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Blackmoor Goldfish Popeye/swim bladder problems

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Gizmo is a 2 year old blackmoor and she has been suffering from a bad case of popeye for almost three weeks, as well as a swim bladder issue. Both appeared around the same time. She is in a 55 gallon tank with her brothers, pearl scale and an oranda. The water has always been pristine and I spend a lot of time taking care of them. Gizmo has been in isolation for two weeks, with a round of erythromycin for five days, it did nothing. I then used Tetracycline for the last six days, and I thought it was clearing up but I just found her laying on her side and breathing heavy at the bottom. I got her in the big tank thinking she needed oxygen and she is swimming okay but her eye is huge, and she keeps returning to floating on her back at the bottom. 

 

I am so desperate for some advice. Thank you . 

 

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Hi! Welcome to Kokos! Could you please fill out this form? If you have trouble copying and pasting it then you can quote my post and fill it in from there. Having all the information will help the mods diagnose the problem, photos and/or video will be  a big help too!
 

  • 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?
      • * 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 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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17 hours ago, FishyMandy said:

 

· Test Results for the Following:

·       * Ammonia Level - 0

·       * Nitrite Level - 0

·       * Nitrate level - 0

·       * Ammonia Level- 0

·       * Nitrite Level- 0

·       * Nitrate level- 0

·       * Ph Level, Tank –  * Ph Level6.5, Tap (If possible, KH = 40, GH= 30 and chloramines)

·       Other Required Info:

·       * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

·       Strips, API

·       * Water temperature?

·       75

·       * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

·       55 gallons, it is a new tank, before they were in a 34 and it had been established for 2 years ( this is where Gizmo got sick)

·       * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? fluval 50 and fluval 70

·       * How often do you change the water and how much?

·       Every week, and about 60%

· * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?

· 1 day ago

· * How many fish in the tank and their size?

· 3, spot is about 7 inches, pong is a few inches and gizmo is around 5

· * What kind of water additives or conditioners?

· API stress coat and Accuclear

· * What do you feed your fish and how often?

· Twice a day, omega one goldfish sinking pellets and peas and frozen blood shrimp

· * Any new fish added to the tank?

· No

· * Any medications added to the tank?

·       List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.

Gizmo had tetracycline 6 days and exythromycin five days. Aquirium salt, and Epsom salt (different times)

· * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

Gizmo has a red spot in her good eye, and in her bad eye it is cloudy and very swollen.

· * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

· Gizmo is floating on her back, she is unable to stay upright for to long. She is still eating and going to the bathroom.

 

 

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Welcome to Kokos and hope Gizmo feels better soon.

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Please measure the tap pH.  Your tank pH is low, suggesting a low KH which can lead to dangerous pH swings.  While this isn't the direct cause of her infection, stress from pH instability reduces the ability of the fish to combat infection.

I would like you to get a shallow spacious storage box like this for her hospital tank.  The shallow water will make it easier for her to swim upright, and the surface area encourages activity and increases gas exchange.  

I would like you to treat the fish with Metronidazole and  Oxytetracycline.  You may be able to get these at an aquarium store, or you can order them.  Since she is still eating, medicated food will work best.  You can order that here and here.   While metro  is listed on the site as an antiprotozoan it also works as an antibiotic.

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