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  1. Just 0.2%? I got the information regarding salting up to 0.3% here: http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/Finrot.html
  2. Okay, just finished up! I did a 90% water change, added 30 teaspoons of aquarium salt to equal 0.1%. They seem to be responding well. I will increase the salt to 0.2% tomorrow morning then up to 0.3% tomorrow evening. I also treated the tank with Melafix and Pimafix and began feeding Medigold in case of bacterial infection. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! On a side note, I think the affected fish, a Red Cap Oranda, is turning into a Lemonhead...
  3. I can't believe I've been keeping goldfish (as an adult) for nearly ten years and I have never used salt as a treatment. Ha! Guess I haven't dealt with much fin rot. Sadly, it's always been dropsy that have gotten the best of my fish. Well, I've got one more question... Should I bring the dosage up to .2% immediately? Or should I initially bring it up to .1% tonight, then raise it to .2% tomorrow evening? Also, you mentioned red splotches-- my fish doesn't have red splotches. However, it is losing it's red in it's when in what appears to be spots. Thanks for all your help!!!
  4. Thanks so much! I'll do a water change tonight and begin salting the tank. My only concern is my two snails. Any suggestions? I don't have a quarantine tank at the moment to put them in.
  5. Thanks so much for the reply! Too be honest I've always struggled with trying to calculate salting to any percentage. Math was never my strong point. For the last month I have been adding 1 1/2 teaspoons of API Aquarium Salt at each weekly water change. I also have Epsom Salt on hand, but have never used it. I would imagine this is a very low dose of salt. To be honest I'm kind of nervous about salting. I'll have to check out some previous posts before I do it. I know it's a great solution for a variety of problems-- but it makes me nervous, especially since I have snails. My Oranda's fins look especially frayed today-- I think it's getting worse. Looks like I'll be working on this later tonight!
  6. Seems like things may have changed around here. A few years ago I would have had 10 responses within a day. Now, it's been a few days with not a single response. I understand my issue isn't severely pressing; I'm just a bit surprised.
  7. Hello everyone! I've been away for quite some time, but I all ready see some familiar names around here. Anyway, here's my current situation and some back story: My two Orandas were purchased together and I have had them since February 2009. When purchased my Red Cap Oranda was tattered and thin-- yet I purchased her anyway. Within a few short weeks my Calico Oranda began chasing her around relentlessly attempting to breed. Eggs were layed, yet thankfully none fertilized. Needless to say, she suffered from even more tears in her fins and a few lost scales. She recovered well but has always looked a bit banged up compared to my Calico Oranda. She has put on some weight and does not look as thin as she had previously. Throughout the year I have treated her with Medi-Gold and Metro-Meds, separately, for two weeks at a time, with decent time in between treatments. I have also tried a couple rounds of Pima-fix and Melafix together as well as applied BioBandage to her fins directly. Today, I noticed when looking at the two small fins directly under her tail-- one of the fins is long, flowing, yet ragged. The other is nearly completely missing. Also, I've noticed the red in her wen is going away. It seems to be fading to white in sections. I know this is common, but the formation of it seems odd. It's not disappearing in a consistent way. It's like her wen is becoming polka dot. Thoughts? [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 5 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Haven't tested [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit [*]Water temperature? Heated to 72F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 gallons, 1 1/2 years [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Penguin Biowheel 350 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 80-90% weekly [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 medium sized, 4 1/2 inch Orandas (not including tail) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Buff it Up, Aquarium Salt [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? I alternate between Pro-Gold, Salad Supreme, and Hikari Lionhead once daily. They are occasionally fed broccoli, spinach, and oranges as well. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No [*]Any medications added to the tank? None currently. Previously treated with Pimafix, Melafix and Biobandage [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Consistently frayed fins, recently losing sections of color in red cap. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  8. Try the hardware or grocery store. That's where I got mine. I'm not sure about this Ammonia, the ingredients should only be Ammonia and Water.
  9. Sue, I'm so glad to hear your Ammonia levels were good! Also, it's great to hear about that Seachem alert. I struggle with Ammonia in my tanks (from tap on occasion) and I think I may need to invest in one of those... I've had this conversation SO many times. That statement is always met with a long, awkward silence because they never have anything to say. Then I come back and say, "Yep, I'm covered in algae and fish poo-- You?" Hahah!
