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  1. thanks! will do! it's been consistent so far.
  2. well, it seems like Edward's behavior is back to normal. the chemical burn on his dorsal fin is also gone. is there anything i can do now to help his fin tears heal faster?
  3. hi again. i did a 15% WC today because the water was a bit cloudy. still dosing with the salt and dechlorinator here's a video of how Edward is currently behaving. you can skip to about 0:53 to see how even though he is active he is still having trouble. every once in a while he still swims around the tank but it's brief. here are some pictures of him today. http://imgur.com/j3Uzd1y http://imgur.com/1q02x6Q http://imgur.com/TJEwHay in the last picture you may be able to see the hole in his tail near the back.it looks like a tear. no more tearing or damage has occured to his tail for a few days now so i assume the algaefix and whatever else may have been hurting him has been completely wiped out.
  4. he is trying to eat on his own again today which is nice to see. he still hasn't left the bottom of the tank, though. edit: i just saw him swim to the top of the tank for the first time in a week!
  5. one thing i noticed today is sometimes he lifts his dorsal fin, then he starts twitching and it goes back down. i've seen him twitch in the past but these seemed more violent.
  6. so, finally some good news here, i had trouble with the syringe but instead i tried just feeding him by hand and he ate out of my hand! so he is interested in food again. he didn't eat as much as he normally does but it's a start. i did my best at doing what she did in the video. Edward does not really like me to do this and he swam away a few times. i did not try to stop him because, well, his fins are in very bad shape. they are red and shredded and there is even a hole in his back fin. he can swim just fine but it almost looks like he has been bullied and nipped at despite the fact he is alone in the tank. i felt like if he struggled too much they might get worse. anyway, his belly feels soft, i would not say it feels firm.. it's not like squishy there is a bounce back but it's not like in the video. i looked at both of his gills. they are supposed to be a flush red, right? they look white and red to me. i don't know what these things mean but i assume not good. outside of this i'm not sure what else to say besides he's pretty much the same. sitting at the bottom, not much activity. he is more active than he was a few days ago. but far from normal behavior. i feel like he is getting better but he won't ever be the same.
  7. ok thanks. just for a frame of reference i have not seen him eat in almost 6 days and have attempted to feed him twice and he has refused.
  8. hmm ok i will try this tonight although he has not been very cooperative in the past in this way, although being as docile as he is lately maybe it will be easier. i don't think Edward is doing well, still. while his stomach looks better, he is still not interested in food, and bits of his fins have fallen off. the chemical burn on his top fin is still there. idk if this is something that can go away though. i am continuing to monitor the water, the nitrates are down to 10ppm and everything else still at zero. is there maybe a way to force feed a fish or is this a bad idea? i'm just afraid that he will die of starvation first before anything.
  9. i don't have a good feeling about Edward's health. he has been very still since last night, has not moved from the spot i saw him in before i went to sleep. very little movement besides his mouth. tried to feed him but no interest. he has not eaten in it ~4-5 days now. seems his slime coat is still deteriorating despite the WC and salt. i am wondering if maybe it's better to move him out of this tank and into a quarantine with water specifically meant to treat this. the only problem is that the biggest thing i have to do this is a 6 gallon planted tank that currently has no fish in it. i also have a 2 gallon bucket.
  10. ok, i have added more salt today. will report again tomorrow. still bottom sitting, not eating, but he is 'breathing' more normally now.
  11. thank you nitrate levels today: 15ppm Edward's head seems a little better but this back side of his abdomen seems strange to me. i'm not sure where to proceed from here.
  12. no more algaecide for me. ok, so i did 100% WC with the salt and dechlorinator. i will report on progress tomorrow.
  13. i have been running the same filter ever since he was young and the only time there was ever a problem was when he got dropsy..which was caused by a friend looking after my fish while i was away for 2 weeks. thanks for letting me know, though. i have never aerated my tank, but there is an air stone at the bottom. i will continue the WC today to bring it 100% and get out all the algaefix. i do have aquarium salt. thank you. i second ditching the algaefix. this is the exact product which brought the identical symptoms to my goldfish. thankfully i was around to notice it happening and acted fast to remove that product from my tank. it took a few days to a week before the slime coat of my fish was beginning to repair and about a week or so until they started behaving normally again. this is too bad, because the product worked very well. i'm glad i know now that it is harmful. Here is a better picture of Edward today. Another thing I noticed is that his belly is oddly shaped near the back. He has always had kind of an oddly shaped belly ever since recovering from dropsy but it looks more warped than usual. I don't know what this means. Also, the bubble inside of his eye was caused by his dropsy as well. It never disappeared.
