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  1. I think my water is just crappy treated "city" water LOL. But if you insist, I'll dig out test kits. I can assure you the water has no pH issues or anything like that, but its a farming community and its probably full of phosphates and other such things that the average aquarist isn't going to have tests for (although, I might have a phosphate one around...).
  2. No ideas? Or were you suggesting I treat him for a bacterial infection? That would need a Qtank right, or I'd risk killing my bio-filter? He's a gorgeous fish, everyone's favorite, I'd hate to see this get worse.
  3. Oh, as for GH, KH and pH, my test kits are buried somewhere.. but I know my water is pretty darn hard, ph is usually around 7.8 at the lowest, 8.4 is the highest I've seen but I haven't checked in a while (battery died in my meter, then corroded, so I need a new meter actually).
  4. I have never used RO on this tank. When I do use it with the sensitve fish (puffers, soft water fish) I reconstitute it with RO Right to the conditions the specific species needs. But no, I've never used it on the goldfish tank. I have not scoped for parasites, however about twice a year I deworm all my fish with a levamisole/metronidazole soaked food, just as a precaution (followed by a large water change/gravel vac the next day). No new fish have been added to this tank in over two years, easily. Their feces are normal and solid looking, not white and stringy at all. I wouldn't know where to go to scope for parasites, I don't have a microscope myself. I suppose my vet could do it for me? Treated for bacterial infection, no. All I've done is increase water changes and make sure to get more veggies in his diet, with no results.
  5. Long time no see guys! My big boy has recently started showing some swim bladder issues and I'm wondering if you guys can help. The background: 60 gallon "cube" tank (2ftx2ftx2ft), planted with onion plant, anubias and various crypts. Set up and running for I'd say 3 years? Something like that, with these fish as the original occupants. Inhabitants were originally 3 ryunkins, 6 WCMM's a bristlenose pleco and 3 dojo loaches, over the years that has been reduced to two ryunkins, one dojo, the bristlenose and one remaining WCMM. The ryunkins are.. oh, I'd say body size is about that of a pool/billards ball? Water change schedule, 50-80% on a weekly basis. Nitrates rarely go over 10. Feeding schedule, normal food is New Life Spectrum Goldfish Pellets SOAKED until they are soft daily, once weekly they get blanched zuchanni slices and about twice weekly they get a thawed out "fruit cube" of diced up apples, oranges, garlic and zuchanni that I blanched, then froze in an ice cube tray. Usually I will give them a fast day. The problem.. ever since I moved last July, my male has been showing what I think are some swim bladder problems. When resting, he is always verticle, nose up, tail down. He'll stay like that for hours, that's the way he sleeps at night. He does not have issues with floating, in fact, he will drift down if he doesn't correct for it. As far as I can tell, I'm doing everything correctly. I did lose my one Ryunkin early on due to swim bladder and tumors, but she was always stuck upside down and floating, very different from this. Any ideas what I could do to improve his quality of life? I do think the water has something to do with it, none of my tanks have looked that great since I moved (my one puffer lets me know asap with skin problems, massive water changes help but I have to do them more often than I did before moving). I use RO water with the more sensitive fish, but there's no way I can manage to do 50% weekly water changes on this goldie tank with RO water, plus have enough left over for my sensitive fish (the filter takes forever and I have to store the water until I have enough to do changes). The only other thing from the water that's changed since I moved is that now that I'm on city water, I use Prime as a dechlor. I've never used it before and I doubt that's causing any problems, but thought I'd throw it out there. I've always either been on well water or used Yamato Green's NoChlor. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.. He seems healthy otherwise but it just bothers me to see him rarely swimming "normally".
  6. Yes, that had occured to me when I saw the swelling. I don't see any discoloration under the skin though, and it seems pretty smooth, not lumpy like the tumor on his nose.. but I wouldnt' be surprised if it is a tumor considering the one that just popped up overnight. Poor little guy... He can't even manage to turn over or even swim down any more, just drift around....
  7. I use clove oil all the time for doing dental work on my puffers, and I want to really put emphasis on the point that you do NOT need to mix it with whiskey or vodka or anything, that's just silly. As previous posters said, shake the clove oil with some water in a small container, baggie, whatever, then add it to the container holding the fish. Within a few seconds the fish will go belly up. I've done it in the past just by adding a few drops to the water and it works, but takes longer. But there is no need for people to be messing with alcohol, especially considering the average goldie owner is someone under the legal drinking age! One thing to keep in mind though, the oil will stick to the sides and bottom of the container you shake it in and have the fish in, so make sure to either throw it out or wash it with lots of soap and hot water. I've made the nearly deadly (for one of my puffers) mistake of not doing so and giving him a double or triple dose of the clove oil.. it took him a long time to wake up from that one.
  8. Thank you. I did the salt bath yesterday.. no improvement today. Think I'll try to get a pea with a salt inside it in him, but I have no idea if I'll manage to get him to eat it or not. He was pretty listless yesterday, so maybe....
  9. Well, I did find this posting and will try some of this stuff... http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...06entry289006 Any other suggestions are really appreciated though!
