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  1. I think about 3 weeks now. Oinklet had a creamy white/yellow substance coming out of her head a few days before her death, also she swelled up (pineconed) and stopped eating. Gumpy currently has no external problems, but is not eating once he got off of furan-2. I suspect the furan-2 was a stop gap for him and now that he is off his meds he is starting to feel poorly again. He used to have a head sore that healed when I put him through furan-2. I checked carefully and he is not pineconing, but not eating either starting today, I got him off furan-2 yesterday, and he was eating while on furan-2. I read on several websites that hole in the head is effectively treated with metronidazole. My gut tells me to treat him with it, which I will do tomorrow unless advised strongly against it or if I have other good options to choose from.
  2. I was planning on stopping feeding medi-gold, but they didn't get better.. but they have been on meds for a long time, so I will stop feeding medi-gold now. After reading up on hole in the head disease and dropsy, I am convinced that is what oinklet had. I fear that gumpy may fall to the same fate. I have metronidazole on hand, and I am considering doing this one last medication.
  3. Actually gumpy won't eat anything now. He won't eat at all (doesn't go in his mouth). He is in non-medicated water now. I have been changing 30% of the water and testing all the water parameters daily. I fear that he may have what oinklet had, which I suspect hole in the head followed by dropsy. I know a lot of medication is bad, but i wonder if I should use metronidazole
  4. Unfortunately oinklet passed away 2 days ago, she started pine coning and I knew that was the end. Her tank mate Gumpy is still doing ok, but strangely only likes to eat medi-gold. I was going to stop medication and start feeding pro-gold again, but he doesn't eat it. I also tried feeding peas and he wouldn't eat it. But he loves medi-gold.. any suggestions?
  5. Well the white stuff/sores are gone. Gumpy (the not so sick one who didn't eat much) is much better, will eat and swim around now. His sore is also almost gone. But oinklet (the sicker one, who didn't eat at all for 8 days except for 1-2 pellets and had white fluffy stuff on her head) now has no more white stuff, but is still pale and upside down. Before I put her in the medicated hospital tank she was upside down and a bit pale. Now she is about the same or possibly a bit worse.
  6. So you think I should discontinue medication and do a massive water change? So a quick review, she started not eating and had some white stuff leaking out of her head(low PH high nitrates), then I raised the PH/KH and did 20%-40% water changes daily. I also added salt slowly. I did a salt dip and massaged her belly (in case something was stuck) and that day she ate 1-2 pellets. 2 days ago she was flipped upside down and pale and her tank mate got a red sore (both not eating). I moved them both to a hospital tank and started medication. In the hospital tank, the one with a sore got a lot better, she is eating again. The one who is upside down and pale does not look better or worse than before I put her in the hospital tank.
  7. One more update. She is still alive, but still weak and pale, as well as upside down. She can still swim a bit, but she hasn't eaten in over a week. Her belly is not mushy and she seems to recognize people and swim over. I tried with limited success to force feed her using a dropper in her mouth and squeezing in some mushed up fish food. She spit a lot of it back out, but hopefully some got in. In the past, by the time the goldfish gets to this stage (pale, weak) they seem to die very fast after. I guess she is a fighter, but I don't know what else to do.
  8. She is with another goldfish, since the other goldfish has a red sore. I added in Furan-2 medication into the water. I tested the water in the QT tank and the numbers look ok. The PH is between 7.4 and 7.8 according to both my strip and drop tests. The Ammonia test says 0 (API drop test). The nitrites are 0 and nitrates are between 0 and 20 (strip test). I tried to feed her peas and medi-gold soaked in garlic juice. She is very weak and upside down with a pale color (but in the middle of the tank). Since she was near the top i gently grabbed her and put the food straight into her mouth. She spit it back out. I fear the end is probably near for her =(. She is looking pale and has some white stuff from her head is being leaked out into the tank. I took a q-tip and poked her head and it was bleeding, so I disinfected it with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on a q-tip.
  9. I forgot to add that its been 1 week that she barely ate (3 days ago she ate like 2 pellets). Should I try to force feed her soon? or are goldfish ok not eating for so long?
  10. oinklet took a turn for the worse yesterday, I put her in a medicated tank and she is still swimming around, but very weak and upside down. She survived the night. Here is her today.. I don't know if she will make it much longer.. Here is her and her brother gumpy 1.5 years ago! Oinklet is on the left.
  11. I tested using strip and API drops (a couple times) and the PH looks like its 7.5 now. Nitrates are down to 20. Ammonia and nitrites are still 0. They are not looking so great =(. I'm going to transfer them to the hospital tank and medicate them again. They have some red sores and now both are not eating. I feel so bad for my goldfish oinklet and gumpy (my wife named them). I have had them since they hatched, sadly their mother who was in my dad's care passed away last year. Thanks again for all your help, I really hope they can pull through my mistake! 2 years is too short a life for a goldfish.
  12. Thanks I'll try to get some of that seachem gold buffer. It looks like the KH has risen to 180 (mq/L) and PH has risen to about 7.2ish. She ate a little yesterday (1-2 pellets) and none today so far. I'm going to try to slowly boost the Kh and change some more water today. Thanks for all your help.
