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  1. Cycled!? For realsies!?!? OH HOORAY!!!

    ::: does a little aquarium dance :::

    Shivery... um... every once in a long while my oranda will sort of... shake his head. Like, he'll be looking at me, and then he'll twitch. And the telescope will occasionally swim sideways *just* above the surface of the rocks, like he's thinking about scratching himself, but isn't actually itchy enough to put himself out enough to do it.

    They don't appear to be *diseased* in any way, just... shivery.

  2. My fantail is actually maybe hopefully almost completely better!! It's hard to tell, of course, because looking into his tank is like looking through, well, murky murky yellow water, but he's not floating or bleeding and almost took my finger off getting the gel food yesterday, so I figure those are all good signs.

    The fantail's cycle has been pretty good; I think it's because he's in a small enough tank and I've been doing water changes, which is a *pain*, trying to make sure he has the right amount of meds still in, but oh well.

    The big tank that my other two are in is, I believe, almost on track. I had dumped everything from the old tank in and transferred the filter, and as of yesterday the readings were Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0.5 and Nitrate 20. (Although that was before a water change, so I assume the nitrates went down again.)

    They've been a little... shivery... since going into the new tank, but I assumed it was either just them adjusting to water changes or them still sort of recovering from the Bleach Debacle. (I shouldn't be worried, should I?) (Say no!)

    Also, I think they're trying to mate -- the Oranda and Telescope, that is. Honestly. I leave them alone without their large fantail guardian for FOUR DAYS and this is the kind of hanky-panky they get up to. It's just shocking.

  3. ::: LAUGHS :::

    Well, I made gel food yesterday, and now the only thing I'm worried about is that they'll refuse to eat flake food again; my telescope was literally having *seizures* of delight.

    Lynda, I don't know if you'll know this or not, but after my fantail's Maracyn treatment comes to an end, do I change all the water? I know I'm supposed to keep him separated a little longer afterwards, but I didn't know if he should continue sitting in his creepy yellow water of doom.

  4. The thing you'll want to watch (and this is going to sound super gross, probably) is that when she gets better you don't keep her in a tank with small rocks. I walked into my room one day and my moor was swimming around with a big blue rock jammed in his eye socket. He shook it loose later and didn't seem any the worse for wear, but... I screamed a lot. So you might just want to avoid the whole experience. ;)

  5. I rescued a moor that was just like this, only both eyes were empty instead of just one. I kept him in salt for about a month, and during that time I noticed white *stuff* kind of flaking out from the underside of his eyes. After a few weeks, though, the flaking stopped and he seemed completely better!

    Except, you know, for not having eyes.

    But anyway, that was about two years ago and he's still living a very happy life with a neighbor who absolutely fell in love with him, so... hopefully the same happens with yours! (Although maybe there's something else you can do to save his whole eye; I didn't need to worry about that since both of my guy's were already rotting out.)

  6. ::: sighs :::

    All right, all right, I'll call my father and ask if I can borrow his digital camera.

    You realize they'll probably disown me for what they see as insanity, yah?

    "Daddy, can I use your camera?! No, no... it's for my fish... I have to photograph his tail because we're not sure if he's healing or... Daddy? Daddy, why are you laughing?"

  7. A friend whose betta just died gave me a big container of freezedried bloodworms that she obviously doesn't need anymore.

    I was thinking of tossing them into the gel food I am (bravely bravely) going to attempt to make today, but I suddenly realized I have no idea how old the bloodworms are.

    Do freezedried things go bad? Or can I safely use them?

  8. Ooh! Thanks for the links, friends!

    Cooking this up in the kitchen will make my roommates freak out more than when I was keeping bloodworm cubes in the freezer. Mwahaha...

    The tips of the fantails tail, where it had been bleeding are turning a deep dark reddish brown; is this just healing? Or has he somehow gotten something else?

  9. That... is the awesomest picture ever.

    Must go buy some sort of fruit clip.

    Must do so *now*! :D

    (Actually, first I'm gonna go waltz over to that thread where koko is changing people's names -- it struck me yesterday that if I do end up sticking around here for a bit, I might need a name that's slightly less awkward than a possessive.)

    And OMG! If I fixed the tank I could get a bubble eye!! ::: lusts :::

    Ooh, but if I *sold* the tank I could get a second rockin' filter for my first tank!! ::: lusts as well :::

    The indecision that is me!

  10. Hi Trinket! Their medicated food was... oh, I have no idea. More than six months old? I went through it super-slow because it wasn't their daily food.

    Should I *get* them more medicated food? Is now the right time to be feeding it to my fantail? Or should I wait until he's done with his Maracyn? (He's looking loads better; the red is still along his tail a little, but it's just more a Stressed Red than an OMG Bleeding To Death Red. The red is *completely* gone from his gills, although he has what look like one or two scratches along the sides of his face, which I assume came when he was flailing against the ground yesterday. And he's swimming, not floating, following me when I walk into the room, trying to eat his bubbler, and basically acting like his old self. Oh, and totally refusing to apologize for scaring me to death.)

