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  1. 3 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

    And they're always short like that, with your fish acting normal right?  And am I seeing jay they are flatter or definitely more round in shape?  

     

    They could be planaria, nematodes or annelids, but without any issues with your fish I'm assuming the latter.  Likely they're just harmless brown detritus worms, I'm about 90% sure.  The only real solution is to focus on keeping the organics low in your system.  They thrive with excess food and waste.  

     

    Please be sure to remove any uneaten for quickly and possibly feed a bit lighter or vacuum up the waste from the tank before it hits your filter.  Detritus worms are best managed through waste management, not chemical means.  

     

    IF you think you see these worms having a flatter segment or NO segment by their heads please tell me and get me a nice clear picture of one on a drinking glass.  Even with a crappy phone camera it should be doable.  Their treatment would be *different* and they could actually cause harm, as planaria are treated differently than nematodes or annelids.

     

    2 hours ago, shakaho said:

    Definitely not planaria.  

    Do you see segmentation similar to what you would see in an earthworm?

    Do you see anything that looks like legs or bristles?

    In all probability you have detritus worms.  They eat detritus, so usually occur in filters or in the substrate.  They contribute to a healthy ecosystem and present not danger to your fish.  You can see some pictures here.   As Taryl said, you can reduce the number of worms by cleaning  the substrate and filter regularly.

    Some small insect larvae can pass for worms.  These appear suddenly in large numbers as a batch of eggs hatch.  

    Yes, I definitely think they are annelids. No bristles or flatness. They just seem completely round the whole way through. What is really weird though, and maybe noteworthy, after placing a lot of their previous media and filters in a bleach bucket, I noticed that some of the smaller individuals were still swimming at the surface even though they'd been in bleach-water for a couple of hours. What crazy and hardly creatures! They died eventually. 

    The ones in my filters now currently haven't harmed my goldies in any way, but i do want to get rid of them just in case 

     

    Thanks for all the great info guys 

  2. 1 hour ago, Arctic Mama said:

    Pictures are really needed for us to identify the species even somewhat closely.  There are a LOT of possibilities.  I have suspicions but I can confirm them by picture :)

     

    Can you get us a picture of the worm on a flat surface from the top and then on the underside on a glass or your tank?

    these are the best I could do. I dont have a fancy camera. But I was able to catch one and put it on a flat lid. The last photo is from below the tank. The second to last photo are some of the worms on the base of my sponge filter. Thank you for your reply! 

     

     

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  3. Hey every one.

    I was wondering if any one else has found worms in their tanks before.... no idea how this happened to my tank, but its awful! 

    It all started when about a month ago, I realized my main tank (55 gal with 4 telescope butterflies) was kinda cloudy. So after some inspection, I found worms on the media in my canister filter! They are brown and very thin and tiny. I have found one or two though that have exceeded a cm long! Currently, my tank has a sponge filter and a 30 HOB because my canister is outside drying after a bleach bath. But sure enough, I come home today from work, and I see the signs of the worms again: cloudy water, and brown "powder" collecting around the base of the sponge filter and worms back on the bio balls in my HOB. I dont know what the brown powder is, but it collects where ever the worms are congregating the most in the tank.  And these suckers must have short life histories and reproduce like crazy because these worms were not on the media two days ago and now they are noticeable. 

    I have done deep cleanings on this tank and completely changed out the media and filters (and added in cycled media from one of my other tanks), but the worms always come back.  Im sure because it isn't possible to completely rid of every single egg or worm that might be hiding extremely well. 

    I dont want to have to bleach the tank entirely, because I dont have some were to put my 4 butterflies at this moment. So I am thinking of cycling one of my spare tanks (a 40 gal breeder) from scratch with pure ammonia, and then adding my goldies once its done cycling while I bleach their entire main tank....

    Unless some one else has any better ideas/treatments to get rid of the worms without hurting my fish.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!! Thank you!!

