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  1. I am just a lowly computer programmer who likes goldfish & asserting conclusions based on small/dubious sample sizes :') That's good info to know for the commons. I've been poking around aquaponics papers to try and glean their size data on common goldfish and knowing the 25% guideline will help a lot in calculating body length. I feel like I'm just not looking in the right places... big-name goldfish breeders take their craft so seriously that I'd expect there to be absolutely exhaustive data on length/mass.
  2. You're right about the unclear lengths. I went back and separated out the data based on people who actually said they measured the body (or whose measurements I could confirm) vs. those who were unclear. Now the spreadsheet has an option to sort the data based on accuracy. Surprisingly, the overall 'Fancy' and 'Single Tail' charts aren't that different even with the accuracy sorting, though the individual breeds certainly are. Thanks for the other threads and the suggestions for combining breeds! I added a few more entries and combined a few breeds together. Thanks so much!
  3. Sorry to necro - I know Tithra talked a lot about the spreadsheet they were compiling based on this thread but... I could not find it anywhere. So, instead of doing a more thorough search or sending a PM, I just went ahead and compiled my own version out of curiosity: Goldfish Lengths and Weights Spreadsheet Give it a second to load, then click the dropdown on the upper left and select a breed/type. Even with the limited data, the results are pretty interesting. Feel free to add your own measurements to the 'All Data' sheet, and please let me know if you see any obviously bungled equations (it's late and I have a cold; my math skills are not their greatest right now). (Note: I excluded some people's data because the breed/length/weight were unclear or not included. Also, Lionheads and Lionchus were labeled 'Ranchu' because the breeds are so similar + there wasn't enough data between the three breeds to warrant separate categories.) (Also, please let me know if Tithra did indeed publish their spreadsheet so I can feel silly + see their more in-depth breakdowns.)
  4. Hey all... unfortunately, this thread has an unhappy ending. Clementine had been doing GREAT. Her ich had been gone for over a week so I gradually tapered off the salt. She got done with her antibiotics too. Her fins seemed to be regrowing a little bit. This last week, I started a new full-time job, so I was just quickly changing out out her water each morning and tossing some pellets in before I ran out the door, then collapsing into bed when I got home. I noticed she'd been less active since I took her off the antibiotics but was so distracted by life that I didn't pay as much attention as I should have. Over the last few days, I noticed that she was not eating all of her food, but wasn't sure what to do about it besides keeping her water clean. Yesterday, I noticed that she was hanging out at the top of the tank listlessly, and by the evening, I was starting to see pineconing. I added Epsom salts and went to sleep with a heavy heart, and this morning I came in to find that she had passed away. Testing showed no ammonia, nitrites, or nitrates (seems normal for daily 100% WCs) and the same PH as it'd always been (7.4). Her eyes seemed sunken towards the end, and her gills were very red. After she passed, I took a peek under her gill covers and her gills looked almost spikey... lots of rays with the tissue between them sunken away. It was all very sudden but I feel like if I'd been more attentive I might have been able to do something sooner. Maybe I didn't properly temperature-match her water in all the rush this last week and shocked her already-stressed system? Maybe she needed to be on antibiotics longer? Maybe if I'd posted about it here yesterday or the day before someone might have been able to suggest something that could have saved her? Thank you so much to everyone who gave their time and effort to try and help her. She was a wonderful fish and I'm so heartbroken that she died this young.
  5. This is what her time with me has looked like so far: 5/23/15 - 0.3% salt 5/24/15 - 50% WC, 0.3% salt 5/25/15 - 100% WC, 0.3% salt, double dose of Prazi 5/26/15 - 100% WC, 0.3% salt, normal dose of Prazi, 1.5% salt dip (30 seconds), 2 measures Kanaplex, 1 package furan 2 5/27/15 - 100% WC, 0.3% salt, double dose of Prazi, 1.5% salt dip, 2 measures Kanaplex, 1 package furan 2 5/28/15 - 100% WC, 0.3% salt, double dose of Prazi, 1.5% salt dip, 2 measures Kanaplex, 1 package furan 2 5/29/15 - 100% WC, 0.3% salt, double dose of Prazi, 1.5% salt dip, 2 measures Kanaplex, 1 package furan 2 5/30/15 - 100% WC, 0.3% salt, double dose of Prazi, 1.8% salt dip, 2 measures Kanaplex, 1 package furan 2 6/1/15 - Wasn't feeling well this day and slept for 16 hours... didn't get her water changed or salt dip done or anything. 6/2/15 - 100% WC, 0.3% salt, double dose of Prazi, 2.0% salt dip, 2 measures Kanaplex, 1 package furan 2 I'm changing out 100% of the water daily so I'm just... replacing the prazi after the water changes; is this the correct thing to do?? How do you complete a 'round' of prazi when the water's constantly getting switched out?
