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  1. Are they behaving the same way right now as they did in the video?
  2. If you mean are those fish mine, then yes, they are. Are they all right? Well, I would say they are not, except for one who seems great. They are not much better, but not any worse.Thank you for asking. Sorry, I worded it wrong out of tiredness that time. I meant, is this a recent video of your fishes? When was the footage taken?
  3. I just saw the video.Are they your fishies right now?
  4. We are optimistic. You would be amazed to hear from what predicaments Koko's helped people made a full recovery. In February 2012, Helen, Dnalex and Koko together helped me with a full recovery of my Damien from acute and severe dropsy. Have faith. Your fish are fighting for you. Do not give up. A video/picture would have been great, but descriptions would do. This: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/97766-my-favourite-oranda-damien-is-battling-with-dropsy-please-help/
  5. OK. what if the ammonia level does go up. What then? If you can detect ammonia, then it's too much for the fish. Ammonia can kill within hours, by MOF. If you can detect ammonia, just do a partial water change. This would bring ammonia levels down. Do not forget to re-add salt that was taken out by the water change. To simplify the re-adding for you, I'll illustrate by an example. If your salt concentration is now at 0.3%, then it's roughly 3 TEAspoons (or 1 TABLEspoon) of salt per gallon of freshwater. Your aquarium at 10 Gallons should contain 10 TBS at 0.3% concentration. Now if you do a 20% water change, then you are taking out 2 Gallons of saltwater. In other words, you are taking out 2 TBS of salt. After the water change is complete, add 2 TBS of salt into the water. I'll say one word on this: Never add salt to the aquarium directly. The fish would try to eat it and suffer in pain, as it irritates their gills and alimentary tract. Always dissolve the salt in some water before adding. How are your fishes doing today?
  6. Just make sure the ammonia levels in the tank remains undetectable at all times. Because at high temps and salt concentration, waste production by the fish increases, thus increasing ammonia levels.
  7. Yes, after the treatment, just do partial water changes every 24 hours without further adding salt. This will reduce the concentration gradually, again preventing osmotic shock. Do this until the salt is negligible. By the way, if you tasted the water at 0.3% concentration, you'd notice that how much dilute it is, 11 times more dilute than seawater. Seawater fishes need 3.3% salinity. Do not worry about the salt concentration. It's all safe. At least much safer than any other commercially available medication. It targets a broad spectrum of parasites too. Plus it heals. Nothing can go better than that!
  8. Very thoughtful advice by Jared. 1 tbs = 3 tsp. So 2 tbs = 6 tsp. Now increase the concentration by repeating this process every 12 hours as other experienced members say. Now the concentration is roughly at 0.1%. After 12 hours, it should be 0.2%, then after 24 hours, it should be at 0.3%. Do not worry about 0.3% being too salty. We are adding it through 24 hours, so as to minimize osmotic shock, and goldfishes can cope up with osmoregulation pretty well. Salt helps the fish restore and rejuvenate its slime coat as well, so that bacteria can't attach further onto the skin. Blood contains 0.9% NaCl, and so 0.3% NaCl is still hypotonic.
  9. Exactly. Great advices. I've been researching with ich for a long time. The blue thing you gave might be methylene blue. It is good for a 30-60 min bath. I've read somewhere that ich affects the gill's ability to diffuse oxygen in the blood, and Methylene Blue helps by increasing the haemoglobin's oxygen binding capacity. I suggest you heat up the tank to 28-30C constant temperature. Then add 1 tsp of non iodized salt (not table salt) per gallon of water. Repeat this process after 12 hours to bring the concentration to 0.2 % salinity. Ich is a very resistant organism in the cyst form, which you see as white spots on the fish's body. They feed on the cellular fluid. If you add copper sulphate or other ich meds, the fish will have to bear the brunt of the poison. The trick is by heating the tank up, we speed up the life cycle of the ich inside the cysts. Once they burst, the parasites come in contact with the salt water and the salt kills the parasite with dagger precision. Methylene bath everyday for 30 mins is very beneficial. But first we need to be sure if it's ich. Can you post a video please?
