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  2. myrasosweet

    Hello again! and UPDATES from Cali

    The people who had the puppies were new to this state. Their county shelter had no room for puppies and they had 7 under aged puppies, 6 girls and a boy. They brought the puppies to this state with them. They said that a lady had dumped the box of them and that in Texas where they're from, it's nearly impossible to rehome dogs so they hoped Georgia would be better. They couldn't keep any puppies. They had 3 kids and not much money. Regulations here require that you bring the puppies only to a shelter in your county. So where ever your address is, that must be in the same county as the shelter you take your dog. Even if there is space in another county's shelter, you may not take your dog there. It will be rejected. Entire litters of 6 week old puppies are usually rejected so it did not surprise me when she told me that. They tell you they can't take them. Many people then just leave a box of puppies outside because there's nothing they can do with them either. The shelter will put them all down. They don't have the space for all of them, they don't want to give all the extra shots and care for them, and they don't have the staff to nurture them etc. The shelters are constantly too full. Way too many dogs, nobody to take them. I don't want a female puppy at all and was prepared to leave them all... But as it turned out, there was ONE little boy. I decided to take him. $20 for him. He had 1 set of shots and he and his litter mates appeared healthy and vibrant, but were flea infested. They begged me to take two girls for free, but I just can't. I try not to think about the fates of the puppies because I already know that they won't all find homes. As for the ponds... in the south, we suffer from very acidic rain. Atlanta always has terrible air quality, as well. This can easily destroy your pH in smaller systems. Burned a few of my fish to a crisp. But all is okay now. There is an owl that hunts my fish, but he is deterred by nets.
  3. mzwatts

    Hello again! and UPDATES from Cali

    Hi @jnifer and @myrasosweet !!! Glad to see a few people still check in. It sounds like keeping fish outdoors takes some really thick skin because of all these events that are out of your control. I would have such a hard time with that. Even here in California where the weather is usually mild, I see hawks, egrets and herons ALL the time (they're so beautiful) even in neighborhoods where they shouldn't be. I live near the Guadalupe watershed which runs through San Jose, so even if I didn't get huge storms like you do, I'd still be too afraid of predators...but I don't know maybe some day if I ever own my own house and can build some kind of protected pond area. Malone is so frikken' cute! Wish our landlord would let us own pets...I grew up around dogs and I miss coming home to one. Why was Malone going to die? Was he at a shelter? Thanks for the update, sorry to hear about all the illness (fish and human) but glad you bounced back.
  4. jnifer

    Hello again! and UPDATES from Cali

    So sorry to hear all of this. This pup is adorable
  5. myrasosweet

    Hello again! and UPDATES from Cali

    Hello. Wow Chai looks great. Great job. Glad the handsome guy is still well. I begun to work too much and we had a horrible rainstorm one weekend and I wasn't home at all to buffer. I suffered a crushing pH crash that killed some of my larger fish outright and sickened some of the smaller ones. Both the adult Comets died outright. Rustic and Shrimp. I also lost my largest Ryukin... Whisper. I had to put down two smaller single tails Common and Sasha. The rest of the fish somehow have recovered and are okay. I thought I was going to lose everyone AGAIN. My show boy Bayana had suffered an odd injury the week before. I thought he was going to die. He was not in the pond when it crashed. He recovered as well but his fins will never grow back right so he can never show again. Mary the blood parrot is fine. I lost one Tiger Barb (not sure how) but the other 5 are fine. Hair is light blue on the ends now... Different again. I also got THIS on Sunday. Didn't intend to but couldn't let him die. His name is Malone. Been busy busy. I also somehow went into acute liver failure after a horrible UTI... So that's been horrible. On meds forever but I am okay now and back at it. I will get some video or photos of my remaining fish for you hopefully tomorrow. This site has been abandoned by most members as well as all the ADMIN/MODS. Only a few members check in now and then.
  6. Hey So my goldfish has been egg bound for a couple days, at first we thought it was swim bladder as she was just floating upsidedown, so did a water change. Then realized she was egg bound, the male is still in the tank with her but is struggling to help her get the eggs out as she's floating around upsidedown. Have tried gently rubbing her belly, which released a few eggs. Let her rest for the rest of the night as was hoping the rest would come out naturally but no success. Gave her a bath in epsom salt today and tried to help her again but still no eggs... Any suggestions? Also if anyone knows how hard/much pressure to use when helping her get the eggs out as I don't want to hurt her. Thanks for any help
  7. mzwatts

    Fishy Update!

