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  1. He has that white stuff all over the top of his head and just behind that near the top of the gills, also on his tail fin a little. Today I am worried, he is cuddled in a corner facing the back of the tank motionless. He wont come out. Iam treating with the Pimafix and .2% salt right now. Is it okay to start the Metro Meds?

    Edit: Here is a picture I got of him in the corner, you can see the affected area on his head. I coxed him out of the corner with my hand, he is very lethargic and went right back in the corner.


  2. I will most likely give things a rinse in diluted bleach now seeing that eggs can live dry. I heard that some parisites may not affect some fish but for another it may, given that I would assume to sterilize even if the fish were not showing symptoms.

    I wonder how long they live dry. Sounds like some sort of super organism from a movie, can't think of one now.

  3. I am not a scientist or anything and this is why I ask these sorts of questions. I many times have used filters, bubble wands, aquariums, and things of that sort from past setups with different fish. Like for example say I had a filter that was used with some sick fish and then was rinsed well and put away for a few months, then I added it to a new setup. Does this need to be sterilized? I mean is just a rinse good enough? Yes I am sure many of you sterilize everything to be sure but what I am getting at is how long can bacteria that causes fish illness live on this stuff? Can something live on a piece of glass or plastic for months on end. Kind of wondering as I have a big box full of old equipment I dig into from time to time.

  4. Things are progressing. I did a 80% wc two days ago and have been treating with pimafix. No salt yet, however I am going to start it I think. The white is covering all of the top of his head. I think I can see some orange or red in there as well, not sure if it is an open wound or just coloring. Here are some shots I got, it is so hard to take pictures of this little bugger because my camera does a little flash before the flash and he runs away. I am forced to not use the flash which makes it hard to get a half decent picture. Here are the best I got out of 50:





    Any advice would be great :)

  5. It could very well be a wen. The spots are right above the rough patch between his eyes which kind of looks like a mini wen. I'll try and get some better pics tonight after my wc when the green water is mostly changed out, I find I can get better pics when the water is clear.

    He has some bubble eye in him so a wen is possible as he seems to be a mix.

  6. Well it's time again for this discussion :(

    [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level?


    [*]Nitrite Level?


    [*]Nitrate level?

    0 (Green Water)

    [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

    PH 7.6-7.8

    KH 50

    GH 60

    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

    PH 6.8

    KH 10

    GH 20

    PH is controlled with crushed coral and PH matched water during a wc. The reason i am going back to Goldfish Plus water conditioner(see below) because it contains a buffer and changes the water to 7.6 during a wc which helps me match the PH.

    [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

    Hagen, API - drops

    [*]Water temperature?

    75 F

    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

    27 Gallon - running 2 years

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)?

    2-aquaclear 50 (400 gph)

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much?

    80% weekly

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size?

    1 fish 6 inches including tail

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?

    Prime and Nutrifin ph stabilizer - phasing both out for Nutrifin - Goldfish +.

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often?

    Feed twice daily. Fed Metro Meds dec 21 - Jan 3, Jumpstart Jan 4 - Now. Fed peas once and frozen blood worms once yesterday.

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank?


    [*]Any medications added to the tank?


    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

    Fungus between eyes

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

    No unusual behavior, acting fine, sometimes a little floaty after the feeding the jumpstart but I have chalked that up to his sole diet of pellets as of late

    I have a bad feeling about this one. I'll try and tell the whole story here, sorry if it gets a little jumbled. Peepers went through a bad case of bacterial infection about a month in a half ago. I would call it dropsy but some have corrected me before saying dropsy is just a condition that is caused by bacterial infection. My other telescope Google died of this infection with real bad pineconing. I treated with a number of thigs,while diagnosing the situation - salt, prazi, Marcyn 2, and Metro Meds. The Metro Meds worked fine and everything seemed okay. He developed some fungas on his dorsal fin and tail fin lately, not much at all so I decided to treat with Pimafix, it has been in the water for 4 days now.

    A side note here I have had some green water for a long time now and cured it the first time with a cheap uv sterilizer. When I started the Prazi I removed it and never used it agin until last night about 14 hours ago because my green water is getting out of control again. I didnt sterilize it as I wasent really thinking and now it could of contained some bacteria from last bout of ilness. But I would think it would take more than 14 hours for symptoms to appear. The fungus between his eyes I noticed this morning (it wasent there last night) when I got up and it is quite prenounced. It is in a symetrical pattern on each side of the eyes. This has me worried because it is right near where he has had a rough raised (not discolored) patch between his eyes since the initial infection. What makes me think the infection is back is that I have noticed the past several days some white stringy poop in the tank. Not exclusively white poop as he still poops solid poop the same color as the Jumpstart.

