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  1. I have the salt already and will have to order the Metro Meds (thanks for directing me to that site). Off to change the water again...
  2. Thanks for the pictures of Rocky. Based on what you mentioned, it looks like one of Bubble's cysts has already burst and two more are soon to do so. They look sooo painful, I can't believe this doesn't kill the fish! Will be cleaning the water a lot over these next few days and weeks.
  3. Thanks for the great replies! I'm from the US, by the way. Total fish novice even after 7+ years of miscelleneous goldfish care. My son is glad to hear that Bubbles will (hopefully) recover from this.
  4. Here are the water parameters from this evening...not much changed since this morning's results. I'll add more salt per the previous comments. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 20 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Jungle Quick Dip and Mardel [*]Water temperature? (no thermometer) [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons, 7+ years [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra (formerly Whisper), size large [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Normally every 2-3 weeks (closer to 2 most times) [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 50% change this morning (June 17) [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fantail, approx. 3 inches long (just main body) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? goldfish crips, 1x/day [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? June 17: Melafix, salt [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? cysts on belly, lost scales, droopy tail [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? slower moving around (lethargic), breathing seems to be labored, eating okay (although I didn't feed it today) I'll do frequent water changes as needed. Haven't noticed the cysts bursting yet (again...GROSS). Should I stop feeding? Behavior is more sluggish than usual.
  5. Gross!! Cysts that will burst? Ewwww. I added 4 TBPS of salt per the container directions...should I add more? And if I change out the water more than once a day, how do I adjust for the Melafix drops...add more each time too or just one treatment cycle per day? So is there a name for this disease or are they just cysts? Thanks for everyone's replies...
  6. Fish is about 3 1/2 inches long (not including tail). I feed with tetrafin goldfish crips, use tetra filter cartridges, Prime conditioner, Mardel and Quick Drip tester kits. Water tests done right now indicate nitrate (level 20 - safe), nitrite (level 0 - safe), hardness (level 50 - moderate), alkalinity (level 240 - need to add pH-), pH balance (level 7.8 - need to add pH-), chlorine (level 0 - safe).
  7. My fantail goldfish has some funky disease (or tumor?) that I haven't been able to diagnose from fish disease websites. Unfortunately I freaked out and made an immediate 50% water change this morning once I noticed the swelling got worse, so I don't have accurate water readings to give right now. I have a 20 gallon tank with just this fish (about 3 years old), perform water and filter changes every 2-3 weeks Last night I noticed a lot of its scales had fallen off, its belly is swollen, and there are some pimple-type growths on its underside (almost like its about to burst from these growths...ewww). Long stringy red poops, sluggish while swimming. I added some aquarium salt and melafix earlier today. Hopefully I can attach a picture, but please give (additional?) instructions on how to do so if nothing comes through. ....Ugghhh, can't figure out how to attach a picture, please help!
  8. FYI, the third picture was from awhile ago, when I had problems with a pleco in the tank. For the ammonia test, I used Jungle quick dip....and it was indeed expired! I would never have thought to check for that. So will get new test kits, prime, and do lots of water changes. Thanks for al the advice...what a great website.
  9. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 0 Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 8.0 Ph Level out of the Tap? Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 20 gal, 4 years What is the name and size of the filter/s? Whisper 20 gal How often do you change the water and how much? usually every 2 weeks, 40% change How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 (one fantail that's 4 inches and one oranda that's 1 1/2 inches) What kind of water additives or conditioners? Start Right Any medications added to the tank? Melafix Add any new fish to the tank? the oranda, about a month ago What do you feed your fish? flakes, lettuce, frozen bloodworm/shrimp mixture Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? the dark smudges Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? no About a week ago, I noticed smudges on my oranda. I thought it was just from him rubbing up against the tank, not that I noticed any algae or slime to cause the marks. Then a few days ago I noticed a black smudge on the fantail. From what I've researched, it sounds like ammonia burn, but I've been doing water changes and water testing more often (once a week or more) since my other 3 year old oranda died two months ago. All readings have been normal, aside from the borderline pH reading which is high(er) alkaline that I treat for that from time to time. Otherwise I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. They eat well and play well together. If I did this correctly, you should be able to view the pictures at: http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m43/clharing Anyone have any idea what is causing the smudges or how to treat?
  10. I have a 3 year old fantail and just recently lost a 3 year old oranda. Would like to get another goldfish, but am not sure the larger sized one will be okay with a smaller sized new(er) fish. Does size matter when buying within the goldfish family...ie, will a larger one eat a smaller one? What is the most compatible kind to go with a fantail?
  11. The other fish or things you see are from the background liner/design. I used Melafix for a week after I got back from vacation, did frequent water changes, etc. I've adjusted the ph slightly and will add the salt as you described. I'm keeping my eye out for any infection. The pleco is heading to my neighbor's house tomorrow. Just wish I knew for sure how the fins were originally damaged...
  12. Go to this address to see the picture of my fish with its "damaged" fins...still wondering how long they take to grow back. http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m43/clharing/ Thanks.
  13. I loaded the picture on the photobucket website, posted it as an external link, but it didn't work either. This is frustrating!!!
  14. Never mind, it doesn't work. Back to the drawing board...
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