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  1. I have bad news. We woke up this morning and Ruby was gone. I got her to eat last night which I took as a good sign so I didn't expect her to die so suddenly. I just want to say that I REALLY appreciate all the encouragement and help I've been offered here. Thanks a ton fantailfan1 for helping me with treatment. At least when the meds arrive I'll have them on hand for any future issues that come up. Just one last question: do you think there's a reason she got sick? I just want to know if there's anything I should be looking out for that could have caused this. The two remaining goldfish are doing fine, no issues.
  2. I was leaning more towards that myself after the second test but then my husband said 6.8 (My original guess) and I didn't know what to think. I need a digital read out or something, haha. I'm more than fine with being wrong in this case since having to alter the PH sounds like a pain.
  3. Okay, this pic is awful (The best of two different photo sessions) but maybe this will help. I feel like it could go either way. If you think this is important I could try to get a better pic during the day when the lighting is better. I asked my husband for his opinion. He's never done a water test before but I explained how to read the results and let him guess without saying what I thought. He said 6.8 too. Ugh, I don't know.
  4. You respond so fast! Okay, daily water changes it is. I didn't know the PH was an issue at that level. I have a really hard time reading the PH test results to be honest. The other tests are a much more obvious but all the shades of blue for the PH look really similar. I think I might have guessed low. I just know for sure that the results for the tank looked lower than the results for the tap. I'm going to re-test from the main goldfish tank now and post a pic of it so you can judge. If it is that low should I go about trying to raise it? I keep tropicals too so that would be a whole other worry in regards to possible PH issues. :/ I didn't get an estimated delivery date on the meds but I chose the more expensive shipping (UPS ground) so hopefully they'll get here quickly.
  5. Thank you! Okay, the correct meds have been ordered and Ruby is in QT with the epsom salt. I'm guessing there's not much else I can do until those arrive? I put a tiny bit of food in her tank but she isn't eating. Nothing else has changed. What should I do about water changes? Daily, since she's in a 10 gallon?
  6. You guys are the best! Heading out to grab the salt now that I know where to find it, haha. Just want to make sure I'm buying the right stuff. I have: http://www.bigalspets.com/metro-3-5-fl-oz.html and http://www.bigalspets.com/kanaplex-5-g.html in my cart right now. Are those what I want?
  7. First of all thank you for your help! And thanks to everyone for the kind words. Okay, this is probably a really dumb question but is epsom salt different from regular aquarium salt? I have aquarium salt, table salt, and sea salt in the house...I'm guessing none of those are right? If I have to go grab it would it most likely be with the table salt/sea salt in the spice aisle or somewhere else? I don't know of any lfs besides the chains sadly but I can order those right away and try to get them shipped as quickly as possible. I need both, correct? That's a relief, I've seen people post pics here of their fish in the early stages of dropsy/pine coning and some of them were so subtle that I don't know if I would have noticed personally..so I was worried I didn't catch it early enough.
  8. Forget to mention, I have a little jewelry scale that I'm pretty sure I can use to weigh the fish and/or meds if need be. Here's a couple pics...they aren't the best but I think you can see what I mean about the bloating and raised scales. If there's any requests for additional pics I'd be happy to get them.
  9. I'm going to try to get some pics of my poor little ranchu...so hopefully those will be up soon.
  10. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) I don't think it's exactly zero but it's close. Definitely not as high as 0.25ppm. I have ammonia in my tap water. :/ * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5.0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .50ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) Close to zero but not completely. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master test kit. Drops. * Water temperature? 70 degrees. There's no heater so it's just room temperature. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 breeder...at least two years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Two Fluval C4s, one at either end of the tank * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, about 90 percent. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, about 90 percent. * How many fish in the tank and their size? Three goldfish. Ruby the ranchu, Gillian the common and Moon the fancy. Those two aren't huge but they aren't small either. Ruby is and always has been teeny tiny. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Safe...the powder. I add a tiny bit of Flourish every water change day for the anubias as well. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Small amounts 2-3 times a day....morning and night for sure, sometimes afternoon but honestly I forget some days. Algae strips, Soilent Green, New Life Spectrum Thera A, and occasionally blood worms or peas. * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope * Any medications added to the tank? Nope * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I add one dose of prazi a couple times a year as a preventative. Each fish including Ruby went through quarantine with prazi when I brought them home. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nope * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Staying at the bottom, pineconing, slight floating Hey guys. I've been really busy and haven't posted around here in a while but unfortunately I come back needing help. Ruby the ranchu had been doing a lot of bottom sitting for the last month or so. She's always had a bit of a hard time swimming (She's very small and has to wiggle a lot to get around) and she's always liked to rest under a specific plant so I assumed since nothing else was visibly wrong that she just gets tired out easily. In the last month or so I would see her at the bottom more often than usual but she still seemed healthy before today. She had (And has) a good appetite and when she wanted to swim she would swim around like normal, no floating or other issues. Unfortunately I came home today and noticed that she looked much more swollen than usual...and then I noticed the pineconing as well. She's spending almost all her time under her plant and when she does swim she floats a bit (No flipping or anything like that luckily) and though she basically still has control I can tell she's struggling more than usual. She went through an initial prazi treatment when I brought her home a couple years ago and I do a preventative treatment on the tank a couple times a year. I don't know the exact date of the last one, maybe a few months ago? She's never had dropsy or any other issue before. The other two fish seem perfectly fine. I did their weekly water change yesterday same as usual and I haven't added any fish or plants to the tank for a long time. I cleaned one of their filters a week ago same as usual, just rinsing out the media with tank water and washing down the inside. Can't think of anything else remotely noteworthy. I have 5 and 10 gallon qt tanks, salt, prazi, Pimafix, and Fish Mox (Amoxicillin) on me at the moment but I have access to a Petco and a Petsmart in town as well as the ability to order stuff off the internet. Fully willing to take you guys up on whatever you suggest. Disease treatment isn't my strong point as I (Luckily, really) don't have a lot of experience with it so I really don't know where to start. Thanks in advance for the help. On top of this my bunny is getting spayed today so I'm worried about them both.
  11. My parents keep tissue boxes that they like and just keep refilling them, at least for a while. You could do that! If I find myself at Walmart soon I'm going to hunt for those.
  12. Thanks guys, I got my root tabs today (Today was water change day too, good timing!) and added some. Hopefully that will help. Yeah, I'd imagine the Eco Complete isn't helping me out too much at this point, lol.
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