     

    * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.25
    * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0
    * Nitrate level(Tank) 20
    * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5
    * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0
    * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 
    * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6
    * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6
    Other Required Info:
    * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit
    * Water temperature? 76 F
    * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 g; 1.5 year running
    * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 360 Fluval Canister and 70 Gal Fluval HOB (but those have been bleached and now its a sponge filter suited for 60 gals or more and a 30 HOB for the time being) 
    * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every 3-4 days

    * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday, 1 day ago
    * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 butterfly telescopes (all about 4 in)
    * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime for Water changes, API aquarium salt for every h20 change (about a tsp per gal)
    * What do you feed your fish and how often? every day. 1-3 times. if I can feed them three times, I feed them small portions. Food consists of Hikari pellets daily. Repashi and peas every other day or so 
    * 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: 1 tsp/gal of aquarium salt. once and awhile, I use seachem focus and metroplex with blood worms if there are signs of internal parasites.
    * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?   No 
    * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?  bottom sitting, long clear poop strand trailing behind him for over 24 hours now.  No 

  4. 31 minutes ago, fantailfan1 said:

    Looks like cataracts to me.  The one in her right eye is more dense than the one in her left eye.  I'm guessing with time the left one will develop further.  

     

    Cataracts are fairly common in telescopes and there isn't any treatment.  Her vision will be compromised so just be sure she gets her fair share of food. :)

    thank you so much for the reply. I posted this exact post on another forum days ago and I have like 40 views and no replies and I was getting more and more worried. 

    If this just compromises her sight, I am fine with that. I am more than happy to take care of her and make sure she gets proper amounts of food. I was just worried that this was going to be something worse that would shorten her life. 

    I read some where that telescopes are prone to cataracts. Maybe this is actually whats going on. 

  5. This is my calico telescope named Rush. I've had her for half a year. She's in a 55 gallon with three other telescopes. They are all pretty small (3-4 inches at the moment)
    The Tank has been cycled for about 9 months and is running with a AquaClear 70 HOB and a fluval 306 canister. 
    Ammonia consistently below 0.25 ppm, Nitrite has never spiked, is always 0, and Nitrate is consistently about 20 ppm. pH about 7-8. I use tap water for water changes, but always fill up a 30 gallon Rubbermaid trash can first and treat it with prime before adding it to my aquarium.
    Anyways, I just noticed this morning that she has a ball in her right eye. She does have abnormally large eyes compared to her tank mates, so my first thought was maybe she damaged it. But when I looked closer, I saw that what's in her eye looks like a ball. so what is it? a growth? a parasite? I just started watching her and observing that she has slight buoyancy issues. She tips forward for a second or two and becomes vertical while she's looking for food, especially under the direct flow of the HOB filter. 
    I am really worried. She is my favorite girl. I'm looking at pictures I've taken of her and it looks like she must have developed this "ball" in the eye within the last week or two because it's not present in any of her photos from mid Match.


    Here are some pics of her. Any one know what this is? I am worried about her health :/ 
    (the first pic is of her eye when it was normal)

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    here's what her eye looks like now. You can see the ball in her right eye:

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    I should mention too that this tank is bare bottom, and I feel them two different types of hikari sinking pellets (daily) with the addition of either repashy gel food or frozen blood worms about 5 days a week. And now that I am looking at the photos above, her left eye is cloudy too :(

  6. On 4/4/2017 at 7:24 PM, muffluvin said:

    Happened to me on my 405, turned out I put the cover for the impeller housing the wrong way. Costly mistake because the blades hit protruding parts on said cover and I lost a couple of blades. Hope this is not your case. Rattling noise means your impeller is hitting something.
     


    Thanks! i dont think this is what happened to mine. i did take it apart again and cleaned it with a tooth brush. it is running a lot quieter now. I am sorry about what happened with your 405! 

     

  7. 38 minutes ago, alexloo11 said:

    I would also make sure your intake pipe is fully connected to the hose and that there isn't any space or air escaping. My Fluval 306 has been running for 2.5 years and when it makes noises like that it's usually from not enough suction to get water to the canister. The other times when it made a loud noise is when I accidentally put the cap from the underside of the motor on incorrectly. You can actually put it on incorrectly and still have it fit snugly, which will cause a loud rumbling noise.

