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  1. Sorry for my extremely late reply! Thanks for everyone's concern, but the fish passed away the day after my last response. It all happened so fast and having to be at work 8hrs a day made it hard to keep up with everything here. It hurts, especially since I had that fish for 3yrs, but at least now it's at peace. The fish didn't show any signs of illness except lethargy at first. When it first began, it would liven up at feeding time, but would go back to bottom-sitting when not eating. It's hard to tell how much it was pooping and the quality because I'm never home. The only other noticeable thing was that it was looking a tad bit slimmer. When the eating stopped, problems with equilibrium when bottom-sitting immediately set in. It was either laying crooked, or on its side. As far as the nitrates go, I bought brand new test kits when I moved into this place. I know the test kits aren't the problem because I get nitrate readings in other tanks. I was using the stress coat water conditioner for a while with the aloe vera in it, but the last couple w/c I used Start Right. Thanks everyone.
  2. I'm very familiar with it, thank you. I started salting the tank last night when I got home. They also live with two weather loaches. I doubt that two 3inch goldfish and two weather loaches can cause enough ammonia to process into nitrates that would show up on a test, especially with that much water replaced twice a week.The fish is now laying on its side, curled up slightly, and there's now a bit of redness around the gill/mouth area. It was only lethargic for a couple days before it immediately started laying on its side. It's rather sudden; I'm sorely disappointed.
  3. I've had this particular goldy for three years, so for insurance, I wanted to post a few questions here while it's quarantined and salted... it's been a while! Anyhow, this particular fish has been living in a large, 70-75 gallon tank with 2 other goldfish, and 2 dojo loaches for 4 months, filtered with a Fluval 404. Recently, one of the goldfish passed away due to a combination of nasty swimbladder and the symptoms that this fish is showing. The water tested out at zero for NH4/NO2/NO3, but I do not know the pH here. I do know we (Austin,TX) have hard water here though. I tend to not mess with the pH of my water, and nothing has been added to the tank that would change this. None of my other fish are exhibiting any problems with the water. I did a water change last week; I do biweekly water changes (removing 30%) because I am way understocked. The goldfish are still rather small --3" tops, including fins. And as mentioned before, no new ornaments, decorations, or fish have been added to the tank. The fish itself is extremely lethargic. It sits on the bottom of the tank lop-sided, but does not have clamped fins. It also has a few specks on its dorsal which seems like ich spots to me. Breathing doesn't seem to be labored and it has red veins on its tail. It still seems to be taking food, so I'm hoping it'll pull through, but it's starting to get a little on the skinny side. I have since moved it to a separate, established 20 gallon tank to have some r&r with a fake plant. The only thing I can think of is chlorine, or parasites? Thanks for any help, we greatly appreciate it!
  4. really! i've read here and there that epsom salts are more detrimental than helpful for dropsy, but i suppose it's worth a try...
  5. as with anything, warm temperatures make molecules move faster... the immune system is "stronger" in warmer temperatures because the metabolism rate is up. I want the progress of dropsy to slow down.. and warm temperatures will probably speed it up. not only would the immune system/metabolism rate go up in warmer temperatures, so would the bacterial infection or whatever else is inside causing the problem.
  6. I've got a fish that came down with dropsy, and I've got some metro-med being shipped.. but I was wondering if there was anyway to slow down the progress of dropsy?? would lowering the temperature help slow it down?
  7. Ahhhh!!! I'm in Austin but I don't have a ride!!! CRAP! If only!!!!!!! = (
  8. I like the popping noises they make at the surface.. it's so cute!
  9. I recently took four large pacus off my friend's hands because he didn't want them anymore. He was about ready to dump them in the creek by my house until I intervened and insisted that he give them to me instead. Now I'm moving to a neighboring city and while I do have the space, my living situation is not stable enough for me to be comfortable with keeping them. I'm going to try to find a store that might want to take them, but if any of you are interested in keeping them and live in the Houston/Austin, TX area, please let me know!!!
  10. Thanks everyone for all your kind words. I will definitely take a stroll down goldfish lane again, but I think I'd like to take some time for my wounds to heal before I attempt to begin another collection. Right now, my remaining two don't seem to be affected, so I'm hoping I dont lose them. I'll care for them as I always have until their last days like I have for the others, but for now I'll only stick with my two little guys. Thanks again guys, I'll keep in touch... = )
  11. The only time fish ever get ill in my house is because of dropsy. My four babies that once won POTW are dropping like flies and I cannot understand why. The water is in superb condition, but now a second fish is bloating badly. It's breaking my heart to see my fish suffer from something that I can't even pinpoint a cause to, so I'm afraid to say that I am going to quit the goldfish hobby. I'll probably continue to keep tropical fish, who are all fairing better than my goldies, but it's just breaking my heart. Thanks for everyone who has ever helped me out with any of my problems here, and I applaud you guys for everything you do for others here. If it wasn't for Koko's I would have never even begun to see goldfish in the same light, and I'm thankful! Thanks everyone!
  12. I have a platy in a breeder net laying on its side with a bent spine. It's bent like a V, and it's not a birth defect because it just developed this a couple days ago. The female platy I had with it just died two days ago from dropsy out of nowhere. The fish that is bent is a male who has been doing poorly since day one. It has always been on the thin side with raggedy fins. No fin rot or torn fins, just very raggedy. It has always eaten, but never much. I tried to do a search for a cause, but I'm coming up with either fish tuberculosis or a vitamin defiency. I don't think it's tuberculosis because the fish doesn't have any other symptoms. I don't know much about either though, so I came here for help. The water in their tank is maintained regularly, and the parameters are all normal. This is very unusual and I can't figure out what's causing it. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  13. Why not feed the egg white?
  14. purple


    Thanks a lot for your response, ali.. I figured it'd be okay. Have you tried feeding it to your fish?
  15. purple


    I know goldfish can't eat animal protein such as chicken, beef or pork.. but what about shrimp? Such as tiger shrimp, like the kind we eat? And if so, has anyone had any experiences with feeding it, raw or cooked?
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