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  1. A very similar thing happened to my baby pearlscale, except worse. He was sucked into my python for about 15 seconds. He was all ripped up. I thought that he was going to die. Heres what I would recommend- Simply add some fish protector (artifical slime coat)and let him heal himself the rest of the way. There's not much else that you can do. I felt the same as you for a while, helpless. I would bet that in a few days he will be MUCH better as mine was. My pearlscale has thus completely recovered, except for some discolored skin. Goldfish are hardy fish. They're troopers!
  2. I'm planning on feeding the antibiotics for 2 more weeks no matter what. If this is a bacteria, I dont want to risk it. I have no problem feeding the antibacterial food to only one fish in the Main tank. That wouldn't be a problem. I am going to try your submersion trick, Daryl. I do think that the ulcer is fully developed, but I imagine that it might help a great deal. I will fill you all in as time passes or if (god forbid) any new symptoms spring up. Once again, thanks so much.
  3. Hey All! I'm sorry for the late response. I did read the post and have been working on everything. Update: The qurantine tank is fully functional. I do 3 50% water changes a day to maintain parameters (since Daryl mentioned that the sponge filter isn't sufficient) and am adding prime to the tank along with some zeolite filter medium. I also add slime coat protectant to help heal the ulcer that has grown redder and more grotesque. It is quite bad at this point. Vasily has regained some of his appetite and only manages to eat a bit each day. I hand feed jungle antibacterial. Anyway, by observing his behavior, he seems to be feeling better. Although, he still doesn't look better. This leads me to believe that this is swim bladder. Any disease and I think that he would be in "giving up mode." I had a big shock today when I went to the quarantine tank and found that the water was 90 degrees farenheit. It felt like my jacuzzi. The poor guy was swimming in THAT. I think my heater malfunctioned. Anyway, he is ok. I restored 78 degrees through water changes and some ice (I made sure that he didnt come into contact with it). My main question is, is it time to put him back in the main tank? If not, when? I personally feel like I should give it another day or two to watch for improvement. Any opinions? My family is urging me to do so because they care more about the ambiance and good smell of our apartment rather than my sick fish. Anyway, I appreciate the help VERY much and let me know what you think on this.
  4. I'm sorry about your poor fish and I hope someone will find the solution. I just wanted to clarify something. When you say he is a balloon do you mean that he is swollen? I mainly meant that he was just floating as if a balloon was put in the water, but he does seem mildly bloated on the side that he is floating on. It is so slight though that it might just be normal him.
  5. Update: Frayed dorsal fin Will not eat peas (hand fed didnt help) I have set up the quarantine tank and he is in it Anything, anybody? This is to the tee what killed mochie
  6. Hello All! I appreciate the great replies. Here is what I have decided to do, my questions, and my thoughts. I have a medium-small rubbermaid in the garage that I can clean thoroughly or perhaps I will pick one up from nooppee in a half of an hour, depends on some factors. Anyway, I acquired a new sponge filter but I will have to take the air pump from the Main tank in order to use it. My canister filter agitates the water very well(the return pipe is pointed up)so I hope that this will not affect the other fish too much. I will hand feed peas for the time being. I am performing a water change of the main tank because last night I added a small amount of epsom to it (woops) thinking that urgency was important. I wish I hadn't done that. It looks like the others are doing just dandy (it was a small dose) but I do not want to take any chances. Will prime be a good replacement for zeolite? Will I be able to easily acquire a bio-bandage? There are a few reasons why I believe that this is not swim bladder. First, the severity of the floating is unbelievable. The poor guy is a balloon. I have had fish with normal swim bladder and this is 2x worse. Second, the nitrates have been at 30 since I bought Vasily and he has never had a problem. I have also fed the same food since I got him. Same regiment. I'm surely not ruling it out so I will treat it like severe swim bladder for a while. If history repeats itself, we have a while to test treatments and diagnoses, even though sadly at the expese of Vasily. Vasily has not eaten for 4 days (the end of the fast) so I will feed him the peas tonight. Let me know if pictures would help.