    Thank you! I will check on that immediately! 

  8. Hey every one! 

    Filter maintenance question today. So I have a fluval 306 canister on my 55 gal. It's been awesome ever since I set it up about 9 months ago. This last week I took it apart and cleaned it out during a water change. Didn't do anything different than I usually do and ever since that cleaning day, it has been so freakin' loud! Sometimes it rattles for a bit after I do any maintenance on it or change any of the media, so I usually give it a day or two to settle itself but the loudness didn't stop this time so I took it apart again to make sure I put was everything in place properly and it's still doing it! Has any one else had this problem? Or does it sound like it she about time to replace a part? 

     

    Any advice would be much oblidged!! 

    Thank you 

  9. Hello every one, 

    today's question is on parasite prevention. I have a 55gal tank with 4 telescope butterflies.

    I've read/heard that some aquarists do quarterly parasite prevention treatments. I'd like to learn more about this so that I can prevent more often than treat when parasites signs become visible. 

    Do any of you have any preventative treatment processes you do? and willing to tell me what works best for you? 

     

    Thank you :)

    -Emily 

  10. * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.25
    * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0
    * Nitrate level(Tank) 10
    * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5
    * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0
    * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 
    * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6
    * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6
    Other Required Info:
    * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit
    * Water temperature? 72 F
    * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 g; 1 year running
    * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 360 Fluval Canister and 70 Gal Fluval HOB
    * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every 5-6 days

    * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday, 1 day ago
    * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 telescope butterflies, both about 4 in 
    * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime for Water changes
    * What do you feed your fish and how often? every day. 1-3 times. if I can feed them three times, I feed them small portions. Food consists of Hikari pellets daily. Repashi and peas every other day or so 
    * 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. never used any medication on tank. Never had sick fish in it until now 
    * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no 
    * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?  bottom sitting, long clear poop strand trailing behind him for over 24 hours now. looks like belly may be harder than usual 

  11. Hey every one.

    A little sad right now. My male butterfly telescope is bottom sitting today. He has been my healthiest guy up until now! Yesterday and today he has been trailing a strand of clear poop. Gave all my fish peas yesterday but usually I can see when the peas leave their systems from all the green poop. So I am wondering if he is retaining all of his food and has severe constipation. Water quality is as normal and has been the same ever since I started up the tank a year ago. 

     

    pH 7.6

    High Range 8.0

    Ammonia 0.25

    Nitrite 0

    Nitrate 10

     

    Does any one have any advice for me? maybe an epsom salt bath? Me and his girlfriend are feeling pretty sad about it, as we are both encouraging him to make some kind of movement other than laying belly down in the corner :( 

     

  12. He looks worse than your original but still not too bad, I'm hopeful the metro can turn it around. If you cannot find Seachem Metroplex then API's General Cure is widely available and also has metronidazole in it, along with praziquantel. It's a fine second choice.

    You can discontinue the salt baths, at this point it's likely just adding stress with little positive effect for him since this doesn't appear to be an ectoparasites issue.

     

    Thank you. I just ordered Metronidazole. It should be arriving tomorrow. Are there any tips or guidelines you suggest to follow when I dose him with it? Or should I just follow the  directions given to me on the bottle? 

    also, I will do what you said and two 100% water changes ever other day once he begins treatment

  13. I'm sorry he isn't doing well! If there is pineconing then Helen'/ assessment of this being a localized sign of infection is spot on. If you have or can quickly purchase metronidazole and Epsom we will move the animal to a ten gallon hospital tank with a heater and airstone, if he isn't in one already.

