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  1. Hi Helen, thank you for helping. I can cut out broccoli and Hikari, but the problem is: what do I feed them then? In Holland Saki Hikari is the best product available for goldfish, other brands are known to cause all kinds of problems. I am not familiar with epsom granule (what is that? Salt?) Good to know that the bumps arent related. Eef has had them for a long time so I know they are not dangerous on the short term. I'm not going to do surgery, I dont think I can do that. I probably could get frozen blood worms (although I don't like the idea lol). I could me gelfood, but then they would eat the same every day. I like it better to feed them the veggies in the structure they belong to be and variete with them. (it feels like feeding baby's actual veggies or using canned baby smush) In Holland the tap water is of outstanding quality. It doesnt contain any chlorine. So I dont have to use dechlorinator. I use Sansai Biorex just as a supplement.
  2. Here are some pictures of Eef with her bumps: And two of our Bob (ofcourse on the moment I was taking the pictures he was not upside down...)
  3. I'll try to take some good pictures. As I stated before: I have very bad experiences with isolating fish, so I'd rather not do that. I forgot about Duck Weed, of course I rather try that then start medicating.
  4. I would like to ask your help with the following (I filled in the form, so the problems are below.). Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) = 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) = 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) = 1.5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) = 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) = 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) = 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) : PH = 8.5, GH = 9, KH = 7, I dont know what chloramines are, I dont have a test for that. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) : PH = 8.5, GH = 8, KH = 7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? > I use drops. NO2 and NH3 are from the brand Sera, the others from the brand Colombo. * Water temperature? > currently its 22 degrees Celcius. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? > 600 Liters, thats 158,5 gallons if I am correct. It has been running for two years now (although the filters have been running a lot longer than that). * What is the name and size of the filter(s)? > We have two of the same filters, Jebao 304. Each filter has the capacity of 1200 Liters per hour and the volume is approximately 10 Liters (2.64 gallon?) * How often do you change the water and how much? > We change the water every week and we change 50%. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? > Last wednesday I did the last waterchange of 50%. * How many fish in the tank and their size? > We have five fish in the tank, two big ones, one intermediate, one small and one that is even smaller. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? > After waterchange I use Sansai Biorex. * What do you feed your fish and how often? > I feed them once a day. For a few months I have been experimenting with food, giving them more vegetables. My fish like zucchini, broccoli, spinach, kale, green beans and peas. I dont feed them peas very often, only once in a while when I feel like they are constipated. I feed them pellets once every two or three days, the brand I use is Hikari. * Any new fish added to the tank? > No * Any medications added to the tank? > No, but one week ago I had them for one week on salt, 1 gram per liter. * Any unusual behavior or symptoms? > Our biggest and oldest Bob is having balance problems. He can swim perfectly right, but when he rests, he hangs upside down at the water level. Over the last few days I also saw him hanging straight, but it changes. Bob is with us for more than five years and he always had kinda weird behaviour, but now it takes too long for my taste. I also can't remember the last time I saw him defecate. I tried pies already, but that didnt help (or I did it wrong... ) > Eefje is with us for four years and she has these weird bumps for a really long time now. At first I was alarmed, but it didnt get worse and she didnt show any different behaviour. But the last few months the bumps are a little bigger as they were, and not getting better, so I really would like to know whether its harmless or not. On top of that I find that she is less active, hanging a lot on the bottom of the tank. > Nemo is our big grower. He is with us for almost two years now and he's grown from a one-inch scary baby to a good-looking ryukin. A few months ago he had balance problems after eating, but that went away. I assume it had something to do with me changing the diet to more veggies and less pellets. Today I saw him tumbling again. > Elsa is also with us for almost two years. She has coming and going infections in her wen. Mostly they go away on their own, but wel... just to be thorough... I would like to know what the cause of the problem might be and what I could do to fix it. I live in Europe so its difficult to get some medicine common in the USA. I have very bad experiences with isolating the fish for longer periods of time, so I prefer to treat the whole tank if necessary. Thank you for reading this
  5. Okey, I am a few weeks on the way with experimenting. So far I know they LOVE zucchini and I can cook that in advance and put it in the freezer, so I have quick veggies on the days that I work. They also love spinach, but that is not very practical because it ends up blocking the entrence of my filters. I bought the frozen stuff, cut, not shredded. Maybe I should buy fresh leaves and then cook them. Green beans are also a hit, it turned out I had to cook them much much longer and then cut them up in little pieces. I tried endive, but I didnt cook it long enough I guess so I will try that again later. I still have my bucket of duckweed, I give it to them like once a week, so that the rest of the duckweed can grow back. Once a week I refill the water with aquariumwater, but I dont change the water (thats very unpractical with duckweed, it stucks to your hands and stuff...). Today I wondered whether I should change the water... there was also some weird green stuff underneath the duckweed... maybe algae or something? I still feed pellets once a day or every other day. I would like to try kale, but in Holland thats mostly sold in such little pieces that that would cause the filter-problem again. Any comments, thoughts or pointers?
  6. Thanks guys. I got him in November 2012, from some teenager who saved him from a fishbowl. He was really skinny and small and he turned into a beautiful one. R.I.P. Tris (November 2012 - September 30, 2015)
  7. Guys, thanks for all the help, but I have to inform you that Tris died this night. The antibiotics cured his skinproblem but that wasnt enough. Sweet thing to tell: whenever a fish dies, our ryukin Bob goes into a corner and faces the wall. He has a very clear way of mourning. Last time it lasted three days. Poor guy...
