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  1. I'm so sorry...was the fish like this before you started the Prazi?
  2. I think it's OK to keep them together. They have been separate for quite some time without meds, and neither has developed "new" or worsened symptoms.
  3. Thanks for the re-explanation. I am familiar with back pain, and it is not fun at all. I am of the opinion that the can be treated together, but I have no objection to you wanting to treat one, or both, separately first. It's your call. I don't know that yawning once every 10 minutes or so is excessive, but it might be. The gill issue likely did not come from costia. It could have come from flukes, or the formaldehyde (one major reason why we only go to it as a last resort).
  4. May I ask why we are using the 12L QT? I know I sound like broken record, but anything less than 40L really is not ideal as a hospital tank. You probably answered the questioned up above, and if you did, I apologize. Podge - slimy as in visibly slimy? Where? - fish do have to "yawn." That's normal. It's when it's frequent that it may be a sign. - goldfish also have to get air from the surface as part of the regulation of their swim bladders. Perhaps 50% of the time is too much, but I don't think it is cause for treatment, most especially because we wouldn't know what to treat for. I think for now we just continue as we have. Perhaps in a week, they can both return home and get two more treatments of prazi, with no other additions.
  5. Leave out everything but Epsom at the next WC, and then we shall see.
  6. How are the red spots? I think it will need to be time to remove the formaldehyde treatment, even if only at least just for a little while.
  7. I think having higher ammonia stresses a fish out more than a water change, which gives him clean water...
  8. Leave off the prazi for a few more days. We need some off time from that med, but re-dosing is definitely in the plans.
  9. I agree with Jared and Lisa's assessments and recommendations. It IS frustrating when sometimes it seems like we are in trial and error subjecting a series of treatments to the fish. And make no mistake, sometimes we are doing exactly just that...trying until we succeed, but the justifications for that are: 1) we are working with very limited levels of ability to assess what is wrong with the fish, other than global symptoms, which are shared across a diverse number of causes. (Getting a microscope certainly can be a helpful tool, but doesn't guarantee anything. Ask all the people with scopes.) 2) we are working with limited amounts of meds and availability of these treatments. This is especially true for Australia. However, it doesn't mean our hands are tied. It just means sometimes we just have to try several different things before we achieve success. 3) we are trying from gentlest to harsher treatments as we progress. The reason is simple. We want to be able to cure the fish without causing lasting damage. So, hang in there. It seems like the latest treatment is offering a glimmer of hope. Fins crossed.
  10. Seems rather active to me as well, but of course, we only get to see him for the duration of the video.
  11. Hi Ree, I didn't think that you were trying to blame anyone at all. I was trying to make sure that we are on the same page that I understand the frustration, and I also give a lot of deference to the keeper, since you see your fish and can observe much better than we ever can. So, I just wanted to make sure that we do what you wish, and not try to push for further treatment, if that is not what you wanted. That's all!
  12. Thanks Mandy.... I just feel like I am torturing him now instead of making him better. But then I'm not sure what to expect with the treatment either.... so maybe I am overreacting (silly emotions!!!!). Ree, I want to make sure that this is always clear in anything that we do. If at any time you feel that all treatments should cease, for whatever reason but especially because you do not think your fish is benefitting from the treatment, then you must cease the treatment. At that point, we will be happy to offer suggestions on what the next step(s) may be. Please know that you are at all times in control of the direction of what we do. I do not ever want to have anyone feel they are torturing their fish. If that is how you feel, we must re-examine our plan. Thanks, Alex
  13. How is he doing? I have an entirely different take on feeding sick fish. While you of course don't want to overfeed (any animal really, including humans), there is also no reason not to feed, or to restrict the diet. A very good reason to do so is if you are worried about fouling the water, because you aren't monitoring the water, or if the fish is constipated (won't eat anyway). But like humans or any other animal, if the fish has an appetite, why not feed?
  14. No salt salt, but Epsom should be fine, if you wish to use it. At this point, there is no need for it either, though. Just use the formalin/malachite green. Make sure you wear gloves when handling the treated water. Costia is a toughie, but not necessarily a death sentence. I've successfully treated fish with it, even when the fish was on the brink of death, it seems. I'm not saying we are guaranteed success, but we have quite a bit of hope. We should focus on that. Sorry I wasn't around to address your concerns, but you had plenty of help! In glad! Fins crossed!
  15. Thank you for the further explanation. As I said...I need to verify that the ratios are correct (I'm sure they are, but I also need to do the formal checks, as I did with the baking soda tables I published), as well as some other notes to expand it. I have been using the homemade gH booster that I made for the last 2.5-3 years, and it has worked well. However, being someone who is careful and not wanting to share until I am absolutely sure that what I am doing won't kill other people's fish, I have held off.
  16. Jared, I think this is as I feared, and is costia. I'm traveling most of the day today, but see if you can get in touch with Helen, and try to reconstruct the Aussie replacement for Metro-Meds. I don't think the fish will have much of an appetite, and so it may have to be a combo of meds in the water. Good luck, Ree, and I'm sorry. Costia is not easy to treat, and almost impossible in Australia.
  17. I think Louie should stay in QT for a few more days, but no more meds for now. We will revisit the prazi when both are back in the main tank. How is Podge?
  18. I think these measures are not really doable for most of the people here, since most do not have access to jewelry scales. I will post a different set of instructions, along with careful instructions on how to select calcium chloride. In the mean time, I would recommend staying with commercial sources of gH boosters, which are not that expensive anyway. I also would like to check on the numbers presented above, and I won't have a chance to do that until later next week.
  19. Given how kitchen scales are relatively inexpensive, and chances are you may already have one in your kitchen, I think that the system of using teaspoons and tablespoon really should be done away with, and we go with exact amount in weight.
  20. Hello, please don't take any offense, but I would like to suggest that we try not to get treatment link helps from other sites, with the exception of GFK. The issue is that everyone has a slightly different take on things, and some are just wrong. So, let's try our methods first, and if we collectively are stumped, then we should scour the internet for additional help. I hope that makes sense.
  21. Sean, can you show us this behavior on video, please?
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