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  1. Trinket, koko, that's alright! Stuff happens.
  2. Wow, Chrissy, I hope everything works out. I can't really help out here, I just wanted to say thanks for being so supportive when I had problems; best of luck to you!
  3. No, no, Lupin, that's alright. Hope you got a good rest? Well, these four fish were together and they all died with the same symptoms and problems. The other fish have always been separate and are doing very well. I think they'll get even better now that I can use yours and Trinket's advice on treating all new fish for parasites. About the salt, I followed Ranchugirl's post on salting (from the Treatment section of the forum). This is what I understood and tried to follow: 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons = 0.1%. To reach 0.3%, add another 0.1% after 12 hours. Repeat again after 12 hours. I followed the instructions given for a salt dip a few days ago; the oranda responded well, but I guess I was already pretty late and couldn't help him.
  4. Ah, he died today Four fish lost... Well, thank you everybody for your help! I really learned a lot, though it wasn't in the best circumstances.
  5. Guys...? I think he's dying, he's on his side and barely breathing. Is there anything I can do?
  6. Guys, I used API General Cure for the parasites. It had praziquantel; hope it's okay! When I put it in, he seemed very energetic (not sure if it was in a good way or bad way) for the rest of the evening. I woke up today and his fins have gotten a bit more ragged, clearly finrot, right? Is there anything else I can do for this finrot, other than 0.3% salt and (trying atleast) to have absolute perfect water conditions. Will heating the water help? I've been reading the pages about goldfish disease/treatment on Koko's main page; I just need help piecing it all together.
  7. Will heating the tank help him/is it tougher for the parasites to survive in warmer temperatures?
  8. Okay, cool. I was convinced on treating him with prazi and salt but I needed a full explanation of it to feel comfortable doing it (I was worried I'd overwhelm the fish with medications after giving him Maracyn last week, Melafix all week, Anti-Bacteria food for a while...); thank you Lupin and Trinket! Going to get on this now and hope I'm in time, though I know I'm really late.
  9. One more thing: I'm familiar with the basic symptoms of parasites but, just to make it clear, what are they and does my oranda have them? He doesn't flash or scratch against gravel/ornaments; but does that completely rule out parasites?
  10. Ohhh! Thanks, Trinket! I really feel like I've got something to work with now. Alright, I will keep up with the salt, air bubbles, and treatment. Augh, I wish I'd realized this before my goldfish suffered for it
  11. Thank you, Chrissy Bee! Absolutely, I want to try my hardest to save this oranda. This forum has always been a huge help for me; I understand that sometimes there's just nothing you can do/it's not in your control. I treated this oranda for flukes about 3 or 4 months ago and I used an API product, I think it was Super Ich Cure. It worked great the first time, (though it was probably really strong), I think it was for two days. Ooh...no, I didn't treat the new fish with salt for other parasites...but they all lived together for at least two months and seemed alright. These problems started a few weeks ago and I'm pretty sure they were all caused by a very, very bad ornament I purchased. Huge mistake which I'll always regret. Wow, I don't know how I missed the 5 to 10 days thing for Jungle food...great point there. Is it alright if I start that up again? So, there's really nothing more I can do? I mean...it seems I pretty much just have to make sure I'm giving him the best of everything (water quality, food, salt, temperature, etc.) and hope it helps.
  12. Yep, I've got gravel. *nod* I siphon each time I change the water and I think (hope!) I've got the gravel pretty clean. Okay, I'll definitely work on the ornaments. Oh, wow...that means my pH went up very quickly. Alright, I'm glad I've got something to work with now. Thank you. Okay, I'll do just what you said, koko. Hope it leads to an improvement.
  13. I've got: Nitrites - 0 Ammonia - 0 Nitrates - 5 pH - has gone up a lot to 8.5; it's usually 7.5 and my tap water is almost always at 8. does adding salt do this? the tank is at 0.2% If those are what causes frayed fins, then I'm sure he has fin rot. A fish who spent time with him previously but died, had fin rot (among other bacterial problems I couldn't control). I'm building up to 0.3% salt in the tank because of the fin rot. There are two caves in the tank; assumign they count as hollow ornaments? Yes, I do large (60 or 70%) water changes every three days in this tank. However, since it's just him in there and he's about an inch or two long, I think I'll do smaller ones now. Is that okay?
