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  1. I am having a hard time finding a local source of Repashy. Which is endlessly irritating because the stores I've been asking to order it in carry Repashy, and I've seen soilent/super green tags on their shelves so they've carried it before but are apparently unable/unwilling to order any in. Sigh. I've seen Repashy from a few sources online but the shipping is so crazy for such a small container! 50-100g products shouldn't be costing that much to ship. I've seen as much as $15 for a 5-6oz container from a source that's in the province directly next to mine.
  2. Alright, I've put the salt and the prazi in the water. The weird white spot on my pearlscale's tail is now a small hole, so I hope this will help heal that up.
  3. Okay, I found some Prazipro and some kosher salt that says it only has sea salt in it. How much salt should I add to the water?
  4. Just thought I'd leave an update. I don't know what happened, but my oranda/fantail died last night. It was eating like crazy and swimming all over the place like normal yesterday. Kind of freaked out now, I definitely will not be moving my teeny little ranchu over to that tank anytime soon. I'm going to try and find some prazi, are there any other medications that work as well? I haven't found any on the websites of the bigger pet stores near me, I guess I can always order it online if I need to but who knows how long that'll take.
  5. I am a terrible photographer, so these may not be more helpful. My other fish doesn't show the same signs, however when I first got it there was an obvious red streak in its tail. It never fully went away, nor did it seem to get any worse. The water it came out of was pretty gross, so I figured it was from being in bad quality water for awhile. Here's a picture of it: As for the tank, there are a couple of pieces of driftwood in there and a few plants (two anubias as well as a random handful of water sprite). I have a small 10 inch bubble wall as well that they do occasionally shove themselves under in their attempt for food (there's about a 2 inch gap from the gravel): The lights aren't usually like that the tank is right by a window so I don't bother with lights for the plants, I was trying to get better light to take pictures of my pearlscale. Haha, it didn't work out for me.
  6. My pearlscale is looking a little banged up lately. I just noticed it these last few days and I figured I would keep an eye on it to see if anything improved or got worse. It doesn't seem to have changed at all. As you can see on the picture there's also some weird looking white splotches developing on the tail too. I couldn't get a good picture of it, but the pectoral fin on the opposite side also has a tear down the middle. I did recently have a weird cycle bump. I don't know if maybe I over cleaned the filter or what, but my ammonia jumped for a few days up close to(but not quite?) 1ppm with nitrites at about .25ppm. Test Results for the Following:* Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): I have a hard time reading this one, but it looks between 10-20-ish to me * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrate level(Tap): 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.4 Other Required Info:* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: the API freshwater master kit liquid test * Water temperature?: 24C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 55 gallons, just about 2 months and the fish have been in there about a month * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: Aquaclear 110 and 70 * How often do you change the water and how much?: roughly every 4-6 days, and usually as much as I can get out (I'd guess about 75-80%) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?: 3 days and about 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size?: 2, my pearlscale is about, uhh 2.5-3 inches? and an oranda/fantail that's, ugh, about 4-5 inches? * What kind of water additives or conditioners?: Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often?: Repashy Super Green, frozen foods (blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp), omega one pellets and the occasional omega one veggie round and they get about 4 feedings a day * Any new fish added to the tank?: no * Any medications added to the tank?: no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.: none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?: frayed fins * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?: no
  7. Thanks everyone for your replies! I'm glad that there is a good chance of this little guy living a long life even without its fin. Are there any particular foods that I should avoid that can cause constipation? I feed Repashy Super Green, frozen foods (blood worms, glass worms and brine shrimp) and Omega One pellets/veggie rounds.
  8. This week I got a small ranchu (probably roughly two inches with tail) and after watching it in the store for awhile everything seemed okay. It was swimming fine, seemed active, didn't look like it had any scales missing or weird spots on it. I brought it home and noticed pretty quickly something was off. One fin is just completely gone. It doesn't even look like it was torn off, there's no obvious looking damage. I don't know if it could've been born that way or if it happened long enough ago that it has completely healed or what. Besides the odd rare moment where it has to work a little harder to turn, I honestly wouldn't be able to even tell it's missing the fin just from how it acts. It eats fine, can get around the tank fine, doesn't look like it has any stability issues. Is there anything I should be watching for? Anything special I should be doing? I hope the little guy makes it.
  9. Thank you for the information! I'm glad that they can work with goldfish. I'll probably pick one up for my 60 gallon, I just need to find a nice piece of driftwood. They're so hard to find! I can find any number of tiny pieces for my 20 gallon, but anything bigger than that is like trying to find a unicorn around here.
