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  1. The ick spots are now gone, but the popeye remains. Also, the smaller fish now has black spots which look like ammonia burns. However, my tests are not showing high ammonia. Anything else these could be? What else can I do for the popeye, which is getting worse on the larger fish?
  2. No, not usually. I vacuum every week when I do the water change and most of the gravel water is clean, except the parts under the plants and two large rocks, which seem to collect dead plant matter, waste, and food (I move them every week). When I did a very thorough vacuum yesterday, the gravel was mostly clean except those areas as usual, but even they weren't very bad since I changed the water two times before that this week. I just put new carbon in the filters and replaced one of the filter bags. Removing the gravel seems like a good idea, even if it just helps with the ick.
  3. 78 degrees, I have a heater. I have taken out some of the gravel, but there is still a lot to go. I will take out most on the next water change/vacuum later tonight (I just got to .3% salinity and I could be imagining it, but some of the cysts look softer... maybe going to burst?).
  4. Me too. They are really great and they are really fond of each other. Imba (the larger one) gets really attached to other fish. When I had to euthanize his last companion (large tumors), he was at the tank side swimming furiously looking for him on the counter for days (it was the last place I had him before I realized Imba could see and moved his container to another room before euthanizing). He is a good fish and this isn't fair.
  5. Both fish have popeye this morning. Nothing has changed as far as the ick or my tank water params. I am an hour or so away from being at proper salinity. What now?
  6. http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v314/souldsweetie/Imba%20and%20Ork/ See link. While vacuuming I uprooted all the plants and removed the two big rocks, so it normally does not look like this! The gold one with the white spot is Ork, he is the worst of the two. The pictures really don't show quite how badly he is covered (nose to tail), but you can see some of it and that his fins are clamped. I also removed the carbon two days ago... should I put new filters in?
  7. Thank you for your help. I am so incredibly upset, even about the new one not making it. There is about one inch of large-stone gravel. I also have some potted plants, some fake ones, and two large round stones. Do you think I should remove everything I can? I am worried about destroying my levels if I do that, but I want to make sure this has nowhere to hide.
  8. I was gone for a week and a half and left my tank in the care of a friend. Friend thought it would be a good idea to surprise me with a new goldfish... this is what ensued -- ICK ICK ICK. By the time I got home, the new fish was already in serious trouble, floating nose down. One of my older fish, the smaller of the two, was absolutely COVERED in ick. I panicked and added Tetra Ick Guard (two days ago) because of his condition and how slowly I would need to add salt. I raised the temp. to 78 degrees and added additional bubblers. Yesterday, no one was better. I followed the Ick Guard instructions and did a 30% water change/vacuum (they suggest 25%) and added more tablets. This morning, the new fish died. I can't tell how badly he was infested because he was pure white. My smaller older fish is still covered in ick. My larger one is not as covered, but is doing a lot of bottom sitting. They are both still eating, but not as much as usual. I am worried about them and will be devastated if they don't pull through this. Should I continue the Ick Guard or empty the tank and start salt? Can I mix the two? Please help. Params: [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? pH 7.2 [*]Water temperature? 78 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gals, approx. one year running (before I moved, running for two years) [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Two Whisper 40 filters. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 25%-30% water change 1 time per week, changed 30% yesterday [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 of my older goldfish (Ryukin, 4" and 2") and the new one (now deceased, 1") [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? AquaSafe conditioner [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Feed Omega flakes/pellets/fruits/veggies/blood worms 2x a day [*]Any new fish added to the tank? YES, one new fish (now deceased) [*]Any medications added to the tank? Tetra Ick Guard 2x [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, ick. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Yes, sitting on bottom.
  9. I just got home from work and (unbelievably) he is now swimming around semi-normally. I only added 2 tbs of salt to the tank. It seems from time to time that he is still head heavy and goes into a slight tilt. His little buddy seems so happy that he's up and about... they're swimming circles around each other. Last night the little one was sleeping under his tail. It was adorable and yet extremely depressing... I was so sure he wasn't going to make it through the night. Could it still be flukes? Should I treat the tank anyway? Maybe I should fast them for a couple of days? Peas? Could it be some odd constipation? I've never experienced anything like this with my goldies before.
  10. There is an airstone. Maybe I should add another one... The other goldie is fine and acting perfectly normal. Sick goldie seems like he's breathing kind of shallow and slow. He's been sitting on the bottom in the same place since midnight last night. I added a tbs. of salt last night and am thinking about another one. Is the only way to treat flukes with chemicals?
  11. No, he has never been ill before. He's laying on top of one of my artificial plants right now. It's not looking good...
  12. There is nothing in there that I can see. My gravel is pretty large, so he would have a hard time (I think) getting it in his mouth unless he found a fragment. I have snails in the tank too... sometimes he eats them. Maybe he got a shell fragment lodged in there? That doesn't really explain the sinking though...
  13. My two year old goldie is sitting nose down, back fins up (vertical). He seems to be constantly chewing something. Now he's sometimes floating in the middle, but seems to be sinking and is using only one of his side fins to keep afloat. What could this be?!!!!!!!!!! Params: Ammonia, Nitrite = 0 Nitrate = 10 pH 7.2 Chlorine 0 KH 120 GH 150 29 gals, approx 7 months running (before I moved, running for a year). Two Whisper 40 filters. 25%-30% water change 1 time per week, changed 30% yesterday 2 goldfish, the one in question 3 inches... and a smaller 1 inch with no symptoms. No additives yet No new fish, plants, or snails within past 6 months Fed Omega flakes/pellets/fruits/veggies/blood worms
  14. Okay, thank you. I read conflicting things online about dropsy being contagious, so I wanted to make sure.
  15. Sadly, my goldie is not going to make it. I put him in a qt tank and added the epsom as well as raised the temp, but now he's floating upside down and the pineconing is severe. I'm not sure if I should put him out of his misery or just make him comfortable until he passes. I'm so upset... I've had him for such a long time. What about my other fish that was with him? Is he going to be okay or should I add epsom to that tank too just to be safe? He's not showing any signs.
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