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  1. This has been a really tough decision, but I think it's time for me to look for a new home for Khufu, my 5-year-old common goldfish. I got into fishkeeping about a decade ago when I received my first fish, Narmer, as a gift. Narmer was happiest when he had a tankmate; when his first buddy, Djoser, died, I got Khufu to keep him company. Narmer passed away about a year and a half ago and ever since then the joy has gone out of fishkeeping for me. It's never been a very practical hobby, and even less so now that I live in a very small apartment - the 27 gallon tank that Khufu now lives alone in takes up a good portion of my living room, and I don't really have the space to spare. It's also noisy - something that didn't bother me when I lived in a larger space, but which really does now. My partner used to record music; since we moved here, though, he hasn't been able to since the background noise made by the tank is impossible to avoid. I feel incredibly guilty about this - I really care about Khufu, and I know he is my responsibility - but I believe it's for the best. Khufu will be happier and healthier if he has other fish around him, and I'm just not willing to start that cycle again. There has to be someone in Toronto who would be willing to take him. He isn't a particularly interesting-looking fish - he is a common goldfish, after all - but he has a lovely tail, and his excitement when he sees people (or, let's be honest, food) is adorable. He's never had any kind of health issues, and he gets along with other fish (from what I've seen). I'd also be happy to give away his tank and accessories - the tank is a 27 gallon cube, which could fit at least one other fish, and I've got a pump, filter, gravel, and lots of plants (including one brand new that I hadn't got around to putting in the tank yet). I'm only interested in giving him up to a home that will take proper care of him, obviously. Preferably an experienced fishkeeper. Please let me know if you're interested. I can also send pictures - I think I may even have some video.
  2. So, I can't find medicated food ANYWHERE, and it's driving me crazy. Is there any online store besides fishsempai that ships to Canada? Because even they don't have Medi-Gold right now, and Metro-Med doesn't sound like it treats whatever Djoser has :(
  3. I installed a pump! It's a bit loud though, so I think I might see if I can exchange it for a different brand. I also fed them bloodworms for the first time. They were confused at first, but once they tried them they couldn't get enough.
  4. Off the top of my head the antibiotic meds I know they have are Melafix, Maracyn (not sure about Maracyn 2), Tetracycline, Furan-2, Erithromycin, Triple Sulfa. They also have lots of anti-parasitic and anti-fungal meds, but those are probably less relevant. I could call and ask, but it's 9:30 at night so obviously they're closed. I'll try and upload a pic as soon as possible.
  5. They have a pretty wide selection of medications, but it's all waterborne, unfortunately. Apparently they do carry medicated food sometimes, but I guess it's not a priority. I'll check at the other pet store near me to see if they have any, but that seems unlikely since it's a pretty small store. As far as symptoms go, the spot where the abscess was seems to have healed up nicely, but his fins are getting worse. His tail, in particular, looks almost shredded. His behaviour is more or less normal, though he is bottom-sitting a little bit (that might be because of the salt, though - Narmer is doing it too and he seems otherwise healthy, as I mentioned above). His appetite is okay. I fed them some frozen bloodworms today (soaked with garlic!) and after the initial reluctance to try something new, both fish pretty much gobbled up everything in sight.
  6. So, my LFS doesn't have any medicated food They said they rarely carry it because it's less effective than other forms of medication. I guess I could get some online, but that would be crazy expensive and might take a long time to ship. What are my other options?
  7. I couldn't say for sure since I'm not home all the time. He bottom-sits most of the time when the lights are off, and sometimes when they're on, but he always cheers up when food is around and often when he sees me (I guess because he expects food). He's swimming around right now, but he was bottom-sitting a couple of minutes ago. I remember him behaving similarly last time I did a salt treatment. He must not like it. I'll keep you posted!
  8. So I've been doing the daily water changes, and I've raised the salt to 0.2%. Hoping to go to the LFS tomorrow, so I'll keep you posted. Djoser's fins are looking worse, unfortunately, but hopefully the salt will help with that, along with the medicated food if I get my hands on some. One concern, though: Narmer (who is not sick, though I'm not sure that he's 100% healthy either - he's still flashing a bit even after the Prazi treatment I did in December) has been bottom-sitting a LOT ever since I added the salt. Is this a normal reaction? Should I be worried?
  9. Oh, and I should add - I regularly check craigslist and kijiji for 30-40 gallon tanks. I can't afford anything right now, but there are definitely some good deals and I'm keeping an open mind. Who knows, maybe in a few months my financial situation will be better. Also, I'm definitely looking into buying an air pump/air stones. From what I've read that sounds like a good idea and maybe at my next trip to the LFS I'll see something good.
