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So, I went away for a week and had a neighbor come over and feed my fish. I just told them to feed them and I honestly don't know what else they did. Pumpkin and Poe both had this white fungus stuff on their wens, Pie had a little bit as well. They were the only three affected and Pumpkin was the worst. I medicated and the fungus left, everyone healed it was all grand. Then five days ago Pumpkin developed Pop-eye and it's only gotten worse. He's in quarantine in medicated water, with medicated food, etc... I've tried everything but don't have money to buy anymore special meds. He's swimming like his head is too heavy (looking at sudden wen growth spurt I probably would be too). He's still really active and I fed him the medicated food for four days and since he's looking a little thin I caved and just gave him some flakes and he's gobbling them up like he hasn't seen real food in weeks (which is a few days in goldfish time I guess).

Mars and Sparky seem to be the only ones who are unaffected by whatever was introduced in my tank, which apparently also caused an ammonia spike as Moonbeam and Baby later showed as black form on the tips of every fin they had. I think the fungus might be back as well, since I see a wee little spot on Poe. I would put this in disease and diagnosis but I've already done everything I can with my funds so I'm just going to have to wait it out now and see what happens. I just thought I would let everyone know in case 4 of my fish end up in the obituaries section.

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sorry to hear about your fish, hope you can make them better. Sometimes I have to travel for a week as well. Even with my wife at home, I instruct her not to FEED THE FISH. If you are only going away for a week or ten days, do not feed them at all, they will be fine. I just do a big water change before I leave and ensure that the filter and everything is working very well.

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I'm sorry. :( The same thing happened to me once and that was what sent me searching for information and I found Kokos.

Have you tried salt? If not try .2%, that's 2 teaspoons per gallon. That level should control the fungal growth and act as a general tonic for the fish.

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I have tried salt and yes I premeasured, but it really dosen't mean anything. they could have still fed them more. I think they might have taken a snail from their tank (since I have green algae growing in mine, favorite snack of moonbeams) to try and 'control my insane algae PROBLEM', the use of that ticked me off. Green algae is good for fish! So that probably introduced something that is killing my fish.

Oh, Pie and Baby have passed. They're tiny bodies couldn't take it. Pumpkin as well. Frankie isn't going to last much longer from the look of it. Mars, Moonbeam, Sparky and Poe all look really good. Mars, Moonbeam and Sparky never felt the affects the first time and Poe looks as though she has eggs and Mars has been chasing her. So, the water I have now is good, just whatever got them before did too much damage.

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thank you everyone

It may sound horrible, but I'm happy my three favorites are still okay. I feel so bad, but with all that is going on in my life I have to find the positive in everything I can. Mars is fantastic, now big enough to suck my finger into his mouth when he's getting food. Sparky who I raised from 1/2 inch baby 1 1/2 years ago. And Poe. My dear, little, miracle rescue baby. I am going to be moving back to Washington in a couple months and I know that if they weren't healthy and I was still struggling with them they would have died on the trip and risked the health of the others. I miss them, and I cried my eyes out, but I gave Pumpkin a better life than he probably would have had and Pie and Baby, well, they didn't last too long, but I wasn't expecting (or trying) for them to live at all. As they got bigger they showed more and more issues in development that weren't noticeable when they were little, so it may have been for the better.

I'm kinda numb to everything right now, so if this sounds kinda harse, I'm sorry. I miss them and I loved them, but I couldn't put in the time and money they needed or the medication and special needs. I had Spaceboy hold on sick for three months and at the end he was so horrible and it broke my heart looking at him everyday waiting for him to give up. These three went fairly quick, so at least it wasn't prolonged.

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It doesn't sound harsh at all. It's just how life is. Sometimes it's better to let them go quickly than to drag them through a stressful medication process, only to lose them in the end.

I will sure miss seeing pictures of them around, but I sure am glad that the rest of your fish survived. You gave your fish a wonderful home for the life that they had, and you should be proud. :heart

On a side note, whereabouts in Washington?

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Closer to Seattle is where I'll be moving. Part of me can't wait either. It's going to be so nice to be close to a city again, like a big city. I'll have a decent mall and I'll be back by the concert scene! YAY! Any band who's worthy of a tour stops in Seattle, lol. I'll be able to help my parent's be near nature and parks and water! I'll also be getting my license, going back to school and getting all my insane bills paid. It's a good move for me although my fish are going to miss the sunlight, they are going to be with me in a basement. Poor babies. Are there artificial sun lamps for fish?

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Ooh, what part? I grew up in South King County, between around Kent/Auburn/Black Diamond. It would be really cool to get all the Seattleite Kokoians (wow that is the weirdest thing that I have ever said :blink: ) together sometime!

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It's too sad about your fish, but I am glad your most special ones survived Especially little Poe who has been through it all. keep us posted on your whereabouts. :heart

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I'm going to be in Kitsap County. It's across the water from Seattle, near Bainbridge Island.

I don't think I have mentioned this either, but my mom is going to be here in about an hour! YAY! I get to see my mommy again and I'm really excited. I'd be crazy excited too if my dad was tagging along as a surprise but I don't think it's happening. My apartment is far from 'mommy clean' so I feel kinda bad, but I just haven't gotten myself to really scrub it. My vacuum cleaner died too, which sucks.

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