  10. That's so weird! I just did it again and it is coming up as the same one, maybe I was more tired than I thought last night? I don't actually have a picture of the exact one I want to buy. The fish supplier I go to just has a PDF he keeps up to date with the common name as well as the scientific name on his website. The actual store he has is pretty tiny, just several rows of tanks and tubs all stacked on top of each other (probably something like eight feet high?) in a very dark room. So getting pictures isn't easy. He has the scientific name listed as L002- panaqolus sp. My understanding was that these two were often recommended because they're common, relatively inexpensive and well known already for getting along with goldfish, rather than being the only two that would work. If the tiger pleco doesn't work for goldfish, that's fine. I would probably just not get a pleco rather than get a bristlenose or rubberlip. I'm just kind of bored of them, haha.
  11. I am considering getting a pleco for my tank. It's not set in stone because, well, plecos tend to be a bit more hide-y than I like and a lot of them can be iffy when it comes to plants and being compatible with other fish. I also wanted something a little different than the usual bristlenose (which are adorable, don't get me wrong!). My usual store for fish has a few tiger pleco (the L002 variety, which is confusing since putting 'tiger pleco' into google got me a much larger, much different looking pleco!) and they look really nice. They're more wood-eater-y than anything, which sounds okay (better than carnivorous, I would assume?) and seem to do okay in community tanks. They also seem to do okay in a pretty wide range of temperature (22-30C is what I saw, which is in the fancy goldfish range, isn't it?). I am worried because of the size though, they are supposed to get about 4-5 inches. Is that too small? Does anyone have any experience with this pleco at all?
  12. Haha I know they'll likely eat them. If I did decide to plant it, it would likely just be excess plants from my 20 gallon (if I can get that darn algae under control!) so even if they did eat them it wouldn't be a huge loss. Is there any problem with them eating plants in an aquarium? It's not going to hurt them any, is it? Honestly, destruction of a few plants now and then isn't really a huge issue to me so long as it's not harmful to them. I buy my dogs toys knowing full well they're going to be ripped to shreds and my gerbils wooden furniture knowing it'll be likely gone by the end of the week. I don't really see it as any different than that.
  13. Thank you for all of the replies! I'm glad the 60 will be large enough for them until I can upgrade them to a slightly bigger tank. I really like 18 inch wide tanks, they just seem so much larger for just a modest upgrade in size. I'm not getting a filter with the tank, so it'll still be a little while until I can cycle it. I haven't had a lot of luck finding nice looking fish out where I live, so it gives me plenty of time to look! I actually have had goldfish when I was younger and did indeed do terribly stupid things while caring for them (like so many others, the 5 fish in a ten gallon is also in my past! They were so teeny when I bought them!). I actually have a teeny planted tank right now, I'm not sure if I'll make the 60 one too. I'm super new to planted tanks, I've had this one going for about three months and haven't managed to kill anything yet. I'm kind of having some mild (but gross!) blue-green algae/bacteria issues though. It's going away slowly but surely, but I'm still afraid of managing to introduce it to a new tank! I do love the looks of a planted tank, hopefully I can manage to figure out a way to salvage some of my baby java fern and crypt plants, there's too many of them in my 20 gallon.
  14. My mother recently decided to upgrade her tank from her 60 to a 90 gallon, and offered to let me have the 60 if I wanted it. I'm not super happy with the dimensions of it (12 inches wide? yuck!) but I figured I could get a couple of small goldfish and at least start them off in there. Plus, it's free! The best price for a tank! I'm planning to move at some point in the future (I'll be out of here as soon as the house sells! If only I didn't live in the middle of nowhere) so I won't be buying a bigger tank for possibly a year or more depending on how long I'm stuck here. Would possibly 2-3 fancy goldfish be comfortable in such a skinny tank for a few years? Also, before I get myself stuck, how big of a tank would I reasonably be looking to buy for their endgame? Would something around the 70-90 gallon (or 48 inches long and 18 inches wide) mark be acceptable for the average fancy goldfish (more specifically, oranda and ranchu) at their adult size? Or would I be looking at something around the 100+ gallon range? I'm honestly not sure I would want to take care of a tank over 100 gallons, which is why I'm kind of hesitating on getting any large fish. I have seen some fancy goldfish in a 75-ish gallon that just looked really cramped, while others look like they have tons of room. It makes me nervous, if I were to get some monster sized fish and end up stuck with a too small tank I would feel absolutely terrible. How likely is it that they would outgrow something around the 75 gallon size?
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