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  1. Thanks, Sue. He's pretty big - maybe 3-4 inches body only (excluding tail.) The issue is he's always been so darn ROUND. Anyway, I did feed him about 5 pellets earlier today. I would let him chew up each one a few minutes before giving him another. After about that 5th one he didn't want anymore; he spit it out. I also gave him a little coating of vaseline on the sore spot. Thank goodness I didn't plan on going out of town this weekend. yikes!
  2. I purchased the Jungle anti-bac food today. I have never used it, so I was quite surprised to see how small the pellets were. Ideally, how much of this should I be feeding him? It's a bit difficult to do by hand. I've attached a picture of his red belly; it has gotten considerably worse as the day has progressed. I am thinking it's b/c that portion of his body is constantly exposed to air. I have no hood on the tank, therefore no exposure to any harsh light bulbs. Although I could be totally wrong and this is something associated w/the unknown problem he is having....any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  3. My typo - I really dissolved 1/4 teaspoon per 10 gallons. Sorry about that!!! His poop is fabulous - just what you want from a fish who eats nothing but peas! His frayed fins were a result of him floating by the intake tube for a couple days. His fins were getting sucked in, and viola - no fins. Once he started floating at the top, the fins weren't angry anymore; however he lost a lot of the length from the damage. He is definitely a boy. After the possibility of he being a she was brought up, I examined him more closely, did some research...and I am 100% convinced he is a boy. I will hit the store today and get him the anti-bac food. Would this be all I feed him? And for how long should this be? Also, the part of his body that is exposed due to the floating is starting to show capillaries. I thought I read a long time back about someone swabbing with vaseline if their fish was exposed to the air??
  4. Update - more for my records than anything else.... Transferred Johnny to 10g qt, 78 degrees F, salted w/epsom at 1/4 teaspoon per gallon at 3:45pm central on 5/21. Fed peas at 9pm. I do not have any hp on hand; will purchase tomorrow for the wen. He is still floating upside down at top of tank; leaning to his right side as his right side is much more swollen than his left. argh
  5. Alright - found the old 10g in the basement. Just finished disinfecting it and now it's sitting out in the sun to dry. I'll fill it tonight, salt w/epsom, swab with hp and transfer. I got a penguin 100 to go w/the qt tank; I'll have to take some media out of existing tank to start qt tank. I'll see what happens over the long weekend. If nothing improves, then I'll order the med food on Tuesday. Thanks for all the input.
  6. Just to add... He can only eat upside down. I held him in my hand and gently felt around his belly...it is very very soft - almost to the point of feeling slightly hollow. I'm sorry - it's been so long since I've researched anything on fish... is that good or bad? Also, he is certainly going into QT this weekend. The tank is in my son's room which is upstairs. When I went up to feed them tonight I noticed Johnny's wen was a bit "frayed." I believe one of the other tank mates are sucking on Johnny's wen as it looks like stalactite coming off one side of his head. I tried to get pictures but either the flash was too bright or it was too dark without the flash. Nothing stringy or fuzzy; just looks like it was picked at. Frustrating, to say the least.
  7. spider man - Thanks for your input. I never officially sexed Johnny, but w/the "grains" on his cheeks and his fins I believed he was a boy. His fins are red and frayed b/c when this entire issue started, he was upside down on the bottom by the intake tube; hence his tail was being sucked into the tube - and you got frayed tail for ya (see earlier posts.) He's always been very round - I attributed that to his size. Considered him an extremely healthy fish. I'll feel "his" belly tonight....but I'm pretty convinced he's a boy. I've been hand feeding him peas every other day. I have not salted at all. He continues to just float upside down at the top. I do have a microscope (I had id'd chilo years ago with my other fish.) However, I am very very uncomfortable about doing a gill scrape. A scale scrape is no issue...it's been so long since I've read up on this topic (toothless and I used to go back and forth about this years ago....) Can I just "scrape" any area of him or is there a particular area that is better than another? CountryLovah - thanks also for chiming in. I'll try to get a qt set up this weekend and start the salt process.
