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  1. Sound advice, ChelseaM. Would you know if the salt is plant-, biofilter- and invert-safe? My main tank has all three and this would be good to know. Any ideas about my original question by any chance? I've just spent some time observing the fish on the second dose of treatment and didn't see a repeat.
  2. It's certainly not the kindest of treatments but is supposed to be more effective. I'm exercising extreme caution with this new fish as I really, really do not want ick in my main tank....
  3. I've honestly no idea... this is my first treatment for ich and a quarantine measure before adding the little fella to my main tank. Weird to see and I haven't found mention of it in my research prior to beginning treatment.
  4. Hi there, I observed something strange when beginning treatment for Ich on a newly purchased very small black comet last night. This fish was purchased from a tank with one individual showing very obvious signs of Ich. In my treatment tank, after adding fish and then pre-heating to 26C at 1C/hr, I dosed as instructed with the first amount of Waterlife Protozin. While the little thing did initially respond with some shock to the treatment, it recovered after an hour or so. But that's not the strange thing. What I observed to my surprise were a half dozen or so small white spots actually appear on its upper head and body and then drop off. From appearance to dropping off took a minute or so. Is this usual? I can say with certainty that there were no visible signs of any parasite load prior to this treatment. This is my first experience with white spot in my three years of keeping fish so this disease and its symptoms in practice are new to me. FYI - Waterlife Protozin contents Malachite Green (0.085% w/v), Formaldehyde (0.07%) and Copper Sulphate (0.015%) and dosed at 2.5ml/25l Cheers David
  5. Are there any other symptoms showing in the fins or is it just the bubbles?
  6. Hi Smurfishy - are the 'bubbles' transparent and see-through like real bubble or are they opaque? Sorry but I'm unable to see the video clearly...
  7. Many thanks for the excellent advice, Sharon. Given so many variables to test, I think it'd be best if I do this in stages so I stand a better chance of identifying the cause. I'll start with exclusion of the CO2 for a week to remove the pH swing and buffer at 7.5 for the whole period. Then I'll do the food, then the water level. Interestingly, I fed sushi nori last evening and the evening before and he's not shown the positive buoyancy immediately following. He was even okay after the usual HIkari sticks this morning as I was at home to watch. That said, he's still been sleeping facing the stars (assumed negatively buoyant) at night though. I'm looking forward to a ninja-style raid on my local park. They fence off most of the ponds in the parks in London and I get the impression you're discouraged from stepping over.
  8. Hi Sharon. Many thanks for your reply. Definitely a few things to consider. Thanks also for the nice comment on under-stocking. It is a deep tank measuring W/H/D 100/55/65cm or 40"/22"/26". I have read with interest other comments on depth suggesting stress on the fish from frequent changes in depth but have no knowledge of its actual effect. I do, however, use a very large airstone to provide additional aeration particularly as I angle my spray bar down into the tank and subsequently have less surface agitation. I angle the spray bar down as I have an external CO2 diffuser on the output pipe of my external filter and this helps maximise the CO2 diffusion. I'll look for some duckweed but I don't think I've ever seen it for sale which may mean stealing some from a local park. Just a thought, though - how do you control how much they eat. Will they just gorge themselves or do they only eat what they need? Also, would you know if it can withstand a permanganate bath only I'm really really cautious about anything that goes into the tank? I've got some Repashy Soilent Green on order following Amanda's advice. I guess the worst that can happen is that my goldies end up with an even more varied and interesting diet. One potential item of note from another forum that may be relevant to me is the effect of the CO2. Without the CO2, I have a stabilised 7.4 that I understand to be near perfect for goldies. With the CO2 however, this drops a whole one point to 6.5 and this cycle occurs each 24 hour period. This has been a nagging item at the back of my mind for some time and it's certainly the first thing I'm going to try. I'll not run the CO2 system for the next week and just watch. If this doesn't work, I'll try the food.
  9. Many thanks, Amanda. Will try the Soilent Green. It looks a little difficult to get here in the UK but will give it a try. Will also try to upload a video and some photos.
  10. Sadly, I've tried and it's been no help. The only good upside is that I'm now confident that the cause is not the usual impacted food constipation. Probably a dumb question but how do I attach an image?
  11. Hi Tihra, He wasn't floaty at all during the fasting period, rather he was sinky. This became obvious only when he was resting pointing upwards using his pectoral fins to remain static. Otherwise he was seemingly okay, just as he is between normal feeding. I'm truly stumped and hate seeing his resting period interrupted as you just know he's more stressed than need be and that's got to take its toll eventually. Would post a pic but the tank's on night cycle at the moment.
  12. Hi dnalex - It has been following all foods, even the shelled and crushed boiled peas. That said, it's been noticeably less acute in the hours after I feed him the sushi nori but then that's the softest of all the foods. I do, of course, soak all dried food first.
  13. Sorry ChelseaM. I missed the rest of your questions. Regarding the water changes, please note the volume of my tank and the total bio-load. Please also note that it's a fully planted tank. Given these, wouldn't a 50% change of water already be conservative. After rescuing these two goldfish from a slow poisoning in an inadequate bowl, I did choose this set up to house them until they die of old age and at full size. I'd be mortified if my waterchanges are now inadequate and my inaction could in any way be harming my beloved fish. The food is of the fresh sachet type produced by Tetra and listed below: Tetra Fresh Delica Daphnia Tetra Fresh Delica Whole Bloodworms Tetra Natura Algae Mix ... and please don't apologise for the questions. I'm relatively new to fish husbandry and am keen to learn.
  14. Hi ChelseaM - please note that, because of the appalling water quality from my tap (c50ppm Nitirates), I have my own RO/DI system that means the unadjusted water going into my tank is near zero ppm. This is confirmed by using a TDS measuring device for each batch and, where a total ppm >0 is obtained (and it's always in the region of 0-2), I check all the usual aquarium parameters and they are always nil.
  15. Sorry, guys. Just noticed that I missed one piece of info on the diagnosis list - the tank has been up and running with a fully operational biofilter since June 2013
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