  13. I have this: seachem alkaline buffer Just to be sure, I should be aiming for around ph 7.5? Thanks for all your help, I will be getting a api drop test kit for ph when the store opens today.
  14. I'll pick some up tomorrow. Which parts seem wrong? I have a drop test kit for gh/kh (from API that I didn't use) and the strips are made by API. I recently retested them, and my wife says I must be color blind because she says the GH is 0 and the kh is about 20 now, on the API 5 in 1 test strips, this is after I added 5 teaspoons of alkaline buffer and the PH shows around 7 now.
  15. My test strip says: ph 6.0 (but thats the lowest it goes) kh: 0 gh: 0 I have this product called "alkaline buffer" I am starting to add it to the goldfish tank now slowly.. =( Also does my nitrates seem high? I have changed the water 3 times in the last 3 days (20% about each).
  16. Just wanted to add that I'll put in some alkaline buffer to try to raise the kh/ph. I'll also try to do another small water change tonight to lower the nitrates.
  17. I just got new test kits, and here are the results: GH (mg/L): 15 KH (mg/L): 20 PH : 6.5 (not sure why it went down??) Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 40
  18. What do you think is the maximum amount of water/frequency I should be changing? I am changing about 20% a day. I have no jump start unfortunately. I just tried feeding peas and she won't eat them. I am going to get nitrite/nitrate test kits now. Here is a pic of her:
  19. i have changed water and added salt (1 table spoon per 10 gallons) each day. Tomorrow will make 3 full days she has not eaten anything. I am wondering if she is severely constipated. I am planning to do a salt dip tomorrow so she can hopefully expel anything in/near her gills and maybe a quick belly massage to help things moving. Any other tips would be appreciated.
  20. They are at the 14 day mark of medi-gold so i decided to switch to something else (I know you aren't suppose to feed anything else..). She seems to not want to eat the medi-gold that she had been eating about the last 2 weeks... but I admit it is quite old, it was an emergency so I had to feed her old medi-gold, ordering some new stuff now. I tried pro-gold, what they have been eating for literally all their life, and still nothing. I haven't tried garlic yet, but thanks for the tip, I"ll try that next. Tried soaking pro-gold in garlic juice for a few minutes and the other goldfish was really excited to eat it. Still nothing from my goldfish who won't eat
  21. They are at the 14 day mark of medi-gold so i decided to switch to something else (I know you aren't suppose to feed anything else..). She seems to not want to eat the medi-gold that she had been eating about the last 2 weeks... but I admit it is quite old, it was an emergency so I had to feed her old medi-gold, ordering some new stuff now. I tried pro-gold, what they have been eating for literally all their life, and still nothing. I haven't tried garlic yet, but thanks for the tip, I"ll try that next.
  22. Hi, Some stats about my tank: Ammonia: 0 (nutrafin drops test) Nitrite/Nitrate: ? (don't have a test kit for these) Ph: 7.6 Water temperature around 70F once a week water change (sometimes every two weeks) 25-30% 2 fish, about 5 inches body each I use prime water conditioner Feed pro gold twice a day no new fish for 1.5 years i have a xp2 and xp1 filter on the 50 gallon tank Two weeks ago I noticed some significant amount of white cotton fluff on their heads, as well as an open red sore on one of their heads (under their wen). They looked quite sick, sitting and refusing to eat. I moved them to a 10 gallon tank, used hydrogen peroxide to clean the sore and dosed them with furan-2 and soon after they started eating and i fed the medi-gold. The main tank i tested for ammonia and it showed low amounts of ammonia (0.1). After about 12 days they seemed back to normal so i did a big water change in the main tank, and added some ammonia reducing media to the filter. While in the hospital tank they developed a few black marks indicating that they had some scale damage that was healing. The first day they were fine, but now one of them is not eating. She acts normal otherwise, doesn't sit, swims around. No new marks or color changes. I never had a goldfish that behaved normally without external marks that would not eat. Any ideas what should be done? I plan on changing the water today.
  23. Hmmm.. I see no worm tracks, it looks like its just a color change. I'll test for ammonia and nitrates again, but what you said makes sense. I only started seeing the black marks after daily large water changes (so I guess I got rid of most of the ammonia). I wonder what caused the ammonia spike..
  24. Here is a picture of them together: A week ago they were both all orange. Their parents are orange and white and red, with no black colors.
  25. Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew what would cause my orange colored goldfish to turn black slowly. I have 2 2" orandas in a 50 gallon, with a large amount of filtration (a Rena xp3 and an xp2). The tank is like 3 months old, but the cycle has been over for a while, I used aquarium pharm ammonia test and it went from 0 to 0.5 to 0 over 1.5 months ago. They act normal, and don't seem to behave differently. But a few days ago they started to get black areas on their head mostly (the wen part) and tails. I poked them with a qtip to see if it was some sort of external parasite, but it didnt come off. They both have it now, but again, seem to have no problems otherwise. Is there anything that I could be doing wrong? I have been doing 30-40% water changes daily, because I wanted to get rid of my nematode problem that i've been having over the last 2 months (it came on some plants). Anything else i should be testing/looking for? I noticed it shortly after i pulled out the plants and sucking up nematodes about a week ago (don't know if its a coincidence or that caused it)
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