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  1. No worries. Glad to help. Just post your KH result when you have them and I'll see what we can do.
  2. The test kit should be good for a year or two. Don't know if you got a false reading as you have tested several different sets of water. Like I said, do a baseline test with something of known pH value should give you a good idea if the kit is at fault.
  3. What is the range of your pH test kit. Some are board range, others are spit between low and high range. You have to be careful that you are reading the right chart for the kit. If ever in doubt, do a baseline test of some distilled water which should be 7 and a solution of baking soda which should be 8.3.
  4. Yes, I would be interested to see your KH reading. Most metabolic processes in the tank tends to reduce pH so a sudden rise in pH is rare in comparison.
  5. OBTW, if you have any fish left in the tank, DO NOT add ammonia to the tank. The amount of nitrifying bacteria will drop as the amount of ammonia is reduced because of the lower fish load but it will settle down at a new equalibrium. It won't stop working, it just need less bacteria to get the job done.
  6. Hi Imogen, You need to test your GH and KH which are your general hardness and carbonate hardness. It is difficult to fight against the pH of the source water because everytime you add or change water, you are causing the pH to change which is not nice to the fish. I'm surprised that your source water pH is changing so much. Is it city water or well water? On way to stablise the water is to increase KH by adding baking soda. The pH of baking soda is about 8.3 so if you add the right quantity of the stuff, your water will stablise at about 8.3, 8.4 which is fine for goldies.
  7. I'm so sorry about yellowface. How are the other two fish going?
  8. Damage and injuries will heal, Rob (or Pat). As long as they recovers, there is hope.
  9. I'm so sorry, Rob. That was a bit of a surprise as whiteface wasn't the one that you were really concerned about. Unfortunately, that is the problem with bacterial infections, they can creep up on you and it does not have to develop into dropsy before it kills.
  10. Good point, Annette! I almost forgot your success stories. Rob, if you catch them early, there is a much better chance of a cure.
  11. Rob, looking serious, mate. Forget the peas. Try soaking and mushing up some medicated pellets (with dimetridazol) and try to feed that with a syringe as far back into their throat as possible. There is no guarantee that it will work because if they don't want to eat, they won't eat. Well, we'd better start the treatment regime. Antibiotics (done), pristine water (your department), lots of aeration (check that one, Rob), warmth (yep). I would up the salt to 0.3% over 24hrs but that is up to you. You can add epsom salt if you like but that is your call.
  12. Oops, sorry, Rob. Didn't mean to confuse you. Too much info, too little space.
  13. Hi Sharon, I know the mantra too. Maracyn 1 & 2, 78*F temp, pristine water, lots of aeration, epsom salt and pray. I don't usually comment on the epsom unless I'm heavily involved because it is harmless. Epsom salt does have its use in treating fish. If you imbed a grain in a pea and feed it to the fish, it will purge it. We use epsom salt in humans to treat similar symptom (in fact, this dates back to your Civil War era) so people extended this to fish and assumed that it will do good. The problem is one of evolution. Fish hardly ever drink any water that they are kept in (hey, you won't want to either! ). The key method of them taking in minerals and other chemicals is by the method known as ion transfer within their gills. They are equiped with different ion pumps for different chemicals. In fact, you see that at work when you dose a tank with salt to protect against nitrIte poisoning. The fish is tricked into absorbing the salt rather than the nitrIte ion (which uses the same ion pumps) thus preventing the fish from getting poisoned. Now, here is the rub, fish have not evloved in a world where epsom salt (hydrated magnesium sulfate) exist naturally so it never evolved the ion pump to absorb them. In effect, it just swim through it and that's basically it. It doesn't do any harm but it doesn't do much good neither. It will raise the GH, BTW. So when you combined with all the other things that is done to treat dropsy and with success rate being low, it is near impossible to say whether epsom salt actually helped or it is mostly the antibiotics/warmth/aeration. You just repeat the mantra and hope for the best. If Rob really wants to add epsom salt then so be it. If someone say that epsom salt will definitely cure dropsy then I beg to differ. Now, salt, fluid retention and osmetic balance, that is another story.
  14. Well, it is a bit of an ethical issue. If they are happy to accept sick fish (and know that they are sick) then that is fine.
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