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  1. Phew, louse is off! I can say without a doubt that was the grossest thing I've ever done for my fish, eeeeeehh. e_____e
  2. Excellent, that's what I was hoping. I'll pick it off and then once this round of prazi is done do a big water change and up the salt rate slowly. c: Thanks dnalex!
  3. Hey everyone! I recently purchased a new oranda that had just been shipped in at work, and once I got him home into QT I realized that he seems to have a single louse attached to his tail. I've dealt with the saltwater version of these guys at work before, but not the freshwater ones. Right now I do have the fish in .1% salt and prazi as the standard quarantine procedure, but I know I need to get the louse off of the poor little guy. I only see one on him now... if I pick it off with tweezers or something similar, should I follow up just by upping the salt level in the tank, or should I also go out and pick up some sort of medication? I did read the Koko's article on them but I'm not 100% sure since each post I've read through the search feature seems to give slightly different information. Thanks for the help! c:
  4. So a friend of my mom's recently went to Costa Rica and sent me a bunch of photos of marine life to id for her. I got all but one of them, and I'm totally stuck on this last one. Do any of you guys know what this is? I'm assuming it's some kind of jelly, but I'm not really sure. Any help and/or other resources would be very welcome. (:
  5. Thank you everyone! c: I'm amazed at the change myself when I look at the pictures together.
  6. Hey everyone! I haven't really posted in quite a while now, but I've been lurking here and there. I thought I'd share an update on my goldies. c: When I started in 2010 I had Bean and Rolo, two moors; unfortunately at the end of this past fall I had to make the decision to put Rolo to sleep. ): It was really hard to do, but I'm glad that she's not suffering any more. I have a larger tank these days, and I do have some other goldfish to keep Bean company (two I have raised from thumb-nail size, and one from Rain Garden!). I don't have pictures of the other guys yet, but here's a baby bean and now bean comparison. (: I'll get some good photos soon to share with all of you. Hope everyone is well!
  7. Good idea, stuck a plate in there for the night, I can fix up something better once I get home to last until I can either get the substrate out or upgrade the tank. Hoping they'll do the $/gal sale at work soon so I can pick up a 55, so we'll see. Heading to bed for now, will post updates. (: Thanks again.
  8. I'm poking around youtube now but will do more in the morning, I have Thursday off from work so I'll have all day to run around for materials to make one for her to try. Tomorrow I'll poke around the forums to see what other users have done. The stocking does sound a lot easier on her slime coat, will probably go for that. Thanks again for the help, will post some updates as I go along.
  9. That looks exactly like how Rolo is, thanks! I had suspected that the swim bladder was the issue, but was hoping it wasn't. I'm looking into upgrading my tank soon, so I'll work on getting the substrate out to store her from further injuring herself. That's a totally awesome little invention there, I think I'll look into making one for her. Poor Bean follows her around the tank over the course of the day, I feel so bad for her. Thanks for the video, that helps a lot. I feel much better about everything now.
  10. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level; 0ppm * Nitrite Level; 0ppm * Nitrate level; 20ppm * Ph Level, Tank; 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap; 8.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?; API Master Kit, drops * Water temperature?; 75* (room temp) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?; 29gal, with this filter since Dec. 2011, in total Nov. 2010. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?; Fluval 305 and AquaClear 30. * How often do you change the water and how much?; Weekly, usually two back to back changes of 40-50%. I used to do just 50% changes but I found I could not keep the nitrates down that way. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?; Today, two 40% changes. * How many fish in the tank and their size?; Two, Bean is around 5.5" nose to tail and Rolo is 6" nose to tail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners?; Prime conditioner, previously AQ salt for Rolo's side but it should be out of there by now. * What do you feed your fish and how often?; They get Pro-Gold and Omega One pellets, soft spriulina pellets, peas, etc etc. * Any new fish added to the tank?; No * Any medications added to the tank?; No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.; From previous thread; "Rolo has a bit of history... in November she had popeye in both eyes (this was a while after she had been laying on her side), treated her with two rounds of Maracyn and everything cleared up. One eye drained (popped?) and eventually healed, but is now sort of flattened. The other eye sort of looks downward (looks like drop-eye to me), but she has vision in both. Occasionally she drops some scales, while her tankmate Bean does not. Bean is and has been in good health all along, she never bottom sits or anything. Rolo is the only one that displays symptoms of sickness." Nothing since then. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?; New development from before.. her fins seem to be beginning to fray, though I'm not sure if its from the substrate or something else. There seem to be light red streaks running through her cadual fins, but not in the other ones. One side of her near her vent seems slightly larger than the other, and soft to the touch. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?; Rolo lays on her side at the bottom of the tank, and when she swims she seems to have difficulty going for very long. She does eat very well still and responds to me when I come to the tank, but is just sideways on the bottom. She's been this way since November or so. Okay, so some background info. I had a previous thread here a little while ago, and Rolo's condition still hasn't improved. The patches on her side that previously had sores have mostly healed, but I'm not sure that scales regrew in those places (it looks exposed). at this point I just want to get her upright again, and I'm not sure what else to do. I have been hesitant to decide if I should put her down because she still eats very well and aside from the laying is active (she swims a little and gets about, though not as much as she used to). If this is something permanent and she'll be stuck like this forever I'd like some advice on people with similar issues to make her life comfortable, or if you all think that she's suffering this way I need to hear it so I can feel comfortable letting her go. I'm not quite at that point yet and I still have some fight left in me for her, so just lemme hear your thoughts and ideas. Thanks in advance. I'll get some photos/video tomorrow when I get home from work so you can see what she's looking like these days. Thanks again.
  11. whoops forgot to add my water params, just so they're here; ph; 7.8 ammonia; .25 ppm (it comes from my tap at that amount) nitrite; 0 ppm nitrate; 5 ppm The ph issue from my tap is mostly fixed, I added 15 pounds of crushed coral to my substrate and the crashes seem to have stopped.
  12. Okay so an update.... she's still on her side, no change at all. Water params have been stable. Now what I'm really concerned about is the sores on her side. THey've gotten a lot worse, I'll try to get a photo in a minute. I'm going to my parent's house tomorrow so I'm not sure what I should do... I feel awful that she has to go through all this. :c Any tips or advice would be helpful, I'm not sure what else I can do for her. edit; in the meantime, the sore is a dark red, and is centered around three or four scales on her side. The scales are protruding (not like dropsy, the scales actually look thicker? like they're swollen.) and the tissue/area around it is soft. I don't know if I should rush to get antibiotics, or try AQ salt or what.
  13. Hey Stakos, thanks for the tip! She isn't right-side up yet but she's still pigging out for me. About to go do a water change and add some of that coral. Package from GC just came in with the buffer as well, so I'll do some testing to see if I can keep the pH at a reasonable range now! I think since my water seems so bad if I add a bit to the substrate and then add some into my fluval 305 in one of the media bins that'll work well.
  14. Okay, I've managed to get the substrate! I just need to get it into the tank now. Should I jsut scoop out as much of the sand I have in there now and then add in the crushed coral? Would it be better if I took the fish out, or just lowered the water level and left them in?
  15. Okay, tested my water again today. The pH is up a little at 6.8, but I'm sure it'll just drop back down again. Ammonia's holding at .5ppm, nitrites at 0ppm and nitrates at 5ppm. Both of them ate like little pigs this morning, haha. Going out in a bit to see if I can find that substrate either at work or the aquatics specialty store just up the road from there.. if not I'll be ordering that online today.
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