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  1. This will be my last update unless things go off-course: He remained curled at the bottom of his hospital tank all day yesterday: http://i.imgur.com/eoeeZ.jpg I dosed his tank for with Furan-2 for 5 gallons and, as I have not been able to connect speedily with Andrew of FishSempai, made a gel food with as close an approximation as I could of 0.075 and 0.025 mg nitrofurazone and furazolidone, respectively, per gram of body weight. Even though he was curled and incapable of swimming he ate with assistance so I was able to feed him his body weight dosage of the food. I also aimed a tower fan at his tank on maximum and turned off the heat, bringing ambient temperature from 72f to 67f over 7 hours. He uncurled and began swimming again around 7pm (http://i.imgur.com/PxLZe.jpg) so I removed the Nitra-Zorb in and dosed 1 ounce liquid chlorophyll (no additives) per gallon of water. I have a standby probiotic food in the case I cannot get JumpStart from Andrew before 10 days is up. Hospital tank is at 0.1 ppm ammonia, 0 ppm nitrite, 25 ppm nitrate (assuming that Nitra-Zorb brought this below tap), 8.0 ph. He still 'spun' as of last night but is no longer doing so this morning except when swiftly diving; his coordination is much better and his eyes are again tracking movement. The sore near his tail is invisible to the naked eye and the one beneath his right eye is healing nicely with regular flesh tones, no redness. I am running a Marineland Maxi-Jet 900 submersible pump in his main tank to up oxygen levels for when he returns; I have been feeding the main tank in his absence and it appears so far that the cycle is still continuing, 0 ppm ammonia, 0 ppm nitrite, 40 ppm nitrate, 8.2 ph. Once he completes his treatments and shows consistency in his well-being I will return him to his home tank. In the meanwhile I will be attempting to equalise the ph across the two tanks. There are a few too many confounds in this circumstance for me to be sure of what occurred, but all I know is that I am glad he is recovering. My thanks go out to Stakos and the folks at Koko's who take the time to help people like me in situations like this. Hope to see you around on happier subforums in happier times!
  2. Took off work today; thought he was dead. Motionless, unable to swim properly, lying on his side curled downwards... but still wants to eat if he can get it in his mouth. Moved him to a 5gal hospital tank [running a naked AquaClear 20] that was ph matched to his original one, 20% original tank water and 80% treated tap. At his next water change I will add some bottled water, I picked up a 10L jug to try to offset any effect of the tap nitrates. Recharged nitra-zorb in the filter basket has brought nitrates down to 20ppm in the 5 gallon over the past two hours, I am chopstick feeding him a gel food filled with mashed peas, garlic and wardley goldfish flakes. I put the realtime seachem ammonia metre in the hospital tank, drop water tests show 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 20 nitrate, 7.8~ ph. Gills look fine from what I can see (reddish pink, no brown or pale or blotches); breathing is subdued with some breathless pauses. Heavy breathing after trying to swim. Can't believe his fighting spirit... I'm not too hopeful but giving it my all.
  3. Update: The water parameters are slowly getting better (ammonia=0, nitrite=0, nitrate=35), but the fish is getting worse. Haven't yet been able to reach Andrew at fishsempai and nowhere else sells medicated food ( tried getting jungle's variation on medicated food with no luck). This is his general behaviour now... one of his most peaceful moments thusfar today (feeding is a never-ending spinfest, not captured): I'm not sure what to do in the interim. I don't want him to suffer, but it's hard to tell if he is; his posture is relaxed most of the time. Eating is becoming harder because of the spinning. Could it be neurological? Swim bladder related? He tries his best not to spin but it seems really difficult. I caught him floating completely sideways when I came home, but in the middle of the tank. He does not float on the surface or on the bottom, and has a bit of spinal curve. :( Sorry to pseudo-rant; at the very least I'd like to think that this journal of events may come in useful for anyone experiencing a similar problem in the future.
  4. Well, just got in an hour ago and he was corkscrewing like mad... perhaps not as bad as the whirling goldfish video: but he exhibits that behaviour in periods for no discernible reason. He can swim from one end of the tank to the other without spinning, but if he is at a near vertical angle, nose up or down, he spins like a top.Did another 70% WC, ammonia under 0.25 ppm and nitrates 40 ppm, he's just about unable to eat his flakes anymore so I am stuffing his old Aqueon goldfish pellets into shelled peas until I can get a bigger sinking pellet. A little depressed at the reading I did on whirling and spinning disease... just have to take it day by day though. I've sent an e-mail to the FishSempai folk asking about local pick up of their metro-meds+jumpstart combo. Thank you muchly shellbell, I can't tell you all enough how much I appreciate it. No matter how this situation resolves it's been an enriching learning experience... just gotta think positive thoughts now
  5. Stakos, I my thoughts are that you're a darling. Thank you!!! I will be away from home for the next 24 hours but will be doing a 70% before leaving and when back. Fortunately FishSempai is 20 minutes from my house so there is a chance I could pick up directly. With the gravel I remove, should I dispose of it or would you suggest sanitisizing it for re-use? I am still a little baffled why I lost a cycle that had been stable for some time but that's neither here nor there now. Damien is quite himself aside from these bizarre behaviours. I will proceed as directed and unless things take a turn for the worse I shan't update until next weekend with his progress. Ridiculously gigantic Internet hug!