  10. I got Narmer in May 09, at a wedding. He was the centrepiece at the table where I was sitting, and the youngest person at the table got to take him home (I was 21 at the time). He lived his first few weeks in that vase, until I did some research and realized how bad that was. He's at least 2 1/2 now, probably closer to 3 since I don't actually know how old he was when I got him. He's big and strong and I hope he has many, many more years left in him. Oh and I'm pretty sure he's a fantail/common mix.
  11. Thanks for your input, austinado16. I know my tank is too small - well, I didn't at the time when I got it (I thought it was too big!), but since joining koko's I've learned just how much space fish need. Unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier in this thread, I don't have the money for a new tank right now, or the space in my apartment. I hope to get a new tank eventually, but with no job and 2.5 more years of grad school, I don't know when that will happen. In the meantime, though, do you think getting a bigger filter would help? Mine is for a 30 gallon tank so I figured that would be good enough, but if an even bigger one would help keep my fish healthy I'd consider it a worthy investment. Re: your last point - Djoser's appearance definitely has nothing to do with his being sick (apart from the lump, obviously). He's always been very narrow and thin. It never occurred to me before, but I wouldn't be surprised if his shape was due to genetic problems. The guy at my LFS said that his health problems may be due to inbreeding, which apparently is a big problem with goldfish in general? Also, the store where I got him (not my usual LFS) is a bit sketchy; I just didn't realize it at the time. Genetic problems would explain why he's been sick so many times, while my other fish (you can see him in the video - he's much, much bigger and chubbier than Djoser, despite being roughly the same age) has been perfectly healthy nearly all the time. Poor Djoser
  12. Yeah, it looked like pus. He doesn't seem to be very bothered by it; if anything he seems like he's in better shape now than before (he was bottom-sitting and looking generally lethargic yesterday). Is it safe to raise the salt concentration by that much? I don't want to shock their systems or anything. I'll try to find some medicated food at my LFS sometime in the next few days.
  13. A friend of mine was kind enough to record and upload this video of my fish: Djoser is the orange comet. The lump is most visible at the beginning of the video; he's swimming around a bit for the rest of it (my fish, I've discovered, are a bit camera-shy). Today the lump burst, letting out some kind of white substance (which he ate, gross) like the other abscesses that he's had. To facilitate healing I did a 50% water change, rinsed the filter media, and added a 0.1% concentration of salt. Djoser seems to be doing okay so far. The lump is still there, but it's smaller than it was before. So, embedding that video from YouTube didn't work. Here's the link:
  14. Thanks dnalex and shakaho! I'm definitely going to try and keep the water as clean as possible, and if that doesn't work I'll try salt again. I generally rinse my filter media every couple of weeks or when it starts to look grimy, but I couldn't tell you the exact date. I do have gravel - probably about 1/2 inch? I used to have more, but I decided there was probably too much so I started gradually removing it for a while. I might continue doing that; it's definitely become easier to clean, but it still gets pretty gross. Djoser doesn't generally sleep at the bottom of the tank, or spend much time at the bottom at all, except when he's digging around in the gravel for food. I could be wrong though - I don't know what he gets up to once I've gone to bed. I'm also definitely going to invest in a new test kit next time I make it to my LFS. The strips are terrible and I've never been able to read them properly (though I guess it's still better than a few months ago, when I wasn't testing water quality at all).
  15. Unfortunately my camera, which I thought was just out of batteries, is broken, and I don't have a webcam or a smartphone (being a grad student has its downsides). I'll try to borrow a camera from someone and post a pic as soon as possible. In the meantime: * Ammonia Level: 0 ppm (approximate) * Nitrite Level: 0 ppm * Nitrate level: around 20 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.6 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Strips, API Aquarium Pharmaceuticals * Water temperature? Not sure - it's around room temperature and I keep my apartment at about 18 degrees Celsius. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons, 2 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear, 30 gal. * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% weekly, with occasional smaller water changes just for the sake of vacuuming the gravel * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 15-20% on Sunday; 50% on Thursday * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish, one fantail and one comet, each about 2.5 inches not including their tails. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra Aquasafe to dechlorinate the tap water. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega-One, daily with one day of fasting a week. I also occasionally feed them peas (boiled) and garlic (also boiled). * Any new fish added to the tank? Not in the last two years. * Any medications added to the tank? Not in the last few weeks * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank: Furan-2, Maracyn and Triple Sulfa for fin rot, "Super Ick Cure" for Ich, Prazi and salt for flukes. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Frayed fins, black spot, and large lump. He's also had a series of abcesses in the past couple of months, which have all eventually ruptured and healed. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Not really. His appetite hasn't been the same over the last few months with all the times he's been sick, but otherwise he seems normal. I should also mention that Narmer (my fantail) has been an awful bully lately and has been chasing Djoser around constantly. I've been giving him "time outs" in a small netted enclosure in the tank, and that seems to help, but his behaviour can't be good for Djoser.
