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  1. Awwww, I saw two little baby pearlscales at petco the other day and was very tempted but I would have had to set up a new aquarium because the one I have has too strong of a current running through it. I think they’re pretty cute though! I think I would love to own pretty much any type of goldfish except maybe the bubble eye because I think the possibility of the bubbles popping would always make me anxious for the fish.

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  2. Ever since I’ve started keeping goldfish I’ve desperately wanted to own a cute little ranchu, but I love somewhere without any local fish stores (only petsmart and petco) and I’ve never seen a ranchu in either of those stores before, it took me a few years to get one. I bought two ranchu online sight unseen and got quite the pair! One of them is small and unfortunately came to me missing an eye and not with the best body/spine shape, and the other ranchu showed up fat and adorable! I love them so much :)6fa16a0f0d1640ce013017d268587847.jpg3b9522d143f267afa5ff6412427787c7.jpg5e5f1c785aa86251d2407f3a9676ecd6.jpg7b4f4136387fc3deced47ef6ae825d0e.jpg



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  3. Hi guys!


    Almost two weeks ago I took in this little fantail goldfish from a girl who had been keeping him in a small fish bowl in her dorm room. When I got him he had a few black spots and streaks of black in his fins but I was unsure if the black was from healing ammonia burns or natural pigmentation. He’s now in my 60 gallon with other goldfish and seems to be doing quite well but the amount of black on his body seems to be increasing. Should I assume this is from the continued healing of ammonia burns he suffered from being kept in the little fish bowl? Goldfish don’t generally gain black pigmentation, right? I’ve mostly heard of black fish losing their black pigmentation as they’ve gotten older.


    The picture of him in the little fish bowl was taken the day I got him.









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  4. My QT tank with all my new fish has ich. I am familiar with how to treat ich with heat and salt, but the tank not only my two new goldfish, but also some dojo loaches and a baby bristlenose pleco, so I wanted to check here and ask if anyone can advise me on using salt with dojo loaches and the baby BN? Is it just the same treatment as it would be for a tank with only goldfish? Thanks!


  5. I decided to order two small ranchu (and a few various other fish) from liveaquaria and they arrived today. Everyone made it safe and sound and without any issues, and it wasn't until I pulled the goldies from their bag after temp acclimation that I noticed one of the fish is missing an eye. I can't really tell if it's the result of an injury or a birth defect or something else, but the fish seems to be doing perfectly fine, swimming and eating normally. I called the store and the refunded me for that particular fish. I know I need to keep a close eye on it and make sure the water stays super clean for now. He's a cute little fish.

  6. I do dump water from the filters when I disassemble them to rinse the media. The thing is I don't think the dropsy is being caused by poor water quality, because I read my water params regularly and I simply don't let them get to a point where my fish might be harmed. I don't think it can be a case of filter buildup/gunk from excess food/etc. going bad and fouling water and causing the illness, because that would cause buildup of nitrites/nitrates/etc. in the water, correct? And those compounds are not building up in my tank. As far as I can tell the cycle is healthy and functioning well. 

    I have sand substrate, which I stir. I have a sunken wood in the tank, and plastic plants, but that's it. 



    The only thing I can think of that's left is that there's some type of pathogen in my tank that's causing the illness. I don't know this for sure, but I'm sort of at my wit's end. Today was the third application of prazi to the tank and it's been about a week of the fish ingesting metro twice a day. So far everything is fine and I haven't noticed any signs of dropsy in either fish. I'm going to finish a second week of the metro and then just wait and see I guess??


  7. Sorry I didn't think to add the D&D form, my mind's so scattered right now... btw this is the information from today's water reading before I did what I call a "double" water change. I know it's excessive, but I remove the fish in a small container, drain as much of the water as I possibly can, then I fill up the whole tank again (with seachem safe added of course) and then I drain the whole thing again and refill one last time. I float the fish in the container to temp acclimate, then scoop them out by hand to return to the tank. I don't do this often... only after a major issue, like a fish death, or if there's been some disease outbreak or something. My goal is to get out as much as the "bad stuff" as physically possible (bacterial, parasites, etc.). I also gave all the filter media a quick swish in tank water today, but it was hardly dirty at all since I had rinsed it a few weeks ago too. 