  7. Thanks lionchu! Im happy to hear that the red spot is a sore and not a bacterial infection. My old 10 gallon quarantine tank is broken and I no longer own a filter small enough to run it. This is why I am trying to avoid strong meds. I have added epsom to the main tank before without problems so I will do that for now. 1 teaspoon per 20 gals, right? Or is it a tablespoon? Would you find it urgent to purchase a new setup for him or is it possible to treat him inside the main tank? I can feed him frozen peas witout the others eating them because I have this odd floating food feeding contraption =D
  8. Hello all. I haven't posted in a while as everything has been going well and I have been VERY busy. If any of you remember my desperate posts over the summer, you might remember my Oranda Mochie who dealt with some sort of illness for over 2 months before I had to euthanize. My black oranda Vasily has now come down with the exact same thing. I will try my best to describe it again so that maybe somebody can diagnose. Basically, Vasily is floating to the point where he cannot swim or eat. He floats into the corner and just moves his tail all day. It is very sad. In addition, he has a distinct red patch on his body (the part that protrudes from the water) and the closest fin to that area. He will not eat as he cannot get to the food. These are the synptoms exactly that occured to mochie. If I can't find a diagnosis and a solution within 2 weeks I wont let him suffer for 2 months like I did to Mochie. The wrong thing to do. If anybody had ANY idea, please respond. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 30 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops [*]Water temperature? 75 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 gals, year and a half [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Marineland canister rated for 100 gals [*]How often do you change the water and how much? I try to do so weekly, sometimes it lags. 65% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish. 1 large, 2 very small, one medium-small [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Once daily mon-sat dry pellets, sunday brine shrimp and bloodworms [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? All natural anti-fungal meds [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? As described [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? As described
  9. I agree very much with Daryl on this one. I thought that cleaning m,y canister was never necessary, only the changing of filter pads every 2 months. I finally did a thorough cleaning of the system about a month ago and the amount of water that began to go through the system was 3x greater than it was before. Sadly, my family is living in a very temporary apartment and therefore we cannot get a single drop of water on the carpet or we are charged a bunch of money. Changing a canister over carpet without getting any water on it is extremely difficult. I have towels and sheets sprawled all over the place and yet it is still a battle lol. So for anyone with a canister who has not recently done a thorough cleaning, including the tubes, do so! It really helps. I can't wait to find a way to change and clean my filter without making a mess. My canister filter is one that is "approved" for 100 gallon tanks and it is on a 60. Im curious after reading this thread if that is enough. should I invest in a HOB filter for added filtration? It is a marineland. I only have 3 fish in the tank and it will remain that way. In my opinion, 20 gallons per fish makes them happier and me happier because water changes are less scheduled and disease is less often.
  10. When I was younger I would always keep the faucet on for a long time and keep it on while I brushed my teeth and play in the hose water and play slip and slide etc. In short, I used to use A LOT of water. My Mom would always tell me to "save some water for the fish" Now, whenever I do a water change, I go up to her and say "WHAT NOW?!" Hehe just a little funny thought I had today.
  11. Your fishies will be A-ok short term as long as you keep up with water changes. Dont forget! When I first began keeping fish I had a 3 gallon and two fancies, definetely not enough. I did 100% water changes every two days and they were ok for about 3 weeks. As your fish grow and produce more and more waste, the problems arise. If you need a month before you can get a new tank, this is possible. Just keep up with large water changes!
  12. Hey! Here are my thoughts... I think your prazi/salt treatment will be fine for now. Honestly, I don't think there is that much to be concerned about. Im my experience I have learned that symptoms occuring without the fish changing behavior, not eating, looking sick, are generally unrelated to any illness that the fish is not fighting himnself. In cases like these, I have found that a simple salt treatment often suffices and takes stress from the fish and allows him to heal. In the event that this is indeed parasitic, I would still continue the prazi but in smaller doses. No need to stress the fish. If you notice the symptoms getting worse or the fish acting oddly, increase the dose to full. I hope this helps!
