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  1. hlim

    Dropsy

    Hello! I just got back home to check on my fish, SB. His fin rot has not gotten any better. How should I go about treating it? Should I buy another bottle of Melafix, or try a different product? I am only staying until Sunday noon, so I can't use any treatments that are too complicated. Okay thank you!!!~
  2. hlim

    Dropsy

    Hello! I'm sorry for the long time intervals between replies. I just got back home last night to check on the fish. Sploodles is doing really well. He's back in the main tank and seems to be growing! My mom has been assigned to feed my fishies. Is it normal that they are getting plump and larger at the same time, or is it unhealthy (that they are plump now)? SB still has minor fin rot that has not progressed since the time I left for school. He's staying active in the QT and eating well. My oto died last week actually, on the day that I left. In the morning I found him floating, but still alive, on the surface, nose up. His belly was very swollen too. It was strange because he seemed just fine the day before. I put him in a 5 gal bucket dosed with Epsom salt. He died within a few hours. Do you know what may have been wrong with him? He was in the QT with SB. I've been treating that tank with Prazi-Pro because both of them were scratching their gills. I wiped the glass very often for any possible eggs and put a slice of zucchini in the tank for the oto to eat, since there was guaranteed to be no algae. RIP Mr. oto! I didn't even get the chance to name it yet. If in the future I buy another oto, should I buy them in pairs for companionship and/or first put them in QT? Thanks so much for the help!!! Hlim
  3. hlim

    Dropsy

    Hello! Hmm.. by floating I meant idly drifting around. Either today or tomorrow, I'm gonna take apart and clean the whole tank. It's almost time for school and I want to do one last major cleaning before I must go back! SB has been more active. I can't help but to feel that he is really lonely all by himself in the big tank. I noticed a red sore a bit below his anus a few days ago. I don't know how long it has been there because it's not very noticeable. On another note, my Oto has been restless lately. He's been acting like my old CAE, trying to attach onto SB's side. I actually saw the Oto scratching. Maybe he caught gill flukes too!! I'm gonna leave these two fishies into the quarantine and transfer Sploodles, who seems all better (thank you everyone for your help!!), into the main tank after I finish cleaning it.
  4. hlim

    Dropsy

    Hello! Today, SB wasn't bottom sitting, but mostly floating around. I noticed that he has a minor case of fin rot. Is this possible to treat without meds? I do not want to take any chances pushing a fish sick over the edge! Thanks!
  5. hlim

    Dropsy

    Hey! Well, SB is still bottom sitting and all, but he comes to me when I tap on the glass. When I go away or turn the lights back off, he goes back to bottom sitting. Other than that being a tiny bit more active, he hasn't really improved too much. I'm really glad hes still alive though. Any suggestions on what I should be doing? Thanks~!
  6. hlim

    Dropsy

    WOW! Thanks so much for taking the time to write out such a detailed procedure for me!! I followed it exactly when I was cleaning my filter last night. This morning, SB isn't breathing as hard (just a tad slowly), and he's still bottom sitting. I'm gradually turning the temperature down in Sploodle's QT. It is at 72 degrees right now. Is this okay? I'm not adding epsom salt anymore, just feeding Metro-meds.
  7. hlim

    Dropsy

    Yes, he is in the tank Pudgey and Tangerine were in. Tangerine died mysteriously, so there must be something in the tank. I will clean my filter out today, but I have a few questions regarding that. I'm scared of upsetting the beneficial bacteria/cycle, so what shall I do with the filter media while I'm cleaning the filter? Is it bad to leave the sponge/bio rings out, or should I keep them in a bucket of my aquarium water? Shall I wring the sponge clean too? I don't mind using salt at all actually. When I found SB bottom-sitting and breathing heavily, I tested the water. The results were normal, so I just assumed the salt and heat were too much. I am very willing to take your advice, so please, throw it at me! SB does not have clamped fins and I'm currently feeding him Metro-meds (to try to move on to a stronger antibiotic). I used Maracyn before, when I was positng about the post-ich problems in the other thread. I have 6 packets left, shall I use it? Should I get another box of Maracyn II as well? I will retest my water parameters tonight! Thank you!!
  8. hlim

