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That is so great! Was Pucca's tail white before too?

It was definitely more orange than white (maybe white at the very end). She has some orange color near her body on the tail now, so I am wondering if that will spread. We'll see. :)

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Hey. Sorry for the long time between updates! Two months and I am free from school and can have more fun with my goldfish. :) Pucca is still doing pretty well. Her tail is still white but seems even bigger and I think she is growing/has grown a bit since I last posted. I am posting some photos and a video below. I am a little concerned that we still don't seem to have any green algae (at least visible) in the tank and we do see some "whitish" algae, especially on the filter. I tried searching the forums to see what this could be and I found the term "biofilm" quite a bit but I want to make sure that is all it is. We also have some orange algae on the bubble tubing coming out of the volcano. I have tried wiping it off but it keeps coming back. Is this bad or normal?

The first picture shows the orange algae.

(It won't let me post either picture...its from a cell phone so it shouldn't be too large. :( Any ideas?)

This second picture is of the white filmy stuff "growing" on the filter. It may be time to change part of the filter media but I was worried that might mess up the cycle. Any thoughts?

And finally, a video of Pucca. :)

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Thanks! :) She really hates being videotaped with Josh's phone. Not sure why. :) We just did a water change too because I came home and the water temp had climbed to 80, so I think she is a bit skittish from that too. :( Do you have any thoughts on the algae? You can see the orange algae in the video a little even though the pictures didn't work.

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Yay! Elli tracked you down and requested an update! :)

I'm glad to see Pucca doing so well and growing. I couldn't see the algae very well to make a definite comment. So, if you could upload the pics at some point that would be fantastic. However, most algae is quite harmless, although some are alarmingly unsightly lol.

Once again, fantastic job! :)

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Wow what an amazing story. Her tail looked so bad in the first video, now it looks almost back to full length. :-) Her colour is getting stronger too, such a tough little fishy. Well done to you.

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Hi. I've got a new problem it seems. Pucca is not eating for the second day in a row...she goes after the food and seems to want it, hits it with her nose and then it gets away from her. Usually she scavenges and finds it in the gravel, but she just seems to "nose" it there too. I fed her peas which she usually gobbles before they (the pieces) make it to the bottom of the tank, and she hasn't gotten one of them in her mouth. I have seen her open and close her mouth a few times, so she can open it, but she can't seem to eat. Does anyone know what is wrong? I am worried she may have eaten a piece of gravel or something, but I don't see one in there. She was occasionally picking gravel up in her mouth while scavenging for food, but she always spit them out. She seems to be getting a little frantic because she can't eat the peas. I will post a video if possible tomorrow. I am looking online to see if there are vets in the area that would help with her, but I'm not sure anyone will. If anyone knows what could be going on, let me know please. I will get tank parameters up soon, but I am out of test strips. :( I know the ammonia level is 0 ppm because I have a meter for that in the tank. Thanks in advance for any help.

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It is really hard to get her to open her mouth so we can see. I haven't seen anything in it, but her mouth doesn't stay open long enough for us to check really. My boyfriend read a post about TB in fish and he's worried it could be that, so he doesn't want to try to pick her up without gloves (which we don't have on hand tonight). :( He is working on a video now that I can upload. She seems really frustrated that she can't eat the food she is nosing. Do vets help with fish "choking"? I guess we could try to get it out if we could find it, but I don't want to hurt her if that is what it is. I'll post the video as soon as I can get it uploaded.

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Youtube link should work now finally! Phew! Sometimes technology works against me. Hope this works. I will check back in the morning before school if I can. Thanks for looking!

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If you could post the parameters, that would be fantastic! Thank you.

Here's what I would like for you to try to do. Gently grab hold of Pucca and position her vertically. Then, gently lift her head straight out of the water; she should instinctively open her mouth, allowing you to take a look.

The other thing I would like for you to do is to thoroughly check both gills and note what you see.

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My boyfriend thought he saw something dark but its hard to tell...just visually. I will see if he can pull her up to have her open her mouth to check. If we do see something, what should we do? Her gills looked fine last night and this morning. They may be slightly redder than normal, but I don't usually look at them too closely, so that may be my imagination. I am at school unfortunately, but will post updates as often as I get a chance to. Thanks for replying!

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If he does see something obstructing her mouth, he may need to tip her upside down and use a pair of tweezers. I've had to do that before.

This brings me to the next point. I think those gravel may be just the right size to get stuck in her mouth, unfortunately :(

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Ok...update. I got some the API Freshwater Test Drops finally! Also we got her to open her mouth for more than 2 seconds! We can't see any kind of obstruction in it! This is good news except she is still not eating any food. Its like she goes after it, but doesn't open her mouth to get it. Several pieces bounced off her nose even. :( I realized the ammonia may be kinda high when we tested with the new drops. Tank parameters are below. At the moment, we are cleaning out the tank. We are going to remove the gravel since there is food built up in it and we needed to do a thorough cleaning anyway and we got glass (rounded) bead like things that are much bigger than her to put in. Hoping this is ok since the cycle seems to be messed up anyway. :( I am also replacing only one part of my filter media as the white algae/film seems to be getting worse and we haven't replaced it ever. Let me know what else to do/if something is not a good idea! Thanks!

Tank parameters:

  • * Ammonia Level: 0.1-0.2 (Think I may have found my problem! :( ) Can this explain her condition? (I am going to retest and hope I read it wrong.)
  • * Nitrite Level: near 0 ppm
  • * Nitrate level: 25 ppm-30ppm
  • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.4
  • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ( I will test later if I can)
  • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit Drops
  • * Water temperature? 78 F
  • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallon tank, running since November 2011
  • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 50 (not sure exactly the size)
  • * How often do you change the water and how much? At least once to twice a week (40% water change), Last water change was 4 days ago I think.

--> If you need the rest of the questions, let me know and I'll get them filled out if I can. (The medication given to her near the beginning of this thread was all the medication we have ever given her and we have never salted the tank although I do have salt on hand that is safe if we should do so.

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Hello, thank you for posting the parameters. Something did happen to your cycle, and it's good that you now have a test kit to check these values. A big water change is in order, and will be good to get all the toxins out.

I'm glad there is no obstruction in the mouth. Did you see any swelling, redness, or sores in the mouth or gills? Water quality may be part of the issue, but it may not be it. I'm thinking that it may be some sort of infection of the mouth/gills, and it's affecting Pucca's ability to open her mouth most times. I'm going to ask a couple of other people to take a look here, to see if they what they have to say.

Hang in there, Pucca!

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Ok. Thanks! Should I watch out for anything since we are I guess getting rid of the cycle now? Also, the gravel is all gone...we are lining it with glass marbles essentially that we cleaned really well. Her gills look ok to me. As soon as we get the tank set up, I will post a video of her so maybe you can see if I am missing something. Her normal behavior is opening her mouth often...she liked to get air from the top and let bubbles come out of her mouth near the bottom of the tank and she would open and close her mouth when we were going to feed her/or standing nearby the tank. Now, she barely opens it, if it all and isn't eating food that I can see. I did see her poop twice since I've been home tonight though (4 hours or so) so maybe thats a good sign?

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