  16. Hi again, So, I completed the recommended course of treatment and everything seemed to be going well, but in the last few days Djoser seems to have taken yet another turn for the worse. His fins are fraying again and I've noticed a couple of black spots that look like ammonia burns - except that my ammonia meter is still registering at 0 (pH is 7.5 by the way, and stable). He's also developed a HUGE lump on his side, which seems to be getting bigger by the hour. His behaviour doesn't seem to have changed, but i'm really worried. Should I try salt again? Or antibiotics of some kind? I don't want to lose my little buddy
  17. I'm a bit of a n00b so I probably shouldn't be posting advice (mods, feel free to delete this reply) but I just wanted to add that one of my fish had something that looked very similar a couple of months ago. It happened at the same time as a bunch of other health problems (ich, fin rot, flukes) that haven't quite cleared up yet. The growth itself, though, actually went away on its own. It got bigger and bigger until it was about the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil (which is HUGE on a 2.5-inch comet) and then just sort of... fell off. The spot where the growth was seems to have fully healed by now. As I said, my fish also experienced (and is still experiencing) a lot of other problems at the same time, so it's possible that the growth is a symptom or side-effect of something bigger. I can't tell you much beyond that, but I definitely second what others have said about water changes.
  18. Hey all, sorry it's been a while since I last updated. I was really worried to leave my buddies in the care of friends who don't know much about fish, but it seems to have worked out! Djoser is doing better (the black spot on his tail has disappeared, and his fins look less frayed than they did last week) and I haven't noticed any more blood in Narmer's poop, though it does seem oddly floaty (their poop usually just sinks to the bottom). Narmer is still flashing a bit, so I'm definitely going to keep treating with Prazi, but right now I'm optimistic. Unfortunately fishsempai doesn't seem to have Medi-Gold in stock, and Metro-Med only comes in an expensive combo pack with something called JumpStart, so I don't know what to do about medicated food. Are there any alternative brands I could try? Thanks! Brett
  19. Sadly I did not keep the poop to photograph - I'll try to do that if there's any more, though. Unfortunately I'm going to be away for the next few days visiting my parents (I'll be back in time for the next round of water changes & Prazi), so I won't be able to monitor them very closely. The friend who will be feeding them has promised to keep me posted, but he's even less knowledgeable than I am so there's only so much he can do. I hate to leave them alone like this, but with Christmas coming up I don't have much of a choice. Unfortunately I don't have any antibiotic food, but I'll try to pick some up tomorrow if I have time before my train. If that doesn't work out I'll try to make it to a pet store while I'm in Ottawa or when I get back. Are there any particular brands that you can recommend? Thanks again!
  20. Okay, so I've been following the schedule as laid out above (today is Day 9), and things seemed to be going well, but today both of them seem to have taken a turn for the worse. Djoser's tail is more frayed than it was earlier this week, and there seems to be a small black spot right at the end of it. Narmer doesn't seem to be darting or flashing anymore, but just a few minutes ago I noticed some blood (or, at least, something that looked a lot like blood) in his poop. Is this a symptom of flukes? And is there anything more than I can do for the two of them?
  21. So, I did a 50% water change I added Prazi yesterday (1 teaspoon - my tank is 20 gallons not 30). Unfortunately the salt I use for cooking is full of additives, so today I went to the supermarket and found canning & pickling salt that, according to the packaging at least, contained no additives at all. I added that to my tank a few minutes ago (18 teaspoons for 20 gallons - that's the right amount, right?) and so far the fish seem to be reacting well to it. They're not freaking out, at least. Obviously it's only been a few days, so I don't see any clear signs of improvement, but they don't seem to be doing any worse, at least. Djoser's tail still looks really ragged, but I don't think any more or it has been eaten away over the last few days. Narmer is still darting around but doesn't seem to be flashing, at least from what I've seen. I'll keep you posted!
