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I think I'm going to try a mini bog filter inside on my tropical tank to see how that goes. It has a sand bottom, can a pump still be used? don't they usually have suction cups, I could just suction above the sand?

Yes, I have stuck mine to the side. They also typically come with a sponge prefilter that gives the pump some protection from sand.

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I think I'm going to try a mini bog filter inside on my tropical tank to see how that goes. It has a sand bottom, can a pump still be used? don't they usually have suction cups, I could just suction above the sand?

Yes, I have stuck mine to the side. They also typically come with a sponge prefilter that gives the pump some protection from sand.

Ok nice

salt dip for the dropsy fish is fine, it's only momentarily exposed. treating with salt in the tank for short (several days) or long term for dropsy fish is what i have observed to be the issue. but a salt dip should be ok.

Ok hopefully it'll take care of anything external and the metro meds will handle internal
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So sorry that you're going through this* ~ I know what you mean by not being able to enjoy your tank.... I am just starting to now. Don't give up* - I hope your fishies do better real soon* Best wishes ...... :goldfish::hug

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I hope you won't give up if you enjoy the hobby. You've already gotten lots of great suggestions etc. from everyone :)

Fish get sick unfortunately, sometimes despite our best efforts. It can be devastating to lose a fish, and even worse more than one in succession, but sometimes there isn't much we can do :idont

Well my boyfriend won't be happy to hear this (he was very excited that I was getting rid of an aquarium lol) but maybe I'll make a nice set up for the 2 fish I have left, outside, while I restart their tank. Bleach dip the plants and use a stronger solution on the tank itself. Clean up a couple filters I have and maybe try to sell them and get a new one. The fish with dropsy is recovering nicely but I'll continue treatment for a whole month so I'll have time to make something outside.

If I get a new filter and bring the goldfish back into the cleaned tank, could they bring back with them whatever was plaguing my tank? I was thinking after a month on metro meds and a salt dip before going into their new place might knock off anything and give them a fresh start. Well.. Now that I think of it a salt dip might not be good for the dropsy fish.

I'm excited to see you're considering sticking with it!! :D My only thought with what you've mentioned here is: if you truly believe the filters are contributing to your problems, to the point where you wouldn't want to use them again even cleaned, should you maybe just toss them - rather than risk endangering the fish of your potential buyer. Or maybe at the very least have a strong disclaimer that you've had issues in the past? I don't know, just me!

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Thank you for the support!

Here are pics of the little guys :)

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I hope you won't give up if you enjoy the hobby. You've already gotten lots of great suggestions etc. from everyone :)

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Fish get sick unfortunately, sometimes despite our best efforts. It can be devastating to lose a fish, and even worse more than one in succession, but sometimes there isn't much we can do :idont

Well my boyfriend won't be happy to hear this (he was very excited that I was getting rid of an aquarium lol) but maybe I'll make a nice set up for the 2 fish I have left, outside, while I restart their tank. Bleach dip the plants and use a stronger solution on the tank itself. Clean up a couple filters I have and maybe try to sell them and get a new one. The fish with dropsy is recovering nicely but I'll continue treatment for a whole month so I'll have time to make something outside.

If I get a new filter and bring the goldfish back into the cleaned tank, could they bring back with them whatever was plaguing my tank? I was thinking after a month on metro meds and a salt dip before going into their new place might knock off anything and give them a fresh start. Well.. Now that I think of it a salt dip might not be good for the dropsy fish.

I'm excited to see you're considering sticking with it!!? :D? My only thought with what you've mentioned here is: if you truly believe the filters are contributing to your problems, to the point where you wouldn't want to use them again even cleaned, should you maybe just toss them - rather than risk endangering the fish of your potential buyer.? Or maybe at the very least have a strong disclaimer that you've had issues in the past?? I don't know, just me!
This is true. If I did sell them Id definitely put buy at your own risk lol. Edited by Tiffany_King
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Thank you :) they're doing well. I put a whole bunch of bleach in their tank and left the heater and thermostat in with the filter running. I'm buying new media for the filter. If you use ammonia does that make the tank cycle faster? And will all this bleach with the filter running do the job? Any other precautions I should take? They're about done with the metro meds and before I put them in their temporary tank I gave them a salt dip. I'm going to bleach their plants and probably get them a tub to stay in for a while to recover.

On a side note, I saw the cutest brown oranda with red spots on his wen. He looked like he was turning reddish orange though. Do the brown and red goldfish change to orange?

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So glad you decided to stick with it! Your fish are gorgeous! I love the yellow, it's so bright! Of course blue oranda have always been one of my favourites. How to choose! Lucky for you, you chose both :)

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Lol I know. I was just getting the blue one and then I saw how yellow the other one was and thought he was neat. Usually I'm not crazy about plain orange goldfish. But he's a good fish :) I hate that he got dropsy so fast tho. Hopefully I'm fixing whatever has been going on.

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