  6. Keeping this thread updated... I continue to go through salt at an astonishing rate and Clementine continues to look better and better. Her ich appears to have entirely vanished but I'll keep her on 0.3% salt for a week as advised. I increased the daily salt dips to 2%--she has to wiggle quite a bit to stay upright, but she makes the effort. I... don't know what to think about her fins? They're short where they 'disintegrated' but the edges seem clean and not ragged and even with photographs it's hard for me to tell if they've gotten any shorter in the last few days or if the disintegration has been stopped. She's still on Furan 2 and Kanaplex as of right now and I'm not exactly sure when to stop these medications. Thank you again, everyone.
  7. Well, the ich has vanished again aside from a few spots on her wen! (The 'speckles' in this picture are just air bubbles on the tank wall from the water change.) Talk about a drastic change. There even seems to be a small amount of fin regrowth! Also, you can't see it in this photo since she was busy nyooming everywhere, but she's had her dorsal raised up almost all day. Um, also, I may have accidentally given her a 1.8% salt dip instead of a 1.5% today. Used some tank water for the dip and forgot to account for the salt already in there. But she had absolutely no problems staying upright.
  8. Yes, she's been at 0.3% salt this whole time. Many thanks to you and the mods. =)
  9. She was much easier to photograph when she wasn't zooming all over the tank nonstop, but I'm glad she's so active. I feel so bad about the ich, though. It definitely looks worse than when I first got her.
  10. Update! I've been doing 100% water changes as advised and I'll keep her on the prazi. Her ich came back with a vengeance this morning - she's covered in white dots, much worse than yesterday. However, yesterday's salt dip she managed to stay upright for just until the end of the one minute, and today she stayed upright the entire time! I'll take a photo of her in a few hours, once she's out of her salt dip isolation bucket. She's getting perkier and livelier every day and it's a wonderful thing to see. :')
  11. Got it! Thanks. I'm dosing Furan 2 and Kanaplex as per the instructions on the packaging (1 package of Furan 2, and two level measures of kana). Her water has been at 0.3% salt for two days now (I started her at 0.1% when I first got her, and raised it up to 0.3% in 12-hour increments in order to combat her ich). I also put in a double dose of PraziPro the day before yesterday. I hesitate to keep using it now that she's on so many other meds, but I decided to add a normal dose of Prazi to her new water yesterday after her salt dip to avoid changing the water parameters too much. Do you think I should decrease the salt and/or stop the Prazi until she's fought off the more serious problems?
  12. Hey everyone! She's doing really well compared to yesterday! a video of her right after she woke up, and one about 30 minutes later. After her salt dip yesterday, she spent the rest of the day swimming around like in the second video which was so encouraging to see. Her dorsal was even raised a little! She didn't bottom sit at all that I know of, even during the night. I can't see a lot of change to her fins compared to yesterday, but they haven't gotten any worse, either. I'm about to go do a WC, clean out the sponge filter, and remove the HOB. In regards to daily 100% water changes - should I readminister the kanaplex immediately after any water change, or still wait two days between doses like it says on the packaging? Do antibiotics like this even linger in the water past the first day or so or do they recommend spacing out the doses to minimize stress to the fish?
  13. Thank you so much, both of you. I've started her on the Furan 2 and Kanaplex. She has been MUCH more active ever since her salt dip--not bottom sitting at all! She still doesn't look healthy, but at least she's swimming/hovering around instead of laying motionless on the bottom of the tank. Most of the really thick patches of slime coat have also come off. I'll let you all know what she looks like in the morning! (RIP biological filtration on the QT filter... it was nice knowing you)
  14. Haha, beat you to it. =) Edit: Oh my god, she took a HUGE dump in the holding tank! I see why a separate tank was recommended now!
  15. Sorry for double posting, but I also got a photo of her poo. This is from today after eating some New Life Spectrum Algaemax pellets: Her poop was floating on the first day, but has been sinking ever since. She seems to produce less poop than would be expected for the amount she's eaten... though maybe it's just getting sucked into the HOB before I notice it.
