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  1. Quarantine laws for stuff like this are there for a reason; think of all the horrible diseases, plants, and animals that've been introduced accidentally and wreaked havoc on the local ecosystem. Like goldfish themselves! Hopefully, most people who go through the trouble of ordering aquatic plants online also go through the trouble of sterilizing them to protect their own fish from any bad things carried by the plants.
  2. This seems like a great option! It would give you time to tinker with the temperature without affecting your fish! Yeah, I might have to do this! Take them out of the tank and "mix" the water to the right temperature. Chippie always acts like I've abused her for a week or so whenever I move her, but she will have to get used to it. Yesterday's water change went horribly: The Python I bought hooked up to the sink only partially, so it dripped. I drained ~80% of the tank using a 3 gallon bucket, my usual method. But while refilling it, I somehow forgot that the plumbing in the bathroom was INSTALLED BY IDIOTS. If the water runs for "too long," it floods. Volume apparently doesn't matter. After around 6 gallons of drips had gone down the sink, the bathroom FLOODED from underneath the sink cabinet. Everything under the sink, toilet paper, paper towels, "feminine hygiene" products, all ruined. Scattered cat litter (the litterbox is in there) turned to sludge. Argh. So, I filled the rest of the tank (~70%) lugging a bucket with 2 gallons at a time (to avoid spilling) from the upstairs bathtub faucet. Ugh. Before next Sunday, I will buy a sink adaptor with threads, see how it goes. It sure would be nice to not need to carry any buckets at all!
  3. Maybe your tap water doesn't contain nearly as much chlorine as what Aquasafe is formulated to neutralize? And/or, if you set out water in reservoirs, a lot of the chlorine could've evaporated before you put it in the tank. Otherwise, I think your beneficial bacteria would've been repeatedly decimated, and you would have at least noticed spiking ammonia and/or nitrite, which would have most likely hurt your fish.
  4. Thanks for the kind words. I thought being the center of attention in the well-lit fish tank would suit her better than the top of a bookshelf. And it'll make the bare round airstone in the center look less awkward. She'd go where the PVC pipe used to be. Hopefully it won't look like she's glamorously farting. (Wow, this is such an old picture! The two surviving fish are so much bigger and brighter now.) The leg's broken off right after where the fan base ends, and yes, it's hollow. It would be super-easy to seal with the silicone only. The three holes on the bottom would be easily sealed with silicone and plastic squares.
  5. I didn't know if one (sand or water) was better than the other, because someone on Koko's with a gorgeous minimalist tank had a swirly GLASS sculpture, that was clear, and filled it with WATER before sealing it. I will have to go buy some sand!
  6. (Is this the correct forum?) I have an Art-Deco Frankoma statue of a woman. Standard red clay pottery, green and brown glazes. She's missing a lower leg, but she's still lovely. She'd look great in my 45 gallon, covered in algae, surrounded by river rocks and moss balls. https://www.google.com/search?q=frankoma+naked+lady&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Dd7AUs6QLcrCyQGI0oCQDQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=642#q=frankoma+naked+flapper+lady&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=TuSUMN348Ur3ZM%3A%3BqSHMdXKPfFNqiM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fthumbs4.ebaystatic.com%252Fd%252Fl225%252Fm%252Fm768-cHYRlMN14ANZXgGJ2g.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.com%252Fsch%252Fi.html%253F_kw%253Ddancer%252Bfan%3B225%3B201 The spaces between her legs and arms are too small for my fish to get stuck in. I have already searched Frankoma and other pottery forums about food safety, and they seem to agree that even the pre-2000 Frankoma pieces (which this one certainly is) that contain lead ARE FOOD SAFE, so long as they're NOT HEATED. This includes the non-food ware pieces, because the glazes aren't different. So, this statue may or may not contain lead. But it's supposed to be food safe regardless, so long as it's not heated. 1) Is it safe in an aquarium that reaches no more than 75 degrees Fahrenheit? 2) Can I safely neutralize her hollowness (against floating and anaerobic bacteria) by filling her with dechlorinated water, and covering the holes with little pieces of plastic sheeting (from my water-changer packaging) using silicone aquarium sealant? 3) Will this statue affect the pH? Thanks!
  7. There's a shower stall, a little sink, and a kitchen sink 20 or 30 feet away. Upstairs is a bathtub faucet, the only feasible way to fill the 3 gallon bucket. CONCEIVABLE OPTIONS: 1) Weekly 2/3 water change: I could pour in quite hot CUPS of water from the bathroom sink while cold water is dribbling in from the garden hose? While watching the thermometer closely? 2) Bi- or tri-weekly 1/4 (or smaller) water change: Dribbling in cold water from garden hose, watching thermometer closely? 3) And after Christmas, I could buy a Python, and control the temperature from then on. How compatible are they with bathroom sink taps?
