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  1. Maybe it's just me and the poor quality photo... But the fish doesn't look all that healthy to me in general. His color is washed out, and he just doesn't look great. The user has 6 medium sized goldfish and one pleco in a tank that's about 100 gallons. He's over stocked and the tank has a low water level which suggests questionable maintenance. This makes sense because he says he only changes his water "every couple of weeks". The stocking level and water change schedule don't match. In addition, people who change water so infrequently don't tend to clean their filters regularly either, leading to more problems. There will likely be more issues if this is not resolved. Seeing as how the fish won't eat properly along with the other symptoms as well as the fish being sick recently, I believe the fish is more likely getting sick or still sick rather than just pure swim bladder dysfunction. He also stated that at least one other fish died from what appeared to be SBD. And I see one more thing to note. The user feeds Hikari. More specifically the user feeds Hikari wheat germ. These foods are known to increase the rate of floating and issues in fancy goldfish. The wheat germ formula is designed for cold outdoor temperatures and should never be fed in an indoor tank. We don't tend to recommend that brand here whatsoever. So it's my opinion that several things needs to be done for longer term success. The fish load ideally needs to be reduced by two at least. Water changes need to be increased to 50% minimum EVERY week. And the diet needs to be changed from Hikari. These are for starters. Seeing as how there is trace ammonia in the tank, it might also be advised to up the filtration. The shallow water method DOES NOT work if you take him out each night and put him back. He must STAY in the shallow water constantly if it stands a chance of working. It isn't a treatment like a dip. It's to take the pressure off him and help his swim bladder recover. When you put him directly back, it negates everything because the pressure instantly returns. What you're doing right now is technically pointless. The use of Prime and very frequent water changes are necessary for the tubs. There's not really a way around it. It's a total pain but that's the only way it stands a chance. I honestly don't think it will cure this particular fish, but it's worth a try. Yes, it's a poor quality photo. The fish in question IS eating properly (peas & duckweed at the moment) & has a vigorous appetite as usual. I have lost ONE other fish in 6 years, from what appeared to be SBD. I know I don't have the 10 x filtration everyone on here strives for. I realise the shallow water method isn't like a dip, i do understand the concept of pressure & giving the swim bladder the chance to return to normal if possible by reducing said pressure. I returned the fish to the main tank until i created a better shallow set up for it which i have now done. And I'm a she, not a "he". It's clearly stated on my profile. Thanks.
  2. I got my old 3 ft tank out of the shed & have set it up with 4 inches of water for Freckle where he will be comfortable for the next week or so. He's eating duckweed from my hand if i hold it with half a pea! there's more floating around in there he may or may not eat. i'll keep an eye on the ammonia etc, can add cycled filter medium to a small filter if needed. I put him back in the big tank last night while i figured out what to do, he didn't seem quite as buoyant, still upside down but able to get sideways a bit easier & when he swam down he didn't float up as rapidly. Fingers crossed less pressure in the shallow water will help him out.
  3. ok, gallon jug (bucket) of water test is underway. Initial readings are slightly different to yesterdays. wondering if using water from the hot tap has anything to do with this? i filled the bucket the same way i would to top up the tank, mixing hot & cold water to get approximate temperature match whereas yesterday just did tests on straight cold tap water... Freckle is currently in a shallow tub of water. tried to feed duckweed but wasn't interested. will hold it together with some peas later & see if i can trick him into eating it. How long should I leave him in the shallow tub for before it usually "works" if it's going to? i don't know if i want to leave him in there overnight as aerating the tub is quite loud & im not sure if i trust the heaters not to somehow melt through the plastic...
  4. it's a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft tank. i'll try to put him in a shallow tub & see if this helps. he ate peas from my hand last night so that was encouraging. I'll see if i can get some duckweed too. thanks
  5. No not a typo. I have crushed coral in the filter which was mainly to stabilise the ph, which was dropping to around 6 a year or so ago. kh & gh are a relatively new thing to me, only got a test kit 2 days ago. i know the reading isn't good but i have no idea what to do about it.
