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  1. I seem to have gotten myself into a bit of a pickle by taking on some sick goldies. I have a black moor and a fantail in a 20g (I'm aware this is too small but they're only 2in at the moment and I'm looking for something bigger) with 2 sponge filters and an internal filter. Surprisingly, my water quality is pretty good, I do an 80-90% w/c every 5 days. When I first got them, they were suspected to have gill flukes and I treated them for it with praziquantel. However, they still gasp at the surface. Over the past few weeks, I've noticed that their poop has turned clear/white- I feed them soaked saki hikari purple bag as a staple and peas before I do a w/c. I'm pretty new to this hobby and have found out that white poop can sometimes be a sign of internal parasites. Would it be wise to medicate their food with praziquantel? If so, what dosage should I use? Other than the gasping at the surface and white poop they seem fine and still love their food. Any advice would be accepted as I don't want to end up losing the little guys. Thank you in advance.
  2. Hello guys, I have recently bought a new goldfish and put it into the quarantine tank (which is 4 gallon big (or small )). From the first day I have noticed that he was making white poop. Also, the fish had issues maintaining an orizontal position when relaxed, he kept getting onto his head or even on his back (like in the image below): He doesn't seem too stressed about that though. And can swim correctly(?) when feeding for example or when not feeling lazy (my guess). At first i've treated him for an internal bacterial infection, due to the awkward swimming: https://www.sera.de/en/products/in_category/ornamental-fish-treatments-335/product/sera-baktopur-direct.html No change after 3-4 days. Then i read some threads on this forum and feeded him only peas for 4 days. Fasted him for a week.after. Still no change. Tried to diagnose him using http://www.jbl.de/en/online-hospital Seemed to me to be intestinal parasites now (used fish sick and fish not eating as selections, though the fish does eat...) Used this for 8 days: http://www.jbl.de/?lang=en&mod=products&func=detail&id=5573 I'm at the end of this treatment. There have passed 3 weeks + since I bought and quarantined him. I'm doing 50% water changes every 2-3 days. Feeding every 2 days 1 pea. Fish seems to have lost a little weight but might be due to the 1 week fast. It has normal appetite. Still poops white. Still floats. Doesn't seem to be affected by the floating Was thinking to try the other product they recommend now: http://www.jbl.de/?lang=en&mod=products&func=detail&id=5569 but tought I might ask here first. So any advice you guys have, would be appreciated. (pls mind that I live in europe and don't have access to your u.s.a. medications. jbl are the most easy to get here) thanks, radu
  3. Hi all, First, the preliminaries: Please copy & paste fill the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) .25ppm (NOTE: these levels were all taken before the WC I did today) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 ppm (currently understocked and it's been this way for a while) * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5-7.6 pH * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 pH Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master kit drops * Water temperature? 70-71 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons, 1 year since last move, but 6 years total * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 AquaClear 70's with ceramic media (provided by AQ) and Fluval bio-rings (in the other one), floss pad, and provided sponge thing (these have been running for about 5-6 months) * How often do you change the water and how much? 60-70% every 4-5 days; larger percentage when I was treating for flukes (according to Koko's 6-round schedule) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, around 70% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 ribbontail, 6 years old, about 2.5-3 inches but very egg-shaped * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Flourish comprehensive and excel, GoldBuffer * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2x daily: NLS Thera-A and the goldfish-specific ones (alternating days and all pre-soaked); Repashy Super Green; sometimes nori or spirulina, though with the Repashy, less so lately * Any new fish added to the tank? No, but her tankmate died on March 7, 2015, which is why I started treating for flukes * Any medications added to the tank? Not yet * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I did a salt-dip a few days ago due to her tail and the missing scales--she lasted less than a minute in the bath and the whole experience was terrifying for me; after her tankmate died and I came to Koko's, I did 6 rounds of fluke treatment (PraziPro and .1% salt) according to Koko's recommendations--as a previous thread shows, she reacted very strongly so I think she must have had a lot of flukes; I tried Melafix for her tail previous to the fluke treatment but it seemed to make it hard for her to breathe so I stopped after a couple of days; 1 year ago I treated the fish for columnaris with MetroMeds and Maracyn-1 and -2 (BB was killed off); 3 years ago I treated them for Ich with salt and high temps; I have given Methylene Blue baths before when the BB died a year ago and I was worried about Nitrite sickness, and a couple months ago since my current fish has excess slimecoat on her tail that will not go away--it did not turn blue so I don't think it is a fungus, but of course I am not an ichthyologist * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Excess slimecoat on tail and mild fraying; 6 missing scales from flashing during Prazi; she is a white fish who seemed to keep getting more sparkly (?) over time, but there are no dots on her fins whatsoever * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? jumpier and yet lower energy than usual; sometimes she swims sideways along the bottom of the tank, but I can't tell if she just has hard time turning around; periodic yawning; periodically "biting" the surface of the water without prolonged gasping, though; some stationary floating when she thinks she is alone--just lower energy than pre-Queenie's death and Prazi treatment Hi all, I want to say first of all that it's hard to get a video of her doing all of these things since I'd have to essentially have a nanny-cam on her. I wanted to ask about this weird sideways swimming that I see her periodically doing. She doesn't scratch against objects in the tank, but I notice that when she seems to want to turn around quickly she'll swim sideways along the sand substrate. Her tail still will not heal despite vigilant water changes and the .1% salt concentration during Prazi treatment. She also just seems kind of bummed out, and the surface biting concerns me. I don't know if she is melancholy because she is alone, or because she is not feeling well. She eats, but the weird swimming and non-healing fins/scales also concern me. I am wondering if she could have another kind of parasite that caused flashing, etc. Do you think I should try a .3% salt concentration in case it's some other kind of topical parasite? It would kill some of my plants, which is why I haven't done it so far, but if it's necessary Duchess > plants.