    Water temperature can be held at 76 degrees, and we will dose 1/2 a teaspoon of the Epsom salt for the ten gallon tank volume, along with two measures of metronidazole. 100% water changes every two days when you need to redose the metro will insure good water quality during treatment, and light feeding can continue if he will eat. We should see some improvement in behavior and swelling by 4-5 days out if this is going to work but dropsy is difficult to reverse :(

    Thank you so much for your response! He has been in a 10 gallon hospital tank now since monday. And so far he has had a salt bath each day. He is going to have his third today. These are salt baths that Im keeping him in for 5 minutes (Epsom) and adding 57g of salt to 1/2 - 1 gallon. And i've been maintaining his hospital tank at 1/4 epsom salt daily and adding the necessary amounts after his daily water changes. I will fine metronidazole and also raise the epsom in his hospital tank to 1/2 tsp (for his 10 gallon tank). And alspo raise his tank to 76 degrees. 

     

    these are some current photos of him right now. Please ignore the white patch on his side. The man I bought him from was very diligent and cured him of his ulcer, but this is his scarring now. 

     

    Slight pinecone: 

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    air gulping still

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    lethargic and floaty: 

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    Thanks for all the help so far

  14. Helen has seen this in her fish. She is sure that it is infection. She told me that this fish needs Metroplex and Epsom salt STAT. Since he is in dropsy, it is imperative that you acquire these meds ASAP (but do not use until a moderator returns to advise on dosage). Please post the new photos of him quickly so mods can gauge exactly how much to give him and what to do. Sorry nobody has been along to offer further advice and he worsened. Hopefully someone shows up soon.

    EDIT: Lots of fish float on Hikari pellets, I suggest you take him off those pellets.

    thanks for getting back to me. i will do this stat! 

  15. he has gotten progressively worse in the last 24 hours. Just moved him to a quarantine talk today. Also before adding him to the quarantine tank, i gave him a salt bath. 6 (0.6%) level teaspoon per 1 gallon of water. i know a lot of sites online, including this one say a 3 level teaspoon dip is good but he's already stressed out that I didnt want to over do it on him especially because he is already having buoyancy issues. Salt bath was 5 minutes. He is in the quarantine tank now and has eaten a little bit of hikari sinking pellet. Ever since I got him a couple months ago, he has always been an air gulper. My other two telescopes do not do this, they dont even go to the surface that often. Today I noticed he is starting to pinecone a bit. Makes me very sad and worried because I dont know how to help him. Advice needed over here. please guys. 

  16. Please also test the tap water with the high range pH test.  Goldfish can tolerate a very wide pH range, but don't like rapid pH changes.  We want to make sure that large water changes don't involve a major pH change.

    I understand what you mean. The pH for my tap water is the same. Same for the tank and same from the tap

  17.  

    hello,

     

    the mass looks quite transparent.. and the texture looks typical of the skin on a telescope's head.. which leads me to believe that what we're seeing here is fluid retention. there have been similar cases on kokos as well as with my own fish to understand that this is not a wen, or a tumor.

     

    so, since we will most likely be travelling down the road of treatment with meds, it is important that the questionnaire be completed as accurately as possible. i also request top view photos of your fish, or a video showing top view and profile of both sides. please be sure to use some good lighting so that we can see as much detail as possible. this will also provide us with a reference point where it concerns the condition of scales and any body shape changes during treatment course.

     

    Please copy & paste fill the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems:

    • Test Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
      • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
      • * Nitrate level(Tank)
      • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
      • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
      • * Nitrate level(Tap)
      • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
      • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
        • * Water temperature?
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
        • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
        • * How often do you change the water and how much?
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
    • * Any new fish added to the tank?
    • * Any medications added to the tank?
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

     

    Helen, Thank you so much for replying to me. This post have received many many views, but you're the only one to have an idea of how I can fix this. Here is my filled out questionnaire:

     