  14. Yes, I agree that the Maracyn might have made them worse. I did have an air pump in the tank they were being medicated in, though, and they didn't gulp at the surface or anything while being medicated. I'm not sure what's bothering the oranda, I really wish I knew. He's responsive but otherwise hangs limply in his cave and has slightly frayed tail edges but no redness. Thank you, koko, for responding. Is there anything else I can do for the oranda, espcially regarding the kidney thing koko mentioned?
  15. The ryukin just died. Just have the oranda left.
  16. *nod* The water parameters are still at Nitrites: 0, Ammonia: 0, Nitrates: 5, pH: 7.5 The ryukin won't eat or move anymore, just bottom-sits and gasps for air. The oranda will still come out of his cave, look for food, and respond when I'm near the tank. Is it okay that I'm aiming for 0.3% salinity and raising the temperature of the tank to about 73 to 75 degrees Farenheit? ...hope someone gets here to help me out with these goldfish soon...
  17. They're both in the 40gallon tank now. The oranda is floating on his side in a cave and the ryukin is bottom-sitting and gasping fast for air.
  18. Thanks for being understanding! Yes, an oranda and a ryukin now. The oranda has actually been pretty active today. He seems to be alright, no symptoms of sickness today...but I don't trust it. It's the ryukin I'm mainly worried about. He's got: -clamped fins -hides in cave -lethargic -bloody patch at the base of his...I Googled it and they seem to be called the pelvic fins. The left one has a bloody patch at the base and it's a bit raised outwards, too. Unfortunately, I haven't got the best camera to take a picture of him with. I will try my best to provide you with a picture later on. -white poop -eats normally and is responsive when I come near the tank -bottom-sitting -about the shivering: when he comes outside to find food, he occasionally stops swimming in the middle of the tank and floats in place. He then shivers violently for a few seconds. After, he simply moves on. When I can see him out and about, he'll do this once every few minutes. True, I wondered abotu flukes. The oranda had flukes when he first got into my care a few months ago; I treated him and he made a full recovery. I'm pretty sure they don't have flukes, though, because they haven't had any chance for exposure to them. Nope, they don't rub themselves against objects or tank sides. Does that rule out parasites, or is there a chance there could be other parasites?
  19. Chrissy, thank you so much! The healthier-seeming goldfish is an oranda, and the sicker one is a ryukin. Putting them both back into the 40 gallon makes a lot of sense, I will do that a.s.a.p.. Haha, yes, I can see why there's no such thing as too much filtration for goldfish! About the gph, I posted in the Disease Diagnosis section a month ago and a very helpful user (Tinkokeshi) told me my filter had a gph of 300 and that was a bit short of the minimum I needed. Again, it made a lot of sense to me so I'm saving up for a second filter to add to the 40 gallon tank. I'm still in high school and I support this hobby by myself, so it'll be a while before I can purchase it. Sorry I hope being in a larger tank will reduce the stress on the fish and help them heal...is there anything else I can do? I'm weary of medicating them again but, then again, I'm not very familiar with medications for goldfish. Anything I can do there?
  20. I hope so, too, Gigi! Thank you. I will definitely do so!
  21. Hi, everybody. I'm lost and I'd appreciate any help you have to offer. I'm sorry to post such a long story but I know that knowing a complete history will help you guys help me. I had one 6" goldfish and three 2" goldfish in a 40 gallon tank. Yes, I know now that they were overcrowded. The 6" Common goldfish had been with me for years, two of the 2" fish joined me about 4 months ago. They were initially quarantined and treated for ich. They were quite happy together in the 40 gallon tank. One more 2" goldfish was added about 2 months ago, after being quarantined and found healthy. Concerning the 6" fish: he was injured by an ornament (some scales fell off) and developed an infection, probably caused by stress. I posted in the Disease Diagnosis area and got the excellent advice of doing a lot of large water changes. It really worked and his symptoms (pimple-like bumps on head, white poop) disappeared with water changes + Melafix for the wounds. He took a sudden turn for the worse, though, and died a few weeks ago from what I think was finrot because his tail got extremely ragged and torn overnight (he didn't respond to any medications or water changes after the sudden turn). The whole time he was sick, I quarantined him and the three 2" goldfish seemed completely healthy and normal. A few days after he died, they all started bottom-sitting/hiding in caves much more than usual + they had white poop. I quarantined them about a week ago. They seemed really sick and I used Maracyn for a full five days. One goldfish seemed completely healthy so I moved him back to the main 40 gallon tank; he acted normal (ate normal, was active as usual, responsive, normal poop, etc.) but I found him dead a few days ago. The other two goldfish are still quarantined in separate 10 gallon tanks. They both hid in caves all the time but came out to eat now and then. They both had white poop. I used aquarium salt to 0.3% salinity in both tanks. Yesterday, I noticed one of the goldfish