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  1. Here's a little update about what I went through this weekend!!! I went on vacation for the weekend. I changed Patrick's water and as I was saying bye to him I noticed that his scales had pineconed on his left side. Dropsy. My stomach dropped and I freaked out. I had increased his salt to .15% with the water change and purchased him a heater which I had set up. I plugged it in, told my mom about the situation and asked her to feed him nothing but peas while I was gone. I called twice daily to check up on him. I have a feeling that his scales had been pineconed since the day I found him upside-down but I didn't look close enough to see it. I didn't post because there was nothing I could do so I didn't want to freak myself out. When I called home on Saturday night (had been gone since Thursday night) she said that his scales had flattened out and lo and behold GREEN POOP! I was very relieved. I told her she could feed him some flakes for dinner but go back to peas in the morning. I got home a few hours ago and he looks as though he's lost 5lb (ok not that much but you get the idea) he is active as anything and looks great. I guess he was severely constipated!! The tank is full of poop and I just cleaned him Thursday. I guess 4-5 days of nothing but peas will do that to a fish He's getting another cleaning tomorrow and should be good to go. The heater had his water up to 80*F so I unplugged it. His water temperature was 74*F, I read the thermometer wrong, whoopsie. Happy ending
  2. Perhaps I am a dope but I couldn't find where to edit my post. Oh well, here's an update! (and once I posted I can edit this one but not the previous one. Humm!) He seems much better. I've been feeding him nothing but peas since yesterday and his bite feels much stronger (I hand feed). He plays in the bubbles and always has, but he can right himself again and he hasn't been upside-down. He has been bottom sitting but no more than usual. I'm making a trip to the fish store tomorrow because he needs more spirulina and I'll likely get a heater while I'm there. I'm going away from home for 5 days but the parental units have been told he needs a strict diet of peas until there's a nice green poop in the tank!! LOL I'm going to do a 50% water change tomorrow and up his salt to .15% Just a basic question, but one of the filter bags is starting to get ratty. I am scared about upsetting the cycle. Would placing the old filter bag inside a new one be a good option to keep the tank healthy?
  3. Yes that is him, he's a fantail. The AC is on, usually he is warmer. I don't have a heater, he's been just peachy since moving to his new tank. Maybe in his old age he's more sensitive to the AC. He seems better now, still weak but he's not sitting with his face against the filter intake nor is he upside-down. I hope the salt has perked him up. Here are the drop test results (pre-water change): [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? Just above 5.0 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4 Everything looks normal. I have to get ready for work and I won't have the chance til tomorrow afternoon to get a heater if it's still necessary. Cross your fingers (and fins) for my poor Patrick! Thanks for your assistance & support thus far
  4. I change a bit every week because his water evaporates rather quickly so I take the opportunity to do a little cleaning. He doesn't seem floaty at all and he is not clamping his fins or gasping. He does seem to be breathing quicker than usual. I haven't treated for flukes but he is an only fish and has been his entire life. I've not introduced any new plants, fish, or anything borrowed from another tank. He just comes across as very weak. I am sitting in the dentist's office on my phone typing this! I'm worried sick. I have to go to work later this afternoon too so I hope he's ok. I promise I will post water results as soon as I get home.
  5. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? [*]Nitrite Level? [*]Nitrate level? [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? [*]Water temperature? 64*F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal, 2 years [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? "Elite Mini" and "Tetra PF10" [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 1 gal bi-weekly, 50% bi-weekly [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1 gal last week, just did a 50% before I posted this. I added salt to .1% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Spirulina flakes, pellets (soaked of course), green peas. 2-3 times daily. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]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.? For the past 2 days he has been sitting with his face against the filter intake for a good portion of the day but otherwise in good spirits. This morning I woke up and he was upside-down in the middle of the tank. I freaked out and called my mom, by the time I got her on the phone and went back to the tank he was right side up rooting in the bottom. I just fed him half a green pea incase it's constipation, but he has never acted like this before when he is constipated. I feed him by hand and he seemed very weak. Usually when fed by hand it almost feels like he is nipping my finger but it felt almost as if he couldn't be bothered. I watched him for a bit and it seems as though he is too tired to flip himself over when he gets tipped by the bubble bar. He *IS* over 9 years old, so maybe it is just time... but I am very attached to him, and if there is anything I can do I want to do it. I have to leave for a dentist appointment in 5 minutes but as soon as I get home I will post test results. I took a water sample before I did the change.
