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  1. I'm not sure about doing a qt right now if you are going 2b treating all with prazi. Since they all need it, they can all share the same tank for the treatment. I would set up the qt now though, that way if things w/ Sprocket change or when a Mod comes in and sees something you will be ready. His behavior, to me, looks like he is gulping and the force is pushing him backwards. He immediately went to the top and gulped air. He may be having difficulties w/ his gills. So the prazi will definitely be the way to go at this point. How long have you had your cycle btw?
  2. I hear Tele's have a good time picking up hand feeding.
  3. try using a scraper, idk if paint thinner is going 2b safe enough.
  4. never replace your biological media, the bio stars. that is where the bb's live. this is where the cycling is becoming a problem b/c they are being removed from the tank. carbon should just be pitched out. even though you replace half every two weeks, the other half can leak whatever toxins it originally removed back into the tank. polishing pads, are these specific like "water softener" or are they just like a sponge/filter floss? If it's the latter they don't need to be removed until they are almost falling apart. Like mentioned above, either use old tank water or dechlorinated tap water and squeeze and rinse them out. how deep is your gravel? I think about 1/2 to 1 inch is the max as any lower where oxygen cannot penetrate bad bacteria (anaerobic) will build up and become harmful. if you have to remove gravel just do a little at a time w/ each water change as some of the beneficial bacteria do colonize in gravel. could you describe your hollow ornament? the problem w/ these are they will trap gases and also become breeding grounds for bad bacteria. when they are removed from the tank these nasties will then be exposed to your fish. when removing it for cleaning I recommend taking out your fish so that it will not be exposed to whatever toxins, and waste that come out.
  5. It would be really great if you can get your water tested w/ a drop test kit, not strips, and post back the results in ppm's (parts per million) of the Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and pH. Fish should not bottom sit. This means something is wrong. Are the fins clamped to the body at all? The cloudy eye can mean the fish was in poor water conditions--for example a tank that does not get enough water changes so waste builds up in the tank. With your 25% water changes make sure they are always dechlorinated, temperature and pH matched. And if this tank is not cycled you will need to perform a greater quantity and more often. Erinaceus has given you so much help and such great advice so far. Please check the links he provided. After the other fish died did you do a good tank cleaning? Did you take out the ornaments (if you have them) and wash and scrub them really well in hot water? Did you remove the gravel (if you have it) and clean that really well like in boiling water? The fish does not need medicine at this point in my opinion, and it's only my opinion not law. I feel that pristine water will help it, and the ammonia burns you are seeing is evident that the water is improving as the black coloring are signs of healing. oh and I forgot to add, !
  6. that pond looks like such a great place to live! but one question...what color is this guy/gal? ...it seems, uh, unfamiliar to me. I can't see the eyes, so idk if it's an albino, or maybe a lavender that lost it's color or a shade I've not seen before.
  7. great pics of the whole gang! thanks 4 sharing!
  8. they are definitely growing like weeds! keep up the good work!
  9. pictures please. this is going to help out Imo or another Mod who stops in. If he isn't eating water meds or injections could be the next step, emphasis on could.
  10. yep just as Sarah says, I noticed the breeding stars too! you've got nice healthy boys!
  11. on the !!!!!!!!!!!! also I really need you 2 go back and get me this one
  12. I've asked Imo about the chlorophyll baths b4...but I never tried it. It's not medicine like the metro/flagyl. edit, the following quotes are from another site and not Imo
  13. on the I think the hybrid and smaller ranchu are definitely boys. btw, this pic was ADORABLE kisses!!!!!!!!
  14. that's strange the saki-hikari was floating and did not sink to the bottom...or maybe I misread this? anyway, there are a few members who also have a problem w/ progold making their fish float. I say don't spend anymore money on pellets, just make your own gel food. some goldfish, more and more it seems, have issues w/ any processed food. perhaps it's allergies, idk, but I think the best route for you is the gel food. also add in some L. acidophilus to the recipe, I found mine at a health food/vitamin shop place. The L. acidophilus is the same as probiotics and lactobacter. This is the kind of thing in yogurt btw that helps our digestive tracts (think activia). quote from Imo edit ooooooops! I just re-read your last post and it says you just received the progold and I thought it said you were thinking of buying it. sorry at any rate, you can always try adding in the pellets to the gel food...idk, kind of a big kitchen experiment may be needed until you find what works best
  15. omg I WISH that info was from me! The salt thread is from Trinket and the pH one is from Koko. pH was was really confusing 2 me at first, w/ all the kH and gH...well it can still get me baffled at times, but there are a lot of recent threads on pH on the forum now so if you do a search you'll probably come across them. with the crushed coral you'll find it at any pet shop that sells fish supplies most likely. mine wasn't exactly crushed coral...it was coral rocks so I had to do the crushing myself. you put it in a filter bag, or new-never worn pantyhose into the filter after a quick rinse in either old tank water or dechlorinated tap water. add a little at a time to slowly raise your pH. do lots of testing to see where you're at, if you should add more or less, to make sure it's not jumping too high, etc.
  16. I wish you and Momo the best. Idk what's going on w/ him, so I just wanted 2 stop in and send support.
  17. aw Charlie and lol @ bumpy hair! kids are so cute!!!
  18. again, idk about only 5x gph...whatever filter you decide it needs to have lots of room for bio media. even though the fish will be small the bb colony will be large to handle all the waste of the 3 commons.
  19. Also, I don't get this. Why was my salt off? I was trying to do a 0.3% salt concentration in the tank. If I did 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) per gallon, 10 tablespoons for a 10 gallon tank, isn't that 0.3%? my apologies I missed that you were at 0.3%. I was trying 2 type really fast so you would do a w/c to remove the salt.
  20. just a reminder that you may not need, but every water change needs 2b dechlorinated, temp and pH matched.
  21. cloudy should mean the bb's are looking for a home...so wait a little bit and see if it clears up. it took my tank overnight to clear up. they don't need splash, as the water will carry the oxygen then need through the filter I believe.
  22. I can't watch it...just from everyone's feedback and the preview img of the video are enough.
  23. the link was interesting, but I just don't know how you check to see if your fish has one of the symptoms. for example, "the swim bladder contains purulent fluid. Large numbers of bacteria are found in the fluid and the wall" and "The wall of the swim bladder is hardened" ....only way I can think of checking these things is some type of surgery...and that would be too risky I would think? usually you wouldn't know about these things until after the fish has died and you open it up. I really do agree with you on this. and what I've found is Koko's. I mean, this place is the only option for most of us. I don't have any fish doc's in my area and the scientists who work out in the Potomac river have no interest in helping me so Koko's is all I have.
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