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  1. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0-.25 ppm (TAN) (Mini Cycle) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5-10 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .50-1.0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0-8.2 (I live in San Diego, our Tap contains Chloramines but I don't have a test for that) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API FW Master, Seachem Ammonia Alert, Seachem Multi-Test Ammonia * Water temperature? 75F-78F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55G, running since the cycle completed in June 2018 * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear HOB 70, Tetra Whisper IQ 60, SunSun (Called a Polar Aurora) 304b added a week ago. Prefilters on all. * How often do you change the water and how much? 20% 2x/week, up to 50% every other day (recently) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 10G * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5, all Fanicies. Orange Fantail, 3.5" w/tail. Red Headed Ryukin, 2.5" w/tail. Black Moor, 3"w/tail. Shubunkin, 4.5" w/tail, and another Shubunkin, 4" w/tail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, AmQuel+, Seachem Stability * What do you feed your fish and how often? Alternating, Aqueon Goldfish Granules, TetraPro Goldfish Crisps * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Currently none. Recently, regarding this ulcer, I have used a full course per directions on each of Kanaplex (Water), PolyGuard (Water), Metroplex (Food)- with GarlicGuard and Focus * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. The only other time was immediately after bringing home the two Shubunkins. The Black Moor ONLY came down with Ich. Treated my DT with Cupramine as directed, cured. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? The wen on the Fantail presented with a small ulcer above its left eye approximately 1.5 months ago. Black Moor presented with Unilateral Popeye, and minor clouding at the same time. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom? Fantail is now showing some clamping as of this morning, also now listless, and bottom sitting in the corner, facing the glass. I know that these forums are integral in the care of fish and have served to help NUMEROUS new aquarists find their way. I'm hoping that will be the happy end of this story. I found Koko's through yet another Google search, but this was the FIRST time I found a picture that even closely resembled my fish. It is VERY difficult to use the word "white" online or in forums without being regularly asked, "Are you SURE its not Ich?" Been there, done that! About April of this year I had just lost a Betta that I rescued from my classroom (Im a Behavior Interventionist, and my student threw the tank across the room) he survived for 6 months or so, but owing to my COMPLETE lack of knowledge he passed with what I now know to be Dropsy (Likely from my lack of adequate care). This stirred an interest in me and I got a 10 gallon aquarium kit, and started researching... and researching, and researching. I exhaustively followed message boards, forums, dedicated websites, etc. Not long after, a friend of mine who works at a large, big box Pet COmpany, showed up to my house with two fish in a bag, one BEAUTIFUL fantail, and one wild looking Black Moor that were surrendered to them. By now, I knew about the nitrogen cycle, the time that took, and a number of other things nonspecific to Goldies, so I set out again to research, this time on breed specific info. I feel I'm a very well informed guy today. I know a great deal about care of Goldfish, but additionally, a great deal about the Freshwater hobby. I knew flinging them into a 10G tank with nothing more than a subpar filter and tap water dechlorinated that day was a bad idea, but it was my only choice. I bought a 55G TopFin setup, and a stand. I went immediately to amazon and purchased what I needed to run a fishless cycle. Having called my friend who "bestowed" the fish upon me, I next called him and explained that WE had a lot of work to do. It has become my hobby very quickly, and I spend a lot of my time researching and maintaining my tank. The problem- Approximately 1.5-2 months ago, I went out of town for a Union conference. I was gone about 5 days, what I returned to was a crashed pH, and high ammonia and NitrAtes. There was also a drop of about 8 degrees in the temp, why I am not sure, but it was under 70F upon arrival. I set to work on regulating my pH slowly while also accomplishing large water changes 1-2x/day. I made it through and was so pleased that I made it out with all my fish when all parameters returned to normal. Not long after (weeks maybe?) I noticed a small spot on my Fantail, above his eye, it was white with what appeared to be white threads about 3mm long swaying about from it. Thus began my disease and treatment research. Soon thereafter, I noticed he developed fluid UNDER his eyes, not surrounding, not behind as in Popeye. After looking at literally everything I could find on every website Google had, because the disease process was not immediately identifiable, or nondescript, I proceeded to a broad spectrum antibiotic treatment with Kanaplex in the water column believing I was treating a bacterial infection secondary to possible mechanical injury. The ulcer did not respond during treatment, briefly seemed