    @Alyssa Sorry to hear you lost some of your fishies, but glad you are still keeping it up. I'd love to see some pics too, if you have time.
  8. mzwatts

    Possible fungus?

    Hi @Michelle it looks like this is your first post on the forum. Welcome! First of all you should know that this site doesn't get much activity any longer so you should probably post your question on other forums asl well, to get a speedier response, if you haven't already. Also, there is a mandatory form you have to fill out so that we can help you diagnose any problems. Since we can't see your fish in person, you need to give as much detail as possible. I'm not skilled enough to know how to link to a previous post so I just copy/pasted it here. P.S. Your picture is really blurry but from what I can see, it looks like it is under the skin? Is it? If it is a raised bump it might be a cyst or tumor. If it its a cottony growth on TOP of the scales, it may be a fungus. We can assess more after you fill out the info below: This info is now mandatory, particularly parameters, tank setup, and stocking. We want to give the best advice we can, and we really can't work off of symptoms alone. Putting these in your original post will save time and give you the best chance of getting a quick and accurate diagnosis. If you don't provide them we'll just have to direct you back here anyway to get the rest and we might lose out on time that your fish doesn't have General Info Hello everyone, this is a list of some good info you should include in your post should you have a sick fish you want help with. Providing as many of these as possible will make it easier and more likely for you to get a good answer and be back to healthy happy fish as soon as you can. There are lots of factors that can go into making a fish ill and it's impossible to figure out what the issue is with just "my fish is sick!" The most important things are bolded but the more you can give us the better Water parameters: these are best taken with a liquid drop test kit. Strips are usually very inaccurate. Please include exact numbers not just say "they're fine" Ammonia Nitrites Nitrates pH Temperature GH/KH (optional) Tank setup: Tank size How many fish in the tank and what type Type of filter What you feed your fish How much and how often you change water Any new fish, plants, ornaments, or medications recently added to the tank Fish: Pictures of the sick fish if possible, especially for injuries/infections. See section below for tips on photo quality If you cannot take or upload pics for whatever reason, we need a very very detailed description of the issue If the fish are new, how long you've had them Symptoms, the more detail the better Physical signs to look out for can include torn fins, red streaks, unusual spots, raised or missing scales, swelling, fuzzy growths, visible parasites and wounds, etc Behavioral signs to look out for can include floating or sitting on the bottom, odd swimming, clamped fins, gasping at the surface or rapid breathing, darting or rubbing on things in the tank, etc Photo/video info - by myrasosweet Image and video file upload sizes may be restricted to save server space so if you can't get it to post please upload it to a third party site (like Youtube, imgur, photobucket...) and paste a link to them in your post Okay so I've had so many problems trying to diagnose due to terrible quality photos and videos. If we are to assist you, we need CLEAR, well lit photos or video of the fish and their issues. If it is behavioral such as floating, erratic swimming, bottom sitting etc. we need a clear video. Please get a small light such as the one I have pictured, using a 60-80 watt bulb, aim it DIRECTLY down into your tank and take a close up video with preferably an HD device. Move the camera smoothly left and right if needed. Please also try to vocally explain what is abnormal, it will help. For photos, which are more often needed than video... Here are some tips. The BEST WAY to get a clear photo of what you see on your fish is to hold him under a light where the issue is. If your fish aren't used to being handled, this is easily remedied by handling them gently every now and then and hand feeding them. Using a macro setting if available, take the photo under a bright light once the fish is calm. If the light is dimmer, use the flash. If the fish is moving, it will come out blurry so its important that the fish is calm. This is assuming you don't have a $1,000 camera! Callisto in normal indoor light with flash: If pulling your fish from the water for a few seconds bothers you, you can try to hold them partially under the water, but they are likely to thrash and try to swim away more. Also, the water can distort the image if the water is moving. Alternatively, if you don't have a good light source indoors or a flash, bowling your fish and taking him outside into the sunlight works, too. Rhonda in bowl outside on concrete in natural light: If you are ABSOLUTELY uncomfortable with holding your fish, a bowl is better than trying to take a photo while still in the tank freely swimming. Scoop the fish into a clear glass bowl and try and take a photo of the spot you're trying to show. It will be harder but can be done: To check for Popeye and dropsy, photos need to be taken from above like this. If you aren't SURE your fish doesn't have these issues, I suggest submitting a photo so we can rule it out. These are serious diseases and can often only be noticed up close. I held my fish so you can see the position to angle the camera, but don't hold your fish, just take the photo from the top like this. White sacs around the eyes or prickly looking scales can mean popeye the precursor to dropsy, or dropsy. If you need additional assistance with photograph taking, let me know and I will assist all I can.