  6. Hi guys. Been ages since I've posted but I have a swim bladder problem with my 5 year old ryukin Freckle & am hoping to save him. I lost my black moor almost a year ago to same problem after trying everything i could. Thanks for any input, I'm at a loss at the moment & am considering euthanasia if he doesn't right himself & can't eat. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)0ppm-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank)0ppm-5.0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph 7.6 kh 3 gh 14 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph 7.6 kh 0 gh 0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 23 (switched up 2 degrees from regular to try & help digestion) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 400 litres, 12+ months running, large filter been running 5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim 2217 & 2213. * How often do you change the water and how much? every couple of weeks, approx 1/3 - 1/2 * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? Comet 10 inch, fantail 4 inch, shubunkin 7 inch, telescope comet 7 inch, oranda 6 inch, ryukin 6 inch, bristlenose pleco 4 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, aquarium salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. hikari wheatgerm formula sinking pellets last few months(koi food recommended by aquarium staffer), once daily. previously a vegetable based ciclid sinking pellet(cant remember brand, comes in a black container, also do goldfish sinking pellets but they had run out) as advised bu aquarium staff. peas occasionally. algae wafer if they beat the pleco to it. * Any new fish added to the tank? no, last one was 6 months ago. * Any medications added to the tank? kanaplex * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. prazi 1 round maybe 6-12 months ago, salt on & off but usually not, salt dip for sick fish only yesterday 15 minutes 1 tbsp salt per 1 litre water, ate peas 4 days ago, fasted since then, no interest in peas last night. kanaplex & metroplex 10 months ago to attempt to treat SBD in black moor (unsuccessful. R.I.P Tiny) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? large patch of blood under the scales on the belly 2 weeks ago, suspected septacaemia & treated with salt, went away after a couple of days. added kanaplex once it arrived in the mail but blood had already gone by then. blood on the belly again but its in a ring shape, i think it's from floating the last couple of days where his belly sticks out. sort of tilting to one side a bit more today but still can't get upright. blood amount has decreased. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? . swimming upside down often but able to right itself(last few months), problems with balance, somesaulting. appetite usually very good but not showing interest in food. Got stuck in the pleco cave a week ago, damaged tail fins, a few days later started floating
  7. oh good! thanks for the confirmations
  8. I'm pretty sure these are harmless spots but thought I'd double check here. I noticed my black moor had spots on his gill covers a couple of weeks ago & now has them along the front edge of each front fin. The spots are nowhere else on the body. I'm thinking they are breeding tubercles & I have a male moor. would I be right? (sorry the photos are a bit crap, it's difficult to get him to stay still!)
  9. java fern is pretty hardy & they don't seem to make too much of a meal of it. floating plants are like a salad bar for mine, as too is wisteria or anything delicate.
  10. re: cleaning the gunk out... i tend to learn things the hard way!
  11. new parts finally arrived! the only difference i can see it that the old impeller blade part is a lot looser on the white plastic shaft. eheim say there is a way to tighten this up but i couldn't for the life of me remove the blades from the shaft as they were instructing in order to do so! the ceramic impeller shaft looked fine but i swapped it for the new one anyway & it is all running a lot quieter now. will keep the old shaft as a spare. also, having recently cleaned out the impeller on my 2217 for the first time in 2 years & removing all the gunk i have noticed it is not as silent as it used to be. i tried greasing the shaft which made little difference. i think with time they will both build up some gunk & natural lubrication & be on the road to dead silent again...
  12. ok, so i finally got some plumbers grease & lubed everything up nicely & put it back together.... it's now gone from a rattle to a loud hum, which becomes less if i apply pressure with my hand to the lid. i think next step will be a new impeller & shaft. i cant see anything wrong with this one but its still way noisier than my 2217 but not as noisy as the air pump! at least i can run it now while i source the replacement parts....