better (couple weeks?), then began getting worse. I knew there were stronger options, but as a Nurse myself, I didn't want to start there (not to mention all the debate on BB and Antimicrobials). Now it was ON! I thought, I'm gonna kick this! I began a treatment of PolyGuard in the water column, and Metroplex feeding as it seemed like HITH from Hexamita. After completion of both treatments concurrently, there was no improvement and my lovely white decor was now blue (and tacky), but my prized fantail was NO better. I ceased treatment thinking perhaps the regiment killed the supposed parasite/ bacterial infection, but the ulcer was just taking time to heal. Fast forward to last night. I looked at his head and lo and behold its getting worse... Again. A normally lively, inquisitive fish, he's sitting in the corner, or listlessly floating with his tail hung behind him. This has become urgent, the behavior and affect change is much too sudden. The wound seems to have grown overnight and I have already used some very powerful drugs to try to help him. I think I may be in a mini-cycle as well as I had an uptick in my Ammonia and NitrAtes. I have been using Prime to keep things safe, and more recently AmQuel+, so Ammonia numbers may be off (It's been about 20 hours since my last tank dose of Amquel) Some of my questions may be inferred, but please, I am new and know only what my research has taught me. I am just as "new" as any of us facing an obstacle that we can't cross alone. Any and all information, advice, "have you tried/ thought of?", or guidance would REALLY help me out here. Feel free to ask any questions, or for further clarification. I really just need this out into the world, because research can't take me any further. All my best, Kevin PICTURE KEY: Ulcer just above his L Eye Another View Seachem Ammonia Alert Showing "Safe" - In reality it looks more like "Alert" when the light is off My Tank :-) All Parameters for Tank All Parameters for Tap
  2. Hello, Citizens of Koko's! One of our goldfish has a problem and needs your help. Chippie, our 4 1/2 year-old lionhead, has come down with several fuzzy white specks on her otherwise magnificent wen. That cottony-looking overgrowth of bacterial infection called "fungus" (I've lurked on this forum long enough to know! ). Unfortunately, this infection may have been developing unseen for several weeks, because the normal whitish cast of new wen growth in these mega-lumpified areas probably would have obscured "fungus" that was just starting out. WHAT I'VE DONE SO FAR: During the last water change (4 days ago), I put Chippie in a mild salt dip of 2 tablespoons per gallon for approximately 8 minutes, during which she calmly swam around the bucket (that's why I kept her in so long). Then the fuzz went away, but it reappeared as bad as before within 24 hours. So during today's water change, I found my trusty ol' goldfish book, and did a stronger salt dip following David Boruchowitz's recommended 2 tablespoons per quart. However, this higher salinity clearly upset Chippie, who thrashed slightly before just drifting at the surface with the top of her back exposed, motionless besides heavy breathing. Of course, I removed her within the minute. I returned her to the bucket only after diluting the solution by two quarts, then watched her extra-closely. She hated it the same as before, and when some veins in her tail became red, I returned her to the tank instead of diluting it further (as it seemed like she'd been through plenty of stress for one day). So, she had at most the equivalent of a 2 minute salt dip altogether this morning. I'm pretty sure I'm doing the dips correctly: Morton Canning & Pickling Salt (100% salt, no additives) dissolved in tank water heated by well-rinsed pots, then cooled to room temperature before being added to room-temperature tank water (45 gallon always kept at room-temperature too) in the "goldfish-only" bucket. Also, for what it may be worth, after all three salt dips, upon being returned to the tank Chippie immediately zoomed to the corner and spent a good 20-30 seconds vigorously rubbing her head in the powerful incoming stream from the refilling hose. So apparently the salt stings: maybe that means it's working? And doesn't this problem requires longer-term, lower-level salinity to clear up? I'm not sure what's the optimum salinity for this problem or how long I should maintain it, at the 45 gallon tank level. (Of course I would prefer to avoid subjecting the other two goldfish to salt they don't need by putting Chippie in a "hospital" tub, but there's no remotely safe place for it.) Also I am uncertain how to interpret salinity-related instructions given the concentration of Morton Canning & Pickling salt : a tablespoon of it is MUCH more salt than a tablespoon of rock salt, for example. Maybe 2 tablespoons per quart of this particular salt was way too much? Thanks for your help! And for slogging through my many paragraphs! NOTE: This is the first time I have used a smartphone (which I'm only borrowing) to post ANYTHING online, and I am TERRIBLE at it, so please refer to my last post (about red splotches on Blunderbuss) for information regarding the tank and its inhabitants. I will post basic water parameters shortly, but the ability to copy and paste the standard form is hopelessly beyond me. (Please forgive me, this post has taken me about two hours already; no wonder I just have a flip-phone.)
