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  1. I don't have any experience with sponge filters. Is there one kind that you would recommend over another?
  2. Update: I started this thread exactly six months ago and my poor little fishy has made absolutely no improvement. I have done everything that I was told to do over the three pages of replies on here with zero success. I even tried Furan-2 since it was probably the only thing I didn't try! She still sits on the bottom of the tank around the clock and swims along the bottom occasionally. Once in a while, she swims up to the top but immediately sinks back down like a little submarine. There have been two days in the past six months where she actually started swimming like normal again, but only for a couple of hours and then she was back on the bottom. Her fins are up, there are no sores on her anywhere, and she's always interested in food. I'm wondering if maybe her swim bladder just might be bad. I've tried hospital tanks, I've treated the whole tank, I've fed, I've fasted. Nothing changes. I think I'm just going to have to come to terms with the fact that my fish just may never swim again.
  3. So I put her in a shallow container to see if she would swim in there while I did a 25% water change and cleaned the filters. This is what she produced. Definitely not what the others are producing. She's been eating blood worms and it's nearly see-through with a big bubble in the center.
  4. Today would be day 5, but I haven't fed it yet. And, I can't find the acriflavine! The aquiculture store near me doesn't carry it, and the other aquatic specialty store is closed today so I can't find out if they have it. Can you suggest an online distributor?
  5. Ok. So I'm stopping the Metroplex and starting the Acriflavine. Do you suggest I treat only her in a QT or treat the entire tank? Also, what should I be feeding now? I have attached a video for you to see the behavior of all of the fish, (sorry for the poor quality - it's hard for my camera to focus on close-ups of moving fish). If you look closely you can see the splits in the big white one's tail. (His name is Shipwreck. Note: he is not missing scales. We bought him like that, the scales are there, they just aren't shiny like the rest of his body) Also...notice the chunk of her tail (The sick one. Her name is One-Eyed Willie) stuck in the filter tube. I just got home from work and it was there. I don't know how it happened since there is nothing else in the tank for her to snag it on. Another thing I notice that she does is she swims super fast up to the surface and immediately sinks down to the bottom and then a bunch of bubbles come out of her mouth. I know this may sound dumb, but does that mean she's having a hard time breathing? She keeps doing it. And she constantly looks like she's "chewing". Thank you so much for all of your help. I really appreciate it. I don't know what I would do otherwise.
  6. I'm starting to wonder if this is the end for her. I got her in May of 2013. What is the typical life expectancy for fantails?
  7. Nothing is in the tank currently, except an air stone. I used to have two shallow glass bowls with glass stones for decoration that held the fake plants in place. One was silk and the other plastic. They had been in there for as long as I've had the fish and I clean them out regularly since sometimes food may settle in between the stones. I also had some rocks in there for decoration. I have done nothing new with the way I have cared for these fish and this tank for years. edited to add that you can see what was in the tank in the 2nd video I posted on page 1
  8. Well, she's back on the bottom. She's been like this since Saturday morning. I started the Metroplex and Focus with the frozen bloodworms. 100% water change, and I don't know what else to do. I'm on day 3 of the meds. Her fins are red again since she's been bottom sitting. I'm treating all of the fish as a precautionary, so I hope that's ok. My little orange one has red in his tail and the white one has that one spot and some streaking. I'm at a total loss here.
  9. Thank you so much! When we bought him, they told us he was a red capped oranda. Then the red cap disappeared. Someone on here said he is a veil tail...so I'm not really sure what he is, but he sure is beautiful!
  10. I just got home from work and looked at her and the redness is almost gone! The white fish has some streaking in his tail and a red spot. All fish are swimming normally and no bottom sitting.
  11. am I only feeding it to her, or all of the fish? How would I know if the other fish need it?
  12. What am I treating for? Do I just follow the instructions on the box, or how do you recommend I use it? (sorry, I've just never had to treat with it before)
  13. Are fake plants harmful? Where do I get Metro+? What am I treating for? She's actually swimming fine now!! I think the Omega one pellets did the trick! I don't know!
  14. This is the best I can get. She has some cloudy spots on her tail too, but it's kind of hard to see in the pictures. My other large fish has some splits in his tail now but the two little fish do not. I put the final dose of Prazipro in yesterday. That was the second round. The schedule was - Added Prazi on Saturday after 100% water change. 4 days later added Prazi. The following Saturday I did a 75% water change and then 4 days later (yesterday) I added Prazi. I was at my wits end with this fish, so yesterday and today I fed her Omega One small sinking pellets. Pellet food always made her floaty in the past, so I picked some up when I bought the duckweed. I figured I would give it a try to see if it would get her off the bottom of the tank. She is currently swimming toward the top third of the tank and does not sink when she stops moving her fins. I'm not sure if this will last, but at least she's off the bottom. I think I'll do a 100% water change today, and see how things go over the next couple of days. Any thoughts? current readings: pH 7.6, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0 Temp 76 F
  15. Still no improvement. She's still eating well and definitely creating some green waste! Bloody looking spots on her pelvic fins close to her body. (maybe from sitting on the bottom of the tank?) and now her tail looks like it's starting to fray a little. I'm wondering if this could be because she lays near the filter intake tube or if it's a result of whatever is causing her to sink. Is there anything else I can do for her?
  16. Zero improvement. I'm afraid I'm going to lose her.
  17. I found duckweed at a store near me - ( rmsaquaculture.com ). It was like a feeding frenzy! They love it! I only bought a small amount so it looks like I'll be returning for more. She struggles to get to the top to eat it and immediately sinks back down to the bottom. Let's hope this helps her soon.
  18. Where do I get Duckweed? And can the other fish have it too? (sorry, I don't know anything about it) The reason i ask is because I put her back in the main tank. She was acting better and was done with the API General Cure (two doses per the instructions on the box) and I'm treating the main tank for flukes also. The other fish aren't bothering her.
  19. 4 days after 100% water change - still no change. pH - 7.6 ammonia, nitrite, & nitrate all = 0 7 days and still no change. I will be doing a 75% water change today and adding Prazipro again. She's still sinking to the bottom of the tank and stays there except when she eats. Can anyone tell me what might be wrong with her? I figured that I was treating her for gill flukes, but I thought after a week she should be doing better by now. I had one day in the middle of the week where she was a bit more active and I was feeling hopeful. Today...not so much
  20. Thank you for that information. I will definitely be doing 50% water changes weekly from now on! today's results (2 days after 100% water change) pH - 7.6 ammonia - 0 nitrite - 0 nitrate - 0
  21. Oh yes! She's never lost interest in her food
  22. Thank you so much! She's in a QT now with the API General cure, and I fed her the garlic soaked blood worms. I already prazied the main tank yesterday, so I'll repeat on weds, and so on...stay tuned!
  23. I usually use PraziPro (one dose at 1 tsp/20 gallons) once every 4 months or so just for maintenance. I've done it to treat flukes, but that was ages ago and I forget the protocol.
  24. Oops! I thought I fixed it! Hopefully you can see them now
  25. Here are a couple more videos (sorry about the constant focusing/re-focusing...I was trying to get a close up of her gills and my camera wanted to do its own thing!) https://youtu.be/9I7R1U3IkVE https://youtu.be/oJAfe9X0WCg
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