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  1. Streak has been off her meds since Saturday now and she is still pretty much the same. Although she seems to be eating easier and it only takes about 15 minutes to feed her. One more question--should I keep her tank salted or just let it get back to normal through the next few water changes? I don't want to change too much before I go on vacation--I hope she does allright until I get back. I hate to leave a sick animal, but I have a great pet sitter who will call me if anything goes wrong and do anything she can to help.
  2. Hi again I'll stop the medi-gold and we'll just see what happens. I just wish I knew what the problem really is. Unfortunately they can't tell you where it hurts or what may have caused the problem. At least she doesn't seem to be in pain or really act like she feels bad. I'll keep an eye on her and let you know if there are any changes. Thanks anyway.
  3. Streak has been on the Medi-gold for a little over a week now, but there has been no change. I guess at least she hasn't gotten any worse. She still sometimes has trouble eating and the medi-gold is so small, I have trouble getting it in her. It often takes an hour or so to get her fed. She'll eat a piece or two of food, then has to wait a few minutes before she will take any more. I'll go off and do something else for a while and when I come back, she's ready for more. She always acts hungry when she sees me open the top to feed. I'm at a loss as to what to do now. It really seems weird to me that there has really been no change for almost two months and only her right side seems to be affected. I'm going on vacation in a week and had hoped she would be better by then. I'll keep her on the medi-gold for another week unless you think I should stop. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions. Thanks again.
  4. I'm back. I've been busy, so I haven't had a chance to give you an update. I started Streak on the Medi-gold on Tuesday, but there hasn't been any change yet. I'm having the same trouble getting it in her that I did with the Metro-meds, but I'm doing the best I can. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be some improvement. Let me know if you think of anything else. I'll keep feeding her the Medi-gold and the tank salted. Thanks.
  5. Just a quick update on Streak. Her tank is salted and I'm still waiting for the medi-gold to arrive. No change in her condition, although she does seem to be eating easier (she's not pushing the food away as much as before)--this happened just before I added any salt. She is back on her regular food for now. I'll let you know if there is any change and how she does on the medi-gold.
  6. I'll order the medi-gold today (from goldfish connection) and start the salt when I get home tonight. Thanks and I'll keep you updated.
  7. I can try the medi-gold, but I can't remember if it's small like the metro-meds. I'm concerned that she won't be able to find it like the metro-meds. I'm concerned about the frogs as well--since I hand feed everyone, they probably won't get any, but you never know. I would rather not do a quarantine tank-every time I've tried that in the past, the ammonia levels get really high and I end up having to change the tank once or twice a day--I think that puts even more stress on the sick fish. Although, if absolutely necessary, I could try to put the frogs in another tank, maybe the water quality won't get so bad. I have a 20 gallon that I'm not using right now. About the baytril, I've gone that route before to no avail. I found one vet, 45 minutes away, who was willing to try it. She didn't know a lot about fish, but we both did some research and tried the injections. She did the first two and I did a few more. I think the trips to the vet were terribly stressful to the fish and may have done more harm than good. Let me know what you think and if you have any other suggestions. Should I go ahead and start the salt? Thanks. I'll check back in tomorrow--it's getting late here, and 5:30 am comes early to go to work.
  8. Thanks for the quick response. I'm not sure the white in her gills is a tumor-it's a guess. To my untrained eye, it doesn't look like gill disease--it's been there since February and looks more like something growing on her gill, not eating it away. The small part of her gill I can still see looks healthy. No, I don't have any medi-gold, but can order some--I tried the Metro-med first since I believe it's "milder" and was safe if the frogs got some. I'm not sure what's in the medi-gold. I'll stop the metro-meds, and I can try the medi-gold if you think it may help, but I may have the same problem with getting her to eat it. Speaking of frogs, she has been with them (2) her entire life and has never had any problems. They're all friends and sometimes even sleep together in a pile at the bottom of the tank. The red does sometimes seem to vary, but it doesn't seem to coincide with anything--not with the metro-meds or the erythromycin that I tried. The bloating and pineconing came before I ever treated with anything and doesn't seem to vary. One night when I went to feed her, her side looked "off"--maybe just a little pink, and the next morning she had wedged herself on top of the frog platform (she wasn't out of the water, just laying on one side on top of it--unfortunately I didn't pay attention to which side she was laying on. When I got her off, I could see her side had pineconed and was red and has been that way ever since. I don't know if it pineconed and turned red first and then she got on the platform or the reverse. Igave her a few days, and since there was no improvement, I tried the erythromycin. Then a little later, I got the metro-meds. Let me know anything else you can think of. Thanks.