    Dropsy

    I've been changing the water without adding salt because I thought the high temperature and salinity might have brought him to his current weak state. I will reimplement the salt if you suggest I do so. SB hasn't improved much since the last time I've posted. He sits in the same corner of the tank night and day, but he is still eating, thank goodness. He has the same symptoms: breathing heavily, lethargic.. He did receive a round of Prazipro a while back with the other fish. What should I do? P.S. Sploodles is doing fine! He's still eating poo though. But other than that, I'll try not to mind every single small detail. Thank you!
  9. hlim

    Dropsy

    Welcome back, Trinket! Your help is always appreciated, no matter what may happen. Hehe, I really loved Pudgey. 2 months ago, he was also so active and excited to see me everytime I enter the room. Poor guy... Now I really want to get to the bottom of this!! My last fish in the main tank has been less active, usually hiding behind a small bush, breathing heavily. The fish, Strawberry Banana (SB) has not improved with water changes. His dorsal fin is usually up and his fins are not clamped. I'm currently feeding SB Medi-gold. Something strange is going on in my QT as well. No matter how soiled the ground is the previous night, it is spotless in the morning. I initially thought that it was because Sploodles would swallow and spit the poo out, then the poo would eventually get sucked into the filter--but I don't think this is the case. I just witnessed Sploodles swallow poo and NOT spit it out. Why is he eating his own poo? I feed Sploodles 1-2 pellets of Metro-meds twice a day. Also, a small area under his anal fins has become pointier. The pointy area looks like a vein that leads to the anus. Also, a small area under his pectoral fins has become rounder. I noticed this small spot under his pectoral fins when he was having slight dropsy. He has no pineconed scales now though. Here are a few pictures: You can notice the pointy anus here. Here is a picture of the round area under/between his pectoral fins. On the bottle of Metro-med, it says to feed no other food except Metro-med for 14 days. Are there no exceptions? I ask because I want to feed Sploodles some peas. Okay, that's all for now. Thank you!
  10. hlim

    Dropsy

    Thank you for your kind words, Nickie. I hope all of your goldfish are healthy and doing well! Sploodles is very active and his scales are not pineconed anymore! Thanks for your concern!
  11. hlim

    Dropsy

    Pudgey died.. RIP Pudgey.
  12. hlim

    Dropsy

    I performed a 33% water change. There was a lot of waste even though my water parameters checked out fine. I hope that wasn't the reason Tangerine died... Well, Pudgey isn't eating again. He is floating more than he is swimming. I hope the water change will help. I'm still trying Pima/Melafix to try to help Pudgey and will stop if you advise me to do so. Thank you!
  13. hlim

    Dropsy

    My small pearlscale fish, Tangerine, died this morning and I have no clue as to why. I saw him around 5 AM this morning and he was swimming fine! He never showed any symptoms of anything (except that when I first got him, he had a large fish louse on his belly which I picked off). So when I saw him laying dead in one of my silk plants, I was very shocked and surprised. His jaw area has become veinier but his fins were not clamped when he died. It is as if he was swimming and suddenly just tilted over and passed away. I took a picture in case anyone wanted to see him to maybe try to diagnose the problem (will attach upon request). Pudgey's infected area actually looks worse this morning--it is much redder. He is bottom sitting with 1 clamped fin and has shallow breathing. Is it normal for the condition to get worse before it gets any better? And I will try the zucchini and/or cucumber! Thanks!
  14. hlim

    Dropsy

    Oh! Another thing, I have an otocinclus in my main tank.. I read that they are very hard to keep alive. With it's daily clean-up and the salt killing the algae, is my oto in trouble? I bought it those vege algae wafers for algae eaters. I am scared that it might die.
  15. hlim

    Dropsy

    Spoodles is recovering from dropsy with epsom salt and metromed to eat in the QT..right? right! Pudgey has how many tank mates and how are they all doing? He has two others in there. Pudgey has the fungus but is eating well. Yes. Everyone gets the medigold. Yes. I will update you on Pudgey if there are any improvements/further problems. As for Sploodles, I often see him swimming tilted. Maybe all the skin/gill flukes are not gone yet... There are so many problems at once, it is really frustrating. Thanks again!
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