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  1. 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?
  2. I'm still concerned about Fire Marshall Stanley. He's such a dear he just lets me scoop him up, mainly to inspect/photograph him and weigh him (29 grams, he's gained 4 grams in a month!) - since he had stringy poo not long ago and went through a full antibiotic round (MediGold). His poo is FINE now after antibiotics and I don't want to over-analyze the situation. I'm concerned that he's the only Ryukin that is turning black. Here is a photo from today. I bought some Melefix today just to be safe 'cause his fins look like they might have fin rot. I have a quarantine tank at the ready, but don't want to stress him out. "Mom, did I do something bad?" Here's my good side, stop worrying. I'm including a photo of him about 90 days ago, when he arrived overnight via Bluegrass Aquatics. It looks like his fin was eaten away back then too. But that doesn't mean he still doesn't have a treatable problem. I hope this question will help others too.
  3. Hi all, I have a question about a spot on my fantail goldfish's tail. She also has some very mild fraying in two spots, but she's always moving so it's hard to get as HQ a picture as I would like. She does not always swim with her head down--I know that Erik Johnson says that this can be a sign of an internal bacterial infection. She just likes to dig. I am concerned about what to do since normally I would dose a .3% salt solution; would a salt bath work instead? I also don't know if this is a bacterial or fungal issue. I am reluctant to dose Pimafix since she seemed to be pretty out of it when I have tried it in the past. My parameters aren't as stable as I would like--I would like to see more nitrates--so I am nervous about anything that would disrupt the biofilter. Here are my parameters, etc: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 after water change, .25 ppm this morning * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0-5 ppm (orangeish hue to yellow) * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 Other Required Info:* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Kit * Water temperature? 74-76 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons, 5 years with biofilter disruptions * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 (2 of them) * How often do you change the water and how much? lately, daily or every other day due to trace ammonia and paranoia * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 50% this morning * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish around 3 inches body length * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Flourish comprehensive * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2x daily; mixture of spirulina, recently New Life Spectrum pellets (previous Aqueon goldfish pellets), peas periodically, treats: brine shrimp about every 2 weeks * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Melafix for 3 days now * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi about a month and a half ago (2 rounds as per bottle instructions); haven't salted in a long time due to plant addition; I have done antibiotics (Maracyn 1 and 2) for a columnaris infection one year ago; methalyne blue bath about 1.5 weeks ago * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? slight fraying and opaque spot * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? seems nervous and agitated since the death of her tank mate; startles easily but otherwise inquisitive and hungry Thank you!
  4. A couple of day ago I noticed that my Black Moor, Nox, had some ripped fins. I read that it just takes time for them to heal with good water quality. Yesterday the lobes were a different color than usual. A coppery color instead of black. And, today parts of the lobes are missing and they look "ridged". I don't know how to explain it. Hopefully the picture will help out. What should I do to help him out?
  5. Hello, I have recently been having problems with my kh and ph in my 20 gallon aquarium. There is one lionshead gf in the tank. He is still small but I think the stress of the moving ph has causer him to get fin rot. His tail has a white line at the edge and is being eatin away, I have caught I'm rubbing against the plastic plants every so often wich I understand also could be flukes. I have prazi pro and aquarium sal on hand and need to act today because I leave for work tonight for 2 days and it has gotten much worse seemingly over night. All of my other paramiters seem to be fine except for ph wich has gone up to 7.6 in 3 days and kh is below 50 ppm, amonia and nitrite are 0 wich is the same as the tap as wel as kh bring that low, nitrates stay between 5 and 10 in tank and are 0 for tap. Would it be ok to use the salt to treat the fun rot untill I can fix the kh and ph problem? If so how much should I use? Can I put the prazi pro in as well as I have seen you need to leave it in for a day or 2 and the change some water and treat again? If anyone can please help as soon as possible tonight? Please help I am worried about the general!
