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  1. Here is a video soon after I got him for comparison. Also the tank in the first video isn’t dirty lol. Its had a brown algae bloom ever since the temperature has been up in the tank. I haven’t scraped it off because the fish seems to like to pick at it occasionally. FEF5AB44-4542-433B-9BF9-E1CC6A0E2736///
  2. So I wasn’t able to get a good video. I won’t be back home for awhile, so I had someone else try to get a video for me...and they all came out pretty terrible lol. I cut this part out because it’s a decent representation of how he acts (when he’s not at the surface). As you can see, he tends to hover vertically in the water column. 83A4EED1-C532-406A-9CB5-0E2AEB10C2F3.MOV
  3. I have a powerhead aimed at the surface of the water that provides a lot surface agitation, but no airstone. The temperature has been up to around 78-79F this past week and a half. The heat has been turned on in the house so my tanks are warmer than usual. I can post a longer video tomorrow. I'm planning on ordering a microscope from amazon soon so I can do a scrape and get a more accurate idea of what I'm dealing with here. I have meaning to get one anyway, so this gives me an excuse.
  4. Update. I started feeding the Kanaplex on Friday. Behavior: Gasping at the surface a lot. The most I've seen him do thus far. Whole body jerking/twitching. For example, he will be gulping at the surface and suddenly his body will jerk sideways a few times. I've been trying to get it on video for awhile now but as usual they don't cooperate. Not floating in the corner anymore (so far)
  5. @Arctic MamaI can manage, but is there any preference for dosing the water column vs. feeding the kanaplex? I already have some kanaplex gel food in the freezer and it would save me the hassle of daily water changes. But if dosing the water column is preferable, I can do that instead.
  6. Will do Koko! So I recently said that this fish had been floating at the top again. Well, he has stopped floating once more in favor of "glass surfing" rather vigorously. I swear this fish is giving me whiplash. Oh, and I stopped the Paraguard. I have Kanaplex on hand. Just note that the glass surfing started before I stopped the Paraguard a couple days ago.
  7. I believe I fully cleaned it, rinsing all the media (in tank water) and poured all the water out, maybe 2-3 weeks ago. I rinse the filter floss with each water change, because it gets dirty quick (mostly from the suspended particles out of the tap in my well water).
  8. Very unfortunate that you guys lost a lot of your fish. It seems there are always those unfortunate years in the hobby. The last time I've had such large losses was about four years ago when all of my axolotl stock was wiped out within months. I had had some of them for years. This is a 20 gallon quarantine tank, but it is filtered/cycled. I don't believe I experienced any cycle bumps. I tested the water after starting the treatment and no ammonia registered. The last water change I did was Sunday and test results right before it were NH3:0, NO2:0,:NO3: less than 10 but looked above 5.
  9. I guess I spoke too soon. He's back to floating in the corner today, same as before. Should I treat for a bacterial infection too? This has been a super frustrating year as far as goldfish keeping goes. At the beginning of the year, I lost one of my favorite fish. About a month later, all the fancys in my indoor pond died within days of each other. A heron took some of the biggest koi in my pond. I purchased a few more fish and 2 from different sources died after coming down with dropsy. If I lose this guy too, I think I'm about done. Sorry for the rant, but I've just been feeling helpless
  10. Updated picture, I’d say it has definitely gotten worse.
  11. I went ahead and got the Paraguard. I'm happy to say he is no longer floating in the corner for the majority of the day. He's much more active, similar to when I first got him. However, his tail is still pretty red. It may have even gotten a bit worse since I started treatment. I also removed the protein rich foods. He's now just eating some duckweed, omega one pellets, and various other plants in my tank.
  12. I can get paraguard easily. The only formalin containing med I can get quickly would be Kordon Rid Ich. Which would be best in your opinion?
  13. Maybe this is a better representation? He seems to be acting worse He was rapidly flicking his pectoral fins before I started recording. 3BDC112B-29A3-4E8F-B138-E6F35DFB4B17///
  14. I agree that the biofilm is definitely a factor with the surface gulping , but I’m most concerned about him floating somewhat listlessly in the corner. I don’t think the video I posted shows the full extent. He will just hang there, unmoving for extended amounts of time. Up until this week he was always on the move like you see in the last video I posted. I will try removing the frozen, protein rich foods from his diet. I’ll also see if I can locate some duckweed since he likes eating my plants so much lol. He doesn’t seem to gulp more after feeding. It’s more sporadic throughout the day. I can definitely rearrange some tanks and see how well he does next to some of my other goldfish.
  15. He was in a tank with another oranda when I got him. They were getting rid of both, but I only took him as I'm short on space atm. His poop looks good, not stringy or clear. It's the same color of whatever he eats (usually green because he likes to eat my plants).
  16. yikes, his tail looks pretty bad in this picture. 56053946424__75E78AA9-9398-4AC3-A5B1-F0609C486AF5.MOV
  17. This is how he’s been acting all week. It was only occasionally, but now it’s pretty much all the time unless he sees me. Sorry for the terrible quality. I had to zoom in from across the room because he stops if I come near. 5FCC46E3-4BAA-4409-9026-805C6AB814B3.MOV
  18. This tank was setup two months ago. I took established media from one of my tanks that has been running for a few years. It was originally just for extra plants and some apple snails. Now I’m just using it as a quarantine tank. I did a break for 5 days, but unfortunately, don’t recall if his tail was any better or worse.
