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  1. Hi all! I'm having a problem, with Mama Cass again. Ever since that three day power outage a year ago, she's had problems. First, the questions from above: Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 20 (water change being done as we speak) Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 7 Ph Level (KH/GH) out of the Tap? same Brand of test-kit used? (strips or drops?) Drops [*]Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 125 gallon tank, year and a half running [*]What is the name and size of the filter/s? Eheim 2217 and two Whisper 400 's [*]How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, 50% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 goldies. One large (15 years old - a foot long) Two orandas, medum size, one pearlscale 4 years old [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]Any medications added to the tank? Dosed tonight with Maracyn Plus [*]Add any new fish to the tank? No [*]What do you feed your fish? Hikiri sinking pellets [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, blisters [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating,ect..? Yes. The tank is a bare bottom tank, very few orniments. Mama Cass is 4 years old. We had a power outage last year in June, and she got sick, seemingly with septicimia - which she's never been fully able to to shake. She has occasional bouts of her body getting red, I feed Med-Gold and it goes away. About two months ago, she got a blister on her behind. It seemed to be a water filled blister like you'd get if you burn your finger (or maybe poison ivy), however it grew to the size of a dime, floating out behind her like a small balloon. While she had it (almost a month and a half) she bottom sat. I kept googling blisters on fish and have never found a thing! There's NO heater in the tank, nothing for her to get burned on. The large blister finally burst and seemed to heal - there was no apparant sore under the blister that I could see. Now she has two more and has had them for about two weeks, and again they are getting big. Like the first one, they are near her anal fin and again, seem to be getting larger, floating out behind her. She flashes a LOT trying to burst them I think. We took a chance tonite, and with a sterile needle (a friend who's a nurse gave me, still in the package) we burst the smaller blister, and I've dosed the tank with Maracyn Plus to help offset infection, as well as I'm feeding them the medicated food from Rick's site. Has anyone ever seen blisters on goldfish before???? What the HECK is going on?? Whatever it is, its not affecting anyone else at all, and she seems to have no symptoms. I've treated with Prazi just in case its some kind of weird parasite, but I'm running out of ideas, and she's running out of time I think. Please help!
  2. She's about the same tonite, which bothers me, there's no deterioration, but no improvement either, she's straight up blood red just like in the pics above. I did a 75% water change, and dosed with the antibac-bath and am still feeding Med-gold. If ANYONE has any new Ideas, I'd REALLY appreciate it!
  3. It took two of us to put the bio-bandage on him. We got him in a big net, and Joni held him gently, still submerged except for the eye and the cyst/tumor. We had gotten the powdered bi0-bandage, but would use the other one I linked you to now (just because its easier) and had everything ready to put right on him as soon as we got him up out of the water enough to treat him. The whole process takes about 20 seconds, and you can actually see the "bandage" on them, and when you need to "change" it. It worked like a charm for us! If you're going to use the Maracyn Plus, you CAN use Maracyn 2 at the same time. I try just one at a time myself, only because I try to put as little chemicals in the water as I can. You can medicate and keep using the salt too! Just don't forget that when you change the water, you have to figure out how much you changed to get the salt levels back up to what they were.
  4. My quick two cents before I leave for work. First, do a sufficent water change to get those numbers down where they need to be, that is Ammonia should be 0, NitrAtes no more than 20. Get a bottle of Prime, and if you can, get a Python for water changes, I love my python , it makes the water changes so quick and easy!! When my guys get floaty its usually because they're constipated, so the FIRST thing I always do is a water change, and I feed them some peas. I put some frozen peas in hot water, shell them, crush them up a little bit between my fingers, and the fish LOVE them! Peas help clean them out, and 90% of the time, that's all I need to do. Well, that and water changes, another constant I've noticed is that if they get floaty, the NitrAtes are over 20. I have a 3 year old albino Moor that has pretty constant floaty problems. I've cut down on that by not feeding them as often (once a day), presoaking the food, and giving peas every other or every third day. For the fin rot, see if you can't get Maracyn Plus, its a liquid antibiotic that is easy to administer, and more importantly, wont mess up your cycle! Works like a charm for me, and is easy on small or baby fish! One last thing, there's definetly too many fish in that tank, but you know that already. It won't hurt to get a size larger filter for that tank if you can! Good luck!
  5. Desi had a Tumor that looked similar over his right eye here's what it looked like: One day he must have bumped it or something, and I came home and found this: We treated the tank with Maracyn Plus, fed med-gold, and used this nifty stuff called Bio-bandage, which is actually a topical treatment you put right ON the area and contains neomycin. It cleared up in three days. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod...mp;pcatid=12102 LOL When Desi gets sick, which isnt often, I freak out, as he's 15 years old, and my finny heart!
  6. Cool, thanks for the link! I have never seen Maracyn in liquid form before, so that's neat. I know I have Maracyn at home in tablet form (I can't remember if I have 1 or 2, or both).....but here is my question. Do you think I should start them with Maracyn 2 if I have that at home, or should I wait until I can get the Plus? I have used Maracyn Plus WITH Maracyn 2 together, with no problems at all!
  7. As I'm reading this thread, I wanted to add my two cents in, I have used Maracyn Plus almost exclusively since they started making it two or so years ago, and I'm always pleased with it!! I have NOT used it this time, because I think what's going on with Cass is more serious than it can handle. But whenever I see frayed fins or beginning signs of something going on, I will use it immediately, and 9 times out of 10, it works!
