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  1. That was surprisingly easy. It's like he knew... Anyway. Here is the 55 bowfront. Look at allll dat algae. I haven't done scraping in the past couple of weeks because I've been trying to MINIMIZE the stress on these poor fish. Black moor is about 5 inches, the orange smudge in the front is Pepper the calico fantail. She's about 4.5, and she's a crazy photo bomber. AND here is Ollie, the unfortunate black moor that has no good luck. The white dots on him are the exit sites of the anchor worms. They used to be red and bubbled so I'd say tiny and white is much better. And, this is the clearest picture of Pepper the Photobombing fish. She's something else...
  2. I will try! He's such a wiggly little bugger. My tank is cloudy from the meds right now, I just added them in. Maybe I'll snap some of Pepper and my tank too
  3. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank): 10ppm * 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): 7.0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master test kit drops * Water temperature? 74 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55, 3 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?I have 3 filters on it, 2, 20g marineland Penguins, and 1 55 aqueon * How often do you change the water and how much? I usually did 45-50% once a week, but its been so crazy lately with anchor worms and now fin rot that its been a few times a week and the amount depends. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 60% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2, about 5 inches each * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Just switch to seachem prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Frozen blood worms, frozen mysis, just started feeding them some frozen krill, NLS pellets, peas. * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope. * Any medications added to the tank? YES. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Tetra Parasite Guard, a lot of salt (salinity is 1.012 right now), a little bit of coppersafe left over from a previous treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Fins became a little fringed two days ago, and now there are parts that look like "bites" were taken out of them, and they are red. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Acting normal. Alright, so Ollie is back at it again, giving me a run for my money. Found him with his tail fringed 2 days ago, and yesterday he was missing small chunks with it looking red and sore and today it is the same. A few questions, if it was the salinity, if would be all over his body, not just his tail, correct? How do I have this problem if my water quality is normal. I tested it with my kit, then brought more water into work and tested it with theirs just to make sure mine wasn't being problematic, but it came out the same. How long should I treat with the parasite guard? (for those trying to figure out why I'm treating with this, this is why: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/112570-crazy-resistant-anchor-worms/) I haven't seen a single worm since I pulled them all and treated. The package says a few weeks... Could I get away with 4 days since I haven't seen anything? I plan on keeping the salt up, but I really need to put my cartridges back in because I feel like thats what happened. I feel so bad for this poor fish. The other one is perfectly fine. This one is just getting all of the bad luck. Other than water changes and salt, how else should I go about this?
  4. I have a tendency to just call all of my animals an adjective then what they are. Grey Cat Orange Fish Psycho Hamster Crazy Fish Etc... Not really funny but I swear people don't know the real names of my fish/other animals because I never call them their real names...
  5. Mine love the laser pointer I use for my cats. They chase it around and try to eat it and get frustrated when they can't figure it out. Don't ask how I came up with that idea
  6. The goldfish selection is awful in mine! That's why I bought from Petsmart! First fish purchase I've ever made there and they gave me parasites. I buy all of my fish from my Petco, I mean, I'm the one that knows what goes on in those tanks Thank you :]
  7. Hahah, thank you! ALRIGHT! Eye ball worms were terrifying and were SOMEHOW anchored in way more than the others. BUT, they didn't even bleed The Petsmart that gave me these darn worms has the meds I need, I will pick them up tomorrow before I go to work, the salt is in the tank, he just had a nice coat of neosporin put on all his little bleeding wounds and he just ate a nice meal of frozen bloodworms, thawed to perfection Looks like that barely phased him. I didn't bother knocking Pepper out, she only had one. She didn't seemed to be phased either. Thank you SO MUCH, to EVERYONE who helped me out. Now hopefully I will see NO MORE of those nasty little creatures and they can start to heal and TAKE PICTURES :D
  8. DON'T LAUGH AT ME :[ Ok. I just pulled everything but the ones on his eyes. His tail bled like crazy, I just don't know how to do the ones on his eyes. I mean I guess they're better out than in but I'M SCARED. My roommates were just laughing at me because I had my glasses on the tip of my nose with a knocked out fish in a bowl of water pulling out anchor worms, they thought I was being ridiculous. But hey, when I need to be a fish surgeon, I need to look as professional as possible. He's still out because I just finished so I'll just go pull his eye ball worms and update ya'll. Now should I do anything with the open ones that are bleeding or just leave them be?