  19. A local person was getting rid of some fish, so I took him. They never mentioned any of the odd behavior he is showing now. I can try to get a video and more pictures when I get home. I noticed the veins in his tail as well (they weren’t like that when I first got him). They’re more prominent if I mess with him.
  20. I just wanted to add that I've also seen him yawning pretty frequently. Mostly in this last week.
  21. Quick summary: This particular oranda has been in quarantine for 4 weeks. Last week I noticed he had suddenly become a little floaty (swimming with head tilted down, butt going towards surface). He was also gulping at the surface pretty frequently. His symptoms seem to have worsened this week. A more extensive history below: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): looks around 10 before each water change. If you have a test kit, take these readings before you do a water change. If you don't have a test kit and can't get one immediately, please take samples of tank and tap water to your fish /pet store and request a test. Demand numbers for each test. * Ammonia Level(Tap):0 * Nitrite Level(Tap):0 * Nitrate level(Tap):0 Please test tap water. It may contain ammonia or nitrate. Tap water often varies in quality with weather/season, so don't just report an old test. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) : 8.2 Difference in the pH of tank and tap can cause distress in your fish. We need both tap and tank results. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.6 If you don't have KH and GH tests and have municipal water, you can often get this information from the water company. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API liquid test kit Please answer both brand and type. * Water temperature?: 76F If you don't use a heater, give the the air temperature. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallon quarantine tank that’s been running for about 2 months. Please answer both questions. If you aren't sure of the volume of the tank, give the length, width, and height. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon 20 gal filter By the "size" of the filter we mean the gph/lph that it claims to turn over. * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% at least twice a week. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today 50% Please answer both questions * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fairly large oranda You may give the weight of each fish or the length. For goldfish, include the variety, and use (and indicate that you used) the standard length (sl) -- the length from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail fin. You can estimate length. For example: 1 oranda, 3" sl, 2 pearlscales 1.5" and 2" sl. For other species of fish that don't vary in tail length, you may use total length, from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail fin, but please specify. For example: 2 bristlenose plecos 3" tl * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime Water conditioner means the agent used against chlorine. If you don't use a water conditioner, say why, for example, "well water." "Water additives" include anything else that you regularly or recently have added to your water, including buffers, water clarifiers, algaecides, etc. * 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. Omega one sinking pellets daily. frozen bloodworms or frozen daphnia/brine shrimp/water cress mix 3 times a week. * Any new fish added to the tank? I’ve had him for a month in quarantine If you have added new fish in the past few months, indicate which ones, the duration of quarantine, and any treatments you used during quarantine. * Any medications added to the tank? Prazipro * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment: Prazi. I’m currently still using it. This is week three. can be a long answer if you have a sickly fish. You can link to old D/D threads if we have advised on treatment before. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Raised bumps on his tail. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He acted perfectly normal the 1st week of quarantine. The second week I noticed some flashing so I went ahead and start Prazi. The flashing has stopped since starting treatment. Last week he started to become floaty and gulp at the surface an unusual amount. This is also when I noticed the raised bumps on his tail. This week his floatiness has worsened. He is spending time floating in the corner at the top of the tank. The white bumps on his tail seem more prominent. Oh, and I did a thorough exam when I got him. His abdomen was nice and firm. I gently examed him again today and his abdomen seems much softer than before. He eats very well, no issues there.
  22. Ok, I’ll see what i can do and go back in the store. Thanks for the info guys. I think I’m done with pet store bought fish for now. They aren't the greatest around here. I’ll stick with local hobbyists.
  23. I already called the store. The manager said they do not do returns on animals (which is strange because my receipt says fish have a 14 day return policy). Needless to say I won't be returning there. They definitely were not this bad when I got her or else I wouldn't have picked her up. I remember seeing a very small bubble under one eye, but I though it was some odd looking wen growth. Are there any success cases with this?
  24. At this rate all my posts to the forum are going to be here Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Less than 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 72 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallon quarantine just setup * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Off brand HOB rated for 15 gallons * How often do you change the water and how much? Just got the fish on Sunday but did 50% Yesterday. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 smallish oranda * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice a day, Omega one sinking pellets * Any new fish added to the tank? This is a new fish * 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. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Fluid filled bubbles under both eyes. They are lighter colored than her wen. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? I just picked her up a few days ago and put her in quarantine. The fluid rings have gotten worse since I got her. I'm not sure if this is popeye or something else? She behaves normally and eats well. She doesn't seem bloated/pineconed.
  25. He still sinks but gets around like a champ! He is honestly one of my most active fish despite his disability. I'm finishing the round of antibiotics, but watching him these past few weeks makes me believe he'll be like this permanently. Honestly, my biggest concern now is the damage being done to his side from being in contact with the bottom of the tank. I put sand on the bottom hoping it will provide some cushion. I clean it everyday, but is bare bottom better?
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