  13. This has undoubtedly been the worst 2 weeks of my fish career! I thought I would tell the story of my ordeal over these two weeks. I have posted about this before, but my Oranda mochie was very very sick. I had her on every med I could find. I even tried some minor surgery. After about a month it was time and I had to euthanize her. A few days after we had to move the fish tank to our new home 15 mins away. No big deal, right? I had the air pump, buckets, 3 gallon ziplocs, everything ready. Time to drain the tank! But, wheres the python? I looked everywhere. EVERYTHING IS GONE! The movers brought it to the new house! I had to tell my mom to go back and get it for me. Suddenly, The air pump starts making a loud buzzing noise! Really loud. the bubbles stopped. My only air pump was broken and we had to move fish. Bad thing. I decided to try and fix it. I attempt to open the thing but the screws are so small and our only screwdriver (the rest were at the new house) was too big. I search and search and I FIND ONE! yay. DOesnt fit. I search and find one under some nuts and bolts. It looks promising. DOESNT FIT. Finally, I find one on the counter and this looks perfect! DOESNT FIT! Actually it did im just kidding. So I unscrew all 4 and take the bottom off the air pump. It took 15 minutes before I realized that a piece had broken off. It took me another 15 to figure out how the darn pump worked so I could properly place the broken off piece. I call up my mom and tell her to bring some super glue, She does, and after an hour I get the piece back on and the back screwed on. Then I plug it in. Guess what? It doesnt work. Im so angry that I kick the thing and it hits the wall. Suddenly the sounds stops and it works again! The impact of the wall against it fixed the problem! It works better than ever. I go to the tank to drain the water, and I freaked out. My beloved little Penelope pearlscale (we call her tampax pearlscale sometimes) was floating on the top of the tank. Something had happened and she had passed away. No signs of anything. Water parameters perfect. She just died. I was devastated. I thought that maybe there had been parasites or maybe bacteria so I later treated the MT with those meds. By the time we got the tank set up in the house it was 2 oclock at night. It was so sad seeing only two fish left in the tank. They are both devastated. I'm going to try and get a ranchu of some sort and a black moor so they both have friends again. It is a bit soon for me, since no fish can replace Mochie and penelope, but they need friends again. So that was my two week fish ordeal. Crazy huh? Since I have room in my tank, its a 60, if anyone in SOcal needs a home for their fish I would be glad to take them. If you know anyone let me know. I would rather save someones fish than buy one.
  14. Good! Im happy About this! Im not that into single tails as much as doubles anyway... Im not really interested that much in making perfect offspring, I would rather have an interesting one! Some sort of weird hybrid. Im the kind of person that thinks weird is cute hehe. If I ever tried to raise fry I would only save a few eggs. Theres no way I could raise more than a few. Im really happy that I can get a Ranchu now. I just hope I find the right one for Kobe. I believe that both Kobe and Mochie were females. I have never seen breeding starts on Kobe, who is OLD or Mochie who was big-ish. Kobe doesnt really fit her sex anymore lol. Being females I never noticed chasing, more side by side playfulness. Maybe i should try getting another female if that would lead to the most fun for Kobe. Do opposites always fight? Male and female would be ideal for me but maybe not for her. If I want to find a nice BIG ranchu for under 100 bucks total with shipping what are my best options? Thanks for the response! Much appreciated. Now I have to find 4 dollars lol
  15. Hey All! As I said in a previous post, Kobe's BFF Mochie passed away last week. They were so in love! It was hard to get a picture of just one since they were always side by side. I want to find Kobe a friend again since he is looking so sad. Besides other telescopes, which type of goldfish do telescopes get along with the best? Also, which would a telescope be most likely to breed with? I've always wanted a Ranchu but am more than glad to get any other type if it makes Kobe happy again! Im having trouble with pic posts so ill post it as a reply. Its of Kobe Thanks
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