  8. Grain, when did you start to see a difference in the fish? So you did about 15 days of the meds, that seems like a normal course of antbiotics, at least for humans LOL. I was hoping to see some difference in SOME way by today.... Tho she's eating and waddling around like normal, and nobody else in the tank seems to be being affected negatively, so I guess that's a good thing!
  9. I sort of HAD to do the extra water change, because once I removed the slate with the plants affixed (using aquarium silicone), there was all kinds of nasty stuff in the water, so I ended up having to do an extra bit of water change to get it out. Even tho I move the slate every time I clean, I must miss things every time. This is a pic of part of the tank, so you can see what I mean about the slate. We got to thinking that the slate is sharp, so with the telescopes in the tank, and Cass kind of "waddling" through the water in search of food, Cass may have cut herself on it, introducing the bacteria and making her sick. Given we've had three that have gotten sick in the last month (after a year with NO incidents), something is going on in there, and this was the only way I could think of to possibly make a fresh start. I cant really tell if she's any better at all this morning, because the water is so blue/green from the meds, I'm going to get a better look later tonite when I go to do the change. I did add one capsule of the meds to compensate for the extra water taken out. I can tell her face is still blood red, but its hard to tell what's going on with her body in the murky water.
  10. Her little face is normally cute , but she's in some real distress tonite , but thank you! I did a 50% water change, dosed the tank with Prime and the antibac-bath again (full dose) and am feeding med-gold. I pulled ALL of the plants out (all silk) which had been affixed to peices of slate, on the offchance someone got cut on the slate, or the silk plants were harboring something nasty. We went out and bought smooth rounded stones, and all new fresh silk plants, as well as a new larger airstone. The tank is barebottom except for a handful of rocks in the corner. Any other ideas of what I can do anyone? Please? Tomorrow will be the last dose of Rick's Antibac-bath if I go by the directions. I saw someone said they did a few rounds of it, how often is safe do you think?? And according to the directions, the third day should be a 75% water change and "you're done". So do I still want to do the 75% change if I'm going to continue medicating?? Should they get a break between doses?? I'll take a pic tomorrow to compare to day one to see if she's really getting better, as of tonite, I see NO change. Nitrates are down to 10-20, everything else is zero.
  11. Desi's eye isn't so much swollen, as it seems one is bigger than the other suddenly, but neither seems out of proportion. The smaller one actually looks to be the bad eye, like he hit it on something. I'm going to do a big water change and re-treat them tonite with the antibac-bath and hope there's SOME difference by tomorrow. I'm just flying blind here. The redness DOES seem to be septicimia, doesn't it? I'm not overlooking something else that can cause this?
  12. Cass is my big beautiful Pearlscale, who's about 4 years old now. This is the first time she's ever been sick. We lost Hermie to that darn power outage and almost lost Elton, I DONT want to lose Cass too!I dosed with 12 capsules of the Antibac-Bath for my 125 gallon tank - treating everyone in the tank since this seems to be an ongoing thing, and I effectivly did a 50/50 water change. We're keeping the lights off, and the tank in the dark as well. The big water change got the nitrAtes down to 10.Her left side looks bad, I'll try to get pics later, but the red from her face seems to be going down her left side. Her breathing isn't as fast today which I'm glad of, and her eating and swimming is completely normal. Poor thing looks like one big fresh bruise!Has anyone seen anything like this sudden onset of what I THINK is septicimia before?? Would higher nitrAtes bring out the blood like that??
  13. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 40+ Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 7 Ph Level out of the Tap? 7 Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 125 gallon one year What is the name and size of the filter/s? 2 Aquaclear 500's and an Eheim 2217 How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, 30-50% How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 large, 2 medium, 2 small one brushnose pleco What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime Any medications added to the tank? no Add any new fish to the tank? no What do you feed your fish? Med-gold NOW, normally tetra fin sinking granules Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? yes, sudden turning blood red on her head Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? no This is freaking me out!! This was Mama Cass three days ago: This was her when I came home a few hours ago: She suddenly has turned bright blood red, mostly through her head, and her front fins. No signs of streaking in her dorsal or rear fin yet. You may remember I had some mysterious illness with Elton and Noah immediately following a three day power outage. Both recovered 100% in about a week. Noah definetly had septicimia, Elton did not. Mama Cass, in addition to the blood, is 'breathing fast'. Otherwise is apparently normal. Eating is fine (started feeding Med-gold immediately) no abnormal swimming or anything else. I've looked at everyone very carefully, and there's no signs of blood in anyone else. Desi however, is having something weird going on in his telescope eyes. One is definetly suddenly smaller than the other, but its not seeming to bother him, and there's no apparant injury. ALL of this has happened since the power outage, and I'm wondering if there's something going on in the tank in general, so I'm treating everyone. Has anyone used Rick's Antibac-Bath? I have it on hand, and am seriously debating treating the whole tank, tho I know that'll completely mess up my cycle. Any ideas on Cass? She's pretty big, larger than a golfball, more like the size of a handball, too big for my 10 gallon hospital tank. I'm doing a 50/50 water change right now, and adding two airstones. Any thoughts on the Antibac-Bath solution for the tank?? Please help!!
  14. I agree with Trinket. Noah gets floaty ALL the time, it seems to just be a problem for him. When we see it starting, I feed him a few thawed peas, then fast him for a few days (minimum two), then feed him only peas for a day. That seems to do the trick for Noah every time! Good luck!
  15. I was in a vvvvv today, and saw that they had put orange slices and zuccini in all of the tanks. Orange slices for goldfish?? Wouldn't that just add acid to the tank water and pollute it???
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