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Chester's_Mommy

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  1. Huzzah! Good. I'll post again once he's in QT, although with any luck it will be a fairly benign sort of medicating period. If that bubble grows, though, y'all will have to not hold me responsible for any squicked-out shrieking that occurs. (Also aw, poor Steve Urkel. I guess having his eye removed entirely would sort of fix the issue!!)
  2. Thanks guys! I've got a quarantine tank stabilizing in the basement - I'll run out tonight and get some epsom salt, since all I've got at the moment is regular old aquarium-type salt, and we'll get him on the road to recovery. Or at least, the road to hopefully maybe looking slightly less like a character in a horror movie. (Not that he sort of didn't already... ) Helen, if it's not fluid retention, a five-day epsom soak won't make anything worse, will it? Oh, go for it. There are weirder things that can happen with other varieties of goldfish -- think about orandas, and the way you sometimes have to trim their wens! And to be honest, Sirius has been very healthy (much more so than, for example, my fantail) with the sole exception of his Eyeballs of Doom. And in a worse-case scenario... so what? Their eyeball falls off because it hits the filter intake wrong, and then you've got a slightly lopsided fish. It'll add to his character.
  3. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 5 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? <70 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 gallons, three years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Penguin Biowheel 100 and Penguin Biowheel 200 * How often do you change the water and how much? Alternate weekly 50% and 75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Two days ago, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? Two fish, approx 2” and 3” (body length) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Once a day, either veggies, gel food, frozen brine shrimp or pellets * Any new fish added to the tank? No * 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. There is no way to list history. Assume at one time or another he has been treated for everything, but not treated for ANYTHING in the past six months. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No I don't want to sound like I'm not panicking when I should be, but he has had that pool of blood in his giant eye for literally three years now, without it changing. At the time, we treated it with salt and... something else, I can't remember at this point, and quarantined for a month. And about a year ago, he was quarantined and salted again after a particularly rough bout of mate-chasing left him kind of battered and bruised. It has stayed pooled there throughout with no apparent ill effects. Except now, with the eye bubble....
  4. Hey friends! It has been a while, but clearly I cannot permanently stay away from the Disease forum. As anyone who remembers Sirius the Telescope might remember, he has over the past three years or so started slowly growing uneven. In the eyeballs. I don’t know how fish eyes work, but imagine there are two water balloons and they’re connected by a straw, and you’re gradually squeezing one of them so that it empties out, but the balloon on the other side has to get bigger and bigger and BIGGER to compensate, and you’ll have a pretty good visual of what’s happening. Initially, I tried hot water, cold water, brackish water, salt water, Prazi, swabs, Medigold, and every over-the-counter drops that PetDumb sells. I bare-bottomed the tank and took all possible knock-his-eye-off accessories out, replaced the media a couple of times in case there was an eyeball eating virus hanging around, and basically was a crazy person. But after a while, he started acting stressed out by all my frantic “cure” attempts, and I figured whatever, he’ll do what he does, and as long as he’s eating and swimming and laying eggs like a champ (he’s a she, clearly) I won’t worry too much about the fact that he’s flat on one side, and gigantic and pooling blood on the other. So for the past year or two since then, I just check the ammonia, nitrate/nitrite, and Ph levels daily, and I keep his water so clean I pretty much would be willing to drink out of it. That’s the back story. But NOW, guys. He’s mutating. I don’t even. Look at this. You might say to yourself, “Minx, what is that?!” And I will say, “I have no idea, but it looks like a bubble. Like he’s growing a bubble. Out of where his collapsed eyeball used to be. He’s spontaneously becoming a bubble eye. Make it stop!” I just... ... I hesitate to even ask, but… has anyone… had any experience with this? Um. Or have any ideas about what I can do to make him stop? Because God knows I love him, but every time I look at him now my stomach sort of flips. (And no, he doesn’t appear to notice. He’s still eating fine, swimming fine, laying eggs fine, terrorizing Bob fine, etc. Thank goodness he's blind, I guess, because if I were him I would seriously be freaking the heck out whenever I noticed my reflection on the side of the tank.) Help.
  5. Vee, I'm a little unsure about this now, having just read a bunch of websites saying things like "Whisker shrimp grow to be a foot long!" and "Whisker shrimp ate my baby!!" but... I had two of them in with a very slow-moving, visually impaired goldfish, and they never even looked twice at her. Well, until she got dropsy and stopped swimming, at which point they leaped on her like rabid hyenas and chewed the eyes right out of her head before I could get her out of the tank. But prior to, they coexisted quite peacefully.
