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TonySydney

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  1. Sorry for your loss, I lost one of my fish after 10 months of care just last week & I am still reeling from the loss. For the record I only name my fish after they have acclimated to my tank. I did not name my current fish for about 3 months. I have a great fishy friend who always says I am tempting fate when I name my fish. After telling me this; she then named one of my fish Bella and another Sweet Pea - I ask you?!!! I named Buster he is always zooming around the tank and is very curious. He is always the first to see me approach the tank. The fish I lost was Akiko - Japanese for Iris, she was the same red and white of a Japanese Iris
  2. I have three telescope butterfly tails, they each seem to take turns at being the dumbest. When I feed them one nearly always swims to the other end of the tank where I haven't dropped the food and then slowly work their way back to the front of the tank (where I always put their food) until they find what food is left.
  3. I get this with my fish occasionally too. I will be interested to follow this discussion and find out what causes the floating. Swallowing air makes sense to me.
  4. Thanks Jared, I will check the Nitrate anyway just to be sure. Pouty is a good description that is exactly what he seems to be doing. Thank you Courtney, I was caught off guard as that fish never seemed to have any problems. Buster is the one who is very Nitrate sensitive and gives me the most worries. I feel silly but I was really upset at the suddenness of the death. I want t make sure the remaining three fish are going to be ok.
  5. I will keep checking for Nitrates, I usually do water changes every three to four days so five is not much of a stretch. Thank you again for your help. The fish seem fine this morning although one was hiding in a large Anubias for about half an hour last night until I approached the tank; then he swam out to see if I was going to feed him,
  6. Thank you, I worry I will do something that will hurt my fish. A month of Prazi treatments seems like a lot to me but i am not an expert on this stuff.
  7. Hi Jared, Just a few questions more if you don't mind: The directions on the Fluke & Tapeworm Tablets (BluePlanet) - each table contains 100mg of Prazi. I am dosing with 15 tables for my 300 liter tank. The directions on the bottle say a 25% water change after 2 days. Do you think it would matter if I did a 90% water change? The directions also say to repeat the treatment in 7 days, that I can do; but looking at the Prazi schedule on this website there are many more treatments. After day one there is another treatment on days: 6, 11, 16, 21, 26. I am concerned I will overdose the fish, is it safe to do this many treatments with the product I am using - thanks again
  8. Hi Again - The directions on the Fluke & Tapeworm Tablets (Blue Planet) bottle say a 25% water change after 2 days. Do you think it would matter if I did a 90% water change? Also it says to repeat the treatment in 7 days, that I can do; but looking at the Prazi schedule on this website there are many more treatments. After day one there is another treatment on days: 6, 11, 16, 21, 26. Did you do all these treatments? I am concerned I will overdose the fish - thanks again
  9. Thank you I wish it was bigger. I had no idea how much room goldfish need
  10. Thanks again, I hope mine will be more robust now, I had a long period where things were mostly good and they grew really quickly. Now, not so much!
  11. I am good at crazy according to my family!! The Prazi has mostly dissolved now just a bit of Prazi snow on the top right hand surface of the tank
  12. Thanks Mandy - did you make that video - it is terrific. I did crush the tablets between a soup spoon and tea spoon but did not get it as fine as you did. Things have improved now a few hours later, there is some powder on the top of the water but all the rest seems to have dissolved. The instructions say to do a 25% water change after 48 hours then repeat treatment in 7 days. Do you think it would matter if instead of a 25% water change I did a 90% water change? Also would you mind if I ask you how much water do you usually remove when making a water change and how often to you do your water changes? Do you find your fish are delicate and have to be managed very carefully or are your fish robust? Sorry for all the questions You can see the Prazi snow on the top of the water on the right hand side of the tank. The fish don't seem any different with the Prazi in the water. May be a bit more active but they were fed only an hour before this photo!
  13. Hi Again, the best I could manage with the Prazi was to grind the tablets into a powder and soak it in aquarium water in a bowl for a while. Will it eventually completely dissolve or does it stay as a suspension in the tank water? I have my own version of a white Christmas going on in there at the moment.
  14. Hi Again, the best I could manage with the Prazi was to grind the tablets into a powder and soak it in aquarium water in a bowl for a while. Will it eventually completely dissolve or does it stay as a suspension in the tank water?
  15. Brilliant! thanks so much for all your help. I hope this is the thing that will make my fish healthy. They are very delicate at the moment, the slightest thing upsets them.
  16. Thank you, I didn't want to stuff up now that I have decided to start the treatment. While I have your brain at my service would you mind checking my Prazi dosage? The recommended rate is 1 tablet per 20 liters. So it follows I would use 10 tablets for 200 liters, meaning I would need 15 tablets for 300 liters. Can you see any fault in my logic here? Thanks again for your help
  17. That has helped me make my decision, I will start a treatment tonight. I have a Prazi based treatment from Blue Planet which sounds pretty easy to do. I have been advised to have a 0.1% salt content in the tank too; to help with any sore spots being left after the flukes detach. Would you mind checking my math logic? 0.1% is a 1/1000 part. A liter has 1000 milliliters, so that is 1 milliliter of salt per liter. Which equals 1 gram per litre. I have a 300 liter tank so then I need 300 grams of salt. Does my reasoning make sense? Thanks for getting back to me about the treatment.
  18. That makes perfect sense, I just stop short of Butler Service for my fish. They get a very easy life
  19. Thanks again Jared, I am going to do a water change before I start. I have a 300 liter tank. So can I just run by my calculations by you? 0.1% equals 1/1000 I think. Each liter has 1000 milliliters so I would need 1 gram of salt for each liter in my tank. 300 liter tank = 300 grams of salt. Should I put the salt in for a few hours before beginning the Prazi treatment?
  20. Ok I did let the water splash in the last time I changed the water. I do generally wait until I cannot see the fine bubbles in the water column before I return the fish. Although to make the water in the bucket and the tank as similar as possible I do add tank water to the bucket over a 45 minute period so the fish wont be shocked. So I am probably adding micro-bubbles to the bucket water.
  21. Thanks Jared. One of my fish is now hovering in the top corner in the quiet part of the tank. He will perk up if I go near the tank and ate some peas happily this morning but I am concerned he may be unwell. I am going to start the Prazi treatment as I have never done one. The guy at the LFS said the fish had come from quarantine and should not have flukes but someone on another part of this forum said flukes are really common and I should treat for them.
  22. OK I have bought the Fluke treatment that contains Praziquantel. I think I had better start the treatment. It is the only thing I have not tried to keep my fish safe and healthy. The dosage instructions say 1 tablet per 20 liters, then after two days change 25% of the water and repeat treatment. I think I will do another water change before I start the treatment though. I just checked the pH of my tap water and it is 7.6, the tank water is 7.2. Is that a big enough different to cause a problem with my goldfish?
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