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  • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank) .25
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0
    • * Nitrate level(Tap) 0
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
  • Other Required Info:
    • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api drops
    • * Water temperature? 64
    • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 125, running since july, used filters from previous tank which had been running 1.5 years
    • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? fluval 405, rena xp4
    • * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, at least 50%
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 5 days ago, 60%
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6. one jumbo, 5 medium
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? omega one small sinking pellets, once a day
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? no
    • * Any medications added to the tank? not recently. i did several rounds of prazi in aug/sept. see link below to my post about that.
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. see link below
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? None other than the subject of this post.

My Oranda, Sir Smooch-a-lot, has been floating in the position pictured for six days. On the third day I moved him to a 10 gallon hospital tank and added Tetra Parasite Guard. The water parameters of the hospital tank are the same as above. I have done a water change daily.To the best of my knowledge, he hasn't eaten for six days. I have tried Medi-Gold medicated food and regular food but he can't get to the food.

Here is a link to my posts from the summer detailing my problems at that time. I have not had any other problems since that was resolved.


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I'm so sorry your beautiful Oranda isn't doing well at this time. :hug I hope once a Mod see's your post and you get on some kind of treatment plan your Oranda starts to feel better. That's great that your doing large daily water changes.

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I tried to hand feed but to no avail. He is in the same condition as the photos above. It has now been about 10 days. Is there anything else I can try? Is he in pain? Should I euthanize him?

He is most likely not in pain however I think it is important to evaluate his quality of life. I would try floating him in a colander for a few days to see if you can straighten him out a bit. It may not have any effect but it were my fish I would exhaust all possible options before throwing in the towel.

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