    I've never tried them with fruits, Lynda! I'll have to see if I can get someone over with a camera so I can capture their very first beautiful experience with oranges. ("What in the name of all that is holy is THIS!?" and "Mommy, these do not appear to be my flakes of deliciousness." And so forth.)


    In other news, I think the God of Aquariums has a sick sense of humor. I just got a beautiful new tank which I vigorously cleaned and set up to cycle, and an hour later my roommate pointed out that my 20-gallon was leaking. Lovely. So, my babies and all their remaining tank water were rather unceremoniously dumped into their new aquarium; it's obviously the totally wrong way to go about it, but I figured since they'd been swimming in acid a day ago, it couldn't possibly be any worse. (It was funny as anything to see the telescope work his way up to the surface. You could tell he was so incredibly stoked to get to keep going up and up.) ;)

  11. I haven't fed him since yesterday; when he started looking a little poofy I thought maybe he was just constipated, so I figure I'll fast him a day or two and then start him in on veggies. What do you think?

    Two weeks!?!? Heavens. I suppose I'll just keep hoping the dog continues to ignore him and his On The Floor tank. (Not that I need to worry about him... I just don't want him beating up my doggie.)

    Good luck to you, getting everything straightened out! It sounds like a massive pain.

  12. Gee golly whiz, Lynda, between identity theft and helping someone with a goldfish, the most important thing (obviously) is the *goldfish*...

    (Have you gotten your identity back? Yes?)

    Mr. Fantail is looking *much* better; he's very grumpy that I'm refusing to feed him and even grumpier that he's in a boring tank with nothing but a rock and a heater to look at... but I am thus far immune to his sulkings. Mwahaha.

    So I figure I should leave him in there for the rest of his med cycle, and then toss him in with the other guys? He won't... disease them, will he?

    Knobby Head and Crazy Eyes are looking forward to their new 29-gallon tank, but I told them they had to wait a few more days for it to cycle. More sulking ensued. (Dang, those are good names. Wish I'd thought of them originally...)

  13. Rather than listen to me whine about how my fish are about to die due to overcrowding, a friend of mine has offered to sell me her 29-gallon tank.

    I recall hearing, *somewhere*, that this size tank (tall and rectangular) is basically the most likely to shatter, because of something involving the amount of water and the height of the tank....?

    Anyway, I was hoping someone could say, "That's insane! We love 29-gallon tanks!" so I can go pick it up with none of those pesky worries. :)

  14. Welladay, he's on Maracyn-Two now.

    ::: hangs head in shame :::

    I know, I think it's a symptom of being a doctor's child that I jump to the meds too fast.


    In my defense, when I tiptoed out of bed to check on him at 4:30am, he was floating sideways, not moving, and bleeding gently out his gills. He also had these gross red streaks kind of radiating outward from his head down his body.

    So anyway, I shrieked and panicked in a way that would probably be more appropriate if it was a *child* bleeding out the *eyes*, instead of just a goldfish, and dosed him, because then at least when he keeled over dead I could honestly say I'd done all that I could.


    Around six he actually started perking up, and by the time I left for work this morning (bleeeeaaaaary-eyed) he had quit floating and the redness had mostly receded.

    Which probably means he didn't need meds in the first place and would have recovered on his own, but what can you do?



    Now I have two fish in a tank that's out of control, and one fish in a medicated tank.

    I've never really dealt with a medicated tank before.

    When I got him originally and had him soaking in a bowl in a mixture of Every Antibiotic Under The Sun, I didn't actually think about things like water changes. How does one do water changes when the meds have to stay in the tank?


    (The friend whom I stole the 10-gallon from yesterday stopped by this morning with a bottle of clove oil and a hammer. ;) She thinks she's funnier than she actually is.)

  15. All righty! I have him in the 10-gallon with .1% salt (I think that's the right decimal...) and a heater. I'll check on him in six hours and we'll see where we stand.

    The food was Jungle anti-bacterial; I've put a couple of pieces in the quarantine tank but he has thus far ignored them, so... we'll see if they're there in the morning.

    He definitely wasn't floating before the salt, but of course part of me is already convinced that the tail rot opened the door to all manner of other bacterial infections... LIKE OMG DROPSY. My poor baby.

    I *do* have some Maracyn II; if he's still looking icky tomorrow should I pop that in? (I suppose it would help treat the tail issue too, really.)

  16. Temp is still down in the 60s.

    I... have no idea what his poop looks like. ;) He has been constipated in the past, but usually then he doesn't... bob. That's why it caught my eye as soon as he started doing it -- he acts like he *wants* to be lower but can't get any lower.

    His fins aren't clamped but his tail is looking bloody and streaky, waaaay more so than this morning or yesterday.

    No white spots or patches that I can see, but he's missing two scales on his midsection, and I don't know if it's just now that I'm staring with my eyes a milimeter from the glass or what, but he's looking a little poofier than I'd like.

    Eyes aren't bugging as far as I can tell.

