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Hi everyone,

I have been gone for quite awhile! 1 1/2 years possibly.

I could use some help again. The last time I needed help everyone came through for me. That was when I wanted to bring two of my pond goldfish in for the winter into a 55 gal tank to "enjoy them" ... it almost turned into a dissaster! That was two years ago. All has been great since then.

BUT! In the first week of May my oldest and largest female jumped out of the pond. This has happened with a couple of other very young fish previously and I used to put up a screen during the early Spring weeks when my large male will chase the females relentlesly . But because these fish are 4-5 inchs long and fat now I mistakenly decided not to put the screen up this Spring.

Anyway, I came home to find her under a hedge... she was covered in bark and dirt ... there was no movement and she looked gone. I picked her up and felt a slight bit of movement. So mistakenly I tried to brush off a bit of the bark and then placed her in the water and moved her around. To try and shorten this up .. she came through this experience with practically no afteraffects. Other than some missing scales and tattered tail and dorsal fin ... she was just fine acting normal ...

But since then she appears to have gotten some slight swelling where some of these scales are either missing or damaged. Where the actual scales is missing the spot appears fuzzy.. no redness. So the two symptoms are; white areas as big as the scales were themselves (slightly fuzzy) and under those some swelling or "Puffiness".

Since May, her tattered tail and fins are 100% healed and normal.

I have given the entire Crock/Pond one 7 day treatment of Melafix ... I did not notis any improvement whatsoever, so I brought inside the house to a 20 hospital tank with only a pump for circulation. I then gave her a two day treatment of Tetracycline T.C. ... waitied one extra day, no change that I could see, I then did a 25% h20 change and started a 3 day treatment of Quik Cure wondering if that may help. I still seeing about the same condition. I'm not seeing much or any of the puffiness though.

I would appreciate any ideas .... Can I expect the scales to grow back? Maybe these white areas are merely the scars that will remain ...I have 3 pics on my photobucket top line left to right. hard to see much though.

Thanks, Tom

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hello tom,

i am sorry you're having problems with your fish..

i will be moving this directly to 911.. please revisit and do the following.

1. answer all the questions reflecting the qt tank

2. take water params of the pond and post them here, make sure we understand which params are from the qt and which are from the pond.

3. i would like to see photos and a video of the sores the fish has, as well as a top view photo of her.

we will check back in a few mins.

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    Test Results for the Following:
  • * Ammonia Level
  • * Nitrite Level
  • * Nitrate level
  • * 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?
  • * Water temperature?
  • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
  • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
  • * How often do you change the water and how much?
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?

  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?
  • * Any medications added to the tank?
  • * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.)
  • * 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?
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

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thanks stakos/helen ... I took 3 pics and put them in my photobucket tonight but they are just too bad to get a real idea. So I will take some more tommorrow and repost along the the water parameters. Is there a chance you can look at them then? http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/g376/backyard11/

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hi tom,

thank you for the pictures, i would now like the information as asked in the questionnaire above. please do not forget to also provide the water params for the pond also separate to the qt info.

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