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  1. Hi guys, thanks so much for helping Pumpkin out! She was fairly inactive this morning, which was a cause for concern, but was swimming around, eating and pooing normally later in the day. She's still pineconed, but it's no worse than before, and she's swimming upright. Regarding the chlorophyll baths, I read that in the site Martha quoted from. We so happened to have pure chlorophyll without any additives on hand, and put some in. Now, Pumpkin had a red sore on her side where a scale had fallen off, and shortly after the first chlorophyll bath, that cleared up very nicely. Some of the chlorophyll is clumping up on the surface, and she's been gobbling that down, so I think that's helping also. It'll be tough clearing all the green up, it's all over the filter haha. But yeah, I do believe it's helping, and it's 100% natural so I think it's safe. But it's also organic, so it can't stay in too long. Now, about the metro... I hunted up and down, and spent the whole day at the biggest LFSes I could find, going through pretty much every bottle and checking the ingredients. I avoided those cure-all tonics from China, there were plenty of bottles claiming to cure dropsy, internal bacteria, the global credit crunch and provide relief and world peace. The vets couldn't help, I tried a couple and they had no metro or Flagyl. In the end I saw one bottle in the corner in the last LFS I went to: Gel Tek Ultra Cure PX. Now I know this is anti-parasite as opposed to anti-bacterial, but it is all I could find and shares some ingredients with Jungle AP, namely metro and prazi. I do understand this is no longer available, though... (no expiration date visible) However, it's the only metro I could find, and I was super relieved when I saw the ingredients. Before I use it, I figured I'd run it through with you guys here, though. Is it ok to give this to Pumpkin? If so, we'll start it tomorrow, at about noon. She would've had about 18 hours without food by then.
  2. Go Momo! Glad she's better! Momo's recovery is giving me a bit of hope that Pumpkin will pull through too
  3. Thanks for replying, CL. We're still reeling from losing Ponyo last night, and today Pumpkin didn't seem all that well, and it appears she may be following Ponyo up to fishy heaven. If I can get Metronidazole or Flagyl, how would I apply it? In what form does it come in, and how would I use it with her food? I'll check the vet in a short while and see if I can get some of those meds. In the meantime, we're trying to make sure she's getting clean water. She's in a chlorophyll bath with Epsom at the moment.
  4. Thanks for the info on increasing the Epsom dose, and how long we should leave it in for. We did give Pumpkin a pea with a single Epsom salt the other day, and hew bowel movements have been regular, if slightly impressive. We do not have access to Metromeds here. South East Asia, it's not easy to find medicated food at all unless Goldfish Connection delivers internationally. Pumpkin's a trooper, she's still active. I'm not sure I can bear to lose her, burying Ponyo just now broke my heart
  5. The cooler water change had no effect. She's eating and pooing fine, and is very active, although still quite pineconed. We have decided that it's a bacterial thing, as there are no visible signs of eggs right now. She's in Epsom salted water with Melafix and heavy aeration at 29 Celcius with a heater. Also, her partner Ponyo started bottom sitting and pineconing also this morning in the main tank, and we unfortunately just returned home in time to catch his last few minutes before he expired.
  6. Will do a cooler water change later when I get home, and let the water warm up. I really don't want to touch her, because she is quite bloated and I'm afraid that she may get hurt, even with a gentle touch. That's why I didn't net her out of the tank, but instead transferred her in a tub of water. Her partner is a male, I believe. He's smaller, and has shown breeding stars and such before, and never got into the egg producing business. He's not really into the egg fertilizing business, either, but I'm not going to judge him about his preferences Will update after the water change. Thanks!
  7. Hope Momo gets well soon, Sakura. Also, can someone please explain to me what Epsom salt in a pea does? I understand what it does externally, when dissolved in tank water, by helping draw out fluids. Can't really imagine what it does internally, though.
  8. Update: I've removed her from the main tank into the biggest tub I have, which is a 5 gallon plastic tub. I've plugged in a new filter (AquaClear 20 equivalent) chock full of old media, which happens to be sintered glass tubes and crushed coral from the main tank. I've added an airstone and put 1/8 teaspoon of dissolved Epsom salt into the QT tank. I tested for pH and temp before carefully transferring her in a small tub. She's moving around and still active, and she seems to like the airstone a bit. It's new water, so it's reading 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites. Her buddy Ponyo is looking super forlorn and lonely in the big tank. Ok now how often do I do water changes? Maybe 50% and 1/16 of a teaspoon of Epsom salt?