  6. Dave, my babies are laying eggs like it's their job, and the smaller one (who I *think* is the female) is just over two inches, counting the tail. They were a year old in August, and I noticed eggs showing up in the tank a few months after that. Of course, none of them have successfully hatched yet...
  7. I've been meaning to ask this question and it kept slipping my mind, but I was cleaning the tanks this evening and remembered... so here we go. Does anyone know anything about factors that affect the quality of eggs? My guys lay them ALL THE TIME, on at least a monthly basis, but I've noticed that with a few rare exceptions, most of them aren't viable. Instead of being cute and round, the way they're supposed to be, the majority of eggs in each batch (clutch? or whatever the proper term is for a group of goldfish eggs?) tend to flatten out and stick to whatever surface they land on. The eggs also have a tendency to be hard -- almost shell-like. I can skim them across the tank with my finger and they don't come off the side of the glass or get squished. In fact, it's fairly difficult to get them off the tank at all. I have to take my nail and actually snap them in half, because otherwise I can't get the "seal" to break and they stay firmly attached to the wall. As a result of all this nonsense, the eggs aren't hatching. The babies will develop perfectly, to the point that they'll have eyes and spines and start moving around looking for an exit, but they don't seem to be able to break out. They'll squirm for a day or two, and then just die. My tank walls are perpetually covered in tiny, crispy shells containing tiny deceased fish babies. It's ridiculously depressing. Ready for a photo montage? Photo montage! Anyway, I'm not suggesting that I want all of these dudes to start hatching. God knows we don't need more of my type of fish in the world. But I'm worrying that it's a sign of some sort of underlying problem with my goldies. Like when birds are being poisoned by pesticides and the shells of their eggs get really thin!!! Has anyone had any experience with this? Any suggestions on anything I should do with the mamas and papas? Or is this just yet another example of my babies being ridiculously strange? "Um, excuse me," says Sirius, "but I am offended at the suggestion that you don't want hoards of my offspring multiplying on every surface of the tank, swarming over the plants and eating everything in sight. Who wouldn't want more studly fish like me in their lives?" Sorry, Sirius. I didn't mean it. You're incredibly good looking and I would be honored to have a tankful of your babies. Really. You know that's right.
  8. I missed all y'all toooo! I'm going to try to be a little more here, now -- my babies are growing up so fast that I'm going to need to shower the board with photos. (Plus, it doesn't hurt that my new job allows me more computer time....)
  9. We're not going to focus too much on that... I'm hoping now that I've sat him down and said, "Little Creeper, you're a vampire shrimp. You're nonagressive and get along great with goldfish," that he's going to follow suit. He probably doesn't know what he is anyway. I bet he's glad for the direction. He seems to be doing fine in his new tank; I imagine it's nice after being in both the filter and then the fry tank for so long. The goldies haven't even noticed he exists yet, so all is peaceful and well with the world!
  10. ::: cheers ::: Thanks guys! I appreciate all the detective work! I took him out of the floating fry tank and stuck him in with the babies; they don't have any shrimp in their tank, and they've got a nice bunch of plants and a pot where Little Creeper can hide. Of course, we still don't know how the heck he got into my tank in the first place... but let's just call it a Halloween Miracle and not think too hard about it.
  11. I was thinking the same thing, having stared both at him and at the photos -- he has little grasping pinchers way up in front, between his two first muscular legs. I don't know if they're still growing, or stunted, or if that's just... what they're supposed to look like?
  12. Poor Sirius. He never knew he was going to be used on a message board for all eternity when I made that photo.... ______________ One of my co-workers suggested he might be a vampire shrimp, but I can't find any good photos to back that up. I'd obviously need to immediately rename him Edward, if that was the case.... If he is indeed a crawdad, what the heck do I do with him? Is he tank-safe? Do I need to get him other crayfish buddies? This is absolutely ridiculous, by the way. I give up my Freak Fish ways and swear to keep no more mutants, and what happens? They apparently spontaneously generate in my tank.
  13. That would be awesome! I really don't have the resources to give him his own tank, so what this will boil down to is a) should he float in a brick-sized fry tank the rest of his life, b) can he exist peacefully with the amanos in my big tank, or c) if he promises to be a nice boy, can I put him in with my babies, or will he jump onto them like a velociraptor and chew off their fins?
  14. He's deformed?!?! My poor Little Creeper! He turned out *really* dark in these photos -- he's actually much more blue-gray, which is a relief, because maybe he'll blend into the foliage and I won't need to worry about him.
