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  1. has anyone here used the product Clout for an anchor worm infestation? if so did you have to do more than one treatment and how did you dose the 2nd treatment? Thanks
  2. another question about this... I have read that there are diseases that can be passed to humans from fish with tumors. What do folks here have to say about that? The tumor now has whitish stuff on the top of it, that is a new development. it appears to be uncommon but a real concern, especially for immune compromised folks (that would be me) Thoughts? and wondering if I should be wearing gloves. This may sound paranoid to some folks, but when dealing with chronic illness... have to take extra care. Wen tissue??
  3. Thanks for the info. The tumor has gotten bigger in the last 3 months, and now the whitish stuff on the top of it. I hope it does not continue to grow at the rate it has been, and that it doesn't cause him problems. So far it does not seem to bother him at all.
  4. Thanks Mikey! He has totally changed color over the last 6 months, he used to be all velvety black. But he is still a beauty in my opinion. I do hope this is not a serious thing. I have had Ricky the longest and he is just a cool fish with a great personality.
  5. I don't have any advice. Just wishing your fish a speedy recovery.
  6. Ricky my moor has developed a lump behind his left eye, December 2013 I noticed it, and then it was smaller and reminded me of a wart. It has grown over the last 3 months. This morning I saw it has whitish stuff on it. http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/yellowempress/media/RickyLumpA_zpsd15affd8.jpg.html?filters[user]=132778265&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=3 http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/yellowempress/media/RickylumpC_zpsbabe77a6.jpg.html?filters[user]=132778265&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=2 http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/yellowempress/media/IMG_2814_zpsf0e3a761.jpg.html?filters[user]=132778265&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1 http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/yellowempress/media/DSC_7580_zpsb6daf915.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0 Tank conditions etc.. pH 7.4 Nitrates 10ppm nitrites 0 ammonia 0 tank temp 70 Tap- pH 7.6 Nitrates 0 nitrates 0 ammonia .5 last water change 3/19/14 60% I change the water at least 1x per week - 50-80% I use: Seachem Prime, salt and equalibrium There are 3 fish in the tank. 2 fancy goldfish and 1 small bristlenose pleco Tank is a 29 gallon with a fluval 250 canister filter and it's been running about 1 year API test kit -- drops I feed Ricky, once, and sometimes 2x a day. He eats a variety of food. Pellets, alage pellets softened, peas, zucchini, krill, occasional grapes, dried worms, seaweed and what ever plants are in the tank, mainly anacharis these days. Sometimes I fast my fish for a day especially if they have been especially piggy about eating the plants. I have not treated Ricky for this lump yet. I did ask at the local fish store about it and was told it was a benign growth. The fact that it has grown and changed has me concerned. Also the store does not have many goldfish at all. April-May- June 2013 I did treat him for possible parasites with Prazi and salt and water changes. I was coached through that treatment by folks on this site. It did not respond to the treatment. He had strange whitish spots on his tail fin which would show up, go away and recur, sometimes growing before disappearing. It cleared up over a few months after treatment stopped. I spoke with a woman (not here) who used to raise moors. I took Ricky in a bucket to a fish store where she used to work. She had seen the condition before and felt it was caused by a virus, a kind of fish pox, which is why the parasite treatment did not work, even after several rounds of prazi, with salt and water changes. He never showed any abnormal behavior when he had outbreaks, and ate normally, acted the way he usually does. Water quality and stress do seem to affect it. It is clear at this time. Other than that Ricky has been in good health. Currently he is active, eats normally, is responsive and playful with his tank mate Harley, a calico fantail. Harley and Ricky are close in age and size, (the last picture link is one of both of the fish). He is responsive to me as well. I have not seen any unusual behavior, he does not rub the spot against the bottom of the tank or on rocks. Help diagnosing is appreciated along with treatment recommendations. Thanks for taking the time.
  7. You folks that have responded to my posts for help are fabulous! I appreciate all the helpful comments and suggestions along with the well wishes that were sent for Pearl. And I get it now... the fins crossed comment... duhh-newbie-haha In my world, folks really don't get my love of these fish. Ohhh they go on about their cats and dogs... but the "fish thing" I have is not the same in their minds. I try to convey how my pets are adorable too and have very different personalities and quirks and... oh well. Pearl is doing wonderful, the blood in her tail this afternoon is almost gone. Her tank mate is doing great too. I gave all the fish a little bit of steamed broccoli today and they really munched it up. I am going to start another thread on Ricky, with pictures of the lump which has changed over night. hmmmm Have a great day.
