Hi everyone! I am newbie here. I currently I have jumped into this hobby about a month ago and it's been crazy and stressful bcus I wasn't the one who adopted these fishies that I have at home but I care for them a lot! I might explain more later at the end of the post hehe. Newbie here and trying my best!
Disclaimer: This will be a long post I think 😅 I genuinely need help cuz I don't have anyone else to talk to about goldfish and has a good amount of knowledge on it.
I kind of asked this similar question in Quora and I did get responses but most of them didn't reply back when I explained my situation. So I will share it to you guys so you get the context of my situation. This person has the questions you probably have before you opened this post heh... btw this incident happened on Oct 3, 2021 around 5am when I was up late. So it's been 3 days now.
Someone answered to my question with this:
And I replied back with this:
That's pretty much it from what I wanted to show you guys from Quora.
Me and my 12 y/o sister really prayed that she would live cuz we really thought she was dead we were both awake that time trying to rush her to a quarantine tank. This experience has been traumatizing for me especially as a newbie. I feel stressed out cuz I'm not super experienced when it comes to treating an injured fish, especially under a budget. All the medications people suggest are usually expensive or unavailable at the local stores. I have treated my whole tank before with sea salt for a week or two bcus of a white spot outbreak and I didn't have any medications on hand at that time and it worked!
The first day I used the Aquadene Anti-white spot medication which is basically Methylene blue, right? lol then I only fed a little amount of food, temperature was on 28C just to kill any possible external parasites.
The second day I didn't feed her, I only changed 50% of the water then add a bit of pink salt, then instead of the anti-white spot, I used the Sera baktopur which also has methylene blue but the liquid is green and it was for removing bacterial infection, and good for medicating sores on skin. I didn't feed her the whole day in case the reason why she was sick is cuz of something internal.
On the third day of medicating her, I noticed that Jellybean either had ammonia burn marks or just scars from her injury cuz it seems most of the black marks are on her head. T_T Is this expected? Cuz I immediately did a 100% water change. What can I do to help her heal from this? I also lowered the temperature to 26C, I used sea salt instead of pink salt since it seemed like the closest/same ingredient to aquarium salt. My sister also said she looked like she did an science experiment and it exploded 😂
On the fourth day, I gave her some green peas in her diet (also to the rest of the ones in the main tank) I also lowered the temperature to 24C. I combined the two medications I was using.
It's the fifth day of treating her, I have done water changes since the beginning, and also because I don't have an extra filter. I just stuck with treating her with the Sera baktopur and sea salt, though the black spots haven't gone away, but she is very agile and seems interactive, so I'm really hoping she'll get stronger, she's too young to die! I have also been giving her some more food now. Any advice when I should put her back in the main tank?
Oh and also, I was able to drop the temperature for the main tank to 22-24 degrees. It's hard to get it a bit lower and to maintain it at that throughout the day cuz I live in like a desert country and it gets super hot here but thankfully winter is coming soon here so hopefully that will help with the colder temperatures for the water.
I'm sorry if anything of what I did triggered any of you lol pls correct me if I did something wrong. I would appreciate that ^_^ -you can stop reading from here if you don't wanna read an extra story-
Anyway, this is just the beginning of my fish care journey. I have had pet fishes of different species for around a decade like bettas, algae eaters, neon tetras, tin foil barbs, harlequin rasbora, and other common popular freshwater fishes. And honestly since I was younger back then, I never really cared enough to do research on them, most of them never really lived that long 😕 I realized I've had more pet fishes than cats actually (I've owned around 20 in my lifetime and 5 currently LOL) I'm sorry for the irresponsibility (but I guess that's a reflection on how much my parents paid attention to the fish) 😢 but I'm thankful that I really "woke up" bcus of the traumatic experience I've had from the amount of fish I had that died within a week or two (2 tinfoils and 3 goldfishes).
I finally did so much research for these goldies so that my parents can also stop wasting their money from buying new fish every time one of them dies smh. And that I can be a good steward to take care of God's creation too, they're so beautiful lol
So far I found out my dad owned goldfishes back in the Philippines and I thought he'd have more knowledge on it but I guess not. But I can see he does care about them a little more than my mom does lol It's sometimes hard for me to even let them listen to me when I educate them with what I've researched for the fish. For example my dad kept telling me I should just put Jellybean back in the main tank even though she wasn't fully recovered. Another example is when when my parents and I went to the pet store for aquarium products (finally! I begged them enough) and I remember telling mom and dad that before buying another fish, if ur gonna pick a fish in the shop it should be the one with the best condition and if there is one sick fish along with other fishies that look like they arent sick, dont pick from that tank. Guess what? They did the exact opposite of what I advised them! 🤣😭😞 Then I wasn't able to quarantine them for 2 weeks or a month, but only for a week because we didn't have an extra filter, all I could do was give them some medication and aerate it. Then we transferred all of them to the 33gal cuz they all used to be in the 13gal. But yeah this was another reason why I was so stressed with taking care of the fish cuz my parent's didn't understand me enough nor did their research :))))) But I always try to butt in information to them when given the chance.
Prevention is better than cure as the saying goes and so we didn’t do the precautions we needed to do :(( so that’s one of the main reasons why a lot of our fish died and even last year why most of the fighting fishes died (literally around 20 of them ) Again, I didn’t choose them, but my dad did cuz he got them for free lol so nxjdndjdn
I’m finally growing to learn that we should care for our fishies as much as we care for cats and dogs. They’re amazing creatures. And these goldfishes are too cute man and I definitely want to see them grow bigger 😭😭❤❤❤😭 Sorry for the long post but I thought to share it :-)) Thanks to anyone who'd give feedback pls don't hate me haha...... have a good day everyone ^^ If you wanna see how the rest of how my other fishes look like, you can see it on my first post. God bless