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  1. Hello I have 2 orandas that have been through some significant health problems over a few years - dropsy, bacterial infection from a wound,and now some secondary illness possibly due to a fluke infestation? - anyway, they've become more and more sensitive to food, water quality etc after each illness. I want to try to prevent future illnesses as much as possible so I think its time to ditch the generic goldfish pellets and go for something that is more quality, and nutritionally balanced. Can anyone suggest a diet for these two? Thanks in advance!!
  2. Good morning! So things are going ok so far. Sunday afternoon my girl started floating upside down so I started feeding boiled peas...she had a HUGE bowel movement and as of this morning is righted again. She looks a lot happier and is swimming around and eating voraciously. I did notice that one of them has a reddish black dot on her - its small and hasn't gotten any bigger. The other has some dark red to the tip of his fin. I've attached pictures just incase its something to be concerned with. Somewhat random side note: I decided I just need to get a much larger tank for them...they were more sensitive to their environment after having dropsy so I'm imagining they will be even moreso after this and it will be so much easier to stabilize water parameters with them in a larger volume of water...so my husband and I decided to browse around local aquatic stores to see what is available and I must say I've found a couple of hidden gems. I guess there really is a silver lining to every cloud. I've also attached a video clip of them this morning...a far cry from a fish I was having to stimulate to breath just this weekend! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we2vCqNdTKg&list=UU1IrYVJ6U4qywj4HElR7plg
  3. She's hanging in there. I put an extra bubbler in with them and took the water temp down a touch since she was gasping pretty badly, and it seems to have helped. My guy is a little swollen and gaspy but seems happy enough scrounding around the floor like usual and wiggling his bum around like an overly happy puppy. I actually have two questions...first, once flukes are cleared up, do I need to do anything to help clear up any extra mucus in her gills or will it clear itself? And two, they both seem to be retaining some fluid...should I leave that alone for now or go ahead with a touch of epsom salts? Thank you for asking
  4. You two are amazing. I'll definitely read those threads and take up some advice for sure She's still kicking so I guess we'll see how she does overnight. Thank you so much!
  5. Thank you I do have water lettuce and lillies, its just hard to come by deep water plants here. I'll order some online instead of the aquarium plants. Thanks for the advice!
  6. Thank you I know the outcome here is grim...I haven't seen them like this before. My girl, George, (we didnt know she was a girl) is doing quite poorly. I don't think she'll make it to tonight even but we're trying. I have her next to me since every so often it seems I have to "remind" her to breathe. Hopefully stimulation to breathe will last long enough to get the meds moving her in the right direction. My boy, Wiggles, however is still pretty feisty. He's the stronger of the two anyways, so I actually have high hopes for him. He's still swimming, eating, and socializing with me so fingers are crossed. Everything is done, in QT with the meds and fresh conditioned water. Parameters are pH=7.6, ammo=0, nitrites=0, nitrates=0, GH=120, KH=120. I remember when I treated them with dropsy one of the books I was consulting said something about bringing the water temp up...do I need to do anything with temp in this case? Again, thank you, you have no idea how much I appreciate this.
  7. I went to the store this morning and grabbed a GH/KH strip to check it...I know nothing about these though so I'll need to be advised if somebody could GH = 120-180ppm and KH = 80ppm My girl isn't doing very well and is trying really hard but she almost looks like she "faints" and rolls onto her side, then its like she comes to, rights herself and is ok for a while. I've never seen this so I'm very, very worried about her Help!
  8. This may seem like a no-brainer to some...but I had a "hmm...maybe I'm missing something" moment. Do you think there would be any issue using aquarium plants outside? I have a 350-400gallon outdoor, above ground goldfish "pond" and was going to add some aquarium plants to give it some ground cover in the water. Any advice on what type of plants would be ok for this? I live inland San Diego so it typically doesn't get cold, but the water can still feel relatively cold in the winter months. I did build some insulation into this one so hopefully it should stay a bit warmer than previous tanks. Thanks in advance!!!
