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  1. Can’t thank you enough for all your help with this. You’ve been fantastic! Feeling much more confident about helping now that I have all your advice to reference, and clearer about the path forward and options we have available. Hopefully next time you hear from me will be to report on a healthy and happy goldfish! Thanks again. All the best and happy new year to you!
  2. It definitely has! Apologies for the caution though. The good news is that the fish is no longer staying at the bottom of the tank and his activity levels have fully returned to normal. He also continues to enjoy his food. The redness and swelling at the top of his tail seem to have further reduced, and he has less streaks in the fin section. My Mum is now not so sure about using a second dose of the harsh antibacterial & fungal treatment, but is still a bit spooked by the meth blue. She’s going to concentrate on improving his water quality first, and also use the salts you advised. If there’s no further improvement then meth blue and eventually imported antibiotics will probably be the plan. Do you think it will be okay to wait and see like that? He does seem to be continuing to improve. The advise you gave on the filter sponges has caused my Mum to realise she’s been over cleaning. In fact, she thinks that may be what started the whole issue, as she recently bought a complete new filter, a new sponge, and changed his water all on the same day! She wanted me to ask if cleaning out the filter itself is okay, as she does this at the same time as replacing the sponge (which she’ll obviously no longer be doing) Here’s the water test etc. Sorry for the delay. * Ammonia Level(Tank) 2.0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 80 ppm? Might possibly be 40. May even be above 80? Three different people looked at the reference sheet but the higher reds all appear too similar, and it was too difficult to tell. We settled on it maybe being closest to 80 ppm, but it’s kind of a guess. * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.25 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.8 ppm * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 ppm * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? Unknown * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 12.5 gallons. 6 years. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim 60 * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week. 1/4 tank. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago. 1/4 tank. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6 inches (9 including tail) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Interpret Gold Tapsafe * What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice a day. Tetra Goldfish Flakes. * Any new fish added to the tank? None * Any medications added to the tank? Love Fish Antibacterial & Fungus Treatment * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. One dose of Love Fish Antibacterial & Fungus Treatment last Thursday. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Swollen and red at top of the tail. Red streaks in tail fin area. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Was previously staying at the bottom of the tank and briefly stopped eating. Is now active again and redness is reducing. The plan is to use the recommended products/advice in the API leaflet to remedy some of the tank issues above. I’ve probably taken advantage of your kind help enough already, but if you’ve spotted anything above that we need to address urgently, or you have any suggestions about the tank or anything else, it would be be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!
  3. Thanks very much for your continued help. I’d hoped to be back in touch with some results, but unfortunately the testing kit hasn’t arrived yet. Amazon says it’s out for delivery, so hopefully she’ll receive it some time in the evening. I’m going to level with you. My Mum is a bit of a worrier who often instinctively fights any advice she receives, so unfortunately that means I can’t yet get her on board with the methylene blue treatment yet. I’ve tried to research it and explain to her that’s it’s safe, but no luck so far. If you have any ideas how I can reassure her on its safety and benefits, I’d appreciate it 😉 The good news is that the redness has further reduced today and apparently he’s continued to become livelier. It might be something I can convince her to try if his condition suddenly worsens, though I appreciate that’s not ideal. I should mention that—with exception of one or two occasions—the fish has continued to be interested in food. I’m not sure if that’s helpful to know or not? I’ve bought her some API aquarium salt, though she won’t entertain scooping the fish out during a water change (he’s a very strong, very jumpy fish). Will that be as issue? If not, will the salt on its own be helpful, even if I can’t convince her of the rest? As for the antibiotics, it seems I can only order them on EBay from the US. I asked around and apparently this is illegal and can result in a fine. It’s hugely frustrating. With the pandemic on she can’t take the fish to the vet and get a prescription, which would probably be a bit of an ordeal for her at the best of times anyway. Without any better alternatives here in the UK, I think my Mum is planning to go ahead with the second dose of Love Fish anti-bacterial and fungus treatment, which he’s due on Thursday/ This does appear to have worked somewhat, though I’d much prefer it if we could legally obtain antibiotics or any other more efficient treatments. I’ll post the results of the water tests as soon as I have them. Thanks once again for your kind help!
  4. Thanks very much for your helpful reply. I’ll let my Mum know about the sponges. Unfortunately she doesn’t have a testing kit, but I found an API Freshwater master kit 800 on Amazon which seems to have the drops, as opposed to strips, so I’ll go ahead and buy that on my prime and have it sent to her house for tomorrow. I’m in the UK. There seems to be plenty of bacterial and fungal fish treatments, but I’m not sure if they’re antibiotics—I’m in over my head here. The one my Mum has is called ‘I Love Fish anti bacterial & fungus treatment’ which she used 4 days ago. It says to repeat the dose 7 days later, which will be this Thursday. The label says not to ‘redose or apply a different treatment within 7 days of using’, so I’m not sure if we should hold off until we know if there’s something better we can get here in the UK? The active ingredient is phenoxyethanol, if that helps? It sounds like the fish is a little bit perkier today, which has happened before but didn’t last. He’s a tough rescue fish with a surprisingly big personality, so I’m sure he’ll keep fighting until we figure out the best treatment plan. Thanks so much again for your help and advice: I’ll get that form filled ASAP!
  5. My Mum’s goldfish has been unwell for a couple of weeks. He’s mostly been resting at the bottom of his tank (as pictured) though he had one day where he was more lively. The area above his tail is noticeably swollen and red, and the tail itself has also turned the same colour. He was a rescue fish, who’s now ten years old and has always been active and healthy. He’s on his own in a 56 litre (12 gallon) tank. He gets fed two small pinches of Tetra goldfish flakes twice a day at 9am and 3pm. Once a week my Mum does a partial water change using Tapsafe water conditioner, rinses the sponge filter from an Eheim 60 in his tank water, and vacuums his gravel. She also changes his sponge filters once a month. So far my Mum has tried smaller water changes every third day, and antibacterial/fungus treatment four days ago, but he doesn’t seem to be improving. Does anyone know what’s wrong with him? Is there anything else she could try? Can we expect him to get better/worse? She’s never been a fish person, but stepped in to take care of the little guy. She’s extremely attached to him now and would hate to think he was suffering in any way. Any knowledge and advice would be greatly appreciate. Thanks in advance!
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