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  1. Well since it is made for a bigger tank it will heat up the tank more than you want it to. For example, in my 20 the heater heats up the tank to 80 even though it is set for 71. In a bigger tank it keeps it at a steady 71.

    Yes I've always had the same problem.. Even though it's supposed to turn off at the temp you set it at, I find that often it doesn't so you will have to monitor the temp and make sure it doesn't get too high. I would set it at the lowest setting to start off with and then see where that takes you...

  2. Ewww that's nasty and wrong!!!!!

    You know, when I worked at the pet store in the fish dept we were told to go around and scoop the dead fish constantly so that it always LOOKED disease free and people would buy the fish.. The goal was to sell sell sell and it didn't matter if you were selling people sick fish.. I never played by those rules though.. If someone tried to buy a fish from a tank I knew was not doing well I always told them that those fish were under treatment... One time our pond was having severe issues with septicemia and I wanted to stop all sales on the koi until it was treated. The owner said no and to sell them anyway and I was DISGUSTED! How are you going to sell people sick contagious fish that are going to be put in with their other expensive koi and end up with alot of dead or sick fish?? I always waited til he left and put a sign up saying "Not for sale.. Under treatment"... It's sick how business are only out for money and don't care at all about the health of their animals/fish...

  3. I third (or fourth?) what everyone is saying about the Hex tank.. One goldfish in that tank is good!!!

    As for whether they need buddies I think there are positives and negatives to having one fish or more than one fish and it comes down to choice.. On one hand, goldfish are social and you can SEE that many do love each others company.. I have fish that always rest near each other... or they swim together almost like a school... They definitely bond and enjoy being together in most cases. ON the other hand, I have 6 tanks of single fish and they don't appear to be missing out AT ALL! They don't seem sad, or bored, or lonely at all.... Personally I like keeping one fish in a tank because you know that should a problem arise you can treat the fish without having to move to a hopspital tank.

    My fish Angel used to be in a tank with two other fish but they both passed. At the time Angel bonded with the other fish and followed them around. When her tankmate Kismet became a sinker Angel started bottom sitting WITH her almost like to keep her company. When Kismet passed I was worried about Angel but it turns out she's been doing BETTER alone. With no other fish to follow, she swims around and keeps busy, rather than sittting on the bottom!

    So I think it's all a preference, and keeping one fish would be just fine if thats what they wish to do!

  4. In my experience, more IS better... When I started out keeping goldfish I used the rule 10 gallons per fancy and 20 gallons per single tail. And I stocked my tanks according to that... Looking back and learning from experience its better and easier to give yourself a little bit of room to breathe.. Now my preference is more like 2 fancies in a 29 gallon... 3 or 4 in a 55 gallon. I feel like it's so much better for the fish and so much easier to clean...

    However you can keep 2 fancies in a 20 you just have to be a bit more dedicated to tank maintnence. If you are going to be keeping them in a 15 gallon for just a short while and then upgrading to a 20 it can be done. I would suggest doing weekly water changes of 50% or more and really pay attention to things like gravel vaccuming, keeping the filter clean and free of gunk.... You can do all the water changes in the world but if you gunk to build up within the tank you are going to be in just as much trouble and to me thats one of the things that I notice is worse when you keep more fish in the tank. You will want to test the water frequently and adjust your water changes according to that. Ideally you will want ammonia to be 0, nitrites to be 0 and I like my nitrates under 10 but many people say under 20. Do not let them go higher than 40. The aquaclear 30 is a size filter for that tank, and yes its good that you have an airpump... A heater is still a good idea even though they are not tropical fish simply because stability in the temperature is important. You don't have to set it as high (I keep mine around 72-74).

