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  1. I put Catbug in a small clear tank (the QT is in an awkward spot) and took a couple videos:
  2. I would like to personally thank you guys, especially Lisa aka fantailfan1 and Jmetzger1 for helping me. Without your help on this forum my favorite goldfish would have 100% died and would not stand a chance.
  3. Today is day 10 of antibiotics (Triple Sulfa and Metronidazole, epsom salt, daily 50% water changes) and I wanted to update you all and ask what I should do next. I would do the water changes in the morning before the next dose of meds. Catbug is doing a lot better, the dropsy is gone, she seems to have an easier time eating better (though she never stopped eating), she is swimming around more, and she seems a bit stronger. The black on her scales has gotten somewhat better but has also spread to new places a little bit (example: the black on her wen spread more, but the black on her belly went away.) I am worried about stopping the antibiotics with this black stuff on her. Do I stop and see how she does? What do I do if she starts getting worse again? Any advice?
  4. I was just going to post. I feel like the pine-coning has gone down, but there is still some present. The black is darker but I can't tell if it's worse. Am I just supposed to dose forever until she gets better or... ? I don't know where to go next. Because I did the 4 doses of the tri sulfa, and still dosed today the Metro (but not the tri sulfa). What do you recommend?
  5. Metronidazole: 1/2 Tbs aka 1 capful per 10gal API packet Triple Sulfa: 1/2 Tsp aka 1 packet per 10 gallons I followed the Epsom salt like you said. Also, the metro says to dose once every 24 hours, but do a 25% water change before the third dose.
  6. My local Aquarium store also had a food he showed me in case this doesn't work, called "New Life Spectrum Hex Shield". He said the FDA has recently let SOME types of medicated food back into the market. I can't find the ingredient but it says it fights intestinal/internal parasites like Hexamita and Spironucleus. I don't know if that might be a good idea too. I didn't buy it because I didn't know what disease she has, other than bacterial/parasitic infection of unknown origin.
  7. Thanks for your advice. My main tank gets its water change today (after QT tank dosing / etc.). I put all three medicines in (Metronidazole, Triple Sulfa, Epsom salt) after calculating the correct dose. Then gently put Catbug in. I hope she makes it through. She's young (~1 1/2yo) and still eating, so fingers crossed. I wish I had posted sooner. Argh.
  8. Okay, I'm going to go buy everything (meds & Epsom salt) right now. Should I still aquarium salt the QT tank? Thank you. I will keep you posted as well.
  9. How much epsom salt do I use? Is it important that it's Epsom and not aquarium salt? Thank you so much for your help, Lisa. I hope I can save her.
  10. Metroplus (metronidazole) or "General Cure" (Metronidazole & Praziquantel together)... and a medication called Triple Sulfa (trisulfa) are at a local aquarium shop called Rocky Mountain Reef, I just called. Will the instructions be on the box? Should I treat my QT tank and main tank? Should I use Metroplus or General Cure? Thank you so much for your help. Did y'all think this is dropsy?
  11. I live in Utah, USA. If you can buy it at Petco / Petsmart, we have it. There might be an aquarium shop in Salt Lake City. I don't know where to buy these medications. Where can people buy Metronidazole or Kapnaplex or Triple Sulfa(te??) in the US?
  12. You were right. I vigorously shook the #2 additive before putting it in, but not the test tube ITSELF for the nitrate test. I made sure to read the instructions very carefully this time. I wonder how long I've been doing that. It looks like the Nitrate is between 10 and 20 ppm. Catbug was very weak when I took her out with my hands. She didn't even flap around in the bowl or try to swim. She felt more... squishy than usual, not her strong muscular self. Her lemon head is very PALE and she shouldn't be orange on her sides. That happened with the sickness (unless she color changed while sick?).
  13. Yes, she is still pine coning. I will test nitrates again right now and post the results. I will also try to take another picture of her in a smaller container.
