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  1. So I searched all over town and decided that spectrum large fish formula small sinking pellet looked the most promising for an immediate choice although not specifically for goldfish but any fish. I also ordered that soilent green gel stuff. I've never done anything quite like this but it doesn't sound hard to do. Hopefully it turns out ok. It's too bad around here nobody keeps older fancy goldfish so finding quality food must be all online. Thanks for all the great recommendations!
  2. I just recently got back into goldfish and I'm afraid of feeding my goldfish something that will cause them to float. I have never had the best of luck with goldfish because they either float eventually or get dropsy after a year or so. Not all of my goldfish have ended up sickely in the end, however, I am super paranoid about every food item. I am considering buying Hikari Lionhead, Hikari Koi and Pondfish Pellet, or Progold. I think I'm going to go with Hikari Lionhead? Is there anyone on here who keeps goldfish and has never had a problem with this? I'm considering trying to make gel food from scratch for my fish if I knew it would be balanced and prevent them from floating. I've been looking at some recipes mentioned on here. Any ideas much appreciated. In my tank I have a panda telescope, a calico fantail, and a lionhead if that helps and they are all 3-4 inches.
  3. Try not to let yourself be too disheartened, it seems as though you know quite a bit. It took me forever to figure out how to keep these little buggars alive. Sometimes there will always be freak mishaps that might happen when you're not home. Dropsy, SBD, and other diseases can sometimes be out of the average hobbyists control. They are very discouraging though, especially when you particularly care for the fish in question. I haven't been on these forums in a long time, but I started with goldfish when I was 14 and discovered Koko's Goldfish when I was 16. I've come a long way and over the past few years had big goldfish tanks, little ones, and sometimes none at all. If goldfish really are 'a part of you' as they are to me, you will dearly miss them and feel relieved to have them again. Not that I'm any expert, as I have bouts of success and failure too, but here are a few things I don't know if anyone brought up that could possibly help your scenario. I always feed flake or frozen food because in my eyes it has the least capacity to hold air. I also soak the food, or if I'm in a real hurry, I take a pinch and release it below the surface of the water so that it kind of 'snow globes' around in the tank. This is crucial to keeping goldfish from gasping for food at the surface where they might swallow bits of air. Pro Gold is the only pellet I have ever fed and I didn't have trouble with it but I did soak it too. Be weary of some cheaper brand pellets or graduals. Some even advertise to be floating/sinking. Just go with what you think won't have air, or float. I also capture my goldfish in a container such as a big pickle jar instead of netting. It works well as they can't see it under water and it doesn't remove slime coat. I have had experience (as I once worked at the LFS) with all kinds of fish swallowing air because they were in mid air in the net too long before being placed back in water i.e. between tanks, buckets, etc. As a standard, I try not to pull my fish out of the water ever. I hope this helps you and good luck! I know how it feels to have a goldfish for a long time, and have something unexpected and seemingly unpreventable happen. Don't lose hope! -Adam
  4. Hi guys, I am a returning member of this website from over two years ago. It's wonderful that you are still here and I greatly appreciate your help. The 2" oranda in question has already passed, but I am concerned for the other carefully chosen and seemingly healthy tankmates he was with. These are the stats. [*]Ammonia Level? (0) [*]Nitrite Level? (0) [*]Nitrate level?(0) [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 6.7-7.0 (Sometimes my family relies on rainwater for short periods) [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?6.7-7.0 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API [*]Water temperature? 60-70 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29g been running with the same fish for 3 months. [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Penguin Biowheel (That contains two Rite Size E cartridges), and an under gravel filter with 1400 Powerheads in both corners. I keep the filter plate very clean underneath as I know they can harbor waste. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 50% Every three weeks. I'll admit sometimes I'm bad and take a little over half. That's something I could definitely work on not doing. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 now, 2" Ryukin and a 2" Telescope. [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime and occasionally stress coat. I was keeping copper in my tank for a long time, but then tried to do a planted tank which was eaten and I never picked back up with the copper. I considered all the fish I had to have been 'quarentined' and free of illness by this point. [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? OSI Flake Daily, Frozen Bloodworms or Brineshrimp probably three times a week and every once in a while I skip feeding completely for the day. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? The last goldfish was a panda butterfly telescope which I had watched at the LFS for two weeks before adding to my collection. The Ryukin and Telescope are doing wonderful still. [*]Any medications added to the tank? When I first got the tank the first goldfish was a small pearlscale. I tried to medicate it with furazone to cure the fungus on it's fins. It died a few days after beginning medicating. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Ok, so this little fella was a 'creamsickle' oranda when I first got him and he had perfect conformation for headgrowth, fins, belly, etc, but within the last two weeks of his life he went through some rapid color change. At this point he didn't seem sick. The new 'black' was on his fins, and part of his belly. It didn't look irritated or anything, and I hadn't had ammonia in my tank in at least two months. Parts of his white turned gold too. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Over a three day span of me noticing his tail beginning to fringe and fray he ended up passing. Day two he had what seemed like follicles of his fin exposed (if the fin had bones etc). He only stayed at the top and sometimes behind the biowheel spout where it pours back in the tank. He still ate. I came here to register real quick and double check my readings of all my goldfish books to see what it might be, but I couldn't get on here fast enough. The only thing I could understand I was to do was to start with a 3% dose of salt over 24 hrs. I did this and by day three he was listless and completely lost all control of his little body except breathing. At this point I euthanized him. He was on his way out. Do you think disease? The other goldfish are eating wonderful and look great. It doesn't look like fin rot like I've seen where there is some white-ness to the edge. This almost makes me think maybe the telescope was picking on him??? Thanks for all your help! -Adam
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