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  1. Yes ma'am, they include the tails. Edit: The other thread I started in D&D has pictures and a video linked if you need them.
  2. I didn't think about crushing them, thank you for the suggestion! Is two pellets per fish per feeding enough for them? Unfortunately, I don't have a kitchen scale that measures in grams, so I cannot go by weight as suggested elsewhere...
  3. I was advised to switch my goldfish's food to one of a higher quality, so I purchased some Omega One small (1.5 mm) pellets Saturday and have Spirulina 20 coming in on Wednesday. The directions on the pellet can say to feed only what the fish can eat in ___ minutes, so on the first day I put a very small pinch in there (maybe 15 pellets) and watched. They didn't get any down in that time, as they kept spitting them all back out. I vacuumed the excess at the end of the time limit. At the next feeding I soaked them in tank water for 5 minutes first to see if softening them would help. They chewed a bit longer, but spit most of them back out again. Each fish might have gotten the equivalent of one whole pellet in the time limit. This has been the case at each feeding since Saturday. I had to stop vacuuming the excess because of instructions from the other thread, but have only put 6 pellets total in the tank at each feeding to help keep the tank tidy. The fish are commons and are 1.5", 2.0", and 2.5" in length. 1) Are they getting enough to eat? 2) Do I need to find even smaller pellets? 3) Are the pellets alright and they're just having trouble because of flukes? Today is day 9 of the 5 day Prazi protocol found here, if that helps.
  4. Yesterday was day 6, so I did another 100% WC and re-added the Prazi, but I'm having a slight problem. I've never gone a day without changing the water...even during round one, I changed at least 5 gal and sometimes more (trying to get rid of all the m. blue) and just re-added Prazi with the new water. So this morning I got up and checked the tank, and there was poop on the bottom. So I came back here to re-read your instructions. Nope, no water changes during days 2 - 4, 7 - 9, etc. And then I looked back in the tank. The poop was still there, mocking me. I'm not sure I can go three whole days without giving into the temptation to vacuum!
  5. So funny you say that; I've been doing just that this morning! I think I've sourced some decent manufactured food locally...less than 3 "filler" ingredients (wheat, soy, corn, yeast), whole fish variants as the first ingredients, etc. Plus some seaweed for the incoming clips! This forum is like a giant informative rabbit hole that I've fallen into!
  6. Thanks for the fishy compliment! And for all of the help, of course. Unless there are any problems, I'll do a progress report at the end of round 2. In the meantime, I found a Prazi side-effects post here which is extremely helpful to keep me from panicking until then. Also, the medications ordered (plus some Spirulina 20 and veggie clips, because I just couldn't help myself!) will be here Monday. Thanks again!
  7. This one could be titled "Eliza Doolittle at the Races." Gorgeous!
  8. I love the way you turned your plants into a Christmas tree complete with ornaments and a bow on top. Very lovely!
  9. Okie dokey, so I have been reading the tank pH wrong ever since I first set it up mid-November. When doing the normal pH test, the water has always gone straight blue, indicating 7.6 or above. So I've always done the high range pH next, and it has never reached the color of the second rectangle, which I assumed (and you know what THAT means) was 7.6...each rectangle adding .2 pH. But it's not; the second rectangle is 7.8. All that to say that my tank has been pretty constant at 7.6, not 7.4, which is definitely a problem when my tap water is between 6.8 and 7.0. Of course, tonight it was 7.8 just to mess with me! It took 5/8 tsp in 5 gal (with salt and Prime added - no Prazi) to bring the kH up to 9 drops. It was 7.6 when I first tested it, and 7.8 and hour later. I've still not been able to get any good pictures, but the video came out alright and is posted on . At 1:16, you can see Midnight having trouble with his dinner, which was Tetra Goldfish Crisps that had been soaked for 5 minutes. At 0:37, 1:19, and 2:07 you can see the spots on Spot's tail, but you might have to adjust the settings to 720. I fed them just prior to taking this video so they'd be still enough for the camera to focus on them. This is the first time I've ever seen them repeatedly take a bite and then go hide in the bushes, but then they've been a little freaky about light today, and I had to turn several on for the video. Here's what they did all morning while the lights were on. Midnight did not un-clamp until I turned them off again. And some crazy glass surfing. I hope all of this helps, and I'm sorry it took so long to get it to you!
