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Fish_Fanatic

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  1. Hey guys, So my fish have both been feeling unwell lately I have some concerns about Wendal, my oranda. I'm not home right now, and I've had my mom taking care of the fish for a bit. She was talking to me today, telling me Wendal is really not doing well. He's been up and down with his health lately, at first he was really floaty, then he was bottom sitting, then he got a ton of red streaks in his tail, then he was lying on his side and having a very hard time moving. He seemed to be improving, not lying on his side any more. Now my mom says he is lying on his side again, barely breathing, and unable to catch any food unless it goes right past his mouth. I'm not sure what to do. I had my mom feed him some Jungle food (I believe it is the one with prazi in it), she said he was only able to grab one pellet as it passed by him. She has been feeding him some gel food too. He's currently in a 38 gallon tank alone (Eugene is in QT with dropsy...). She keeps texting me telling me to come home so he doesn't die, but I don't know if I can make it back until tomorrow. Help! What do I do?? Is there anything else I can ask her to do? Test Results for the Following: (Tested a few days ago) * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate level: 10-20 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.5 (I believe) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: nutrafin drops * Water temperature?: 72 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 38 gal, years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: aquaclear 50 (usually I have a whisper EX45 as well, but thats on the iso tank with Eugene) * How often do you change the water and how much?: weekly, 30-40% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?: 4 days ago, about 30% * How many fish in the tank and their size?: currently just Wendal, Eugene is usually in there too. They're both about 5 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners?: Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often?: Lately, just gel food daily. * Any new fish added to the tank?: No * Any medications added to the tank?: No (unless one feeding of Jungle anti-parasitic food counts) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.: Haven't treated this tank in over a year * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?: Red streaks all through out tail * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?: Bottom sitting, unable to swim up, lying on his side at the bottom
  2. Well, unfortunately I am not home right now, but I have my mom checking in on Eugene and feeding him his gel food. I was just speaking to her, she says Eugene is doing well, and loving the food! Will definitely give a more detailed update once I get home tomorrow!
  3. Okay. I'll be keeping an excellent eye on him, and I will definitely keep you updated. Thank you!! I was starting to panic, thinking he had some other horrible disease too!
  4. I really hope that is all it is!! Would he be losing a scale because of the swelling? Is it normal for the symptoms to fade on one side of the body, but not the other? Thank you so much!
  5. Oh gosh! I can definitely see why you are worried! I'm afraid I can't be of any help, but I'm sure someone will be able to give you some good advice soon!
  6. Okay, so I'm sure some of you guys know about Eugene, who is currently being treated for dropsy. He's in a 10 gallon QT tank with epsom salt, temperature is sitting around 78-ish degrees, and I'm feeding him gel food with metronidazole. Here's an update, I suppose... Eugene seems a lot less "floaty" now, but is still bloated looking. The swelling and pine-coning seems to have gone down.... on ONE side of his body. It is still present, but not quite as bad as it used to be. The other side of his body is still quite pine-coned and swollen. Seems a little odd to me. Here's where I get a lot more concerned: I noticed something that looked white near his dorsal fin. I had to lie down on the ground (the QT tank is just on the ground in front of my other tank), and I got really close to try to take a look. I have concluded that the white mark I spotted seems like he has lost a scale or something. I noticed something else while on the ground; on the side of his body that is less swollen, right at the back of him, usually hidden by his long pretty tail, there seems to be some sort of wound. It is hard to spot because of the tail, but it is... ummm... I'm not quite sure how to describe it. I can't get a picture for the life of me, so bare with me! I guess the location is where his swelling tapers off (the end of his belly?), before where his tail starts. It seems like it is coming from in between two of his scales. Anyway, the wound isn't red, it is white-ish, and I can see a small amount of white-ish tissue protruding. It doesn't look like puss or infection, and it doesn't look like any type of worm thing. It looks like he injured himself, and the tissue is just kind of hanging off a little. The entire thing is MAYBE the length of one of his scales. I'm concerned that this is somehow disease related, as there is nothing he could injure himself on in the tank. The only thing in there is the filter intake, which is very smooth and rounded. As I said, I can't get a photo of it. It's hard enough for me to even get a glance at it myself. I will try very hard again to get a photo, but pleeeeease, anyone with any ideas/suggestions, let me know! I really wanna fix this little guy
  7. Hey guys! A while ago, I brought home sooo much gravel from the tanks at the pet store I worked at. I sterilized it like crazy, and I was planning on removing my pretty blue gravel and putting in this new more natural coloured gravel. I intended on putting quite a bit of the gravel in to make a beautifully textured planted tank. Plans have changed. I now think I just want a bare bottom tank, something way more simple! I removed my blue gravel (don't quite know if I want to part with that stuff or use it again later...) but anyway, I have FIVE huge buckets full of gravel just sitting around in front of my tank. It's probably enough gravel for at least an 100 gallon tank! What do I do with all of it??!?! I wonder if there's anyone on here who is relatively close to my area who may want it? Or do you think I should just try to sell it or give it away on kijiji or something? Yikes, I don't want this stuff to go to waste and not be used!!
