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  1. The vent seems to be concave. This fish passed suddenly in the night. We monitored closely after we noticed this fish was losing the ability to keep upright. Breathing was normal, but tapered off to quick gulps by around midnight. At 1am the fish was not responding to any stimulus and there was no signs of respiration. While handling the fish postmordem I noticed blood (red fluid) coming from around the white bumps which themselves seemed to recede back into the tissue. This fish was promptly removed and frozen after it passed, my concern is for the other, larger, goldfish in the tank. Could there be an infectious agent? My suspicion is the deceased fish had a body shape that likely led to digestion problems (constipation) due to the less than optimal diet. She likely developed a condition over time that led to the catastrophic events that unfolded last night. This fish was, to say the least, bloated - but did not have any pine coning or bloating around the pectorals (anterior / ventral bloat) so I do not suspect dropsy. Perhaps the salt bath came to late and induced some osmotic shock that aided the rapid deterioration of Dragon's condition. This fish was purchased as a tank mate to a larger goldfish who we always felt was out-competing the former for food at dinner time. Its possible this led to the overfeeding by various family members. I think if we decide to purchase a tank mate again (and its likely we will, we love our fish so), we will purchase one that is similar in size or keep it in a separate tank until it is large enough to accompany "Clyde" our large fantail. Thanks again for all your help, we always appreciate the responses we get from this forum.
  2. Now our goldfish is having some trouble staying upright, we have administered a salt bath, per instructions from this site. The fish is recovering in the main tank. Here is a photo of the rear of the fish, I thought this looked unusual. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nelowe/11847065995/ .
  3. Second nitrate test, came up the same as the first, i'm calling it zero, but i guess it could have a little orange in it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nelowe/11846455624/ Thank you both for your response.
  4. 1. Have you ever treated for flukes or any external parasites? We treated with prazi when the tank was initially established 2. Do you see fin clamping? nope 3. Is there appetite? yep 4. Which brand of flakes? How much are you feeding? As you may be aware, flakes and other floating foods are generally discouraged for goldfish, because they encourage gulping at the surface, and because they can contribute to digestive problems. tetra fin gold fish flakes plus, a pinch a day, no I wasn't, but was aware its made of fish (probably) so less optimal for goldfish digestion and thus feed peas occasionally. 5. Is the fish sitting all the time, or only some of the time? Most of the time, will swim if disturbed and swam around to eat at feeding time this morning.
  5. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)0 * Nitrite Level(Tank)0 * Nitrate level(Tank)0 * Ammonia Level(Tap)0 * Nitrite Level(Tap)0 * Nitrate level(Tap)0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master test kit - Liquid * Water temperature? Room Temp (70F) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55gal for 2 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? tetra fs 30-60 * How often do you change the water and how much? bi weekly 1/4-1/3 * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 7 * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 1 small goldfish (2 inches long) and a larger companion (6 inches long) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? daily flakes, occasional peas * Any new fish added to the tank? nope * Any medications added to the tank? nope * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom Sitting Hello, our goldfish (named Dragon) is bottom sitting today, this is likely due to constipation from overfeeding (bloating). Though I have been feeding a very small amount of food for this goldfish and its companion, perhaps it is good at getting the lions share. Regardless we will be adjusting our feeding strategy to avoid this in the future. While Dragon was on the bottom I noticed two white bumps and photographed them, do they warrant extra attention? http://www.flickr.com/photos/nelowe/11842699184/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/nelowe/11842846884/ There are two, one very apparent and another less so above, to be honest when I first saw them they looked like pimples (bacteria).
  6. Just a follow up - our goldfish is doing well, very lively and outgoing. I am wondering about that yellow head of his and if this might be related to liver failure (jaundice). I assume if it was then he/she would not be so active. Thanks again for all your help, is there a way I can make a donation?
  7. Ok, after my last post I performed a 50% water change. Afterwards, the goldfish gradually started raising the dorsal fin to the point where it is 100% standing a week later. I noticed some webbing replaced in between the rays, to me this suggests that he was clamping it because of an injury associated with the fin rot. Activity levels are up and he/she responds vigorously to our attention, especially feeding time. It has been quite a while since we have seen this goldfish acting in a manner that can only be described as happy. I was excited to see the improvement after a run of the mill water change and didn't want to risk anything, so I let this ride for a while. I am still seeing some clamping of the left anal fin, it always seems to be pressed firm against the body and held above the lower caudal lobe. Its been like this for some time, at one point I noticed that it was freed up a bit and it had a large tear between the rays that nearly ran to the proximal end of the fin. I assume this is a damaged fin and its being held to alleviate pain and speed healing. However, I have decided to go ahead with your suggestion of 80% water change and double dose prazi. I will do this for one treatment unless you suggest otherwise. All in all I couldn't be happier with the improvements and thank you very much for your assistance. I do have one other question though. Whats up with the color change in the head area? We've seen this before and it seemed minimal as well as intermittent. It sort of comes and goes, its just certain times the head seems to be very yellow to orange in color and then fades back to white. I have a hunch this might be associated with growth spurts and is nothing more, but if there's something else I should know please feel free to enlighten me. Thanks again for your time and here the latest pic. http://s1112.photobucket.com/albums/k483/Elow007/?action=view&current=IMG_6928.jpg
  8. ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 0 ph7.8 per api master kit Will perform 80 percent water change soon.
  9. Here you go, sorry for the delay, I had some technical difficulties. The left anal fin is, as far as I can tell, always in that position. That also happens to be the side with the more obvious white crud. Thanks again for all your help.
  10. The fin clamping seems to be reduced, in so far as he/she is not clamping all the fins, just the dorsal. There is also more activity and a general improvement in overall behavior (rarely bottom sitting, more active, fin activity is more apparent). The last round of prazi was a week ago, the tank is still salted to .1% after wc (by my approximation). I can try for better pictures tomorrow but he/she won't hold still long enough to maintain focus. Perhaps when I feed him the opportunity will present itself to capture at multiple angles for you. Thanks for you prompt reply!
  11. Sure http://s1112.photobucket.com/albums/k483/Elow007/ I have noticed that the yellowing at the base of his dorsal fin is now "not as apparent" I have upgraded my water test kit to API's master kit, all parameters are still the same as my first post.
  12. 4 round of prazi at five day intervals. The latest pictures are the top six on the list in that album, all overhead shot while in some tupperware. Anything after that is before salt and prazi.
  13. This goldfish has a white film on the sides of his/her belly, can anyone identify it? I believe it is slime coat, but i just wonted some confirmation, thank you in advance. We are salted, prazied and water parameters are spot on. In these photos you will see our goldfish acclimating to a water change by hanging out in a piece of tupperware floating in his tank (we are concerned he is sensitive to water changes). I took the opportunity to snap some pics as best i could of some white crud on the sides of his/her belly. This fish is always foraging, working the gravel over, skimming the surface of the water munching on anything that is floating around - always with the dorsal fin down, still. Other than that (and the white crud) he/seems fine and happily swims about. The fin rot is healing well. I am just worried that there is something lurking beneath all the healthy signs, some sinister thing waiting for the right opportunity to strike. I would like to nip it in the bud before it gets that chance. Feel free to make suggestions and or wild accusations, I will research thoroughly before I administer any form of treatment. http://s1112.photobucket.com/albums/k483/Elow007/
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