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  1. [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 15 [*]Ph Level, Tank 7.6? [*]Ph Level, Tap 7.6? [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops [*]Water temperature? Room temp [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 15 gallons, 6 months [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Two of those 20 gallon Whisper filters [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Daily 10%, once a week 50%, once a month 100% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? One medium sized [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice a day -- flakes, veggies, gel food [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No [*]Any medications added to the tank? No [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Frayed fins [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom sitting I came home today from work and Bette Davis was lying on her side on the bottom of the tank, gasping, while my shrimp ate her fins. Probably the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. But I fought them off, and now she's huddled in a corner of the tank. Symptoms: Gasping Laying on her side Slightly curled up Belly looks swollen but not pine-coney Bottom of stomach looks red and irritated Super-eaten fins (shrimp...) Chunks out of her side (again, I assume shrimp?) I seriously think s he's about to die right in front of me -- she's got basically every bad-looking thing happening to her that I can think of. Help!!?! Or ideas on euthanizing the poor thing!?!!
  2. Is your tank cycled right now? You could hook both filters up at the same time and have them run together for a while, or you could take the filter media out of your current filter and jam it into your new Penguin. At least, I'm pretty sure that's what you'd do....
  3. He's doing absolutely fine -- I think his cyst is even receding a little! (Knock on wood....) But yes, normal appetite, normal swimming, normal mating with everyone, etc. I'll separate him again, then, and add a bit of salt. He'll pout but will presumably get over it. Would I salt to Medicating level? Or just at 0.1%? (I am glad to hear it's not going to spread all over his face. I was having nightmares of coming down in the morning and seeing, like, a cottonball with fins floating around the tank. Glaaaaah.)
  4. [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 15 [*]Ph Level, Tank 7.7? [*]Ph Level, Tap 7.6? [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops [*]Water temperature? Room temp [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons, 13 months [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Penguin Biowheels 250 and 100 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Daily 10%, once a week 50%, once a month 100% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? Three biggish guys [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice a day -- flakes, gel food, veggies that I snuck into my napkin during dinner.... [*]Any new fish added to the tank? Nope! [*]Any medications added to the tank? Not in the past two weeks [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nope! [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Nope! So for the past three months, I've been fighting what I assume is cloudy eye in Chester's left eyeball. I've isolated him. I've kept the water so clean I'd be willing to drink it. I've tried salt. I've tried Medi-Gold. I've tried MelaFix. I've tried professional counseling. Nada. It isn't getting any worse, but it's not getting any better -- he just has a disk of white about three-fourths as big as his eye, chilling there. My question(s): - What's the likelihood that at this point he's just blind and the white is permanent? - What's the likelihood that the bacteria (or whatever) is slowly going to consume his face? - Can I, at this point, just assume he's got one more weird thing wrong with him and go one with my life as normal?
  5. Hi all!! I made it back from Sweden in one piece -- thank you so much for taking care of my mom while I was gone. She was so grateful to have help! The fish are in perfectly fine shape and the cycle in the big tank seems to be back to normal. Also, apparently killing off their sibling agreed with my babies -- in three weeks they grew from the size of an eyelash to the size of my THUMB. Bette Davis actually managed to sprout some sort of terrifying porous-looking tumor (small but scary) which I'll post pictures of tomorrow in a separate thread, but I assured my mom that it's not that she was taking bad care of the fish, but rather that, thanks to my choice of inbred freaks, three weeks with less than Absolutely Perfect water changes is enough to let the bad genes run rampant.
  6. Thanks everybody. Minx said you would be helpful, and she was right! Minx's Mom
  7. Thanks! The ammonia was negative; I didn't check the nitrates. I'll do the water change (it might not end up being quite a 50%, but we'll see how much we get done). And I won't feed them for a few days. I do think I was probably over feeding them... Minx's Mom
  8. I'm sorry to bother you guys, but Minx told me to call on you if I wasn't sure what to do. The fish actually seem pretty ok after two weeks in my care, but I thought maybe I should check some of the various levels that I seemed to have kits for (API). The ammonia was negative (hurray), the pH was at least 7.6 (which is as high as the test goes), and the nitrites (NO2) were 0.25. Minx will be home in a week. Would it be ok if we just did a partial water change, and maybe stopped feeding them so much? The tank is also getting sort of algae-ish, but Minx assured us that we could ignore that if it happened. These are, after all, goldfish -- I hope that they are relatively hardy, as they have survived for years with fairly significant birth defects and early traumatic injuries...Um, I think it's a 30 gallon tank, there are three pretty big goldfish in it, it also has some plants of unknown variety, and there are two baby fish in a little tank floating in the big tank. (There were three, but the little deformed sickly one died yesterday. I don't believe this reflects water quality; it was not a good fish.) I've been feeding them goldfish flakes that Minx provided, and most days also giving them several gelatin cubes made out of either vegetables or pellets. They don't really seem sick -- maybe doing a little bottom sitting, but not to a dramatic extent. But I don't know much about fish. Bette Davis is in a different tank, which I haven't had the nerve to check -- she's acting fine. Thanks.