    • Test Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 - 0.25 ppm
      • * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm
      • * Nitrate level(Tank) 10 - 20 ppm
      • * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5 - 1.0 ppm
      • * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm
      • * Nitrate level(Tap) >0.5 ppm 
      • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ~7.6
      • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ~7.6 
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test kit
        • * Water temperature? ~76 F
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55gal; running for 2 months (since mid July)
        • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? using Fluval 306 canister and fluval hob 70 gallon filter
        • * How often do you change the water and how much? water change every 4 or 5 days; 50% each time 
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 days since last water change (thursday Sept 22)
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish in tank. The one with the bump on head is about 54 g. The other two are about a third his size
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use seachem Prime during water changes and also to treat water I keep in a 30 gallon storage container for water changes. (I always refill this storage container after every water change, and treat it with Prime, and use it when I do the next water change about 4 to 5 days later). 
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? I feed my fish hikari sinking pellets (small) every day. I have a timer that feeds them through out the day to spread out their food intake. Repashi gel food most days of the week just once in the morning. And peas twice a week. 
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? the two others I added were added about about 5 days ago. This was after he was already showing this bump on his head. Bump has been growing everyday since I first noticed it about a week and a half ago.
    • * Any medications added to the tank? N/A
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. N/A no treatments done thus far. This is the first sign of any ailments. However, as you may see from photos, the fish with the bump (the orange guy, I names him Phoenix) had an ulcer at one point before I bought him. The man that owns the koi and goldfish shop I bought him from treated him, and he no longer has he ulcer. What is left is a white patch on his side, which I'm assuming is just the scar he has from the ulcer. I do not know what medications/treatments the shop owner used to heal him.
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Yes, Phoenix has always been a bloated fish since the day I brought him hope. He tends to air gulp a lot and I dont know why when my other fish dont do that. He has buoyancy problems and some times floats to the surface upside down and then reorients himself after a few seconds. With in the last few days, he now is floating in one of the corners of my tank, not upside down however. He's always been doing this, but it is more frequent since this the appearance of the bump on his head. He is still eating regularly. 

     

     Tap water: 

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    My tank water:

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    55 gallon tank:

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    These are links to videos I took of him. My lighting is not so good with my camera on my phone. Hope they work 

     

    https://www.facebook.com/emilyalice.smith.9/videos/vb.100000892671732/1255000114539732/?type=3&theater

     

    https://www.facebook.com/emilyalice.smith.9/videos/vb.100000892671732/1255003167872760/?type=3&theater

     

    (sorry these had to be sent by a facebook link. Photobucket doesnt ever work properly)

     

    Thank you

    -Emily 

  18. Hey guys

    Huge Question for you! This is my telescope butterfly. And within the last week he has had this bump growing on his head. And it's size is increasing everyday! It's freaking me out a little! It's strange, it is kind of bumpy, like the wen of an oranda. It is also a bit translucent like a wen too. But he's a telescope so it couldn't be a wen, right? Do you guys know what this is? or if it's not wen growth, what to do? 

     

     

    Help please?  Thank you!! 

     

     

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  19.  

     

    I also read some where that buoyancy problems can be from nitrates in the water. I give him a 50% water change in his 55 gal every 5 days. Think it would be a good idea to do a larger water change in the case it could be nitrate levels?? 

     

    You all are amazing people, btw :)

    Haven't you tested your nitrate?  If you don't know the level of nitrate that your tank develops between water change, you can only guess how much water to change.

     

    Yes I do test. Almost everyday. But between water changes, my nitrate level is a steady 20ppm. After a 50% change and about the first full day after, my nitrates drop to about 15ppm. But Im thinking maybe I should try larger water changes to make them drop even lower. Have you ever heard of nitrate levels causing buoyancy issues, or is this just a theory that people have talked about? 

  20. Thank you every one for the replies. I do think now that I need to get my tele on a feeding schedule and try new foods. I say this because since I posted this topic yesterday, I fed my tele way less while I was away at school today for about 9 hours. (I have a little food dispenser for him to help spreading out his feeds during the day). So... I come home from school and he was having a little bit off issues with buoyancy again. So I know now that some of his buoyancy problem isnt from the amount of food i've been givng him the last couple weeks. Going to possibly try making gel his primary food for awhile over the pellets to see what happens. 

     

    (I hope he isnt air gulping too much while I am away during the day)

     

    I also read some where that buoyancy problems can be from nitrates in the water. I give him a 50% water change in his 55 gal every 5 days. Think it would be a good idea to do a larger water change in the case it could be nitrate levels?? 

     

    You all are amazing people, btw :) 

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