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  1. Sorry to hear about your troubles. I know this is often a subject of controversy but I've had great success using NutraFin Cycle. It does help kick start the cycle. You might have to do daily water changes for a while though. Good luck.
  2. Oops! The two pics show the same side. Here's the second side .
  3. So the spots on Fern are completely gone today. I plan on leaving the salt at 0.2% for about 3 more days. Then I'll do a big wc and lower it to 0.1% for another week and see how he does. Thanks to everyone who helped and offered good wishes Here are his two sides today.
  4. Very nice tank! Love the goby and pistol shrimp.
  5. Thanks Helen. I missed everyone here! By the way Fern is doing much better, the red spots seem to be fading. He didn't like the dip at all! I have the salt up to 0.2 I think I'll leave it there for today and see how he progresses.
  6. I didn't like those red dots either. I removed the ornament that worried me, but I did start the salt too, i'll bring it up to.3% gradually. It is odd that so far he has no other symptoms, but I'm watching him closely and I have meds on hand if the need should arise. Thanks for popping in.
  7. To clean sand I hold the vac about 1/4 inch above the sand and it sucks up the fish poo and any debris. Since you haven't cleaned it in a while I would follow Helen's advice and remove the fish and then do a thorough cleaning of the sand bed. If you do pick some sand up with the vac you can always rinse it under some tap water and put it back in the tank. Once things are under control you should try and churn up the sand bed regularly so that the food and debris can get caught by the filter. This will also ensure that you don't get any bacterial pockets caught under the sand. This needs to be done every few days with goldies.
  8. Awww Thanks. Glad you finally joined us! Yeah, in September Well better late than never.
  9. Absolutely, Choupette is doing really well although we are still working on one or two small issues. I'll post some pics in the pet forum as soon as possible. Thanks!
  10. Ok thanks Alex, so I'll just do as planned and let you know how things go.
  11. Thanks Alex! So I was on the right track, but I wanted confirmation. I'll be doing another water change later tonight so I'll dip him while I'm cleaning out his filters and stuff. (just a rinse really since they are already clean) Do you think these could also be bruises even though they came out at different times? I'm noticing that he tries to go through the holes in his ornaments and some of these are a tight fit. He has never in the last 6 years gone through his ornaments at least never when I'm around and now that he is too big he tries to go through, I think I'll remove it just in case he gets stuck in there.
  12. Hey Becs! It's good to be back even if it is with a sick fish.
  13. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 5 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Api drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 30 + tetra whisper 30 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aqua plus * Water temperature? 76 * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday 50% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 15 gallon running for close to 7 years * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 goldfish about 4 inches * What do you feed your fish and how often? Nutra fin sinking pellets; homemade gelfood; egg whites as a treat. He is fed once a day and he has one day of fasting every week * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? I added salt yesterday 1 teaspoon per gallon * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? he is developping red spots on his sides. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He was a little lethargic in the last few days but he does this often, actually he has done this since he was a little guy. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. He had a few rounds of salt and prazi but this was years ago. In the last 3 years he hasn't been treated with anything. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Fern will be 7 yrs old in a few months and he is stunted. He has issues with constipation due to the way his body is formed but that is easily cared for by his pea containing gel food. In the last few days he has been resting more but as mentioned before he has always had periods of times when he is lethargic. Yesterday I noticed red spots on his side. These came out overnight since I always take some time to examine him when I turn the lights on and he had nothing on him the day before. I did a 50% water change and added the salt. Since then he is very actve, swimming around happily and searching for food. But this morning he has more spots on his other side and on his gill cover. He is still happy and feeding very well. No clamped fins at all, Not sure what this is so I hope someone does. I'm joining a bad video and a few pictures, sorry but I only have my iphone as a camera for now. <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:%2F%2Fvid634.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fuu70%2Fcaitie_bucket%2FIMG_0198_zps731476ed.mp4">
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