  8. What would be the best time to dump in the hot water? When the tank's halfway refilled with cold? I have considered this before but I worried about making even more potentially shocking temp-changes, like if a fish is in the path of the dumped in water. Both fish seem to get a kick out of riding the moving water and position themselves below the stream on purpose.
  9. Yes, it IS an outside tap! There's no way to change the temperature on this outside tap. The temperature is whatever the ambient temperature is; it is NOT connected to any water heater. And the hose will not connect to an inside tap (where I would be able to change the temperature). I have already bought and tried 2 different connectors, and they did not fit to the sink faucet.
  10. I normally do 2/3 water changes weekly on my 45 (US) gallon tank. It houses two ~3 inch goldfish. Since moving into a new place this summer, I have brought a water hose through the nearby bathroom window to replace the water I've removed using buckets. (At the previous house, I used reservoir tubs to ensure exact temperature matches, but here there is NO SPACE.) The water hose method works out well: I add a capful of Prime (capful is for 50 gallons), and fill the tank up slowly, because I cannot control the tap temperature of the hose. The temperature of the tap has seldom been more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit away from the tank temperature (which I allow to fluctuate with the seasonal room temperature of 65-75 degrees). Since the water comes in so slowly, and the difference isn't great, the change is not jolting to the fish. My problem: Lately, it has been VERY COLD. The tap water is around 40 or 50 degrees F, and the tank is around 65-68 degrees. For the past 3 weeks, I have been filling the tank up EXTRA SLOWLY, and replacing about 1/3 to 1/2 of the water. I have been also been fasting the fish every 3rd day. But is that okay? The water quality remains around 10 ppm nitrates before each change (I have moss balls), just like when I was changing 2/3 of the water weekly. What is the best thing to do in this situation?
  11. Hey, kathgrove, why don't you start a new topic to get more responses? But, here are my answers for you anyway: -Your parameters may stop being "spot on" if you remove one of the filters, because by removing one of the filters, you will be greatly decreasing the amount of bacteria that neutralize ammonia and nitrite. -Two filters are also better from a back-up point of view (what if one breaks and you can't immediately fix or replace it?) -Cloudiness might be from biofilm on the inside of the glass, if you are used to scraping only the front for algae. -Unless your goldfish are being knocked around by the water flow, the amount of water movement is probably fine.
  12. Glad you could begin treatment so quickly! And dang, what an adorable fish! <3 <3 <3
  13. You can dissolve the salt by putting it in a pot of tank water and bringing it to a boil. Of course, let it cool before adding it to the tank; it will not recrystalize that quickly. Morton's Canning and Pickling Salt is perfect for this.
  14. Thank you, dnalex. I wouldn't have played Goldfish Surgeon in the first place, had Chutney not seemed to be in the process of dying. I knew there was a chance of really messing him up and making it even worse. But I think it was a good bet at the time, since the alternative seemed to be watching a fish die. I did use hydrogen peroxide to dab the wound (I was sure to avoid the gill), because the isopropyl alcohol I had contained green dye and a wintergreen scent, and I wasn't sure how safe it was. Final questions: 1) Is there anything I could do to prevent future bacterial cysts? More frequent (or bigger) water changes? 2) Should I start feeding Chutney MetroMeds as soon as I notice a cyst is forming? And for how long should I continue feeding MetroMeds after the cyst clears? 3) If I see pus-stuff trailing from the wound, would it be good to just pull it off (no digging into the skin with tweezers or anything), or should I leave it? 4) Which disinfectant is best to have on hand for goldfish: (plain) isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or betadine? 5) Is the pus-stuff dangerous for them to eat? I wasn't extremely thorough about clearing the particles from the water. Hopefully they'd spit it out because surely it tastes bad, but they'd probably still accidentally ingest bits. Ugh, so gross.
  15. I called it an ulcer because it was red and open. I don't know what an ulcer properly is, I guess, sorry if I misled anyone. Chutney is now acting normally, and his side is clear, so I put him back in the 45 gallon with his friends. The place that 24 hours ago was an open wound filled with white pus, with scales sticking out around it, is now smooth with a slight yellow (kind of bruise-ish) mark. If you didn't know where to look, you wouldn't notice anything wrong at all. It even took me a little while to remember what side it was on. So, there is nothing to take a picture of now, which is great; now my favorite fish doesn't seem like he's dying. Thank you all. Of course I'm glad this cleared up so fast, but it's kind of frustrating not to definitively diagnose what's wrong with Chutney. Hopefully it won't happen again, but if it does, I will try my hardest to take good pictures of it and post them immediately. And I will be ordering MetroMeds. Thanks. EDIT: In the future, should I play Goldfish Surgeon again and clear the pus out of an open cyst? Did that help, or would it have gone away by itself? He seemed like he was in the process of dying before I did that, but do you think it actually helped?
