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  1. Hi all, very positive news! He seems to be back to normal and perfect again! We got them a food clip and they love it! It's brilliant, I wish we had got one before now! Here is a picture of Hugo, all better and closing in on his dinner! We also got our meds in the post! We got the Wormer-plus and Fluke solve, from here. Which do you think is best for us to go with for a general treatment? He's not really showing much signs of flukes but I think I would still like to treat them both just in case. They have never been treated with this before and i've never done it either so i'm not to sure how to adminiter it properly. Any help would be appreciated! But I would like to say thank you all very much for your help with Hugo! I'm sure he thanks you too!
  2. I've just bought those meds, and will start a treatment for flukes as soon as they arrive! He's still doing much better! He's had some parsley this evening and seemed to enjoy it! I;ll let you know when the meds arrive! Thanks for all your help!
  3. Hi guys, I've just fed them some spinach and they seemed to like it. However on closer inspection 10 minutes or so later I saw lots of bits of spinach all over the place, guess they chewed it up and spat it back out again... I've been noticing that he seems to be "yawning" quite a lot. Could it be that potentially he's not getting enough oxygen and that's why he's gasping and taking in bubbles? We've turned our bubble block up just in case and we'll see how that goes... Whatever the case he seems much better again! He doesn't seem to want to settle on either being fine again or being floaty! I'll keep checking on him but as of this moment, he's doing fine again! Who new fish keeping could be such a rollercoaster! I'll update you with params in the morning, we've just done another water change so it probably won't be representative at the moment. But there doesn't seem to be a problem any more! Fingers crossed this new diet and increased aeration will do the trick!
  4. He's floating again. I don't understand why as nothing has changed... We've not fed him but he started gulping at the surface again and now he's just floating at the top. I'm guessing he's swallowed a load of air again. Should I hold off feeding him a little longer or do you think he's "eating" air because he's hungry and uncomfortable? Poor fishy, he was fine an hour or so ago and now he's floating again...
  5. Hi everyone, I just thought I'd give you a little update. We are still fasting him and will be until this evening / tomorrow morning. He is still perfectly buoyant and seems to be able to go up and down as he chooses, big relief! However this morning when we came in and turned their light on, I noticed a very long (3 inches or so) white stringy poop with lots of bubbles in it. I'm hoping this is him passing a lot of the excess air in his system, but the length and thinness of this poop has concerned me a little. Is this something I am likely to see? Does this mean he's working it through or that there is still and ongoing issue (enough to warrant this type of poop). He still seems perfectly happy, dorsal is up and he's interacting with us lots (probably asking where his food is!). Do you have any advice on what I should feed him first when we reintroduce foods to him? We have some spinach so we can give that a go if you think that's a wise choice? Anyway, not a major concern I just thought i'd let you know about the white poop and see if you thought it was any cause for concern. Thanks again guys!
  6. Wow, thanks for that advice! I didn't know there was so much variety to what you can feed them! I'll definitely look at feeding them more fresh foods from now on. I'm looking forward to his fasting being over then we can experiment with foods for them both
  7. Thanks very much for your advice everyone! This morning he is looking perfect again, no floatiness at all. I can see that he is in the process of pooping the spinach from last night, this poop looks healthy but i will keep an eye on him throughout the day and see how he gets on and if there are any changes. I'll keep up the fasting and not feed him for 2 days. (please let me know if you think I should give it more or less time than 2 days) Then i'll try him on things like peas and spinach again. I'll update again here soon but at the moment he's fine again. It's such a relief to see him not struggling, for a while at least! I get concerned for the condition of his scales if they're poking out of the water for too long! As for the tank i'll see if i can look into getting a cheap second hand one as there's no way I can afford £300 for a larger one yet! Thanks again for all your help and advice!
  8. Hi Tithra, thanks for stopping in, I appreciate it! At the moment we don't have the funds to upgrade to a larger tank, so i'll make sure we do much more frequent and larger water changes. I'll do another one tomorrow and see if it starts to make a difference. I will start fasting him tomorrow, one concern I have is my other fish. Will he be ok without food as well? Hugo has always been more food aggressive than my other fish and he usually eats most of the food before the other gets a chance, so trying to feed the other one on his own might be challenging. Would it be ok for both of them to go without food for a bit? Either way I will stop feeding them the sinking pellets and go for fresh foods. I had a look in the shops today and could only find "Agar flakes", do you know if this is the same as agar agar? I'll give your recipe a go and see if he takes well to that after a few days of fasting. It's been ok on and off, sometimes it is fine (normal shape and colour) with the addition of bubbles in almost every poop. Other times it is thin and white, again with bubbles depends on how long ago we fed him, but as of late almost all of his poop has had bubbles in it. However, this has normally corrected the problem and he becomes much less floaty and practically back to normal! I was concerned when I saw white stringy poop a day or so ago as I know this is usually a sign of a stressed fish! I have done a quick google search of medicinal treatments for swimbladder disease and my local pets at home apparently stocks a antibacterial water treatment for swimbladder disease. Is this worth picking up at all? I have a bottle of Melafix which I bought as a precaution when Hugo got a scrape a few months back. Would this help at all if fasting him doesn't improve the situation? Thank you so much for all your time and effort everyone. I appreciate having someone in the know right now!