    Right now I am going to start the salt at .1% after a huge 80% wc, maybe even a 100% change. I want to start the metro meds but can you start them back to back like this?

    As always I would really appreciate your advice and help so that we can get Peepers healthy again. :)


  7. That is a really good idea to scan them. I bought the bottle by itself as they are much cheaper than buying the kits themselves. I did contact Hagen to see if they had one for download but they said because the variance between printers the proper color cannot be achieved. I think the colors should be close enough for reading when printed, but they disagree. Anyhow they are sending me a copy of the manual for free. This shows how good their customer service is. Thanks again :)

  8. Yep I would say you caused a huge bump in your cycle. You want to keep your ammonia and nitrites as low as possible (some is required for the tank to cycle). But ammonia and nitrites are toxic to the fish. So that means daily water changes. The goal is to end up with just nitrates which means the cycle is complete. I use Nutrifin Cycle which contains BB when I am cycling to speed up the process. I think Seachem makes a similar product.

  9. Your old filter contained media (I assume) that had beneficial bacteria growing in it, which aids in the nitrogen cycle. Removing the filter would cause a major bump in your cycle. BB grows on everything in your tank, gravel, ornaments etc. So you may have not removed it all. You may be going through a bacteria bloom now while the bacteria propagates, which causes cloudy water. Fill your filter with as much media as possible for the bateria to grow on and keep up with daily water changes to aid in cycling. A water test of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates will tell more of the story to be sure.

  10. I contacted Hikari Usa and here is what they had to say:


    I have a bottle of PraziPro opened about 6-12 months ago. The liquid has turned a pinkish color. Is this normal? Is it still ok to use?




    Jody - thank you for taking the time to contact us and for your support of our products. PraziPro is a pinkish color, so there is no issue as long as the product has not been stored in a place that will allow it to freeze.

    I guess it is always pink?

  11. Thanks everyone :)

    Lol Quasi a tank out of colored glas would be really cool !

    j-pond - I have some time today ( I rarely get three days off) do you have a picture of an Oranda I could scetch from?

  12. Thanks guys, I am taking my first art class on tuesday... so excited.

    I created my other avatar as well. I do usually get the ideas from other art I see. Quasi, funny that you are going to do glass art with that scetch, I scetched mine from glass art. Here is the version I copied from.


  13. This time of year I seem to turn to art as a hobby. I am affected by the lack of light in the winter and drawing/painting cheers me up.

    Here are a few things I did. I usually draw from pictures I see on the internet but none are traced they are all drawn freehand

    Did this one last year using markers/watercolor


    Doodled this one a couple days ago


    Did this last year with pencil/pencil crayons, and markers


    Did this with pencil/pencil crayons today


    Did this painting last night on canvas using water colors


    Thanks for looking :)

  14. Maintaining a certain level of ph in your tank is mostly a trial and error thing. What works for some people doesn't necessarily work for another because of different water conditions. One thing to watch out for is ph fluctuations in which a simple water change can trigger a dangerous drop or rise. Many people use Buff it Up to maintain ph. I personally use PH Stabilizer by Nutrifin and crushed coral for maintenance. Good luck in finding what works for you. In answer to your question I would try the 9 cups of crushed coral and monitor levels. I wouldn't say that much coral in your volume of water is going to spike it so fast that it would be dangerous.

  15. In her QT tank Dec 2008





    My beloved goldfish passed away last week. The tank won't be the same without her.

    I went looking for a tank mate for my Black Moor Oscar in Dec 2008 and saw this cute little telescope at Wallmart (of all places). I knew I wanted her but I never like to buy a fish on impulse so I went home and slept on it. The next day I was so sure I wanted her I rushed down to the store and she was still there. She grew so fast and was a big eater often getting more than her fare share. Her tank mates through the years was my sweet Oscar and Peepers(both Black Moors). I named her Google because I was searching for a name for her and Google seemed to fit. She was such an active fish and often at night you could hear her clanking around the marbles in the tank searching for food. She liked to smack her lips at the surface to get attention. She went so fast and unexpected, it was a sad day when I had to put her to sleep. You will always swim on in my heart little one, may you swim free.

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