  16. Bacterial cysts. D: Thanks for telling me. Are they contagious? What would happen if it did pop with the other fish around? (Besides, I imagine, them eating the pus and then spitting it out, horrified. Ew.) I will be ordering MetroMeds when I get my next paycheck. Where is the best place to order it from? (I have not yet begun Googling.)
  17. UPDATE: It took me forever to type that. Maybe an hour and a half. So, I checked on Chutney after posting, and he seems normal now! In an hour and a half, the swelling has gone down, and the area where the ulcer was looks smooth and only pink, not red. He is no longer floating at all. He is trying to get me to feed him. So, what is his problem? Why has he gotten lumps, one of which ulcerated? What is wrong with him? (The other two fish have never had any issues at all.) How can I fix/prevent this problem?
  18. Chutney, it, Chutney. The goldfish everyone in my family loves best got another lump, but this time it's worse. About 4 days ago, a lump very much like the first showed up, and I assumed it would go away just the same. It was round, slightly smaller than his eye, about that same distance behind his right gill. Two days ago, it turned into an open wound (with white, solid pus), and he started having a little trouble with floatiness. I was afraid his tankmates would pick on him, and I wanted to prevent infection, so I put him in 6 gallons of water in a Sterilite tub, with 1 tablespoon of salt dissolved in it. The open wound looked worse this morning, with scales sticking up around it from the puffiness, and the pus coming outwards. But Chutney was still acting okay, so I went out to eat with friends, planning to post here and change the water when I returned. Chutney seemed much more pathetic when I returned home. He was floating way more, and sideways, and seeming more lethargic. If he kept acting like that, I figured he would be dead before morning. I figured I should at least try to excise the pus, because if he died really soon anyway I would have at least tried to save him. So before I put Chutney in the fresh quarantine tank, I did a desperate amateur surgery. I put him in a shallow tray of quarantine tank water, and very gently pressed the sides of the ulcer and pulled off (no resistance) the pus with sterilized tweezers. I then dabbed a cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide The ulcer has now appeared to close, and the scales are no longer sticking up around it. He swims around fine now, but sometimes floats upwards, tail end first. Where the lump was is now red, and slightly raised, but the scales are flat. It is kind of white in the middle, but I don't see any pus. It is on an area that is normally white (Chutney is orange and white). I cannot get an accurate image of his side. My camera is too bad. It doesn't show up any better on video. (His tankmates (Chippie and Blunderbuss) are as robust and vigorously healthy as ever.) Here is my post from the first time something like this happened: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/112639-what-should-i-do-about-this-lump/ * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate Level: 0 (it's a quarantine tank) * Tap Water Levels: Ammonia: 0.25 ppm * Ph, Tank: 7.6 * Ph, Tap: 7.6 * Test Kit: API Freshwater drop test kit. * Water temperature: 68 degrees Fahrenheit * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Regular tank is 45 US gallons, running since February 2012. Quarantine tank I set up yesterday is 6 gallons. * Filters: Aquaclear 70 and Aquaclear 30. Nothing on quarantine tank. * How often do you change the water and how much? For the main tank, I change 2/3 of the water, weekly. I last changed it Wednesday. For the quarantine tank I just changed all of the water about an hour ago (and added a tablespoon of salt) It had all fresh water yesterday, with a tablespoon of salt. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, see above. * How many fish in the tank and their size? In 45 gallon: Two lionheads, 3" long including tails. In quarantine: one lionhead that's the same size, who of course usually lives with the other two. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, 1.5x standard dose because of chloramine and wanting to be on the safe side. * What do you feed your fish and how often? I haven't been feeding Chutney at all in quarantine. Normally, I feed them once a day every day except for water change day, when I don't feed them at all. I feed them 1/2 a block (between the 3 of them) veggie-based gel food five days a week (I can't remember the brand! It comes frozen, in little "serving size" foil things, maybe it was "Formula Two?" It's in a Zip-loc now and I didn't relabel it correctly) and soaked New Life Spectrum sinking pellets one day a week. * Any new fish added to the tank? No; all three fish were purchased together and added to the tank back in July 2012. * Medication/treatment history for fish and tank: I did the standard Koko's PraziPro/salt treatment when I first got the fish, back in July 2012. I added a tablespoon of salt to the quarantine tank. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? (All described above.) * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Sometimes when Chutney stops swimming, he floats upwards, tail end first, but can correct himself easily.
