. Ya I have seen some improvement so hopefully that will be enough. And I think that is a good idea with the metromeds, I can only hope that things don't get worse within the next week -Again thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it
  11. Thats a good idea, I wonder if there is a way to overnight it or something ???
  12. Ya Marysville is right next to Yuba City... any chance I could make it where? sorry i got confused, do u mean Chico, Yuba City, or the South bay area?
  13. Omg That would be awesome! But I'm not in SF I'm in Marysville, about 2-3 hours drive from SF. Could u maybe meet me somewhere in between?
  14. No worries, I know how it is... 2 jobs and full time student Ya it seems that the popeye has gone down, its almost not noticeable. Like I said, since she is a pearlscale it is impossible for me to tell if she is dropsied at all at this point but she certainly hasn't gotten any worse. They are acting normal, and eating just fine, so I don't think the meds and epsom salts have done too much damage but I will set the QT up again tomorrow when I can get ahold of another filter. Unfortunately, there is just no way I can get ahold of the metromeds as much as I would like to Is there another brand that I can buy in the store that would be effective? Is it a lost cause without the use of medicated food? - Thanks
  15. Like I said I already had the tank treated about a day ago, notice the post where I said I was treating with epsom salt was last night at about 10 pm... no worries tho I'm not trying to blame u for the post being late or anything I was just pointing out my own stupidity at having already treated the whole tank. I have a 10 gallon but I will have to get a filter or an air stone tomorrow to set it up, (would go tonight but I live 40 mins out of town). In the mean time, how damaging are the epsom salts to the healthy fish? How much damage will the salts have already done and how much more damage will be done leaving them in the treated tank overnight? In terms of medicated food, what brand should I get? I don't have the money to order metromeds, trust me if I physically had the money my fish would b top priority but there is no way I can afford it... what other options do I have? -Again, thanks for all ur help sorry I'm asking so many questions!
  16. Crud that post came too late, the whole tank has already been treated with epsom salt and Maracyn II for a day now...how crucial is it that I get the one fish separated out? I'm afraid that by this point its too late and the stress of the move will be too much, and I'm afraid that I won't b able to treat her as well in an uncycled QT. GAH what should I do?
  17. Anybody? Will she be ok with just the Maracyn II?
  18. Thank you so much for your response! I really love this fish, carried her all the way from China town in SF. Yes my tank is cycled and stable I assume it just had a little issue because of the extra bioload from the new fish. Of course as soon as I noticed the popeye I did a water change and I will probably do one every day or every other day. I don't have a QT set up anymore so I am just gonna have to treat them all in the same tank. I already added the epsom salt, I knew I should use it I just wasn't sure what the dosage was I'm not sure if I can afford metromeds right now, I'm 17 and flat broke do you think she has a chance with just the Maracyn II? If she absolutely needs the metromeds to survive then I may be able to swing it but would it be possible for her to get by without it? Again thanks for all your help!
  19. I feel bad that the only time I post on here is for bad news but I really need some expert advice on this one! [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 20 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? drops, API [*]Water temperature? Don't know, around 78? [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons, running for about a year and a half [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? don't remember brand, its a power filter 400 gph [*]How often do you change the water and how much? I change about 50% once or twice a week [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? three - lionhead, pearlscale, and black moor (i know overstocked but they are still young and I am planning an upgrade) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? amquel plus [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? progold, hikari sinking pellets and peas. I feed them twice a day [*]Any new fish added to the tank? Yes, about 3 weeks ago I added the moor after about a month of quarantine. He seems quite healthy, he was given to me by my teacher who has had him for about a year and he has been healthy the whole time she has had him too [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? My pearlscale has popeye this morning, I can't tell if she is dropsied at all tho because she is already quite round! [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No unusual behavior, just the popeye I have never had a fish recover from popeye and I need to know if it is too late to do anything. What should I do for her right now?