  9. He seems to be getting a little worse, getting stuck on his back and not able to right himself easily. He's taken a small amount of spinach but is now back to gulping bubbles at the surface again. When he doesn't try to swim down it seems like a lot more effort and on his way back up he seems to be rolling sideways and onto his back. I'll keep a close eye on him for the next few hours but he'll probably be a bit worse as we've just fed him a little. Would fasting him be a sensible option at this point? He does seems to get better if he's not eating in a few hours, like first thing in the morning. I've just tested it and the ammonia is now back to 0ppm which is good, indicating that the tank has cycled after all. I'm not sure what to do at this point now as I've said, he seems to be getting worse. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's not very nice seeing him like this
  10. Thanks Midnight, I'm trying to find that video by Tithra you mentioned, but I don't know where to start looking, would you have any idea where i can find it? As for the filter, this is what the internal workings look like: <a href="http://photobucket.com/images/fluval%203%20plus" target="_blank"><img src="http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv305/Bessiebean/DSCF6502.jpg" border="0" alt="Filter sponges Fluval 3 Plus internal filter Pictures, Images and Photos"/></a> The media I remove is sandwiched between these two pads and then put back into the filter. The pads you can see in this image are the ones I wash in tank water and put back. I think I will add a carbon pad (if I can find it) and see if that has any effect on his floating...
  11. Here is the video I got a little while ago. Hugo is the white and orange one <embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid167.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu139%2Famerock_photo%2FHugo%2FMVI_5686.mp4"> Towards the end of the video is some good footage of him rising to the surface tail first. It also shows the gulping at the surface he does after he eats. Hope this helps
  12. I'm just uploading one, it has been about 7 hours since we fed him this morning so he's not too floaty at this point. But you can see a bit of what I mean. We clean his filter weekly. Inside are two permanent filter media and sandwiched between these is a disposable media which we replace, we rinse the two permanent media in the removed tank water so that it never comes into contact with chlorine. He has been floaty on rare occasions, but feeding him a pea clears this up straight away. He has never been floaty for this long before... And thanks for recommending spinach, i'll get some next time we are at the shops and see if he will take it. Thanks for the responses, I'll post the video as soon as it's finished uploading!
  13. Hi everyone, thanks for the responses so far! Sorry I must have missed that question! My tanks has been running for about 9 months so it should be cycled by now. Over the last month or so I have been trying to remove some of the gravel from my tank. The fish sometimes get gravel stuck in their mouths so I've been removing it slowly in an attempt to reduce an ammonia spike. So that could explain the ammonia, but as my nitrite is at 0ppm the cycle doesn't appear to be adjusting... Yes I let them soak in tank water in a small dish before I put them in, usually I let them soak for about 5-10 minutes. I will do another water change soon, but as I've just done one will it make much difference, as the tap water has the same amount of ammonia as the tank?
  14. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0.25 (ammonia levels from the tap is also 0.25!) * Nitrite Level - 0 * Nitrate level - 10ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 70 oF * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 litres (15.8 US Gal) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 3 Plus * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly - 20 litres (33%) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today and 20 Litres * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish (2 inches and 1.5 inches) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Just dechlorinator * What do you feed your fish and how often? TetraFin Gold Japan - sinking pellets, 3/4 pellets twice a day. * 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. N/A * 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.? Explained below Over the last week or two, one of my fish (Hugo) has been floating at the surface pretty consistently after we feed him. I'm pretty concerned because I initially though he had just had too much to eat but he seems to be getting floaty after every meal, regardless of how much he has eaten. I've noticed that after he eats he gulps air at the surface of the tank. Hugo has nearly always done this but now I'm certain he's swallowing it rather than just passing it through his gills. Our other fish does this as well to some extent, but he is perfectly fine and isn't floating at all. Hugo can swim down (and does so whenever we walk in front of the tank) but he is pulled back to the surface by his tail, so he just floats at the surface and looks sad. Sometimes he flips over whilst swimming but I have never found him upside down resting at the surface. I find air bubbles in his poop so I'm sure he is swallowing air, after he passes the air bubbles he is back to normal and perfect. However this usually takes him between 6-8 hours and so for most of the time he's floating. I have started soaking his pellets to try and get rid of any air from them but that doesn't seem to make much difference (I have been doing this consistently for a week). I have been feeding him peas fairly regularly to try and flush him out. However I read on a different thread that feeding peas lots can in fact make bloatedness worse, is this true?. I will stop feeding him peas regardless in case this is the case! Please can anyone suggest a course of action? I don't know what to do to help him. I'm not sure why he is swallowing air but that is definitely the reason for him floating. Could there by an underlying problem here? He seems fine after he has passed the bubbles and is acting perfectly normal otherwise. Any help you can give I would greatly appreciate! Thanks!
  15. Thanks Sakura, I think we will do another water change tomorrow to try and get the ammonia down... not really too sure why that is present at all seeing as we only did a water change a few days ago! But I will keep a close eye on him and do another water change then post the params up tomorrow once that is done. Off to bed again now; I really hope he doesn't get himself stuck again tonight! I might find myself checking on him in the middle of the night for a few days, or at least until I reassure myself that he's not going to get stuck again! Thanks for your advice and i'll keep you updated! - Natalie
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