  22. So, after a lot of water changes (I finally got a gravel vacuum - my gravel was, as it turns out, even dirtier than I thought) I seem to have got the pH up to 7.5 or so. Not much has changed with Djoser, but Narmer seems to have developed a little fizzy patch or something on the top of his head, so I'm anxious to start treatment of some kind. I was able to find Prazipro at my LFS; should I just treat the tank according to the instructions on the bottle? Thanks!
  23. Thanks! I'm not sure what's going on with the pH, honestly. It was low a few weeks ago, but I'd been doing frequent water changes and got it up to 7.5 or so, and then when I tested it today it was low again. This could just be a flaw with the strips I'm using (they're kind of hard to read, and I know strips aren't as accurate as drops in any case) but I'm definitely going to have to work on keeping the water super clean in any case. I do have gravel (no driftwood though) and I'm trying to take out a bit of it with each water change, because I think the substrate is too thick and that's probably not good in the long run. I try to vacuum the gravel every time I change the water, but it's a bit hard because I've only got a siphoning tube thingy, not a proper gravel vacuum. I looked for one at my LFS last time I was there but they didn't have one. I hope to have a chance to hit up the bigger pet store a few miles away as soon as term papers are done. I'm also going to start doing bigger weekly water changes. I always thought the 20-30% was fine before I started reading this forum, but from what everyone else has been saying here I should be doing 50 or so. I do also hope to get a bigger tank at some point, but sadly that probably won't be possible anytime soon I'm a grad student so I'm VERY poor, and the only reason I have the tank that I have now is because my sister got it for me as a gift a couple of years ago. I'm up for some scholarships next year, and if I get those I'm definitely going to upgrade to a 30 or 40. For now I'm just going to try and bring the pH back up. I'll let you guys know once I have the Prazipro. Thanks again!
  24. This is my first time posting, so I apologize if I've got anything wrong here. * Ammonia Level: 0 ppm (approximate) * Nitrite Level: 0 ppm * Nitrate level: around 20 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 6.5-7 (GH is around 180, KH around 120) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.6 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Strips, API Aquarium Pharmaceuticals * Water temperature? Not sure - it's around room temperature and I keep my apartment at about 18 degrees Celsius. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons, 2 years (though I have moved twice in that period so it's been dismantled and set up again). * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear, 30 gal. * How often do you change the water and how much? I normally do about 25-30% once a week, but since my comet has been sick and my ph has been a bit low I've been doing small water changes (again, usually around 25-30%) every couple of days. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? This Thursday, 30%. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish, one fantail and one comet, each about 2.5 inches not including their tails. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra Aquasafe to dechlorinate the tap water. The reason I haven't done a water change in the last couple of days is because I've run out and haven't had time to head down to the LFS. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega-One, daily with one day of fasting a week (just started this - they HATE it but I know it's best for them). I also occasionally feed them peas (boiled) and garlic (also boiled). * Any new fish added to the tank? Not in the last two years. * Any medications added to the tank? Maracyn this week, other medications in the past few weeks since nothing has been working. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank: Okay, this is kind of long. My sick fish (Djoser), has had fin rot a couple of times and I've always treated with Furan-2. Unfortunately this last time it doesn't seem to have worked, so I've been trying other things - Maracyn and Triple Sulfa specifically. I also treated the tank with API "Super Ick Cure" a few weeks ago when he had Ich. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, yes and yes. Basically, he was showing signs of fin rot so I treated him with Furan-2. He seemed to have recovered, then a few days later he developed Ich, so I treated him with Super Ick Cure. THEN he developed a huge abcess on his side, in addition to more fin rot, so I treated the tank with Triple Sulfa, which seemed to take care of it (the abcess ruptured, which was horrible, but it seems to have mostly healed by now) but as soon as the treatment ended his fins started fraying again. I treated with Maracyn but it doesn't seem to have had any effect. I'm afraid to keep bombarding them with chemicals, especially since my other fish (Narmer) isn't exhibiting any of the same symptoms and I'm afraid of harming both of them with too much medication. On the other hand, I don't want to just let Djoser waste away. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He was bottom-sitting quite a lot when he had the Ich and the abcess, but he doesn't seem to be doing that anymore. He still seems really lethargic, though, and isn't eating nearly as much as he used to. Also (possibly unrelated), Narmer, who has always been extremely healthy, has been behaving oddly these latest few days. He seems to have WAY too much energy and is darting all around the tank, occasionally rubbing against things. I'm thinking flukes or something similar. Could this be connected? Please help! I've grown so attached to these little guys and I can't stand the thought of losing them.
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