  14. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 30ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 73F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 / 3 YEARS * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 30G AquaClear Sponge/ZeoCarb/BioMax * How often do you change the water and how much? 3 times/mo 1/4th WC * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, half (emergency) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 adult telescope eye goldfish * What kind of water additives or conditioners? algaefix, stresscoat, accuclear, fluval * What do you feed your fish and how often? fluval goldfish pellets every other day * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? melafix * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 2 years ago had dropsy. was fed medicated food i got from a member here. i can't remember what it was called. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? stringy white film coming off body, white fuzz on head. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting, not interested in food. i apologize for this HORRIBLE picture but it's the best one i can get in the night time. circled is some of the white fuzzy substance on his head. i went out of town for a few days and our friends were watching our apartment. when i got back i did WC, but the water got cloudy fast and there was an algae bloom. so i did another one (This was about 6 days later) and put in accuclear and algaefix to try and stop it. the water cleared up but ever since then my goldfish Edward has been acting strange. he ate his last meal about 3 days ago now. he does not want to eat. when i did the water test i noticed the high nitrate levels, this is even after doing a 50% WC just a few hours ago after noticing what i imagine is a fungal infection. i'm guessing the high waste levels may have been a cause of this. although i have not encountered this before, i do not know what to use to treat this nor do i even know exactly what it is. best i can describe it is there are some tiny white dots around the top of his head and near his eyes. a stringy white film substance was coming off of him earlier today. i attempted to hand feed him but he was not interested. he was 'breathing' fast all day today. thanks for any help and suggestions.
  15. so it's been a few months since this, unfortunately the bump is still there and now his eye seems darker and redder, like there is blood in it or something. i'm not really sure what to do anymore. i don't think anything i have can help him. WC still regular.
  16. i did a 100% water change today. i noticed today that i believe his bump has gotten smaller. it had gotten worse since i first posted this thread but now it seems to begin fading. hopefully this WC will continue to improve his condition.
  17. ok last week i did a 20% should i wait a little longer to do another one? the bump is still there it seems a little larger. does melafix help at all or should i not bother. i removed the carbon filter to let it circulate
  18. the drops will more frequent water changes help his eye?
  19. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level near 0 * Nitrate level 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.3 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 76F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30, 3 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear BioMax , zeoCarb , foam * How often do you change the water and how much? twice a month 25% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? few days ago, see above * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 adult telescope eye goldie * What kind of water additives or conditioners? stress coat+, fluval bio cleaner * What do you feed your fish and how often? once a day, ~20 pellets of New Era Goldfish Pellets * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? melafix * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. aquarium salt, medicated food for dropsy (i forget the name) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no well, i think the picture speaks for itself. this white cloudy bump on the top of his eye has been there for a few weeks now. it doesn't seem to bother him, but it's also not going away. i have tried to treat with Melafix but it doesn't seem to have any effect.
  20. cyanobacteria is that slimy green stuff right? it smells a lot different to me. i have had it in another tank and have had to deal with removing it a few times. it is quite bothersome. but i've never had it in my goldie tank. i'll remove the rocks and see what happens. but first i need a place to QT my goldfish.
  21. thanks for the welcome back. the substrate is about an inch of small rocks. there are 2 flat rocks on the back and 2 pieces of driftwood for ornaments. they are not hollow but have some holes in them. there are also 2 plants. i can take a picture if you'd like. it did stink when i cleaned it. i cleaned it because i noticed that the filter was running at very low capacity due to a clog, so i cleaned the f ilter out and did wc. it had only been a few days since i had last cleaned the tank. normally i do it every 2 weeks.
  22. i wish i could post a smell on the internet , but alas. the only way i can describe this smell is that it smells a lot like a dead snail. i've smelled this many times in the past dealing with dead trapdoors. but the thing is, my tank only has 1 trapdoor snail, and it's alive and well. last night i attempted to locate the source of the smell but to no avail. i cleaned out the filter and did a water change, hoping it would help. but today, it's back. i'm terrified there's something rotting and decomposing, hidden in some crevice i can't find, slowly poisoning the water. but i can't imagine what on earth it is and i can't find it! any guesses as to what it might be? and what should i watch out for in the water levels?
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