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    Lionheads: 1 sakura, 1 black and red. Orandas: 1 blue. one albino BN pleco.

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  1. i found an Azoo battery pump on ebay for like $12. new. the seller claims that when he tested one with cheap dollar store batteries he got 24.5 hours out of it when he was just beginning to loose power, and then when he put good energizer batteries in it he got 90 hours before beginning to loose power. im in the market too, and so far that sounds like the best one to me if you buy the "good" batteries, most of the others will only boast 24 or 48 hrs from the ads ive read, and one i saw only took one D battery instead of 2, so i would think one battery wouldnt last as long as 2.. i'm trying to find something that will last about 3-4 days to move my 2 lionheads to FL. i think im gona rig the inside of the container with an internal filter and plug them in at night in the motels and do lots of water changes. and not feed them. or i also considered trying to make some type of air powered bio filter for the container. they survived 4 days in the mail in bags when i got them when they were babies so i am optimistic.
  2. im currious about this too, i looked at the link but they didnt seem to have the most important info, what type of battery is in it? is it replacable or does it charge when plugged in? and how long does it last running an airpump or air and filter?
  3. fish died day after i moved him to the separate container on the 8th as i thought he would.. not sure why i never have any luck keeping fish alive if i take them out of the big tank. i guess it might be better if i kept it running all the time, but i wouldnt know how to keep it cycled with no fish in it. when i set up a separate container i put an air pump and hob filter and take bio balls n sponges out of my big cansiter and put it in the hob filter hoping there would be good bacteria in it. not sure what else to do. medicated food wont be here until today or tomorrow but now i dont need it.. guess it will be good to have on hand if it doesnt spoil. finally got most of the other orandas sold off. now theres 3 fish in my 40 G.
  4. its mopani hard wood supposedly intended for aquariums its heavy and hard and i check it. i also boiled each piece for about 10 hours before i put it in. mainly to get the tannens out, but i assume that would have killed anything too. it doesnt really have any holes or caves in it. one piece had a small hole that i shoved a java fern in. i need it for my bn plecos diet. the statue is filled. when my fish get too large for a tank i usually sell them, except for my two lionheads. so none of them will be in there permanently. and eventually they will be in a bigger tank again, which ever of them i still have. they are in the 40 gal seaclear 36x16x16 (which used to my my QT tank) and sump right now because my 300 Gal ended up with one side shattered for no apparent reason while i was at work.. think the stand was slightly not level and that did something to it. so that was fun. .. sold and gave away more than half the goldfish i had to thin them out for the smaller tank, and am working on holding it together while i save for another large tank. hoping to go with acrylic this time and avoid any more tank smashing tragedies.
  5. well actually let me know what you think looked like an indication of stagnant water and ill check it out just to be sure, but in the video the water wasnt moving because the pumps were off for the water change. it takes forever for it all to siphon out the door so i took the video and started the process of posting it while i was waiting on it. most people tell me i have too much filtration and the water moves too much. but my fish seem to not mind the current, and its not sucking them up or anything. and i know people will ask, the statue is in there is solid, not hollow. so no stagnant water in there. i filled it full of layers of sand and 100% silicone and capped off the whole bottom with silicone. and i check it every water change to make sure its solidly sealed still.
  6. if you read what i wrote, i took the video during a water change so the pumps were off at the moment and the water was lowering. if you read what filtration i have , stagnant water is very unlikely since when everything is actually running, plus my power heads which run intermittently and sweep the bottom and the surface, the tank looks like a snow globe most of the time. i have kept goldfish and aquariums successfully for 20 years. i'm not a beginner. my only inexperience is with fish disease itself (and some of the new more modern technologies that have to do with lighting and wiring things lol). i had my first ever sick fish a few months ago and this is the second sick fish. but they were both sick when i bought them. guess ive always been lucky that no one ever sold me a sick fish before in all those years. if hes not stunted then he just had a miss-shaped head with really big bulgy eyes that seem to take up a good portion of the sides of his head, and a lot of wen for his size when i got him, so maybe the miss-shaped head and bulgy eyes were an indication of something else wrong with him. his tail fan also bends down at a 90 degree angle in the middle as if he were previously injured or something. so he's not stunted,. just physically weird looking. he also hasnt grown at all since march despite being fed good foods.
  7. its cool i just have those cuz i'm half irish and half native canadian, but i do live here in the good ole US of A now i had tried contacting goldfish connection a while ago about buying products because i had questions about how to pay, actually im pretty sure that was the food i was trying to buy but they never did get back to me guess ill try again. so we'll go with epsom again and that food hopefully i can get it and see what happens. thanks!