  9. The bulk of the bacteria is in the filter.
  10. She's had peas twice a day for the past couple of days. I haven't been feeding her so I don't really know what kind of poo she's been having.
  11. Roger, Tay. Will do so exactly as you have posted later after I buy some Epsom salt. Thanks heaps!
  12. [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10ppm [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4. KH and GH should be on the lower side, but there's crushed coral in the filter. [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Never tested. [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit. [*]Water temperature? No thermometer, probably around 28 Celcius, 82 Farenheit. [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 22 Gallons, running for about 3 months. [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Hagen Aquaclear 70 on max flow. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Usually 25% every three day. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2x Orandas, about 4" body length. [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Hagen Nutrafin Aqua-Plus [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead sinking pellets, peas, broccoli, orange, zucchini, papaya, other veges. 3 small feedings daily. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? They were introduced to the uncycled tank 3 months ago. Tank cycled in 2 weeks with used media numerous water changes. [*]Any medications added to the tank? Salted lightly as of a week ago, but we've been diluting that so it should be extremely low, or completely salt-free by now. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Red fin streaks as of today. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? They seem active as normal. Hi, sorry to keep posting here about Pumpkin, but she's looking really bad today and I'm not sure what to do. She started bloating up about 4-5 days ago, and pineconing a bit. Today it's pretty bad, she's very pineconed and very bloated. We have been feeding her peas regularly this past week. We also noticed that her rear vent had a couple of unfertilised eggs, much like the last time ( http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/84454-tank-1-pumpkins-rear-end-issue/ ) but the vent isn't distended. We believe she'd eggbound and unable to release, and bloating up because of that. She has been very active the past few days, and only today did I notice the red streaks in her tail. She still moves about a lot, and actively feeds and responds to us. I have been changing out 20% water daily, making sure the params are good. The water changes have also helped remove most, if not all, of the salt in the tank. I bought a bottle of Melafix today, but haven't used it. I'm thinking of QTing her in a spare tank with a filter containing some of the media from her original tank, and adding the Melafix as per instructions. Or shall I run out and find some Epsom salt, which I hear is also suitable for this condition? Her partner Ponyo is fine, he's happily swimming around, but not interested in mating at all. Also, what triggers the production of eggs in a goldfish? I read somewhere that it's a rise in temperatures, as well as regular feedings of 3-4 or more times a day and the presence of plants for the eggs to attach themselves to. Thank you so much in advance. I really hope she pulls through.
  13. Yeah, Noodles really is adorable, he's starting to respond a lot more to me nowadays. They both have a little performance they do, only when I'm in front of the tank. Both Noodles and Dumpling would swim near the top at the front of the tank, then dive sharply and quickly to the bottom, and swim back up and repeat the dive again. It's their way of attracting my attention, I think. They only do this when I'm in front, and when their green feeding cup isn't around. If they see the green cup, they'd know it's feeding time, and start circling the top like sharks. I figured putting vitamins in the water wouldn't help that much cos it'll all get diluted, but figured it was better than nothing. I also tried soaking their pellets in a mixture of the vitamins and tank water, hoping that the pellets would absorb some. I'm interested in making some gel food, but I've got so much fish food with em right now, cos I've been buying all sorts of stuff and feeding them a little bit of each. There's like 3 types of pellets, freeze dried blood worms (which I'm not using anymore), frozen blood worms, krill, broccoli and peas. One day, I'll get around to making some yummy gel food for them
  14. You may be right about dislodging some bacteria, Federica. I had to remove some underwater suction cups, and those things get quite nasty. I'll salt up to 0.2% when I get home. Last night I found some Sera Fishtamins at my LFS, so I applied it as per manufacturer's instructions. I figured that some vitamins in the water wouldn't hurt. Both the fishies were very active and hungry this morning, and Noodles looks to be a bit better. The smaller fin hole, which you can see to be a bit red in the close-up pic, has cleared up. The larger one still looks a bit angry, but hopefully it'll clear up soon too
  15. Hi guys, Noodles wants to thank you all for helping out. I've started salting up the tank, it's at 0.1% now. In 12 hours I'll take it up to 0.2% and observe for a couple of days. I've had crushed coral in the Aquaclear since I started cycling the tank months ago. It was just a handful, but it appears to still be there. I read that the coral will dissolve over time if need be, but will remain there as a buffer if the water's fine. The water change a couple of days ago dislodged some biofilm on the back of the tank, there were pieces floating around, and that happened just before Noodle's fin started acting up, so that may be a cause.