    So now that's all out of the way... here's my most recent water param readings (before today's wc)

    • est Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm
      • * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm
      • * Nitrate level(Tank)  between 5-10ppm, always closer to 5.
      • * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm
      • * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm
      • * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm
      • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0
      • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?  API Master Kit, drops
        • * Water temperature?  65F
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?  60 gallons, running 2.5 years
        • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland emperor 400 + Aquaclear 70, both with large sponges placed over the intakes. My filters have a good amount of media--sponges + filter floss + ceramic media and are well maintained to keep the media clear from debris buildup so that flow rates and media surface area are maximized.  
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today--as close to 100% as possible, see above.
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 goldfish--1 fantail (2", round bodied fish), 1 shubunkin (4" long, thin-bodied fish)
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem safe (powder)
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. Repashy soilent green gel food alternated with saki hikari sinking pellets (purple bag). They're fed twice daily, very small amounts.
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? Nothing new added to the tank
    • * Any medications added to the tank? About 2 months ago the tank went through a 2 weeks worth of prazi cycles (3 day intervals), followed by two weeks of salt that was slowly increased to a concentration of 0.3%
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. This tank has only ever been treated with prazi and salt, although I've gone through this treatment routine several times with all of the fish. I have always QT'd new fish.
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Currently my fantail is displaying ver slight signs of raised scales in the area just behind her left gill plate
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Behavior has been normal with these two fish
  8. Hi all, unfortunately I have recently been having some difficulties with my main goldfish tank. It's a 60 gallon aquarium that previously had four smaller goldfish in it. I'm now down to two of my smallest fish. First of all, I'll mention that although the tank was "technically" overstocked with 4 goldfish in 60 gallons, the fish were nowhere near the large adult size goldfish are capable of reaching, and I performed weekly water changes of 80-90% that kept all the parameters well within the acceptable limits. Months ago, I lost my largest and favorite fish to dropsy. He had experienced floaty issues for a while, and the dropsy came on quite suddenly. I made the decision to euthanize him. After he passed I treated the entire talk with prazi and salt in the same manner I would treat a fish that was in QT.

    Everything was fine until a few weeks ago when I noticed my second oldest fish acting sluggish. I tried everything, was doing 50%wcs every other day, but she began to develop dropsy as well and after a few days of no improvement I euthanized her. It's been a few weeks since she's passed. My other two fish are small and active and look healthy in every way. Except--today I pulled them out of the tank so that I could do a closer inspection and I'm fairly sure there are two scales just behind the gill plate of one of my fish that are beginning to lift ever so slightly. The lift is almost imperceptible and I would not be able to get a picture of it unless I had a much nicer camera. I am really terrified this is a sign she's coming down with dropsy too. I don't know what to do next. These are two small fish with 30 gallons each, I keep up with water changes, filter maintenance, etc. just as I would if the tank was fully stocked. When I test the parameters each week the nitrate buildup is pretty much negligible. I'm thinking about starting treatment with metro soaked pellets, possibly putting them through another few rounds of prazi? I have no idea what's in my tank that can be causing this, but it's really beginning to frustrate me.

    I've been avoiding medications more or less until now (except for prazi) in favor of super clean water and healthy diets, but it's getting to a point where I think I need to start reaching for antibiotics or something? Thanks for any help or advice. 

  9. Thanks everyone ): he made it through the night and has actually been perky, actively swimming, and eating. But his scales are still raised and it's quite advanced at this point. I think I'll leave him be so long as he's acting normally, and when he starts showing symptoms of suffering I'll probably euthanize. I don't really have it in me to put him through intense treatment attempts when the likelihood of him fully recovering from the dropsy is so low.

