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How is Googles doing today, Black?

He's doing very well :) will take a pic soon but he is very lively and exploring more of the tank. I can't tell if his scales are back to normal completely but they are much much flatter. He seems always hungry for food like a proper goldfish :)

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when you say less than full dose, thats between 1-9 pellets = less than full.

you need to do 14dys his 1% weight in one full run - so only u can do the maths on it, never do more than his 1%, per day, just to make up for the previous day <1% though

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He's had 10 per day for the last 8 days, except on sunday when he had 9 and a bit pellets as I fell asleep before i finished his dose for the day,

I've never fed him more than 10

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Update on Googs. Day 14 of treatment tomorrow (potentially the last day!)

Tried to get a clear pic of his scales from above but he was very wriggly

http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u499/Googs09/?action=view&current=googs1-2.jpg

http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u499/Googs09/?action=view&current=googs2-2.jpg

http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u499/Googs09/?action=view&current=googs3-2.jpg

http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u499/Googs09/?action=view&current=googs4-1.jpg

Some pics of the overall tank. I removed a lot of gravel and plants as he's very clumsy. What do people think of the layout?

http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u499/Googs09/?action=view&current=googs5.jpg

http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u499/Googs09/?action=view&current=googs7.jpg

This is the highest he can swim and only for a few seconds, but shows he is a lot more active :)

http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u499/Googs09/?action=view&current=googs6.jpg

Alex and Coco- do you think he is definitely well enough for tomorrow to be the last day??

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Yay! What a huge improvement, and what tremendous effort from you, Black! His scales are flat, and I am so happy to hear that he is active again. I have to confess that at one point, when he wasn't eating, I did not know if he was going to make it, and it was only because of your steadfast determination to help him that he regained his health. Even though he is not 100% back to his normal swimming self, this is such an incredible success story! You deserve all the credit for making it happen.

Yes, you can stop the meds tomorrow. Even Metro-Meds is gentler than other meds, as far as kidney and liver toxicity is concerned, we don't need to keep going unless there is cause. Besides, you can save the MMs should there ever be a need again. Keep it in some place cool and dry.

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Thank you Alex for your praise :) I didn't think he would make it either and it made me very sad but I am so pleased with his progress. He's a brave little fighter! We thank everyone so so so much for all your help, espcially you and Coco. Fins crossed for a long healthy and happy life for him :happydance:thanks:thumb::goldfish:

One more question. . do i need to think about pro biotics or any specific foods now?

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One more question. . do i need to think about pro biotics or any specific foods now?

Glad you asked! YES! :D

Probiotics will be very helpful, because after the med course, we've just killed off all the bacteria in his gut (well, a lot of them anyway), including good ones. We should help to replenish it. There are some foods that already contain probiotics, like the Hikari line of premium red, green or purple bags. Alternatively, you could buy probiotic powder or capsules, and make gel food. The Hikari food might be a good option, and I know you can get it in the UK. I'm just not quite sure where.

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ok, thanks Alex :)

Just tested the water and for the first time ever there is a different between the tap pH and the tank pH.

I did a 50% WC yesterday not realising this, but he seems very happy today.

What can I do about this?

tap water: pH 7.6

High range pH 7.4

Tank water: High range pH 8.2

What do you think has caused this, the heat or increase in poop because of the antibiotics?

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No. I think it's more likely the city changed the chemistry of the tap water a bit, which can happen.

There is about a 0.6-0.8 difference in the pH, which means that to avoid severe shifts, you should not do anything bigger than a 50% WC. So far you are good. For now, instead of big WCs, do several 25% WCs during the week, until the situation resolves :)

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