  8. I just discovered I already use probiotics on a weekly basis. Sansai Biorex https://darumakoi.nl/shop/sansai-biorex-5-liter/
  9. I am sorry it took me so long to reply, but I just got a new job and its very timeconsuming. I called the biggest supplier of anything aquarium related, and I learned that a lot of medicine such as the antibiotics in API general are forbidden in Holland, because we have a very high standard for our drinking water. He offered me the best antibiotic he had available, something that wasnt even available the webshop, and I did two three-day cures of that, as recommended. Thats over now. The symptoms arent gone, but at least I did something, which feels better than doing nothing. What can I do now to reinforce their immunesystem? Something with methylene blue?
  10. What do you mean with that last thing about the water column? I had a couple of busy days, but in the mean time I have been thinking and I am still not sure. I wondered why that is. I think that I doubt that its a good idea to treat with so much stuff at once (anti-bacterial, anti-parasite and that blue stuff). Wouldnt it be better to start with an antibiotic (another one then the one we've tried) and then maybe after that still something against parasites or something to build their immune? Wouldnt that be less harsh on the fish and the water? Edit: I was putting stuff in my shoppingchart on AAP to see how much the cost would be, but we have a tank of roughly 160 gallons, and one package of API general is good for 100 gallons. So to use that for two weeks I need at least 4 packages, assuming I only change the water weekly. I added that to the shoppingcart and then the shippingcosts are trough the roof... I would have to pay 80 euros... I really care about my fish, but we really dont have that kind of money...
  11. The last part I dont understand... Do you mean I have to change the water every two days for two weeks? or just after the treatment? If you mean the first, then I think its better to treat Tris outside of the tank.
  12. Okey thanks. This afternoon I got some duckweed out of the ditch at the vegetables garden complex. I put it in a bucket with fresh water. Now I have to transfer the duckweed to a fresh bucket of used water every day for a week, right?
  13. I never had gas from broccoli or other cabbage, but I will stay clear of beans. Thanks What fruits can I try (or are dangerous to try)? (btw: I cooked some yellow zucchini for lunch today and it was gone before I noticed. That was a lot smoother than the green beans I tried earlier this week (but maybe I should have cooked them longer and the pieces were too big))
  14. I am sorry it took me so long to reply, but I had to do some research about that methylene blue. Colombo FMC-50 contains malachite, methylene blue en formaldehyde, according to this website. But at AAP its much cheaper. Just so I understand correctly: the recommended course of treatment (within my means) is API General Cure combined with methylene blue? Are those two compatible? And what dosage do I need? I think its best to treat the whole tank, since other fish also have weird little symptomes.
  15. How do you notice that fish have gas? *is trying to picture it...*
  16. There are still two questions from my opening post unanswered...
  17. I know you just want to help and I really appreciate it, its just sometimes hard for me to get the ducks in a row. I dont have the fundsnow to buy a bunce of stuff in advance. Everything I normally need is within fifteen minutes of my home. As to the bacterial problem: What antibiotics besides silver are good? ? The stuff in API general is mostly against parasites, isnt it?
  18. Well, after two days the green beens are finally dissapearing. Is that normal? Do you cut up the veggies or do you let them work for it?
  19. Okey I have had a good look around on the internet. AAP sells API General Cure with metronidazole and praziquantel and that looks affordible. (although shipping is still quite expensive) In Holland I can buy: - Sanikoi Wormex, that contains (only) praziquantel. - Sera professional tremazol, also praziquantel I didnt come across Dutch medicines with metrodinazole, all google tells me is that is causes cancer and is very hard to get your hands on. I searched for colloidal silver, but in high concentration (500ppm) its really not affordible. I can buy stuff in low concentration (10-50 ppm) but I guess thats not nearly as affective? That means that silver-stuff is not an option. I hope there is something else we can try. I also googeled baytril injections, but they are most common for dogs and cats and I read that its best to have a vet inject that and thats also a problem... I could call the koi specialist around here, but I know that he has no experience with fancy goldfish. Then about this, and I will try it again because its very important to me: In Holland we first study the symptoms as good as we can and then we make a suggestion as to what the problem is, and then we recommend a treatment, in that order. Now with the same symptoms, I have heard a variety of problems. It really makes a huge difference in treatment if we are dealing with parasites or bacterial stuff. (I know one can lead to another, but you cant treat both at the same time, can you?) I know you guys are no vets, I am neither, but we try to understand everything as good as we can, don't we? I want to know why I am trying a medicine before I try it.
  20. I still have one question left: how long do you let the green stuff decay? Do you ever get it out of there or is it really no threat to your water quality?
  21. Yes, they all are very sympathetic with their buddy. Tris gets a lot of attention from his friends.
  22. Okey, let me summarize. - The most likely stuff going on is bacterial infection combined with swimblatter stuff. - That silver stuff is too expensive, unfortunately. - We can try duckweed. - What other medicine/active ingredients would you recomment if I lived in the US? Then I will find an alternative accessible here.
  23. I understand, but cellulose gets broken when you cook veggies, thats why we can digest them, right? I just cooked four green beans for them and put them in. I am curious how they will like it. Can I just let it decay there or do I have to clean the leftover out after a certain amount of time (and what amount)?
  24. Omg.. I am sorry but we cant afford that... Can we first set a diagnosis? Then we can figure out an affordible treatment from there.
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