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Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) <5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.3 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 70F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10gal, way over half a year, pre-seeded media being 2 years old * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Top Fin internal filter running at 90gph * How often do you change the water and how much? twice weekly 85% (I always drain down to giving the fish enough room to swim but NOT extend their dorsal fin) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today 85% * How many fish in the tank and their size? one fish at about 1" body length * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One small sinking pellets, plain Nori seaweed, Repashy Super Green, frozen blood worms, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, steamed vegetables * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? Currently 1/8 tsp metronidazole powder for 10g and 1/8tsp epsom salt * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 0.2% salt and praziquantel 9 months ago, started again a few days ago just before problems * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Mildly raised scales * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Slightly tilting to her left while additionally being in a very slight C shape to her left, a bit lethargic but still considerably active for her condition This is about Beanie Baby, the oddly tiny result of my last spawning. She is less than a month away from being one year old but still only about 1" body length. Very fat little lionhead, normally very active. Because of her tiny size I do not dare to keep her in one of the big tanks with the 10" fish and massive filtration, but rather in a 10g. As all the other tanks, this is lightly planted (seven anubias of various types, the largest ones of them with leaves reaching the water surface, all just tied to rocks or wood, plus some free floating java fern) and has no substrate. This whole ordeal started on Sunday, when I did a water change and cleaned the filter media. As always the media was cleaned in some primed tap water. Squeezed and squished until most of the gunk came out. I have been doing the same thing on that filter for a while since it is more on the small size and collects gunk faster, but she has problems with stronger filters. This time I also added salt at 0.1% and praziquantel. The next day (two days ago) when I came home from work I noticed that she was kind of lethargic, and mildly bent. She can't get around as well as she normally does, but still tried to beg for food when she saw me. I wondered if maybe for some reason the salt and meds were too much, so I immediately did an 85% water change, and added epsom salt. Yesterday morning she was the same, but in the afternoon she seemed to decline. even slightly pinecone. Not much interested in food and bottom sitting. Even the small 90gph filter seemed to cause too much current so I turned it all the way down. I think that's about 40gph in a 10gallon tank. Did another water change and added metro powder and tried to feed metro meds, which she didn't show too much interest in and even then, the pellets are just at tad too large to fit into her mouth - that's how tiny she is at one year old. So this morning I decided to add metronidazole powder directly to the tank, and when I came home from work she was more active and even interested in the metro meds, although it takes her forever to eat just one of these pellets. I am certain that she has issues that are related to her being so tiny compared to her siblings; what most would call a runt and many would have culled. But I love this little girl and she is trying and she still has spirit, so if anyone has any ideas, just spit them out. Here is a crappy picture of her. The pics with flash had too much reflection on the surface, but this blurry pic still shows how tiny yet fat she is in that 10g tank, and how she is leaning/bending to her left side.
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) - 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * 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 drop kit * Water temperature? 22.5 * Tank size (how many gals.) 70L/ 18 US Gallons, only been running 4 days as it is my QT tank * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Juwel 200 l/h * How often do you change the water and how much? I've been changing it daily about 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 Oranda approx 5 inches, she weighs 90 grams * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Generic chlorine remover from hardware store (Been using it 4 years, never had any problems with it) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Peas every couple of days, this fish seems to pinecone once every two months I think mainly from constipation so I stopped feeding them all sinking pellets as it was hard to seperate this fish from the others when giving them sinking pellets. I don't know if it's ok to just give them peas but they seem to love it and are growing well. I sometimes give them spinich on odd occasions too but not all of them take to it. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Seachem Kanaplex for one dose that lasts two days along with Melafix as because she's upside down her belly is starting to get red but I've just read on the forum that you can put vaseline on their bellies to stop that happening so I think I'll do that although her fins are starting to look frayed too and Melafix seems to have helped that on my other fish. I treated with metronidazole yesterday after doing a water change to see if that made a difference but nothing has changed so I thought I'd ask here before I do anything else. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Please see above * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? She was pineconing really badly although she does do it every couple of months and I fed her metromeds which made her poo a lot and they swelling went down nicely and dissappeared. I've ran out of metromeds now but I got some metronidazole from the US and also the Seachem Kanaplex as I read on here it was good to have in stock. After treating with Kanaplex she started to go down but a couple of days ago she started floating upside down. Her right hand side had stopped being raised and her left had started to go down but it doesn't seem to be budging now. With this and her being upside down and now getting blood streaks on her belly I thought I'd ask on here before just chucking loads of meds at her. She pineconed about a month ago which I treated with medicated food and it went away but maybe the problem wasn't all gone. She is pooing but not very much and she is usually a very messy fish. I didn't know whether to fast her or give her peas or what. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? She is fine in herself apart from being upside down, she is still swimming around the best she can and keeps trying to right herself, more so today than in the last couple of days. For two nights I put her in a floating net hatchery so that her belly wasn't out of the water but I felt cruel doing it as it's only about 10 inches by 6 inches and she swam out of it one night but I was worried about her belly. With so many problems I wanted to ask on here but I don't know if they're all linked to constipation? Thanks in advance for your help.