    Goldfish are messier than the tropicals so you WILL be doing more work. However they are really really rewarding pets and its worth the extra effort... :)

  5. Hey guys! Last week (or the week before?) one of my 55 gallons developed a leak..... It was a very slow leak.. It went down about 3 inches in I would say 12 hours and then stopped. My friend from the pet store who is mr. aquarium know it all said it could be resealed and used again, but I know me. I am never gonna get around to doing it and I needed a new tank FAST cause it was my favorite fishies and I didn't want to leave them in a rubbermaid while trying to reseal the tank and let it sit, etc. especially since I have never resealed a tank before so I would be wondering if I did it right. But for someone who knows how it's perfect. Plus we are trying to redo Taylor's room and the house is in chaos and I just need to get it outta here. I decided to put it on craigslist but I will put it on here first.. Pick Up ONLY! I am in Roslyn, PA the zip is 19001... Not far off the PA turnpike if anyone is interested lemme know! :)

    Oh yeah, it appears to only be at the top. I tried filling it halfway only and leaving it and the water stayed in without going down at all it so it appears to be coming from the top half.. possibly the top corner..?

  6. Yeah I think I would leave it alone and hope it comes off on it's own..

    Actually that's a lie. Knowing me I probably WOULD end up picking at it, but that would be the WRONG move and I would end up doing more damage than good. I'm like this with all my pets. I have to constantly remind myself "you are NOT a vet!!! Do not poke and prod when there are problems!!!"

    :rofl

    For real, leave it be and I think in time it will fall off. Especially if the scale is already growing back underneath.

  7. I am so glad I popped back on here tonight! I have been feeling sad ALL week. Like big time depression sad.. And I had managed to get myself into a pretty bad funk tonight and now I'm smiling from reading what you guys wrote about me and Chase...

    I cracked up that Amy wrote

    "And Zombie fish is a big compliment from Sue. Sue, loves zombies! I meant to ask you, Sue, have you ever checked out footage from the hollywood zombie walk they do out here every year. You would love it!

    It's so true! I love zombies so maybe he just wanted to play dress up! :) And no I have never heard of the hollywood zombie walk but it sounds awesome. There is one in Asbury Park NJ (The beach I always go to) and for some reason I've never actually GONE. Every year I want to and every year something comes up!!! But it looks fun!!!!!!! Maybe I can go as Chase , a zombie goldfish LOLOL

    Im sure of it. I have never seen a fish so bad turn round so good :). All down to the dedication you show to your pet family Sue! the fish came to you with stuff on board already and you have seen to it that they have been able to fight back and...win time and again. Chase's is an inspirational story and I for one will never ever say "dropsy is pretty much terminal" again thanks to him and you.

    Thanx Imo! You helped me so much with all my fish but especially Chase. We racked our brains with what to do for him and sometimes it felt like we had exhausted all options but we just kept on thinking "what can we do?" Even when we couldn't come up with an answer I feel like you always just had my back and supported me so I feel like you are also part of the reason he is here! In fact so many people prayed for Chase that I think those prayers may have gotten through and is around JUST because of all his koko's supporters!

    Sue I'm so happy to hear Chase is doing so well. :) It's true that he is a fighter but without your incredible care and all the efforts you made to give him all he needed to fight, he wouldn't be here today. :heart I remember reading up on Chase and his problems when I was trying to help Bandit, and seeing all your efforts to help Chase inspired me to keeping fighting. You are an example to all of us that we should not give up hope on our pets until they give up. :heart:hug

    Awww and I wanted Bandit to make it even longer than he did for you.. But bandit and you fought SO hard too.... I will never ever ever forget Bandit :heart

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  8. I completely agree with you guys that it depends on what the cause is, which so difficult to pinpoint..

    Many of my fish were dropsying at the same time and it seems as though internal parasites were to blame. (Worms actually)... It was causing many of my fish to become floaty and to dropsy and it seems like now that the problem has been resolved, things are calming down. I am pretty sure that some of the fish were too far gone (esp the ones that had been dealing with it the longest) and those fish eventually passed.. Only one of the fish who dropsied is gone at this point though. I have 3 other dropsy survivors. Voorhees has relapsed a few times, but continue to make it. And Chuy is really surprising because he wasn't even my fish when he dropsied. He was just a fish at the store I worked at.. (Some of you have heard this story over and over again so just ignore this part! lol)... He was SO bad and there was no way to really quarentine and treat him so the only treatment he had was sporadic feedings of metromeds.. I'm talking every couple of days when I was there..And it wasn't even a fresh pack. I had planned on throwing them out because I got a new pack but figured I might as well take them to the store in case a fish got sick I could at least try em. He survived and then the store closed and all the fish were being transferred to other locations and I just could NOT let him go thru that and possible end up with someone who didn't know how to take care of him. So I took him home and put him in a spare 5 gallon tank. (It's all I had)... He's lived with me for 2 years now and so far is one of my healthiest fish!

