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  1. I have two fish that have been together over ten years they are never more than 5 inches apart unless feeding, the big male always waits for the female to finish feeding before he eats. When I had to treat the male a year or so ago the female was listless and acted ill. Dunno what I'm going to do when one of them passes away!
  2. Cheers guys. Will check and compare the water. Just want to wave a magic wand and be moved to be honest. Thanks for the input.
  3. Hi guys, I am finally moving out of mt tempory flat after 12 years! I have two very large and old goldfish in a 240 litre tank that is nine years old. Any tips? Is it worth moving the tank as I have heard the sealant is only warrantied for 10 years? maybe buy a new one? they're pretty hardy was going to put them in a half full bucket, get my mate to hold them while I drive very carefully? I struggled to move the tank empty, now it's got 3 inches of stone and water it's going to be a challenge to say the least. All my stuff is old, sofa, bed etc so I will be starting out fresh, a few bit each month, so I don't have money to throw away? Never done this before wondered if anyone had done it and had any 'wish I had thought about this' moments? cheers.
  4. Another false alarm, it has fallen off and looks like it was never there, he's back to his old self. I think the one on his head is heading the same way, bit worrying as it's quite close to his eye. Keeping my fingers crossed.
  5. Guys, not sure there is anything I can do. the lump on his side grew large, it seems to have partly fallen off, it looks like it's hanging by a fine thread, I tried to knock it off but he has never been the tamest and runs a mile, underneath it looks to have healed but he has this horrible lump (that's turned white) He seems to get loads of lumps and bumps. He also 'sheds' his tail once a year, seems to go rotten and drop off? Anything I can do with this lump, I know he's getting prehistoric, he seems his old self, still hungry but it's clearly giving him some distress. I'm just lightly salting the water at the mo. As he's so old don't want to put him in the bucket of 'doom' blue meth. I realize it possibly cancer, I just didn't expect it to fall off, he may have knocked it as he's still a frisky fish, chasing the female. They are a lot slower than they used to be though.
  6. Cheers guys, obviously I will keep my eyes on it but for now that's a relief. There were 3 fish but there was a chlorine spike in my tap water many years ago they all went brown and to fight the problem I went to daily water changes before finding out the taxi firm at the end of my road were taken to hospital with poisoning from tap water (I don't drink it. They were all very sick and I lost one managed to save these two quite scarred seem happy enough. Thanks for the help.
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 7 * Ammonia Level(Tap) no idea * Nitrite Level(Tap) no idea * Nitrate level(Tap) no idea * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) not tested Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 27C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 8 years 55 gallon * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? eheim 2217 * How often do you change the water and how much? 50 % every tenth day * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 one 14" one 12" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? twice daily New Era pellets * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? none * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? cotton wool inside eye, none on surface * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Normal loonie behavior
  8. Hi, yeah it's rounf they both protrude a lot, that's how she injured it, you can't tell on the good eye as it's very clear but they are both identical in size, it almost looks like a piece of white polystyrene packing has got stuck in there. Injury was years ago.
  9. Hi guys, I got two old fish in a 55 gallon, they're both pushing 15 years old. Both fish are healthy but my common suffered an eye injury about 3 or 4 years ago, it was hanging off! It seemed to recover but always looked jet black even though she seemed to be using it. then it went completely white, it has always looked blind (to me) since the accident. Two weeks ago she had what looked like a cataract growing over it, as I was afraid of infection I have kept my eye on it (sorry) It's grown bigger, the pictures do not show it too well, but looking from above the white is not growing over her eye it's growing in it? I imagine this makes it un-treatable I just wondered what it was, she still appears to be able to see out of it! And apart from this seems happy and healthy. cheers.
  10. I'm off for 6 days so came on here looking for advice. I often go away for three days, when I get back they seem fine, all the gravel is always piled up one side of the tank so I suppose they just root around? I have used the holiday blocks before but they are always eaten in 2 hours, it says 25 fish for up to 14 days on the box and I have 2 fish! I do worry because of their tiny stomachs, I guess they have fat reserves? My fish will eat as long as I feed them, and they are very active this time of year. Some great advice on here.
  11. Not sure how it happened, but the water got quite cloudy, a milky colour. settled and now it crystal clear again, all on it's own. If it wasn't cloudy before the water change I would imagine some has settled, but it wasn't a sediment type cloud really. I can only imagine it is some type of bacteria they are still spawning and are always really hungry. I think whatever this is is the same force that created the bear size spider that I met when I got back at midnight last night, I think it was trying to steal my 38" TV, it was big enough. Spring has arrived! I will monitor this, I think whatever caused it has calmed down and the filter has done it's job. An odd nature thing perhaps.
  12. This was all three of them 4/5 years ago before the chlorine incident
  13. Thanks for the help guys, I will try that clay. I love the friendliness of this forum. Pictures of the old duffers taken just now. Hope links work thanks again. Mopes (white fish) lost her left eye years ago, grew back black but she still sees out of it. Moby has had so many issues, all three got burnt by chlorine this killed the third fish an almost killed him, he has suffered with variouys bumps etc since this but seems happy enough.