  19. ONE WEEK UPDATE: Chutney is perfectly fine, with no sign that there was ever anything wrong with his belly. Huh.
  20. Yesterday, I held Chutney upside down in a souffle dish of tank water, and my fiance took a pretty good picture of the lump. However, we can't coax our computer into recognizing the camera when we hook it up, so I can't SHOW you all the picture. Which doesn't really matter, because that picture would no longer be accurate. The lump is now completely gone, and the spot where it was is now healed over, but slightly bruised. What could the lump have been? It seemed to me like a pimple or small cyst, just on fish skin. I saw the lump in its intermediate "healing" stage last night: it was just reddish inside, no worms or pus or anything. It's like it just popped by itself, and the scales went back into place, because there aren't any scales missing. What do you guys think? Chutney is still acting perfectly normal.
  21. Hey, yeah, I can hold him to get a video. Hadn't even thought of that. Chutney has never seemed to mind when I've had to scoop him up in my hands to transfer him (I'm afraid to use nets), whereas the other two seem to hold grudges against me. My mother is currently borrowing my camera so I will get it back from her and post a picture tomorrow. Thanks, everyone.
  22. The three goldfish I have had for a little over a year seem to be doing very well. Chutney, Blunderbuss and Chippy have doubled in size and their colors have gotten much more vibrant. They're active and seem happy. The only problem is a lump on Chutney. (I call him a him because his belly/tail border is not so defined and rounded as the other two.) I noticed the lump (which is described in detail below) two days ago. I know that it wasn't there last Wednesday, when my partner and I moved the tank into our new house. I have no idea what this lump could be. Chutney is acting perfectly normal. We haven't added anything to the tank since the moss balls, back in August of last year, and I washed those very well with the diluted bleach method. The only other things in the tank are river rocks (which I initially boiled very well) that have been there since the tank was first set up. (There used to be a PVC pipe in the tank, but I took it out when we moved because it is not the most attractive thing in the world.) Help me, please. Chutney is such a friendly goldfish and he's everyone's favorite. I want to fix him. * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate Level: Between 0 and 5.0 ppm, closer to 0. * Tap Water Levels: Ammonia: 0.25 ppm * Ph, Tank: 7.6 * Ph, Tap: 7.6 * Test Kit: API Freshwater drop test kit. * Water temperature: 72 degrees Fahrenheit / 22 degrees Celsius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 45 US gallons. It has been running since February 2012. It finished cycling in June 2012, and the fish were added July 2012. * Filters: Two filters: Aquaclear 70 and Aquaclear 30. * How often do you change the water and how much? I change 2/3 of the water, weekly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Because we moved into a new house, I completely changed the water last Wednesday (4 days ago). It was pH- and temperature-matched to the old water. * How many fish in the tank and their size? Three lionheads, all 3" long including tails, all quite rotund. Barely any wens yet. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, 1.5x standard dose because my city adds chloramine to the water and I want to be on the safe side. * What do you feed your fish and how often? I feed them once a day every day except for water change day. Blood worms one day, peas one day, soaked New Life Spectrum sinking pellets four days. The amount I feed them is enough that each fish eats a pinch about the size of one eyeball, and it's enough to keep them still looking around for food, and to poop in small, not-trailing amounts. When I am not so busy, I feed them the same amount split into two meals per day. * Any new fish added to the tank? No; all three fish were purchased together and added to the tank back in July 2012. * Medication/treatment history for fish and tank: I did the standard Koko's PraziPro/salt treatment when I first got the fish, back in July 2012. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? A round, symmetrical lump about 1/3 of the way down from his pectoral fins to his pelvic fins, along the middle of his belly. His belly is white and the lump is kind of pink. Since I noticed it two days ago, it has gotten slightly bigger and darker. I have tried to get a picture of the lump, but Chutney is too wiggly and my camera is too bad to get an accurate image of the lump. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No, Chutney is behaving exactly as he always has: hungry, friendly, wiggly, and active.
  23. I extend my intakes by sticking on BOTH the extensions that came with the filters. That way, cat and dog hair and moss ball fuzz (etc) can get caught on the basket parts so I can clean them off, and that stuff won't clog the filters as easily.
  24. Hmm, flame moss sounds like it'd look better. I can keep the moss balls as balls. And I'd like to eventually have java ferns or something similar along the back. Thanks, everyone, for your input.
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