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Test Results for the Following:

* Ammonia Level(Tank) 0
* Nitrite Level(Tank) 0
* Nitrate level(Tank) 0
* Ammonia Level(Tap) 0
* Nitrite Level(Tap) 0
* Nitrate level(Tap) 0—tank was beautifully cycled before Jack came home
* Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7
* Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7
Other Required Info:
* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API
* Water temperature? 84
* Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gals
* What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra Whisper, large
* How often do you change the water and how much? 50% daily
* How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? This morning, 50%
* How many fish in the tank and their size? One 2-incher
* What kind of water additives or conditioners? Novaqua water conditioner, 0.2% salt concentration (Kosher)
* What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead (only 1-2 pellets a day, for now, to minimize waste—carbon filter has been removed because of the PraziPro)
* Any new fish added to the tank? No
* Any medications added to the tank? PRAZIPRO (1 tsp)
* List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Saline treatment for a week; Prazi has been in for 2 days
* Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? A few ick spots (now nearly gone); but as of a few days ago: a little white stub sticking out of his anus, probably the parasite? (long white stringy poop still comes out of it though)
* Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Still eats, but usually stays inside his little house, lies on the bottom

Hello everyone:

My new goldfish Jack came in with parasites. Symptoms started with: very healthy, playful swimming around the tank, until ...

- flashing (rubbing against the tank, side to side, up and down)

- yawning every 20 seconds or so

A few days later:

- clamped dorsal fin

- listless, bottom sitting (hiding out in his little cottage)

- random thrashing into walls (when he's out of the cottage)

- occasional spurts and spasms (definitely trying to get rid of something, maybe parasites)

Finally, two days ago, PraziPro came in the mail so I administered that accordingly. Tonight, he looks infinitely better: fin is less clamped, I find him occasionally swimming about just fine, a bit tired still. I'm hopeful.

What do you all think of my treatment? Is there anything more I should do? Anything I should've done differently? Anymore information you need?

I was considering ordering Metro-Meds to get rid of any possible bacterial infections, etc., especially as his poop is long, white, and stringy. But my income is low (grad student stipend), so I've held off. I have a "portending doom" feeling, though, that by the time it arrives (probably a week later), he won't be eating much anymore—unless the Prazi does all the work and cures him! But shame if I am unable to save him of a new disease (bacterial or otherwise) immediately after curing him of the first one.

What should I do?

Named after the self-destructive Kerouac—perhaps that was fating him.


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I would continue treating with PraziPro as posted in the disease forum (I will link that in a minute . . . Not really good with that on my iPad. :teehee ).

I don't see any reason to only feed 1-2 pellets a day. Carbon removes medications, not fish waste. Your BBs and water changes will do that. Also, many of us do not use carbon regularly anyway so I wouldn't replace it, even once you're done with the Prazipro.

Has he always had the black on his fins? His tail looks a little tattered also . . .

Could you post a video of his behavior and also a full tank shot? :)

The long white poo could be from parasites and/or stress. It's not necessarily bacterial.

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Thank you!!! Inhave been looking everywhere for that!!
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I noticed that you said you do 50% daily WCs. How are you incorporating the prazi treatment in with this routine?

I'm re-administering half the prazi with the changes (so there's a steady dosage in the water). Is that ok?

faintailfan1, I'll try getting a picture after work. He looked a little better today, maybe, but I noticed more ick on his wen :( The black on his fins/tails were always there; they're very uniform, symmetrical and pretty, so not from burn or disease I don't think. I tried feeding him more, but he only ate one pellet and spit out the other three.

My question is: Would metro-meds be lost on this case?

Also, thank you so much for all your help.

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Yup, three days—still bottom sitting (but occasional swimming around, good sign). Fins are MUCH less clamped, almost normal, but he's still a big lethargic I think. Also, he still has that tiny white/clear stub sticking out of his butt. Gross, because I think it's the worm.

I've been keeping the tank covered to minimize stress and encourage resting. But when I peek in (he's floating with fins beautifully fanned out).

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