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Carole

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  1. Has anyone ever seen this before? Does anyone have any ideas on how to help even if they haven't seen it? I can not find any similar descriptions of this on the internet. The bubble looks like the those that are on bubble-eye goldfish, but this bubble is on the tail and is not supposed to be there. Please Help!
  2. I don't ever salt the tank. I just noticed a bizarre bubble like structure on one of my fishie's tail and now I am really freaked out. I just started a new topic in the 911 section. I don't know what is going on!!
  3. * Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 15 (after a 50% water change) 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? 20 gal, 1.5 years * What is the name and size of the filter/s? Aquaclear 50 (brand new a few months ago) * How often do you change the water and how much? Every 2 weeks, 50% # How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish, 3.5 and 4.5 inches, including tails # 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? Goldfish Crisps, Omega One, and peas or broccoli # Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Frayed Fins, Bubble like thing on tail!!! # Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc..? No I just posted in the Disease section about some new fin rot I noticed (http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=57729), but now I noticed something really disturbing. My one fish has a bubble like growth on her tail right next to some of her fin rot. It is yellowish-orange in color and about .25 in across. It is located right in between the top her fantail near her body (but not attached to her body) sort of attached to both tails. Her tail around the area is sort of yellowing also. What in the world could it be? The fish is acting completely normal and the other fish is not showing the same thing but does have a little fin rot also. What is it? How do I make it go away? Help!
  4. * Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 15 (after a 50% water change) 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? 20 gal, 1.5 years * What is the name and size of the filter/s? Aquaclear 50 (brand new a few months ago) * How often do you change the water and how much? Every 2 weeks, 50% # How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish, 3.5 and 4.5 inches, including tails # 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? Goldfish Crisps, Omega One, and peas or broccoli # Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Frayed Fins # Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc..? No Last night I noticed a little bit of fraying on both of my fishes fins, so today I did a big water change thinking maybe my water params were not too good (I don't always check them with water changes). But when I checked the params today they seemed fine. What could be causing the fin rot if not bad water? My one fish had a bacterial infection about a month ago that cleared up with medicated food. Also, my fin rot is very mild right now and I want to clear it up quickly (my fish have such pretty fins). I understand salt is good for healing fin rot; what concentration would I want to use? Is there anything else I can do? I will do another big water change in a few days if it helps but I am not sure it will if my water is already fine. Any input or advice would be appreciated.
  5. One more question... where is the best position for the filter intake tube? At the top of the water, the middle, or closer to the gravel?
  6. So I cleaned my filter yesterday and scrubbed the gunk off the media and It worked like new, but now not 24hours later it is clogged again and not filtering well. I started the process of removing some gravel to try and keep the tank cleaner. I hope that works. I think I will buy an aquaclear after having heard all of the good comments about them. Thanks
  7. Thanks for the reply. I think I will remove some of the gravel. How much gravel do you have to have for plants? I don't want to give mine up. I think I like the idea of getting a filter with a biowheel. That way I don't have to worry so much about my bacteria when I clean the filter. Does Aquaclear make a biowheel filter?
  8. I am shopping for a new filter for my 20 gal (with two smallish fantails). My current filter is a Topfin20 HOB which filters less than 200gph. Right now it gets gunked up so fast that only a few days after cleaning it essentially stops working (little to no water comes out of the outtake). It is a combination of slime buildup on the intake tube and gunk and algae buildup on the media. Is it usual for the gunk to build up that fast? My idea is to buy a filter that has at least 200 gph filtration and possibly a different geometry. What type of filter will not get so clogged so easily? Also, I change my water and vacuum my gravel once every two weeks. Would a different cleaning schedule reduce the amount of buildup in the filter? Would removing some of the gravel make my tank cleaner? My tank is cycled, has been running for 1.5 years, and has live plants. Thanks, Carole
  9. I was just wondering if fish parasites can cause harm to people. I want to know how careful to be when I suspect a parasite problem. Thanks, Carole
  10. It is my understanding that a fish can not hurt himself by eating too many plants, in fact I think it is really good for them. How frequently do you feed them? I would not worry about it, but if you are a little fasting every once and a while doesn't hurt. If you know they eat a lot of plants try just feeding them once a day... however the best thing to do is just watch them and see how their behavior changes when you change their feeding schedule.
  11. How old is your tank? Is it cycled yet? If it is not then you really should change the water more frequently than that. Maybe every other day or so. Do you know your ammonia/nitite/nitrate levels? Testing for these will help you keep your fish healthy. Were all of your 7 fish goldfish? Goldfish need 10-20 gal per fish to be really healthy. If they are all small some can get away with less space but frequent water changes become much more important. Try to answer the questions at the top of the page. It will help us help you.
  12. I am in need of some good lighting for my planted tank but was wondering if there are any alternatives to spending >$50 on a specialized aquarium fixture. I have a 20gal high tank and would like a 24 in fixture with 40-65Watts. Is there anything that is not specifically marketed towards aquariums that are more affordable? I will probably also invest in a clear hood. Thanks!
