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  1. I have a goldfish with severe dropsy. The subject lives with two other goldfish in a 20 gallon tank. He is the largest and has grown to be 8" long; the other two are about 5" long. The water quality is regularly maintained and measures well. One of the fish (I forget which) developed dropsy over the spring and I successfully treated that one with Kanoplex. I caught this goldfish early also and so was hopeful, however. the disease has progressed. The goldfish has "inflated" over the past couple weeks. He actually looks worse than the photo below but seemed happy and was eating normally so I left him in the tank with his family. Finally, four days ago I moved him into a hospital tank. He continues to eat although he does not like the hospital tank. My question is: will my goldfish "get better"? Or he forever look like a giant golden pinecone? When will it be safe to return him to the regular tank with his family? Thank you!
  2. This seems to come out from under a scale. Yesterday it was several times as long. Is this "cotton wool fungus" Have had the goldfish for years and not seen it before. Thank you!
  3. I brought this goldfish Flubber home from vet tech school. There they use them to teach Anesthesia and blooddraws and radiographs to the vet tech students. He seems very pineconeish and fat. He sits near the bottom and does nothing. He does eat and gets lively for food then will sit and gasp for minutes afterward. His poop is thick and black and sometimes a stringy clearish grey. He eats goldfish flakes and I fed him a little oats yesterday. Can you help me? I don't know how to treat him and I don't want him to die!
  4. I'm back...again Quick update - Winston & Piggy both moved into the new tank (600 litres) on Saturday afternoon along with the old/existing Fluval FX6 (I cleaned it in fresh Primed water several times as recommended). The tank has 1" layer of TMS, airstone and 2 FX6 filters (the other is completely brand new) running at 24.5*C. Overall dimensions are 6' x 2' x 2' Yesterday I thought Winston was looking puffy. This morning he's definitely pineconing. I've transferred him to a QT (40 litres) with 1/2tsp of Epsom (20g). I have Oxymav B on hand, as recommended by FishyMandy for dropsy cases. Aside from the raised scales, he's not showing any issues - his redness has gone completely (no wen rash, no blotches on sides or lateral line and the redness in his tail is subsiding). Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) – 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) – 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) – 5ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) – 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) – 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) – 5ppm. Nitrates out my tap are generally 20-40ppm so I use a Pozzani filter to filter the water into tubs which I treat with Prime and usually let sit for 24hrs before adding to the tank. The ‘tap’ figures above are the levels in the water that has been filtered, treated and stood. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) – 8.2ph * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) – 7.4ph Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master kit (drops) * Water temperature? – 24.5C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Approx. 600litres, running 1 week total but 2 only days with fish (prior to that, Juwel Rio 240 litres, running 2.5 years) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 x Fluval FX6 (3500lph) - #1 set up on 01-Dec, #2 set up on 13-May * How often do you change the water and how much? Yet to do a WC - planned to do tomorrow - 200 litres (third) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? N/A * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 in total. Chocolate Oranda “Piggy” approx. 3 years old (6” body), White Oranda “Winston” approx.. 3 years old (4” body) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Saki Hikari purple bag, seaweed, bloodworm (frozen), Tetra Gold Japan, Hikari Oranda Gold (saturated using a pellet pump), occasional veggie usually peas/lettuce/cucumber * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Fluke Solve added on Saturday as soon as the fish were introduced * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Melafix and Pimafix to main tank 9-Oct to 14-Oct Salt Dips (Winston) 15-Oct to 20-Oct (max. 2% for 5 mins) Fluke Solve to main tank 29-Oct to 12-Nov (2 weeks) Salt @ 0.3% Silver Dips (Winston) 29-Oct to 9-Nov Fluke Solve in QT tank (Winston) 12-Nov to 26-Nov (2 weeks) Salt @ 0.3% Metro+ & Furan-2 in QT tank (Winston) 18-Dec to 31-Dec Metroplex & Kanaplex in QT tank (Winston) 29-Jan to 08-Feb Metroplex in QT tank (Winston) 10-Feb to 16-Feb Fluke Solve & Metroplex in QT tank (Winston) 26-Feb to 04-Mar (1 week) Silver in QT tank (Winston) 07-Mar to 13-Apr - 10 drops initially, raising to 25 drops Winston reintroduced to main tank on 14-Apr Fluke Solve & Metroplex to main tank 15-Apr to 29-Apr Silver added to main tank (20 drops) the night before every WC starting 02-May Fluke Solve added to new tank 20-May * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Winston displaying raised scales * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? None Meds on hand include - Fluke Solve, Oxymav B, Acriflavine, Metroplex, Kanaplex, Sulfaplex, Focus, Triple Sulfa, Furan-2 & Silver
  5. A new oranda, named Howie, is in my hospital tank and I need a little assistance helping him through a couple of disease/illnesses he has. I knew I shouldn't have bought him but no one can resist those chubby cheeks. As far as I know... he has dropsy, fin rot, fish lice, open sores, and flukes. Show all the signs: pine-coning, eroding fin edge, green disk all over his tail and moving to his body, and clamped fins. Surprisingly though he is semi-active and always eats all the food I provide. Treatment started 3 days ago with .3%, kanaplex, and an 80 degree temperature. I'm trying to knock out the dropsy and fin rot. He is still pine-coned but I remain hopeful. The kanaplex says to only do 3 doses maximum every 2 days for a total of 6 days of treatment. Is it okay to extend treatment past that if I do need to treat more? I figured I would treat him for flukes after he healed from the dropsy. I didn't want to do too much treatment as to cause more stress. Don't want to throw the kitchen sink at him. Or, is it okay to do that now? As for the fish lice. I know they are feeding on him like a tick would a dog. That in turn weakens him so I'm worried that it could prolong the dropsy or result in something else dramatic. What should I treat to get rid of those things? I've heard salt does nothing and that potassium permanganate dips do wonders. But I have no idea has to how to go about treatment. Or if it just adding more undue stress. Also, do I need to manually remove the lice?
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