  16. Okay, salt dip completed... it was my first ever salt dip and I am pretty sure I messed it up (definitely handled her too much, and I feel like I should have taken her out right away as soon as it was obvious she wasn't righting herself? I should have looked up more resources before doing the procedure...) I took a video of it, not sure if it'll help. I matched PH and temperature on both the holding tank and the salt dip and used the 1.5% salinity that was recommended. She's currently seeming pretty lively in the holding tank. She was floating about dazed-like for a few minutes but now she seems to have regained her balance and is slowly wiggling about. Also, I picked up some Furan 2 in case it's needed. Thank you so much to everyone for the help and well-wishes.
  17. My store has Furan 2 in stock, and I can go pick some up within the hour!
  18. Update: Okay, I'm very concerned after seeing her this morning. She had some fraying on her fins last night but now the fraying has increased dramatically on all four lobes of her tail fin. Can't tell if it's affecting her dorsal or anal fins because she keeps them so clamped up. Here's a photo - compare with the last photo from less than 24 hours ago: She perked up to eat some food, but quickly returned to bottom sitting...
  19. Yesterday, her poop was long, clear/white, and stringy. Today I fed her a pea and her poop was, well, pea-green and very short and chunky. I tried to get some photos but the camera refuses to focus on them.
  20. Here's a (crappy) video of her from a few minutes ago.
  21. OH GOD yes it's 0.3% not 3%! My bad for the typo! I am double dosing the Prazi. I have kanaplex, metroplex, epsom salts, melafix, pimafix, some rid-ich stuff, and, uh... I think that's it.
  22. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 10-20ppm (it is seriously difficult to tell which is which on the liquid test kit... any tips on telling the two apart?) * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master test kit, liquid * Water temperature? 78 degrees (to combat ich - is this too high?) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallon quarantine, set up two days ago * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Penguin 100 filled with cycled media from my main tank (baffled), and a cycled sponge filter that's about 4" x 6". * How often do you change the water and how much? I'm doing 5-day-round Prazi treatments as outlined in this thread, so 50% every five days. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 50% WC * How many fish in the tank and their size? One two-inch (body length) oranda * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS Algaemax and peas, once a day and very sparingly * Any new fish added to the tank? Well, kind of. She's the only one in there but she's also new! * Any medications added to the tank? 0.3% salt and double dosed Prazi * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Two days ago, I drip acclimated her to her new tank which was set up with 0.1% salt, then gradually upped the dosage to 3% over the next 24 hours. Yesterday, I did a WC and double dosed Prazi; I'm intending to start her on 5-day-round treatments for a month or so. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? "Grains of salt" EVERYWHERE, rips and pinholes in tail, perma-clamped dorsal, what may be ammonia burns visible on her belly, thick and globby slime coat. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? She's eating well and will come up to play with my fingers, but she bottom sits when I'm not actively interacting with her. She breathes heavily and when she first arrived she was flashing and rubbing against the sponge filter, but now she's mostly bottom sitting. Basically, I'm making this thread to ask if there's anything you think I should change while trying to help this new arrival. I rescued this fish from abhorrent conditions two days ago... her tentative name is 'Clementine'. Her old owner had her in a 5 gallon that looked absolutely filthy... I didn't remember to ask how long she kept Clementine in those conditions, but I hope it wasn't long. This is what she looked like when she first arrived: This is what she looks like as of two hours ago: The ich seems to have gone WAY down--I vacuumed up a lot of ich dots that were sitting on the bottom of the tank yesterday. But her slime coat has gone from 'thick' to 'flaking off in large patches and looking absolutely horrifying'. Is this normal when doing a salt treatment? So yeah... please let me know if there's anything I've missed or what I could do to treat her better. Here's a bonus video of her being ultra cute in one of her lively moods!
  23. Abraham (?) looks like he has giant googly cartoon pupils! How wild! Love all your photography; it's stunning.
  24. Ah, thank you all so much, everyone! A few days ago Winston and Wasabi finally got introduced to the real tank and got to meet Marigold and Duracell. It was adorable! The two little ones survey the vast expanse in awe, when suddenly... "WHOA! What the heck is THAT!?" The goldfish all check each other out suspiciously... ...but eventually start to get along. It's been several days now, and they seem very content together!
  25. Update to this because of a very interesting development: So Duracell has been very active and his tail has been growing back, but the red had started to reappear on his tailtips again and I was getting worried. At the same time, I'd noticed the tank's temperature climbing past 75 F because of the new lights I installed... I turned the AC on in our apartment and raised the lights up off the tank a bit, and the tank dropped down to 70-72 degrees. But more importantly--all the red in Duracell's tail disappeared within a single day! It was incredible! Guess he was not reacting well to the warmer temperatures. This isn't something to be worried about, right? He seems active and has a mighty appetite still. I'll be sure to keep a very close eye on the tank temperature from now on.
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