  10. Okay, I'd finally gotten used to the idea that that big lump on my goldie's nose isn't going anywhere (previous post about a sudden tumor that showed up overnight). So the goldie's doing fine, back into breeding conditions.. then one night goes belly up. I come running here, look up swim bladder problems, bloat, etc. Fast him for a few days, no improvement. I've tried to get peas with or without a grain of epsom salts into him, but he can't get to the food and freaks out if I try to handle him or get it close to his mouth. The only food I've been able to get into him is duckweed, I just dump a cupful of it into the tank and he manages to catch a little bit at a time. I haven't seen him pass any feces though, in days. Right now he's been upside down for several days, one side of his belly is very distended, back towards the anus. He still makes an effort to swim down for food, etc but shoots right back up to the top of the tank and gives up after a try or two. I know I've read about two things that could be helping him right now... epsom salts bath and something about using a hypo to withdraw some of the air out of his swim bladder (if that's what this is and not some sort of impaction).. but I can't find ANY info on here about these.. I swear they were stickies? Anyways, any help is appreciated. This is a goldie with ongoing issues (tail doesn't work, can't control his swimming very well, the tumor that showed up on his nose, etc) and I'm thinking if the epsom salts bath doesn't work, its going to be time to bring out the clove oil, as every problem he has just seems worse than the previous. My other two goldies are in great health.. I think its just bad genetics with this guy. (btw, ammonia zero, nitrites zero, nitrates right around 10, planted 60 gallon tank, this guy is a ryunkin, about tennis ball sized)
  11. Thank you... It does not appear to be open at all, just sort of califlower-ry looking but under the skin. It has not grown any since it showed up (I can't believe I would have missed this thing growing). He does not seem lethargic at all, back to swimming like usual, even has some breeding tuber-whatsits on his cheeks again... I was wondering if feeding the food was a one time thing or if I should do it for several days, thank you, I'll keep it up for a few days. I always soak their food (New Life Spectrum Goldfish Formula) anyways so its no big deal to add the meds. I'm getting curious now to see if this thing is going to grow, go away or just always be there....
  12. Well, due to having no other ideas, I fed him food soaked in Metronidazole last night.... Anyone?
  13. Thank you! Okay, as I said we moved 2 months ago, other than that nothing has changed. The water is a smidge harder and has a ton of iron in it (think rust spots on all sinks, etc), but otherwise nothing too different. I can't keep the water quality "perfect" as there is generally about 15 nitrates out of the tap (well water), but I do my best. No added plants or fish recently, everything in this tank was moved there from our other house. He does eat just fine. Poop looks normal, no stringiness or anything, just your typical solid brown. I do feed all my fish food soaked in a dewormer mix every 4 months or so (Levimasole and Metrodizone, sorry if I slaughtered the spellings), so I don't *think* it would be parasitical, though I can't totally rule it out I suppose. I did get in a few fish recently (in another tank), but usually the goldie tank is the first tank I do a water change on so I wouldn't be sticking any equipment in there after filling another tank... slight chance of some transfer from my hands, though I'm a maniac about washing between tanks... Without driving to Milwaukee, I don't have a ton of choices for meds here (can't get medigold I'm sure) but I can get the basic antibiotics, etc. I put the Melafix in there mainly for the fins, it seems to be helping them some, but I'm mainly worried about that lump.
  14. Well, I had to leave for work so I just treated the entire tank w/Melafix. His fins look a little better already. I think tomorrow I'll put him in a 20 gal rubbermaid tub with a sponge filter and some plants and melafix and wait for further help on if I should go to "real" meds...
  15. Two nights ago I came home from work to find my calico ryunkin with a huge lump on his nose. A nasty, chunky looking lump. Its under the skin I'm thinking, since his color pattern carries over on to it. He's swimming more erratically than usual (this is the one with the spinal problems that can't use his tail, so he never swims correctly), so I'm thinking whatever it is is putting pressure on a nerve and paining him somewhat. Also, last night, I see his fins are starting to look frayed with white edges, actual little pieces of them are breaking off while he swims! I'm not sure if this is fin rot, or if he got them sucked up against the intake while worrying about the lump on his nose or just in his normal "drifting and wallowing" about the tank... What do I do with him? None of the other fish in the tank have any issues. Do I treat the whole tank with Melafix and/or anything else? (antibiotics?) Should I seperate him to a 10 gallon with a sponge filter (less current) and treat just him (with what?)? This poor boy has nothing but problems, though none of them have made me really worry about his overall health until now... Ammonia, nitrites zero, nitrates about 20, that is usual for this tank. Tank is 60 gallons, has 3 medium sized ryunkins, 3 dojo loaches, a bristlenose and a few white clouds. Also planted. Water gets changed out about 50% each week, no additives as its well water. Only things that have changed are we moved about 2 months ago... I would think any ill effects from the move would have shown up before now. Pictures: (note, the white dots in the above picture are not ich, they are reflections of the flash against algae on the glass) You can see the fin rot or whatever in this picture.
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