  9. Aw I was really hoping for him to make it through. I'm sorry to hear this.
  10. Sorry for the delay Life doesn't always go as timed when you have an 18month old child. lol The new parameters are... pH - 7.6 amm = 0.25 nitrite = 0 nitrate = 20
  11. I decided to just go with the general cure. As for filter media I have the standard activated carbon filter cartridge that goes with the quietflow. I did do a large water change and am about to check parameters again this morning so will post them once I've completed that. Lisa, they definitely did have dropsy. I was more questioning if the dropsy is the possible reason they get sick more easily. And thank you, my tank is simple but it works. And yesm the blue stones are glass
  12. I wouldn't have a clue, but . Fingers crossed for the little guy and he is ok!
  13. Good morning! Thank you again for your help. To answer your questions dnalex, they've had both salt treatment and methylene blue treatment. Last one was april/may-ish of this year. I have no problem getting general cure so if you think that's the one to go for just I can pick it up later this morning. I actually may have plain prazi here already since we use it for the dogs too. I do have a QT tank so I'll get them into it this morning in some fresh water. I'll do a water change in the main tank, but what do I do with the filter media? Do I leave it alone, change the filters? tyia Video - http://youtu.be/9hfI2nqOaeQ images
  14. I unfortunately can't get a better picture. These guys wont stop moving whenever I'm near the tank. I am pretty positive it is clear fluid inside though, its fairly transparent.. Hopefully we can still work with the images I did get... I also don't have general cure specifically, but do have seachem metronidazole.
  15. Hi, thanks for replying! I'll get photos right now. The bump looks like its wen colored with possibly fluid under? Kind of like a blister. And yes, I do have both of those medications already on hand
  16. I have 2 orandas that have a weird growth on their heads. I thought at first it was wen since it was only on one of them, but the other has the same lump in the same spot now. Both act very lethargic, laying at the bottom, back corner of the tank. Fins aren't clamped, but tails are pretty much limp. If I come to the tank they perk up and swim around very wiggly, but thats about the only time...that and when they get food. These two tend to go through little bouts of illness once or twice a year, (maybe due to having dropsy a few years ago?) nothing that usually a good water change doesnt help, but it was only a few months ago they were really sick, requiring medication etc in order to get better so now I'm nervous. There doesnt seem to be much else to their appearance other than their fins are looking thin. Not ragged or frayed, but like they've lost some mass and are more transparent. The one has a red streak in her tail, which she always gets when shes sick. Also, suggestions on a product to bring down nitrate would be greatly welcomed...TYIA! Currently they are living in a 36 gallon tank, with two aqueon quietflow filters running, an airstone bubbler, plants, and an almost bare bottom (there is a little sand and a couple of 1-2" riverstones because they really like playing with it) Parameters using aqueon master test kit drops - Tank pH = 7.6 ammonia = 0 nitrite = 0 nitrate = over 100! (this is significantly different than a few days ago) temperature = room temp, but its consistently 80 degrees in here, so its warmer than I'd like - Tap pH = 8.0 ammonia = 0.5 nitrite = 0 nitrate = 0 36 gallon tank...we've had it for a few years but have done a 100% water change as recently as a few months ago due to illness. aqueon quietflow 30 (two of them) water changes once a week (10 days if I lose track) and about 30% 30% water change 2-3 days ago. There are two 2-ish inch orandas (body only) and three 1inch tetras. We use seagrams prime and aquarium salt occasionally. They get fed small amounts of pellets a couple times a day, and steal some flakes from the tetras who are only fed once. They also get peas once in a while.
  17. Hi, sorry my internet went out yesterday while they were adding in new fibre-optic lines Anyways, yes I did up the salt content to 0.3% I do also have another filter on the way that should be here today or tomorrow, and am currently looking at some larger tanks. What would you suggest for a minimum? I've heard 55gal for what I already have, but down the road once all of this is under control I may want to add some more, so based off of that what should I look for? I decided to do another water change last night, and they seem a bit happier again this morning.
  18. Two and a half weeks ago I posted about my two goldies being sick. Link to the old post: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/117038-sick-fish/ Basically I followed the advice given to clean and bleach the tank and filter with a 1:19 solution, and to do a full 100% water change. I also did a mild methylene-blue bath, and treated with kanamycin and furan-2. I wasn't sure what was going on, but they were going downhill quickly and I needed to do something. Surprisingly, I woke up the next day to some hungry fish They improved over the next few days, and I thought we were through this. I did continue the full suggested course of antibiotics. This morning I got up to them not themselves again. Same symptoms as before are present, minus the grey scales, and one of them looks like he's starting to develop pop-eye. They're currently sitting at the bottom of the tank, side by side, almost like they are pouting. These are usually very happy, social, lively and playful fish, so I know something is up. I'm assuming whatever it was before wasn't cleared up, or has come back. Should I just do what I did the first time again? Other suggestions to kick this? I don't want them to continuously get sick, get better, get sick etc etc. Help please?! · * Ammonia Level(Tank) = 0.25 PPM · * Nitrite Level(Tank) = 0 PPM · * Nitrate level(Tank) = 0 ppm · * Ammonia Level(Tap) = 1.0 PPM · * Nitrite Level(Tap) = 0 ppm · * Nitrate level(Tap) = 0 ppm · * Ph Level, Tank = 7.6 · * Ph Level, Tap = 7.6 - API freshwater master test kit - Water temp 75 degrees (natural room temp) - 36 gallon tank running for 3 years - Aqueon quietflow 30 filter - adding an additional filter - Water changes every weeks, approx. 30% (sooner if water readings indicate one is needed) - 2 veiltail orandas @ 2.5 inches, 3 red minor tetras @ 1 inch, - Water additives include – prime, salt - Food = goldfish get fed granules - small meals few times a day, tropical flakes & algae wafers once a day - No new fish - Medications = methylene-blue, kanamycin, furan-2 - Goldfish were treated for dropsy with maracyn-oxy 3 years ago when we first got them – in a hospital tank, given the above medication about 2 weeks ago - lethargic, depressed, pop-eye, white on wen (possible wen growth) I can get photos if absolutely needed, but they look the same as before aside from the eye thing.