  8. Thanks Dnalex for the treatment advice and will do. She has blood in her tail, not fins crossed- don't know what that means actually. Pearl and I are very grateful for your advice, she probably would not be here now without your counsel. As for feeding, I took some time yesterday and checked out some of the pages etc on this site. So much information! I love it! I got a better perspective on feeding. Daily feeding has been what my fish are accustomed to and that's what I will continue. I will be doing big water changes at least 1x a week. My partner was advised on several occasions to do small water changes, no more than 25% at a time, for filter bacteria reasons. I always liked doing big (50%- 80%) water changes weekly. After this round of illness with Pearl and the nitrates in our other tank, we agreed on bigger water changes as the rule. Would you mind terribly looking at a picture of my moor Ricky? he has developed a growth on his head behind his left eye and it has grown over several months. I was told it is just a normal benign growth. Yet I have found that the folks at the fish store (although well meaning) often don't have as much experience and knowledge about gold fish. It may be nothing... If you have time to look and tell me what you think that would be fabulous...
  9. Dnalex, hello there. My white telescope - (I am not sure if that is the best name for her kind) Pearl continues to do fabulously! Today I will do a 100% water change and that finishes her 5 rounds of TPG. I am wondering if I should do another round. She was pretty ill, and still does have some blood in her tail. Much much less but still there. Would greatly appreciate your advise. I am also wondering about goldfish feeding in general. Before getting a new test kit, my nitrates were 0 , which I now know were inaccurate readings, but left me feeling pretty good about feeding my goldies 1 and sometimes 2x a day. I hand feed them what they can eat in a few minutes. often a little food drops to the bottom which they usually find in the gravel and rocks and eat. Yet when I clean my tanks I often clean out some food droppings. In my 29 gallon tank, with 3 fish, 1 moor, 1 calico ryukin, and 1 small bristle nose pleco - there are always nitrates. Mostly between 10ppm - 20ppm, but it can get higher if I am not really on top of water changes. I feed once daily now due to the nitrate readings. I am sure now that once I stop doing 100% water changes in the 20 gallon, I will be seeing nitrates too. I have been told by some fish keepers that they feed their goldfish every other day. Is that standard practice? Thanks in advance for taking the time.
  10. Pearl and her tank mate Blaze. http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/yellowempress/media/PearlampBlazeC_zps5e0f192d.jpg.html
  11. Pearl this evening... looking good!!! I am so happy, as I am sure she is too! http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/yellowempress/media/PearlampBlaze_zpsc3d3cedb.jpg.html
  12. We recently purchased a 65 gallon tank and hope to get it up and running in the near future. At some point, would love to put all 4 fish in a tank together. Honestly I did not imagine having more than 1 tank when we started this and figured on only 2 goldfish. But we love having them and are growing with them. It is delightful to interact with the fish and they have such distinct personalities. Have a wonderful day! Mine will be a brighter one for sure with Pearl feeling better.
  13. Pearl is doing much better this morning!! Below is a link to a photo of her yesterday, bottom sitting, mouth open, tali and fins drooping. Very uncomfortable and sad little fishy. Video today shows a much improved Pearl! Dnalex thank you so much for guiding me through treatment! I am very appreciative and so is Pearl. Last night my boyfriend bought a piece of acrylic to divide the tank and then fed her small pellets, from a bowl in the bottom of the tank. She was able to eat. This morning I did the same thing but she only wanted to eat out of my hand, so I fed her that way and then removed the divider. She is lively and no longer bottom sitting. She also pooped this morning. I am just thrilled with the progress she has made. Her tank mate Blaze has been keeping by her side the last few days, just sitting near her a lot. So sweet. Tonight we will do another 100% water change and add the TPG again. Feeling quite hopeful for Pearl. Thank you for all for the heart warming wishes for my fish. http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/yellowempress/library/?sort=3&page=1
  14. Thanks for the well wishes!! Pearl is about the same this morning. I tried feeding her a few pellets and she can't keep them in her mouth. ;-( Blaze her tank mate was quick to suck up the pellets Pearl could not keep in. Last evening I did a 100% water change. I added 100% strength TPG into the water afterwards. I will continue the rounds of TPG and 100% water changes for a total of 5 as you recommended dnlaex. I will let you know how it is going. she is responsive to my presence near or in the tank.I just keep sending her healing vibes, I am quite attached to her. Test results this morning pH 7.2 nitrates 0 nitrites 0 ammonia 0 I plan on testing the water daily and will be purchasing tests for minerals in the water. I have been told that the water here is soft. Also did a 100% water change on my 29 gallon due to high nitrates and test results this morning pH 7.2 nitrates 0 nitrites 0 ammonia 0
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