  6. No matter what colour he is he'll be gorgeous. Your pearlies are simply adorable Anything that gets you posting more pictures is fine by me!!
  7. Just thought I would comment to say your fantail is gorgeous!! I loved the video even though she is not doing much, such a beautiful tail Patrick is 8 years old (fantail too) and he has a bent dorsal fin as well. He doesn't sleep at the top but I guess over time it just went down.
  8. I went to Pet$mart yesterday to get some foods, and of course looked at the goldies. There was a Black Moor there about the size of my thumbnail OMG SO CUTE.. but I have no room.. I hope s/he goes to a great home. I then went to wally world to get some new shoes and of course went to the fishies.. what a state. There was so much poop in the tank and it was all white and stringy, the fish ALL had ich. Ugh I was quite grouchy after that.
  9. The first time I used a siphon Patrick went and hid, now he is always in the way. I think he wants to be a daredevil and try to swim past it without getting sucked up. Or he's trying to eat the food it stirs up before it gets sucked away.
  10. Just thought I'd post a quick update. Patrick is doing fabulously, he was trying to eat my fingers through the tank this morning and is going nuts for any and all food. Tested his water and the nitrites has steadily declined over the past 2 days and the ammonia is even less than what comes in the tapwater which is fabulous!! Not going to be home tomorrow to check but will have someone add Prime for me. Here's hoping everything is great come Sunday! Thanks for all your help I suppose this thread can be moved now
  11. Patrick does that too except he does the gravel tossing even when no one is in the chair beside him, and usually at night!
  12. When Patrick is feeling well he always plays in the bubbles. He does somersaults and is generally bonkers. He'll swim into the bubbles face first, let them push him up to the surface, swim upside down then go back for more. He's nuts.
  13. I don't have any pellets... I haven't had a trip to the LFS in a long time (a month!!), so I am hoping to go this weekend and will get some pellet food, a thermometer.. although I suppose any thermometer would work. Gonna take a look at heaters if there's anything well priced. And of course check out the goldies and wish I had space for a larger tank I haven't tested his params yet today as I've been awake all of an hour, need to eat then I'll be doing his water change.
  14. His appetite is back he's not totally ravenous as he usally goes like a bullet when he sees food falling down, but he didn't ignore it either!! Got him to eat a bit so I am very happy, he's no longer breathing heavily either. No floaty issues, he still looks a bit stressed but he seems to be calming down. Salt is awesome I feed him peas and spirulina flakes soaked. I have hardly fed him the past three days as he hasn't been eating, I tried twice a day to feed him by hand with no luck, and only one flake each time. Usually he is fed 3 times a day a little bit each time. When I don't want him fed while I am at work I have taken to hiding the food! I've been meaning to make gel food but I am notorious for procrastinating.
  15. Don't feel bad, please!!! It seems that the salt was affecting my cycle cause as soon as it came out BOOM the nitrite producing bacteria went nuts. I'm going to keep the salt only at .1 and just watch for now. Thanks for the info on Prime... I think I will just do 2ml for the tank then. I don't want to shock him, he's in enough of a state as it is.
  16. Congrats on finding out! I think Sushi is a unisex name I checked Patrick and I didn't have to change his name to Patricia, so that was nice to know
  17. That is excellent to know, as I am not going to be able to do a water change on Saturday and don't want to leave 7 gallons for my mom to do, although I will ask her if she can change at least 4. No worries, I am going to keep up with the water changes!! I have been adding one drop of prime per gallon to new water, it says to use 1 capful (5ml) per 50 gallons, I don't want to overdose. How much should I be using for the 10 gal tank? 1/4 of a cap? I added salt today and he seems to have perked up a bit, he is swimming around more, he hasn't bottom sat since I added the salt which is nice. He's also not flashing as much. However he's hanging around the top of the tank a lot, not gasping for air, just up there more than usual with his back out, sometimes his mouth. Still not eating either Before I added the salt he was upside down a couple of times for more than a few seconds which really scared me hasn't done that since though.
  18. Congratulations, so glad your fishy is doing better! The people here at Kokos sure are fountains of information.. and I have been foraging around like a goldfish in their knowledge
  19. The salt was in roughly a month, I can't remember exactly. I was salting him to help him cope with ammonia poisoning which was my initial problem and why I signed up here. I had it at .03%. I salted his new tank so that when he moved he wouldn't be shocked, but it was only at .02%, and the next day after I moved him he ripped his tail fin on something so I continued salting for that, I kept it at .02% up until I posted on the other thread that I would start taking the salt out. I started removing the salt on Jan 24, and he started acting funky about the 28th. When I tested his water the next day that's when the nitrites showed up. All the salt was out by the 27th, so it seems that my cycle was affected by it considering nitrites started showing up just a day or two after. I will add .01% salt with the water change today and keep a close eye on things.
