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  1. Hi, Just wanted to thank you all again for the support and generally being lovely people! Now all I need to do is work out how to change up my profile and I can post lots of pictures of Fatty looking healthy and happy! What a little diva xx
  2. Hi, My wee monster seems so much better! I haven't even done anything to alter his tank but he has definitely picked up! The white spots around his eye seem to have 'popped' and now are clearing up. Maybe he just gets acne like other teenagers? It leads me to assume that it was probably due to the low PH and too rigorous a water change regime. I'm just so concious of how important a part water quality plays I may be overdoing it. Either that or this was just his sneaky way of securing a fan base around the world! I plan to go to the pet supply store in the next day or so and pick up EVERYTHING I need. I had only JUST bought that water filter so I am so frustrated that it's insufficient. I honestly dont know why they have people working in these stores as clearly they have no idea what they are recommending. All the above advice has been great, especially the step by step! My water is soft Scottish water so I believe it only has chlorine which dissipates but I will definitely begin the salting, buffering and conditioning advice mentioned. (Although I dont know if I can do all that and treat for Flukes?) What I essentially need to do is make a list of how things proceed from here as all this info is utterly mind boggling to me I'm afraid! Overload! I do not know what 'biological media like bioballs, ceramic rings' are for one example but also I always notice other tanks always look sooooo different to mine! I only have the big monster underwater filter but I often see tanks that have little bubbles coming up from the ground so I Don't know what they are or whether they are beneficial! My filter also produces a pretty strong current that I have to point into a corner to prevent him from having to constantly struggle against the flow. I also wish I had bought a bigger tank now if I need to put more stuff in the tank as although it is a 72 litre tank, he STILL manages to swim head first into things (it's pretty funny, bless him He could have an empty tank and still find something to doink off!) And I certainly notice that his gravel catches a lot of bit's and pieces whether it be uneaten food or waste, thats why I had been 'vacuuming' it every second day and then topping up with clean water but it still seems pretty grim around the gravel. Maybe I should take it out and fully wash it all?? Oh dear, I still have so much to learn! Who would have thought that such a little beastie would be so demanding He is worth it though Sometimes when I am dancing around in front of the tank to amuse him I wonder which one of us is the pet...?
  3. Hello everyone, I just want to say thank you all for the immediate help and support! This is my first time posting so it warms my heart that there are so many fish lovers out there! It made me LAUGH heartily when I heard him called a 'Macho man', I just thought of him as my little boy but maybe he is just becoming a moody teenager? I have no idea how old he might be! ! And I'm SO, so glad that they are signs of pectoral breeding stars as I really thought it must be down to my neglect or doing something wrong. It's so sad that they cant just TELL us what they need! In answer to some of the above questions, I have tried feeding him peas (which are usually his all time favourites), and he ate one and then spat the other back out. (update) I got him to eat a couple of flakes but then he just sunk back down to the stones whereas he would usually go wriggling about nose down in the search for more. He just seems to be moping. He just sits in the corner eyeballing me as if saying 'Why mum, WHY?' It makes me feel so bad! My tank should be cycled but my brother has suggested that I may be doing too many water changes. I am obviously concerned that his affliction may have been due to pure water quality, but so much of what I have read up on Oranda care is conflicting! I am always careful to wash out the filter in the dirty water from the tank and do that about every two weeks. The last time I tried anti fungus meds was over a year ago. Since then I have just been doing my best to perfect the water quality. Again, I read a lot of conflicting reports on tank medicators, I hadn't wanted to take the risk again, but if I know EXACTLY what to treat him for then I can certainly give it a go. I do not use dechlorinator or conditioners simply because I have no idea what to mix and match! I have always put out his new water in buckets and left them for three days before the water changes. I've read that this all the UK waters need. But again if I'm wrong then please tell me!. And lastly, yes all the decor in his tank is plastic. It's horrifying to think that these items are sold if they are not safe for fish! So ignorant! I Hadn't been sure whether to get live plants as I hear they come with there own set of problems, but I guess I will have to now! Although he does like something to hide behind/ under when he is being stroppy so I will have to try and find a replacement for his little palm tree. I now have a laundry list of items to buy to try to help out this little guy so thank you everyone again so much! I just want to be clear though, at this point I am looking to treat him for Flukes is that correct? Again, dont want to over medicate or mix meds! I will also have to get other photos up so you can see him at his best, he really is a little darling
  4. Also, one of the first things that tipped me off that something wasn't right was when I noticed he wasn't pecking at his stones for nibbles. It's usually his favourite passtime but I haven't seen him do it in days now..