  13. Back before I knew better I had a goldie in a 1 gal bowl. As you could imagine he didn't do a whole lot. I got him an air stone and the fish just loved it! You could put something like a bubble wand or air stone to give your fish some sort of stimulation. Remember to that goldfish get lethargic when their water quality is bad. You will never be able to cycle that tank so until you can upgrade, make sure you change the water frequently (every day). Do you have an ammonia test kit? It will help you determine when to change the water.
  14. I am so jealous of everyone's gallonage. I have 20 gal with 2 fantails.
  15. I have a fantail that was always hyper active but has calmed down a lot now. I suspect some combination of three things could have caused it: He experienced a growth spirt and I imagine that could make him less spunky. My other fish died leaving him without his (so far) life-long companion, which may have left him traumatized. He became stressed because my air pump failed in the middle of our heat wave and left him with out a lot of air (he just came down with a bacterial infection that is going away) So maybe her personality is just changing or something happened (or is happening) to your fish that is causing her stress. If it were me I would just watch her and make sure she doesn't get any more alarming symptoms.
  16. Should I feed the medicated food to both of my fish? I don't want the other one to get an infection later on. The second fish is healthy now though.
  17. It doesn't make any sense, but (in my little experience) it seems like some fish are just more sensitive to stresses in the environment than others. Check your water first, and watch closely for other odd things like not eating.
  18. I have "Jungle Anti-Bacterial Medicated Fish Food for Internal and External Infections". http://www.junglelabs.com/pages/details.asp?item=JF168 Is it ok to feed this to him while the meds are in the water? His poop has been really short and stringy, pale brown. Would a bacterial infection explain the yawning and the skiddishness?
  19. Thanks for the help Should I use Medicated food while I use the other meds in the water? I have some anti-bacterial food already. I will get some ParasiteClear and use it when I finish this treatment. Here are two photos of the spot on Sylvester: http://www.pbase.com/caroleannie123/sylvester_spot There is only one spot; it gets bigger every day (first noticed it 2 days ago) and is swollen.
  20. His gills look pretty red, almost purpley. He is acting really well today and is still eating well. Last night when I was changing the water he got really skiddish and made me worried. The red spot under his face is getting worse though. The other fish has started picking at is so I may need to separate them. Has anyone had any experience with this medicine I am using: http://www.junglelabs.com/pages/details.asp?item=TT102
  21. Thanks for the replies I already started with the LifeGuard meds so I will finish with them (5 days) before trying something else. I think the lack of O2 over the summer may have done it. Can Gill Flukes be life threatening?
  22. The red mark under Sylvester's head is getting worse and he is getting more sluggish. He still eats well though. I bought some medication- Jungle Lifeguard All in One. It is supposed to treat everything imaginable and is ok to use as a preventative. After just losing a fish I don't want to see this one get worse. If I use the meds should I also use salt? I had a third fish almost a year ago that was very sick and did not live very long. I wonder if it had a parasite and it gave to my tank?
  23. Water parameters were measured today: Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 40 I got contradicting results from my pH tests: 6.4 (test strips) 7.6 [or off the scale] (test tube kit) Could my fish have had a parasite the entire time I've had him? In general he hasn't been bothered in the past except for the yawning. He started being a little twitchy at night several months ago. Will a salt solution get rid of the parasite (if that is what it is)?
  24. Sylvester had been doing this a to some degree before I got the new fish so it seems unlikely. He has always yawned for the entire year I've had him.
  25. My fish has been displaying some odd behavior lately. Around evening time before he goes to sleep, my fish Sylvester gets skiddish and twitchy like he scares himself. He has always done this a little but he is doing it more recently, and doing it more extremely (yestorday he darted across the tank and scratched against the glass and gravel). I have read that it could be a sign of problems but I am not sure what problems. I have a 20 gal tank running 1 year I have a topfin20 HOB filter I change 40-50% of water every 2 or 3 weeks 2 fantails in the tank: Sylverster- 3in and a new fish 2.5in I use Prime to condition the water no medications I new fish 1.5 weeks ago. She looks very healthy. I feed them mostly goldfish "crisps", some veggies and omega3 There is some white fungus on the edge of my tank hood and on my air pump but nothing weird in the water I will have water params tomorrow in general: ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 40 (before changing water) pH 8.4 but it has been a little lower recently Some other recent things that are concerning. Today I notices a red mark under Sylvester's head, like maybe a scratch or something. In general his color is a little pale (he is an orange fish). The new fish is hyper and has kept him from sleeping a lot. The pH is a little lower than usual but I will check that again tomorrow. It has been a hot summer and we have no air conditioner, so the tank got up to 80+ frequently. In addition to a warm tank my air pump had been dying and wasn't making as much bubbles as it should have and I have seen Sylvester suck at the surface (yestorday I fixed the air problem and it is doing better now). I had another fish just die a month ago (he wasn't very healthy, he was a year old and wasn't growing when Sylvester was thriving). I think Sylvester was upset over that (can a goldfish be upset?). He has always done the yawning thing, but that is sometimes a sign of parasites? Thats all I can think of right now. He eats well and is responsive. No bottom sitting. His poo is normal. I want to know in general what twitchyness is a symptom of. It has gotten a worse lately like I said but it is only at night before he sleeps, during the day he is normal. Any thoughts?
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