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  1. Good news about Moe. He seems to be on his way to a full recovery. I've just removed him from his QT tank and put him in the big tank with his buddies. He swims around and eats normally, but it will take some time for his long tail to grow back. To prevent this from happening again, I bought a small sponge that goes inside a small filter, and put it over the filter intake. I spent $66 on his QT tank, including the tank, heater, and medicine, and this was for a fish that cost about $5 when I bought him. I feel sure everyone on this board will agree that it's not about the money for a pet you've had for a while. Thanks for all the suggestions in nursing Moe back to health.
  2. I've never even seen a fish that color. I've had fish for years and years, but pretty new to goldfish. Would love to know where to find an oranda that color. I've never seen one in a fish store.
  3. I know fish sleep, but mine sure don't seem to. I've gone downstairs in the middle of the night before, and they seemed to be as active as they are at mid day. Maybe I just have spastic goldfish.
  4. Right now we need a bigger container... 10 gallons would be the best.... as for the eye I would suggest clean water for a week... meaning changing the water every day I'm off to buy a 10 gallon QT tank after work!
  5. The only other thing I have is a 5 gallon bucket that I use for water changes...I could put him in there. Or I could go buy something. I thought the small tank would be fine since I do daily water changes at close to 100%...but y'all know better than me. What should I do about the cloudy eye? Anything, or just wait and see?
  6. Finally got around to posting this information. Moe seems to be doing pretty well...eats well and moves around well. I have him in a 2.5 gallon QT tank, and I change the water daily with water from the big tank. One of his eyes is still very cloudy. I'm not sure if it was injured when he was stuck in the filter intake, or what. I'm going to TRY to post a pic...hope it works. And thanks in advance for any info! * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 20 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 5 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? APIMaster Test Kit-drops * Water temperature? 68 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 56 gallons...running about a year and a half * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear 110 * How often do you change the water and how much? 1/3 every other week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 5 days-1/3 * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 goldfish...medium size * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use prime and Proper PH 7.5 * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One and occasionally green peas twice a day * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? I added Aquari-Sol a few times along with salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? damaged fins from being stuck in the filter intake, and cloudy/fungus eye * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/BryCola/20140113_214500_zps8c6ff431.jpg
  7. Thanks so much for the replies. I've been pretty sick with a bad cold this week and missed a few days of work. But I did have the energy to keep doing the water changes in the QT tank. Moe (my black moor) is still hanging in there. He moves around pretty well, but the fins that were shredded have fallen off. He looks pretty ragged, but doesn't seem to be in any discomfort. Still has a good appetite. I change the water in his small QT tank everyday with water from the large goldfish aquarium. I did finally put a heater in with him because it's been cold here lately and I keep my house pretty cool. One weird thing is that one of his eyes is now cloudy. I thought maybe it's some kind of fungus thing, so I've been treating for fungus. The eye may have been injured when he was stuck in the filter intake. As for all of the information requested above, I will try to get all of that together this weekend. I want to do whatever I can to help his recovery. But so far he's doing pretty well.
  8. Thanks tele...a sponge is a great idea. I hadn't thought of that. I'm at work, so can't do a water test right now...but I will try to do that later tonight. Thanks for the help!
  9. Hey tele...thanks so much for the reply. I can get all of the water information, but since this was an injury and not an illness, I didn't think all of that was necessary. I'm good about keeping the water in the correct ranges, and I do water changes often. The tank is not over-crowded...just 3 goldfish in a 56 gallon. I was just mainly wondering what people do for injuries. I see lots of topics about sick fish, but not injured. Also, if he recovers, I'm not sure what to do to prevent this from happening again. I don't want to reduce the flow because goldfish need a high water turnover. Maybe I can find some rocks and build a wall around the filter thing that sticks way down in the water.
  10. Hey y'all. Would like some advice. I woke up yesterday and noticed my black moor was stuck in the filter. He's been in that tank for a year and a half with no problems, so the only thing I can think of is that when he was asleep, he drifted too close. He has long fins, so I guess they got sucked into the filter, and he couldn't get out. I imagine he was stuck there for hours. I unplugged the filter, and he floated away. I thought for sure he wouldn't make it, but he was still moving a bit. I put him in a goldfish bowl with water from the big tank so he would be away from the other two goldfish, and the moving water wouldn't bother him. As the day went on, he started moving a bit more...and even ate some last night. His long tailfins are shredded, and he's definitley not moving like he normally would. But the fact that he's moving at all, and ate some makes me think he can recover. I put just a bit of stress coat and aquarium salt in the water. The water is a bit chilly since it's winter time, and I don't use a heater for my goldfish. Anything else I can do for him? He's really a cool fish...hope he makes it.
  11. I'll work on the tank pic. I've tried taking pics of my fish, but they always come out blurry. Hard to get them to be still. Now my big angel fish (different tank of course) are easy to photograph...they don't move too much unless it's food time. Goldfish are just a bit spastic.
  12. Thanks so much for the info. I've never heard of tannins. I wish the guy at the pet store had mentioned what I should do when I bought it. (It's a very knowledgeable, fish-only pet store...so I expect a little more from them) This piece is much too big for a pot on the stove though. Good to know it won't harm my fish...but I like keeping my aquarium looking nice, and I hate the discolored water.
  13. Have a question about using driftwood. I bought a good size piece of driftwood and put in my aquarium about 3 months ago. But now my water seems to be a rust color. I washed the piece of wood very well. Everytime I do a water change, it clears up. But in a few days has that same rust color again. Kinda reminds me of watered down ginger ale. Does this go away? I'm thinking about taking it out, but it cost $50, so I had to just throw it away. But I might do that. Thanks for any info/opinions.
  14. It was suggested in a different thread that Proper PH is a good buffer to keep PH stable. I started using it, but today was reading the package, and it says "Not for aquariums with live plants". My tanks are full of live plants. Anyone know the reason it's not for live plants? Wonder if it's going to kill my plants. So far it hasn't, but maybe long term it would. I wouldn't think something that's just for PH would hurt the plants, but I'm sure they have a reason for putting the warning on the label.
  15. Well, I've read so many threads on here that say you should feed your fish a variety of foods. And Omega One is the only dry food I've found that doesn't do the floaty thing. I guess I could just stick with that and peas, but wanted to give them a varied diet.
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