  6. I had to leave town and when I returned my Betta was very ill.. Ich (sp?) and fin rot I believe. I did daily water changes and treated with salt for a week, and he is SOOO much better. When he was sick he was sitting around, not interested in food, his colors almost completely faded, white spots in some places, and MOST of his fins gone with the tips black. IT WAS HORRIBLE. My goldfish were fine of course, but the betta needed more frequent w/c because of the tiny tank. Now he's swimming around normally, eating, no Ich. My question is whether his fins and color will return to normal with time (and is there something I can do to help) or are they damaged forever I feel SO AWFUL. Before and after pics: BEFORE: AFTER: And this one's just to show that you can see some color depending on how the light hits him: (After pics are in a smaller tank so I can change all the water every day)
  7. * Ammonia Level (tank): .25 ppm * Nitrite Level (Tank): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): 5ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tap): 10-20 ppm (the color was very hard to read...it was between the 10 and 20 marks) * Ph Level (Tank): 7.6+ (it came out a dark blue for both tap and tank tests) * Ph Level (Tap): 7.6+ * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops: API Freshwater Master Test Kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon Power Filter 20 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress Coat+ (to condition water); Jack's Aquarium Salt (less than 1 tablespoon when I change the water) * Water temperature? 70 degrees * How often do you change the water and how much? Irregular due to new tank (see below) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Last water change was last night (10 hours ago?) and I changed 75%. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 15 gallon tank that has been running for 1 week (6 days with Baxter in it) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish, Baxter, and he is about 2 inches long from tip to tail. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Every two days I feed him sinking pellets...about once a week we'll vary his diet and give him a pea or an algae wafer. * Any new fish added to the tank? No. * Any medications added to the tank? No. * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) NA * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? His back left fin is looking slightly frayed towards the bottom. It's hardly noticeable, but there were some white "spots" on the ends of his tail where it has now frayed. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? NA * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. NA Hi all. Sorry I haven't been as active on the forum in a long time...school got really busy. But Baxter is doing just great, aside from this newest issue. The last time I posted on Koko's, I had decided that Baxter would get a new, bigger tank when I was able to move home for the summer from my university. At the university dorm, he was living in a dank little ten gallon tank. After seeing his new one, which has a light, a lid, and better filter, I realize what a dump he was living in. But last Friday, Baxter and I made the 3 1/2 hour drive home from school, and he did just splendidly. I was so proud of him. He didn't seem bothered by it at all...he's a real trooper. My mom had offered to buy me a new tank (to which my wallet squealed with joy), and purchased/set up a fifteen gallon column-style tank. She put water conditioner in the water, and cycled it 24 hours before Baxter and I got home. Once we arrived, we added Baxter, his old plants and toys, the thermometer, mag-float, etc. And he has taken to the new tank like crazy. He swims around it all day, being very active and happy. He eats whenever I give him his 2 pellets every 2 days, and he hasn't had any strange behaviors that I've noticed. What I did notice, two days ago, was a raised white spot on his back left fin. I freaked out and yelled for my mom, thinking it was ich. She told me not to panic, and to monitor his behavior/water quality over the next couple of days, and see if it went away or if another spot appeared. I watched him like a hawk, all that day and yesterday, and his white spot kind of migrated to the edge of his back left fin, and stayed there. Another one appeared just above it yesterday, smaller, on the edge of his fin. This morning his fins are looking a little frayed, so I'm thinking that maybe it's fin rot? Either way, I know something's up, and I was wondering if you guys could tell me how to approach treating this. I'll include what crappy pictures I was able to take, and if you all think it will help, I'll include a video. He just won't sit still for a good picture! I feel that I must admit one last thing...I changed Baxter's water for the first time last night since he's been home. I have been testing the water quality every two days since I've been home, and nothing looked bad. No ammonia appeared until yesterday, when it was at .50 ppm. I suppose there was a spike in the ammonia between the days I tested/didn't test. Needless to say, I changed it asap, and this morning it's still at .25 ppm, and I'll change it again later this evening to try and get it down. I feel bad, like maybe that caused this (plus all the stress of moving), but I'm not sure. I don't feel too alarmed by whatever's wrong with Baxter, just because he's still eating/active/happy-looking. I just want to stop this before it gets any worse. Help? D: Pictures are coming in just a second...