  8. There has been no indication that what you are describing is not true. However, it is difficult to give proper treatment advice without a clear picture of what the fish actually looks like. There can be different degrees of scale raising and depending on how raised the scales are and where exactly the raised scales are occurring, something different may be going on. You wouldn't call the doctor and ask them to diagnose a broken bone without seeing you, same sort of idea here. Epsom salts are the best treatment for the bloating (which I can clearly see in the video) and metronidazole food is the best treatment for dropsy. Do you have a vet that could prescribe you metronidazole tablets? You unfortunately cannot get this antibiotic over the counter where you are. My advice as of right now is to place the fish in QT and treat with epsom salts (1/4 tsp per every 10 gallons) and do large daily water changes, adding back in the epsom you take out. The fish should be in QT when treating with epsom, as the other healthy fish should not be treated. In the meantime try to get your hands on some metro, as this will give your fish the best chance at recovery. can i use seachem metronidazole? curious as to where you think i am? im sure can order it online. or this flake food? : http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-oz-Metronidazole-MEDICATED-Fish-Food-FAST-N-FREE-SHIPPING-/320996264338?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4abcde4992 How long are you supposed to treat with epsom salt for?
  9. when a fish is stunted and their organs don't have room, are these the usual health issues? or how their life typically comes to an end because of it? it seems like severe constipation and renal failure to me, but i havent delt with many sick fish,. would treatments i tried before possibly work if i did them again? (the maracyn plus, or epsom salt) or is there a point if its not an infection and due to his organs being squished and didnt have any result the first time?
  10. already tried epsom salt for like a week and a half or 2 weeks. nothing happened. i took pictures but there really is no point in trying to post them because they all come out blurry no matter what i try even in a tupperware he just looks like an orange blob and theyre not any better than the video that took an hour to load. ive described him over and over again in all the posts above. i dont know what else i can do to make people believe he looks like what i'm saying. i dont have an QT tank up and running currently. and every time i move a fish into a separate container they die within a day or two even with air and filtration where i take seasoned sponges out of the current filter to put bacteria in the QT filter. so i really dont want to take him out unless i am intending to put him out of his misery.
  11. and the tank has been running for four years since the last time it was moved. the filters have been "seasoned" with bacteria and lever alowed to dry out for about 10 years. forgot that on the thing above
  12. his scales stick out like a pine cone, like all the pics ive seen of dropsy in goldfish. thats the only way i can describe it but i cant get any pics that show it. sometimes it looks better on some days they stick out less and then stick out more on another day. i dont think is has any thing to do with my water. all the other fish are fine and he was funny looking when i brought him home which probably should have been my clue not to. i used Liquid Mardel Maracyn Plus Antibacterial Antibiotic (that whole thing is the name of one product). it has a broad spectrum antibiotic in it that treats dropsy and internal bacterial infection among other stuff. im mainly wondering if he could be having all these problems because of renal failure due to being stunted as apposed to some disease.
  13. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 10ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .5 * Nitrite Level(Tap) .5 * Nitrate level(Tap) 15ppm * Ph Level, Tank 8 (kept at 8 on purpose for my snails using crushed coral in my canister) * Ph Level, Tap 6.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api drops * Water temperature? 72 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 38 gal with 42 gal sump (80 G total water vollume) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? sun sun 370 gph UV canister. 500gph aquaclear 110. 40gph nitrate reactor. 50 gph algal turf scrubber. * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% once every other week or longer as nitrate tests require * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7 orandas and lionheads, 1 bn pleco. 3 inch. the sick one is like 1 or 1.5 inch. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? rescue pond start removes chlorine chlorimine municipal ammonia and detoxes nitrite. pondcare salt 1 tbsp per 5 Gal. occasional stress coat when someone has possible skin injury or has been netted. * What do you feed your fish and how often? hikari wheat germ sinking, hikari saki fancy sinking, hikari lionhead sinking, and peas alternating on different days, and hikari tubifex worms once a week. fed one or two times a day skipping a day or two after peas once a week. * Any new fish added to the tank? no he is the newest * Any medications added to the tank? yes for him * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.: pondcare salt is in there all the time except when i tried treating with epsom salt (i cant remember what i used it was so many tsp per gallon i found some where on this forum, there was some proform LA in the tank when i got him but was in the process if changing the water out, i treated the tank with him in it with prazi pro for a week as the directions said (fish were acting like they needed it and he wasnt looking good either), then all the fish but him looked better and did water changes and carbon etc, then treated with maracyn plus antibiotiocs because he was looking like he had dropsy and it said it treated dropsy and internal bacterial infection that was an every other day dose for 7 days. did water changes and carbon and then he looked no better at all and then i treated with melafix and pima fix daily for a week because he had some open spots of missing scales where he had gotten stuck to the hose and was hoping to keep any sores that he had from getting infection or fungus and they didnt but he still looked no better anyway. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? bloating and pineconing like dropsy, bulgy eyes, round swollen rear end, now some redish streaks, missing some scales, bulge under eye, very thin single hair or fishing-line-like poop, doesnt seem to open his mouth wide enough for food * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no he just looks awful, but he swims and tries to eat, but sometimes seems like his belly makes him float around against his will Time spans on the treatments would probably be helpful for the team to get a better picture of the treatment history. ; i just followed the directions on the bottles and did big water changes and carbon after and waited a few days in between. didnt really document it.
  14. <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10152861323815487" width="640" height="480" frameborder="0"></iframe> (i took the video during a water change to kill some time.. so the waters not always that low and that blue hose isnt always in there) sorry its so long but he moves a lot and only in some frames you can see his swollen back side and the lump is under his left eye when hes facing you. and in some scenes you can see the pine coning.. sorry the rest is so blurry!
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