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  1. We actually do have a microscope, so I'd like to try to see if they are flukes. Do you have a link to the process for check for flukes?
  2. My color vision may be off, but they look greyish-green to me. Do you think they're something other than flukes?
  3. I have an update for Bubbles in QT. I think I made a big mistake, and am now regretting it. Bubbles looked so miserable with the prazi and salt treatment that I gave her 3 days off with just 100% WC and no medicine. At first, Bubbles looked really happy and was swimming all around the QT tank, but late last night I noticed she was bottom sitting and looking worse than ever, and during this morning's WC I saw a bunch of light green spots on her. I'm guessing they're flukes? So I added the 1 percent salt back in and a packet of General Cure powder, and I'm hoping for the best. (General Cure kills off those critters, right?) Unfortunately, I'm going away next weekend for 4 days, and my hubby doesn't want to deal with my fish in QT. He wants me to return Bubbles to the store. He's really pressuring me to get rid of the "sick fish" and keep looking for something healthier. I was originally hoping to put Bubbles into my main tank this week, assuming she looked healthy in QT, but those green spots really (really!) ick me out and I definitely don't want flukes introduced into my main tank. Should I just ask my hubby to feed Bubbles in QT for 4 days? He won't do WC or medicine. Or just return the sick fish? What do you recommend? Here are my 10 gal QT tank water parameters before today's 100 percent WC: temp: 72 degrees F pH: 8.0 ammonia: .25 ppm nitrite: 0 nitrate: less than 5.0 ppm Top View: Side View: Looking unhappy:
  4. I currently keep two goldfish in my 29/30 gallon tank, so I know it can be done. I've also kept a single goldfish in the tank. My personal observations: - two fish swim around together and seem happier - one fish looks lonely when separated from its tank mate - two fish make a LOT more poop than one fish - two fish need to be compatible (in temperament/swimming type) or the weaker fish is constantly stressed Hope this helps!
  5. What does it look like in your tank? Photos?
  6. My fish also bite through anubia stalks, breaking off the leaves and killing the plants, but they don't eat the marimo/moss balls. They've also nibbled on the smaller java ferns but the ferns eventually grew large and dense enough that my fish no longer bother them. Occasionally I add some anacharis plants and the fish demolish them within a few days. Softer plastic plants, river rocks, and maybe some small driftwood might be good options.
  7. I like to feed shelled peas to my goldfish once in a while, too! I dangle a cooked, squished up pea (no skin) in the water and Treasure grabs it right out of my fingers. I've only ever heard good things about feeding peas to fish to help with their overall digestion. I hope your fish isn't sick with something more. Does he swim better now?
  8. Super cute little lion head! Congrats and good luck!
  9. Here's another older/cleaner/prettier tank photo for ideas!
  10. Here's my 30 gallon tank setup. It includes black sand, live (and plastic) plants, a few colorful river rocks, a bubbling air stone, a marimo ball and a small piece of mopani wood in front of the bubbler. I've also removed black sand with a regular fish net. A few bits of sand do sift out in the water, but the clumped sand tends to stick together nicely out of the water. Note that black rocks don't really show up on black sand, so I prefer white and reddish rocks as a nice contrast. Also, black fish tend not to show up against the black sand, and a black background would make it even more challenging.
  11. What is it about his body shape and head size proportions that concerns you? Is it stunted growth? What can I do about it?
  12. Thank you. Bubbles does seem to be swimming around a bit more today, now that I've backed off on the salt. I'm going to give him a day off of the Prazi too, before his next round, and see how he does. He's such a pretty little fish.
  13. I did the water tests just before the daily water change. Here are the results from today's QT water test, taken before the water change: temperature: 74 degrees F pH: 7.8 ammonia: .25 ppm nitrite: 0 nitrate: < 5.0 ppm Bubbles appears to be between 1.5 and 2 inches (or 4.5 centimeters) not including the tail. It's hard to measure him when he's hiding. I'll try today's water change without prazi and salt and let you know how Bubbles is doing tomorrow. I should get the API General Cure from Amazon tomorrow, too. Thanks so much for your help and suggestions!
