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  1. On ‎3‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 5:41 PM, koko said:

    Im sorry to hear this.

    If this was my fish I would at this point, have a shallow tank for this fish only and use a sponge filter if you can with Duckweed as the main food. She may improve or not but the main thing if she can't get off the bottom having a shallow tank will be a lot easier for her to swim in :) 

    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.  :idont

    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.

    One Eyed Willie.png

  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. 2 minutes ago, koko said:

    How long on the Metro? 

    Lets do the tank, since we have other fish with issues :) 

    That would be the sign that something is in there gills making her want to get bubble and chew on them. Then she is spitting them out of the gills. Kinda like we have and itch. :)



    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. 1 hour ago, koko said:

    Goldfish can Iive along time. 10 years is a good age for a goldfish. :) 

    I have one last thing to suggest. Acriflavine may help us.


    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. 8 hours ago, koko said:

    :)Okay what is in this tank ? 

    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

  7. On ‎9‎/‎29‎/‎2017 at 3:31 PM, koko said:

    I would order it to have on hand but at this point I wouldn't treat they are looking better :) 

    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.  :no:  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.


  8. 20 minutes ago, koko said:

    Do your other fish have red fins any where like her?  Or acting like her? 

    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.




  9. 8 minutes ago, koko said:

    Your going to treat for a bacterial infection. Im worried about those red belly fins. I have seen fish get that and get worse. 

    So what we will do is Soak Blood worms in the Metro and Focus. Feed that to her for 7 days after 7 days we will take a look at the fish. 

    Feed just once a day . 

    am I only feeding it to her, or all of the fish? How would I know if the other fish need it?

  10. 16 minutes ago, koko said:

    No but when fish have long fins like that. Those sharper fake plants can rip the tail fins :( 

    Seachems Metro+ 



    And also keep this on had Focus. That will help bond the Metro with frozen foods. 


    That is awesome. :) 

    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)

  11. 11 hours ago, koko said:

    Okay lets take those fake plants out of the tank. I would like to you treat them with Metro+ :) 

    Are fake plants harmful? Where do I get Metro+? What am I treating for?


    7 minutes ago, shakaho said:

    See if you can find some floating pellets.  Make her work for her food.

    She's actually swimming fine now!! I think the Omega one pellets did the trick! I don't know!

  12. 16 hours ago, koko said:

    Photos please :) 

    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


  13. 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? 

  14. 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. 

  15. 57 minutes ago, koko said:

    Okay I would like you to do one more thing for her. Find her some Duckweed, and let her munch on that only with garlic worms. This will help clean out her gut and give her some good nutrition. Im thinking she might have a swim bladder issue. Duckweed is an amazing food for fish. :) 

    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.

  16. On ‎9‎/‎18‎/‎2017 at 6:53 PM, andry6 said:

    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 

    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 

  17. 5 hours ago, shakaho said:

    Testing the tank water after a 100% water change gives you the parameters of your tap water.  Please read/reread our guidelines for heathy goldfish.  As Koko already mentioned, we recommend  a minimum water change of 50% weekly for a tank that provides at least 20 gallons per goldfish.  You have two huge fish in that aquarium.  A 4" standard length fancy goldfish has about the same mass as an 8 inch standard length comet/common.  Add on the tail and these become 12" long comet/commons.  Your little guys probably add up to one fish, but they have a lot of growth in them.

    If one does 100% water changes these should occur weekly or more often to avoid shocking the fish by greatly changed water chemistry.  When you don't change water, you get a steady build up of nitrate, that can reach toxic levels for sensitive fish in three weeks.  The increase in nitrate reflects a similar build-up of total dissolved solids and total organics which may harm fish, but which you cannot easily measure. The pH usually changes as these chemicals build up. When you suddenly replace this chemically "dirty" water with nice clean tap water the fish may experience an initial shock reaction.  Sometimes people who rescue fish from filthy water find them getting sick and even dying when put in clean water.

    Would you please do a daily test of ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH in the main tank for a week so we can see what happens chemically?


    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 

  18. 3 minutes ago, koko said:

    If you haven't Prazied these fish I would do that.

    I would also get the one fish put him in a 10gallon QT with filter. I would then treat him with General Cure API and Garlic soaked blood worms. 

    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.

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