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  1. Thanks dnalex! I'm very glad I found this forum, I posted on a few other ones too as I was a bit frantic, and they were of no help.
  2. Just an update and a good one at that. There is an obvious improvement in Sunshine today. The swelling on the left side is nearly gone and while the right side is still obvious, it has definitely gone down. I'm very happy but trying not to get my hopes up too high. Once again it is very hot here and I'm trying very hard to keep the tank at stable yet cooler temp. I'll do the 2 more days of treatment and call the vet on Monday if it not completely gone. I also fed another pea with a epsom salt in it. I was wondering, do you think I should dose the whole tank in epsom salt? Is this harmful to my other fish or the tank system? As I don't have a big enough hospital tank (my 'hospital tank' is a 8L bucket which I only keep Sunshine in for 5 hours of the day). I was also reading through the thread of the other person who is also currently experiencing dropsy and I see Stakos you recommended to get rid of all the gravel. I may think about doing this once Sunshine is all better. I've had a lot of trouble with gravel! Would this affect my cycle in anyway? As I know the bacteria lives in the gravel.
  3. No a enrotril as the vets instructions. I fed a epsom salt in a pea today, I don't know if that was the right thing to do, but Sunshine gobbled it up. I have not tried the epsom bath.
  4. would you be able to catch her into a tranparent bowl? using the bowl to catch her in and then slowly lift her to the surface and out? if you can do that, you can bring her to a bench/table and take a nice clear overhead photo so that we can see exactly how the swelling and pineconing is forming? that will give us some really good insight to her current conditions. there would need to be good light for the photo. Yes I can. I won't be able to do it till morning though. I've just put her back in the tank after her 5 hour bath and want to leave her alone for the night. I will definitely be able to do it just before her bath tomorrow though.
  5. Hopefully Sunshine shows some improvement in the morning and I won't have to call the vet. I may be seeing things, but I feel like one side is going down. There is a clear difference between both sides.
  6. I wish my fish was that easy to pick up haha. They make it look so easy! Actually I am going to give the vet a call tomorrow if Sunshine has not improved, so hold up on you having to post them. Sorry about changing my mind. I don't own any digital scales like that so the vet may actually be able to weigh her.
  7. You would mix it in with a gel food (commercial or homemade) and feed it to Sunshine. How much food to how much medication? I see stakos said off body weight, but how would I even work that out :/
  8. I may take you up on that offer, just in case I am unable to get it from the vets. I'll email you later tonight. Can someone please explain how I would give it to Sunshine then? Thanks everyone! Really appreciate all the help.
  9. Hmm my fish doesn't have symmetrical bloating, one side is much more bloated. I'll see what happens with this antibiotic and may ask about metronidazole if it does not work. Fingers crossed it does though!
  10. I guess it is a matter of what is also available too? Not saying the other thing wasn't but you never know. I was also looking at this article just before, and it was saying it is not dropsy unless every scale is 'pine conned'. Sunshine's definitely isn't, but I don't know if this is true or not? I'm to call the vet if I see no improvement in 2 days, which will be in 24 hours. Sunshine is currently getting her second treatment and is still one happy fish, but still a bloated one
  11. Ok so an update. Took Sunshine to the vet and they believed it to be a bacterial infection from the heat seeing as water seems to be fine. They have given me a liquid antibiotic, I mix this in with some water and put it in a bucket with an airstone. I now have Sunshine in that for 5 hours and must do this every day for 5 hours for 5 days. The things you have to do when antibiotic food is not an option! The antibiotic is called enrotril. I am to call them back if no improvement in 2 days. Fingers crossed!
  12. Oh I did mean epsom salt, but I won't do that then. Ah so much to know and learn I called the vet and I've made an appointment to take her up there in 2 and a half hours. The bloating seems to be more on one side and she is still very happy. The vet is only 10 minutes away so fingers crossed, I am so glad I have them.
  13. Oh really? Ok, I was going to try a salt bath. But is this more stress than necessary at the moment? I'll buy some just in case, but won't treat just yet.
  14. Ok, I am going to go buy some epsom salts and give my vet a call. Thanks for the help!
  15. They are uploaded on photobucket but don't appear when I go into the link. However, this may just be my slow laptop. Here it goes: http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/Andrea-Cronshaw/IMG_0216.jpg Remember these are old photos, I think 2 years old, but what I deal with every summer. I no longer treat it as it does not seem to affect the fish and nothing worked anyway. I thought it might just be a heat rash as if humans can get this, why not fish?
  16. Sorry. I'll delete it. It was because the forum I had it on, seems to be down, but it was coming up on google image search. (I see you deleted it, I did not think correctly.)
  17. Sorry it was a bit dark. I had all my curtains closed I had just woken up, I opened them and hopefully this one is much better! Best viewed in full screen I just don't want to move her for now to avoid as much stress as possible! I also have a vet near me that say they do treat aquatic life including fish. They are a specialist vet, I take my birds there. I think I should give them a call? I have no idea how much they know about fish, but it won't hurt.
  18. I wasn't too sure how to upload a video so I uploaded it onto youtube. Here it is: You can see it when I go above the fish, it's the orange one we are looking at. If you look here too, you can see some old photos of Sunshine the fish, when was sick with red blotches [link removed by DNAlex] Will get onto testing my tap water, but have never had problems with fluctuating tank results.
  19. Hi there. I see someone else in the forum is also currently dealing with this but need to start my own topic as everyone is different. First off your questions: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): 20 * Ammonia Level (Tap): Unsure * Nitrite Level (Tap): Unsure * Nitrate level (Tap): Unsure * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): Ph is 7.6, always 7.6 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): Unsure Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Liquid test * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua One, meant for a 150L tank * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Stability, Bactonex and API liquid fertiliser for my plants * Water temperature? Hovering between 26-30 celsius past week. Which is 78-86F. * How often do you change the water and how much? Every 2-3 weeks, about 50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? It was on Friday so 5 days ago and I changed about 60% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? It is 90 litres or 20 gallons and it's been running for 2 years * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 goldfish, one comet (the sick one) is about 5 inches and the other a common is 3 inches * What do you feed your fish and how often? Vegetables, pellets, dried seaweed, freeze dried worms, algae wafers and only once a day. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) Currently experiencing what I believe to be dropsy. This fish always seems to get quite sick in summer and have dealt with red blotches and streaks over the past 3 summers. There is slight swelling just have the gills and a bit of pine coneing. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No, had some red blotches maybe at the start of the week but this seems to be normal for the fish and does not affect her adversely. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No unusual behaviour at all, still very active, eating and happy fish! * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. In the past I tried to treat the red blotches with everything under the moon from aquarium salt to tetracycline based medications. I have not treated the fish tank with anything in a year, some aquarium salt may be in there though. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. I will definitely be posting photos or a video very soon! I have a major problem as I do not have a hospital tank nor are antibiotic foods available in Australia or able to be posted here as far as I know. I have tried to make my own in the past but wouldn't even know what to soak the food in this time. Please help, I'm devastated. My fish is acting so happy and if you didn't look closely you wouldn't even notice the swelling.
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