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Caretta Rose

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  1. *gentle hugs*

    So sorry

    Thanks guys... That wasn’t easy. He hung on for a while, but passed quite peacefully shortly after the aquarium light went off. Almost poetic. Poor thing.[emoji3525]

    Keep on swimmin’ in goldfishy heaven, with unlimited Hikari pellets and bloodworms!

    I feel bad for the lone fish now so I will be looking for a tank mate in the near future.

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  2. Do you have some terrestrial plants rooted in there, like Pothos?  Those are much better nitrate sponges than aquatic plants and could help you keep that number down as well [emoji4]

    Oh yes, I’ve got a lot of pothos! I’ll get some back in the tank.

    Should I increase epsom salt over time? I’ve added 1/4tsp per 10 gallons.

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  3. This fish has had a lot of stress. Body shape/breeding is likely the culprit, I tried to be careful when selecting. Very floaty, sensitive to foods, sensitive to wc's, and now sensitive to nitrates? The other fish has never had a problem except for an odd tear in the caudal fin one time that healed on it's own in a week.

  4. I don't think I'll medicate, but I will treat with salt. I've picked up some epsom salt today. Do you recommend that I separate into a rubbermaid and treat with the salt in there or can this go in the main tank?

    The bumps disappeared with less frequent and dramatic water changes. I was stressing the poor thing out. Now it seems nitrates might be another added stress. So its one over the other! Such a shame and so delicate. 

  5. On 7/3/2019 at 1:50 PM, Arctic Mama said:

    Oh yikes!  That’s not a good sign at all, when the swelling has moved all the way up behind the gills.

    We can try to treat after you fill out the diagnostic form, but truthfully reversing illness that has dropsy progressing to that point is rare.  The organ damage is often just too severe.

    Test Results for the Following:

    * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 ppm

    * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 ppm

    * Nitrate level(Tank): 20 ppm

    * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0 ppm

    * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 ppm

    * Nitrate level(Tap): 5-10 ppm

    * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines):  8.2

    * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines):  7.8 

    Other Required Info:

    * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Freshwater Master Test Kit Drops

    * Water temperature? 26 Celsius (78.8 F)

    * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75 gallons; August 4 2018

    * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval FX6

    * How often do you change the water and how much? Every 3 weeks, about 50-70% based on water parameters (my filter is overkill).

    * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1.5 weeks ago, 50%

    * How many fish in the tank and their size? Two, approx. ~6 inches

    * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime each wc

    * What do you feed your fish and how often? Various foods, once per day. Fast one day per week. 1) Hikari lionhead mini-pellet (staple), Omega One sinking goldfish pellets (occasional), assortment of fresh leafy greens (mainly kale or spinach) once per week, frozen bloodworms (once per week)

    * 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. Salted tank in January to treat white bumps on tail fin of fish in question

    * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Pine coning

    * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Behaving normally, just looking like a pine cone :(


  6. It’s up to you, if you want to try and treat go ahead and fill out the form, but if you just want to keep him comfortable you can do epsom salt for a little while until you see more symptoms, then euthanize.  

    Thanks Taryl.

    I’ve been stewing on this overnight and into today and I’m more upset about it. And also for the other fish for losing their only tank mate.

    I will do the water tests when I get home from work today. I have a good supply of kosher salt, but not epsom. Do you recommend using epsom over the other? I can pick some up on my way home if needed.

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  7. I was hoping I wasn’t going to get a response like this [emoji20] This poor fishy has been through a lot with sensitivities.


    He is still acting normally. I’m almost considering euthanizing before it gets worse. I was really hoping at this point that maybe it’s a female and has eggs, but I know deep down that’s not the case.



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  8. My orange and white (used to be calico) goldfish, aka Tweedle Dum, has been looking a little lumpy lately. I probably first started to notice a week or so ago. Looking more lumpy/humpy than usual, almost like it's been inflated like a balloon. There is now a small hump behind the head and before the dorsal fin. The scales on the body are also noticeably spread out and kind of protruding, looking like pine coning. I can feel the bumps of the scales when the fish is in my hand.

    Still eating normally and swimming, not distressed. This is my sensitive fishy who gets floaty when eating very excitedly. Haven't had any serious cases of floating lately. They just had a 3 day fast while I was away for the long weekend, and still looking lumpy. I'm a bit concerned.

    Videos here: 




    EDIT: They were just fed when I took the video, that's why it's "gulping"/chewing like that.


  9. They are still so small! Congratulations, g-mama! I would be so nervous looking after fry and wouldn't even know where to start. I think I've lucked up with a same-sex couple, but if I add a third to the mix.... I'm a little hesitant just in case of a "happy accident" :rolleyes:

    That's so funny that mom and dad are still busy - LOL. Good luck! Tis the season.

  10. I live in an apartment in an old building (ca. late 1800s), on the second story, with a 75-gallon tank. There was no explicit details about aquariums in my rental agreement, was it mentioned in yours when you signed for your apartment?

    What are her concerns about your 55-gallon? Is it in case it breaks/leaks? That's what insurance is for. If it's about the weight, there are ways to mitigate that with proper placement and understanding the structural design of the building. I made sure to place my aquarium along a load-bearing wall so that it could hold the weight. I also have a solid stand which helps distribute the weight more evenly.


    EDIT: Sorry I'm a little late here, what ended up happening?

  11. 22 hours ago, Acro said:

    I love it when they do that!  

    I like the wood work you've got in there, soon it'll be covered in anubias!

    That's the plan! The water pigs tend to eat any new shoots that sprout up, but I would love for them to grow along it. 


    21 hours ago, koko said:

    Me too the first time I saw it I was amazed :) I love when they bloom, means its a happy plant :) 

    It is a good sign indeed! :)

  12. 6 hours ago, dahling8 said:

    I've sourced out a few Canadian distributors of Repashy products, pricing is about the same.  The savings are if you are able to get them from our neighbours in the US, but bringing in fish food has ??? from border officials if they're on top of import regulations.  Northern Gecko is a Canadian company that I have dealt with for Repashy a few times.

    One of my goldfish with SBD reacted to Solient Green, I've heard Super Green might be better for fish with SBD, so YMMV.  I'm a believer in duckweed, so it would be great to get a duckweed factory growing.  Where do you live, maybe I can send some out your way.

    I appreciate this info! I am hesitant to spend a lot of money on food products if it'll have an averse reaction with my special needs fish. I wish I could test them out first before going big.

    I am in southeastern Ontario. I am honestly in disbelief I'm having such a hard time finding duckweed around here. Seems like every LFS near me just eradicates it... somehow. I guess I could wait until summer and find some outside... lol. I'm impatient! It's been 6 months of winter already!

    Frogbit is considered an invasive species around these parts - I could probably find some wild sources of that and grow my own and keep it contained than in the wild. Could they eat that too? It's European Frogbit.

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