  6. Lovely bunch you have! I don't know if it was intentional, but you managed to capture a great feeling of perplexity... like "uhh, you're still there but there isn't food in here, what gives?" Great looking tank, too.
  7. You have some wonderful Goldies Rai; I love your third picture, it is so sweet! The fifth picture (Julie?) is really cool... you can see the reflection of the scale rays, for lack of a better word. Like miniature, perfect sea shells.
  8. 50% WC with some brand-spankin'-new Seachem Prime (thanks Stakos for all your help!), some peas, and a photo-shoot... ...well, okay, maybe that last one wasn't so much for him as for his well-being, but he didn't seem to mind for once.
  9. Hello again - sorry I'm way late! I didn't account for the fact that fish can be terribly difficult to direct at times... or that uploading to YouTube takes a while I could not get a video of him absently tilting since he was fussy for dinner. However, I took two videos [hopefully] demonstrating his altered sight, the first by dropping a halved pea at each side of him. He demonstrates the corkscrew dive while trying to find the pea as well as limited field of vision in his left (camera right) eye. The second video is from above while trying to feed him a halved pea, but I couldn't get any other top view videos since he was a bit spooky. Video 1 - may want to mute as some sort of interference present : video 2: I also took some pictures of the sore under his eye, the flash makes the wound look whiter than it does in normal light, but maybe that is the true colouration. Album: http://imgur.com/a/xuQAa#1 the little flecks on his face are from me disturbing the tank, they were not there prior I had removed all but his favourite plant and cave, he hangs in them when he is stressed and I did not want to make him uncomfortable. The plant texture is not quite silicone-rubber but a softish plastic. The decor has been with him since he transferred to this tank. I got some Seachem Prime at Big Al's after work - yay!! it suggested 5ml for 50 gallons, but said up to 5x dosage for dangerous nitrites/rates so I opted to dose 4ml in a 25% water change (did the two 70%s last night). The black edging on his left pectoral, dorsal, pelvic and anal fins appeared after the fin rot treatment but while ammonia tested under 0.1.
  10. Sure did - sorry it took a while, I guess 2.5 gallons at a time eh? Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 40ppm (same as tap) Ammonia: .25 ppm Tested tap water for ammonia as I never have before, came back between .1 and .25... dang it! Damien didn't seem to mind being belly to the gravel for a bit and is just as perky as ever, salted as suggested, now if you don't mind me I am going to pass out... stupid 5am mornings lol.
  11. I hope my math and notes here are right, I went for just about 0.2% ppm but have since replaced, in stages, the entire tank three times over. Carbon back in which I assumed would remove trace medicine (400 mg ethromycin x 5 ending 3 weeks ago prior to water changes). I have the nitra-zorb back in which I understand removes salt as part of its recharge mechanism. I hope this info helps. Ninja edit: going to go do some more water changing fun times before bed, but thanks again for your help!! i know carbon removes medicines which is great.. but i do not trust anything that says will remove salt other than water changes. now, you will do the 2 x 70% wc's do not resalt until you're done.. resalt at 0.1% being one level teaspoon per gallon (dissolved) at least then we will be 100% sure of what salt leve you are at. You're a lifesaver for two creatures today, all willing! I'll check back in with a video tomorrow and then begin the gravel excavation.
  12. I can definitely do this, probably between 4 and 8pm EST tomorrow. I syphon the gravel with each W/C and see hardly anything come up the tube, but I can imagine a hotbed of invisible things in there.
  13. I hope my math and notes here are right, I went for just about 0.2% ppm but have since replaced, in stages, the entire tank three times over. Carbon back in which I assumed would remove trace medicine (400 mg ethromycin x 5 ending 3 weeks ago prior to water changes). I have the nitra-zorb back in which I understand removes salt as part of its recharge mechanism. I hope this info helps. Ninja edit: going to go do some more water changing fun times before bed, but thanks again for your help!!
  14. Thank you Stakos; I will do my best to grab pictures tomorrow evening and get them up asap. I assume based on your advice that I should do bigger W/Cs first and temp-match through the tap? I have always drawn the coldest water possible as the pipes are old and I fear leeching. I was going to ask about how to bring nitrates lower than 40, but Bodoba below mentions plants which I will get to: Thank you Bodoba; I have salted the entire tank back when treating with Maracyn 3 weeks ago, 1 tbsp per 5 gallons. I have not salted since nor have I salt-bathed him. I have read the great help plants can provide but what I had tried in the past got demolished by Damien. Perhaps with his vision this won't be as much an issue... might I ask for some suggestions for sturdy, hopefully non-palatable plants? Anything that would suit gravel? He is a run-of-the-mill Common. Will try for pictures asap... thank you for your patience!!