  10. Today, I asked the store owner about some specifics of the plant. She said this plant is cultivated in Singapore and Thailand in the summer months, and stops growing completely by fall. It resumes its growth in spring. The oriental farms sell their stocks by fall. She imports a big lot from Singapore or Thailand.
  11. Yep! Also, swords are the types of plants that can grow immersed or submerged. WOW! Thank you so much for so much information! So it's Thai Amazon, right? Prolly, that's why the store owner said it's called Bangkok-Amazon. But indeed, there's hardly any information on the plant in the internet, if any.
  12. Wow! What a wonderful fishie! You gifted him a great life. I am so happy for you and your fishie. How is he doing now, Guldklumpen? (Sorry for reviving an old thread; just couldn't resist to comment under this beautiful fishie.)
  13. Such valuable information! Thanks a bunch, really! So it's melon swords with flower stalks, right? Are these fully immersible plants? Or semi-aquatic ones?
  14. I just went through the article. It says under blue light, Goldfish behave inconsistently, and the conclusion is that they prefer white light the best. So.. I guess we should aim towards white light, right?
  15. Wow! Thanks a lot! And thank you very much for this article. Really! So it's safe I guess! Thank you. I had LED fixtures but the copper strips on the PCB get sulphated very soon. Waterproofing it is a big deal. So I switched to fluorescent.
  16. This plant is cheap and is very hardy. Can withstand most medications and still survive. It grows on bunches at regular intervals along a branch that looks like a stick. What kind of plant is it? The storekeeper says it's called Bangkok-Amazon. But I'm (not) sure if there's a plant that goes by that name. I guess this is a tropical plant. She says she imports it from the far-east. If you need more pictures, please tell.
  17. The sprinkle method? Could you please explain it? EDIT: Oh now I get it. "but still okay way to do it is to sprinkle the PP into the water until it's a nice bright purple, but still "see-through" -YS Right! I guess I'll have to do the sprinkle method. I have no precision weighing scale.
  18. I have planned to add two fluorescent lights to my tank: one white and one blue. This would make the water look bi-coloured and nice. But I was wondering if the blue lights would harm my goldfishes. Because in humans, blue light inhibits the secretion of melatonin hormone and depletes the brain of certain chemicals. Does it have the same effect on fishies, as well?
  19. WOW! That was a gold mine of information! Pure gold! Thanks a bunch for it! As for the prime, here the water is not chlorinated, and we skip Prime. So we're in to follow your steps! Thanks a million!
  20. This. When used right it is very gentle. The dying would probably go away as it grows if you can stand it for a bit. Thank you very much for the reassurance! Could you please tell me how much Potassium Permanganate I need?
  21. After a total annihilation of fishes in my 123 Gallon aquarium, caused by some lethal and resistant variety of ich, I am trying to start everything over again. I'm sure the ich was brought down to my tank by some plants that I bought at a fish store that also witnessed complete destruction of goldfishes and some others by ich, a few days after I got the plants from them. I soaked the plants in 1.5% Hydrogen Peroxide solution (some call it 'bleach') for 10 minutes. Probably it wasn't enough. Since the plants were exotic, I couldn't risk it some time or concentration more. So this time, I'll have to be extremely careful about the sterilization of plants. Yesterday, I got lots of of this plant to start with. Not sure about the name or variety. Could you please help on this? But the problem is that to sterilize all these plants properly, I'll need at least 15 litres of 6% Hydrogen Peroxide, which would set me back by an equivalent of 40 USD. Potassium Permanganate and Methylene Blue destroy and dye the plants. Can you help me out on how to sterilize in a fool-proof manner, yet keeping costs affordable? Oh, and what's the plant's variety? The store owner says it's called Bangkok-Amazon (LMAO).
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