  10. Thank you both for the advice! I'll grab some fresh baking soda while I'm out this afternoon and post back with the results tonight. Hopefully with video and pictures. So just to double-check, I'll need to dissolve baking soda in 5 gal bucket - maybe 1/8 tsp at a time? - until kH test is at least 9 drops, then let sit for an hour and test pH, yes?
  11. How long would the water have to sit out for the pH to rise? I have my trusty 5 gallon bucket that I can age water in under the desk, but the fish tank is sitting in the only clear floor space we have in the house. I can definitely do the air stone. Also, I'll work on getting a video up by tonight. I took a video last night, but the fish are all blurry while the bubbles from the air pump are crystal clear. I've been reading up in dnalex's forum on fish photography, and while I only have a point & shoot camera, I'm hoping some of the suggestions there will help and you'll get pictures as well!
  12. Addition: I just tested the tap water again (no additives), and it was either 6.8 or 7.0. Those slight variations of green are extremely difficult for me to discern, so the pH readings in the first post could be user error. Tank water was still 7.4. Also, there was lots of bottom-sitting, fin-clamping, and glass-surfing last night, but this morning before I turned on the aquarium lights and fed them they appeared better. After turning on the lights and feeding them, they began tilting slightly and hiding in a corner. I turned the lights back off, and they're acting more normal again; does Prazi make them sensitive to light?
  13. Thank you for the well-wishes; Hubby is taking care of the Wisconsin emergency so I didn't have to go, but I did not get to do the second 80% WC that I had planned to get rid of the leftover methylene blue. I have done nothing to raise the pH; the only things I've added to the water are salt, Prime, m. blue, and PraziPro. The tap results I posted in the OP were straight from the tap with nothing added. When testing tap water in a 5 gallon bucket after adding only the salt and Prime - no treatments - I get a reading of 7.0. I learned a lot about the refraction of aquarium glass last night while trying to get clear pictures of the fish with the new camera ( ), so I'll do a 100% WC today (it's day 5 since I added Prazi) and try to get pictures while the fish are in the tupperware.
  14. Got the camera, but there's a family emergency in Wisconsin. Will update when I get back.
  15. OK, I did an 80% water change this morning and will do another 80% tonight to get most of the m. blue out of the tank. I did add back in the PraziPro and salt. I have Metronidazole, Kanaplex, and Furan-2 on order "just in case." Furan-2 ($7.69) was less expensive than Triple Sulfa ($16.00!) and appeared to cover many of the same bases, but please let me know if I need the Triple Sulfa on-hand as well. Both Hubby and 3 of the 4 children requested that I not add a QT tank to the mix, mostly because I have fish stuff all over our dining room already, and none of them want more. So I'll be treating in the main tank. Also, I'm getting an actual camera this afternoon, so I'll be able to post some decent pictures this evening. I spent an hour last night taking 23 - 30 pictures with my phone, and NONE of them adequately showed...well, ANYTHING. Thank you so much for the help so far! Edited for grammar.
