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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!
  15. i'm gona try to post a video i took of this little guy. all my water conditions are normal, its just this one little fish that has been sick for a long time and everyone else is great. i got him at petsmart in mid march.. i thought he was a little "different" looking and maybe consitpated looking but seemed like i could just feed him peas and seemed healthy otherwise, but im now convinced that he is stunted and thats why he looks kind of weird in his face/eyes, and am wondering if all his health conditions are because of it or not, or if i should just euthanize him, or give him away to someone willing to spend even more money on treatments for him. im not sure how to tell if he is suffering in pain or not. he definitely 'looks' uncomfortable to me. and seems to get knocked around by the bigger fish. he was fine for about a week after being fed peas, then he started looking really more bloated in his butt area, it is really big and round more so than the other orandas i have under the tail. and had started pine coning, he has been bloated and pineconing with bulged eyes since april. now he is getting some red streaking. and has had a few scale injuries from the water changing hose because he isnt healthy enough to always stay away from it, he swims and still tries to eat but sometimes he swirls around like his belly wants to float. today ive now noticed a buldge or bubble looking lump under one of his eyes. my fish eat sinking hikari products and peas regularily. since april he has been treated with epsom salt, aquarium salt, dropsy meds, prazi-pro, Proform LA (because of another fish in the tank), and liquid mardel maracyn plus antibacterial antibiotics, melafix and pimafix.. (of course with appropriate water changes and time in between) with absolutely NO results on him what so ever. i still have some of the antibiotics and prazi pro left(but i dont see this to be fluke). im not sure if i should give more antibiotics or just quit? or what i should do, i would be sad but im accepting of euthanasia if i can get some confirmation that it is best. or could he be saved by some other treatment im not aware of or just let him be until he dies in the tank? i never have any good luck with isolating a fish they always seem to die in a day or two when i do that. he never looks any better no matter what ive done and little by little he seems to be getting more and more things wrong with him. please help with any ideas or advise. thanks (its taking a looong time for this video to load so im going to come back with it and post it later if i can figure out how)
  16. did you think your T5 High output bulbs seem like they lasted long? what was the replacement cost like? when i was researching algae when i built my algae scrubber everything i read said that algae (atleast the hair algae i wanted) likes red light spectrum.. not blue? but i dont really know about all of it. ive had actinic and daylight on a nano tank i had a long time ago and i liked the look of it and never had an algae problem in there from it. i doubt ill have an algae problem in this tank, i keep it dark at night and my lights are only on about 8 hours a day, i also have an algal turf scrubber, a UV sterilizer and my BN pleco does a good job too id like the lighting to look crisp and clean and white. not purplish or pinkish like ive gotten with a lot of plant/aquarium bulbs. in my opinion when ive had white or daylight bulbs before it just doesnt look right to me without the blue/actinic tones added in, it always looks like it has a greenish or yellowish tint to the water without the blue. and i like the way the blue brings out the reds and oranges in my fish as well. im using a cheap strip of 36 actnic LEDS added next to my single fluorescent bulb. but they are cheapy and wont last much longer.
  17. ive had my seaclear 36" long 40G with the cheapy single 24" fluorescent tube fixture that comes with it for years.. but the tank was always in a sunny room so the plants never suffered. my goldfish tank is heavily planted and my goldfish are actually well behaved about not tearing them up. but ive moved the tank to another room so its time to think about buying a Nicer light fixture as the plants are beginning to suffer and i cant see the fish as well. i tried LEDs and it was a major waste of money. im thinking about a fixture that is at least the equivalent of 3 to 4 24" 20 watt fluorescent tubes, or maybe an actual 36" fixture since the tank is actually that long. ive looked at some 24" fixtures that hold 4 High Output fluorescent tubes, and some 24" fixtures that hold 2 of the compact fluorescent tubes (the ones that are 2 tubes stuck together with 4 pins in a row) i like the look of daylight mixed with actinic, or the 50/50 CFLs. my questions, i wonder if any one knows or has some experience with these different bulbs. compact fluorescent, regular and H.O. fluorescent tubes; What is Brighter? how do they compare to eachother? what lasts longest? most cost effective? heat problems? do plants thrive more with one or the other? thanks!
  18. thanks for your input! i can tell that the medicine is still present in the water but i suppose there is no way to tell if its active or has been changed. i have enough to treat like 3 more times i think so i will do that. thanks again!
  19. are the plants in the center back real? if so, how did you secure them? are they stuck between rocks? just wondered since your substrate doesnt look too deep. im brainstorming ways to go with way less substrate or substrate free but i have a ton of plants and am looking for how other people secure their live plants in that situation. thanks!
  20. i had a question and wondered if anyone knows or has some experience. my goldfish were showing signs of flukes so i got some prazipro brand liquid praziquantel product. it says on it that only one treatment lasting 5 to 7 days with one dose is normally all thats necessary. and it also says to shut off the UV sterilizer. i did like an 80% water change and conditioned the water and all that. then added my prazipro. i was sure i had shut off my UV, but i must not have rocked the switch all the way and it came back on. it was on for probably 1 and a half or 2 hours with the water cycling at 370 gph for a 40 gallon tank. is this treatment of prazipro now "ruined" after this? should i treat with it again after the 5 days or does anyone think its fine still anyway? did the UV burn off the medication? any input much appreciated. id really like to not do any more meds than i have to but i want them to get better as well. thanks!
  21. i know its not his fault. i don't mean any disrespect to other redcap owners it could have been any fish i just said redcap because thats what kind it was. and i dont mean the fish or redcaps are stupid. i mean the act of buying him at all was stupid on my part.
  22. yeah that poor little guy, i feel bad for him he lived a short miserable life bacause the store he was at didnt know how to take care of him, but in all reality he was like a cute little biological weapon. he was so cute and i felt sorry for him so i took him home. he gave some kind of illness to my huge black oranda and killed him, and gave lice to my big panda.and i now suspect flukes. he came from a "big box store" which the little voice in the back of my mind was telling me was a no-no.... and i should have listened, but again the cute/guilt factor won me over. i have never dealt with "poor quality" (or diseased) fish so i never had a real idea of how disastrous it could be. i always buy my goldfish from buygoldfishonline . com and have never had to quarantine from them, so i really didnt think about it. and i have to admit i was also drawn in by his tiny price tag, and i was confident i could grow him into a big healthy fish. but never again, from now on if i want another fish im gona wait until i have the money for definite quality from a place i trust.
  23. actually over the night those hanging scales came off and he looks totally normal now. theres just a very small lighter colored area where they were, i think he just scraped himself and knocked some scales off. and i just happened to see them in the process of coming off. ive just been so paranoid after that whole fiasco buying that stupid fish that made everyone else sick. so every little thing i see i end up thinking is life threatening. he has scraped himself before and i assumed the worst then too and he just healed up and was fine. i do think the BN pleco's beloved "house" the resin hollow log ornament will have to go because i think it is the culprit, its pretty rough and scratchy .
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