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  1. If dogs and cats and hamsters and cats and horses and tarantulas go over the Rainbow Bridge when they die, do our treasured pet fish go under it?

    I am about to lose a beautiful grown-to-be-huge black lionhead to external ulcers, unless Tricide Neo works a miracle. (It has before. Maybe it will again.)

    What about mudskippers? Do they get to choose their route?

    Yes, I do know this is a silly post or a sad one, depending on how you feel about this Rainbow Bridge phenomenon.

    Caroline in San JOse

  2. Howdy, folks.

    Last November we got a gorgeous big old cinnabar colored oranda from a high-volume store in San Francisco's Chinatown. (It's a wonderful store, but fish from there DO need to be dipped and quarantined. Some haven't made it out of quarantine.)

    After at least a month's quarantine and 2 salt baths, the oranda went into our 75G tank. (Bad Caroline! I didn't dip her in praziquantal because I was too lazy to go get a new supply of PraziPond.)

    Including big flowing tails, tank residents are two 5-to 6-in orandas (including the newish one), a 3- to 4-in lionhead, and a 5-to 6-in Ryukin, plus a couple of fat 6-in dojos, 3 1-in cories, and lots of blooming big and small anubias. The water is VERY hard, ammonia and nitrite are 0, and nitrates sometimes get up to 45 when we're out of town but we generally change water before it hits 30. We keep the temp at about 76.

    Now the cinnabar oranda is flashing against the gravel and plants, and the ryukin is flashing sometimes too.

    So, I want to nuke the possible flukes with PraziPro.

    I know the dosage to use for 75gal ... a scant gram. But is there a good way to dissolve it completely and quickly so it doesn't float around like snow in a paperweight for weeks? (Maybe I should try some tank water and a blender?)

    Thanks for your advice,


    San Jose

  3. Hi, folks!

    I'm sorry I've been so... so... so very absent for so long.

    I just saw a video that I know y'all will like.

    I tried searching to see if somebody already posted this link, but my computer keeps balking. And now I can't figure out how to insert a clickable link. Please cut and paste, and enjoy the ballet.

    Fond regards,

    Caroline in San Jose

    Link removed

  4. Can you temporarily transfer one of the other fish to his tank to see whether he responds to the company?

    I think seeing whether he wants to be sociable is worthwhile. Noticing that he has company could be good for him. If not, remove the other fish.

    I have had peaceful comets and ornery orandas. I've never had a lionhead/ranchu who acted mean though. Maybe they just can't aerodynamically manage it.

    Right now my 12gal quarantine tank houses a tiny long finned torpedo-shaped bright red telescope-eye goldfish and a new Juli cat. They are schooling together and eating together. I wonder whether they still will when put in a big tank with others of their own species.

    Caroline in San Jose

  5. I have had no trouble with Dojos and bristlenose plecs, but I *have* had trouble with the plecs stripping my slower goldfish of slime and scales, sometimes killing the goldfish.

    Now I keep a couple of adult bristlenose plecos separately where they can breed, and I use some half-grown youngsters to clean the other tanks. I also trade in extra plecos at my favorite fish store.

    Caroline in San Jose

  6. We had a number of white clouds in our 75g tank when the goldfish were smaller. We had plenty of plants for them to hide in, but usually they were swimming in open water mid-tank. Over 3 years or so, they died out. By then the goldfish were getting big enough to eat them, so we didn't replace the minnows. But they were delightful when the GF were smaller.

    Now we have a couple of frisky dojo loaches and a couple of bristle-nose plecs in that tank (plus 4 or 5 fat goldfish). If I ever start a tank with small goldfish again, I'd surely like some more white clouds.

    Caroline in San Jose

  7. We treated my big lionhead for dropsy in a quarantine tank about 3 weeks ago, because she was looking swollen. No actual pineconing had started yet. We gave her antibiotic food and epsome salts and a bit of extra warmth. After a couple of weeks she seemed better, and we put her back in the main (75 gal) tank.

    Now there's a new fish in the quarantine tank.

    This morning two other much smaller goldfish were trying to beat up the lionhead... stomach bumping, rump pushing and shoving, etc. It looks like typical behavior by males trying to get a female to lay eggs.

    The lionhead was very stressed and trying to hide. For now, I stuck her in a tropical tank with some clown loaches and a few young bristlenose plecos.

    If she is carrying eggs, will it hurt her not to lay them? I don't know whether the small males can bring about egg laying but they do make her miserable.


    Caroline in San Jose

    p.S. I know how to determine goldfish gender 3/4 of the time. If I give a fish a male name, it usually turns out to be female. And vice versa. The lionhead's name is Oliver.

  8. I'm not set up to examine scrapes, I'm embarrassed to say.

    I'd thought about flukes, but not of costia. Thank you for the suggestion! Tonight I dosed the tank with Prazi and 1 tsp/gal of salt. I'll add more salt tomorrow and the next day.

    Rats rats rats ###### ###### ######! I'm so sorry to have lost such a beautiful fish, and to have endangered my other cuties.

    Thanks again,

    Caroline in San Jose

  9. Two or three years ago, I bought some from a koi dealer who said it was his replacement medicine for DeBride. I was not impressed, because most of it seemed to wander off the fish's lesion and into the water ASAP. It did dye my hands and clothes however.

    Carolin in San Jose

  10. Hi. yall.

    I've had sevearl dropsied fish over the past few years. I don't know the cause, but presume it to be bacterial.

    when a fish starts to dropsy, I move it into a quarantine tank, not so much as to protect the healthy fish as to be able to treat the sick one by itself.

    I have found that feeding LOTS of MediKoi food ASAP makes the dropsy go away. Usually the recovery is "complete" and the affected fish gets to go back to a big tank. But I always lose the dropsied fish within two years. They might not dropsy again, but they fade away.

    Over time, I have thought that 3 fish were "cured" only to have them die a couple of months to a couple of years later. Bummer.

    But in addition to keeping water quality high and quarantining new fish, I reccommend finding some MediKoi if you see the beginning signs of dropsy. It works for a while at least.

    Caroline in San Jose

  11. Hi, y'all.

    Tonight I found a new addition dead in the tank. We quarantined him for 3 weeks, did salt baths twice during that time, and he was looking healthy and full of flouncy attitude when we put him in the main tank a few days ago. (Rats rats rats, why didn't I treat him with Prazi?)

    He was a big plump black oranda with a high top sail and long tail fins. He was fine this morning. When I found him tonight, he had been dead for a few hours at most. His gills were white-pale and there was some watery bloody stuff coming out of his vent.


    What have I exposed the other fish to?

    We have no detectable ammonia or nitrites, and the nitrates are between 10 and 15. We change 25% at least weekly. Water is *extremely* hard here. We are running 75 gallons in the tank plus 10 more in a trickle filter, plus an Eheim filter rated at 92 gallons as a polishing filter. There are 2 dojos and 6 fancy goldfish in the tank, 2 4"+ and the rest maybe 2". The set-up has been stable for about 3 years.

    We got the new fish to replace an old favorite of about the same 4-5" length. He apparently died of various tumours.

    So, what do I do now? Prazi for all?

    Advice would be much appreciated.

    Caroline in San Jose

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