    Not feeding the med food; he hasn't had that in three weeks (thank goodness I was using it as his Look Guys A Treat! food, because it meant he didn't get it every day...)

    Plenty of aeration.

    And nope, no digital camera.

    I went screaming to my friend's house and escaped with her extra 10-gallon, which I've set up with a filter, bubbler, and heater. Just say the word and I'll QT.

  17. After a water change and the last dosing of salt, my tank levels currently stand at

    Ammonia 0.25

    Nitrite 0.5

    Nitrate 15

    So... we're getting there. :D

    I'm getting a little nervous about Mr. Fantail; he's been giving me wide-eyed looks and sticking kind of close to the top of the water. He's not pineconing, but do we know of anything *other* than dropsy that would make him overnight start bobbing towards the surface?

    (ie, at what point do I need to move *this* portion of the discussion to the 911 area of the board?)

  18. Oooh, the tub idea is fantastic -- thank you!

    I'll run out and get one of those today when I'm restocking on Prime; I'm pretty sure I'm financing the company at the moment. ;)

    (I'm using it to help neutralize the ammonia along with fixing the water; I'm assuming that's the most chemical blocking I should do, rather than getting something like Ammo-lock?)

    Desiree, my first-test levels were, as far as I can guess

    Ammonia 15

    Nitrate 90

    Nitrite 5

    The levels I left the tank at as I dragged myself to bed were more along the lines of

    Ammonia 0.5

    Nitrate 5.0

    Nitrite 0.25

    I don't actually have a pH tester -- let's all just imagine that it was bad, eh?

    I'm having my roommate add the second dose of salt water while I'm at work today (she took one look at my six-page list of instructions and threatened to never help me with a tank ever again) and then when I get home I'll test all the levels again.

    My fantail looked much more cheerful this morning. Very much along the lines of "Hi mommy! Isn't today a wonderful day? My scales aren't on FIRE anymore!" Of course, the other two act like they don't understand why he's whining; they've obviously adapted to swimming in bleach.

  19. Ahahahahahahahaha...

    ::: eye twitch :::

    Well, fun story.

    So I pick up my brand new ammonia/nitrate/nitrite testers (I've only ever used those sticks before, you know, the ones that don't actually work?) and take them home to give them a try.

    I do not lie when I say that on the color scale of 0 being yellow and 8 being a dark, dark green, my ammonia level was probably 15. Oh yes. It was black.

    So! A bottle of Prime and fifteen 50% water changes later (is that 750% or doesn't it work like that?) I got it down to .5, and that's where I've had to call it a rest for the night, because it has been five hours and I'm worried that I'm going to tip the tank over with sleepy clumsiness. I added in the first batch of salt and also hooked up my extra filter as well as crammed another carbon thingy into my Penguin filter to try and get my obviously nonexistent bacteria to grow, goshdarnit!

    (Who feels like the worst mommy ever? I feel like the worst mommy ever.)

  20. I *knew* I should have paid more attention in my math classes... if only they'd told me I'd need it with my pets!! (Thanks for the detailed instructions; in a worst-case scenario I'll have my roommate sit and take Salt Notes so I don't mess up.)

    Fake plants, so I'll leave them in, and yes -- the rocks are eyeball-sized ones that I think are primarily supposed to be used to decorate smaller rock bottoms, but I bought a million of because a) they were the only thing I could be sure the fantail wasn't going to accidentally snack on, and b) they're light enough that the telescope can nudge them out of the way to get the food after it sinks without knocking off his eyes. :D

    If I can't find anything with prazi in it I'll just get the test kit and the salt, and then we'll figure it out from there.

    Thanks for all your help -- I'll post again after I get home, test the water, and add the first .1% salt -- I'm assuming somewhere on the board there's a list of what the test results should be?

  21. Oh dang, I never even thought the food would be tasty-fied to make them like it... I'll stop feeding them that. Regardless of how much they sulk. :)

    I've got test kits at home, but they're just the strip kind; I'll try to stop and get a more accurate drop one, along with the salt and prazi.

    Is the salt, by the way, going to do anything to my filter that I need to know about ahead of time? In the sense of crunching up my biowheel or anything? (I mean, obviously it's not going to be salt-like in the water, but as it dissolves it'll leave a residue, yeah?)

    They're big fish when you take into account where they're living -- the fantail is about four or five inches body length (and another four or five tail), the oranda's body is a husky three or four inches, and the telescope is three. I really hope they're not losing their color because of feeding or lighting -- they've got a light and I did feed them fruits and veggies, and... I shouldn't be worrying about this. On to treatment!

    You don't happen to know the names of anything with praziquantel in them, do you? I'm more than willing to comb the shelves, but if I can't find anything I've learned not to necessarily trust the recommendations of clerks.

    Also also... should I take the tank decorations out? I really only have two wispy plants (having a fish that can't see and a fish that can't steer and a fish that tries to impregnate anything in its path doesn't lend itself well to a nice-looking tank) and big unswallowable rocks, but if that's going to mess with anything I can scoop them all out.

    Thank you --

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