  9. How can I never have heard of this "room with a cat" program?! What a fantastic idea!! (But yes, I think if a goldfish-in-a-bowl was in my room, I'd spend the entire time worrying that there wasn't enough oxygen in the water....)
  10. Aw, thanks! Yeah, I'm hoping the biowheels will be okay since the Triple Sulfa-ated Water was running all over them. ::: hope hope hope ::: I've started just abandoning the eggs in tank. The shrimp (when they're not in qt because of medication) are really good at getting all but the most tucked-away ones, and if I happen to every once in a while see little swimmers scooting around the tank... well, that's what filters are for.
  11. All righty. Today is the last day of the Triple Sulfa treatment, so sometime this evening I have been instructed by my helpful package to "replace 25% of the water." Is this the point where I also replace the filter inserts? Also, my filters have biowheels -- will they be okay, or will they also need to be replaced? ... The fish themselves seem to be doing okay -- there have been *two* new batches of eggs while they were being treated, so perhaps sulfa medication puts them in the mood? Chester's cyst looks... better. Not perfect, but the red part is much smaller and a much "scabbier" color, like it has dried up. So hopefully this will have killed everything that might have been released into the tank! (Also hopefully, it will have killed off the columnaris. They're going off the medicated food tomorrow and I'd hate for the stupid disease to crop up again....)
  12. Let us all take a minute to thank the Aquarium Gods that I did not have to cut Chester's cyst off with a knife. ::: shudders ::: His horrible bleeding shoulder of bleedingness looked a little bit better today. It's not as huge and rounded; it has flattened out and become sort of ragged. I'd assume he has been scraping it on the filter intake, the poor thing. I hope the Triple Sulfa makes him feel better!! (Also, I hope he doesn't read into this that I'm rewarding him with a super clean tank and more yummy medicated food, just for bursting his Germy Weapon Of Mass Tank Destruction all over the place. Bad Chester. Trying to kill off your tankmates is bad.) I did a full water change again to get rid of the salt -- I had just done a full change yesterday, and you could tell the fish thought I was a little bit nuts. My folks did as well. -- and added the meds. The shrimp are in a bucket, being shrimp. Thanks y'all! Will update as needed.
  13. Okay, last question, and then I promise I'm done -- No, wait, two questions. a) Should I take out my shrimp? Before I begin the sulfa treatment, that is? b) Shoudl I replace my filter inserts, since I suppose hypothetically there might be Cyst Ooze chilling in there as well? Greeeeeaaaaat, just what I need, a maniacal goldfish with plans to rule the globe.....
  14. I've actually got some already in stock -- after the first time I treated his cyst with it, I decided to always keep it around. Will the salt have to be taken out first? Chester seems oblivious to the fact that he's oozing everywhere. Hopefully it's a relief to him to have the dumb thing finally exploded.
  15. Oh, I suppose I'll resist the urge to use the band-aid... I wouldn't want the other goldies to get jealous about Chester's fabulous new accessory.