  3. My red cap oranda has black on it's wen. I've had him for over 2 weeks now and the black appeared 4 days ago. He is eating and acting fine. Is in a 65 gallon tank with 2 other fancy goldfish bought the same day, same petstore. The others show no signs. tank cycled and water perfect: ph: 7,6 ; nitrite: 0; nitrate: 0; ammonia: 0; temp : 21 degrees celcius 60% water changes every 5 days Photo of goldfish
  4. I've had my goldfish for 2 weeks now and they are all doing fine. I own one red cap oranda, one calico oranda and a black ranchu. Bought them all the same day and they all live in a 65 gallon tank. I do 60 percent water change every 6 to 7 days. The water is fine but I noticed today some black on my red caps wen ... do any of you guys no what it is ? Is it serious ? And how to treat it . Thanks
  5. I'm having a big problem with my 175 gallon tank, which holds 8 fancy goldfish from 3 cm til 20 cm in size. It all started just before Christmas, when my oranda Marlin (25 cm, 250g+) started to stay in the top of the tank and hardly move. I did a salt bath and increased my weekly water change from 1 to 2 - doing as much as 80% change per time. He didn't have any external signs of being sick, other than the lack of movement. He still showed signs of eating and pooping. When I do water changes I often remove the fish, to better clean the tank (lots of algae and poop). Normally Marlin would be almost impossible to find, but he hardly put up a fight. Morning of the 26th I found him dead in the tank. Still not external to see, but bleeding for the gills and mouth, I did a 95% water change and filter cleaning that day. Now 14 days later and there is something terrible wrong in my tank. My biggest fish, Lio the lionhead, is having "zits" on his wen that when pressed extrudes white stuff and then blood. He has several "holes" in his wen and some are near the gills (his wen covers the gills). He has been acting like Marlin did, being in the top of the tank, not moving, showing little interest in food or the other fish. Normally he is the first to greet me at the tank! Now 3 of my ranchu/lionhead are having these holes in their wen! I did a 95% water change, scrubbed the tank and gave all 8 fish a 30 min salt bath at 10%. I remove the gravel in my tank as this has been an issue for me before, where it helped greatly to remove it. A few pictures of it: It is very tough to see in the pictures of the others, so these are the best. But very similar on the other two wenned fish that I have. The list: 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? Strips - JBL * Water temperature? 24 celsius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 175 gallon, long. Been running for about a year * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? FX5 and FX6 - 20liter filterbucket, 2350 litres per hour. * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 70-100% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Did one Wednesday, and one today (Sunday) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 8 (was 9), ranging from 3 cm to 20 cm * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Aquasafe by Tetra with each water change. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Feed 3-4 times a day. Mix of Repharsy and 4-5 different types of pellets. * Any new fish added to the tank? 4 new fish was added just before Marlin died (I didn't make the connect then), after 1 month in QT. Nothing showed up with them before now. * Any medications added to the tank? None at this point. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Never treated the entire tank with any medication, but all 8 fish spend 30 mins in a 10% salt bath, and it seemed to have "quicken" them up. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? My two white pandamoors have had a few red streaks. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? They were a bit more inactive. Lio stayed at the top of the tank a lot. Very little interest in food. A few stringy white poops. I started this post as I was doing a water change, so I haven't tested the water. Did one last week and it showed a little nitrate and ammonia. I talked to the guy I bought the 4 fish from and he is sending me some Acriflvain and albaguine medicine. Is there anything else I can do? Thank you in advance.