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  10. Came home to find Suna sitting at the bottom of the tank today and noticed right away he has dropsy ): Feeling really bummed about it... it came on suddenly and hit really fast. If he makes it though the night I'll be heading to the store in the morning to pick up clove oil and euthanize. He's been having some mild floaty issues on certain foods lately, but other than that he seemed normal. Poor little guy ):

  11. I haven't dropped fish food, but I did once leave a bag of Saki Hikari Pellets too low on a shelf and my dog decided to tear into them and scattered them all over the carpeted room. Even a few weeks of vacuuming later I would still walk through the room and get little fish food pellets stuck to the bottom of my feet lol



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  12. I also have a 60 gallon aquarium and I recently purchased the Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED. I got the 48" model (which has extendable feet that can go up to 60". I bought it off amazon for about $60 and I have to say I'm absolutely loving it. The light intensity and color is adjustable with white/blue lights so you can get a customized color spectrum that you think looks the best for your tank. It also has some pre-set lighting modes in there as well. I personally think this is one of the best large LEDs for the price... so long as you're only looking to illuminate your tank and not grow plants. Growing plants will require something much more powerful and therefore much more expensive. 

  13. Just an update... the red spot has gone away on its own. I think it was a missing scale after all and the thing that looked like a white dot in the center was actually the small opening along her lateral line. I'm still going to keep water changing and I think I'll keep salt in at 0.1% for a couple more days but I guess it was just a little scare :)

  14. 9 hours ago, shakaho said:

    A few more questions for you:

    How many rounds of prazi did you do during quarantine?  Was this one year ago?  Did you get all of the fish at one time?

    3 rounds: 3 days meds in the water, one day no meds, three days meds in water, etc. After Prazi was finished I did extra 1-2 weeks salt treatment

    I got the fish at different times but QT'd each one separately in a smaller tank before allowing them into the main tank. 

    What are the dimensions of your 60 gallon tank?

    It's standard - roughly 48" L x 13" W x 24" H

    Would you please give the standard length (tail not included) and variety of your fish.  You can estimate the length

    Suna (fantail) - 3.4-4"

    Mango (oranda) - 3"

    Opal (fantail) - 2"

    Fairy (shubunkin) - ~3" long, but he's not very big overall (He's in this tank temporarily while he's small, not for life. He's been in here since August and went through the same QT treatment on his own at the fancies)

    Do you have substrate?  If so what kind and how deep?

    I have a thin layer of sand - maybe 1" deep. I vacuum and stir it up regularly. 


  15. 1 hour ago, koko said:

    It does look like there might be something pushing up... If it was me I would either QT the fish with .1% salt and clean water for a week see what happens. Or you can salt the whole tank and keep the water clean. Over all we want to make sure the water is clean and the salt will help :)  Till we can see if something  is under there :) 

    Thanks for your advice :) I did a big water change and I think I'll add salt to the whole tank. I'll do daily partial water changes to keep water quality pristine.

    • Test Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm
      • * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm
      • * Nitrate level(Tank) ~40ppm
      • * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0
      • * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0
      • * Nitrate level(Tap) ~<10ppm
      • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0-8.5
      • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0-8.5
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master
        • * Water temperature? 74F
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 gallons, running 1+ year
        • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland Emperor + Aquaclear 70 both w/ sponge intake covers
        • * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly, 80-90%
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 6 days ago, 80-90%
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish - 2 small and 2 medium
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy Soilent Green, served in small amounts 2-3 times 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.
      Initital QT treatments with PriziPro and then salt.
      One treatment for ich with salt and raised tempts ~10? months ago.
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
      One small fish has a small red spot on her side with a raised white center, it resembles a small pimple. 
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? None
  16. I'm feeling pretty frustrated right now... just fed the fish and noticed Opal has a very small bump on her side that's red with a raised white center. It's not very large and I only noticed it because she's a mostly white fish. Going to start a water change now, I will update with the D&D questionnaire filled out soon.

    She's otherwise eating and acting normally. No signs on the other fish... I'll try to get a photo but it might be tough because the spot is so small. 

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