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  1. Well, everything has been bleached; tank, equipment, and all surfaces his tank was on, in, and around. I threw out the sponge filter and the part of the hose line that was in the water/closest to the tank, they're cheap and easy enough to replace. I also chucked out some pellet food that I thought I might have "double dipped" into. Paranoid much? Maybe, but after that, I'd rather not take any chances. 

    17 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

    I'm sorry, I just got back from church.  On the back end we observed your fish looked emaciated and that, alone, can weaken them further and make it impossible for them to get on top of an illness.  I myself had an oranda who succumbed just that way - I didn't notice his big head compared to his tiny body until it was pointed out, but he definitely wasn't fat and happy like he should have been and hadn't been thriving for a long time.  

     

    Sometimes these things just happen.  You did your very best with how he was presenting and I'm sorry you lost him.  Keeping the meds on hand for future use is going to be helpful though - that's never a waste.

    Thank you. He was a Petsmart find so I'm not surprised to hear that. I was hopeful, he was just a cutie. And I was planning on bolstering my on-hand meds anyway so just call me prepared! 

     

    16 hours ago, mjfromga said:

    It looked like bacteria to me too but I'm not a professional. But I will say this, I've gotten tons of fish from these places. All of them are too thin. ALL of them. I don't know the time frame Taryl meant but some of them I've gotten seem like strong healthy fish now and are approaching a year old. Also they're not thin anymore! Don't get discouraged. I would have quickly bought this fish too if I saw it. He was beautiful. It's just too bad he couldn't pull through. :(

    Awe thank you. He was a beautiful fish indeed. I've been battling that feeling of I shouldn't have, but I never could have expected this. Needless to say, the last few days have been rough. I don't want to go so far as to say I'm traumatized from the whole experience. It was just a rough day of Goldfish keeping for me. And certainly one that makes you think real hard about this hobby. 

     

    30 minutes ago, koko said:

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    Thanks Koko ?

  2. Thanks for the condolences everyone. I'm glad he was in QT and never the main tank. Poor fella. He was such a sweet fish, came to the surface to say hello whenever he heard my voice. Whatever it was, it was nasty. I'm sad he didn't make it, though I'm relieved it's all over. So distressing to witness.

    I'll be bleaching everything ASAP. 

  3. If his fins were affected I'd think columnaris, but it doesn't appear so.  If you're continuing salt in your quarantine that will help inhibit if it that is the case.  If it is hexamita you need the metro and if it is some other non-specific topical infection the kanamycin is a better choice, which is why we are doing both at once.
     
    Once you get the meds we need to go over the quarantine in more detail, and please be extremely careful about even touching the main tank or equipment without thoroughly washing your hands first.  We don't want to spread this if it is something communicable.


    Great, sounds good. I will continue salt. I got the meds from my LFS and am ready for more detailed instructions regarding his quarantine!

    So far I've been keeping my QT equipment separate and washing my hands up to my elbows after any encounter with the QT tank.


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  4. MORNING UPDATE: He looks worse in some ways, and better? in others. He's much more active, swimming. The swelling is pretty much gone. But that's about it for the good news....

    Bad news: The entire right side of his face is RED. It doesn't look bloody, but more inflamed and irritated. I did a 90% water change last night and this morning and redosed to .3% salt. There are no other medications in the tank. Still not eating. Rapid breathing with cottony wisps blowing in and out of his mouth.  I suspect Columnaris, though I am no expert and don't want to throw medications at him that will only stress him further. 

    I'm at a complete loss as to what to do. The fish store doesn't open till noon, but I have Colloidal Silver on hand, 200ppm. His condition is distressing, I'll be posting more photos in a moment. I'm heading out to church here in a moment, opportunity to pray to the Good Lord for a miracle. Any advice and help is very welcome. 

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    I tested the tank this morning. I have a slight reading of ammonia, so I did a large water change, 90%. I think the salt from his last round of treatment messed with the cycle of the sponge filter a bit. :(

    Test Results for the Following:

    * Ammonia Level(Tank) .25ppm

    * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0

    * Nitrate level(Tank) 0

    * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0

    * 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 Freshwater Masters Kit, Drops

    * * Water temperature? 70 degrees

    * * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallon, temporary quarantine tank, running for 4 weeks

    * * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 1 large sponge filter pulled from main tank. 

    * * How often do you change the water and how much? Every other day 20-90%

    * * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 90%

    * * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 oranda, 4 inches

    * * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime water conditioner

    * * What do you feed your fish and how often? Fed twice daily-Mixed diet of New Life Spectrum Thera A Anti-Parasitic Formula 1mm, Repashy Soilent Green, peas, and 1-2 time(s) a week frozen blood worms.

    * * Any new fish added to the tank? No

    * * Any medications added to the tank? .3% API aquarium salt + Prazi pro

    * * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. .3% of salt for 1 week, hydrogen peroxide swab for previous infection, with 2 weeks of prazi to be completed by Sunday. 

    * * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? A very angry and swollen cheek on his right side. Slight swelling beneath the gill too. Wen appears to be peeling. 

    * * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Hanging out at the top of the tank, not gasping for air, just hovering. Will occasionally swim around the tank only to return to the corner to hover. 