  5. He is certainly hard to get a picture of from behind, but here's what I have so far.. Thank you all so much for helping!
  6. Hi, He's usually such a little charmer that wont stop talking! But now he just mopes and hides. I appreciate the reply though! ok some stats: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - 0 * Nitrite Level - 0 * Nitrate level - 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - Ph between 6.4 + 6.8, KH 50, GH 125 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - Ph 6.4, KH 50, GH between 50 + 125. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? - King British strips * Water temperature? - unknown * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? - Has been running for about three months now, upgraded from a 30 litre tank to a 72 litre tank (20 US Gallons) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? - Underwater Fluval U2 for up to 110 litre tanks. * How often do you change the water and how much? - I had been concerned about poor water conditions exacerbating his health so I have been doing 20% water changes every second day. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? - 20% change today * How many fish in the tank and their size? - One Oranda, * What kind of water additives or conditioners? - none * What do you feed your fish and how often? - a mixture throughout the week to allow a variety of diet. Flakes, (variety) a pinch a day, or a pinch of pellets. I also add in bloodworms, 'Gold' Health sticks and shelled peas * Any new fish added to the tank? - no * Any medications added to the tank? - no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. - Tried to treat him with Interpret Anti Fungus and Fin Rot, (calculated exactly to the correct amount for the treatment tank size) He immediately begun to struggle and gasp and his fins clamped as he lost buoyancy. As it seemed to be poisoning him, we fished him out after about two minutes. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? - Oh where to begin? He has frayed fins, most of which are blood-streaked (some more than others), he has continuing acne like spots that usually 'pop' after a few days but now has started developing larger ones that dont seem to be going down. His pectoral fins are in pretty bad shape with a fungus/ cotton wool like growth but it is localised ONLY to his pectoral fins, and one of his pectoral fins seems to be becoming 'clamped' as it seems heavier with the mould than the other side. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? - He is often unresponsive and gloomy at the bottom of the tank where previously he was extremely lively and interactive. He seems a bit dazed and has taken to hiding under his filter. And worryingly he seems to have mini seizures. He will lie still and suddenly jolt. He has suddenly become nervous and skittish and most worryingly has completely lost his appetite. It is so unusual because this has all happened in a matter of days and nothing at all has changed! I don't know what has brought this on
  7. My little Oranda is the apple of my eye! He has so much personality that he is very much part of the family. I rescued him from some neglectful students who had allowed him to suffer through the first few years of his life in a tiny, dark, unfiltered, filthy little bowl. I know very little about fish so I did my best to read up on what I could do to help this little man and his various afflictions. When I first got him most of his fins and tail were raggedy and blood streaked, he had occasional face/ head white spots and also a furry growth on both his pectoral fins (nowhere else). I tried to treat him with various pet store anti-fungal, and disease preventatives etc, but he reacted very badly to them. Since then, when I thought I almost lost him I just tried to do the best i could to care for him and for the past year he has seemed to be pretty happy and healthy. He had lots of energy and personality and although his red streaks faded over time, I notice that the fuzz on his pectoral fins are getting worse. Now, suddenly, over the past two days he has deteriorated very quickly and all of a sudden now he is rarely moving or eating. He has developed white spots under his eye which haven't popped and dissipated like the others did, and he is beginning to show signs of fin clamp on his left fin. I have tried my very best to diagnose and treat him but there are SO many symptoms I am now left without a clue what to do for this poor little guy. Vets are not interested in helping but he is very dear to me so if you could please PLEASE help me save him we would both be so grateful! From what I have been reading I gather that it is very possible that he might suddenly die, I am so worried! I have taken a lot of pictures so hopefully you may be able to first help diagnose all his problems and then I will do everything I can! I hope one of you lovely people out there could PLEASE help! I will do everything I can to save the little guy but first I need to know what is wrong with him! He displays so many different symptoms I dont want to make him worse. Many, MANY thanks in advance!!
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