  14. blimey! thanks for the replies. Yes eggs everywhere, I don't notice it so much these days as they are a bit slow these days. It does seem to be around this time every year. I only clean the filter when it slows, which is only about three times a year, the last clean out was only 4 weeks ago, new hose, new pads rinsed the media balls in tank water, I always do this in-between water changes. I used to clean it every month but my experience it isn't really needed and it's always clean looking when I do actually clean it, the only thing that gets gunky is the pipes and the pads. I reckon it is spawning, he has a dotty face! At most times the water looks great. It already looks a little cloudy and only did the water change today. They seem even hungrier than usual, I guess that is the spring also.
  15. Hi Guys I have a couple of really old goldfish almost 15 rattling round in a 55 gallon, they are very temperamental and hate water current, I have a shed full of "unsuitable filters" I have had the current set up for about eight years I think, the water is usually crystal clear, but I think it's this time each year I get a cloudy bloom, I suppose I would call it white, more of a greyish. I just changed 80+% and it's a lot better but not perfect. The tank is out of direct sunlight. perimeters are fine and the fish don't seem bothered. 55 gallon tank Eheim bubble ball Eheim classic 600 (2217) fed into tank by adapted shepherds crook just on the surface, strong ripples no splashing. I use the classic media kit with a white pad. 2 fish one 9" one a foot with fins etc. only use a cap of prime each water change change 50% once a week test kit API drops ph 7.4 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 0 they always read this way (0) after a water change, not sure why, have done forever. There is also some occasional clear slime in the tank this time of year. Is there anything I could add to the water to help keep it clear, I have seen filter aid products but the results seem divided. Thanks Krolt
  16. Hi, I said I would update. there was no change at all until last night when it was protruding a little more. Came in from work today and it's gone. I'm going to stop worrying about Moby, he seems to heal incredibly slooooooowly! But gets there in the end. Thanks again guys.
  17. no change really, if anything slightly less raised, colours looks normal it's possibly a bit more fuzzy though? It doesn't seem to be bothering him, and I don't think it's worth the stress of putting him in blue again yet?
  18. I'll get him a pipe and some slippers! now the sun is up there is still some white fuzz, I wont stress him again, I will just keep an eye on him for a few days. Thanks
  19. Will do, the fuzzy stuff stayed blue, it seems to have gone now the lump is very raised. it was from an injury, the old boy has several (three) of those pimple things on him now. I think the chlorine burn that killed his brother and turned him black damaged him, the white fish hit the glass at full speed in the summer, whole head went black and orange and her eye seemed to be hanging out! lightly salted the tank and two weeks later she was fine, although the eye remains black, she can still see through it. Any bumps and injuries with the big guy take months to heal. In other ways he seems well enough always exploring bright eyes and always hungry. He's got to be over 15 now I guess.
  20. I thought it may be a marketing thing. I did give him a 30 minute dip during the water change. Didn't seem to bother him he just sits wagging his tail. I shall watch him carefully.
  21. Hello guys Me again! Moby has been doing just fine, far from the prettiest chap in the ocean, still has his pimples, tail has regrown (of sorts) He had an injury two weeks ago on his lower side, knocked off a scale and it looked quite deep, I continued with my 60 % weekly water changes and lightly salted the water. it's now gone exactly the same as his tail did, looks a bit like cotton wool with some long strands. He is happy and eating, does he need the dip of doom again? I just noticed my meth blue is also 2 months out of date? Or is he just repairing? picture is not the best but the whole lump sticks out about a centimeter. Just spotted I have some unopened protozin and myxazin that's use by 2016
  22. Hello again. I thought I would post another update as this may help others and I cannot for the life of me find anything similar on the net. The pimple remains! no bigger or smaller, he also has one on his head! The tail, this is the interesting part. You may remember he had black spots on his tail, they got worse he broke it off, it went all white and fluffy, daily dips in blue meth, helped a little, but in the end I left the old boy alone and it healed, very slowly, but has now almost fully grown back. six months ago the bottom half of his tail had the same black dots appear! This time I did nothing at all, he had the same forward lunging and was in discomfort. I was watching a film, and I swear this is what he did: He swam to the Eheim 2217 inlet, watching me with he front fins flailing he wiggled around then shot forward completely ripping the bottom half of his fin off! This went a bit fluffy, but nothing like the top part. Completely recovered, and now that is also growing back. The new fin has no colour so is not all that clear, but it seems he needs to 'shed' his tail fin? Anyway, I hope this finds someone who is looking for this problem. The other fish has never had any issues, this looks to me like a genetic, or possible blood flow problem, however, he seems to fix up quite well for an old feela! Hope you are all well.
  23. As long as you rinse them regularly, you should be fine, sadly I usually leave mine till they are completely blocked and pretty much jet wash the life out of them, which in reality only cleans about just over half! There is probably much better advice to follow!
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