  4. Hi all, I have had my new oranda, Victoria, in a .3% salt solution for almost 2 weeks now while administering Prazi double doses. She came from Petsmart so I have been following Koko's protocols for QT under questionable circumstances. Other than some surface dancing--I think she associates the surface with food from her flake days--she has been tolerating everything like a champ. I plan to do 4 rounds of Prazi. She is on round 3. How long should I keep her at the current salt concentration, do you think? My other fish had a secondary infection after a full blown Prazi tratment, so I am nervous about parasites in general. Duchess seems to be improving despite some lethargy and her tail issues, though. I am hoping that she is in the clear and that the main tank is healthy. So am I QTing Vickie right? Or is it overkill? I've never QTed before.
  5. All levels 0 aside from nitrate - About 20ppm coming out of tap. Ph 7.6 The four smaller fish are new and are showing similar symptoms - some worse, one hardly at all. These have never been in the main tank but are showing the same symptoms as my large ranchu so I have been treating them all together. Had them about a week. I have them all in a 20 g long together and am changing 100% water daily and redosing meds. The large black ranchu is from my main tank and is the only one showing these symptoms out of the fish from the main tank. There is a sponge filter in the qt tank for aeration. It looks sort of like ick, but is almost transparent, and looks sort of like fungus, but isn't really fuzzy. All 5 fish showing clear or green tinted (from duckweed) poops that can be round, or flat. I have been treating with 2x prazi, metro loose in the water, and am going to make some metro gel food as well. Large ranchu beginning to pinecone just slighty, as is the smallest ranchu most effected, but this appears to be more from scale irritation than giving an appearance of dropsy. This fish eat: duckweed/plants, bloodworms, and my big ranchu prevoiusly ate repashy gel food as well. For the first two days I treated with Ich-X too, but it is a very intense med and didn't seem to help much, and with the other two, adds up to a lot of meds in the water. I am really baffled as to what this is and could use the help of experts here - I haven't seen anything like it. The large ranchu has some color loss in one area of her wen - poor circulation? and her depth of color seems to vary a lot over the course of the day, from deep black to "purple." I love all these guys and am at a loss here. Pics to follow.
  6. Good morning! Before I head off to class, I wanted to post something here. I don't have time to fill out the questionnaire right now but will do it later if necessary. When I woke up this morning and went to check on the fish, I saw a type of worm that I had never seen before stuck to the glass of my tank. It was maybe a half inch long, had a sticky tail, and an arrow-shaped head. I remember seeing this before online, but for the life of me can't find out what it is. I stepped away to get my camera for a picture, and when I came back, it was gone. Any thoughts on what this worm might be, and how can I get it (and we must assume....THEM!) out???? Thanks!
  7. I'm not sure if this is on the right area. Move if needed. I was wondering, how many watts would I need to kill parasites (especially ick) in let's say 600 gallons of water? And what would be the best GPH for it? Thanks!
  8. ARGULUS,fish lice, have appeared on all 7 new redcaps oranda after 13th day of QT. these horrible beast are seen a dark circle shadows on fins. there were no signs when purchased so they hatched and became visible after 13 days. Only indication was some small white puff balls ,eggs?, on some fish. APO party was held (argulus pick off) to remove the critters. QT,QT always. fish and tank are being treated for argulus and wounds, infection etc.
  9. HI Guys Little Bosco has some odd white spots that have appeared out of nowhere, none of my other two fish are affected. I did move some anubias into the tank (forgetting to bleach treat them, stupidly) that had been in quarantine with some Ramshorn Snails, and these snails (and the shrimp they live with) have been in contact with other fish int the past. * Ammonia Tank - 0 * Nitrites Tank - 0 * Nitrates Tank - 5 * Tap - no readings for Ammonia, Nitrate or Nitrite * Ph is around 7.5 for both tap and tank * 20 Degrees C Temperature * 220 litre tank, Fluval 305 external Canister with charcoal, various sponges, floss, glass and ceramic media * Four occupants in total, all under a year and generally quite small * 25 - 50 % WCs per week * Water conditioned with Seachem Prime
  10. I am thinking of getting a microscope in the future for my birthday or if I get a bonus in my paycheck. I was looking at this one http://www.amazon.com/My-First-Lab-Duo-Scope-Microscope/dp/B000NOU54O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1340416567&sr=8-3&keywords=microscope I was wondering if this microscope would be ok for looking at parasites? I used to have one like this but it got pretty rusted a few years ago when I was a idiot and left it outside when it rained >_<
  11. Eeekkk! I sometimes see white-ish things floating in the water. I had assumed it was a poop casing or empty poop. Less than half an inch long, whitish. But today there was a particularly big one and I fished it out of the water. I think it was some kind of worm or parasite!!!!! It was flat and about half an inch long, whitish to clear. One end was flat across and might have been the mouth or eyes. The other end was jagged and looked like it had broken off. It was more than 1/2 an inch (12 mm). It could have been a planaria, but it seemed so big! I've spent the last few hours looking at parasite, fluke and worm images online. This is not the most relaxing passtime! Does anyone have any ideas about what it might have been? Please save me from the parasitic nightmares!?
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