  10. Wow, she's very pretty! Congratulations on the great find!
  11. I posted this in another thread, but figured, why not. Here's a picture of my little snail family. There are nine babies, totalling ten snails in all (some not pictured).
  12. I am so sorry to hear about your Moor. Could you please answer all the questions in the box above, that would be helpful: Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? [*]Nitrite Level? [*]Nitrate level? [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? [*]Water temperature? [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? [*]How often do you change the water and how much? [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? [*]Any new fish added to the tank? [*]Any medications added to the tank? [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Okay, on to my own questions. * Is this Moor a rescue? If so, how long have you had it? What's the situation surrounding you acquiring it? * Does the fish have one functional eye and one eye that is missing? * Do you know what caused the fish to lose it's eye? Trauma? Infection? * Do you have any medications and/or salt in the water as of yet? * Can you post a picture of the fish so we can see what's going on? Sorry I'm not much help! Please keep us posted on how your fish is doing!
  13. I tend to believe that if you have room for two filters, do it! This is especially important with large fish (as you've noted), and can help when needing to replace filter media, without totally wiping out a cycle. I'm not familiar with Eheim filters, I stick to HOB, but... Based on what you've mentioned, it soundsl like your current filter cycles 500 GPH. So, if you were to add a second filter that would be 1,000 GPH running through your tank. What type of goldfish do you have? You may want to consider whether your fish are strong swimmers. Although I think that is an awesome amount of filtration and can definitely prove to be beneficial, I am curious how your fish would react to the increased current? You would definitely need to break it up by having plants or caves, etc. to provide a "quiet" place.
  14. Okay, so I'm a total nerd and chronicled my water change adventure. A photo essay, if you will. Leviathan realized what was about to happen. Not exactly TVR's. But I still think they're lovely. Remember the snail family? Well, apparently there's five more than I previously thought. Yep, ten snails. And finally, back at home... And the reason for alarm, Spazz. Don't be fooled by her coy expression, this Norweigan Forest Cat is pure ferocious Viking stock.
  15. I ended up replacing one of the cartridges and now both wheels are turning. Thanks for the great suggestions!
  16. Hello everyone! Thank you all for all the great ideas and suggestions! I was really, really nervous about this. A few years back I remember reading some really sad stories about a cat that went um, fishing... So, even though my cats have a good track record, I've always been a bit weary. Thankfully all went well. This is such a good idea! I am definitely going to invest in some of these. I ended up putting the fish and snails in large um, serving bowls for lack of a better descriptive word. It's much bigger than that sounds. But, it was clearly not enough surface room as the fish began to gasp almost instantly. I know, but I'm paranoid. Actually, they were swimming around really fast in the bowl so I ended up adding a bubble wand then covering the bowl with saran wrap (with holes in it!) over the bowl, so if they tried to jump, they wouldn't become kitten chow. I would love to, and essentially would not have posted this question if that would have been a possibility. My studio is big, but it's um... lacking in the storage department. I have a sliding closet door, and a bathroom with a door. That's it. I would have locked the cats in the bathroom but that's the water source for my water changes. Sue, you have no idea how much this made me laugh! You are too funny! But, um... just the thought is giving me cramps. Hahah! I agree, I was really afraid of that. My cats are pretty curious and I was expecting the worse! You know, all this stress and worry was really over nothing. Even when I was moving the fish around and there was potential for the cats to take notice, they were dead to the world, zonked out and tired. It pays to keep stock in catnip... Hahah!
  17. I'm so shocked. I seriously never imagined rice would be okay. Hahah! You learn something new every day. One question though, anyone try BROWN rice? I mean, doesn't brown rice have more nutritional content than white rice... so, on that premise, it may be better.
