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  1. Meds on Hand Triple sulfa Parisite clear tabs Salt Epsom salt PraziPro Melafix Just fed him and I noticed sometimes he kind of curls to the side when swimming.
  2. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 15 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.6 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 (Use PH stabalizer and crushed coral to maintain 7.6) [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Hagen, API - drops [*]Water temperature? 73F temp was 76F for a while but just recently dropped it to 73F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 27 gallon running two years or so, cycled [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 2 AQ 50 (400gph) [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Usually change 80% weekly but recently only 50% two weeks ago and 30% last night [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Telescopes - 4 -5 inches (Peepers) and 5-6 inches (Google) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Nutrifin PH stabalizer [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Feed twice a day, fast once a week. Feed gel food, pellets, peas and frozen brine shrimp/blood worms. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No [*]Any medications added to the tank? No [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? A little fungas(tiny tiny spot) on dorsal fin from floating. Thinking of starting Melafix. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? For 2-3 weeks he has been floaty after eating sometimes for almost 12-18 hours. When not floaty he is on the bottom. I was away yesterday (fast day) and since then he will not get off the bottom. So bottom sitting big time, lethargic. If I come to the tank he will swim up to see me but then gives up on swimming and sinks to the bottom. I am going to feed him soon and will see what happens then. Thinking swim bladder. I have a qt tank that can be set up and one of my filters can be moved to that tank. Not quite sure what to do, other wise externally he looks fine. Dorsal fin is down. I am thinking something internally but I have no idea what meds to treat with. I have limited meds at my disposal at the lfs here. Mail order for the hard ones to get, which is 3-4 days delivery. I am going to keep the lights off for now to limit stress. Another thing I had green water for two months and then got a uv sterilizer and it seems soon after the uv sterilizer this started(not sure if related)
  3. Just throwing this out there(I've been wrong before). I know with peepers it seems like the angle he can suck up pellets doesn't align with his eyes pointing downward where he can see the food. He seems to see it far away but when he gets close he can't see exactly where it is.
  4. Peas before a fast sounds right to me as well. Sometimes I will feed pellets if I am going away for a few days just to keep em full for longer. Interesting about how the temp could be affecting their digestion. Here are some photos for you Ranchu
  5. Yes I am thinking more food related than temperature myself, thought I would check the temperature theory to see if anything arises out of that. It's just when nothing changes but that one thing(tempurature) I tend to want to blame that. The pellets are soaked but they get probably 6-8 pellets each and thats with these new mini pellets I have been trying since the Hikari Lionhead was causing the floatiness as of late. Google is such a big fish I figured she could handle that many pellets as she can suck up 8 pellets in one bite. I will cut the pellet intake and see where that goes. I try to keep the pellets as staple and feed a variety otherwise. Peas, gelfood(peas, spinach, broccili, peppers, blood worms, pellets, brine shrimp), frozen brine shrimp, and gel brine shrimp are foods I feed on a regular basis. The floatiness is most notible with the pellets. I have been thinking of trying the veggie clip thing. You make some interesting points splillie and things to think about. The shallow water thing might be hard since I have a 27gal tall though. The most interesting is the inflammation from overfeeding that has the lasting effect. One question, For fasting I have been feeding the peas before a fast. Do you think thats better than peas after a fast? Also are peas better for floatiness than fasting? Another thing that changed recently now that I think about it is I eliminated green water.
  6. My goldys have been really floaty lately after every meal. It can go on for over 12 hours after feeding. I know overfeeding is the logical answer but I have reduced feeding even more than usual. I have cut the two minute rule down to one and I fast once or twice a week. Nothing has changed lately except I added a heater and have been keeping the tank at 75-76F. Has anybody seen a relation between temperature and floating? I guess I can reduce the temperature to see but I thought I would check first as I know many members recommend that temperature for activity levels. I thought higher temperatures speed up metabolism?
  7. Lol, Peepers has something in common with your moor. How much gelatin do you use?
  8. I noticed Peepers floaty since I made the batch. Looks like I am going to try again. I just checked the package and it says 1 pack for every 1 1/2 cups of solid. Looks like I added almost twice as much.
