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Nathan

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    Three black moors, two ryukin, and two orandas
  1. Dang, when I read he was swimming the other day I really hoped he would pull through.
  2. It looks like Othello is going to make a full recovery, except for a deflated eye. I wasn't so sure the first couple of days when he just laid on his side on the bottom of the tank. Then, when he could at least right himself, but couldn't float, I was concerned he damaged his swim bladder and wouldn't swim properly again. Finally, Thursday, he started showing some buoyancy control. Now he's hating being in QT, and I'm weighing the stress of being stuck alone in QT versus whether he's healed enough to go back with his friends in the main tank. I think I'll give him another couple of days.
  3. I tend towards precaution with heaters; regardless of brand, it's not a question of if one will malfunction, but when. This is a great article: http://www.beananimal.com/articles/aquarium-heaters-what-you-need-to-know!.aspx Basically, use multiple heaters (three or four), and control them with an industrial temp controller like a Ranco. Set the controller to the temp you want, and the individual heaters to slightly above that. The controller will turn the heaters on and off, but the built in controllers will kick in if it malfunctions. And with multiple smaller heaters, when one malfunctions it can't cause as much damage.
  4. I'm seeing some slight improvement in Othello this morning. He's not swimming quite as erratically, and he has been trying to forage. So, still holding onto some hope.
  5. Already using salt in the tank. The meth blue is to keep a small saprolegnia infection he had from turning into a full blown infection in his weakened state. If you still recommend against it, I'll certainly change it. no, it's fine. keep both, they can work well together. this little dude is just going to need some time to recover from both shock and injury. fingers crossed it all goes well Thank you.
  6. Already using salt in the tank. The meth blue is to keep a small saprolegnia infection he had from turning into a full blown infection in his weakened state. If you still recommend against it, I'll certainly change it.
  7. Since I'm new and apparently can't post video, hopefully this will work. Short video of him trying to swim.
  8. Alive. Lethargic, but trying to swim some. Not very well, and a bit frantic at times. I think it tires him out, poor guy.
  9. we do not transfer injured fish by hand or net. we use the tub method. catch the fish in a transparent tub and transport it to the holding facility. our hands or net may cause stress which can cause the fish to wriggle. in the event of an already injured fish, this can cause further injury. That's actually what I was doing; he's wily and usually lives in a 90 gallon, so a net is used to herd him to the surface. As I was lifting him out of the tank with my hand, he thrashed and got away. Would usually use two hands, but I needed the other free to give him a swab. Should have put him down on something first. Should have... Like I said, stupid.
  10. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank): 0 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap): 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.4 * 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 drops * Water temperature?: 73 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 10 gal hospital, 1 day * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Sponge filter running on a Tetra Whisper 10 air pump * How often do you change the water and how much? 25% daily * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, 5 inch * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS Thera A+ daily, peas weekly * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Methylene blue, salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Topical methylene blue for small spot of saprolegnia (3 days), currently half tank strength methylene blue, salt at 1 tsp/gal * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Small spot of saprolegnia on head. Primary problem is physical trauma; dropped from height while transferring for treatment. Bloody, but intact eye. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Lying on the bottom on side, swimming on side; I'm working on getting a video.
  11. So, I was really stupid and Othello, my favorite black moor, jumped the net and hit the floor. He burst some blood vessels in his eye, and it's full of blood. Additionally, he's having difficulty righting himself. He can swim upright, but he's lying on his side quite a bit. I feel pretty sick. The eye will probably be ok. The inability to right himself really worries me. I'm hoping it's a result of the eye injury and not serious internal trauma. I've put him in the hospital tank with methylene blue, salt at 1 tsp/gal, and a strong bubbler. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can improve his chances?
  12. I take that back. My other oranda has started resting with them.
  13. Thank you. I had no idea there were so many snuggling goldfish. None of my others do it.
  14. I recently adopted a black moor and an oranda. I estimate them to be 2-3 years old. The first morning after I got them home, I found them lying next to one another in the bottom of the tank. Concerned, I investigated, but when they saw me they popped right up and swam about normally. I looked closely for any signs of illness, found none, and decided to keep an eye on them. This happened often, and I determined they were just sleeping. I chalked it up to the confines of the quarantine tank. I've since moved them to my main aquarium. And they still sleep next to one another. The only explanation I can come up with is the poor things were previously kept in a 10 gallon, and have grown up being close to each other. Has anyone seen or heard of cuddling goldfish?
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