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  1. Hey I was at the store yesterday and I had to check out the fish even though I don't plan on getting more. There was a BEAUTIFUL blue Oranda for sale. $31. I think it's a female but not totally sure. He/she looks VERY healthy even though it's from s chain store. The picture makes her look more chocolate but she's a beautiful silvery Blue. They she has been there for months and no one has bought her. I thought If anyone could give her a good home it would be someone from kokos. She's in Jenkintown PA. Last I remember we can't post store names but it's one of the main chains but I've noticed this particular store always has super clean tanks and very healthy looking fish.
  2. Well spoke too soon. Just as quickly as he stopped, then started again, he had stopped eating again. I dunno what to do. Seperatly, does anyone know how long an unopened bottle of prazi pro is good for? My daughter actually notIced that my blood parrot cichlid had bright red under his gills and I had noticed that but she said "it looks like a coral reef". And it does. It looks like red with long red strings and she found another post that said it was gill flukes. I dunno much about cichlids. This wasn't even supposed to be my fish. She found this pic online and it looks EXACTLY like my fish. I just know my prazi is unopened but I think I bought it like 4 years ago.
  3. Thanks! I'm so so glad he did a 180. I don't know what happened to make him stop and I don't know what happened to make him start but luckily he's doing well!
  4. Hey guys! Thanks for all the advice. I didn't know what duckweed was but I tried bloodworms and a few other types of food with no luck. I was getting super worried cause like Artic Mama said a goldfish must eat. And I wouldn't want him to waste away. But he still seemed so active and healthy and wasn't wasting away at least not visually. Then out of nowhere one day I tried the Hikari pellets that had been his main food and he just ate them! It's like as quickly as he stopped he just started again even though nothing changed! Hes eaten 5 or 6 times now. He won't touch the bloodworms but I have a rescue Blood Parrot that is stunted (previous owners put him in with aggressive African cichlids) and he's loving the bloodworms! So good news! And that's a good video to watch in case there is an issue in the future! Thanks everyone!
  5. Thanks everyone. It's been between 2-3 weeks since he's eaten ANYTHING At ALL. But I'm in agreement that since he is otherwise behaving normally I should monitor and watch . I think bloodworms in garlic is a great idea though! I'll keep you guys posted! P.s. Hi Koko!!!! Hope you have been doing well!! 😊
  6. Thanks for answering. I tried handfeeding but he doesn't let me. I've had other fish that let me hand feed but when I tried with him he just wiggled away and it was stressing him out. So I coukdht even get any food in. I also thought they were cataracts and not a bacterial cloudy eye. But like I said he has had them for a while. And I've had totally blind fish still find food. So even with them he should be able to smell the food. I think what baffles me the most is that he went from eating like a pig one day to not eating at all. It wasn't a slow loss of interest in food. It was overnight. I appreciate your response! Wish me luck!