  20. Is salting a good idea while trying to re-establish my cycle? I was with the understanding that's why it didn't pick up in the first place. x.x The tank is actually larger, he was in a 5g. Yes I know I'm bad but I came to Kokos and am learning, I'm trying to be a better fishy mommy now!!! I do leave his water out for several hours in order for it to reach room temperature, so I don't think that is a problem, although I really should invest in a thermometer so I can make sure.
  21. #22 is too cute.. he seems to know it too #11 is my favourite there though, something about a silvery fish
  22. I got a new tank, and I was salting. I moved the old filter (sponge) to the new tank and a plate of old gravel. I took the plate of gravel out after a week since everything was fine, not knowing that salt prevents bacteria from multiplying and voila, crash pH has been steady at 7.4-.5 since I got the new tank and even before, so I don't think there is a problem. I have a waterfall type whisper filter as well as an airstone and between them they create tons of surface motion. All the gravel is new, I washed it thoroughly in hot water and let the tank run for one day before I put him in to allow it to acclimate. Got him two new cloth plants, he had some before but they got quite icky after a few months so I figured it was time for some new ones. Washed them in hot water before adding too. I can test for KH/GH if you need to know it as I do have strips, I know they are not very accurate but it's the best I can do.
  23. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? .25-.5 [*]Nitrite Level? .5 (having a mini cycle, been doing daily water changes, if you want to read up on this see my other topic: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/81571-moving-tanks-and-cycling/ [*]Nitrate level? 1-2 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops [*]Water temperature? unsure [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gals, about 3 weeks [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 2 filters, one sponge, one whisper. If you need the names I will get them I'm just lazy to get up and see right now [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Been doing daily water changes for approx 2 weeks, 6-7 gals each day. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, about 3" in body [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Spirulina flakes soaked and peas [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? I think that he's more gold around his tail than he was before but I could just be overreacting. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Okay... He sits at the bottom a lot, but will get up and swim around every so often. He is breathing very heavily too. He doesn't even look twice at food. I haven't seen a whole lot of poop in his tank for a couple days as he hasn't been eating, but the last one I saw was thin and stringy. He has also been rubbing himself against the gravel a LOT. I looked up symptoms and these are the ones google gave me: # Scratchs against hard objects # Fish is lethargic # Loss of appetite and weight loss # Rapid, labored breathing # Fins clamped against body # Fine yellow or rusty colored film on skin # In advanced stages skin peeks off He fits everything but the final one and clamped fins. Well I am not positive about the rust coloured film as I don't know exactly what I am looking for, I did try turning off the lights and using a flashlight to see. Again I wasn't sure what I was looking for :/ Patrick is 8 years old, he's never had another fish with him, how on earth could he have gotten this, or is it even possible? The new tank was brand new as were the other items I bought him. I'm probably totally overreacting and it's just the nitrite causing him to act like this. I want to check with the experts though. If you need pics I can do my best.
  24. The problem is when I switched to the new tank, I still had the salt in at .2 or so, and then when I removed the old gravel the cycle crashed, since the salt prevented the BBs from multiplying as ryukin girl said. It's only been a few days since I took all the salt out, and the cycle is in the process of rebuilding itself. The cycle was fine in the old 5g tank once I got him sorted, so I don't see why a 10g would be insufficient. I don't have the money OR space to buy anything larger now. My tapwater does have approx .25 ammonia so I'm never going to be completely rid of it, especially with a daily water change. This is my first time cycling when knowing what the cycle even is, so I am not familiar with the patterns. I see the graph at the top and this is the 7th day since the salt was removed. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and keep quiet unless something drastic happens
  25. So Patrick hasn't been interested in food since yesterday, he doesn't even react when it floats by his face. He is not bottom sitting, at least not as often as he was a few days ago. He is still breathing heavily but other than that and not eating he seems okay. His water is getting up to .5 ammonia daily, it seems to be slightly under that today. Yesterday and today the Nitrite have been at .5 and for the past two days nitrate has been 5. I'm still doing daily water changes of 6 gallons. Just wondering if there is anything else I should be doing, or just keep up with the water changes and eventually things will pick up? It feels like I've been doing this daily water change thing forever. I saw the nitrite bump 4 days ago, how much longer will this go on
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