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  1. So I've been wanting to share my fish since I joined, but my camera died on me. I tried to get some with my phone. They aren't the best, but it works for now. My group consists of a red and white oranda (who seems to be gaining more orange) a crowned pearlscale, a calico lionhead and an orange lionhead who appears to be starting to turn white. The lionheads kept growing throughout their ordeal and treatment. And a video:
  2. Sorry to hear this. I have to say that my goldfish were also VERY stressed by the salt treatment. Their problems actually got worse until I reduced back down to .01% also. And in the end...I also lost my calico telescope. At first it was fine, but then just seemed to lose energy and died. My water parameters were also bang on. I really hope you have better luck than I did.
  3. Just to update - although I lost the telescope (and still not sure why) the remaining fish are doing just great. The ich seems to be completely gone from the fish - of course I am continuing treatment to make sure I get it all. The red streaking is almost gone and the fish are very active and seem fine otherwise. The coral worked in a matter of days (the pH is now 7.5) and I am doing smaller, frequent water changes so there are no severe pH swings again.
  4. If you ever want to try raising feeders again, I would highly suggest just a couple. I would be willing to wager that most died because you had 40 goldfish in a 10 gallon! Although treated roughly, many 'feeders' can pull through with some TLC. In my experience, as others have said the colour change can happen at any time. I have a friend who got an olive coloured oranda that changed shortly after purchase and was still quite small. I once had an olive comet that took two years to change (was in a pond) and it was like happened overnight when it finally occurred. The fish was very large at this point.
  5. If there is any silver lining, I suppose it is that the other fish are doing very, very well. The ich is almost gone...just a couple of spots on the pearlscale, who was one of the worst affected initially. The red streaking is going away and the fish are very full of energy with great appetites. I do wish I knew what happened to this one though. Plus, he was my favourite...sigh.
  6. Unfortunately, this little guy did not make it through the night. Does anyone have any ideas...?
  7. I took a video with my phone. The quality isn't the best, but you can see that the fish barely has the energy to swim. The heavy breathing is due to stress - when I tried to get a video without kind of corralling it with my hand it would manage to shimmy itself under some plants.
  8. * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate level: 5-10 (removed some plants due to salt treatment) * Ph Level, Tank: 7 (slowly climbing with introduction of coral) * Ph Level, Tap: 6 I do have a QT tank I could set up. I figured that in this case that might be more stressful, and almost pointless as I'm treating this whole tank as it is for now. I'm having issues with my camera, but I can see if I can get anything helpful with the camera on my phone.
  9. Hi all - my original thread is here http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/95939-ich-but-also-red-streaks/ You can see the water parameters etc. The short version is: I had a pH crash when my tap water's pH went down dramatically after a couple of long weeks of rain. Shortly therafter the fish started to develop ich and red streaking in the fins. I've corrected the pH (which is now stable) and have been doing salt treatment. The ich appears to be on its way out and the worst affected fish seem to be doing far far better. However, I have one fish that is failing to thrive (calico butterfly tail) and I'm not sure what to do. Initially, it seemed to be doing the best. Only a couple spots of ich and no streaking. About 48 hours ago it started resting in the plants quite often, but was still eating. Today it seems to have next to no energy, no appetite, and is basically bottom sitting. It has no more ich (and no other visible signs of illness) and is not breathing heavily. I don't know where to go from here with this little guy.
  10. Well so far the two showing the worst symptoms (the oranda and pearlscale) are looking better. They have lost most of the spots and have perked up a bit. The telescope, which never had more than a couple spots (now gone) and no streaking, is continuing to decline. Its appetite has gone down, and it seems to have very little energy. I don't know what else I can do for that little one.
  11. The coral is raising the pH must faster than I suspected, but I will still be picking up some buffer for future water changes. So far the fish all still have their appetites and most are swimming normally. The telescope has taken to resting itself in some of the larger plants, near the surface, and staying there unless it's feeding time. This one outwardly appears to have the fewest symptoms - the least amount of ich and almost no streaking. However, it is acting the sickest. I'll be crossing my fingers
  12. Hi Trinket - I do not believe it was a cycle crash. The two filters are very well established and I suspect that low nitrates are in part due to the large amount of java fern inside the aquarium. The pH 'crash' was due to me assuming the tap water pH was always going to be the same...and doing large water changes with it. I am aware of the ich life cycle and treatment, but you are right - with the low tap pH it becomes more of a challenge. I am doing smaller water changes than normal. The tank is bare bottom and yes - I've reached the 0.3%. The good news is that the fish are all still active and eating just fine. They are showing no signs of discomfort despite appearances so far. I think the biggest challenge right now is going to be doing enough water changes to remove parasites, but not shift the pH. :S
  13. Yes, I have started the salt...about halfway there
  14. I envy you the white ones! They all look awesome.
  15. Other Required Info: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate level: 0 * Ph Level, Tank 6.5 * Ph Level, Tap 6 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 78F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running: 30ish gallons, 6+ months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s): Aquaclear 30 and 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? 2x a week, 40-50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change: 50% before treatment * How many fish in the tank and their size: 5, 1" to 1.5" (this is a grow out tank, not permanent home) * What do you feed your fish and how often: 2x a day, Dainichi sinking pellets with koi clay, blood worms, daphnia * Any new fish added to the tank: all are newish * Any medications added to the tank: salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment: Just started to add salt and have increased the temperature * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus: Ich, red streaks * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc: none Alright, so... This tank has been set up for a while. It used to house axolotls which were moved. The tank was cleaned, cycled, and now contains the baby goldfish. I've had one oranda that has had problems since day 1...which was mostly just floating. The floating has disappeared since introducing koi clay to their diet. This oranda was the first to get ich, followed by the pearlscale, followed by the telescope. The two lionheads are just starting to show it now. The ich is only visible on the fins, and none of the fish are gasping, floating, sinking, or have clamped fins. They really are acting normal. My concern now is that they are showing red streaking in their fins, which I didn't think went hand in hand with ich. 3 of 5 are showing this. One fish with no visible ich is showing slight streaking. When I first noticed that the fish had ich I tested my water and everything was perfect but the pH had crashed (from 7). I was confused, but tested the tap water which is also now at 6 instead of 7. I have since added coral to the filters which is slowly raising the pH. I do not know why the tap water has changed, but at least now I am aware. It is worth noting that the problems started immediately after a water change - I suspect because the pH was dramatically reduced and stressed the fish. So, anyway - now they have ich. No problem, easy to treat with some diligence. I am concerned about the red streaks though - is this because of the ich, or is there possibly another stress factor I am unaware of? Although the pH is slowly being raised, is this likely the underlying problem? I'd prefer to not have to medicate with anything stronger than salt if possible.
  16. I have aquaclears that are older than I am (they were my mom's) and their parts still work in newer aquaclears and vice versa. That's one of the biggest things for me. They rarely break down, but if there IS an issue there is absolutely no problem getting parts. Also, like everyone else said, I find they are sturdy, quiet, and I can choose whatever filter media I want to use. In my house if the tank doesn't have a canister filter, it has an aquaclear.
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