  9. It’s been quite a while since I posted anything, so bear with me. I have a sick goldfish and am hoping you can give me some advice. Streak is about 8 years old and her back right side is red and the scales are sticking out. She has been this way for a few weeks. At first, I thought it was an injury, so I treated with Erythromycin and metro-meds . I know, I probably should have asked you first. It hasn’t really gotten worse since I first noticed it, but it hasn’t gotten any better, either. Here is my general information: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.016 mg/L(ammonia probe-I work in a lab) * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0.008mg/L * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 7.5,KH(alkalinity) 92 mg/L, GH (hardness) 118mg/L, all measured in lab; no chloramines-I have well water which I pass through a carbon filter before adding to the tank * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)pH 7.9, KH 113mg/L, GH 148mg/L, no chloramines Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Aquarium Pharmaceutical drops for nitrate and nitrite, lab equipment for other measurements * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua clear 110 ,supreme ovation 380(submersible filter), and 2 homemade canister filters with sponges and filter pads inside. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? none * Water temperature? 76-78F * How often do you change the water and how much? About 60-70% every week and a half (25% twice a week since she has been sick) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today--25%, 60-70% one week ago * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallon about 7-8 years * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 goldfish-8 inches including tail (body about 6 inches, about 2 inches tall) and 2 African clawed frogs * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hand fed Pro-gold for big fish (8 pellets in the morning) and 3-4 peas plus 3-4 “pea-sized” pieces of homemade gel food(one of your recipes I think with baby food peas and tuna fish) with acidophilus added to it in the evening * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Erythromycin about two weeks ago * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) tumor(?) in left gill appeared about 9 months ago-doesn’t seem to bother Streak * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Right back side of fish is red and scales are raised, may be swollen on one part and sunken in on another, too. Possible tumor (white stuff) in her left gill-has been there about 9 months * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? stays at bottom most of the time(not unusual)-will swim around to eat and does move around the tank mostly on the bottom * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Erythromycin Sept 17,2012 for about a week (API brand), metro meds starting Sept 28,2012 and still going * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. I’ll try with the pictures-we’ll see what happens Streak is still eating ok, although she does sometimes seem to have trouble getting the food in her mouth. It seems like instead of sucking in to get the food, she sometimes blows air out and pushes the food away. Eventually she does get it all in. I’m having trouble getting the metro meds in-she’s a fairly big fish and the pellets are so small-I have been “hiding” the metro meds in peas to get them in her. She isn’t used to looking for food on the bottom since I hand-feed her--she’s spoiled. I've had trouble with the pictures--I'm not good at all with computers-I hope they will come out okay. Thanks. I
  10. Hi I was going to suggest you move me to diagnosis and discussion section soon, anyway. Blacklip is not really an emergency anymore. She is still salted and eating well. Although she still sometimes spits the food out and can only eat small amounts of "mushy" food at a time. She's very active when she eats and will scoot around the bottom of the tank to get food she spits out. It takes awhile to feed her, but she seems to be getting enough to eat. She hasn't gotten any worse (or better). I guess we'll just keep going and see what happens. If anyone has any other thoughts, let me know. I'll keep you updated from time to time. Thanks for trying. gab
  11. I've posted this once a few days ago, but I haven't heard back, so I'll try again. Blacklip is getting to be a very expensive goldfish. Oh well, what else can you do but keep trying and hope for the best. Anyway, none of the meds seem to have helped her at all. She's pretty much the same as the day she flipped onto her side about two months ago. She does seem to be much happier back in her reglar tank with her friends,eating normal food. Although normal for her is Tetrafin sinking mini sticks, a few pieces of ProGold, and a few Spirulina Flakes (from Goldfish Connection) mixed together with water added to make it mushy. I think most of the food goes does, although she does still sometimes spit some out as if she has trouble swallowing. But, she will try again a few minutes later. She still gets so excited when it's time to eat--she stands on her tail, scoots along the bottom, or sometimes swim partway across the tank like a normal fish for a few seconds. She even ocassionally sits upright on the bottom for just a few seconds before she flips back over to her side. At least she has her freinds to hang out with. I have had salt in the tank for about a week or so with no improvement. Each time I change the water, I add back approximately the amount of salt taken out. I'll keep the salt in the tank in case it may eventually do something for her. The other goldfish and frogs don't seem to mind it (I did some research and found that the frogs can tolerate quite a bit of salt). All water parmas are constant and okay. The temperature is a little lower than before (around 76-78F) since it's colder in the house now, but that should still be fine as far as I know. It runs closer to 80F in the summer. Let me know if you or anyone else has any other thoughts. Thanks. gab
