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  1. Well, its a bit more complicated than that. For a regime like what I am suggesting you would need:


    1 or 2 plastic bins that hold 10 to 20 gallons

    An aerator with two bubblestone/tubing arrangements


    Ammonia and pH test kit

    Access to a digital gram scale that weighs in tenths of a gram

    A measuring cup or two

    Some cleaning tools(rags, toothbrushes, green scrubbies plastic bowls)

    An area where you can scrub and clean and then soak all of your filters, gravel, ornaments, etc)

    Most importantly, your going to need to have at least two weeks of time to devote to making this treatment work. You cannot slack off in the middle of it and allow them to multiply back to high numbers again. You've got to hit them and keep on hitting them, til they are all dessimated. Otherwise, they WILL be back. So, have the time, planned ahead, before you begin.

    Oh, and the PP dips are recommended at 4 hours long. :o

    Post back soon.



    PP, needed.

    plastic bins, check.

    aerator with a t fitting for dual aeration, check.

    thermometer, check.

    ammonia and ph test, check.

    digital gram scale, need. why is htis necessary?

    cleansing tools, check.

    area to scrub and clean, check.

    2 weeks available...check. I'm doing independent study (school at home) and i just landed a job at a fish store. :)

    So what is PP. What does it do, where can i get it?

    also, my fish just spawned so they can't be too sick, right?

  2. Okay. Salt dips and PP....

    How does this sound?

    I strip the 60 gallon down and the 40 gallon down too. (it's almost cycled but unfortunately i used a filter from the infected tank.)

    I put the fish into the 40 gallon with all new water, cleaned out everything including filter. Up the temperature to around 80. Salt the tank to .7 or so gradually.

    Salt dips for each of them and PP baths for 20 minutes every other day. Yes?

    now where do i get PP?

  3. Hi RedCap :)

    They're not nematodes. Your description was enough for me to say that what your seeing is called an oligochaete. Here's a link to what you saw: http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/wimsmall/worm.html

    See the diff between nematodes and oligocheates? Either way, they are both harmless unless nematodes were found in a fresh fecal sample. ;)

    It sounds like your fish are suffering fro a parasitic infestation of sorts. This causes a drop in their immune systems and allows for bacteria to get their "foot" in the door.

    Have you added any new fish recently?

    Have you tried to medicate with anything? If so, what and for how long?

    Can you see any areas with a whitish haze? Perhaps on their sides, in the fins, the base of the fins, the head region just above the gills?

    Any thread-like tufts blowing in and out of their mouths?

    Post back soon and we'll see where we should go with a treatment regime..... :)



    Okay you're right. They are oligochaete. No fish have been added for....about 8 months. They've been in there by themselves. The only way i could see that something got in the tank would be plants that were added temporarily a few months back, but those are now gone. My ryukin was really really bad for awhile and would do nothing but sit on the floor and yawned constantly and had really bad streaks on his fins so I quarantined him in a 10 gallon. Salted it to around .7% over the course of like 2 weeks. I also medicated it with Parasite Clear. He seemed to get better, eventhough he still yawned and darted and the streaks were there, but at least now he was active again.

    The Moor and Oranda spawned while the ryukin was in quarantine and i figured the tank conditions couldnt be too bad if they spawned. So i put him back in there. but they are all still darting and yawning.

    What do you mean areas of whitish haze? and there is nothing coming in and out of their mouths. and nothing externally attached to them.

    Also, i'm moving them to the 40 gallon that is just almost finished cycling and using the 60 they are in for other fish. Should I move them now and start the 60 fresh again?

  4. I have found out that the worms are nematodes and are harmless to fish, but they still have the tattered fins, the yawning, the darting, the blood streaks on fins, resting on the ground, and my oranda often floats to the top.

    What do i do? Should i switch the tanks?

  5. My fish have been acting very lethargic for awhile. The water was always perfect 0 nitrite/ammonia and 10 nitrate. They often sit on the floor. Their poop is white and there is frayed fins and red streaks on them. Now today i have found small white worms!!!