    But in any case, I totally agree that I am happy for any "borrowed time"... It's all bonus to me! Chase was such a tough case because when he originally dropsied he did not respond to ANYTHING. And he was bloated beyond belief. Then he developed these huge blisters and bubbles. He was BAD.. I changed his water every single day for a year and I do believe water quality was one of the reasons he is still kicking.

    I do think there may be damage done that can't be reversed in all of these fish, so maybe none of them will live as long as they had potential to live. But I'll take an extra few years any time rather than lose the fish! I just love em so much! :heart

  9. I know I am scared to even talk about him!!! LOLHe really does have the fighting spirit... That's why when he does finally pass (in 50 years!!!) I am going to get a goldfish tattoo.. I've wanted one but I want it to be for something special. So I'm gonna get it in memory of Chase and his strength and when I look at it I will remember how he fought and survived when it seemed hopeless, so maybe I can fight and survive when it seems hopeless.. I don't need the tattoo now though, cause I still get to look at him in real life :-)

    YES I need to take new pics! I keep meaning to and I don't... I lost Kharma and Kismet this year. And Heba and Ed... the rest of em are still kicking. EVen Kate who had that major major red.. Shes a sinker though now.. Something was def messed up in that tank because two of the fish are dead and two of the fish are sunk to the bottom permanently. I really do need to take a photo shoot of all the other fishies though!

  10. Because I didn't want to jinx it because he got better again!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce

    My mind has been all over the place lately. My rat Riley has been sick again. He was very letharic and then I found a lump on him.. He's older so surgery is prob not a great option. For now the antibiotics are at least helping him energy wise so that's good.

    Anyway, about.. let's see.. a month and a half ago Chase began to get really sick. He was bottom sitting and his fins started splitting like crazy and he got SO SKINNY. I mean really really skinny... IN the past MetroMeds have helped him when this happened but I didn't want to use them too frequently and risk them not working when really needed. However he got to the point when the bottom sitting was SO bad that I started them.. About a week into the MM he dropsied. I was really concerned. The previous time he was sick he was HAPPY. He was active. He didn't act sick. This time he looked MISERABLE. I pretty much resigned myself to the fact that he was probably not going to make it this time...

    Obviously with both Chase and Riley (and my cat Oreo too) I feel like I've gotten bonus time. I feel like they've all been at deaths door and recovered and I feel like I got so much extra time with them. So in a way when they are ready to go I will just be thankful for all the extra time I had. But at the same time, you still hope you can have a little bit longer with them.

    Chase has been getting two water changes a week so his tank is clean. But then I remembered something... I had forgotten to change out his filter cartridge when it was time.. Im usually very very good about all of my tank maintence. I have a strict schedule when it comes to water changes, and filter cleanings, etc. But the week I was due to change out his cartrdige not only did I forget but I didn't rinse it. I looked at it and it was COVERED IN GUNK... I changed it out and thought to myself "maaaaaaaaaaybe this is the cause of the dropsy" since a high organic load is often a huge factor when it comes to dropsy. And I could be doing all the water changes in the world but with that nasty cartridge it wouldn't matter..

    Sure enough a few days later the scales starten to flatten and he soon stopped bottom sitting. Now's he's back to swimming his awkward little floaty swim. (He has been very off since the original time he dropsied. Very floaty and upside down at times, but right now he's swimming in a way thats normal for him)... He finished his MM course and has fattened up. He's still my lil Zombie fish because he still has odd things since that first really bad dropsy case. Missing scales and an odd patchy wen. But my lil zombie fish is back to his normal zombie self!!!!

    I've been wanting to share this with you guys for EVER but I am always afraid I will jinx it!!!! Its been one year and 225 days now that he's made it when he should have died. And those of you that remember how bad his dropsy was know that we really thought he wouldn't make it.. I love my lil survivor..

    :heart

  11. If you can't move him then what you are going to need to do is as close to a full water change as possible.. Like 90% of the water. Do not add any meds back in the water this time.. When you replace the water be sure to add a water conditioner that removes chlorine/chloramines/metals like Prime or AquaSafe (there are many brands).. And please be sure that the temperature of the new water matches the old water or this will stress him even more.