  9. Alright, sorry to post in this again, but I think I just came up with a crazy, possible idea. I ordered the cyropro offline today, and the shipping for within a week was 30 dollars, so I chose the ground shipping for 7 and then after I purchased it, it said it would be here in 4-8 WEEKS. WHAT!? I'm just going to assume that my fish aren't going to make it without it for that long. SO. Here is my idea. I'm going to pull as many of the "safe" spot worms that I can. I haven't seen any more "anchor" on to the fish, my black moor has less today. I think I can get all but 5 of them which are located in his tail and eyes. Since the anchor worms have chitin, what would happen if I cut them in half? Exposing their insides to the treatments in the water? If I snipped off half of them and discarded it, but left the other half in, would that kill them? Opinions?
  10. I use neosporin on anything. I have this problem with it, I feel like its a cure all But I have this really ghetto pet shop that sells all these antibiotics and medications for fish in my town, I'm gonna run by there tomorrow and see if they have it, if they do, I'll grab it and not have to spend money on shipping! Wee! Thank you for all your help :] You've really been great!
  11. Wow lets just all beat me to the punch
  12. New Life Spectrum fish food!!! And dnalex I really wish I had the guts to. I just don't think I dare with the ones on his fragile tail and around his eyes. I did a water change earlier, took the carbon out. If I see ANY improvement from him tomorrow, then maybe I'll try to pull a few. I had really good luck with the one I pulled off my first oranda, He healed quickly with no infection. I used neosporin on it and it never even got inflamed or anything. No, I haven't found the right size. But I'm looking. I might be able to find that Tetra Parasite Guard WAY easier than anything else. I'm gonna look at the few pet stores around my area, one of them sells a lot of pond stuff (even though were I'm from, fish in ponds are illegal) they might have something. Is the metronidazole the same thing in Metro Med food?
  13. NO! I couldn't bring myself to even try. Should I?!
  14. If only I could find it in that size....Jeez...
  15. I see what you did there, with your two cents Alright. So I think I'm gonna go with CyroPro. It obeys my goldfish budget a little better. Will 8oz be enough?
  16. I've got brine shrimp, blood worms and mysis in my freezer. Mysis are mostly for my archers but if the goldfish are fine with them then they can have some too. They can have krill!?!?!?!? YES. I love feeding krill. I had no idea! NLS IS AWESOME! Every time someone needs new fish food, I always point to that. And they always come back and say. "THIS IS AWESOME". Anyway. I'm going to do some more research for those fish drugs and get back to you on which one I order. Thanks for all your helpful hints. I've been on a couple of forums and every time I mention I work at Petco, people are like "SHUUUUUNNNNN, SHE'S THE DEVIL" Glad to see someone loves their Petco. I think that there are petco's everywhere that give the rest of us a bad rep.
  17. Thanks dnalex! 1. I went back there today to see if any of their fish had any problems and LOW BEHOLD they had a quarantine tank set up with 8 goldfish in it, all covered in them. So yes, you are right with that one. 2. Good to know, I was told over and over again that salt would work. I found dimilin online, but its insanely expensive. Do you have any sources you have found it at that might be less than 75 dollars? Cyropro seems a little more reasonable but does it actually work? 3. When I was at the store looking at them, he didn't seem to have a problem because he was in the top tank swimming down towards me. When I got him home, he started floating. I fed him peas for a few days, fasted him, and he pooped out all the peas. I'm not really sure what it was, but it was sad. 4. I'll have to check it out! I actually work as an aquatic specialist at Petco, so I get nice discounts on all kinds of fun goodies. I've seen it there but I've never tried it. Thanks for the suggestion! 5. I also put in the filter cartridge from my 20. I just forgot to mention that. It still probably wasn't much but hey, I still let it run for a month. But thank you!
  18. I DO have carbon in my filters. But I've read up on it, and all the products I used said it was fine to leave that in there. So should I remove it? Salt is at 1.007 (JUST checked it) I've tried to get pictures of them in their tank but they're too wiggly and all they want to do is eat. I've even tried food to get them to stop moving, it was a no go, they are crazy. I don't want to take them out just for pictures because I don't want to stress them out. But I can explain it to you. The calico only has one left, and its on his left side, near the back, right along the ridge where his stomach meets his caudal peduncle. The black one; everywhere. Some in his tail fins. Some are in the lid of his eye. So if this is his eye: O then its on the very top of the O, in the "flesh" not the actual eye. He's got them on his sides, near his vent, on his underside. I feel so bad for this poor fish but he acts like nothing is wrong. If these two make it, I will NOT be adding anything for a long time. But when I do, I will DEFINITELY set up my 10 qt. Thank you for your responses!
  19. I prefer to find the best of most situations. So humor is my thing And making people laugh is a bonus. I rinse them on different weeks so that its not too much of a shock (since I have 3) I normally do one, once a week...if that makes sense. AND, I don't really have gravel. I have large pebbles. and I moved them all around when I did my algae scrape (which happens every 2-2 1/2 weeks) thanks for the wishes!