  13. i'm reading a lot that silicone oil is better than vaseline for lubricating impellers? the eheim maintenence spay is silicone based. i think lubricating will be the next step before buying a new impeller & shaft. someone even uses stress guard to lube their impellers! lol i actually had some of that & thought what the heck & gave it a go. not sure if its wishful thinking but i swear it seems a little quieter! ha ha i'll get some silicone oil tomorrow
  14. ho hum, yes another rattling impeller question! got a second hand 2213 for a good price. it had been used for about 3 years without issue (apparently!). i just cant seem to get the rattle out? i have a 2217 so i am familiar with the air issues etc that can cause noise. i've pulled apart & inspected the impeller & shaft & all seems fine, nothing broken, missing, dirty or loose that i can see. does the impeller usually need replacing after this time or is it possibly a lubrication problem? this filter has the media as opposed to the sponges that im used to, does it just take longer to get the air out of these ones? looking for experiences & advice. thanks!
  15. very nice. glad to see at 0:12 your ryukin swims sideways like mine does, i was starting to think mine was weird! lol
  16. Coburg aquarium on bell street has a good variety. as too does Subscape in richmond. Amazing Amazon in glen waverley also ok.
  17. mine got eaten ;( had them in both tanks, the yabbie pulled them down by the roots & destroyed them & the goldies ate the roots so i put them in the yabbie tank & they got eaten. they did look great for a couple of weeks tho!
  18. i forgot to add, after bleaching make sure you soak them in fresh water with extra prime in it to neutralise any leftover bleach. they will go from feeling slimy to feeling normal again.
  19. i had a huge problem with black beard algae a while ago & before the snails. i used aqua-pics no more black beard, which is like flourish excel but stronger. it worked pretty well but the evil stuff always comes back & i forget to dose the tank! there's still a little bit of it around but cant really notice it unless you look for it. i pulled out the large driftwood & literally scrubbed the algae off it with a scourer & soaked the anubias in 1:20 bleach bath which worked beautifully in cleaning the algae off the leaves & turned the bba white & it fell off after a week or so. i think the snails help somewhat, especially on the spray arm & intake which looks pretty good since i got them. i dont think they eat the beard algae tho?. i think it helps a lot having a green looking tank too, you really dont notice much algae & i just get the little bits i see here or there with a scourer. i like it to look clean but not sterile, a little bit of algae is ok in my tank!
  20. thanks all! the big orange comet was my first fish. he was in a 2 ft tank for a while & when i put him in the 4ft he had a big growth spurt, it was quite interesting to see. he is currently the biggest at about 7 inches including tail & was approx 2 inches long in the "before" photo. he is very cheeky & energetic & likes to flick water out of the tank on a regular basis! i would love to upgrade to a 6ft tank & see how big they can all get & also get some more fish & plants & everything. there is a fantastic 6 x 2 x 2 ft one at the lfs which would be awesome, if not a little intimidating! i'd like a yellow comet & something with white. my fantail was mostly white when i got it & now is 90% orange. im thinking maybe a different background in the future, something lighter so my black moor can be seen a bit better. and i'd like to learn to take some decent clear photos so i can share!
  21. oh and this is what it looked like when i first set it up...
  22. it has been a while since i've posted but this is how my tank looks these days. not the clearest, or straightest photo but you get the idea! my 4 goldies going well (& getting bigger) & have 3 apple snails to help with the algae. did a big clean of the main driftwood & anubias a couple of weeks ago & got all the algae off it. there's a couple of banana lillies in there which would look really nice if the lilypads didnt keep getting eaten! also removed what was left of a large amount of wisteria that was picked clean down to the stem. at least the java fern has been off the menu...
  23. unfortunately diesel didn't make it. thankyou all for trying to help us but the poor little guy passed during the night
  24. I took the readings after the 80 % wc today. I can transfer him to a much bigger tub tomorrow, I have something I can use.
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