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  1. Imogen, You were right about the maracyn and m2 causing a cycle bump on the 10 gallon tank . i had low amounts of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. I haven't put chubby in there yet.She is happy to have her friends back
  2. Actually Chubby Cheeker started with strange floaty behavior after I removed the plants. The plastic plants are new. Once a week I soak them in hot water and bleach. then I soak them in plain water and rinse rinse rinse. And last I soak them in de chlorinated water before I put them back and I make sure they don't smell like bleach. Today i removed the 2 fish from the 10 gallon tank. I filled two media bags with carbon. I plan to run this for 2 days. Which brings me to Friday night. I'll do a 100% water change. Then add Chubby on Saturday. Do the same Maracyn and Maracyn2 treatment as I did the other 2 for 5 days? It seemed to do well for them. It took the white pimple on the orange telescope. And Mr Blue's Fins what is left of them are no longer red. And he's hungry and active. There was 3% salt in there too. The only fish that has no signs of anything is the black telescope. And ironically those normally don't last long in my tanks ever. The only fish that has actually grown a lot.
  3. The first fish that died had red spots, bottom sat under an ornament, the fins started to fray and then pineconed. The second fish that died I came from the same purchase with chubby cheeker. They were tank mates in the store. That one had no symptoms. Looked completely healthy, it was a mysterious death. The third one I had for at least two or three years. That fish when i bought it came with anchor worm. I treated the tank with anchors away. Then i did a treatment of prazi pro for flukes. She was good for a long time. with in the past year she was suffering from swim bladder. I didn't see any unusual findings on her. One day recently she just pineconed and died. Chubby cheeker is a good eater. I fed them about 3 hours before i did the water change. I put three soaked Omega pellets for the two of them in that tank. I wonder if that has something to do with it.It's 2 pm here now I just let her out of the breeder basket. She seems to be acting kind of normal for now. The ph in the tank is always 7.5 even after a water change. According to the api drops. I probably should invest in a digital ph reader. This 12 gallon water change is a small water change for that tank. I usually pull out and replace way more. This fish was acting strange before i put the water back. One thing i did do different this time was that i pulled out all the plastic plants before I emptied the water. I usually wait til the water gets lower to pull those out. Tomorrow night the other two fish are ready to come out of the 10 gallon.I should probably remove the meds from the 10 gallon with carbon for a day or two and then transfer Chubby cheeker to the 10 gallon?
  4. That is Chubby cheeker the original. She was a blue fish when i got her. That was her original color
  5. Yes I'm concerned about chubby cheeker, she's in a breeder basket in the 55 gallon with the black telescope. There is only salt in there. The other two are in the 10 gallon with the salt, maracyn and marcyn2. They are doing better. Did you see the pictures?
  6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/69299509@N04/6301260109/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/69299509@N04/6301269801/in/photostream/
  7. * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 0 to 5 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? Not sure, but we keep the air at 76f * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, maybe 4 years * What is the name and "size of the filters" 2- Penguin Biowheel 350's, a large sponge filter, and a bubble wand. * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week at 50% or more * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? I just changed it today * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 total- 2 telescopes 1 inch and 2 Oranda 2.5 inches not including tails * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? peas, organic lettuce, omega one pellets, aqueon flakes, tetra Nature gel mix with bloodworms, frozen emerald entree, peeled grapes, orange slices. Once a day. * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes, all fish died but one. 2 telescopes are new and one oranda * Any medications added to the tank? 3% salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment., I had 4 fish on the tank,one died of dropsy, one had swim bladder problems, died of dropsy, the other was a mystery death, no signs of anything.Kept treating with salt and melafix. One remaining fish so I decided to start over. Bought 2 telescopes and a week later another oranda. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Not sure. This fish was blue, but turned into a calico, i think. There's some red color where the blue is fading at the end of the tail, and there is some red on the wen. I'm not sure if this is normal or not. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? I just took about 12 gallons of water out, the fish was hanging at the top. I added the prime and replaced the water, and the fish seemed to go into shock. I added another 10 tablespoons of salt. I'm beginning to believe goldfish are just not made for Florida. I keep having fish dying in my Goldfish tank. I have angelfish in a 29 gallon tank that are just fine. I had 4 goldfish in this 55 gallon tank for 6 months. One always had swim bladder problems. Then one ended up getting dropsy and died. Another one mysteriously died, no symptoms. I had a spike in Nitrates before the mysterious death, and I attributed it to not squeezing out the sponge filter. I did massive water changes at this point. a month later the swim bladder fish got dropsy and died. So I had an Oranda left and decided to start over. October 11 I got two 1 inch telescopes, and a week later a 2.5 inch oranda. With one original fish left a quarantine was pointless. I figured I would just treat them all with salt and melafix, then for flukes, and then with anchors away. So I have an Original Oranda "Chubby Cheeker", New Oranda " Boy Blue ", an orange telescope, and a black telescope. So I started with salt and mela fix. Boy Blue came with a little fin rot. Next thing I know the orange telescope has a white pimple near his tail, and some fin rot on the dorsal fin. Then Boy Blue's tail is disintegrating fast, and has a clamped fin. So on Friday I set up the 10 gallon. I took one of the penguin filters off the 55 gallon. I put the 3% salt mixture in there along with marcyn and marcyn2. I put Boy Blue and the orange telescope in there together. The orange telescope's pimple has disappeared and boy blue is looking much more active, although it will take time for half the tail to grow back. Today I will put the last two packets into their tank. so the treatment will be over on Wednesday. I think there is definitely something bacterial going on. I did 12 gallon water change on the 55 gallon and chubby cheekers went into shock or something during and after the water change. I added the 12 tablespoons of salt to bring back to 3%. She was laying on the plants and then got stuck to the filter. So I put her in a breeder basket. She has some red on the wen and on the tail but I'm not sure if this is normal or not. I will try to upload some pictures. I don't know what to do.
  8. Here is one for south Florida. I reconnected with a classmate from high school, turns Dr Kelleher is her sister in law. Dr Grant specializes in Koi and other fish.. http://www.exoticanimalcare.com/vets.html
  9. Thank you Koko for your opinion. I was hoping it would be nothing.
  10. Thanks guys! I just got these 2 fish. I didn't do a quarantine as the other two were due for their yearly prazi pro treatment. So I salted the whole tank a tablespoon to every 5 gallons. I noticed the spot when I did the transfer. It's only been 2 days and the tail has almost healed itself. I guess that's what some salt , good water quailty and a little TLC can do
  11. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level?0 [*]Nitrite Level?0 [*]Nitrate level?5 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?7.5 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)8 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?drops Aquarium Pharmaceuticals [*]Water temperature?70 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?55gallon, running 3 years [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 2 penguin biowheel 350 and one sponge filter and one bubble wand [*]How often do you change the water and how much?weekly 50% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish 1 inch oranda, 1 and 1/2 inch fantail, 2 two inch Orandas [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?Prime and kents goldfish essentials [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? tetra flakes, omega one sinking pellets, peas, de-seeded cucumbers, spinach [*]Any new fish added to the tank?yes, just purchased 2 blue orandas one of which has the strange spot [*]Any medications added to the tank?no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? There are little black dots that i am not sure are just a coloration thing, of if it something else. This fish looks a little tattered, one of the tail fins is completely ripped in half, and it looks like there is a small piece missing from the dorsal fin. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?No I haven't been on here in a while since I just opened a new business, and my Fiance's Father just passed away from Cancer. But anyway I was at Petsm*rt buying dog food, and I happened to wander into the fish section to see what they had. I came across 2 pretty blue orandas. They were marked 5.99 and were the same size as the ones that were 24.99 there. So I asked the employee if they were 5.99 and he said yes. So I took them both. I love Orandas because they usually have the best personalities. The other two fish I have in my tank have been in there for about a year and haven't grown much at all. They occasionally get trailing poop syndrome. But anyway I got a picture of the black dots. Maybe it's just a color thing, maybe it's nothing, I don't know. But here is the link to the picture: http://i.imgur.com/BsXRc.jpg
  12. So you don't think I should continue with the fluke treatment? Most of the fish that died didn't look like anything was wrong with them. I read that they do well in groups of 5 or more. When they get bigger I was going to put them in the 55 gallon and put the 2 goldfish in the 29. This fish got along well with the other two that I originally had. I'm not sure if they were a pair. They were size of dimes when I bought them. This one is somewhere between a nickle and a quarter. Very pretty.
  13. Well he died :'( I have just the one left all by his/herself. This one looks like it just has a little fin rot on the edges of the fins. I put the prazi pro in yesterday. I will do another water change on Friday. Should I add salt? Or just plain water changes? How do I do this drip system you speak of? I have always just acclimated by letting the bag float for 15 min, then adding some of the tank water every 5 minutes for another half hour, and just let them go. I'm going to try to grow my own bacterias in a 10 gallon tank. When it's ready i guess I will get this fish a friend and quarantine it for a month. Until then this fish will be lonesome.
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