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  1. My formerly always-clumsy-but-happy oranda Mowgli had been bottom-sitting for months. She was always so sensitive to water issues; I have up to 30ppm nitrates coming out of my tap at any given time, so I bought some Pura Nitratelock to try to keep things pristine. This didn't seem to help, as it was apparent that she was still stressed and not feeling well, so I began trying different antibiotics, after treating for flukes with PraziPro.. A three-week round of MediGold, then a three week round of MetroMed.. I noticed a bump on her right gillplate, she was still bottom-sitting and bloodshot.. I added a bit of epsom salt to the tank, hoping she wasn't eggbound somehow, since she was now looking bloaty but not at all pineconed. I fasted her a bit and fed some peas before moving on to tetracycline gel food, which made no difference. The bump on her right gillplate remained the same size, so I wasn't sure whether to see that as a symptom of anything really, but she started to look popeyed (around her one eye), and she looked to be gasping some of the time.. I hadn't tried the Maracyns yet, so I ran a course of those. She seemed no different except a dark spot that appeared between her eye and left gillplate, looked like it almost could have been a hole underneath her wen, but no blood? She would still gobble up food when she found it, but all of her paddling couldn't lift her off of the bottom of the tank.. A day before the Maracyns finished, I noticed the spot was getting bigger.. and then a few days later, before leaving home for work yesterday morning, I realized that this was not a hole at all, but a VERY active dark growth coming out from under her wen. I read symptom books online and noted that the swelling in her belly combined with the bottom-sitting usually meant one of two things: egg-binding, or tumors. I left for work and spent whatever time I could researching to find a local fish vet who could take a look at her and either have some miraculous cure, or at least humanely help her cross over.. then, I went home to find that the tumor behind her eye had already partially broken through, and she was bleeding, and gasping. There was no time I made a dash out to the nearest organic food store to buy clove oil, read up on techniques, and my boyfriend met me at home to help me through things.. I helped her into a bucket as gently as I could before sending her to sleep in clove oil, then ending things with vodka. I hadn't, and haven't, cried that (this) hard in a really, really long time. I ran the gamut of whatever could have been wrong with her, but it took me months to finally come to the conclusion that nothing like this was going to help her, and in the meantime, the poor little girl sat there smacking her little fins against the tank's fluorite and half-gasping. For months.. My boyfriend keeps telling me that I did everything I could, and I was trying to help her. I just wish that I had known what was wrong so much earlier, so she wouldn't have had to suffer through it all.. It was absolutely heartbreaking to lift her body out of the alcohol/clove-laden bucket, she used to fight like mad and splash my whole room with water when I had to hold her for whatever reason. it's just not fair. The protein in the medigold and metromed.. since I had to feed it to her solid for so long without so much fasting/peas... she had grown SO much in the past few months, her wen was so big and squishy, she was really beautiful, or perhaps that's morbid to say given that she was so ill. I just wish she had been healthy enough during this time to paddle around with her new fin growth and chubby cheeks, and blubby wen, and be queen of the tank at almost 7" long. She was twice the size of the other fish by that point... I wanted to take pictures to show you guys, but she was never well as she grew, she just looked miserable. I feel terrible. I am going to miss her. and cry about it more like I have been, and if laypeople ask, I'll tell that I'm mourning the loss of my cheery, dependent, clumsy little (big) goldfish. This is Mowgli in July, before things started to go seriously awry: blithe little one-eyed wonder squishy.It's so great to have somewhere to post this where people understand. I love this forum. thank you for your time.
  2. Thanks Paul! I was pondering scrapping my parasite-salting... I figure the environment changes lately haven't helped my kids. My issue at the base of things is my nitrates, I wonder if the 30-out-of-tap starting point is wearing on them in general?? I put that exchange resin in my filter the other night and just today realized that I dropped it into a SALTED tank. go me! I bet it's just been bouncing nitrates.. Think I should change the salt out gradually, or just drain the tank with fishkids in a bucket? Would a sudden non-salt atmosphere make things worse?
  3. I've found that a bit of diluted vinegar on a paper towel will get the limescale off pretty easily
  4. Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? ~30 (30ppm out of tap :\ ) Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? ~8.0 Ph Level out of the Tap? same Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 29 gal, running for about a year What is the name and size of the filter/s? 1 AquaClear 70, 300gph How often do you change the water and how much? 75% weekly How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish, 6", 5" & 3" What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime Any medications added to the tank? Currently at .3% salt for parasite/fungus general treatment Add any new fish to the tank? Nope, newest one has been here 10 months or so What do you feed your fish? Currently switching (day/night feedings) between Medigold and Metromed, as Paddles showed a tiny bit of bloat while on Medigold... but I need to continue treatment Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Red patches on pearlscale's tail, near the end of the fins and both ends of the "fork," patches showing on one tail fin mirror the other fin, looks like a butterfly pattern from behind. Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? Nope I'll upload a picture as soon as I have new batteries for my camera. :\ My pearlscale is acting fine and chipper, but he's had these red patches on his tail for weeks, they went away for a short time right when I increased salt from .2 to .3 about 6 days ago, but the patches are turning brighter again. His tail isn't bloodshot the whole way through, but the fins are bloodshot to create the spotty patches... Anyone recognize this? I only found one source on the Net somewhere that said that fish with long translucent 'veiltail-like' tails that exhibit these patches tend to be suffering from chilodonella. I started salting the tank to try to wipe out possible costia and chilo. My oranda Mowgli has been showing stress signs for months, bloodshot tail regardless of what I did, and the possibility of parasites didnt' strike me until a few weeks ago, unfortunately... that's when I started salting and feeding medigold. I tried one Jungle Parasite Clear treatment and it seemed to stress my fish terribly, they all got bloodshot within a day. I'm thinking of getting some prazi pro separately and trying that, since I hear it's milder and I'd like to cover all the bases.. & I know that nitrates tend to bug Mowgli in general, and tonight I just added some Kent Marine Organic Absorption Resin to hopefully start soaking up nitrates between water changes, since the tap water isn't helping... anyways! TIA!