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 20 * Ammonia Level(Tap) ? * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 20 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 65 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 46 Gallons and its been running for about 8 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Penguin 350 * How often do you change the water and how much? Between 50% and 75% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 6 days ago, 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish remaining who is almost 9 years old and she is approx 8-9 inches including tail * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead Sinking Pellets as main food as main food every 2 days. (I used to feed once daily but I do not live at the same house as my fish anymore so have been feeding less) * Any new fish added to the tank? No, no new fish in at least 6 years * 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. Years ago I was actually very active on this site and was even a moderator for a brief period. I learned how to keep my fish from this site and at one point my collection was up to 30 goldfish. I set this tank up approx 8 years ago (maybe 9) with 5 fish. The tank and all fish were treated with 2 weeks of salt at 0.3% and with at least a month of prazi. All fish were added at the same time. No new fish were ever added. THe fish in this tank thrived but a few died during a power outage. Other than that, one fish dropsied and I had treated with Metro Meds at the time. But this particular fish has never been sick. Slowly the fish died off for various reasons (most from the week long power outade during Sandy, or dropsy). This fish has never had any major issues. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? She has a bit of cloudy eye that he has had for about a year. I honestly believe its an age thing. And she has a few missing scales. That also has been been about a year now. However aside from that she is doing well. NO frayed fins, no red streaks, no fungus, no pop eye, no pineconing. She is swimming happily. Her dorsal fin is upright. Sorry I keep saying she but I actually believe its a he based on the vent I just named her a girlie name so I am in the habit of calling her she. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? On Christmast I noticed that the food I had given him the day before was not touched at all. He normally gobbles it up. Over the past couple of weeks I have racked my brain, trying to think of why he had stopped eating. Nothing has changed at ALL. But he is refusing food. I tried a fresh bag, no luck. I tried a different brand of food. No Luck. I checked his mouth and it is opening and there is no blockage or anything. He basically just stopped eating completely but is otherwise acting TOTALLY normal. No swimbladder issues or anything like that. Does anyone have ANY ideas as to what is wrong. Thanks in advance! C2358053-65F0-4DB7-92B0-7740975820AC.MOV
  8. Im so glad you had better luck today! Perhaps jared's feeding schedule is exactly what your fish need I really hope your dropsied fish gets better. Is he still eating the MM? Is he still active and swimming around? If so those are great things!! Water changes are very important for dropsied fish too! But it sounds like you are doing them! As for being a helper or mod, awwww thats so sweet! But honestly, Im so rusty on some of the essentials. I used to know this stuff by heart. What meds worked best for what. Dosages, etc. Plus to be a helper or mod you have to really have time to commit to the board. Koko needs people she can rely on to be active often, and I was no longer able to offer that, which is why I am back to full member. When koko originally made me a moderator it was something I was soooooo proud of! It was an honor! But because of personal issues, I was no longer able to commit to to all the responsibility of a mod/helper! But i appreciate the compliment and if there is anything else I can do to help let me know! Good luck with all your fish Mikey!
  9. Oops I wrote Dan and Helen. I meant Alex and Helen!
  10. Got your PM Mikey.... Its been quite a while since Ive helped out but I can sure try to give any advice i might have... Ive had many many floaty fish. Some, like the one you have that had dropsy, floated no matter what. I tried everything. Peas, gel food, medicated foods, frozen foods, a billion different brands of food including Saki Hikari, Pro Gold and Hikari Lionhead. For some if the fish, I eventually just had to realize that there wasn't going to be a cure. And I put those fish in separate tanks from the fish that didnt float, and feed them only food that floated to the top so that they could wiggle around the top and eat it. I tried to keep them away from fish that swam around well, because those fish would eat all the food and the floaters would have trouble getting to it. I realize separate tanks is not always an option though, but perhaps a divider might be? Ive also noticed some fish just end up being sinkers. For whatever reason they sink and never get back up. In my 6+ years of fish keeping I have not figured out what exactly causes some to float, while others sink. Right now I have two sinkers. No matter what, they dont get off the bottom. They still are active and scurry around for food, so I feed them only sinking food and they have been doing this since, lets see, October 2012? As for the rest of my fish, i do have some that get floaty after they eat. They seem to do best with Hikari Lionhead as their main pellet food. Ive basically stopped giving any food that floats naturally to discourage them from gulping at the top. I only give sinking