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Posts posted by FishyMandy

  1. Spice is still going, but his tumor is getting worse. He still has more good days than bad days, but the bad days are getting a lot more.  On his bad days he will either just float in the corner and not want to swim, or he will be struggling to swim but will keep flipping/twirling around. 

    It breaks my heart to not be able to do something to fix him and make him healthy again. Next month will be his 5 year anniversary. I really want him to make it to that. But it's kind of just taking things as they come now and I'm afraid I'll have to make a tough decision soon :(






  2. Ok, So I think the CAE is probably causing a problem. I would seriously look into rehoming it, unless you have another tank it can go in as they do get large and aggressive. I was given some a few years ago that I had to take to the LFS, they were about a foot long! I tried to find my photos I had of them but haven't been able to

    The other thing that stands out to me is the Nitrite level, we really want that to be 0. It looks as though your tank hasn't fully cycled yet. @koko might be better at explaining the cycle than me. But You'll need to do frequent testing and waterchanging until you get that stable at 0.

    This goes in hand with the above point, but with 3 goldfish and a BN in a 40g, I'd up your WCs to at least 90% weekly. We recommend 20g per goldfish, and a BN would need 20g as well. Heavier stocking is doable, but requires more maintenance :) 

    The fins look like they should heal with clean water, but some salt wouldn't hurt and that's usually all I use for torn fins. You can use any salt that doesn't have any additives. At 0.1% (which is 1 gram per litre, so for a 40g tank would be 150grams)

  3. BNs are generally fine with goldies,  but do require driftwood and usually a heater depending on your house temp, i keep my BN at around 23c

    I would think the chinese algae eater is the culprit, but can you fill out this form, please,  to help us work it out? 

    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.?

  4. I'm a super novice with tropical fish, right now I have mollies, guppies, corys, plecos, two danios I took on from my supervisor at work who had them in a bowl (i want to get some more danio friends for them lol), some Neons and some Black skirt tetras. But once the neons die off I don't think I'll replace them even though I really like them. I'm also thinking of rehoming the black skirt tetras

  5. I had to euthanize Neptune today :( Im not sure what happened but he lost his swimming ability. He was stuck in a C shape on his side. It happened very fast. I tried treating for a couple of days but with no change I didnt feel it was fair to keep pushing him

  6. For the goldie fry the foods you are feeding sound good, i like to do lots of small feedings throughout the day. I just judge by how big they look in the tank on when to upgrade them, I dont really have a set age or size.  For culling I only ever cull ones that have deformities that will cause them problems in adult hood like crooked spines. I check them over every day and  try to do it as soon as i notice it. Usually i use clove oil for this. Its definitely the worst part but any small problems will grow with the fish and get bigger :( for waterchanges as many water changes as you can do is what Id go for, if you can do every day, or even twice a day I find that gets the best results

  7. To me it looks like it has been injured by something,  there looks to be a lot of scales missing. Is there anything that it could have got stuck in or any predators in the area?


    My other though was some sort of fungal thing @koko, what do you think?

  8. I QT snails for a week or so to try to make sure all the old water is out their shell.

    Only other fish Id keep with goldies are BN, Ive tries others before and they eithee got eaten or harrassed the goldies.  Goldies really do better in a species only tank.

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