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Hi All, My name is Casey. First, I would like say thank you for all the wonderful information on this forum. What an amazing resource this is! I have been lurking for a while now, but this is my first post...sorry it is in D&D. I am hoping you can tell me if I have a problem or if I am being paranoid. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)- 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank)- 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank)- 0 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap)- 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap)- 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap)- 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH = 8.2, KH = 107.4 ppm, GH = 143.2 ppm, no chloramines * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH = 8.2, KH = 125.3, GH = 143.2, no chloramines Other Required Info: * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? - Occasional yawning and flashing from the smaller ranchu. Resting a lot in the corner/floating at an angle from the large ranchu. Both do some gulping at the surface occasionally. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?- None. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. - The larger ranchu was purchased via auction in January and arrived floating at a 45 degree angle and kept his nose in the corner. He was treated with Kordon Ich Attack - (10 day course with .1% salt) followed by PraziPro (two or three 5-day rounds with .1% salt), and Tetra Paraguard - (2 doses with each dose in the tank for one week and a water change in between) Finished treatment in mid February. When he was treated with PraziPro, a whole bunch of small white and large yellow worm-like "things" were ejected out the back of his gill flaps and he twitched like mad for a few hours. After the first day or two of PraziPro he started looking better, swimming around, and being upright again. After the initial three treatments, he seemed happy and healthy. In April I upgraded from the 27 gallon cube that the larger ranchu was in to a 40B and upgraded to a canister filter (I transfered the hydro-sponge filter and biostars from the prior setup to the new tank and filter). I then added a second ranchu from ECR who had been in quarantine for one month with no issues. Both fish seemed fine and healthy at the time of introduction and got along great. No harassing. A month later (May) the larger ranchu had his nose in the corner again and the newer ranchu was yawning a lot with rapid breathing or what I called "jogging in place" at various times throughout the day. I treated the tank with five 7-day rounds of PraziPro and .1% salt and everybody seemed back to normal. A month later (June) I caught the smaller ranchu flashing occasionally (but not often-maybe once or twice a day) with no other symptoms. Over the next month (into July) the flashing stopped but both ranchus started gulping at the top of the tank more often and yawning more. By the middle of July, the gulping and yawning was worse, the smaller ranchu was flashing again occasionally, and the larger ranchu was floating at an angle again. I started a third treatment of PraziPro on the 22nd of July and followed the protocol that Dnalex posted for six 5-day rounds. After completion of the last Prazi round, about a week and a half ago, there has been no change in their behavior as compared to before the treatment. The larger ranchu is still resting a lot at an angle in the corner of the tank and the smaller ranchu is still flashing occasionally with yawns, and there is still surface gulping from both. Apart from these symptoms they eat enthusiastically, come running to beg whenever anybody walks by the tank, hunt and peck (when they are not resting), and look normal outwardly. * Any medications added to the tank? - Just finished a 6-round course of salt (1 tsp. per gal) and PraziPro last week. There is still .1% salt in the tank. * Any new fish added to the tank? -Not since the end of April * What do you feed your fish and how often? -NLS Thera-A twice a day and Hikari frozen blood worms/Hikari frozen brine shrimp once a day * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime * How many fish in the tank and their size? Two ranchus. One is about 4.5 inches and the other is about 5 inches * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? -Six days ago, 80-90% (down to the back of the larger ranchu) - tonight is water change night * How often do you change the water and how much? -Every five to seven days (80-90%) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? -API Filstar XP-L, Hydro-Sponge III * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? -40B, since the end of April * Water temperature? -79F * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? -API Freshwater Master, drops
Hello Everyone! I'm new to this site. I'm so glad I found you! I have had my goldfish for just over four months now. I've have had my ups and downs as I learn the ropes. I have five goldfish who are growing everyday and have lived through all of our tough times together. I have officially cycled my 55 gallon tank. My readings today are, pH: between 7.2 and 7.6 Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 20 ppm I have had an issue with my goldfish gulping for two months now. The most they have ever gone is two days max without gulping. While waiting for my tank to cycle I have been doing a daily 10% water change everyday. Last week I did a 80% water change. I have now gone back to a 10% water change everyday because I've never been able to get my Nitrite level to 0. Until today. With the gulping I haven't wanted them to suffer. I have cleaned my filters on my Marineland Bio-wheel Emperor 400 and Marineland Bio-wheel 350 weekly. I only replace the filters every three to four weeks. But, not all on the same day. I switched from gravel to a small amount of black sand for the substrate 3 weeks ago. Two of my goldfish got gravel stuck in their mouths. Somehow after rushing to retrieve the tweezers they popped out. In the meantime all five of my fish will gulp air then swim around as normal. Two of my fish the Oranda and my Ryukin will be at the top gulping most of the day. They all sleep under the water with no gulping at night. But still opening and closing their mouths for air. I also have 2 aeration stones. I have lowered the water level about an inch below the out flow of the filters to try and produce more oxygen. Yesterday I did a 10% water change, then added a table spoon of Aquarium salt. They haven't gone to the top to gulp in the last 24 hours. I noticed though that now they gulp under the water. And, are breathing heavily and stretching their mouths open as big as they can. Should I keep up the salt treatment or should I stop? Why are they still gulping under water? I've tried to figure out if they have any parasites or fluke. They show no signs of either as far as I can see. Any input, suggestions or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 - 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Kit drops * Water temperature? 