  12. Blacklip is getting to be a very expensive goldfish. Oh well, what else can you do but keep trying and hope for the best. Anyway, none of the meds seem to have helped her at all. She's pretty much the same as the day she flipped onto her side about two months ago. She does seem to be much happier back in her reglar tank with her friends,eating normal food. Although normal for her is Tetrafin sinking mini sticks, a few pieces of ProGold, and a few Spirulina Flakes (from Goldfish Connection) mixed together with water added to make it mushy. I think most of the food goes does, although she does still sometimes spit some out as if she has trouble swallowing. But, she will try again a few minutes later. She still gets so excited when it's time to eat--she stands on her tail, scoots along the bottom, or sometimes swim partway across the tank like a normal fish for a few seconds. She even ocassionally sits upright on the bottom for just a few seconds before she flips back over to her side. At least she has her freinds to hang out with. I have had salt in the tank for about a week or so with no improvement. Each time I change the water, I add back approximately the amount of salt taken out. I'll keep the salt in the tank in case it may eventually do something for her. The other goldfish and frogs don't seem to mind it (I did some research and found that the frogs can tolerate quite a bit of salt). All water parmas are constant and okay. The temperature is a little lower than before (around 76-78F) since it's colder in the house now, but that should still be fine as far as I know. It runs closer to 80F in the summer. Let me know if you or anyone else has any other thoughts. Thanks. gab
  13. Is anyone still out there? I posted some new pictures of Blacklip more than a week ago and have not "heard" anything back. I have also added some salt to her water since I posted the pictures, but still nothing has changed. If anyone has any other ideas, please let me know. Otherwise, I guess I'll just have to assume it's a swim bladder issue and there is nothing I can do. I can't bear to put her to sleep as long as she is still active and eating, so I guess she'll just hang out on her side with her friends. She seems relatively happy. Hope to hear from someone soon. gab
  14. Sorry it took me a few days to get back to you. Work has been horrible. Anyway, she really hasn't improved (or gotten any worse either) at all. She has been back in the 55 gallon tank with the others (goldfish and two frogs) since she finished the metro plus water treatment. The quarantine tank is still up and running with no fish--I just couldn't keep up with two or three water changes/day to keep the ammonia down. Last time I checked the quarantine tank (couple weeks ago), the ammonia was a little lower and nitrites were coming up. I figured I'd leave it alone and hopefully it would be cycled if I needed to put her back in. No, I haven't tried the salt. I had read somewhere that salt can make a swollen goldfish worse, so I was afraid to try it (although I think they were talking more about dropsy, but I'm not sure). If you still think salt may help than I would be willing to try. I finally got some pictures of her today, but I seem to be having trouble sending them to you through photobucket. I emailed them to see if they can figure out what I'm doing wrong. I'll get them to you asap. Really no other swelling or redspots or anything different. She does seem to be able to eat her regular food easier than the medicated stuff. I don't know if it's the consistency or just tastes better. I still have to soak her food until it's good and mushy for her to swallow it, but she still loves to eat. gab I contacted photobucket and they had updated their website, so I had to update my computer to send the pictures. I hope this works--I really don't know what I'm doing here.
  15. Sorry it took me a few days to get back to you. Work has been horrible. Anyway, she really hasn't improved (or gotten any worse either) at all. She has been back in the 55 gallon tank with the others (goldfish and two frogs) since she finished the metro plus water treatment. The quarantine tank is still up and running with no fish--I just couldn't keep up with two or three water changes/day to keep the ammonia down. Last time I checked the quarantine tank (couple weeks ago), the ammonia was a little lower and nitrites were coming up. I figured I'd leave it alone and hopefully it would be cycled if I needed to put her back in. No, I haven't tried the salt. I had read somewhere that salt can make a swollen goldfish worse, so I was afraid to try it (although I think they were talking more about dropsy, but I'm not sure). If you still think salt may help than I would be willing to try. I finally got some pictures of her today, but I seem to be having trouble sending them to you through photobucket. I emailed them to see if they can figure out what I'm doing wrong. I'll get them to you asap. Really no other swelling or redspots or anything different. She does seem to be able to eat her regular food easier than the medicated stuff. I don't know if it's the consistency or just tastes better. I still have to soak her food until it's good and mushy for her to swallow it, but she still loves to eat. gab
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