  20. Hi! I'm new to this forum, my name is Sierra. I'm having a little anchor worm issue and have a few questions if someone would be willing to help me out. * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank): 10ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap): 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master test kit (drops) * Water temperature? 72 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 bowfront, 3 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? I have 3 filters on it. 2, 20g Marineland Penguin filters and a 55g Aqueon Filter * How often do you change the water and how much? 1x a week, 33-45% of the water. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 days, almost 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2, a black moor and a calico fantail both around 5 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress Coat * What do you feed your fish and how often? Pure Aquatic goldfish flakes, frozen blood worms, freeze dried blood worms and New Life Spectrum goldfish pellets. I feed them a little bit of one of those 2x daily and switch it up every meal/every day and once per week they get a green pea each. * Any new fish added to the tank? YES. Here's a little story; at the beginning of June, I added my first fish after cycling my tank. I cycled my tank with some water from my 20g tropical tank. I've never lost a fish out of that tank, never had any diseases and haven't added a fish to that tank in a long time. So after it was all cycled, I added an oranda and my current calico. I bought him from Petsmart. He came home, had the worst swim bladder disease I've ever seen. I tried everything I could to save him. But one day, 2 days before he passed, he has a massive anchor worm sticking out of his side. This thing was over an inch long and was THICK. So me, in all my panic, grabbed the clove oil, tweezer, hydrogen peroxide and set to work on Clyde's surgery to remove his foreign parasite. Everything went really well, it came out clean, head and everything. It was a LARGE female anchor worm. I flushed her down the toilet, and DOUSED my tank with an entire carton of dissolved API salt. I treated Clyde's wounds and it healed perfectly. He was just too bad with his swim bladder (I think it was a bacteria infection because he was pooping and everything) So he passed away not long after and it was so sad. So Pepper (calico) was all alone for about a week, waiting for the anchor worm infestation to die. I hadn't seen a single on her and the salinity in my tank was about 1.009 for the entire week. So I decided to get her a buddy. A nice big black moor. THE DAY AFTER I ADDED HIM, there were so many anchor worms in the tank I thought for sure the anchor worm apocalypse was happening. Pepper had 6 on her, and Ollie (black moor) had 17. SEVENTEEN. Some were in his tail, some were on his eyes (not the actual eye, but the lid). * Any medications added to the tank? So the things I've tried to use to get rid of them: I've done a formalin dip on both of them (about 2 weeks ago, maybe a week and a half) while keeping their tank at a super high salinity. Then about a week ago I tried Coppersafe, which I read many different things about online, but I decided to try it. That has done nothing either. So now I'm lost. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. ABOVE. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? ANCHOR WORMS. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The sad part is, they aren't even flashing, they aren't acting like its hurting them. A few days ago they were on the bottom for the most part, but now they're swimming around like happy little angels. SO. These are things I've come up with, HOPING that someone might be able to give me a yes or no on what might sound good or not. Because at this point, I'm at a loss. I was thinking I could maybe try and pull at some of the ones on Ollie and see if they come out really easily (see if they're dead, just haven't fallen out yet). But I don't even know if that is a good indicator. Pepper only has ONE left, which is good, but Ollie still has all of his. And I can't pull the majority of his for fear of hurting him worse than he already is. Plus, a fungal infection DOES NOT sound very nice right now. I was thinking maybe I could do a "Copper Dip" I'm not even sure if thats a thing. I was wondering if any one has ever heard of one? Maybe raising the concentration of the copper in a small area and leaving them in it for only a minute or less. I DON'T KNOW. PANIC. I could try a salt dip, but with the response I've gotten with salt already, I feel like it would just be too stressful. I'm willing to take any suggestions.
  21. He was that iridescent blue that yours is when he was tiny tiny. Maybe you'll get a blue and teal one with white! I can't wait to see him in a few months. That's funny that you say that, because that was my problem too! My apartment wouldn't allow anything over 20 gal, so I had a 20 g tropical tank and FIVE betta tanks. Now I'm in a new place that doesn't care....so I have 8 tanks... no judgement... But do you have a name for your little guy yet?
  22. SO excited to see this post!!!!! I have been raising my baby betta since October 2012. He was a double tail too! He started off as a little brown spec, but know he's about the size of a quarter, deep blue and BEAUTIFUL. Here's a pic of "Bibbit" when I first got him. (October, on the left) And on the right was him in March (he's about the size of a penny here, he's now quarter sized and his fins are massive)
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