  15. It's less endearing when I'm actually worrying about it *doing* that.... Luckily my fry tank is SUPER STURDY, like something that could hold very small zombies. Creepy shrimp are no problem. At least I got the right board.... ------------------ Okay! Here are some additional photos. I hope they're helpful, because Little Creeper got all nervous as a result of the camera, and started tapping around his cage in a threatening way, and I felt both "Awwwwww" and terribly intimidated. Have at, brilliant Koko-type people!
  16. ::: LAUGHS ::: So it *is* an alien shrimp!? I don't know what to tell you guys -- I really try to never ever introduce new things into my tank, because Chester is allergic to pretty much everything under the sun and his eyes tend to swell up and fall out when I change his food, let alone add in a new plant. I got the amanos about a year and a half ago (well, a year and seven months, if you count their quarantine period), and I added a new java fern maybe... eight months ago? But it was one of those prepackaged dry ones that they sell sitting in clear goop on an endcap at Pet$mart, and I rinsed it like it was my job before I put it in the tank. ... It's like a Halloween horror movie, aquarium-style. Who knows what terrors lurk within your filter....................
  17. So, I'm hoping you beautiful, brilliant Kokos folks can help me out with this one -- About a month, I noticed that one of my Amanos was pregnant, which is ridiculous of her, because who gives birth in a goldfish tank? Have some sense, shrimp! Anyway, last week, as I was pulling out my filter insert for a cleaning, this dude came along with it: I screamed like the little girl I am, and threw him into a fry tank, where he has been floating ever since (much to the horror of the goldies, who apparently view the whole scenario in much the same way I would if someone hung a twinkie just out of reach above my bed). Is this... is this what baby Amanos look like? He's about as long as a silver dollar, and a half an inch wide, and he just seems... burlier than his parents. And the wrong color. And he's got spikes on his feet. Assuming he is indeed just a little baby Amano shrimp, does anyone have any idea how long it'll be until he starts looking more normal? I'm afraid to toss him into the main tank to fend for himself, because he still seems sort of squishy.
  18. Yeah, Bob is my tail-less baby, and McGee is the mouth-less one. You wonder why they were the only fry no one was willing to adopt. We did finally work out a way for mutually beneficial feedings -- Bob takes on a big chunk of gel food, because that way he can sit on the bottom of the tank and gnaw at it, and not need to swim, and then McGee sort of circles around him suctioning up all the microscopic scraps that are flying everywhere. Ah, adaptation. It's a wonderful thing.
  19. Hi!!!!!!! ::: waves ::: I'm sorry I've been all absenty and not here. But I have made it my St. Patrick's Day resolution (we all do that, right?) to post more.
  20. Hey friends! It has been a long, long time, I know. I thought I would swing through, though, to show off how happy Bob and McGee are in their new 20-gallon! They're a little shocky at the space -- they're sticking to each other like glue. Or duct tape. Or something else that sticks things together. I can hardly get over how big they are (well, not McGee, but the fact that he doesn't have a working mouth is probably partly to blame...). ::: happy sigh ::: They look just like their parents, don't you think!?
  21. Aw, thanks guys! I really do feel I did the right thing, but it still bums me out when I think about it.... .... On a brighter note, I currently have a baby who has, despite being bitten completely in half, continued to thrive, so poor Bette Davis will soon be replaced by an equally freakish fish. The circle of life continues!!
  22. Well, it's done... *I* didn't do it, of course -- I handed my daddy a cup with the clove oil in it, a bottle of vodka, and Bette Davis in a Bucket, and then ran and hid. But I came back right after, because I didn't trust him to really, reeeeaaaally stare at her to make sure she'd passed away after adding the vodka. Because if there are any fish that might come back to life, in the dead of night, as creepy-eyed zombies, it would be my fish. I think it really was the best thing. I'm kind of in shock because it was so fast, and her tank is still burbling away next to my computer, but by the time I got back from the store with the oil she was breathing about eighty times a minute and every time her gills moved her entire body would shudder and she'd leak reddish stuff all over the tank. Plus, you know, the shrimp had gotten to her so bad, with her fins and her body (and her eyes...) that I think she was seriously suffering. Pout pout pout.
  23. She's got some fins left -- it's the huge chunks that are all gnawed out of her sides that are worse to look at... She's not even moving anymore, just stuck up under a plant looking like she wishes she were dead. Sigh. On the upside, who knew that I had a well-stocked health food store so close to my house?!
  24. Going to the store to get clove oil -- this is ridiculously awful....
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