  16. To cover the bases, mostly. It plus the salt will reportedly treat Ich and mild to moderate fungal infections. It's also a lightweight anti-bacterial, and it helps with oxygen uptake which *might* be helpful if the fish do have flukes and if their gills have been compromised in any way. Because it is a dye, it also showcases any issues with missing or thin slime coat, and it's very gentle on fish. It's not so gentle on beneficial bacteria, though, so most folks only use it in a dip or an uncycled hospital or QT tank. So yeah, mostly to cover all the bases! You can read more about it here, if you're interested. Thank you; I've definitely learned more about goldfish than I ever though I'd know in the past 3 weeks...like the fact that they should never be kept in a bowl--who knew?!? Your suggestion of a QT run concurrently with a fishless cycle might qualify as genius, and I'm pretty sure I've got a spare plastic tote of a suitable size in the garage. I tried to convince Hubby that we really "need" the 125 gal tank now so we can use the 29 gal as a hospital, but he didn't swallow it. Waiting is so hard! I don't have many medicines, just Melafix, salt, PraziPro and the Methylene Blue. Which antibiotics do I need on-hand?
  17. I've just read the quarantine post by tithra and the Prazi protocol post by dnalex, but I am uncertain how keep PraziPro levels the same as those posted while also doing the daily water changes. Our fish are Fall Festival prizes and PetSmart rescues, so they probably need the Prazi as a precaution even if not diagnosed. I know that Kokonuts love pictures, but I don't own a camera, and my phone isn't smart enough to catch them mid-wiggle. They are never still! Any treatments done prior to this post were done as a result of research of other online resources. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0-.25% - not glaringly yellow, but not green enough to be .25%, either * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0% * Nitrate level(Tank) 0% * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0% * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0% * Nitrate level(Tap) 0% * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4, 65 (about 3.5 drops), 107 (6 drops), 0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.6, 54 (3 drops), 72 (4 drops) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops for everything * Water temperature? 68-69* F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons since Nov 12; currently filled to 25 gallons for easy math Note: we're sourcing a 125 gallon tank for our 3 commons and have a good spot that spans several floor joists, but we can't purchase it until January. * What is the name and size of the filter(s)? AquaClear 50 and HydroSponge IV on a Million Air 600 pump * How often do you change the water and how much? 20%-40% daily: It depends on whether the ammonia actually hits .25% whether I change out 5 gallons or 10; readings have never gone above .25%, and I check daily before each WC. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? This morning, 5 gallons (20%) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 commons; 2", 2", 1.5" (all including tails) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime at each water change * What do you feed your fish and how often? TetraFin Crisps, 6 crisps 3x/day, soaked in tank water 5 minutes prior to feeding De-shelled peas 1x/week, one pea per fish cut into small bits I bought Aqueon granules because I read that they had better ingredients, but the fish appear to have trouble eating them, even when soaked for 5 minutes in tank water * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes, all * Any medications added to the tank? .3% Morton's Pickling salt, scant 1 TBSP Methylene Blue, scant 1 TBSP PraziPro I know the m. blue kills beneficial bacteria also, but the tank had not yet cycled anyway. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. We began raising the salinity of the tank on 11/14 because of 2 small white spots on each of 2 of the fish. We also began a 7 day Melafix treatment that same day. We reached .3% salinity and completed the Melafix treatment on 11/20. By 11/22, all original white spots were gone, but the largest fish had begun to develop fuzzy white spots on his dorsal fin that appeared to grow together over the next several days. Also on 11/22 we ordered Methylene Blue and PraziPro to have on hand "just in case." The largest goldfish died on 11/26. We did an 80% water change and bleached all ornaments, rinsing all 3 times before re-adding to the tank. On 11/30 I noticed 2-3 white spots on another fish's tail; not with crisply-defined edges like the original spots, but not with fuzzy edges either, like the dead fish had...more like the spots in the pictures in this thread and this thread, but more closely spaced. On 12/1 the medications arrived, so we moved the fish to a different container, removed everything from the tank, washed with vinegar, rinsed well, put everything back together minus substrate, refilled with water at .3% salinity (we had never decreased it), treated with Prime, scant TBSPs each of m. blue and PraziPro, then re-added fish. The newest PetSmart rescue (to replace the one who died) was acclimated to the higher salinity over a period of 36 hours and added to the tank. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Please see the book I posted above. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The newest fish isn't hanging out with the others much yet, but all behavior appears to be normal.
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