  8. HEllo everybody, This is my first post and I'm very new to fish. I really really need help. I love animals very much and my silly girlfriend accepted a small goldfish as a present knowing nothing about them. We have a Puny Fluval Chi' 5 Gallon tank and at first everything seemed fine. Our fish got lethargic and started resting on the substrate, but would wake up in the morning. Then I noticed the poor little guy gasping at the top of the tank a couple of days later so I did a 50% water change. Next day the poor guy was covered in white spots and part of his tail had started to erode, although i didnt know it at the time. I freaked out and read as much as I could as quickly as I could and bought NOX ICH to clear the white spots. The next day he looked way worse. Had clamped fins, rotting tail and white cloudy substance all over his rear half of his body. He looked very very sick. I went and bought API test kit, API triple sulfa and API Fungus cure aquarium salt and prime and came home and started a treatment of Triple sulfa and malachite green at 24 hr intervals, Fungus cure at 48 hour intervals and daily 30%-50% water changes with prime. I'm putting in top fin Bacterial supplement temporarily to try and help him through this although I know they will not form a sustainable colony. Every water change i put in about a 1/2 teaspoon of aquarium salt. Its been 3 days and he still seems very very very rough. He has white cloudy looking 'mucusy' stuff hanging off of him, and white dots, no tail, all fins clamped. Is floating on the surface. Has a very hard time swimming down. I don't know what to do. The cloudy fungus looks worse than it did yesterday. The white patches on his back and tail look almost yellow. I know our tank is too small but it is all I can do for at least two more weeks. I need to get him through this with the small tank. I think this was all caused by stress from ammonia poisoning and poorly matched temp water changes. My levels pH is 7.6 Ammonia is now 0ppm but rises to 0.25 between daily changes nitrite is 0ppm nitrate is 0ppm I've attached pictures. He now has black/greyish patches on his gills and face. Thanks so much for reading. Any help would be a Godsend. Please click the links for pictures!
  9. Hello i am new to the Fish keeping hobby and i am loving it. Firstly my tank is 20 imperial gallons, and yes i am saving up for a much bigger tank as soon as possible. Reacently i bought a small common goldfish, it seemed loanly so i bought another common goldfish from a different shop. The new edition had one or 2 blemishes on his side, i thought maybe he was missing a scale or two. There is white spots on his fins and the more i do research on these little fellows , the more i grow concearnd of the new goldfish recently added. He has salt like white spots on his fins, very small but noticable. He is feeding happly and very active. They both are. My other goldie is fine and very happy. They both play/fight/try mating at feeding times.. I have tried to stop this by re-arranging the tank. Anyway i am really worried it may be ich or fin rot, i cannot afford a camera yet to show you guys but i do need help/ advice on meds to buy how to give them it and quarenteen. I do have another tank but it is only small, taking a guess it is 5 gallons, and it is un used. My 20 imperial gallon tank has 2 common goldfish ( just found out they grow massive so am saving up for a second hand 50+ gallon) Within the tank is some gravel , a filter, and some fake plastic plants. The water is very clear, and has been treated before the fish entered this tank. Also the tank was not cycled , im doing it now with the two goldies inside. Please help, if they die i will be so gutted Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Nitrite Level (tank): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Nitrate level (Tank): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Ammonia Level (Tap): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Nitrite Level (Tap): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Nitrate level (Tap): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): Cannot afford this test kit yet * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): Cannot afford this test kit yet Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Cannot afford this test kit yet * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Layal SK 9102 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Chlorine controle * Water temperature? 72~74 (Kept in a bedroom at room temp) * How often do you change the water and how much? 2 times per week 25% only * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, around 25% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 imperial gallons, 1 week. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 common goldies, 1~2 inch * What do you feed your fish and how often? Supa Daphnia , 3 times a day * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) New fish. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? YES!!! * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Need a camera !!
  10. SHUBUNKIN, TWO YEARS OLD APPROX 5” LONG Whitish blurry spots on fins, not like ich, maybe small blood streaks – hard to tell on Shubunkins because they are mottled, suspect fungus or fin rot. How to treat and should I remove him from tank to treat? Other fish seem fine. In UK we may not have the same medicines as US! I have pictures but don't know how to post them! * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? FLUVAL 3 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? BASIC CHLORINE REMOVER * Water temperature? 65 DEGREES * How often do you change the water and how much? Sporadically, 30% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 30% TODAY * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 3 YEARS * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 GOLDFISH 5” EACH AVERAGE * What do you feed your fish and how often? Variety of flake, pellets, tubifex MAY have overfed lately due to holidays and everyone being here * Any new fish added to the tank? NO * Any medications added to the tank? NO * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) Had ich two years ago when new fish introduced * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Whitish blurry spots on fins, not like ich, maybe small blood streaks – hard to tell on Shubunkins because they are mottled, suspect fungus or fin rot. How to treat and should I remove him from tank to treat? Other fish seem fine. * Any unusual behaviour like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? NO * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. No treatment for years ich medicine and salt two years ago * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.