  9. I spent a lot of time on my last batch or gel food. I bought a steamer for various veggies, deshelled about 100 peas, used good quality fish food, etc. One thing I added 1 and 3/4 pouches or the knox gelatin.The food itself after blending turned out to be about a cup in a half. I read before that 1 pouch should be used per cup of food. Anyhow my food really seems gelly this time. Will it be okay for the fish or will too much gelatin harm the fish?
  10. My two sit resting on the bottom with Dorsal fin half down. I had two before that would hover mid tank treading water. I am not sure but it may partially have to do with the way the current flows in the tank.
  11. They don't need to be picked up with the breeding box, you just scoop them in the water and then hook to the side with the hooks. The netting is really soft and won't damage them.
  12. If the test kits are fine then that Nitraban stuff would explain it. Given though 3 single tails in a 20 that must be some powerful stuff to eliminate the nitrates. Make sure the test kits are fine though especially your ammonia just to be sure the tank is fully cycled.
  13. I am kind of wondering maybe it is the Easy Balance. Is it the Nitraban stuff? It says it last for 6 months amd settles into the gravel. Do you have gravel? However though with your water change regime I would assume it is all gone by now. Maybe another member has experience with this stuff? I was wondering the volume and you wc regime just to see if you were giving the nitrates enough time to build up, and you are.
  14. I bought test kits that were already expired when I got them. I didnt realize that until I got home. They might be 3-4 months old but when do they expire? It might even be the ammonia kit that is out. I have never had prime affect my nitrate levels that I know of. The bottle does say it detoxifies nitrate, I don't know of that means it makes it undetectable. Anyhow if you are using the reccomended dosage I cant see it eliminating nitrates. Are you using any nitrate removers? How often and how much water do you change? What is the volume of your tank?
  15. You can try a netted breeding box to seperate them during feeding so that they get their fair share. I shared a tip on it once.
  16. I think a lot of people just think all goldfish are just like commons. They don't understand all the different varieties. Some people might look at a bubble eye or a pearlscale for example, and think they are a totally different type of fish.
  17. Okay I think I understand green water now. When you say aerated at night, is my two bubblers enough(rated for 20-30 gallons each)? They stay on 24 hours a day. I planted the plant earlier tonight, I figure they nibble on that as I am gone for 4 days and then back for one day and then gone for 10 days. I am planning on having them fed every 3 days, do you think that is enough?
  18. Okay just check the pinned topic on how to disenfect. looks like 19:1 edit: crap the belach we have is fibre guard, probably a bad choice?
  19. I am keeping the green water since it is so good. If anyone has some time please share all you know about green water as I am a newb as far as that is concerned. I am just going to tell my babysitters that the cloudy green water is normal. I did by some Anacharis plant for them to nibble on. So I dip in bleach solution of 9:1(water:bleach) for 1 minute and then rinse and then rinse in dechlorinator?
  20. I have been using mine for 6-8 months now. How long will it last? It looks fine when it thaws.
  21. I went away for three days and this is what happened since the last picture (3 days ago): So it doesnt take long to re-seed. If I go away for 10 days I can just imagine what it will be like, lol. The people I am leaving the tank with though are not the type to do a wc if you know what I mean. I am thinking of steering away from the full spectrum bulb and then do a 100% wc before I go.
  22. As far as I know the stunted means the fish organs continue to grow and the body doesnt. This causes internal problems. Commons are pretty resilant and can astonish people how long they can live under imperfect conditions. You can reseal the tank if you are scared about the seals, there are many pages on google on how to reseal a tank. Also you can fill the tank with water in a place where if it comes apart it would cause no damage like a garage or basement to see if it would hold, however that would be your call. I am sure he will be okay, I mean at five years he wont grow anymore in a bigger tank but would be more happy in a bigger tank with some tank mates.
  23. Good to have another member You might get the koko`s stick though , lol. 1 common for every 20 gallons, meaning your overstocked now. They need that much space to grow to ther full potential and prefer longer tanks over tall tanks.
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