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  1. Thanks Chelsea. Your input is really helpful. I won't add more goldfish in this case (but perhaps I might in future when I feel emotionally ready for it again).
  2. I have a bit of a long post but I hope you'll bear with me. After some trial and error, through reading Koko's Forums, I learned the importance of adequate tank size, filtration, water changes, monitoring water chemistry etc. And since 2013, I managed to keep 3 fat, short-tail ryukins relatively happy (I think) in a 4ft aquarium. There was (and still remains) a supporting cast of 8 zebra danio in there with them. This year, tragedy struck. First Hershey scratched her eye quite badly, and her condition worsened rapidly. She died within 2 days. Last week, Revlon who's been living with floatiness* for months also started appearing quite weak. *I feed the girls Alex's No Float Gel food. Before her deterioration she would swim normally except for several hours after feeding time. Her change in condition was probably my fault, as it happened after I missed one water change (I promise I'm usually very diligent otherwise). Today Revlon looked like she would not make it, so I euthanized her. Which leaves me with Tumblelina, who is still active and healthy. Losing Revlon and Hershey so suddenly was really upsetting. And I am really not in the frame of mind of getting any new goldfish to replace them. I also reasoned that keeping my water parameters healthy would be easier, with fewer goldfish. That being said, I need to know if being the only goldfish in the tank would be less ideal for Tumblelina in the long run. She still has the 8 danio around her though. Any advice regarding the social needs of fancy goldfish will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Josh
  3. She's still not responding well to my hand and tends to shy away. Waits till the food drops and lands before attempting to pick it up. I feel bad watching her plan her breakaway from prison but its a necessary evil to allow Hershey's fins to heal.
  4. She's a psychopath! Lol. After a brief time-out in the floating basket I released her, but he bullying hasn't stopped. Because Hershey had another split in his dorsal today I've decided to try isolating Revlon in the basket for a little longer. At least until Hershey's fin heals. They're quite clean splits along the rays so I think he'll be okay if left alone. Thanks for asking Alex!
  5. Do you reckon it'll cause her stress if I leave her in there for a few days just to see if her aggression subsides? It isn't too hard to catch her but I don't want her to associate humans=colander=prison.
  6. Jokes aside, I'm hoping that the floating basket might help for now as I really like my tank layout currently. I have a theory that she's acting this naughty because she's a little spooked by me still. (Because I notice the bullying is more intense during feeding and she runs away from my hands) I wonder if by keeping her in the basket and taking time for her to learn that my hand= food might help.
  7. Helen, collector of wayward fishies...
  8. We started to notice that our ryukin Revlon is acting like a thug. Especially during feeding, when she will deliberately chase Tumblelina and Hershey around, or give them body slams, or nips at them. Tumblelina always fights back but Hershey is too gentle and so he always retreats and has a small split in his dorsal. I've resorted to placing Revlon in a floating basket for now. She seems to realize she is in prison and tries to break away though. Ironically whilst the others love coming towards my hand during feeding, Revlon is the only one who stays away and only eats food that I drop to the bottom. What can I do to help? If it helps to know, she is the latest addition to the tank of all the goldies.
  9. Hi everyone, it's been a while since I last updated this thread. Basically I'd been continuing with the Prazi routine, without any new developments, until today... I noticed some strange poop. I can't believe I am taking photos of poop, but here it is: The darkish black ones are the normal poop. Ignore the single orange speck, that's a rogue gravel. The strange poop is the pale, translucent ones. I'm not sure if all of them are pooping these, though I did notice one coming out of Hershey. I have no idea what they are! They were not fed anything different.
  10. Okay I will! Next week there will be a break in posting though, I have a business trip coming up. My partner will keep up the Prazi rounds though! I'm in St Kilda, so not very far from the city. I'm glad too. There's still a bit of sitting but nowhere close to before. I'm noticing some dorsal clamping when Hershey swims, but I'm not too concerned at the moment. In any case here are today's photos - the photos are quite blurry because they are trying their hardest to get away! The white spots are just some floating Prazi particles...
  11. Hello everybody, I feel that both Tumblelina and Hershey may actually be on the mend! Very active swimming, didn't notice any bottom sitting today either. Fingers crossed the fluke treatment is working. Did a massive water change after coming home from work, starting round 2 of prazi tomorrow! Here are their pics. I'm starting to feel maybe I shouldn't be posting so much on this thread and take away your time from helping others with more serious emergencies...
  12. Good morning, these are the top views of Tumblelina and Hershey today. Tumblelina is sitting a little less today, and so is Hershey (he seems to be hanging out near the top a bit thought - will keep observing). Glad to hear that! Can you share which are the products that I should be avoiding?
