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Caretta Rose

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  1. I also wouldn't be opposed to making my own gel foods as long as its not too time consuming or expensive. Any help would be appreciated immensely.
  2. Does anyone know of a Canadian source for Repashy Gel Food? One of my goldfish has notorious swim bladder issues and certain foods flare it up worse than others. Typically high protein (eg frozen bloodworms and some Hikari sinking pellets). He also has a bad (ANNOYING) habit of gulping from the surface which I haven't been able to curb. The other fish is 100% fine and it has been frustrating trying to come up with a balance of food for both with one being so sensitive. I want to try out the gel foods because I think it will help my sensitive little bugger. If anyone knows of a good source, please let me know.
  3. Both are good, thanks for asking! There has been no resurgence of the bumps. Everything looks clean and clear. And since I've cut back on the amount/frequency of water changes, I'm seeing a lot of new growth on the plants. Every body seems much happier 😊
  4. I remember a roommate of mine in university kept shrimp and guppies and they all multiplied like crazy. They were all really fun to watch and a great way to de-stress as uni students. It sounds terrible, but I figure if offspring get outta hand... well..... I have some hungry goldfish? 😶 I would love to get some cherries or cardinals. I will have a gander through some of the old posts for some shrimp-spiration!
  5. I would also vote for barebottom. The clean up is so much easier and I can rest easy knowing they aren't going to choke on something. (Although they still manage to find trouble in other ways, but that's another story! 🙄) Here is my current setup:
  6. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to move. Pretty stressful time all around. But now that I'm slowly getting myself set up, I realised that I could pull out my 5.5 gallon Fluval Spec again. In the past I had used it as a planted Betta tank. I am now thinking of setting up a planted shrimp tank and also grow some duckweed. I am pretty excited to get this set up again! This will be my first time having shrimp, so I am looking forward to delving into this world of crustaceans 😀 What do your planted shrimp setups look like?
  7. My advice would be to not rush into getting goldfish right away. Find a reputable source for healthy goldfish, take your time. I know it can be very exciting, but spend the next while planning your aquarium and getting the parameters and bacterial cultures established before you start fish shopping. This can take months. Take it slow, do your research. I'm glad that you found Koko's, the information here is excellent. I have a 75-gallon as well, my first "big" tank too. I got it set up in the summer last year. I can totally relate to your excitement! 😁
  8. Sorry for the late response. While I was waiting for shipments to arrive, the pimples cleared up on their own. 🤷‍♀️ 🤦‍♀️ I'm wondering if it could have been stress-related. A lot has happened the past month and I had to move (fish pimples cleared up shortly before the move, more stress on me because now I'VE got pimples!!). I started doing less dramatic water changes (30% 2x per week instead of 90% once a week) and I haven't seen a recurrence. I'm thinking I could probably get away with even fewer wc's since my filter is overkill. Every day is a learning experience. More good news is I've now got my med cabinet more stocked and prepared for whatever happens next.
  9. I’ve been able to find Furan-2 powder packets on Amazon but not having luck with acriflavine. I messaged my LFS asking, but I guess there is a new law in Canada around certain meds and anti-bacterials. If any users know of a Canadian alternative to acriflavine please let me know.
  10. I really appreciate all the input! I do filter maintenance on a monthly basis and clean it with tank water. It is pretty powerful and picks up a lot of gunk. I'm not sure if it could stem from overfeeding because I watch until every morsel if eaten (unless it crumbles like kale but I normally feed messy items on wc days). Could fungus also arise in the fish waste itself? I could make an effort to do filter maint more frequently. However, if this is a fungus infection arising from within the filter itself, would it make sense to dose the whole tank and therefore treat whatever could be hiding in my filter? I am willing to begin with something gentler such as methlyne blue to see if that has an effect. Could I dose the whole tank or would it still be recommended to isolate and quarantine? I am concerned about the stress of moving and being apart from the other. A thought also crossed my mind about pimafix which is much more accessible to me - could a swab of pimafix also be done in this case? The red streaks in the tail seem to come and go but the bumps themselves are still visible.
  11. Thanks ladies. He tends to the bottom of the tank overnight. The base of his tail fins do rest on the bottom. Shall i just remove the salt during this wc and not bother replacing? I will look into antifungals
  12. I fudged up. Now I'm paranoid. Today is a lazy Sunday afternoon, so I figured I would give my fish a little treat. They are huge fans of clementines, so not being out of the norm, I take a few wedges and attach them to the suction-cupped clips and put them in the tank. I walked back around about half an hour later and noticed my orange goldie (which looks a lot like a clementine...) doing the "oh-my-god-get-this-thing-out-of-my-mouth" motions. I assumed it was a bit of rind and she would work it out, so I am watching for a few more minutes and nothing is coming out. She's just gasping. She's worrying me now and also ignoring me coming up to the tank (instead of wiggling towards me) and trying to work it out while sitting at the bottom of the tank. I wipe my hands down with some Prime and go in there to pick her up, no struggle. I look down the hatch and I'm not seeing much of anything in her mouth. I let her swim around some more, I walk out of the room to wipe my hands. The few seconds I was gone, I come back and see a big old seed about the size of a fingernail sitting at the bottom of the tank. She started darting around and being very skittish, which I have never seen her do. I've taken the rest of the wedges out ASAP, check them, and all the wedges except for one had no seeds - I found one more within a wedge. These were sold as seedless but I guess you can never be too careful. I will definitely be double, no, triple checking whatever treats I put in there in the future. She seems to be back swimming normally and foraging, poking around.... I've turned the lights down to give them some peace but I'm still watching like a hawk. Not sure if anyone is an expert on goldfish anatomy, but I'm REALLY HOPING that she didn't swallow more than just the one and it will later become a future obstruction and certain death. Do you think this is a possibility? Would she still try to 'work it out'? Can a seed go down farther than the throat? I hope she's ok.. guess I'll be watching out for some poop? 😩😩