  6. My oranda, Jack, had a wen that was slowly covering his eyes. Over the years, he became less active as a result. I'm about to introduce a new buddy into his tank that is another oranda who is less than 1 year old. In order to avoid me having to hand feed Jack, I needed to trim his wen to give him a better chance of finding food quickly. Before I bought the new oranda, I searched for months for a veterinarian who would do wen surgery. No luck. This new oranda was the impetus for me to do the surgery myself. Here is the video on Jack's wen surgery. I hope this is helpful for you should you decide to do wen surgery on your fish.
  7. I've been wondering - what is (or is there) a relationship between a goldfish's food, and the color of the goldfish's wen? I went back a while and searched for a similar topic in this forum but didn't find one -- so let me know if this has already been discussed. Does food affect wen color? Specifically, the white wen. Obviously, if there are color enhancers in the food, it is a factor. But does algae affect wen color? I currently have 2 ranchu's, both are "Red and White" and both have red and "white" wen's. When they were babies, their wens were white and red, but now the white part of their wen is a lemony-yellow. I've just purchased a tancho ranchu, and I'd like for his white part of his wen (and all fins) to stay pearly white. Current food: NLS Goldfish Pellets Repashy Soilent Green Bloodworms Advice is appreciated!
  8. Just wanna share Ponkan my orange oranda (one of my three oranda/s).. Bought him last year around September or October?.. from our LFS (not really sure with the month though.. ) He was like so skinny and his wen wasn't really apparent.. Approximately he was 2.5-3 inches first when I got him.. I got him together with a black moor, but unfortunately the black moor was sent back to the LFS because I felt that it was acting weird and unhealthy... I really didn't knew that his wen would develop... and boy.. he's really growing fast... Here are some pictures.. I don't have before pictures of Ponkan.. too bad.. He has the most developed wen of the three oranda/s.. Here's Ponkan clearing the substrate.. This is it for now.. Thanks!! Not much.. PS: sorry for the pictures.. other of my GF/s keeps on photobombing...
  9. Hello! I am new to KoKo's and I've been directed to here by a lot of my friends. My large oranda that I had purchased from Petsmart has great wen growth. But they other day there was this random growth that was hanging off the side of her wen and it was jiggling everywhere, it was red and white. I inspected it then put her back in the regular tank with some aquarium salt. Then 5 minutes later, it was gone! People were suggesting she had hole in the head syndrome, but then the next day the tiny hole filled in with a lot of wen! Now the part looks cottony and white, its weird. I am worried and I do not know hwat it is, please help! I don't know how to add any photos or videos
  10. So I'm getting my big BIG tank at the end of the month and decided to order the fish I wanted online because the LFS here where I am (North East Scotland) really don't have much goldfish beyond fantails, commons and comets. I ordered standard non-show/breed quality fish online so didn't get the option to pick them myself, just colour and breed. Aaaaanyway to cut a rambling story short I had ordered 1 regular red and white Pearlscale, instead I got a calico CROWNED pearscale. Now this little ball is the cutest thing ever and I am not sending her back (she is surprisingly a very fast swimmer, particularly when there is food). However the reason I didn't initially go for a crowned Pearscale is because the bump on their head freaks me out a little. So my silly question : Is that bump filled with fluid or hard tissue like the wen of an Oranda and what are the chances of it popping?! I apologise if this question has been asked before, I did try an internet search but it's either all vague information or I'm brain dead (which is a possibility). Instead of worrying about it I thought I'd just ask here and get some clarification. She is 2-3 inches and I'm still deciding on a name. The bump on her head is definitely there but not particularly big, just looks like a little bubble. Any advice from those who have crowned pearlscales would be much appreciated.