78.5 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons, 13 months (post-move), a few months beforehand * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 AquaClear 70s * How often do you change the water and how much? Every 5 days at around 70%, though sometimes more with all of the medication/health issues. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days ago, at least 85% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fantail (6+ years old and 49 g) and 1 juvenile oranda (19 g) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, GoldBuffer, Flourish comprehensive and a very small amount of Excel * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2-3 times daily: Thera-A; Repashy SuperGreen, wall-algae, or nori; sometimes frozen bloodworms * Any new fish added to the tank? the oranda since May 28 after a month-long QT (4 prazi rounds, .3% salt for 2 weeks) * Any medications added to the tank? .3% salt, heat, double-dosed PraziPro yesterday to see if that helped * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 14 days of Metroplex with 2 Prazi rounds (most recent); previously, Metro and Kanaplex for a bacterial infection; several rounds of Prazi multiple times at .1% salt; * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? 3 pimple-spots on the fantail's dorsal fin, opaque spots and fraying on tail fin (this has been like this for several months and now getting worse) and now on the pelvic fin as of this morning, missing scales; on the Oranda: mouth/lips have turned white, some unevenness on lower left caudal lobe; sparkliness (white sparkles?) on her body that are hard to capture on film--but she is a white fish... * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? fantail: frequent gulping and splashing when diving, zoning out, some uncontrolled swimming; a little twitching (head shaking), a little dorsal clamping I've written about my fantail, Duchess, before, but I am sorry to have to come back. Her tail is not improving, and as of this morning, one of her pelvic fins is starting to fray. I've done multiple (MULTIPLE) rounds of Prazi with and without salt (the most recent bout was with Metroplex instead of salt to see if that would help), and her fins simply do not heal, nor do her missing scales from a lot of flashing and scraping from what was almost certainly a fluke problem some months ago. But I am not convinced that something else is going on given her very frequent gulping, lethargy, and the fin problems. My water quality is consistent and excellent, although I am confused why I never really get nitrate readings and the tank has been trucking on for a good while. I treated her a few weeks ago with Metroplex and Kanaplex since she went through a bout of bottom-sitting and stringy poop that she seems to have recovered from. I currently have her at 78-79 degrees F and .3% salt in case of ectoparasites. I added a double dose of Prazi yesterday just in case these flukes will just never quit. I have never treated her with salt and heat this way, since I got her before I understood a lot of appropriate treatment. My oranda, Vickie, went through a proper QT. Duchess has been at .3% salt for 9 days and with heat for 4 days. This morning I noticed that the tip of one of her caudal lobes is thickening and one of her pelvic fins starting to look ragged. Her behavior has not improved. Here are some pictures, but the thickening looks worse in person and I can't really capture the sparkles on her body (but not her fins), so I don't think it's ich. Patch of slime thickening on tail with some minor splits on lower lobes: Newer fraying and thickening on fin tips: New small fray on pelvic fin plus Vickie being Vickie. I couldn't get a picture of the three pimple-things on her dorsal fin. They look like little cysts rather than grains of salt. As I mentioned, her sparkles don't show up. Additionally, I should note that Vickie's mouth/lips have turned white (and not uniformly) in the past week or two and that her left lower caudal lobe looks rough/irregular. Otherwise she is healthy, and both fish are eating. Here are some photos of her mouth: Thanks for reading and sorry about all the photos/long post. I am really losing my mind trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Oh, and medications I have on hand include: metroplex and kanaplex, triple sulfa, furan-2, melafix, salt, epson alt, metro flakes (not metromeds), PP, methylene blue, QuickCure, malachite green
* Ammonia Level(Tank) .25-.5 ppm (a little greener than .25) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 76.8F (usually around 72-3F... it's just hot today) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons, 6 or so months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 AquaClear 70s * How often do you change the water and how much? Twice a week, 50-75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, partial (10% for detritus) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2: 1 fantail 3" body length but fat, 1 juvenile oranda * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, GoldBuffer, Flourish Comprehensive and Excel * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy Super Green, NLS Thera-A, Omega One blood worms (occasionally), nori or algae scrapings (occasionally) * Any new fish added to the tank? The juvenile oranda 2 weeks ago * Any medications added to the tank? .1% salt * Any behavioral changes? Bottom sitting; surface gulping frequently and then she sometimes splashes and suddenly dives; trying to kind of swim into the filter outpouring?; periodic zoning out and drifting * What symptoms are being displayed? some mild tail fraying and opaque spots on tail; missing scales from flashing from small accident and fluke treatment 1.5 months ago *Previous treatments: The salt is for the missing scales and tail problems; a few weeks ago she developed a secondary infection from fluke treatment (she had a heavy infestation, so I did six five-day rounds at .1% salt) and I treated with Kanaplex and Metroplex for 12 and 14 days respectively Meds available: Metroplex, Kanaplex, Furan-2, Triple Sulfa, PraziPro, Antibiotic food (metro), Methylene Blue, Quick Cure, Malachite Green, salt Sorry to have to write about Duchess again, but she has been bottom-sitting for three days now. Initially it was only at night, but I've now seen her doing it during the day. I went away for a day or so and came back to one of my AQ filters at a dead stop--the filter media smelled very bad, so I rinsed out everything with tank water, did about a 60% water change, and resumed filtration. The water no longer smells bad, but ammonia has gone from 0 ppm to a little over .25 ppm (I have been checking every day). Otherwise I don't know what else could have changed in the tank. Should I sterilize the filter media or is it too late anyway? From my previous threads, some of you may know that I was very worried that flukes weren't Duchess's only problem, since she has been gulping at the surface since her Prazi treatment and her tail has not healed. Her scales are also still missing. I have inserted another air stone to make the surface of the water even more agitated and have not fed them today. Vickie seems fine. Any ideas? She has only ever bottom-sat when she was sulking through her Prazi treatments and during the first few doses of antibiotics.