  14. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 to 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) usually 7.8 t0 8.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit (drops) * Water temperature? Room temp, no heater. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 26 gallons, almost 2 years. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? I use 2 Aqueon 30 gallon filters at the same time. * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 50%. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? One Week ago. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish. Catbug (biggest fish. ~2 to 3") and 2 lionchus that are ~1.5" body. There is also a snail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime & sea salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? I feed them saki-hikari fancy fish food (Purple bag, sinking pellets) * Any new fish added to the tank? No. * Any medications added to the tank? Melafix, following instructions to a T. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. When I noticed she was acting weird 3 weeks ago, I did a big water change (~80%) on top of my usual routine. I then started treating with Melafix. I salted the water, as I usually do. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? At first she was pine coning and looked pretty swollen, she started to hang out in the corner. I pulled up the plants, and thought she might be egg bound (giving her swim bladder disease or something). Later, she started developing black on her scales and now it is moving to her Wen. When I saw the black, we started treating with Melafix and I fasted them for 3 days. The black is spreading and she started turning orange as well. She remains swollen. She gets better then worse then better then worse again. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? She is sitting at the bottom of the tank 99% of the time, and usually in the corner & opening/closing her mouth a lot. She is eating though. I'm sorry the quality is not so good, I only have an IPhone, but I did take a video: Catbug should be all white with a few orange scales on her back. This is very bad, IMO and I don't know what is wrong with her. The black started on her underside scales, and moved all the way over to her wen now. It did not start on her fins at all. Should I try switching to Pemafix, or something else? When she started getting sick and I tested the water quality, it was perfect and today it looks perfect. I am really surprised. I don't know the source of this problem. Please help.
  15. Ahhh, is he just constipated? What a relief that would be! I feed them mostly Hikari Lionhead, and maybe once a week Omega One Super Veggie (little sheets of seaweed vegetables I put in a clip). I also sometimes feed purple Saki Hikari. Should I fast them for 3 days and see what happens?
  16. Upon closer inspection, it is not fluffy, and he is apparently getting some white. He used to be 100% brown/black colored when we bought him.
  17. It looks like he'll try to swim up towards the surface, but ends up failing at it and gently swimming around the bottom.
  18. Okay, we actually think he has been rapidly changing color over winter break, but they are bottom sitting all of the time now. Would constipation cause this?
  19. The white is not usually there and I've had goldfish with Ich before and this doesn't look like Ich to me. My friend will be here in 5 minutes and is going to help me take a good picture of him (while I hold him).
  20. tap water pH: 8 tap water nitrites: Inbetween 0 and 0.25 ppm tap water nitrates: 0 ppm tap water ammonia: 0 ppm I tested the tank nitrates again. I'm using the "API Freshwater masters test kit" and the from 0 ppm - 160 ppm ranges neon yellow to dark red. I'm more yellow than 0ppm, but nowhere near the orange of 5.0ppm. I will try to take a better picture.
  21. For clarification, the ECR ranchu does not seem even a tiny bit sick and is no longer in the tank with the 2 sick fish.
  22. I'm sorry for double-posting. Please, go ahead and give me advice. Only my lemonhead is from ECR. We have had the 2 sick fish for over 3 months. Over a month ago we bought this new tank. We filled it over halfway with water from a cycled tank, and used media from a cycled tank (where all the fish as of right now are 100% healthy, as far as I can tell, and the water tests great) to cycle it. The two sick fish are alone in the tank now, and I plan on doing a 90% water change and salting, unless you think that's a bad idea. We have it set up with 2 Aqueon "30 power" filters and a bubbler. I'm going to test our (Utah) tap water.
  23. update: We removed and quarantined the big healthy lemonhead, named Catbug. The little white one, named Quinoa seems sick now too.
  24. I'm so sorry, I only have a phone camera. This is as good as I could get. See the giant white splotch out of his gills on his left side? He was frantically swimming in circles on and off for a while, but now he mostly just lays on the bottom or roots around for food a little bit.
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