  8. Hi there, I'm sorry to hear you're little one is having trouble. I cannot help you on the prazi, however I'd like to suggest two things if I may: (1) can you tell us what the nitrates our of your tap are? and (2) it is imperative you do a 100% water change as mentioned earlier. My guy is having a bit of trouble as of late and I believe it's b/c of high nitrates (and those were only at 40.) Good luck and please keep us posted.
  9. Not sure if things have improved or not. The last I posted, Johnny was upside down on the bottom of the tank. He was mostly resting by the intake tube; that totally destroyed his tail fins. It was a horrible sight for about 3 days...they were so unbelievably red. He lost about half of his tail. He wasn't eating much. Then he just started floating upside down at the top of the tank. He is now ALWAYS upside down at the top. I have to hand feed him peas every other day. I try to flip him over, hold him and feed him, but he spits the food out if he's right-side up. He eats the food if he's upside down. I have a video I'm presently uploading for all to see. I have not salted. Params are great; nitrates are holding around 5-10 since I've totally increased the water changes b/c of the slight overload. I just do not know what else to do. I haven't seen him poop; although the poop I do see in the tank is usually good green poop from the peas - however, I do not know if it's from him or from the other two. It is also clear in the video that his right side (our left when viewing him upside down) is noticeably larger than the left side. Not sure if it means anything.... Am I reading correctly thru the other posts that epsom salt is good if he's truly constipated?? Here's a link to the video: http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a68/ScarM...nt=MVI_7679.flv
  10. I have a couple questions regarding the possibility of high nitrate poisoning, if this is indeed what is going on. Can he recover from it? Is there a time frame when I can say: okay this possibly could not be a nitrate issue and something else has to be looked at? He's still bottom sitting upside down. I reached in, turned him right-side up. He swam crazy, headed straight up, flipped over and was breathing very very hard. Floated back to the bottom and over to the intake tube. He is still in his original tank w/his tankmates. I will take pictures later this afternoon and possibly a video to post. I'm wondering if I should up the temp of the tank? It's about 67F. I have not salted yet; will get to that tonight. tks much
  11. I go the nitrates in the tank down to about 5ish. The tap nitrate reading, in the past, was always around 40ish. I have to be honest that I have not checked the tap nitrates in about 2 years. My laziness; no excuses. The tap nitrates are great - probably less than 5. Once I saw that I immediately did massive water changes upon massive water changes this morning. Just plain ole stupidity on my part. I would like to say that it was the nitrates that is causing this problem..... The "blister" on his head is gone but the white spot is still there. I checked his gills and they are dark pink. I tried to force feed him a pellet while the water level was low and I could get in there, but he spit it out. I'll try a pea later and see how he takes it. newbiefishgirl, thanks for the reply. Your little one that is upside down, is he always like that? Does he flip back over to eat? I'll watch closely what happens over the w/e.