  8. Ooh, yeah, I forgot to ask. When I'm doing WC's in the QT tank, do I add any additional epsom salts when I'm done? Or is the epsom just a one time thing?
  9. Shelly, thanks for the suggestion! I did a couple bigger water changes after I lost Cow, and still sometimes do a bigger change (40-50%), but I'll try to do bigger ones from now on. And thanks as well, stakos! My fingers are crossed too
  10. Welcome to Koko's! I believe I was the one to refer you to this website from Yahoo Answers As stakos said, it would be most helpful if you could get a sample of your water tested and provide us with the parameters. Hopefully we'll be able to figure this out with you!
  11. Just an update! Gel food is made, Eugene loves it! The tank is at about 78 degrees right now. Hopefully the metronidazole does the trick! I'll let you guys know how the treatment progresses.
  12. It worked! Its not quite as gelled as I hoped, but I put a bit in the tank and Eugene gobbled it up! I used 1/2 tablespoon of agar (I just followed the directions on the agar), guess I'll just use more next time! I really hope this works for Eugene!
  13. Hmmm... I don't think I used quite enough of the agar in my food. It has sort of solidified, but is still kind of runny. I suppose the fish will still eat it, it will just be pretty messy! This shouldn't be a problem though, should it?
  14. I'm sure most vets around here wouldn't normally just give it away like that. My vet knows me well though
  15. Wow, great! Thanks so much, you're such a great help!! Gel food is made and solidifying! I used agar instead of gelatin, but I'm not sure if I used enough. I'll find out, I guess!
  16. Good to know! Thanks! So he will need to eat 0.7g of this food PER DAY or just one time? And how should I divide up the food into such small amounts?
  17. Okay. Just called the vet, the metronidazole is 5mg/mL and my fish weighs (very approximately on my not-so-great kitchen scale) about 70g.
  18. I don't know the concentration, the vet gave me it straight from the bottle in a syringe. And I don't exactly know how much my fish weighs :S how would I go about weighing him without stressing him out?
  19. Hey guys! I just need some help making some gel food with metronidazole in it. I have liquid metronidazole. My vet said to use 25mL of it with 50g of food, which I do suppose I'll be able to work that out, but how much should I be feeding my fish? I'm trying to treat dropsy in one of my fish, and I've never done this before. How often should I feed the medicated gel food to my fish? Any advice would be great! Thanks guys!
  20. Alright, so I was actually able to get some metronidazole! My dog's vet had some and they know me well enough there to give me some so I now have a big syringe of liquid metronidazole. Also bought a new heater, just put that in now. I'm going to be making gel food with the metronidazole in it. My vet said to use 25ml in 50g of food. I've never made gel food before, and I have no idea how much to feed Eugene at a time. What is the right dose of this food? I'm just running out again now to buy some Agar to make the food instead of using gelatin.
  21. Okay, will do! Eugene is already in the QT tank with the epsom salts. I PM'ed someone about the metro meds, and hopefully I can get a new heater tomorrow! Thank you!!
  22. Wow, tithra, thank you so much! What a wonderful idea, I would have never thought to look on here for others offering those meds!!
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