     
  5. It's been a rough night for lil Mochi. His initial problem cleared in about 3 days. But last night I came home to a horrible sight. Mochi's right cheek was red and swollen. I had done a water change that day and he was perfectly fine. I checked in him in the middle of the night and it looked worse. Is it a ulcer? He doesn't look great at all. He is still being treated with prazi for two more days.

     

     

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    Sorry for the crappy photos. He's hanging out in the back corner of the tank closer to the surface. He isn't gasping for air, just hovering near the surface but will occasionally swim around the tank like normal.

     

     

  6. Thanks for the reply, Sharon! The fish is new to me, he's been in standard quarantine for 2 weeks so far, never in the main tank. He has not been treated with praziquantel. The .1% salt was dosed last night at 6pm. It was raised to .2% this morning, about an hour ago, at 8am I have been following Koko's outline for salting. I used the Hex shield because he was showing signs of white stringy poo within his first few days in quarantine, which cleared up after treatment. 

    I'll head out to the fish store as soon as it opens and pick up the praziquantel. I do have hydrogen peroxide on hand and will swab the spot ASAP. 

  7. Hi friends [emoji1309]! It's been a little while since my last post, life exploded and got crazy. Updates, my tank cycled! Hooray! I got two new swimmers in March! Hooray! And I just "added" a new guy to the family! Hooray!

     

    My new fish, Mochi, has been in quarantine for 2 weeks so far. I walked into Petsmart to grab 1 thing, and I walked out with my dream fish, a chubby calico oranda! Everything has been uneventful, until today.

     

    While doing his bi-daily water change, I noticed a white patch on his head. It just looked like wen growth so I thought nothing of it. But later today, I noticed that the white spot was fuzzy and had some redness around it. 976a6b49921c26212d00ed828117d5a6.jpg

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    I've begun slowly salting his tank, which is currently at a .1% solution.

    * Test Results for the Following:

    * * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm

    * * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm

    * * Nitrate level(Tank)0ppm

    * * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25ppm

    * * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm

    * * Nitrate level(Tap) .5ppm

    * * 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 Masters Kit, Drops

    * * Water temperature? 70 degrees

    * * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallon, temporary quarantine tank, running for 2 weeks

    * * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 1 large sponge filter

    * * How often do you change the water and how much? Every other day 50-90%

    * * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 90%

    * * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 oranda, 4 inches

    * * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime water conditioner

    * * What do you feed your fish and how often? Fed twice daily-Mixed diet of New Life Spectrum Thera A Anti-Parasitic Formula 1mm, Repashy Soilent Green, peas, and 1-2 time(s) a week frozen blood worms.

    * * Any new fish added to the tank? No

    * * Any medications added to the tank? .1% API aquarium salt

    * * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 1 round of NLS HEX Shield medicated food.

    * * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? There is a small spot on the top of the wen that looks cottony with touches of red veiny streaks surrounding. Poo appears long and clear.

    * * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No, swims + eats normally.

     

     

     

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  8. Motherofsharks on IG. She's got bettas too, but I follow her for her 2 puffers and her care of them! She's excellent!



    Ooh thanks! Yeah she has green spotted puffers which are brackish water. The Pea Puffer is a total freshwater puffer and can live in some communities, even with multiple pea puffers too.


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  9. The puffers need brackish water and really don't do well in a community tank. They do best in a species tank. Also, they really require specific food. Very meaty foods and also needs to eat snails with shell to keep their teeth filed down.
     
    are you in Instagram? I can give you the username of a great account. This gal takes excellent care of her puffers.


    Sure, I'd love some Instagram recommendations.


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  10. I agree hun. I would like to see it in an empty tank set up. :thumbs:


    Haha one project at a time! But I am interested to see it in a more controlled environment too. Once this silly tank of mine decides to cycle, I can get another one going. I've been dreaming of having a lil pea puffer in a smaller community tank! And Bettas again lol. My poor husband [emoji28]


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  11. I don't think you can get a meaningful test of the balls in a tank in which you have already used Dr. Tim's One and Only, which works well for most people.  
    If you really want to test the balls, perhaps you could set up a small tank and filter with just the balls and ammonia and see what happens.
     
    I wonder if they bought a barrel of Seachem Stability and found a way to embed it in the little balls.  I say that because of the denitrification claimed for the balls and Stability.


    Ah very good point indeed! I'll hold off on adding them then, even though I'm not seeming to have much luck with the Dr. Tim's, as far as his claims go.

    I'm curious as well!


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  12. So I'm in the process of cycling my tank. I used the Dr. Tim's One and Only and I'm just starting to see nitrites forming. Which is great! I know cycling can take a long time. But I stumbled upon these little guys in the hopes of helping it along:
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    I had seen @woah_there_satan using something similar and it got me researching. You can see her post here https://instagram.com/p/BDgxjEokcVF/
    After a few internet searches I found them in the US at a company called Great Wave Engineering. I paid $5 plus shipping for the little packet. It says that a 1/4 of the package is good for 40 gallons and that they can last for up to a year if kept sealed in the baggie.
    The reviews on their site are great. Definitely seem like something worth trying out. I'm also curious if anyone here has given it a go. Here's the link to the product page https://greatwaveeng.com/shop/media/filter-starter-balls/
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