  11. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.25 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank):0 * Ammonia Level (Tap): * Nitrite Level (Tap) * Nitrate level (Tap) * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) : 7.6 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: API drop freshwater test kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: Top Fin 60 x2 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Amquil and safe coat, as well as 9 Tbsp of aquarium salt (in a 10 galon hospital tank) * Water temperature? 72 F * How often do you change the water and how much? I just changed the water at 2 am this morning * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal since 2 am this morning * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 * What do you feed your fish and how often? tetra fish flakes, just fed him tonight and he only ate a couple flakes * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? Erythromyacin powder (1 packet) added at 7pm this evening * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none that I know of * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? : There are weird growths on his wen and as I mentioned, I think all of his fins have rotted off * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Last night I noticed him flashing, floating upside down, and gasping a lot, so I moved him from my 80 gal tank which he shares with a bristle nosed pleco and put him in a hospital tank. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I used maracyn and maracyn 2 this morning but I realized it was really expired tonight when I was inspecting the package. Luckily, I had left the charcoal filters in all day. I went to petsmart but they don't carry it anymore so I bought erythromyacin by API instead. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Here are some pictures of the situation. He stoped floating upside down today and is just sitting at the bottom of the tank in the corner. He did eat a couple flakes of food.
  12. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level Unknown * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) unknown * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) unknown Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? strips at LFS and API ammonia test kit * Water temperature? 77 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 G 3-4 weeks * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week no changes yet * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Orandas 2 inches ish * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? API Goldfish pellets, peas, lettuce * Any new fish added to the tank? They came home 3 days ago * Any medications added to the tank? None yet * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) None yet, just concerned about Bevery's fin * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. N/A * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White spot on back fin * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no I know I'm supposed to have a test kit, but I only have an ammonia kit thus far. I will get a full test kit next week. Tank perameteres were 'perfect' according to LFS this week before bringing them home. I am testing ammonia, which has stayed at 0 but can't test the rest currently. They seem healthy, active. I'm wondering if perhaps she (not sure just guessing on sexes) was injured during netting/transport. It has been there since day one, but not getting better. Perhaps a little worse. Any advice on what it might be appreciated. I didn't want to salt as Teddy seems fine.... Thank you in advance. -F
  13. I got a calico popeye today. sort of out of pity. I went to get this gorgeous pearlscale they had (which I still got) and it was in the same tank as the calico. They also had about two dozen yoyo loaches in there. I think his fins have been nipped, and nipped terribly. I can see distinct bite marks. I put them in quarantine with melafix right now. But I want to make sure that it's nipping, or if I have to go back and get a treatment for fin rot. My water parameters in this tank are spot on, perfect. I didn't think to test the water from the store, but I can safely assume it wasn't the best. I got the best photos I could. A video:
  14. After nearly five years I lost my lovely fish Diego today. He exhibited fin rot out of nowhere (I'd been battling high ammonia for a month but had FINALLY gotten a 0 reading after 4 weeks of intense water changes and watching the tank), and I first treated with API fungal medication for the 5 day suggested period, and saw no change. I did a huge water change, checked conditions (all in the clear) and tried Melafix anti bacterial as their bottle also said it treated fin rot. Today was the 7th day of treatment with Melafix and I found Diego dead. I have one remaining fish in a 30 gallon tank. I have a penguin bio wheel 200, and did a 80% or more water change 7 days ago. Since then I have been treating with the Melafix and have had my carbon filters out of the tank. My remaining fish doesn't have fin rot, but I'm still worried. Do I continue to treat? Or just do a water change, add the filters back in, salt, and see how it goes? Thanks
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