    These worms are very small. the longest would be under a centimeter. There are a lot in the tank, but not enough to make it obvious that they are there. i put one in a small cup and looked at it closely. it has tentacle type things coming out of its body in pairs, all the way down. it wriggles around and moves but it doensn't swim in the water. it fell to the bottom in the cup.

    I have another tank (40 gallon) that i can put the 3 goldies in and start medication and stuff...what medication? what is this? help.

    should i empty this tank and disinfect it?


  6. Okay so I've read all the how-to threads about breeding goldfish. About the feedings, about lowering then raising temperature, about sexing, about having correct ph.

    and I know I have 2 males with breeding stars and one female. They're all 5+ inches...they are fed well. The Ph is correct. The temperature constantly changes here so it cools and warms up about 6 or 7 degrees everyday naturally. The moor always chases her. Always. The Ryukin started chasing her about a week ago. He now has breeding stars.

    But with months of the moor chasing her, nothing has happened. I've heard that they will do 'mock-spawning' for a few days before the spawning. But that's basically all they do. What can i do to get them over the 'hump.'

  7. Okay i redid the nitrate test, and its 20. I guess I messed up last test.

    The last time i did a water change was 3 days ago. A 40%

    I use aquasafe dechlorinator. I took pictures and it turns out the ryukin's streaks are really really bad. I asked my mom if she's seen that before and she said she's noticed it a few months now, but it just got worse. She didn't know it was a problem.

    They changed the color of the first half of her tail to a reddish color. It's really sad.

    She doesn't seem to have any other symptoms, as you can see from one of the pictures, she keeps her top fin fully erect.




    She also has some red streaks on her two bottom fins and her anal fins too!

    What do i do?!?!?!

  8. * Test Results for the Following:

    Ammonia Level? 0

    Nitrite Level? 0

    Nitrate level? 0

    Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 7.6 unknown kh and gh.

    Ph Level out of the Tap? Untested

    * Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 60 for about 8 months

    * What is the name and size of the filter/s? tetra filters with 660gph.

    * How often do you change the water and how much? i do about a 40 every week.

    # How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 5-6 inch fish.

    # What kind of water additives or conditioners? Decholorinator.

    # Any medications added to the tank? No

    # Add any new fish to the tank? No

    # What do you feed your fish? Staple flake and pellet. Krill, bloodworms frozen.

    # Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt",

    bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?The Ryukin has bloody streaks.

    # Any unusual behavior like staying

    at the bottom, not eating, ect..? They are sitting at the bottom.

    Well my problem is that my ryukin sometimes rests on the bottom. She has red streaks on her back fin, and will sit on the bottom. Then will get up and swim around when i walk near the tank. I've heard about fish resting as a sort of sleep thing, i was thinking this might be it.

    The other two fish sometimes rest at the bottom as well but no red streaks. They swim around fast, not lazy. But just sometimes they sit on the bottom. They eat well, and play with each other a lot and there is nothing unusual besides that.

  9. One day i had just fed my fish. I come in about an hour later...and i find my red cap oranda with his hood sucked in the filter opening. He looked so scared and was there motionless, but with his eyes wide open. I unplugged the filter and he swimmed to the corner and stayed there. I picked him out of the water a little bit later, didn't want to stress him too much right then, i picked him up and the area that was stuck on the filter was swollen a little bit, but fine besides that.

    He seemed fine untill about a week later, i look at him and the swollen area had turned BLACK around the edges. I checked to see if it was debree, but it wasn't. I waited a few days and it went away by itself.

    The filter was my 120 gph one and i had two other 330gph filters on. The big filters had the strainers on them, but never figured i'd need a strainer in my small one since I've used it without a strainer with little fish with no problem, and this was a 5 inch fish. But i learned my lesson. and you guys should too...


  10. It looks like a fantail carp  :blink:


    Haha your right. Well I think its really cute. It would probably look better if it was alive and underwater, with a better camera :) But of course, I think a lot of strange things are cute. Just look at my boyfriend. Just kidding!



  11. RedCapMiggi, just out of curiosity, are you a Sophomore or a Junior this year? I (unfortunatly) have to do my Senior Project next year. Maybe I'll do mine on something goldfish related, too.  Anyway, I was just curious.


    I'm a senior. This is for this year.

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