  20. Oh No !!!! It seems as though we are taking backwards steps again. About 4 days ago, I looked into the bucket that I had them in and they were discolored and tangy's tail is just gone. I have kept up w/ 2X daily wcs with just amquel but they haven't gotten any better. They have been eating a little bit but they are getting badly discolored, like they are turning black for some reason. Tangy's tail has only gotten worse. What could this be? I figure it could be: - An adverse reaction to the epsom salt or meds that is just taking time to heal - Leaching chemicals from one of the buckets I am using (don't know how to figure out if that is it) - Recurring bacterial thing??? Not sure about that Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this? I cannot seem to get these guys healthy!!! How frustrating...
  21. It seems that the last two are going to make it! Neither have any signs of dropsy and they are eating like normal! I will probably give them a little more time before I put them back in a tank but it looks like they are going to be fine. =)
  22. Good news today - Happy, (the dropsied fish, I didn't name him...), is not pineconed anymore! He is much less bloated, although his eyes are still swollen. Plus, he seems a lot more active. Tangy is also more active and the white spots on her tail are finally gone. I am just going to keep up with the bucket-to-bucket treatment for a while and if they get better, their tank will be waiting for them. Thanks for your support - I think we may be moving in the right direction now - *knock on wood* EDIT: Unfortunately, they still won't eat. =( But I have been offering them a little bit of food every morning before changing all their water. I don't want to just leave uneaten food in there all day with them in such a small bucket, but I give them about ten minutes to check out the food. They just won't touch anything that I have given them. Hopefully they will feel like eating soon!
  23. Uh oh, I guess I forgot to mention that the dropsied one does have swollen eyes. What is worse about the swollen eyes - I thought it was just fluid build up the same as in the stomach. I hope that isn't a definite death sentence. Anyways, they look somewhat improved this morning, although not significantly so. I have been doing the 2X daily water changes with 1 teaspoon of epsom salt. The dropsied fish doesn't look any less swollen and he looks like a telescope eye but he seems pretty perky and strong. The other is listless but seems slightly more energetic than before. At least they are not getting any worse so we may be moving in the right direction. I nuked the tank with bleach, let it run for two hours with the bleach solution, and then cleaned and refilled it repeatedly to suck everything out of the gravel. I feel pretty confident that everything in my tank and my siphon has been killed so hopefully I can start cycling it again soon. Thank you for your help! I think I may be making some progress with at least one of my remaining fish so I am just going to keep my fingers crossed!
  24. I now have my remaining two fish in a 4 gallon bucket with a towel covering it and I am doing 2X daily water changes. I am working on getting some epsom salt. I was fairly sure that it was a lost cause but yesterday they seemed a little more active so I have decided to give it a little more time. One of them is badly dropsied but his stomach seems somewhat less bloated than it was a few days ago - the other is just extremely lethargic. I have been unable to get them to eat for 4 days now. Do you think that there is any chance they will get better even though I can't get them to eat anything? Should I dose them with prazi again? How should I make sure that there is no bleach left in the tank after I let the bleach run in it for a while? Srry for all the questions - I'm still fighting for these guys!
  25. Unfortunately the smallest of the group died sometime last night. I have not been able to get them to eat anything for the past few days so I couldn't get any med food into them and now the remaining two are very badly dropsied. I am fairly certain that by the time I get home tonight, one or both of then will have passed. I hate that this happened! I mean it is hard enough to lose 1 goldfish, but to lose a total of 6 fish in about 2 months is pretty harsh Anyways, I don't think that there is much that I can do for them at this point so I may humanely euthanize them tonight, if they are still alive then. I just cannot stand watching them suffer like that. My only question is, how should I disinfect the tank? I am not really sure what the proper protocol for doing this is. I am in no hurry to restock the tank but I would like to do a fishless cycle on it so my remaining 3 outside fish can move into the 50 gallon tank until their big pond is ready for them in the spring. I just don't want to take any risk of passing the flukes or the worms on to any future inhabitants of the tank, especially my remaining goldies. Any suggestions? Again, thank you for your help in all this. From now on I plan to treat for flukes in new fish so hopefully, you won't have to hear about another tragedy like this from me!
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