  13. I am seeing 0 ppm ammonia, 5.0 ppm nitrate, and 8.2 pH.
  14. Hi Taryl, I should know better! See below... This fish is always wiggling and gets so excited when I'm close to the tank, so getting photos is difficult! LOL. Photo attempts below....
  15. On Jan 5, I noticed some small white pustules on the tail fin of one of my goldfish. I gradually raised the salt to 0.3%, reaching 0.3% on Jan 7 and they have both been in that concentration since then. I am not noticing much change in this bumps. What should be my next course of action? They are due for a wc on Monday. Do I replace the salt and go to a higher concentration? Or just replace the salt as it is and continue to wait it out? And also to note...My last topic was about my other fish having a split tail fin with a grey mark. It started to heal on its own without the use of salt but it has left a scar on the fin. Photos here: https://imgur.com/gallery/8EQ2Nz8
  16. OK, thanks Shannon. I just want to make sure I'm doing this correctly - it is 1 level teaspoon per gallon of aquarium water? I have never salted a tank of this size and it just seems like a lot of salt to me! I've measured out ~70tsp for the 75 gallons. And then I repeat this again 12 hrs tomorrow and then 12 hrs the day after?
  17. Quick question regarding salt. Do I also account for the volume of my canister filter? Or just measure out the appropriate salt for just the 75 gal aquarium?
  18. It feels somewhat squishy. I looked a bit closer today and it almost looks as if it could have been a result of some nippage from the other fish... possibly. It looks like bite marks, almost? I'm wondering if the other was nipping and ended up tearing the other's fin, and an abscess appeared while it was trying to heal? I have not started salt treatments yet but I will hopefully have some time tomorrow.
  19. Hi Taryl, Yes, this is a new tank running since this summer. It was fully cycled on August 23rd. Plants were added before the fish, sometime in early August. Unfortunately I don't have exact dates for the plants. All aquatic plants that I added before and after fish were soaked in a bleach solution before adding them to the tank to kill off any potential buggers. The most recent plants were added about 4 weeks ago. Both fish were purchased from the same store, same tank, and put into my aquarium on September 8th. I initially started a Prazi treatment because I noticed both of them 'yawning' quite a bit. I am still noticing them both do this, but a lot less than at first so I wrote this off as normal behaviour. Maybe I am wrong! Both fish are fairly hand-friendly, should I attempt to poke at this thing a little bit and see if it's external? Or would this cause unnecessary stress do you think?
  20. OK. I should have some time tomorrow to start the salt treatment. The plants in the tank are Anubias on the driftwood and I also have a moss ball and some pothos rooting in a basket.
  21. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 10-20 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) 8.2, KH 120 ppm, GH 120 ppm * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0, KH 120 ppm, GH 120 ppm Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit, dip strips for KH and GH * Water temperature? Approx. 18 Celsius (64.4F) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75 US Gallons, running since Aug 4 2018 * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval FX6 * How often do you change the water and how much? 90% once per week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday (Nov 24 2018), 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 goldfish: 83g and 93g (fish in question is the latter) * 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. A Prazi treatment on started on Sept 11 with 70% wc and last dose Sept 27 with 70-75% wc. Have not used salt or anything else. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? One fish showing a grey growth or "attachment" to tail fin - noticed this morning. Also noticed a dark colouration at end of tail. See photos/video in first post. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Behaviour appears normal, both fish interacting, active and foraging, no loss of appetite.
  22. This morning I noticed a grey spot on the tail of one of my goldies. I don't remember this being there before. It almost looks like a pimple of some sort. Could it be a fluke? I've attached a video below. There is also a patch of grey at the very end of the tail fin that was not there before and I'm not sure if this is a normal colour change? Behaviour is normal and looks otherwise healthy. Any thoughts as to what this might be? EDIT: Here are some stills, the video quality isn't the best.
  23. Due to a lack of Canadian sources, I just wanted to give a shout-out to Proaquatic in Toronto. Walking into this place was like walking into goldfish heaven! They have a wonderful selection of koi and goldfish (pearlscales, teles, orandas, ranchus, etc.), as well as food, equipment, and supplies needed for pond building. The fish are imported from Japan and go through a quarantine process before they are on the salesfloor. And boy, I can tell you these are some high quality fish! I am so glad to have found them - I bought my two fish from them and they are great people with a lot of knowledge. I would not hesitate to go back when I am ready for more! I hope this helps some of our members in Canada. I do not think that they ship, so a visit to the store is a must!
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