    Once you've gotten the meds out and the water is nice and clean you should take a sample of the water to a pet store and ask them to test it for you. Have them write down actual numbers for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and Ph. And post back here.. (YOu could also take a sample of water from BEFORE The water change so we can see what it was like before)... It would be smart to pick up the API test kit. Also, buy some aquarium salt, because as I said before, salt can help most disease, MANY parasites (including ich) and also helps fin and tail rot. This fish sounds like he is in very delicate condition...

    Once you have this done you can do 0.1% salt as suggested which is 1 teaspoon per gallon. You will want to add the salt to a cup of tank water and stir it around so it dissolves and add the mixture to the tank..

    After this you will eventually up the salt to 0.2% then to 0.3% but lets just focus on this for now..

  12. Sorry to keep asking more questions but can you give me a little bit more history on this fish and the way it was being kept prior to it getting sick? How often do you vaccum the gravel, or clean the filter media etc.. And were you consistently doing the 50% water changes every few days, or just recently...

    It's very hard to tell exactly what is going on here without knowing your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate but I can say that most times when someone it not testing their water you often find high levels of ammonia and nitrite which can be very bad for the fish. Also because fancy goldfish require at least 10 gallons of water ideally, there is an even better chance that the water quality could have been poor.. And like others have sad, water quality is often to blame for many of the problems you are having such as the popeye/cloudy eye etc. And I do agree that medications are never wise to use when you don't know your ammonia and nitrite levels because it can become even more toxic to the fish.. This is why people are suggesting a full water change with no meds. In fact, one of the safest "meds" you can use which helps SO many goldfish diseases is salt.. But again, you want to know your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings and know if your tank is cycled (did you have a chance to read the cycling link?)

    Popeye is often a problem in tanks with poor water quality and a high organic load. (basically, lots of poop and gunk! lol) This is common in tanks with gravel especially if they are not being gravel vaccumed often (which I am not sure if your was or not)

    Basically the full water change you have done was a great step and now if you can get the water tested that would be your next best move. After we know the results, you can possibly move on to salting the tank (which we have a link for).. Getting a larger tank if the fish pulls through would be a good idea too!I really hope he gets better!

  13. I thought I was done shopping and then it hit me! I didn't buy my dog a present!! Unacceptable! So I had to hit the store last minute and pick him up a few goodies.. But I couldn't get the pooch something without getting something for the rat.. So I got HIM a few goodies. But the cats needed something too!!! And it's not fair to get them all something and leave out the bunny!!!! So she got some presents. And of course we can't forget about the goldies just because they aren't furry, so they got a fresh pack of brine shrimp for their xmas feast.. (They are gonna share with the hermit crabs).. So I ended up spending $115 at the pet store on my animals!!! HAHAHAH But there are my babies so they deserve it! :) Anyone else buy for their pets/fish?

  14. I had to cover the container and leave the room in tears. He was gone when I checked back 10 minutes later, but I will NEVER use that method again. It was truly horrific and I am still sick to stomach. :cry1

    :hug

    Ohhh that sounds so so sad. I am soooooo sorry you had to watch that! I've never had to use it. I almost used it on my fish about a month ago and she died on her own the same day I was going to euthanize. I am so glad because I don't like being the one to make decisions and I was always scared about something going wrong..

    I know its probably hard to remember right now, but you did it with good intentions and with the bettas best interest at heart. I know it didn't go as planned but you did it out of love and trying to end suffering, so you still did a good thing...

  15. I love your drawings!!! They are really good!!!

    Heeey care for a project?? Down the line I plan on getting a tattoo of a red cap oranda.. Probably not anytime soon because of money but I do want one... I would love to see a few sketches, like a realistic looking one and a more cartoony looking one to get an idea of what I would want to get.. Care to doodle for me just for fun so I can get some ideas??

  16. That is so sad!!! Poor babies!!! I can't believe with some people the instinct is to just flush them because they can't be bothered! Good for you for taking them and trying to help them and saving them... I hope they do well and eventually find a nice home (or perhaps end up staying with you for good)

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