  18. Sorry to hear your Shubunkin has such a stubborn case of fin rot. Although I am not as experienced as other members here I do have a few statements/ suggestions regarding your situation... I'm definitely weary of using medications, in most of my experiences in the past if I used medications, my fish never really got better, just stayed alive longer. Anyway, from what I see here you have gone through many types of medications to treat your fish. I'm afraid in doing so, your fish may have developed an immunity to some of these antibiotics. Not to mention medications can wreak havoc on your cycle, as it seems it has at one point. As for the medicated food, what brand did you use? The only medicated food I have found success with is through Goldfish Connection. Both MediGold and MetroMed are great for treating sick fish. My best suggestion would be at this time to remove all medications from the tank using carbon, do a 100% water change to ensure all meds are removed from the water and maybe follow up with gradually adding salt. I know you've tried salt before to no avail, but I honestly feel after months of medicating, your fish may benefit from a bit of a break. One more thing, in regards to using spring water. Does your PH remain stable? I used to use spring water in my tank due to HIGH PH in my tap water and found it to be more harm than good. However, I can see that in your case, this is the better option due to the ammonia situatin! However, I'm curious what your KH is and if the meds and potential PH issues could be affecting your cycle, and subsequently your fish's recuperation. Keep us posted!
  19. Daryl, I think this is just wonderful! I never liked Bubble Eyes, but as time goes on, I am slowly growing more and more fond of them! These calicos are just darling! A few years back I worked in a Nursing Home. A college in the area donated a fish tank and filled it to the brim with tropicals. As time went on, fish were poorly taken care of and the tank remained empty for several months. So, being quite the opportunist, I saw this as the perfect goldfish tank. I went to my LFS and purchased several orandas for the tank. It was beautiful and the residents, many of whom had alzheimers, loved it! I actually had more difficulty with the staff treating the fish well. Okay, getting to my point... Hahah! I cannot count how many times I had to "fish" out food thrown into the tank. One day a cracker, the next a half eaten sandwhich. It didn't dawn on me to put a lock on the lid. Needless to say I checked in on the tank periodically throughout the day.
  20. Although it sounds like a great idea, I would strongly advise you against a styrofoam cooler. A few years back I made a very small move (only a few blocks) and had a 60 gallon tank to transport. I purchased two medium sized styrofoam coolers to move my fish in and the results were disastrous. I drained the tank and had the fish divied up in their boxes when all of a sudden my boyfriend noticed the box was leaking. Not leaking, but sweating more or less. Kinda like a cold glass of water on a hot day. Very, very bad. Fortunately, I had some large ziploc bags and hair ties. I felt like MacGuyver rummaging around the almost empty house looking for things that would work. I ended up putting the fish in bags and then using those darned boxes to hold the bags. It was a horrible experience. Not to freak you out, because it sounds like you have everything covered, but please... do not use styrofoam boxes, in the slight chance a bag bursts I'm afraid the styrofoam box wouldn't hold water for long. However, I do agree cardboard would be a bad idea as well. Maybe you should consider investing in one of those igloo coolers. Might be worth a try...
  21. Did I say four snails... I meant TEN!
  22. Looks like Trinket was right that your fish's symptoms are probably related to a PH crash. Please post your PH readings (pre and post 'crash') as soon as possible. You mentioned your water has very little PH in it. Chances are your water has very little KH in it, which means it has no real buffering capacity and will fluctuate. I have the same problem... Well, you have two options: 1. Add crushed coral in small amounts daily to your substrate or filter. This will gradually increase the KH which will in turn stabilize your PH. 2. Order Buff it Up from Goldfish Connection. Basically, you add a small amount and test your water 20 minutes later. Then, you can gradually increase the amount you add until your PH is at a good point. Seems like most people around here keep there PH fairly high at 7.6-8. So, once you figure the proper amount to maintain your PH, you just add that amount at each water change. Works like a charm! Honestly, I wouldn't mess with the crushed coral myself... I use Buff it Up and swear by it. Keep in mind a PH crash can cause a crash in your cycle as well. It would be wise to test your water parameters daily at this point. Please keep us posted on your fish.
  23. My fish are fairly small so thankfully no homicides in the tank. Hahha! No, but really... the snails are fortunately larger than my fish' mouth.
  24. Ok Kayla, how about this. Give me one good reason why you should NOT go buy a new goldfish!
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