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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.
  14. I did a water change today and added the prazi pro. I also turned the heater on. The golden looks okay the marble, not so much. He is top hanging as the others did before they expired
  15. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 0 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.5 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 8.8 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API [*]Water temperature? Usually 78 to 80 but today I noticed it's down to 73.2 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallon been running for 6 months [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? two top fin 40's I think they run 200GPH [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 40 to 50% water changes weekly [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 nickle sized angel fish one is a zebra the other is a golden with some black on the tail. [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime. But last water change I only changed out 5 gallons I let the water stand over night and added neutral regulator only to the new water. It didn't change the Ph at all. It just stayed 7.5 in the tank. [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? I feed flakes, sometimes goldfish flakes sometime nutrofin tropical flakes. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? yes, they all died. [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? backfin looks funny on the golden. The zebra has a white slime or something on his body and one eye. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, No they are hungry. But a little shy. This is a planted tank. I have amazon swords, red Luwiga,and some crypts. There are also a few mystery snails in there that must have came with the plants. I don't have prazi, but i have pazi pro. The store does reverse osmosis on their water and makes their water ph7. I'll see if i can get some pictures.
  16. Hello, I have 2 angelfish in a 29 gallon tank. There were 3 and one just died after the cold snap we had here in FL. I waited a few weeks and I bought 4 more (these are all dime sized).One died immediately, so I took it back to the store. They said my ph is too High. My PH is a stable 7.5. One by one these fish were dying. Now I'm down to the original 2. I did not quarantine The new fishes. Now a week later one of my original fish has a milky white film on his eye and body. The other fish's back tail has shrunk in a little like a fan. What is this and how do I treat it?
  17. Mine used to play follow the leader through the bubbles. I think I have it on video somewhere.
  18. Hi KoKo, I take any where between 50% and 75% of the water. More like 75%. It's a 55 gallon and there are only 2 fish in there. One of the fish is 3 years old. Both fish are 3 inches long ( not including the tails). I don't think the 3 year old fish is going to get any bigger. I feed pro gold pellets every other day, and peas, broccoli or spinach on the off days. I only feed once a day.
  19. Thanks for the input Daryl. So you're telling me that there is something wrong with my tank because after 7 days no nitrAtes show up on my API test? I used to get nitrAtes but after I put the one huge Amazon sword plant in they don't show anymore.
  20. The plant is still in there. It's been in there with 3% salt before and it's been fine. If it dies I'll go buy a new one. The good thing is the tank is lightly socked. But I'll be sure to keep an eye on the parameters. I haven't seen an ammonia reading in years.
  21. I'm going to do the water change tonight and remove some of the gravel. There really isn't that much either. Check the filters. Can't really deal with the potted plant tonight. Going to get the salt to 1% tonight. 2% tomorrow morning and 3% by tomorrow night. It's going to take a few days for the meds to get here. So i guess I'll do another huge water change when the meds get here and deal with the rest of the gravel and the sterilization of the plant then. Sound like a plan? I have some work cut out for me.
  22. Dude my tank is cycled. It's been running for 3 years. The huge Amazon sword plant and the algae eat up all the Nitrates. I Had my roof on my house redone and the clumsy roofers fell through my ceiling and also cut the electric to my house. I had to have drywall work done. Even though I covered the tank I do believe some of that material got in the water. Maybe they did have anchor worms and I didn't notice. IDK. I do change 50 to 75% of the water about every 7 to 10 days.
  23. I use api drops the Ph is 7.4 with high scale drops and 7.6 with the low scale drops. Amm 0 NitrI 0 NitA 0. I have 2 penguin biowheel 350's on there and two bubble wands. It's been going about 3 years now. Do I need to do something with the plant it self? It's an live Amazon Sword plant. I guess I could tear down the whole tank bleach everything and put them in the 10 gallon quarantine tank temporarily. Actually there really is only one layer of gravel on the bottom. Everyone who comes to my house laughs at my 55 gallon tank with 2 three inch goldfish in it. I tell people they're dirty, they need lots of water.
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