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  1. First, thank you all for your advice and support. The shubunkin is doing better. I've been doing the 80% water changes and the salt concentration is at 0.2%. The color of the sore has faded conciderably although the swelling has not gone down yet. I will keep this routine going. And, to Georgia: Mr. (Ms.?) Shubunkin is very flattered by your generous compliment and says 'thank you' and wishes all the best to you, Orange and Olive. Thanks again, Al
  2. I have a 6-inch shubunkin that has developed a red bump on its left side and the body is swollen on the left side. The bump has some depth and texture to it and a few scales around are sticking out slightly. The scale abnormality is local around the bump and is not universal and does not appear to be dropsy. It has been in an approximately 1,000-gallon outdoor pond all summer. I got a good look at it today as I was pruning back the lilly pads and getting the pond ready for winter. The maximum temperature was upper 70s F in late July and has slowly gone down to its current temperature of 56F. The other 9 fish in the pond are all healthy. Here’s the stats of the pond water, the Ammonia tested with ATI drops, the rest with ATI. strips: Ammonia 0 Nitrates 5 Nitrites 0 Chlorine 0 Alkalinity 100 Ph 6.8 Filtration is Aquascape mechanical and another biological filter with a very powerful pump pushing a waterfall. The pond gets Aquascpe beneficial bacteria--lately its cold-water formula. Aquascapeinc.com The fish were fed Aquscape pond food (lately its cold-water formula) and I’m sure lots of bugs and plant roots. I moved the suibunkin inside and it is now in an isolated 10-gallon tank with pond water, so the temp will slowly rise to room temperature. Not set up yet but the 10-gallion will have a Penguin 150 filter. Anyone have any advise as to what I should do next? All the best, Al
  3. Hello! Update: The red spots on the shubunkin disappeared in two days. I'm still at a loss as to what could have caused them. The only potentially abrasive surfaces in the tank are two live-rock planters, and perhaps the gravel. I don't see how these could have caused the two lines of bumps. There is the filter water intake, but I don't think it would have been sucked into that. Anyway, I'm just glad the bumps faded as mysteriously as they appeared. Thanks everybody for your help! Al
  4. Thank you, Shakaho. The pH is 7 both tank and tap. The total alkalinity is 120. (time for new glasses.) These three fish have been together by themselves in this tank since mid-December. I did daily water changes for the fist month until cycled. The two shubunkins were in a back yard pond last summer with other fish. I now have the pond fish split up into four different tanks. The koi was a new addition in late September. the 4 inches is total length. Although the koi is about 5--it's growing fast. I first noticed the spots this afternoon. They may have been there before but I didn't notice them on the spotted fish. This fish does have occasional bouyancy problems; that's why I give it peas. Thanks again!
  5. Hello, I'm hoping someone can help me with a new problem with a 4-inch Shibunkin. It has developed what appears to be two rows of sores on its back, one on each side, between the head and the dorsal fin. It also has the dreaded white wispy poop. Its behavior has not changed and its appetite is still aggressive. It has two tank mates, another 4-inch Shibunkin and a4-inch butterfly koi. Both of them appear totally healthy. They live in a 50-gallon aquarium that's been up for about 5 months. Marineland Penguin Bio Wheel 350 filter UVC Sterilizer Temp 75F 24C 30% water change once a week, more often if tests indicate. Ammonia 0 API drops test Testra easy strip tests: Nitrate 10 Nitrite 0 Chlorine 0 PH tank 120 PH tap 120 Fed tetra goldfish flakes twice daily. Occasionally peas. no medications, no new fish.
  6. Hi, I found what appears to be worms in droplets of water shaken from a piece of plastic seaweed. I was tearing down a hospital tank after loosing a fish to what I believe was dropsy. The worms are about 3mm long. Thanks, Al
  7. Thank you all so much for you help. As suggested, I got the Aquarium Salt, and did a 80% water change with the salt added. This morning the fish are all very active and doing the feed-me dance. My only question is should I put the affected fish in a hospital tank for a while? All the best, Al
  8. Oops, Nitrates are at 10 Nitrites are at 0 Thanks for catching that. Al
  9. I've got a 4" comet that has developed a few bumps on its body. it appears there is something under some specific scales causing those scales to stand out. It is red, perhaps bloody, underneath. There is one bump on the right side of its body, and another on the body just aft of the gill cover. The majority of the scales remain flat. Some pictures and a video can be found here: http://shipwreck1.tumblr.com/ The fish's behavior has not changed. It still is very active with a good appitite, normal poop, no scratching. Its two tankmates do not appear to be affected. Any direction you can give me would help me out. And the fish, too. Thanks, Al Other Required Info: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 API NH3/NH4+ Test Kit drops * Nitrite Level (tank) 10 Tetra Easy Strips * Nitrate level (Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquion 50, and undergravel * What kind of water additives or conditioners? none * Water temperature? 70 * How often do you change the water and how much? 33% once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?6 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?29 gallons-7 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish, 4", 4", 5" * What do you feed your fish and how often? Tetra Goldfish flakes 1x day, * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) * 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.? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.
  10. I’ve got a 8-inch comet that’s I’ve had for a decade or more. He has started sitting on the bottom most of the time, although he does swim around a bit before settling to the bottom again. I’ve pulled him out of the 50-gallon community with 10 smaller healthy goldfish and he’s alone in a 10-gallon hospital tank. He has developed a white bump on his lower lip--see picture. http://s1300.beta.ph...html?sort=3&o=0 He has been eating very little, but is eating and having bowel movements. Tetra goldfish flakes. He used to like peas with the skin removed, but he won’t touch them now, and I netted them and removed from tank. Fins are all intact with no streaking. He holds his dorsal fin upright. I don’t see any other physical maladies. I’ve treated him for 5 days with antibiotics Maracyn and Maracyn 2, and antiparasite coppersafe. Manufacturer Mardel says all three can be used concurrently,. No effect.. Water temp is 70 degrees F After the antibiotics, I did a complete water change with water that had set out for three days with Aquascapes beneficial bacteria added. Right now only the undergravel filter is running, no charcoal After two days with the fish in it, ammonia is 0.5 ppm measured with API NH3/NH4+ test kit. Will be changing 50% Tetra Easy Strips measured the following: Nitrate 20 mg/L 0 Nitrite Hardness 100 0 Chlorine Alkalinity 150 (KH) ppm Ph 7 Any ideas on what to do next? Thanks so much! Al
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