  14. I ordered the API General Cure from Amazon. It should be here tomorrow. I'm going to stop the salt treatment for a couple of days and see if it makes any difference. Thanks again for your help!
  15. His poop looks okay--short, light brown bits. Nothing stringy or clear. I have some old Metro Meds from about a year ago. Could I feed him those along with the Prazi treatment? Also, I've been treating with Prazi for a week now. Are you suggesting an additional 2 week treatment? And should I continue with the salt treatment? Thanks for the help!
  16. I have a new young lion head goldfish named Bubbles in QT since I bought it on June 18th. Bubbles seems unhappy in the QT tank, either hiding behind a plastic plant decoration (from the main tank) or bottom sitting, but comes slowly to the front of the tank to stare at me whenever I approach. The QT tank in on the floor, and I cover it with cardboard every evening to give Bubbles some privacy. I put Bubbles into a small plastic "Betta" tank for a few minutes while I do my daily water change in the QT tank. Bubbles bottom sits in the Betta tank, too. I'm wondering why Bubbles is so shy and bottom sits so much. Bubbles seemed very healthy at the store when I bought her. Any suggestions on how I should change her QT treatment, or is this normal behavior? Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) less than 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 Other Required Info:* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master drops * Water temperature? 78. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? QT tank, 10 gallons. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? no filter * How often do you change the water and how much? 100 percent every day since June 18th. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 100 percent today * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 young lion head fish, fresh from the store * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. Hikari Lionhead goldfish small sinking pellets, 3-5 pellets, twice a day * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope, just Bubbles in QT * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi and aquarium salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. treated with 1/2 teaspoon Prazi daily after 100 percent water change since June 18th. treated with aquarium salt, started with two tablespoons for 4 days, then reduced to one tablespoon with daily water changes. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no outward problems at all * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? lots of bottom sitting and hiding at the back of the QT tank, with some swimming around slowly. Bubbles was more active after I reduced the aquarium salt. Bubbles does swim over slowly to eat the food pellets, but eats very slowly. Bubbles does come to the front of the tank to stare at me. Here's Bubbles in the Betta tank waiting for today's water change
  17. Here's my before and after photos of Treasure, my color-changing fantail. 2 years ago (we called her Treasure because she was such a pretty golden color): Last year with Skippy (after some pretty dramatic color changes): Today (she just lost her tank mate, Skippy, and she's feeling a bit down):
  18. Thank you so much! Bubbles is still acting a bit shy today in her QT tank, spending most of her time at the back near the bottom. I'm trying to give her some dark and privacy but I hope she feels better soon.
  19. I used to get upset with "unenlightened" goldfish keepers--my parent friends whose kids won a goldfish at the school carnival and stuck it in a bowl in their kitchen, or filled a 5 gallon tank with several feeder fish because "they die quickly anyways." But I've since discovered that either people care about their fish and are happy to discuss care and maintenance, or they don't really care and and expect them to die within a few months. You can tell within seconds which type of person they are and whether it's worth a discussion. My experience is that friends admire my tank setup and pretty fish, but they think goldfish keeping is way too much work. It's a pretty solitary hobby for me.
  20. Thank you! My daughter officially named our new fish "Bubbles."
  21. Sad news: my sweet Skippy passed away earlier this week while we were on vacation in Hawaii. I just came back from a two-week family vacation to Hawaii. While we were gone, I arranged to have a teenaged neighbor feed our cats and fish for us each day. Last week, she messaged me that it looked like the power in our house had been out for a day or so and our fish seemed to be sitting on the bottom of the tank and not eating. She sent me a photo of Skippy laying on the bottom of the tank. My worst travel fear came true: Skippy died, and I wasn't there to give her medicine or say goodbye. At least my other fish, Treasure, is looking okay today. She seems to be a bit lost, though, so I went out and bought a new fish friend. So far, we're calling it Fish #7. The kids don't have the heart to name another fish yet. Fish #7 is currently in my 10 gallon QT, getting treated with Prazi. I think Fish #7 is a lion head, but it might be a ranchu? Anyways, I'm glad I found a replacement so quickly, and hope Fish #7 is a strong one. I bought her from a local family-owned fish store with a decent reputation.
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