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  1. Should I increase the salinity of the isolation tank?? I need to know what I should do for Emilio! Never mind the cycling of my larger tank I can take care of that in a day or two. But poor Emilio is who needs my attention right now
  2. devilduck; I just noticed your reply now, sorry! I didn't end up using the test strips at my work since I forgot to bring a sample, but I dug out my good ol' drops kit and did the test at home. ---- I found my old Aquaclear 20 which i set up on the 5gal, rather than the filter from my 38gal. I set it to the slowest flow, because it was just swirling Emilio around the tank, but it doesn't seem to be doing that now. He is breathing regularily, but it seems a little bit labored. I've noticed some red streaks in his tail now that weren't there yesterday. I still don't know if I should salt the tank or not. Thanks for your help guys!
  3. Thanks for the kind words about Emilio I looked into some illnesses for you, and as for ulcers, I wouldn't rule it out completely, but most of the articles I came across showed the ulcers being very large, and seemed like they were ragged holes in the skin, with dark/black discolouration. I did notice an article about fish TB, and one of the symptoms is red/dark sores under the scales - perhaps it could be the same thing but just under Brian's wen. Maybe do a bit more research into this. It seems like a pretty rare illness, but it can be transmitted to humans, so just to be on the safe side, look into more so you may be able to rule it out. I'm hoping it's something really minor, and the melafix takes care of it for you! That stuff has done wonders for my fish Good luck with Brian!
  4. Hello! Sorry to hear about what's happening to Brian! Looking at the photos, I'm not really sure what is going on with him. I'm sure someone with a bit more experience might be able to help you out with that. As for any treatments, I would say go ahead at start using the Melafix; it's a natural remedy, so even if it doesn't help much to get rid of this, it's not going to hurt Brian at all. Also, just in general, I would suggest adding a beneficial bacteria supplement whenever you do your water changes (Cycle is a really good one). P.S. Welcome to Koko's!!
  5. okay, i set up an isolation take for Emilio. It's a 5 gal, the only tank I could find... don't know where my spare 10 went. I'm worried about the filter though, I took one of them off my 38 gal and put it on the five but its wayyy too powerful, so I just unplugged it, and now I don't have filtration on the iso tank for now. I can find another filter, but its kinda really gross right now and i need to clean it, but I'd be worried about the intake; the guard on it is gone, so its just an open tube. I could probably rig something up though. As for the tank itself, should i put a heater on it? Like I said, it's a 5 gallon. I have a 50 watt heater, which is currently on my 14 gallon tank, but I'm sure they can go without it for a little bit if I need the heater. Should I increase the salinity in the tank? Is there anything else I can do? I used Cycle and Aquaplus conditioner on the tank. Also dosed it with Aquarisol (disease cure and preventitive). I really want the little guy to pull through this
  6. Okay, I got the tests done. Ammonia - 0.1 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 5 pH - my test wasn't the most accurate on this one, but it looked to be about 7.6 ... I woke up this morning and my poor fishie was stuck to the filter; I though he was dead but i removed him from the filter, and he's still alive, just super weak, and now he has a bit of damage from the filter. I don't have an iso tank set up. What should I do? I don't think I'll be able to save him
  7. Okay I'll post the test results tonight. Hopefully my oranda will still be okay by then... He seems really weak.
  8. Just did a test of the ammonia at home (drops kit, not strip) and the ammonia is just a tiny bit over 0.. i'd say about 0.1 or 0.2; the tank is a 38 gallon, i have an aquaclear 50 and a whisper ex 45 on there, so thats about 440 gph total. Would it be helpful to take out the moss ball and disinfect it now, or is it too late? Also, keep in mind this isn't affecting any of the other fish, so I'm not quite sure what could be going on. My oranda was just as strong as the other two fish, and they all seemed very healthy to me. Kay, here's some pictures.. not sure if I'm doing this right though. This is Emilio floating behind the filter where he tends to stay now http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/goldfishgirl89/IMG_0620.jpg This is him floating at the surface of the water http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/goldfishgirl89/IMG_0633.jpg And this is him actually trying to swim a bit http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/goldfishgirl89/IMG_0622.jpg
  9. I don't have the water params yet, i'm going to find that out tonight. I suspect that they are good for the most part though. No, I didn't disinfect the moss ball; how do I do that? I know it's a bit too late for that now, but at least I'll know for next time. And yes, water was temp and pH matched when I did the water change, and that was about 3 days ago. I don't have a picture, but I can maybe see if I can find a camera... Thanks for the help!!
  10. Hey guys, I know I haven't been around for a while, but I restarted my goldfish tank, and got three lovely fish for it (a black moore, an oranda, and a ryukin). Everything was going well until yesterday. I don't know if it was because I just did the first water change for the tank a couple days ago, or because I introduced a Marimo Moss Ball plant into the tank. Now my little oranda isn't doing well at all. He's floating at the surface under the filter and looks dead (he isn't though). The main spine of his dorsal fin is bent, and it wasn't like that before. His tail isn't in the greatest condition anymore; there's a split in it, and when he swims, it kind of just drags behind him, rather than flowing nicely. I don't see any red streaks in the fins or anything. Also, he seems a little bit thinner than usual, but that could just be my imagination because I'm seeing him floating sideways at the top of the water. The tank is still going through its cycle because it's still pretty new. The other two fish are completely healthy and totally unaffected by whatever is happening to poor little Emillo. I added some aquarium salt to the tank, and also add Aquarisol (a disease preventitve and treatment). The water conditions are great still, but just to make sure, I'm going to take a sample of water to work to test it (we do free tank water testing there, so may as well take part in that..) I'm just wondering if there's anything else I can do, or if anyone knows what is wrong with my fish. I really hope he's going to make it....
