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  1. Thanks Helen. Just to let you all know my sweet baby Maxine just passed away, glad she's no longer suffering.
  2. My girl is still going. Her mouth is now completely stuck open though but I can see her gills slowly moving. My guess is that the tetanus bacteria has taken hold and that's why she can't swim and her mouth is locked into place? I'm guessing it took hold because she was already ill with the dropsy. Anything that can be done in this late stage..? ????
  3. Update: just tested and ammonia levels are reading as usual, between 0-0.25, same as main tank and same as tap water. Please note the range is simply because I find it soo hard to determine which it is from the test card reading and I'd say it's somewhere between the 2 colours.
  4. No I haven't but it's the same water that I'm using for my normal tank water changes (which I change at the same time because it's easier) but there's no odour - also I think it smells of ammonia, to be honest I was just avoiding being crude but it smells like a public toilet. (Sorry)
  5. Thank you. I dropped a couple of peas in but she's not even acknowledging it she's completely out of it yet somehow still going ????. Her mouth doesn't fully close either now. Also is it normal that her qt tank I've put her in heavily smells of ammonia? That's the only way I can describe it. Do fish who are extremely ill produce more ammonia? I've done a water change for her today just to help make her more comfortable because the smell was disturbing but it's back again. She's continuing to turn even more black and her fins are heavily streaked in red which I guess is normal because it the stress she's under.
  6. Thank you for your kind words ❤️ Before I left for work we moved her into her own tank so that she's not pushed around by the current and I also think my other two seemed a bit slower with her in there, they could obviously realise how sick she is I think. She's still going but barely moving, just floating now not twirling and occasionally moving her mouth, very slow breaths. Am I doing the right thing by not attempting to feed her? She hasn't eaten for about 48 hours but before that wasn't eating too much anyway. It's so hard seeing something you've had for so long and grown so attached to in this state, especially because she's thrived so much for the time I've had her. She used to be a tiny little not the best looking red cap and she grew to be a beautiful round golden stunner with the most lovely feisty character ever, she brought me soo much joy. Seeing the pain she's obviously in right now has completely put me off goldfish. In the past when I've had fish pass it's usually been quite quick and not like this. I think after my other two go one day I will be giving up the hobby ???? it's crazy the effect that 'just goldfish' as people love to say, can have on you. You guys have honestly been the best support though and if it wasn't for all your advice I wouldn't have had a clue how to try and treat her and I would feel even more guilty right now about the state that she is in. You're all incredibly knowledgeable and have put so much time into helping me and I really appreciate it ❤️
  7. Sorry late reply, had a busy week with work. My new fish was in qt for a few weeks before joining the tank. I continued rounds of prazi treatment with all of them when my new fish joined and I had previously done a few rounds of prazi treatment a year before. After discussing the baytril option with my family and calling a few dismissive vets, we decided it's probably better not to put Maxine through much more. She seemed healthy and active otherwise and eating well despite the fact she looked a bit battered. However yesterday morning when I looked up she's rapidly deteriorated, it's like she can't swim anymore and is just whirling around upside down being pushed around by the current. She's not responding to me anymore or the other two fish and her breathing has slowed down. I thought she would pass whilst I was at work or overnight and she still hasn't. It's the most horrific thing I've seen yet. If I believed in euthanasia I would be doing that but I don't going to remove her from the main tank shortly and put her in a separate tank so that she can peacefully die without currents. Thank you one again for all your help, you guys are incredible x
  8. I'll send pictures as soon as I can. She initially had a course of metroplex and kanaplex in combo with Epsom, then had an extended course of metro and triple sulfa with Epsom. If you would like exact durations and dates of each treatment I can work it out if it's helpful? Do you know roughly how much baytril would be? And would this be in injection form right? Depending on how expensive we're talking I would be willing to try it for my little baby. Do you know roughly how much this could be? Would I need to find a vet who specialises in goldfish specifically? If anybody has any recommendations for someone in london uk please do let me know. Will get back to you with the pics as soon as I can and once again thank you so much for your continued support and time.
  9. Anybody have any thoughts? My Maxine's still going.. She's still very pineconed though and has developed black marks on her scales and face, almost looks like ammonia burns but my levels are all fine and the other two aren't affected. One scale was bloodied today also. She's slowed down a bit today and is bottom sitting in a quiet corner of the tank a little.
  10. She's still doing the same, the blood on her tummy seems to have disappeared but still as pineconed as before. She seems to go through phases in activity, one day a bit lethargic spending a lot of time at the top, the next really active and normal, today's one of those good days.
  11. Again not the best pictures but if you need anymore please let me know and I'll try: 1) tank shot - http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae211/lillypetal1/CBB773D2-1B5A-4DD3-8041-107E807937C2_zpst6zfwp8u.jpg 2) you can see the speckles of blood on her belly here - http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae211/lillypetal1/822DFD73-E073-4E53-ACE1-0BC93CE45F26_zpsgykhss3d.jpg 3) overhead shot - http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae211/lillypetal1/305156C8-43ED-43BF-AF16-FAF9690C50A3_zpsuaqqkkao.jpg 4) you can see her very swollen stomach from below gill flap really distended - http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae211/lillypetal1/DF8BE85D-3613-4D14-9377-7701F8ABB14A_zpsc8eoyhws.jpg I don't think the pictures really depict very well how much her body shape has changed. Also I tried and failed to get pictures showing the state of her fins but there is a couple of tears but they've gone white and fluffy around the edges.
  12. Maxine's in a terrible way, she's severely pineconed to another whole level, she probably couldn't get worse. Really really bloated and completely distended, has blood streaks on her tummy and her fins have a few tears and look white tinged in places. Otherwise my beautiful girl is really active still and eating well. So distressing to see. The black growth in her wen does seem to have gone. I've left her with Emily and Barbs because they aren't bullying her and I think it's probably best she dies with her friends if no further treatment can be given?
  13. So it's still there, but not as dark and obvious looking as it was. Her pineconing looks worse again today though sadly, it's gone back to how it was on the last few days of the antibiotics, not at it's worst but very much there. She's not been bottom sitting today though at all which is good. I'm guessing there isn't too much I can do? ????
  14. Maxine's been bottom sitting a lot today, really active though when she sees movement in the room and begging a lot but otherwise all my fish seem to want to be cuddling up to her in the corner today.
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