  16. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.6, GH and KH fairly low. [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Never tested. [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Kit. [*]Water temperature? 27.5C, 81.5F @ room temperature [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29g, 4 months. [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Aquaclear 50 & Eheim 2215 w/ 9w UV sterilizer. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? About 30% twice a week. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 orandas, Noodles and Dumpling, body length 1.5" [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Hagen Nutrafin Aqua-Plus [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead sinking pellets, peas, broccoli. Small amounts twice a day. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? These two were introduced at the same time about 1 month ago. [*]Any medications added to the tank? None. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Noodles has a fin sore. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Noodles is flashing a bit, a bit differently from their welcome dance they do for me. Hi everyone. This morning I was greeted by Noodles and Dumpling fairly enthusiastically. I immediately noticed that Noodles was carrying a fin sore at the base of his top fin, as shown in the photos below. This is happening on an existing hole in his fin (which was much like the smaller hole on the bottom of the close up third pic). I don't know how he got those fin holes, but when I got him, there were two holes. The affected hole is the larger hole. His fin did have a faint white patch around the sore area the day before. There appears to be some white stuff on it, as seen below. From the other side: Close-up: I'm not entirely sure what it is, I think it's an infection of some sort, but I don't really know how he got it. The UV sterilizer has been going on nonstop daily, and the last water change was about 30% the day before with filtered tap water & Aqua-Plus. I'm thinking that a good course of action would be to start salting up the tank, maybe to 0.3%, would that be right? Thanks in advance!
  17. Today I Went To My Favorite Lfs And..... found that the Eheim I bought was on sale at a much reduced price here I had bought the Eheim from the LFS' sister shop, and for what I paid for the 2215, I could've gotten a 2217 by just topping up a few bucks more.
  18. Thanks again. Three days later, and everything is under control. Pumpkin is swimming around fine. I wasn't around when she laid the eggs, but was told that the vent distended by a significant and alarming amount before releasing them. We had tried to get her to lay them earlier by providing a temperature change by introducing water that was a couple of degrees colder, coincidentally when a thunderstorm started, but she didn't respond. Anyways, the eggs came out all unfertilised and opaque, so we disposed of as many as we could while they hoovered up the rest. I came across an article stating that multiple (say, 4 or more) feedings a day would encourage the production of eggs, as well as the presence of plants for which the eggs can attach themselves to. They've been fed well with a wide variety of foods, and the plants did indeed arrive a couple of days prior to her condition. The idea now is to prevent this issue from repeating itself, seeing as how it puts her in so much discomfort, and how Ponyo has no interest in mating.
  19. Hi guys, thanks for the replies. The ich spots have all gone. At their greatest, there were nearly twice as many white spots on them as in the photos above. But they've completely cleared off right now, and Dumpling and Noodles are happily swimming around. The faulty heater kept the temperature at 34C (93F) for most of today even though I reduced it by 2 degrees. They were active and hungry when I got back, so I immediately removed the heater, and the temperature's dropped to 32C (90F) in the past 3 hours. I can't see any white spots on either of them. And yes, my base room temperature is 28C (82F), so that's what they're accustomed to. I did some reading up on goldfish temperature tolerances before firing up the heater, and the sources basically said they can take a bit of heat, but not for extended periods. I figured anything above 35C would be a bad idea. Regarding the oxygenation, I was aware of that, so I turned up the air pump which feeds two 6" wands making two big curtains of water. Lots of bubbles. Before inserting the heater, I also dropped the water level by an inch for the HOB to create more of a splash, and I turned the Eheim's spray bar from facing straight back to a slight angle up, creating about 1/4" to 1/2" of water movement at the back of the tank. So now, I'm gonna follow your advice and keep the salt at 0.3% for 10 days, and will maintain at 32C for the next 4 days and drop it to 30C for a week. Thanks guys!
  20. Hi thanks for the replies. Basically, what happened was that she did get 'pregnant' and those were eggs. However, Kanye, I mean, Ponyo, wasn't really interested in mating. So the eggs finally did make their way out, she was pretty much pushing them out/pooing nonstop in the afternoon. They came out all opaque, not transparent/translucent. Both of them promptly started eating them, but we removed most of them. She seems to be okay for now, just a little tired from all that. Regarding the fruit, we do give them a tiny slice of orange as a treat once in maybe 2 weeks, as per directions provided in the Goldfish Food part of Koko's. They do like the fruit, but we are aware of keeping their sugar and carb intake in check. Thanks again!