  16. Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 10 Ph Tank: 7.8 Ph Tap: 7.6 Test Kit: API drops Temperature: 65ish Tank size: 29 gallons/running almost eight months Filters: Penguin biowheels 250 and 100 Water changes: Twice weekly 10%, once weekly 50% # Fish: Three (and between 0-3 shrimp) Conditioner: Prime Food: Once daily Jungle AntiBacterial -- They completed two weeks of it the other day, but after one day on the regular food, Sirius had white stuff hanging off his mouth again. Have restarted treatment. Meds: Their tank is salted to 0.2% because of their columnaris issue just over two weeks ago. I had stopped salt around the same time I stopped the Jungle food; have restarted after Sirius showed symptoms again. Angst has had peroxide put on his head twice this past week because of a bright red pustule -- it has died down, though, and now looks just like one of those pimply, my-wen-is-growing marks. _________ Well, it finally happened -- Chester's giant cyst exploded all over my tank. As you can see from these blurry-yet-graphic photos, it is extremely gross. Eeuw. Doesn't that kind of look like one of those big red Launch Missiles At Russia buttons they have in Cold War-era movies? Eeuw again. Anyway, I just thought I'd get an opinion as to how to treat. The fish are all still eating AntiBacterial food -- Their two weeks were up a few days ago, but after one day off the food Sirius' mouth started shredding again, and Angst resumed bottom-sitting, so I started them up on it a second time, and once again they appear to have "recovered." Because of this, I have continued to keep the tank salted to 0.2% as well. Angst's head issue has resolved after two applications of peroxide, so that's at least one thing off my plate o' fish illnesses. I have some BioBandage that I suppose I could tack on Chester, but honestly, since he has already been oozing pus into the tank for who-knows-how-long, I wonder if it would be better to keep it open so at least the salt can clean it out. Thoughts? Also, if I just stick a Snoopy Band-Aid on him to cover up the severely nasty red blob, would that... negatively affect his slime coat?
  17. Was it difficult? I've *never* picked up my telescope -- I'm terrified of knocking his eyeballs right off!!
  18. Hi Prathika! Welcome to Kokos!! I'm going to sort of go down a list of things based on your last post. I'm sorry if it seems like a lot! First off, 35 liters is very *very* small given the number of fish in your tank. "Fancy" goldfish like fantails and orandas should have at least ten gallons (about 38 liters) per fish. When they are crowded into a small tank, they not only won't grow as big as they should, but they're much more likely to get diseases, or have problems due to water quality. Water changes are extremely important, especially with a smaller tank -- you'd want to be doing them at least weekly, if not more often. When your goldfish's tail looked "like it was eaten away by something," it was probably suffering from fin rot. That can happen when the water quality isn't good, from not being changed often enough. I can't tell you how many times I've heard things like "Take care of the water in your tank, and the water will take care of your fish" since I came here. It really is the most important thing you can do for your fishes' health. Also, whenever you buy a new goldfish, we recommend that you quarantine that goldfish in a separate tank while making sure that it doesn't have any diseases. If your fish were fine before the new orandas showed up, then they might have brought some sort of infection into the tank that killed off your others! Finally, 27 degrees Celsius is awfully warm for goldfish (assuming I'm converting it correctly! ). Really, unless they're sick, they don't need a heater at all; just room temperature water will be fine for them. So... to sum up, if you're thinking of starting over, you shouldn't have more than one goldfish in that tank -- total -- and should be doing water changes on a much more frequent basis.
  19. I'm pretty sure I've seen this link tossed around in reference to Baytril before: http://www.koivet.com/koivet/index.php?opt...s&Itemid=57 I'm not positive that it's accurate, though -- you might want to wait for someone who knows for sure.
  20. ::: LAUGHS ::: I love the commercial that's on in the background -- it makes the scene so much more menacing. "These are not adorable baby fry. These... are adorable baby maneaters."
  21. I've actually gotten a couple of those from PetDumb -- a Java fern, I think, and two or three little anubias... anubis... anubes? Whatever. Those ones with the sort of heart-shaped leaves. Anyway, they all turned out just fine! The gel washed out easily, I soaked them in a bucket of water overnight just to let the roots open up a little before dropping them in the tank, and they've lasted... almost nine months, now, and are growing like crazy!
  22. Ahahahahahahaha no. For that price, I could practically buy my own personal Minx submarine and see my fish close up whilst also being an awesome submarine captain.
  23. No change as of this evening -- the pustule is still there and still reddish (although also still lacking the white "fluffy" part from yesterday -- yay hydrogen peroxide!). Just in cases, does anyone know of a good type of OMG COLUMNARIS med I can stock up on, so that when I go downstairs in the morning and Angst's face has fallen off, I can treat the tank immediately? (Ooh, and assuming that *doesn't* happen, how long should I keep the tank salted?)
  24. You're going to pop some of that into baby food jars and sell it on Etsy or something, right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight? (Also how did you know that was totally my reaction to the cactus pear jelly comparison. "Oh, makes perfect sense now! Mmmhmm! No!")
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