has a bloody patch at the base of his left fin. He spends all his time in the corner of the tank now and seems to be shivering every now and then. The other goldfish has normal poop but has drooping fins. He's got a fan tail, so, the edges of his tail are kind of droopy or frayed looking. He hangs limply in a cave sometimes and moves about in jerky motions at other times. The 40 gallon main tank had high nitrates (20) but, after the water changes advice (given before any of this started), it's gone down to 5. The ammonia and nitrites are both at 0 and the pH maintained at 7.5. In both the quarantine tanks: 0 nitrites and ammonia, nitrates at about 5, pH again at 7.5. [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Nutrafin drops [*]Water temperature? All tanks have always been about 70F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Both 10 gallon quarantine tanks have been running about 2 years, I think. The 40 gallon main tank has been running about 6 months. [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Quarantine tanks have Aquaclear filters for 20 gallons. 40 gallon has Aquaclear for 40 to 70 gallons. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? I'll admit I used to do not nearly enough. Since posting here about a month ago, I've learned it's better to do larger changes. I'm trying: been doing about 60 or 70% every 3 days for all tanks. [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?Aqueon water conditioner [*]What do you feed your fish and how often?Varies between fresh, gel, frozen, and sinking pellets once a day. In small amounts, though. Not feeding too often since they got sick. [*]Any medications added to the tank?In the tanks the two fish are housed in right now, I've only put salt to 0.3% salinity. They were treated with Maracyn(had no effect on these two fish, they only got worse)about 10 or 11 days ago. I fed them Jungle Anti-Bacteria food for four days last week. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?As mentioned above, one goldfish has a bloody patch at the base of his left fin, which I believe developed a few days ago. The edges of the other goldfish's tail are frayed or droopy looking. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Both have stayed in caves or made every attempt to be in a dark place all the time for about two weeks now. Since yesterday, one stopped staying in a cave and hangs in a corner. They both ate normally for the two weeks they've displayed sickness. They both occasionally make jerky motions, not sure how else to explain it. One (the one with the bloody patch at the base of his fin) seems to shiver occasionally. I posted in the Emergency section because I don't feel these fish have too long to live. Well, I think that's everything. Again, sorry to type such a long thing! I would love to save these goldfish, they've been so great these past few months. I just don't have enough experience to know what to do. Got anything for me?
  22. Sakura, sorry to hear about that... Just wanted to say that all the work you did for him and everything you took into account for him is really admirable! It can definitely be said that you saw him suffering and did your very best to help. Gah, seeing a Bubble Eye with popped bubbles brings pretty bad feelings. I agree with you, though: he must have had other very serious and accelerated problems. Seems like I've been hearing way too many stories about ill goldfish that get overlooked or ignored just because they're goldfish! So, I'll say it again at risk of sounding weird: I admire your work!
  23. Thank you, Gigi, MrsMohr, and kukana d. That's okay, stuff like this happens... I know, I see how committed everyone here is to teaching and sharing techniques with newbies, experts, everyone! I hope there isn't a next time but I suppose it's a bit inevitable...so next time I'll be a bit louder
  24. Well, he died today. Guess nobody realized this thread was updated and needed new help. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with him, he kept getting worse. I did water changes and treated for a bacterial infection. A few days ago he showed symptoms of finrot and, though I immediately treated and quarantined, he continued to get worse. I'll miss him.
  25. Okay, I really need help again. Something is really wrong with this fish. I've been continuing with large water changes every other day. For the past week or so, he's been doing well, looking healthy and active. I've been weary of his health, though. Yesterday and today, he had clamped fins and moved lethargically. Black spots showed up on his gills again! He has a little patch of red, like a wound, where one of his fins meets his main body. I have a medium-sized cave in the tank which the smaller goldfish like to sleep in: he has never, ever went in there before. He preferred hiding behind plants when he wanted privacy. Today, he's been going in there (it's barely big enough for him) and just sitting in there. He'll even just let go of himself and float suspended sideways in the cave. At first, I thought he'd gotten himself stuck in there somehow and I released him. But he keeps going back in...something is really wrong. My nitrates are at 5 thanks to water changes, nitrites and ammonia at 0, pH maintained at 7.5 and the other fish seem absolutely normal. *Sigh*, what am I doing wrong...any advice or guidance? I can't stand seeing him like this. I will look into taking better pictures of him.
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