  21. [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10ppm [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? PH 7.6, KH and GH are on the low side, IIRC, according to the API test strips. [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Never tested. [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit, API test strips. [*]Water temperature? Normally about 28 Celcius, 82 Farenheit. [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons, running for about 9 weeks. [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Hagen Aquaclear 50 and an Eheim 2213 with a 9w inline UV sterilizer. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Once in 3-4 days, 20%-30% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2x Orandas, 1.5" in length each. [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Hagen Nutrafin Aqua-Plus [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead sinking pellets, peas, broccoli. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? These two were introduced 8 days ago. [*]Any medications added to the tank? None, but salted to 0.3% presently. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Ich, red tail streaks, flashing. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? None other than the discomfort the ich is giving, clamped fins and a slight slowdown in activity. Hi, this is the first tank I set up at home, and these fish live with me (whereas Ponyo and Pumpkin are at her house). They arrived 8 days ago, and were happily introduced to the tank that had completed its fishless cycling successfully. The one with the white tail is Dumpling, and then there's Noodles with the red tail. Noodles had a couple of white spots on his tailfin when he first arrived, but I was unable to salt for a few days. Salting properly began 3 days ago, to 0.1%. The next day, it was at 0.2%. It was about then, while I was at work, the ich infestation began. I came home to find the white spots all over their fins, and immediately upped the salt to 0.3%. They were in very visible discomfort, and didn't move as much. Dumpling: and Noodles: They have been in in 0.3% salt since last night, but many ich spots had developed already. I take it that the salt isn't going to kill any more until they reach the next free swimming stage. I will maintain the salt treatment for the next 10 days. I have also slowly raised tank temperature throughout the night to 32 Celcius, which is about 90 Farenheit (although when I woke up, the heater settings obviously weren't accurate, the tank thermometer showed 34 Celcius even though the heater was set to 32C). I have since reduced the heater by 2 degrees so it'll sit at 32C. I will keep it at 32C for the next 4 days, and then lower it down to 30C. The fish seemed to have coped with the 34C water fairly well last night, and are active and ate well this morning. They are still in discomfort, and there are quite a few more white spots on them since I took those pictures, but that was probably due to the ich attaching as I was salting up. This is the first time I'm dealing with an ich infestation, and I was quite concerned as there are so many white spots, and the fish are so small. I just need confirmation that I am doing the right thing, and maybe some pointers about what I could do to make them feel a bit more comfortable. Thanks.
  22. Update: her activity has slowed down, apparently she's basically sitting in the same spot and pooing a lot. It's a zig zag poo mostly, with bubbles in them. Reabsorbed eggs? Here's an example from last night, with a little bubble and some black dots in it: Is this cause for concern? Also, we had assumed Ponyo was the male, due to his smaller size and the presence of breeding stars. We haven't really noticed any aggressive breeding behaviour on his part recently.
  23. [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10-20ppm [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4. KH and GH should be on the lower side, but there's crushed coral in the filter. [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Never tested. [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit. [*]Water temperature? No thermometer, probably around 28 Celcius, 82 Farenheit. [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 22 Gallons, running for about 2 months. [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Hagen Aquaclear 70 on max flow. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Usually 20% every other day. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2x Orandas, about 4" body length. [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Hagen Nutrafin Aqua-Plus [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead sinking pellets, peas, broccoli, orange, zucchini, papaya, other veges. 3 small feedings daily. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? They were introduced to the uncycled tank 2 months ago. Tank cycled in 2 weeks with used media numerous water changes. Two java ferns recently added after a 1 week quarantine. [*]Any medications added to the tank? Salted lightly. Should be around 0.1% right now. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Red fin streaks due to recent nitrate spike. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? They seem active as normal. Introductions: Here's Ponyo on the left and Pumpkin on the right, jostling about for camera attention as usual. We've kinda assumed that Pumpkin's a girl, as she's got a slightly more rounded shape and lacks the breeding stars Ponyo has. Now, two days ago, we noticed that Pumpkin (the larger of the two) had developed an extension in her rear vent. It's really hard to take photos of her bum as she loves the camera, and it's difficult to get her facing away from the lens. Here's a side shot of the extended anal vent: She's had peas for dinner, which explains the green poo. We have been finding a lot of poo recently, which isn't normal. Pumpkin tends to poo short poos in small amounts but constantly. They have been fed thrice daily, but relatively small amounts, but we've now reduced that to twice. Now this vent extension looks to have small round opaque things inside. Closer pic: Our question is: Is she pregnant? Are those eggs in there? Or is it something else? If it is eggs, ,what may have triggered it would be our introduction of the 2 java ferns two days ago, which has provided a lot of green in the tank. Other than that, the tank has been pretty much as it was for the past month or so. Thanks for your help!
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