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 1 * Nitrate level(Tank) <5 * 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? JBL Combiset, drops * Water temperature? 23C/73F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 UK gallons. Has been running 18 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval U4 1000l/h (internal) External filter 2000l/h * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 40% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Last week, 40% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 Fish, all Orandas, one 6" one 5" one 4" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Just a chlorine control in new water * What do you feed your fish and how often? Either shelled peas or frozen blood worms, sometimes they have an algae window treat. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Nothing * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? She is fine in herself but she has started pineconing, I have lost 3 fish over the Christmas holiday and so I have been checking for illness a lot. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Pepper does sit on the bottom quite a bit but she always has in the 5 months I've had her, then she'll swim around for 10 minutes and then return but she always returns to her corner near the front. She'll eat anything you put in the tank and even nips my hand when I put algae window treats on the tank. I only noticed her pineconing when I came home from work today, with losing other fish a couple of weeks ago I was very worried so I've put her in a 10 gallon QT tank. She seems fine and is swimming around loads trying to find things to eat but she is pineconing a little so that's why I've moved her. She weighs 90 grams, I weighed her because I got asked to with my last fish to work out how many metro meds to give him. I've taken some pictures so you can see how she is pineconing. http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w256/HondaLad1987/DSC00387.jpg http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w256/HondaLad1987/DSC00386.jpg http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w256/HondaLad1987/DSC00389.jpg http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w256/HondaLad1987/DSC00390.jpg http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w256/HondaLad1987/DSC00388.jpg
Hello folks! I just picked up three juvenile goldfish - one calico fantail (1 inch body) and two pearlscales (1.5 body for both of them). They were selected for being curious, active, and cute, of course. Still unnamed, for the moment. They're in quarantine in a ten gallon tank I had on hand and already running. It's planted and has filter media, which isn't ideal, but I don't mind decimating it if need be and it was just sitting there, so I figured working with a stable, trouble free tank with no other occupants (save a lone nerite) was simple enough. We're doing 90% water changes every two days, given the bioload in the tank. They're also being treated with prazipro and salt as per the recommended procedure I picked up from this site. The fantail and one pearly look great - foraging, curious, swimming well. But the other pearlscale has been a bit floaty and, upon closer inspection, I think may be retaining some fluid or constipated. The thing is, I'm having a hard time telling what is typical pearlscale shape and scale characteristics and what might be mild dropsy. The other pearlscale looks smoother and less round, but I have only had them a day and cannot compare them, before and after, to tell what looks healthy for each fish. So tell me, does this pearlscale look ill or normal? She's a little less active than the other fish but some of that seems to be due to the floaty issues. Still, I think I need more eyes and brains on this than just my own! I don't know what they may have had exposure to at the LFS, hence the preventative prazipro and salt, but let me know if I'm missing something (and do move this if it is better suited to another section.
Ok so Shiro has come down with dropsy and dnalex has been helping me with him and doing a great job of it too. But I had someone asked me ."Why do you add Epsom salt and a heater. Don't goldfish need cold water?" I could not answer them and I could not find a topic asking this. So could someone explain to me what does the heater and epsom salt do to help with dropsy? Sorry if this is the wrong area. Also im not trying to question yalls methods, I trust you guys completely, just wanting to understand it better. Thanks for yalls help.