  12. Hi everyone, It's been a loooong time since I've been on this board. I'm so glad it's still around because I am having some troubles with one of my buddies. I have an orange and white oranda, about 5 years old. I don't have all the stats... [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 40 (been that way for YEARS) [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? haven't tested yet [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? haven't tested yet [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? drops - can't remember the name [*]Water temperature? 67F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20g; running forever [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s); aquaclear 70 I believe (whatever the model is to filter out 300gph) [*]How often do you change the water and how much? once week / 75% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish (yes this is temporary as I am in the process of moving) oranda, comet and riukin [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? omega one 2x/day [*]Any new fish added to the tank?no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? a "grain of salt" on his wen, although I thought it was his wen "growing" but the white dot never went away. It turned into a little blister and was that way for about a month before this flip happened. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? On Sunday noticed Johnny the oranda was absolutely upside down on the bottom of the tank. He was trying to right himself, but just would flip over. I thought he was mimicking the riukin who has sbd once in a while. Monday he was just on the bottom of the tank upside down. As I would approach the tank he would try to right himself briefly and then would let himself just "bonk" at the bottom and float to the corner upside down. He's either by the intake of the filter or by the bubble wand. I did not feed him mon/tues/wed. I tried to force feed him a pea but it didn't work. His gils are moving and he's breathing lightly when he's "resting." When he gets riled up he's taking big gulps and frantically swimming up to the top then plops back upside down on the bottom again. Due to his lying near the intake his fins are fraying and getting red. Other than that no excessive slime coat. I just cleaned the tank again today and he was just upside down the entire time. When I drop food in the tank it looks as if he sees it, he tries to right himself ever so slightly but just gives up. The other two fish are perfectly fine. I would assume I need to qt him, but I am not even sure how to treat him. I had a fish, Robby, who I diagnosed with chilo years ago w/a microscope. Unfortunately he did not make it. The point is I'm somewhat fish-literate and would love to try to save this guy. However I don't even know where to start besides qt w/some established media and maybe start to salt. I will take pics tomorrow and hopefully some video to share. In the meantime can anyone offer any advice? tks Laura
  13. I have a common and an oranda together and they are the best of buddies. They sleep together, eat together, play in the bubbles together.....take daryl's advice....give it a try!
  14. I agree with Laurie - stop the salt. It could be irritating his kidneys. And I would stop the algae destroyer. It is also possible you have a parasite that can only be id'd w/a microscope (this happened to me last year.) But in the meantime, I would stop the salt and the algae destroyer and see if the little guy perks up a bit. Don't be so concerned about his fins at the moment. Yes, we want the fins to heal, but we need to sort out what the culprit is first.
  15. I had a penguin running with two cartridges and a bag of the aquaclear bio-max shoved in there. As far as how long they last, I am not sure. I have read some people saying they have seen the bio-max deteriorate as little as in a year's time. I have had mine for a year and they are just fine. The bio-max houses the beneficial bacteria. So throwing them away is not a good thing unless you have a backup source of those bacteria (which in your case would be your wheel.) For the sponges, are you thinking of using these in place of the penguin cartriges?? Regardless, usually all you need to do is swish them out in the tank water (that you're changin out) and put them back in. If they are looking pretty shabby, get new ones. But these can last pretty long, too. Hoped that helped ya!
  16. I would not "scratch" it as that action may push whatever it is deeper into the fish. Can you get your hands on some tweezers??? And are you saying this "thing" is located close to the fish's eye? Or is it making the fish close it's eye??
  17. I will soon have a cycled 10g open for a new fish. It currently has a penguin 150 running. Fully cycled. The current inhabitants are moving to a bigger tank. I'd like to keep the 10g up and running, but I want to switch filters..... I'm considering putting a beta in the 10g, however with the penguin on there it may be too much current. Regardless, does anyone have any ideas on how to keep the cycle going when switching the filters? We're dealing with going from a biowheel to a bag of media on an Aquaclear. Think I can just put the wheel in with the bag of media for a month or two??
  18. Zero is a very very light blue. What color are you getting?
  19. Carbon is not necessary in the filter unless you are taking out meds. So you NEVER change the water out? What do you mean by cleaning? Wiping down the glass? You really need to perform water changes if you want your fish to thrive.
  20. What exactly do you mean when you say "the filter has been changed?" What part of the filter have you changed? Do you test your water parameters?
  21. Could be ammonia burns, too. Do you know what your ammonia reading is?
  22. I am no expert on the subject, however I do keep my tanks at about 65-68 in the winter via heater within the tank. Now, for economical reasons, depending on the size and the number of tanks you have, it may be cheaper for you to have heaters for each tank, rather than heat the building.
  23. Was the temperature of the water in the rubbermaid the same as the temp in the tank? I realize you now have a few posts going regarding this topic...so let's try to keep all the info going in one. Have you had a chance to get the Prime?
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