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Arctic Mama

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    Madame Google, many moons ago...
  • How many Goldfish
    More than I planned thanks to Cincy Ranchu!


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  1. Ugh I have had so many swim bladder fish. Blech. And one of mine has been increasingly stuck upside down at the top over the last few months. I’m thinking of increasing the current, honestly that often helps, though it seems counterintuitive.
  2. Hi Jim, I’m sorry to hear your fish are struggling! We need a lot more details about what’s going on to help, pictures of some of the affected fish, both sick a passed if you have them, and please give me a good description of the environment around the tank. Poisoning from cleaning supplies or the water source is not uncommon with this sort of die off. Please test your older tank water and tap source and fill this out as completely as possible. I’ll do my best to assist. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * 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? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
  3. That is very unusual! Something must have caused a filter bump, if it’s not coming from your tap. Continue monitoring the nitrite and you can dose meth blue at 1 teaspoon per ten gallons while the nitrite is up, it is protective to the fish’s blood chemistry and gills 1 teaspoon per gallon of aquarium safe salt is also protective against nitrite poisoning.
  4. Two reasons to use a hospital tank - 1) no filter, so less biomass to interact with and exhaust the med 2) less water to medicate, so less expensive
  5. I don’t believe this looks urgent enough that you couldn’t order meds if needed. These sorts of infections are not usually super fast moving (and if they are they tend to not be the type that are responsive to treatment). So it’s your call on the meds - but if they’re shipping within the business week that should be fine.
  6. It’s not a parasite, it looks like a bacterial infection. That can happen with the stress from the cycle bumps of moving to a new tank, where the swinging water chemistry can weaken the fish’s natural immunity to various pathogens and lead to infections, just like a human under stress. Your ammonia level is what’s making me think it was specifically a cycle bump causing this. The water changes aren’t big enough to keep that under control - as soon as you’re showing .25 ppms of ammonia please do a BIG water change to remove it from the tank, 80% or more. I usually drain down until the fish is barely covered and then refill, which works for a big change that that doesn’t need to be complete. Staying on top of the ammonia with daily water testing until the new filter matures might be enough on its own, but a course of antibiotics could be needed. If you can acquire Seachem Kanaplex or Triple Sulfa either of those are broad spectrum enough to be a good choice for getting this under control. The red belly WITH the red fins is where I get a bit worried, but you can watch and wait for another few days with impeccable tank water and see if the cleaner environment is enough on its own, if you do not wish to medicate right away.
  7. I’m really not sure what the perceptive range is, but our goldfish can see us at least across the living room. I don’t know if it is our steps or size or whatever but they know when DIFFERENT people come to the tank, because they heave differently for my kids or husband than me. If they see me walk by they begin their hungry dance.
  8. I haven’t ever heard of vitachem, but the fish both look lovely! Very nice planted tank with Shion too, it can be so tough to maintain landscaping with a goldfish.
  9. You really got your painting on lately!
  10. Oh no! What keeps causing issues? That’s frustrating
  11. Honestly it’s not a big enough swing I’d worry. Unless your fish doesn’t seem to tolerate h the changes, just change 50% out today and add in just tap water, then do normal 80-100% water changes from there on out. If your ranchu seems to bottom sit or act ‘off’ after a water change we can talk about smaller, more frequent changes. But I wouldn’t borrow trouble on that - as long as it isn’t unstable, swinging water that off gassed to a drastically different set of parameters after a day or two, there isn’t much to worry about. The benefits of fresh water without the ammonia and nitrates far outweigh the disadvantages of a potential mineral and small pH swing. one day of transition off the RO should be PLENTY, especially given that it’s not really changing things that much.
  12. The rule of thumb is that distilled and purified water is bad for fish, for the reasons I mentioned above. We have seen more than one animal behave off and get sick in RO water over the years. We don’t know where the line is for what is neutral or safe and when it begins to cause harm in terms of hardness, but softer water is not ideal for goldfish, and at best you’re adding an unnecessary complicated step Given than many of us keep our goldfish in alkaline, hard water (mine is always at least 8.0 too, and very heavy with calcium), it hasn’t been necessary to augment water that is hard but stable. If the pH was fluctuating I think other arguments could be made.
  13. Also don’t bother with reverse osmosis water. The hard and alkaline water actually makes for happy goldfish, and RO water isn’t good for their osmotic balance at all.
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