  5. Claire, your little ones remind me so much of my Mowgli and Paddles!!!! Of course this picture of them is from a year ago, Mowgli has since turned blonde and Paddles is much bigger... http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y143/EatB...es/DSC02253.jpg he reminds me of your Stripe though. RIP Stripe. Congratulations on your oranda!!!
  6. I'd maybe put a mirror up to the side of the tank he's fretting on. Maybe he can school with his reflection buddy?
  7. If you can't get a glass tank, maybe check a large local retailer for a big Rubbermaid bin, it can be opaque even - goldies won't mind It's easy to get an at least 10-gallon bin for cheap, especially compared to glass aquariums. Filters for 10-gallon aquariums vary in price, I'd recommend getting a Penguin Bio-Wheel if you can, they're not bad if you order them online ($20 or so, I've seen em..). If you can't afford a filter right now but can get the 10-gallon tank, do tooons of 100% water changes and your little one should be okay try to get a little air pump and a bubble of some sort, tho. If you can't afford a bigger tank at all right now, try to change the water 100% twice daily - you can put the little one in a glass of clean, conditioner-added water for a few minutes while you dump the bowl and refill it with room-temperature tapwater, add dechlorinator/conditioner and then put fishface back in. It doesn't take long at all and it'll really really help your fish breathe more easily. As for the fins, my fish each have fins near their anuses, some closer than others, Mowgli actually has a set of fins that are VERY close, but they don't get in the way.
  8. I love your naming theme!!! Poor baby, give Crusader a big squishy hug for me!! ich is the wooorst. yuk. I love Gwain's pout They're all so adorable!!
  9. Grats on your new little ones, Mariah! Ya might want to check out some of the links outside of the forum in the KGW website, like http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/tensteps.html. Cycling is gonna be a bit rough on the ryukins, just be sure to monitor water parameters religiously with a test kits (the test-tube ones are more reliable than the test-strip ones, imo). I haven't tried Cycle personally, but I was happy with the results of Bio-Spira in my tank (it comes in a little packet, sometimes stores have to keep it refrigerated, you're more likely to find it in a mom-&-pop store than a big chain). Best of luck & say hi to the fish for me!!! Let us know if you need any pointers along the way
  10. I was thinking about that, they can make a yin-yang formation and be each others' seein eyes Thanks for the name suggestions guys!!! I'll propose them to the wee golfball tonight
  11. So, I walk into my er, boyfriend's LFS (a few hours away from me), of course intending to price something non-fish, but ending up at the gf tanks anyway. I love the look of pearlscales (they're the ones that got me into fancies in the first place, even though i've never bought one), so of course I plant myself in front of a new batch of golf balls w/fins. Very merry little toot, about 1.5" long, spazzing about, I'm noting how healthy & perky he looks when he goes to make a turn and hey! one eye! The empty socket on his right side looks healed, either that or he never had an eye. Either way, at that point I couldn't turn him down. Yay for pirate fish! On his first day in the big tank, I tried to capture him in his one-eyed glory, but he was insistent upon checking out the filter output. (Soupy, on the other hand, saw my camera and struck his best Broadway pose!) Edit: Still looking for a name for the new little one. My sister is saying that I should name him OMG, LOL after what she said when she first saw him (yes, she said it, not typed it... LOL)..
  12. Yay for pirate fish! I found ms. mowgli making a very careful series of only-left-turns at my local LFS. She sends her hellos to Leo, a fellow left-eyer
  13. The (not koi, goldfish) string added to the item name is a traffic-getting tactic. I've seen it a lot when searching for computer parts etc., i.e., I'll use "Dell XPS" as my search phrase and see a lot of "PC Computer (NOT DELL XPS)"-like things come up - it's a way for sellers to attract buyers by trying to catch their eye either way. If you were searching eBay using "goldfish" or "koi" as your search term, the sturgeon came up in your results, title used to pique your interest & maybe get you to buy the fish anyway. Well, the seller was successful in piquing your interest, anyway sneaky seller.
  14. Adding the dechlor right before you fill the tank back up is fine. I believe the instructions that come with the system said that, not sure, though it's fine either way I used a Python for awhile and just always made sure to add a big dose of dechlorinator before hitting the switch to refill. & those weekend feeder things are gross
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