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  1. Thorsten has a little bubble/blister at the front of her right eye and I'm worried it's going to turn to popeye/dropsy/horrible bad stuff. She's really clumsy and runs into her filter tubes all of the time so it could be an injury too. I'm just worried and want to know what you guys think. She's the only fish in the tank. It's barebottom with 1 big terracotta pot as the only decoration. She's about 4 years old and has never had any sort of serious illness. The best way to see the bubble is with movement so I took a video. What do you guys think? Youtube video Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0-.25(from the chloramines I assume) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 5ish * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0-5 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 72 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 for about a year with older filters * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s) Aqueon Quietflow 200 gph, 2 x 100gph hobs(don't remember the brand but one does have a biowheel) * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week 30-50% + several small poop vacuums throughout the week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? This morning 5% poop vacuum, yesterday 50%, day before 10%, day before that 10% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 about 4-5 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? hikari lionhead small amount twice a day and peas * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. occasional salt but none currently * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? eye bubble * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? acting normal
  2. Thanks for all the kind words They will definitely be getting lots of bloodworms because I have a bunch that I bought for my frogs, but were too big for them to eat. They'll also be dining on lots of yummy veggies once they get into their big tank. Right now I'm feeding them sparingly to keep the water quality good in their little quarantine tank. The one that I went back for is the little golden guy that has the more sloped back(pics 2 & 3). It was really hard to not just take all 20 or so that they had home, but that would have definitely been biting off more than I could chew.
  3. I haven't had goldfish for a couple of years, but I started to get all wishy washy and reminiscent about them the other day. I decided that I would start looking around, and if any cuties struck my fancy, I'd get them. Well the very next day I took a peek at the tanks at one of the big box stores, and they had a bunch of adorable little lionheads which are my absolute favorite fancies! It's literally been about 5 years since I've even seen any for sale locally so I took this as a sign and got 3 of them. There was one left that I couldn't get off my mind so I went back for him, and now I have 4 new little lionheads! They're in a cycled 10 gallon right now for salt + prazi and they will be moving into my 46 gallon when their quarantine is up. :newfish :newfish
  4. So sorry for your loss Rest in peace Rupert. You did all you could and gave him a great chance at life. I know it's especially tough when you do everything right with the best intentions and still lose them. I got a betta girl a few years ago that had been at the store for at least 3 weeks. She was very distinctive because of her color and she was missing an eye. Anyway, I got her home and slowly acclimated her to a nice cycled tank thinking she would be so happy to be out of that cup, and she died within a couple of days. I don't know what happened to her that she could live in a cup that long then go to clean water and die suddenly. I thought maybe it was a shock to the deeper water pressure or something like that, but I could never know. I think that these little fish just go through so much between shipping and pet stores that a lot of them are just hanging on by a thread by the time we have the chance to take them home and whether or not that thread breaks is sometimes just up to luck. No matter what you do, sometimes it just isn't possible to save them.
  5. He's gorgeous! I know exactly how you feel. I went to the big box pet store for dog food a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with my own little halfmoon! My guy wasn't the most colorful or friendly, but he was a terrified little sweetheart that I vowed to bring home if he was still there when I went back a few days later - and he was. I couldn't believe that they have such gorgeous specialty bettas now and I think it's going to get me in trouble if I don't stay out of that section
  6. He's very pretty and I love your tank! I bet when he moved in and saw that tank he thought, "Jackpot!" I just got a new betta without having one for a while so now I am remembering how different bettas can be from goldfish. I think the most terrifying thing was when I walked in on him sound asleep on the bottom and I thought he was dead. My last goldie was always at least kind of conscious at night, but when the lights go out my betta lies down and he's dead to the world. When morning comes he's always there waiting for me to wake up and feed him though!
  7. Imber


    I brought this guy home a couple of weeks ago, and haven't had the chance to show him off since I had to deal with Squishface's illness, but I've been working on decorating/getting his tank comfortable for him. He's a huge chicken and won't flare at anything. He's warming up to me though and doesn't flee at the sight of anything outside of his tank anymore. We thought if we gave him a big manly name it'd toughen him up but he's still(literally) scared of his own reflection.
  8. Thank you all for the kind words. It's weird not having any goldfish in the house. I think this is the first time in 8 years without goldies. Squishface's butterfly bush has already had some visitors(and someone laid eggs all over it). Here are a couple of pictures of the blooms. I think their beauty honors her well.
  9. Sadly she passed away overnight. I bought a butterfly bush to plant over her grave so she will always be surrounded by friends. Thank you guys so much for your help. I didn't think that she'd last a week when I got her, and I had one and a half wonderful years with her. She is missed very much.
  10. Thanks I do appreciate all the input that I can get and will take all things into consideration. I tried my best to keep her tank cool during the time that my AC was out(4 days total, and we went with the company that could get it replaced the fastest). She was in the coolest room in the house with an open window and I rotated in ice packs and increased the surface agitation to try to keep her tank as cool as possible. I don't have a basement so that wasn't an option. She didn't really show any signs of hanging out at the top while the AC was out except to check out/try to eat the ice packs. Her red wen didn't show up until a couple days after the AC was fixed and her water temp was stabilized and her fins being frayed at the end with the blood in spots on her body showed with increasing lethargy so it seemed like a progression that went... stress period -> opportunistic bugs(parasites that caused infection/just bacteria) -> subsequent infection that spread around to different areas and then went internal and is now causing her to be listless and reject food. I probably made a mistake in choosing to give her medigold instead of metro and that is my biggest regret. I should have just waited until Koko's was back up and asked, but I panicked and picked the one that seemed to go with her symptoms. Medi was probably too hard on her kidneys and now my scrambling to fix her as she fades away probably won't help, but it's really all I can do without a time machine.
  11. I tried to force feed ziggy when he was really bad. I soaked the food in a bit of water and then syringed it up and held his head just above the water and squirted it in then tried to hold his mouth shut... It was not fun at all! I'd love some good tips if there's anything that would help me end up with less food spit back all over me.
  12. Yes it does, thank you That's what I tried to do... and I had it perfect then she wiggled and it popped out. I got it back in at the same spot though and was able to finish. By that time my hands were shaking pretty bad. My vet put the whole .5 cc of baytril in a single syringe so I just used .1 cc.
  13. Well I went ahead and did the first injection. I tried to do it exactly like the video and I did take a scale off, but I dabbed the area with biobandage and she seemed to be fine with it. I didn't use the clove oil. I know it's pretty harsh, but she's at the point where I think she probably won't make it anyway since nothing has seemed to improve her and she's not eating so I can't keep giving her med food. I tried to make her eat it, but uses all of the strength she has left to spit it out.
  14. I watched the video and think I can do it, but I'm waiting for a go ahead. The one thing that worries me is that in reading it seems that fish that have been on their side are bad for injections. She was lying on her side this morning and seems to settle to that position, but when she moves around she's upright. It's always the same side so I don't know if she has trapped air or something or if she's really just going into the bad curled pose. Since she's not eating I don't know how much I can really do outside of an injection so just waiting and hoping she gets better doesn't seem like a good option at this point either.
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