  15. First off: thank you to whomever takes the time (and patience) to look this over. I appreciate it greatly. From my perspective this is a real gongshow and verreh long, so here goes... Discussion of problem, observation and thoughts after the answer template. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level 0 ppm * Nitrate level 80 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2, 10~?, 180 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0, 80, 180 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit (drops), API 5-in-1 Test Strips (used for GH/KH) * Water temperature? 17-18C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 Gallon long, just over two years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Whisper 30 * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size? One, about 5.5" from snout to caudal lobe * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Goldfish Protect, API Ammo-Lock (dosed for 10 gallons 1 week ago) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Wardley Advanced Nutrition goldfish flakes for the last two months, as much as he will eat in 2mins 1-2x day; thawed shelled peas 1-2x/week, about three peas per feeding. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Currently none. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Approx. 2 years ago, one full course of Maracyn II for fin rot. Three weeks ago, one full course of Maracyn for bacterial fin rot, salted tank as per API Aquarium Salt directions for 20 gallons (4 tbsp if I remember rightly) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Symptom history: fin rot until Maracyn treatment, then occasional 'stringy' (?) poops - faecal matter with transparent gaps in the 'casing', eyes move in tandem but one is 'lazy' and gazing upwards. No visible swelling, cloudiness, bloody streaks etc., Just prior to Maracyn , noticed pore between nostrils with a tuft of white matter exuding. Matter disappeared within an hour. Same pore exuded more matter a week later. Has had one bump in same place under each eye; a uniform swelling with no colour that disappears and leaves an area with a normally-coloured centre and a red-streaked edge (looks like capillaries). * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Lazy eye appears to have partial or full field-of-view blindness. Other eye may be partially blind as well. Began as shortsightedness a week ago and progressed rapidly (1 week). Rests and occasionally swims tilted away from blind eye. Spins in place at 50 degree angle, nose down, when attempting to locate food on floor or navigate tighter areas. Much more flighty since apparent loss of sight. * How often do you change the water and how much? 12.5% 2-3x a week, more as of late due to further details below. Currently changing 2.5 gals at a time but have to wait for water temp to equalise (and like to let a bucket sit at least 12 hours to facilitate evaporation of chlorine/chloramines, even though I do water treat) Hello all - thanks for taking the time to read this far. Damien is coming up ten years old this January and has put up with a lot of my crap so I owe him everything I can to help make things right. About two months ago I realised I was nearly done the test strips and decided to buy the drops master kit. Boy, you folks aren't kidding when you say those strips are misleading... I had thought nitrates to be around 40ppm but the drops told me I was topping the measurable level (180) so it was showtime and change, change, change that water! Thus began my lesson about Old Tank Syndrome and more, I tossed in an API Nitra-Zorb satchel to help me in the effort, cut down feeding and was pounding 5 gals in and out every day for a week. NitrItes and Ammonia stayed at 0 ppm the entire time, Nitrate down to 40, I then began Maracyn treatment (could not water change during the 5 day span). Tap Water tests at 40ppm Nitrates. Aside from the spontaneous blindness Damien seems mostly himself; he reacts to my voice and if he sees me in the distance with his good eye he will do his dance. When resting all his fins are relaxed and his fin damage is healing nicely. I am however in a double-panic-mode as there's been an ammonia spike in some form (0.25 ppm, I read the API ammonia test will read positive for 'locked' ammonia as well so not sure) in the last week and nitrates are through the roof again. SUPER PARANOID SELF-DIAGNOSIS BELOW... you have been warned! I am very worried about the tuft-oozing pore I described earlier. He was very distressed the first time it appeared, though there were many confounds (sky high nitrates, fin rot, and I presumed possible internal difficulties related to the fin rot bacteria as he lost his appetite around this time). A person on another community I frequent offered up the possibility, based on description, that he might have lymphocystis however based on some internet googly-woogly I personally feared them to be sporozoan in nature, a'la Neon Tetra Disease - this person's (link following) description of the bumps is spot on (start out small, pop leaving no trace, 'chunk of white stuff' falling out) but they were no where near as large or dramatic (no torn up sides; nose sore left no trace, under-eye red for 3 days each): http://thegoldfishan....com/topic/1689. I apologise for having no images of my own. I worry that something has burst internally and took his sight in the process. In my fear of NTD sporozoans, of which I hear there is no true cure, I have armed up with Jungle parasite guard, anti-parasite food and Furan-2. A few pages suggested the possibility of success when dosing furazolidone in these cases. I grabbed jungle as no prazi was available and the stringy poops made me think of parasites. I was just about ready to nuke the entire tank, but given Damien's otherwise relaxed demeanor I thought it smarter and safer to consult your wise community for advice and guidance. For the sake of a poor, innocent fish and for the forgiveness of his bumbling keeper, thank you for your time! Going to hit the hay but will try to check this post before work.
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