  13. Hi Helen, I use the Blue Planet Fluke and Tapeworm Tablets. It comes in tablets of 100mg praziquantel. I dose as recommended on the bottle, at 1 tablet per 20 liters. I crush and dissolve it in a cup of tank water before pouring it in.
  14. Thanks Alex, I am definitely going the full 6 rounds of Prazi, even though its a lot of water to change... Really appreciate all the advice, I want Tumblelina and Hershey to live years and years!!!
  15. Thank you guys, I love this forum, everyone is very supportive and helpful. Thanks tithra! Tumblelina is a very pretty fish indeed, she's extremely cute when when wiggling towards humans! I would say that she sits about 70% of the time. When she sits she touches the bottom and has a tilt (approximately 10 degrees) sideways. With Hershey it's maybe 50%. He sits straight, and never touches the bottom. Both are actualy pooping quite regularly, I've also not noticed anything odd with their waste in terms of colour, length and shape. When Tumblelina swims she does so quite regularly, there is no noticeable exertion in her swimming - She gets quite active when humans approach, expecting food! Tumblelina has always been this round since we got her a month ago. I hope she isn't bloated. If she is does it mean she has an internal infection too? Or will it pass if we hold back on the feeding?
  16. Good morning, I did not manage to snap a photo yesterday night - I passed out on the couch after coming home from work! Anyway I noticed that Hershey is also now bottom-sitting with Tumblelina. His dorsal fin is always upright though. I wonder if that's just their preferred 'sleeping' spot. That being said I am quite concerned to always find them there. Here are top views of both Tumblelina and Hershey taken this morning. Does this mean that Tumblelina is actually male? I just assumed from the protrusion in the vent that she might be a girl. Now I'm not so sure... Here are some side views, maybe you can tell?
  17. Hi dnalex, here's a photo I took today, looks okay to me. I will update with photos daily. Thanks for your help.
  18. I'm also quite curious as to why my water parameters come out as zero. That has always been the reading every time I test though. That being said actually this tank has a LOT of java moss in it, and they have been there from day 1. I also have java fern, hygro corymbosa, and banana lilies in there. I will snap an overall photo of the tank tonight. Where can I learn more about cycles crashing? Thank you, I will continue the fluke treat and see if things improve.
  19. I will follow the routine you outlined if it helps. I can start tonight after work. But does this explain why Magikarp's scales were raised and other issues before his death?
  20. Hi there, thank you very much for responding, I've uploaded 3 images of Tumblelina . That's the usual spot whenever she bottom-sits. Magikarp sat there a lot too.
  21. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0ppm * Nitrite Level (tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level (Tank) 0ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level (Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim 2213 Canister + Aquaclear 70 HOB * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aquarium salts from LFS. Light blue colour. * Water temperature? Normally room temperature, put on heater to 24 deg celcius for the past 2 days * How often do you change the water and how much? 30 liters per week. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1 day ago, 30 litters * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 4 ft tank, 160 litters approx, running for 9 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 shortail ryukin, 1.5 inch minus tail. 1 butterfly tail, 1.5 inch. 10 zebra danios 2 bristlenose pleco, 1 inch. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Homemade gel food twice a day, duckweed and peas every now and then. * Any new fish added to the tank? Both goldfish are newly added 3 weeks ago, both stayed 1 week in QT prior with Prazi. * Any medications added to the tank? Praziquantel. * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) 1 oranda euthanised yesterday due to dropsy. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? None * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom sitting, dorsal fin pulled back. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi 1 week in QT, prazi currently in main tank. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Before I state my concerns, I need to explain some history about Magikarp that we had to euthanize yesterday. Magikarp had been part of the main tank from the very beginning (7 months), very active and playful red cap oranda. The other inhabitants of the tank (danios and pleco) do not interact with the goldfish, no fin nipping etc. During feeding time we make sure all get fed. 3 weeks ago we introduced Tumblelina and Hershey into the tank after 1 week in QT with prazi. Now I believe this probably wasn't long enough but it's a lesson learnt too late. A week ago Magikarp started occasionally bottom-sitting with fins clamped or hanging at the top of the tank. Externally there were no symptoms, and he perked up whenever we approached the tank, and swam as normal. 2 days ago he developed raised scales and started to go downhill very quickly, floating upside down with very laboured swimming. We called a mobile fish vet who suggested she could administer some antibiotics, although the prognosis was very bad, with a high chance he wouldn't make it. This was when we decided to euthanise him. Now I notice that Tumblelina is starting to show the same signs, bottom sitting, with dorsal fin pulled back. Similar to Magikarp she still gets very active when humans approach her. Scales still normal, no bloatedness. I am very worried she will go the same path as Magikarp. I am also very confused as to what could be ailing her. Water parameters are very good, as you can see above. Will be really greatful if anyone can offer me some advice. As you can see I am in Australia, with very limited access to medicine.
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