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  1. Well, I've got "good" news so far. I removed the divider last night and no fin nipping! There was a LOT of jockeying and still is this morning on Biggie's part, but at least no biting so fingers crossed. Biggie does chase the new guy around a lot, but just lots of body bumping going on. I'm starting to think that maybe he's trying to breed the new guy (or should I say girl?) Biggie has breeding stars out a lot - which he also does now - so not sure? I thought it was better to buy same size fish so that little ones didn't get picked on as new guy is just a tad smaller than Biggie? Maybe I should have went smaller, and maybe I should get a third fish to calm him down? The biggest thing I've learned from this is not to leave a large goldfish alone in a tank too long.....note to file Thanks for all the tips and I'll keep you updated....
  2. New guy survived the day in the colander thankfully. My hubby rigged up an awesome tank divider courtesy of Home Depot, as our fish store didn't have anything that would fit a big bowfront. I'm hoping with time that the two will settle down and be able to live peacefully, but time will tell. Have other members had this happen before, and what is the success rate of the two fish eventually being able to share the same tank? Am I holding on to a hope and a prayer hahahaha Biggie was never territorial like this before, BUT he was the third fish added to the tank when I had my old guys. Since they died, Biggie has been on his own for about 2 months so maybe he's decided to become "king of his castle/tank" now. He's a really big, powerful, healthy male Ryukin and he knows it. Maybe it has something to do with leaving him as the only fish for quite some time, and/or adding only one large fish instead of two, making the new addition an instant target? Or maybe Biggie would just pick on two new fish just as much? I don't really want to try another fish addition until I get this sorted out. I'm hoping new guy pulls through as his tail is pretty shredded I feel really bad about putting him in my tank just to be viciously and relentlessly attacked but I had no clue Biggie would go after him like that. I added some stress coat and just have to wait and see if it heals or if this turns into infection. If I can get him healthy, and the two can't cohabitate in peace, I'll guess he'll be making a trip back to the fish store sadly.....and Biggie will live out his life in his palatial 72 gallon all to himself.
  3. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 10 mg/l * Ph Level 7, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) KH 3 dKH, GH 3 * Ph Level 6.7, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Sera drops * Water temperature? 21 celcius (unheated) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 72 gallons, 2 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 405 & Fluval 305 * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly 30% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 large Ryukin * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Equilibrium, Flourish Excel on occasion, Neutral Regulator, Stresscoat * What do you feed your fish and how often? Saki-Hikari Fancy Goldfish, New Life, blood worms and romaine * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes, new Ryukin yesterday * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? None * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No
  4. I do but every time I put a fish in a rubbermaid container, it dies - maybe from stress - so it makes me nervous to do this again. Biggie busted through my makeshift barrier last night and was at it full throttle this morning when I woke up. Right now, the new fish is sitting in a little colander until we can get to the fish store and get some kind of divider. Does anyone know if this behaviour usually subsides in a few days or will it be futile of me to try to reintroduce the new guy as Biggie will just keep wanting to chew him to bits?? What happened to goldfish being peaceful fish? Lesson learned not to leave a big guy alone in a tank for too long..... Would getting more than ONE new fish have possibly prevented this? If I get another, will he most likely just go after both?
  5. Hum, tried the colander thing. These fish are too big as the new guy could barely move around in my biggest colander and was not even fully submerged, so I thought that would just make it worse for him. I will see if the fish store has tank dividers available tomorrow. I have about 5 plants in there, 2 large rocks and a big piece of wood that goes across the tank so there are areas to "sit around" in and divide up the tank. It doesn't matter where the new guy goes, Biggie is in hot pursuit. I changed them all up quickly but Biggie just charged through everything. Right now, I've sunk two colanders with rocks in them just to give at least a partial divide appearance (although I have no doubt Biggie will swim over and go after the new guy...) The new guy is already showing major signs of stress as his fins are now starting to "pinecone" a bit. Being relentlessly chased and eaten will do that to a guy I have a feeling I just spent $50 on a fish that won't last 24 hours because now I have a giant bully in my tank who will have to live alone from now on......