  11. thanks guys. i can't start up right away since i have a lot of stuff to do before my friend's wedding on june 5th. but after that i'll have all the time in the world!
  12. Well, I haven't had any goldies for a while. The last guys I had got some nasty fungus and didn't respond to any treatment, so I had lost them. I never ended up emptying the tank, and I've kept the filters running. It's been about 4 months since I've had any fish in there. Now I know that the biological bacteria in the filters is no longer there because it's been so long without fish. Would I just be better off to drain the tank, clean all the filters really well, and start it up again using some filter media from my tropical tank? Or is there something else I should do? The treatments I had used in the tank were first Pimafix (which did NOTHING), then I used API fungus treatment (which again didn't exactly help), then I raised the salinity and temperature in hopes that would fight it off, but to no avail. Any help would be great! ^__^
  13. Well, thanks for the help anyway. I'm glad he at least had a safe warm place for his last few hours, rather than being cold and alone.
  14. omg i just went to check on him and the poor little guy has died. I knew he was behaving oddly but i hoped it was just because he was scared or stressed out, but i guess he just couldn't make it
  15. Hahaha, Sakura, he definitely is cute! As for age, I'm no duck expert but based on his behavoir, I'd say he's only a few days old. Maybe more, maybe less, I haven't a clue. And spillie, there's actually an agricultural feed store right beside my vet which happens to be about 5 minutes down the road from me, so I'll check that out tomorrow for sure! And I wasn't able to get a heat lamp tonight (I only have one, and it's keeping my snake warm...) so that's why I'm using the heat pad, and yep, there are cooler areas in the tank, so I think that should be fine for him Thanks for the help guys
  16. I'm sure I can find one in my area Problem is I doubt any would be open right now, so I just wanna make sure I'm doing everything right for night Thanks for the input!!
  17. Well, I was at work tonight (at a pet store) and a woman brought in an orphaned duckling (no more than a few days old) that she had found. So I took him in. Problem is, I have no experiece with ducks and I'm not too sure what to do. I have him in my spare 10 gal tank with a heat pad underneath for warmth. I have a shallow dish of water in there for him so he wont drown. But as for food... Bread is not nutritious for ducks, but I put a bit in there so he at least wouldnt go hungry. I also put a meal worm (killed it first so it can't bite at him or anything) and some freeze dried blood worms that I occasionally give to my fishies. I read that finely chopped greens are also good for him, so I'll prepare some in the morning. That all seems to be in order. But I'm worried about the little guy because he can't (or won't) stand up, and keeps doing this weird thing with his head. He tilts it all the way back so it's resting on his back, and just stays that way. He can move his head just fine, but that seems to be how he prefers it. Is there anything else I should be doing? Any help would be great!
  18. Hey guys! Wow, I haven't been around in a while. I suppose I've just been too busy with work and stuff... but anyway, I just have a question about one of my tanks. Okay, this might sound really bad, but a while back, I decided I didn't want my tropical fish tank anymore, so I was trying to find someone to buy it, all the while not taking care of the tank. Like, at all. It got so bad that I couldn't see into the tank because of the algae (the tank was near a window) and I figured that the last of the fish had probably died or something by then. Anyway, months ago, a scrubbed all the algae off and noticed that some of the fish were still alive. Actually, all of my tetras are still alive. However, I haven't done any water changes or even touched the filter, and at this point, I'm actually afraid to because the tank has been sustaining itself for so long... I don't want to ruin the biological setup that I have in there. My question to you guys is... should I clean the tank or should I just leave it be? I keep up with the algae srubbing and stuff and the tank looks immaculate; as if I just cleaned it yesterday. What should I do? Thanks!
  19. wow, this seems like a lot of salt to me.... it's over half a cup! i have a 38 gallon tank, so i should be using 38 teaspoons of salt each time... right?
  20. Good advice, thanks! I do have a bit of aquarium salt left, but certainly not enough. I think I already know the answer to this question, but will sea salt work? I also have himilayan sea salt..... But i suppose the minerals and such found in those wouldn't be to great for my tank.....
  21. Well, after my disasterous experience with my fish and an unknown disease, I've finally brought home two new fish. They're very small compared to what I'm used to... maybe two inches long including tail each. They're both beautiful. I've named them Button and Bubble. They were doing well, but now... I've noticed what looks like ick on Button. I suppose it came with him from the store....... I'm going to do a water change, but other than that, I don't really know what I should do since I can't afford any medications or anything right now... Any advice?
  22. Well, thanks everyone! Daryl, I think I'm going to try your method of doing this, but I'm wondering where I can get some potassium permanganate. Also, I'm not going to be able to do this for a little while because I'm not going to be home. So I guess no goldfish for me for a while....
  23. Okay, thanks for the advice, guys! I do have another tank which is cycled, but it's a tropical tank. Could I use some of the filter media from that tank in my other one, just to get it started?
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