foods, like lionhead, certain frozen foods, peas. Gel food works wonders for some people, but I never had success with it unfortunatly. I found that limiting their feedings has really helped. I used to feed my fish twice a day. I now feed my fish once every OTHER day. I know that seems like a small amount. But its enough that they stay healthy and are not losing weight, but it also gives their sensitive swim bladders a rest. I might do Lionhead on Monday, then they will get a bit floaty for a few hours, but them fast them Tues and so they have a break between floaty periods. Then maybe do peas on Wed, and skip Thursday. I know a lot of people probably are thinking "are you crazy?! They are not getting enough food!" But if you take a look at them i assure you they are! Some people do the opposite approach, which is small feedings multiple times every day. That never worked for me personally. I know it works for others though. For me, that just kept my fish constantly floating. I feel like my way gives them enough nutrition (we all know Goldies can go a long time without food) but it gives my floaty fish a break from floating... They basically spend 2-3 hours floating after a meal, but the other 45 hours swimming around happily. One of the tanks actually has one sinker and two that float after being fed. The two that float after being fed usually come down after a couple hours then spend the rest of the time chasing one another. I know one is male and one is female and I have had eggs many times. "They" say only healthy goldfish spawn. So i am assuming that the feeding schedule I do isnt harming them at all. Anyway, thats what works for me. But I also think each fish is different. Some fish float with high nitrates. Though yours are not that high. But some fish will float with even low nitrates. Some fish float on gel foods while others do great on gel food. I wish it was a simple answer, but for me it was a matter of watching each fish, and getting to know what worked for them individually. I would hate to tell you to start feeding your fish every other day like I do and have that not work for you. Thats just what has worked best for me and is something you could try. When I give them Lionhead I typically give approx 1/4 level tsp per fish. Oh as for fish who have dropsied or are dropsied, epsom salts can be helpful, but i forget the dose. Its been a long time since I used that. I was also going to suggest prazi because in the past that has helped some of my floaters. But I see you have done prazi that recently. For dropsied fish I ALWAYS use MetroMeds from Goldfish Connection. For me personally it has had a wonderful success rate in helping dropsied fish recover and stay alive longer. I always try to keep a fresh unopened bag on hand just in case, so that I can feed it at the first sign of dropsy. That and water changes kept one of my fish that had terrible dropsy alive for four years. Well, I hope some of that helped. Again, its been a while since I helped others. Ive mainly just been caring for my own fish for the past 3 years or so. So if I missed anything, or gave any information that the moderating team is not comfortable with, please feel free to correct me! I wont be insulted at all! Mikey I really hope your fish do well and get better. It sounds like you treat them well and are giving them excellent care. P.S. Helen & Dan you tricky little.... well I will leave it blank. Lol Don't think I dont know your plan here! Trying to lure me back in to helping a bit because you know I cant resist trying to help out someone in need! Lol You two are trying to keep me around here aren't you? Hahahah. Love you guys! Lol
  11. Seriously? Thats amazing. He is really thriving with you!! Ohhhh i wanna pinch those cheeks!! Lol
  12. Wait that made it sound like I liked them all but your Oranda. Lol I was saying the opposite. I like them all but your Oranda is just perfect!
  13. Ooooooh my goodness these pics are amazing!! I love them all but your Oranda. Oh my gosh. That face, that wen! Ohhhh i love it!
  14. Hey! I remember you saying the other day that you collect goldfish books. I've been buying the ones I've seen (only about 4-5 of them) and am done reading them. At this point, the books I've read are very basic, and I'm finding that most of the things I've learned on here from you guys already!!! I always like to be ahead of myself, and am looking into getting a few books that go further than the basic. You know, that delve into diseases, medications, treatments etc. I want to learn more. I want to understand things like "gram negative bacteria", and different medicine names.. Right now the books I've read are more like "there are many fish diseases. Many need antibiotics. Ask someone which to use...". It doesn't have to be just disease but basically I am looking for a few good books that will teach me things beyond just rereading basic knowledge. I love to read (especially at the beach). I am going to buy the book that Rick was part of. There was also this really good book at the library that I want to try to find on ebay or something. It was older but was exactly the kind of book I am talking about. I think it was "goldfish guide" by Dr. Matsui & Dr. Axelrod. (I have two titles written down I think that was the one.) Any recommendations?? They don't have to be brand new either, I would be fine with something that I would have to track down on ebay, etc. If ANYONE knows any I am interested. Not just from Daryl, I just directed the question to her because I remember her saying she collects them! Or even books that are more basic but just have something "better" about them. Thanks!!!
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