  19. Its about 150 gal now. I can get photos in a bit, but it basically looks like a large planter box. @Hidr - what is the tank on water thing?
  20. I currently have a self-made patio pond, but I want to upgrade the size of it. I thought I wanted to put a viewing window in it, and have seen koi show tanks with windows, but the price is crazy! Any suggestion on creative solutions that will be fairly cheap?
  21. The ph of our tap water seems to vary slightly. There are a few different water sources here so our tap water doesn't always come from the same reserve, Usually it doesn't matter since I'm only doing a partial water change, but with a 100% change its obvious. Is this not good? I did mix it the fresh tank water into their water a little at a time over a few hours thinking it would help acclimatize them before moving them. I'd love other suggestions if there is a better way of doing this! I had planned on doing the 100% water change in the morning when I got up, and only did a partial change that night, but they looked so much better in the morning. I'm actually now wondering if the white fluff looking stuff is new wen growth. Either way, the antibiotics/methylene-blue seemed to really do wonders for the sores on their body, and how they're feeling. They're currently happily swimming around and playing. What should I do from here now though? I don't want to give them treatments or anything they don't need, but I also don't want to say "they look happy" and just give them clean, fresh water and then have them turn around and go right back to where they were a few days ago.
  22. Thank you for replying! Two quick things, first I've had them in clean, fresh water for two days, but this just popped up today out of nowhere. The other thing, I didn't specify, the photos above are of the same fish. I couldn't get a shot of the other one that wasn't blurry, but there is some of that white stuff elsewhere, not just wen. That is where I first noticed it for sure, and where it is the most prominent. I'll filter the meds out though overnight, and start salting in the morning. I'm not 100% convinced either since I definitely don't know much about the illness. I've always had fairly healthy fish, so this is all new to me.
  23. I didn't want to wait too long so I've gone ahead and tried to figure out the best that I can. - I did a 30min bath in methylene blue, kanamycin, furan-2, and salt mixture - added tank dosages off the bottle to the aquarium of the kanamycin and furan-2, removed the carbon filter, added an air stone, - temperature is at 75 degrees, left ph alone (its at 7.5ish), ammonia, nitrate and nitrite are at 0 I plan to start with 2 baths a day if tolerated and will adjust from there and about 20% water change daily. If they seem to be getting any better I was going to add a small amount of Epsom salts as this seemed to help immensely when I treated them for dropsy. Any thoughts??
  24. I followed all of the above advice, and my goldfish are still kicking, but they now have a white mucus-y film on them. From what I've read and looked at, this is possibly columnaris? I've brought the water temp down to just in case until I can confirm this, and have separated each fish into their own small tank to give each the best chance they can. I think I'm supposed to get furan-2 and kanamycin for antibiotics, is this correct? I'm not sure if there is anything else I can do? Water parameters for tap water are the same as above - tank parameters are as follows ph - 7.2 ammonia - 0.25 ---> still working on bringing this down since there is ammonia in our tap water, but its going in the right direction. nitrite - 0 nitrate - 0 temp - 74.5 I purchased prime, so had used that for the new water, and have added an airstone. I did lower the water level since they seemed tired going up so far to get air, I don't know if this was a good or bad idea, but I thought it would conserve some of their energy at least. What else should I be doing?
  25. Wow, excellent! I have everything but the metromeds so I'll have to get some. I keep sand at the bottom of my tank. My one goldie really likes to sift through it and carry mouthfuls to the top, drop it, and chase it down. I have a new bag though so I can just toss it. When I bought the prime I was told it was too strong to use in a small tank on a regular basis and to use it when adding new fish or doing a large water change. I also have a box of filter cartridges so I'll just toss this one too. Thanks so much! I appreciate the advice Is there anything special I should feed them? Or are the pellets ok?
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