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  1. Hello, I'm back (if anyone remembers Blacky; I've now had him 11 years!!), in a bit of a sticky situation. History: 2018 Blacky got a small piece of gravel lodged in his nostril which never came out It never caused an issue so just left it there In the last week/2 I feel like he has either gotten another small piece of gravel lodged in the same nostril OR the same piece has moved a bit, it is hard to tell, which I believe has led to the current situation Recently: Last week Blacky was a bit off colour and had a slight white tinge to the gravel nostril so I treated him from the 11th-13th Sep 2020 with the standard dose esha2000 as a broad treatment, whilst being mindful of goldfish's copper sensitivity. After a nearly 100% water change on the 14th he was acting a lot better in himself. Today on the 17th, he again looks a bit off, his dorsal fin is floppier etc. and he also has a lot of mucopurulent looking discharge now coming out of gravel nostril (thinking back I have actually been seeing this in the tank for around a month during water changes but just disregarded it a bit as he has been fine and potentially just stringy poops from times of low food passage). I'm not really sure if it is infected or just irritated, but due to the white discharge would lean towards infected. I presume this is due to local irritation from the lodged bits of gravel (which you now can't see due to the discharge). I don't really know what to do here, and just looking for advice or anyone that has been in a similar situation? My current thoughts are: 1. Try to suction the discharge and gravel pieces out with a piece of airline tubing. However restraining him will be a challenge and very stressful for him as he is a very big fish now. 2. Anaesthetise with clove oil and use a bobby pin sort of instrument (sterilised beforehand) to remove the gravel pieces (if possible not doing this as I would be a nervous wreck and would hate to accidentally do anything completely wrong) And then treat with esha2000 again as a preventative for infection/help heal current infection 3. Or just do another round of esha2000 and hope that resolves it without needing to remove the gravel pieces. I would really appreciate any advice I love this boy to bits, he's my best friend. Thank you in advance I will test my water now and update the post accordingly but I don't think this is a water quality issue. Photos/videos attached. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) Nitrite Level(Tank) Nitrate level(Tank) Ammonia Level(Tap) Nitrite Level(Tap) Nitrate level(Tap) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops (NB out of date) Water temperature? Room temperature Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 24 US gallons, roughly 7-8 years What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval U2, 400L/hr How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly-biweekly - 80-90% How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? - 14th Sep (3 days ago) 80-90% How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, length of hand (no tail) What kind of water additives or conditioners? Fluval aqua plus water conditioner only What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy soilent green, everyday Any new fish added to the tank? No Any medications added to the tank? esha2000 11th-13th Sep List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Within last 2 years nothing else Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White mucupurluent discharge from affected nostril. A few odd whiter patches on body but he does go through phases of a few marks etc. Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Not himself, dorsal fin a bit floppier. Still eating and swimming
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