  11. Hello Koko's! I was wondering about my Oranda, Jelly Bean. She has a nice head wen already established (stunting issue? She came to me that way) but I noticed more recently now that she's putting on weight that her cheeks are starting to get bubbly. How do you know you have a hat-oranda over a face-oranda? Does one part tend to grow quicker? I'm mostly curious - I accepted the fact she was a hat-wearer when I bought her but would love her any way she comes. She's already shed all of her black on me. "I don't want a fat face!"
  12. Hey guys, I have woken up to an issue with my Calico Oranda. His wen seems to have "deflated" a bit in one spot and has gone from bright orange to a much lighter shade of whitish orange in the spot. it is also quite wobbly in the area of colour/form change. I was due a water change tonight, so I have rescheduled it and just done it now ( I did a 50% change using prime) I haven't used any medications as yet for this (although about 3 days ago the tank had a dose of melafix and pimafix). I'm considering putting the heater on and adding salt to the tank. all the water parameters have been spot on in the past. ( I didn't do a test prior to wc - bad I know, but I already knew it was due today so I just did it) Nitrates, nitrites 0ppm, and ammonia all 0 - 0.25ppm. this tank has been running for approx. 8-10 months and was started with already cycled filter media. oxygen saturation usually sits around 12mg/L and ph is usually 7.6 current water temp is 23c. My list of Available medications on hand to me are as follows. - Prazi pro - Melafix - Pimafix - Metronidazole - Tri sulfa - Seachem AquaZole - Bacta - Blue Planet Fluke & Tapeworm tablets - Myxazin -Aquari- cycline - Salt (none of the above medications have been used thusfar for this problem they are just whats avail. - I like to be ready for an emergency) he has also taken to bottom sitting a bit, but does get up n swim around energetically when its feeding time or if I approach the tank. Any assistance would be great.
  13. * 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) 7.6-7.8 kH=140ish ppm gH=17-25ppm * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2-7.4 kH=30-40ppm gH=17-25ppm Other Required Info:* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 73.0-74.5 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons 4 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? SUNSUN HW 304B (525 GPH 9 watt UV) Aquaclear 70 (300 GPH) * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week 90-100% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days ago 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6 ranges from 2"-6" with tail * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2-3 times a day repashy super/soilent, bloodworms, HL, Omega one, NLS Thera+a, pro-gold * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazied 2-3 rounds in January with .1% salt Puff has had MM before for a 14 day course. VERY sensitive to salt. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Streaking, slimy, and a little red hoe in her wen * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting a lot (She's been doing that for a long time now, so that's normal) and just saw her flicking her dorsal and bottom fins. Eating normally and still greets me and does her feed me dance. She is a little unbalanced. Also some clamping from her and a few of my other fish occasionally.
  14. My friend left for college this year and he gave me his adorable oranda goldfish, Dimple! So far he is getting along with my other fish swimmingly He seems very happy and active and his wen is growing
  15. My three lionheads are now each about 2 1/2" (6.35 cm) long (including their tails). I got them in mid-July (and immediately began the salt/Prazi-Pro regimen you all recommend). Since that time, they've each gotten much rounder, brighter, and about 1/2" longer. They act very happy and appear to be doing really well. They have absolutely no thickening or lumpiness on their heads yet (neither do their tankmates that are still at the LFS, while orandas their size often do have at least the beginnings of wens). I'm feeding them each 4-5 small New Life Spectrum Goldfish pellets twice a day (except for one feeding a week where I substitute pellets for 2 blood worms each) and fasting them on the day of their weekly 66%+ water change. Edit: They're in a 45 US gallon tank, with (HOB) 10x filtration and an airstone. -At what size do lionheads' wens begin to grow? -For those of you here who have lionheads and/or ranchus, how big were yours when their heads began getting all lumpy and extra-adorable? -Is what I'm feeding them good for wen development? I know it's bad for goldfish's wens to start when they're too young, as they continue to grow throughout their lives; I'm asking because I read somewhere that a certain nutrient is needed for wen growth and I don't remember what that nutrient was.
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