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  1. On 1/26/2019 at 7:22 PM, shakaho said:

    I'd recommend salt dips.  These will remove the dried slime coat and probably the fungus growing in it, and also soothe the injured skin.

    Follow this suggestion since the fish is not recovering rapidly:

    "For greatest safety, start with 1% salt.  If the fish tolerates that level of salt for 5 minutes without tipping over, you can use 2% salt for the next dip, (usually the next day).  Do 2% dips until the fish tolerates that level for the full 5 minutes, after which you can do 3% dips."

    The gills might well have suffered some damage from drying, so get as much aeration as possible.  I recommend very shallow water with airstones.

    Thanks, I will try this. I have been aerating with a long air stone in a full 20 long. It has been a month and he continues to recover and heal - the fungus seems to be the main problem. Should I drop the water lever to 10 gallons?

  2. On 1/25/2019 at 4:48 PM, Arctic Mama said:

    The aquarium solutions for meth blue are standard, the Kordon is fine and the stuff I use at home.  Discontinue the salt and malachite green when doing the meth blue, and keep either dips or the bath going until symptoms have subsided.  


    If you see any additional tail streaking, rapid breathing, or unusual behavior please let us know, it’s not uncommon for secondary bacterial infections to set in where the slime coat and scales have been compromised.  But as it stands the meth blue is a solid treatment and very gentle :)

    Unfortunately, I added the meth blue last Sunday, before testing chemistry. So I can't get an accurate read on blue water. Regardless, he has been in the blue for 5 days and not much seems changed except that the fungus is blue instead of white. How long could/should I continue treatment before trying something else?

  3. 18 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

    I’d do meth blue if you haven’t already.  And yes, in case this advice doesn’t work please give us as many details in the diagnostic form above as possible, so we can ascertain what else could be going on or what may have prompted the jumping out to begin with :)


    If you want to do dips three times daily, dose the methylene blue at 1 teaspoon per five gallons.  


    If you’d rather keep it in the quarantine as a bath, please dose at 1 teaspoon per ten gallons.

    Ill get the chemistry data up soon, but it is a 20 gallon quarantine tank that was just set up and water changed frequently. Filter is an AC 50 with foam only.
    Lived with 2 other commons in a 75 gallon with an overflow into a homemade wet/dry filter.
    Water temp about 53 degrees F.

    In the quarantine I used salt and AP + with malachite green.

    I will get some meth blue, but the dosage you provided does not say what % the solution is. 

    I will be getting the kordon 2.3% from amazon.

  4. My large comet jumped out a month ago. When I found him, he was quite dry, but I did notice gill movement so I tossed him back in the tank. He looked like he would not recover, basically floating on his side at the top of the tank. He did show some signs of recovery, but was quickly covered with thick woolly fungus. I put him in quarantine, bumped the salt to 0.3, wiped the fungus off daily, and tried an antifungal. 

    He seemed to improve a bit - the best is the photo taken on the 16th, but I was away for the week and the fungus is definitely back. I think the problem is the dead/dying tissue on the exposed area that was driest when he jumped. Just trying to keep the fungus off until he heals. He lost all of his dorsal and tail initially, but as you can see from the photos, they are growing back nicely. 











  5. One of our common goldfish started standing on their nose - nose to the bottom of the tank, struggling to back off the bottom to breathe. I did move him to QT, but he died overnight. Externally, a few dark spots on scales, slight fraying at edges of fins.  Autopsy revealed completely fluid filled swim bladders. Small red spots adhering to other organs. Other fish in the tank are doing fine.



  6. API Drops

    pH 7

    Ammonia 0

    Nitrates 10

    Nitrites 0


    Tap is generally good, did not test


    Tank is a 29 gallon emergency isolation tank with an AC 50 (I think, could be a 20) I did not want a strong filter as he was very weak when I put him in the tank

    Finished 2 weeks of metro meds about a week ago.


    I started the tank with media from a cycled tank.

    Have not changed the water since setting up. (about 4 weeks)


    A few weeks to the latest illness, I had salted my main 110 gallon tank to .01% - just generally did not like the look of the fish. they seem ok now.

    I don't remember if he went through PP when I got him or not. (At least a year ago)


    He generally hangs out near the bottom of the tank, but not ON the bottom of the tank. He eats just fine.

  7. My pearlscale goldfish lost a gill cover almost as soon as I got it. He has had no problems since. (at least a year ago, probably longer). About 3 weeks ago (the day I was flying away for vacation) I went to feed the fish and found him with his tail fins in the filter intake. I got him out of there, but he was in bad shape. I did not have much hope. I quickly put together a quarantine tank (29 gallon) and got him in there. When I got back a week later, he had made an amazing recovery, but I put him on metro-meds for 2 weeks. He acts ok now, although he tends to bottom sit. I am posting because I noticed a strange growth on his uncovered gill. I know they used to be a nice uniform red color, but now they have a white scaly growth. 


    Just wondering if anyone has seen anything like this.





    Usual habitat - 110 gallon tank.

    Fish 3 4 inch, 3 1.5 inch recent introductions.


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