  6. I can fill out the form but I'm not sure what water quality would do with this behaviour? We just redid the tanks a couple days ago and everything "water wise" is in order but I can ask hubby in the morning for the official "stats." I now have 2 Ryukins in a 72 gallon bowfront so that should be ample space? I tried reorganizing the plants tonight to give the new guy a little respite but the big black one just charged through, chased him out and kept on nipping. I will try that colander thing. Do these things usually calm down in a few days or is did I just doom this new fish to get eaten alive, bit by bit?
  7. (Feel free to move this to a different section if need be...) I need quick help with a situation in my tank! This isn't disease related, but I'm worried that my one fish is going to significantly injure the other enough that's it's going to croak or have instant infection at this rate. I am hoping the members could share some tips to help me. I have a large black male Ryukin who has been on his own for the last month since his tank mate died. Today, I put in a new Ryukin pretty close to his size. My black Ryukin has relentlessly chased this new fish for the last 10 hours, and has tore out chunks of his tail fin! The new fish's tail is already showing blood lines where the missing chunks are, and the new fish is just being chased and picked on non-stop. My original fish is literally eating his whole tail - piece by piece. I had this happen years ago once in another tank I had to the point where the one fish ate the other fish' tail down to a stump. While goldfish are supposed to be non-aggressive type fish, why does this happen? More importantly, how can I stop the black one?? I feel bad I put this new fish in just to be literally eaten alive...... Should I have put more than just one in there, or would that have made any difference?
  8. On that note, are there any special tips you could maybe suggest that we should check in this tank? Our tank specs are at the top of the thread...
  9. Thanks guys. I looked at Acro's thread too...looks similar for sure, but so hard to tell what's what with these diseases. I guess there might be something lurking in the tank, because my hubby keeps it like it's his baby, and we've gone over the water conditions a zillion times. I'm going to be taking out a lot of the stuff in there, and simplifying down the tank decoration wise to see if that helps. I have 2 large Ryukin in there (they were added a week before Little Guy's wen spot popped up.) So far, so good with them. If they stay healthy, I'll stick with just Ryukins (although I must say Orandas IMO are much cuter with more personality as I love their "raspberry heads") If they don't make it, definitely going to take the whole system down, bleach down, and try again. I appreciate all the help on here (special kudos to DNALEX as I wouldn't have had a clue what to do) Thanks for trying to help Little Guy
  10. Bad news. Checked on him this morning and he died overnight. Honestly, I'm not sure it's worth treating fish with meds? Are other fishkeeper's experience that fish pull through once they get sick, or do the majority of them die regardless of treatment? Wouldn't all this shuffling from one bin to another stress him out even more? Sad day.....that's the fourth oranda in 6 months. I'm starting to think about giving up exotic goldfish because none of them seem very healthy anymore.....tumours, ulcers..... I kept them for years upon years, and never had one get sick or die, then in the last 2 years..it's one oranda after another....
  11. One question I have is about temperature of the water. It's 19 C which is 66 F for you Americans It's about a degree or two cooler than his normal tank upstairs (which is our room temperature), as we're keeping him in the lower floor utility room. Do I just leave it, or heat it or?
  12. Fuzzy? Hum, hard to say. There is nothing "stringy" coming from it. Tomorrow when we do the water change again, I'll take a really close look.
  13. Start of treatment 3 days ago: 3 days later. Hole is slightly bigger, and filling in with white. Is white healing or getting worse?
  14. Got the Melafix going a few days ago. Little Guy is more lethargic today and didn't eat his food. I'm going to try some blood worms, but he didn't touch his normal Saki Hikari. The ulcer looks the same size, but totally filled in with white now. I will post pics soon.
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