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  1. It was almost 5 years ago I picked out a tiny little 'black comet' from the fish store. I thought she was pretty but didn't think she would stay black, and didn't think she would get bigger than my biggest comet at the time, Tiger, who was about 7 inches.

    It didn't take long for her black to darken, and she grew, and grew, and grew.She was so feisty. She loved her food and she would barge through the others to grab it. She hated been handled, hated been caught and hated been moved. She was super hard to catch, and when you did catch her she was super strong and hard to keep hold of, even with a net. The few times I managed to catch her for a photo to show her size she would repay me with a big splash as she swam away.

    So, yesterday, when I saw her just hanging out at the surface of the pond, when she didn't react when I touched her, when she let me bring her to the edge of the pond, when she didn't even try to swim away from me. I knew something was wrong. This happened all so fast. There was nothing physically to tell me something was wrong - her scales were flat, she wasn't swollen, there was no discolouration, her colour was as bold and black as ever. But she wasn't good...

    I immediately set up a QT tub for her, I chose a dark one because I knew she hated been in a glass tank, she was too used to the pond. And my standard QT tank was too small for her anyway. She let me move her from the pond to the inside QT tub without any protest. She swam around for a little bit in the tub, but a few hours later she was gone :(

    I'm so devastated to have lost her. She was one of those fish that just grabs you and you fall in love with.  I was imagining having her for many years to come. She had never had a health issue, she had always been among the strongest and healthiest of my fish. To lose her so suddenly and without warning has been awful :(

    SIP My sweet Raven












  2. Just a few hours after finding Raven and bringing her in for treatment she passed away :( I'm absolutely devastated. She was my absolute favourite of the pond fish (Maybe even my favourite of all my fish) and to lose her so suddenly and with no external signs of illness is horrible :(

  3. Thanks Koko, I'm thinking I'm going to shut down the small pond and only use it as a holding area when I upgrade my tank and need somewhere to put the fish



    My big girl, Raven, isn't well :( Physically she looks fine but she is very lethargic and I'm able to catch and hold her with no struggle at all, normally I wouldn't even be able to touch her let alone hold her :(

    And Spice my big boy, is still struggling with his tumor. Its looking very nasty now and Im afraid I'll have to make a decision sooner rather than later :(

  4. The floatiness could be a swim bladder problem 

    Your water levelslook good, but Id still recommend increasing waterchanges, generally at least 70% a week is recommended, goldfish are very messy!


    Did you shake thebottle and tube very well whendoing the nitrate test? It is unusual to have 0 nitrates.


    @koko what do you think?

  5. Hi, I haven't heard of any thing about normal salt not having he benefits of aquarium salt. I haven't used aquarium salt in YEARS and haven't noticed any difference apart from the price :)

    The scale is fine, Fish occasionally lose scales :)

    I don't think it looks like a prolapse, that was a thought I had which is why I wanted to see photos :)

    There shouldn't be any negative side effects, especially since we are using a low dose.


    You will want to dose the tank to 0.1% salt, which is  1 gram per Litre

  6. They are probably remains from eggs, I find my tank always looks a mess after they lay eggs. The tiny white dots are probably left over patches of 'egg glue' as I call it, the eggs form a sticky surface that hardens so they attach to things like rocks, plants and the glass. When the goldfish eat the eggs you often see little spots where they were

  7. Predator I'd say :( I saw Goldeen last night and she was swimming around without a worry. 

    The big pond is pretty predator proof, because its deep and doesn't have a good area for them to balance on the edge to get to the fish.  I thought the small pond was safe with it been mostly undercover and packed with plants, but obviously something has found them :(

    I'm the saddest about Goldeen, I got her from a tiny little thing and she grew so big, I only had her outside because she wasn't coping well with the depth of my tank :(

  8. So really upset now :(
    I went to do a wc on the small pond and noticed 4 fish were missing. One of them was my beloved Goldeen. Then I found half a fish in there, one of my babies from last year :( Something is definitely attacking the small pond so for now I've bought everyone inside, until I decide who I can put in the big pond.  I'm hesitant putting my fancies in there because its so deep. But my tank is about the same depth so Ill be able to see how they cope in there.  

    I don't think I'm going to start the small pond up again, It's still running at the moment, just incase I missed anyone hiding in there, But Goldeen, my calico Ryukin/Fantail  and Mother to Lenny is gone. So is Tige and Miranda, My Calio Ranchu and Orange Ranchu, and Pearl, my oddball baby from last years pond fry. Theres a bunch of others missing too, all from last years fry. 

  9. So for a while Topaz has been sulky, just hiding behind the plants, but would still come out and get excited for food, he has a tumor near the back of his head. Yesterday he was obviously geting worse so I set up a QT for him with some meds, today I saw that Roo has developed Popeye. Poor girl looks awful, so she is in the hospital tank now too.


    Spice is having a bad day today. He is very floaty. I feel so bad for him. It's days like this I'm torn as to what to do with him

  10. If they are fertilized then in a couple of days you will be able to see the little eyes inside the eggs :) Otherwise they will turn white and get fuzzy.


    I often see eggs without seeing any chasing, but also see them with chasing.


    If they hatch, keep them in a shallow tub/tank. Daily waterchanges, when they are really small I like to use airline to drain and fill the tank so it doesn't disturb them too much. Or if I only have a couple I keep them in a small container and do tub to tub waterchanges (So I will have one tub ready with clean water and move them to that one, and then clean out the one they were in and set it up ready for them to go back in later)

    I don't use an airpump or filter until they are about a month old and then I just use a sponge filter.


    For the first day or two you wont need to feed them as they will still be absorbing their egg sac. After that you can feed them baby brine shrimp, decapsulated brine shrimp eggs (I found mine did really well on these),  Daphnia (Frozen when they are small as I find its smaller for them to eat, when they get a bit bigger you can use live if you want to), Hikari first bites (or any other commerical fry food). I also like to put some plants in there that have algae on them for them to nibble on

  11. I haven't heard of the fish saver before

    I'm thinking this sounds like breeding behavior more than actual aggression. It can often look like aggression. But they do sound quite young for that.

    I noticed your tank has only been set up for 2 weeks, I'd advise to keep a close eye on the water parameters as it would still be cycling and you'll need to watch out for ammonia/nitrite spikes.

    I'd also recommend upping your waterchanges to at least 80% a week.  The fish are small at the moment so its manageable to have them in the 20g but the more waterchanges the better :)

    As for the stringy poop, I would try doing a prazi treatment. You can either get prazi pro, or Praziquantel tablets/powder. 

  12. Hi, sorry for the slow reply. Are you able to get a video of the behavior?  And some photos of the fish?


    Also if you could fill out this form, it would help a lot


    Test Results for the Following:

     Ammonia Level(Tank)

     Nitrite Level(Tank)

     Nitrate level(Tank)

     Ammonia Level(Tap)

     Nitrite Level(Tap)

     Nitrate level(Tap)

     Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)

     Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)

    Other Required Info:

     Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

     Water temperature?

     Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

     What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?

     How often do you change the water and how much?

     How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?

     How many fish in the tank and their size?

     What kind of water additives or conditioners?

     What do you feed your fish and how often?

     Any new fish added to the tank?

     Any medications added to the tank?

     List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.

     Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

     Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

    "If copy and paste doesn't work for you, quote this post and put your answers after each question."

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