  9. Hi all, Not sure if anyone saw my reply to Ian's post in 'Off Topic' but I mentioned that I came back to see how things were here and to my surprise there were some very recent posts! Not daily posts, but at least within the last month or so! I was really happy to see that so I thought I'd jump back on the bandwagon and post some updates, in case anyone was curious. First, let me start by saying that for the most part things have been smooth sailing for all my fishies! The weird little runt babies are still weird little runt babies.. I still have 12. They are done growing but man are the feisty as ever! I have spent more of my time on the two fancies. If anyone recalls, I have a 7-8 year old Fantail named Big Guy, and a 2 year old bronze Oranda named Chai. You may also recall that a hand full of you here on the forum helped me bring Big Guy back from an extreme DROPSY case over a year ago. Basically you all helped me save his life, and I am still so grateful for that. My gratitude was reaffirmed when the student who GAVE me Big Guy happened to be walking past my classroom the other week (the high schoolers cut through the middle school to get to wherever they want to go in the neighborhood) and I immediately recognized her and remembered her name (I NEVER remember former student's names) and told her I had something to show her. When she saw Big Guy, her jaw just about dropped to the floor, and she didn't really believe that A) he was still alive and B) how big he'd gotten. She thanked me for taking such good care of him. She admitted to me that she was actually VERY sad to give him up and she had quite a bond with him before she donated him. It was her parents that didn't want the tank any more. When I showed her his 'offspring' she actually teared up, and her friends started giving her a hard time and calling her 'fish grandma!🤣 Anyway, that interaction just about made the rest of my year and it would not have happened at all if I had given up and let Big Guy die. I am by no means an expert fish keeper and don't have many strong opinions but ever since then, when I see people on youtube or in comments/articles say that 'dropsy means it's time to euthanize', I HAVE to disagree. It's worth a shot. A long shot, but a shot nonetheless. I've gone on a tangent now, but in case any of the original members are reading this, I just wanted to share that story and let you know how much I learned form you all. This student is now going off to college next year (my god I'm getting old) and I told her to come back and pick out 2 babies for her dorm if she wants to! I had fish in college and they helped me in the absence of my dog. She said she was interested! Okay UPDATE TIME: Big Guy has been pretty healthy, with minor bouts of those darn bacterial cysts that keep popping up on his fins. I'm actually still not sure if they are fungal or bacterial, so I keep them at bay with clean water, extra prime, and whenever they stick around I do a 7 day treatment of Melafix AND Pimafix. This never makes them go away completely but I just make sure I stay on top of my water. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. He still eats, swims fine, is active and explores the tank, so until he starts behaving oddly I'm just going to monitor I suppose. Plus he did have a large bacterial cyst on his dorsal that POPPED earlier this year, and healed in a weird sort of way. It looks funky. He loses scales from time to time. They take forever to grow back. I don't know why he loses scales so easily. Has anyone had a 7+ year old fish? Do they lose scales more easily? He's a little rough a round the edges in the last year or so but he is still ruggedly handsome. I don't have many good pics of him at the moment. As for Chai...I made the mistake of never weighing any of my fish but I wish I had. I think she's done well! I have attached some photos of my little chunky girl. I remember thinking she may be a sickly girl, she was from Petsmart, but she has turned out to be the friendliest, happiest, hungriest little trooper! I love her so much! She makes Big Guy look like Oscar the Grouch. The last couple photos I attached are from 2017 when I just got her, for comparison. She used to be so shy and weak and hide in the fake plants, poor thing. You guys also helped me a lot with her. Okay I know this post is way too long but there is one more thing I have to tell you about...the scariest incident since Big Guy's dropsy... My first really BIG mistake as a fish mom....I let them get sucked up by the gravel vacuum! I felt like a freaking MONSTER! The last pic is what it did to Chai's poor little side belly it was at lunch time and I hooked the Python siphon to the side near the bottom corner, and the fish have ALWAYS stayed away from it for YEARS.... well this time Chai got a little curious... went over, and got her self sucked up! I don't know what happened next but I think Big Guy either came to help her or see what was up, or was also just over near the hose being nosey...and one of his gill plates must've gotten sucked up too because when I ran over he was in shock and bleeding from the gills, poor thing! He bottom sat the rest of the day. I'm lucky he didn't go into extreme shock or something. Meanwhile Chai is just swimming arounf begging for food as if she didn't just get HALF HER SCALES RIPPED OFF... my babes. I felt too terrible and I got teary eyed and then the bell rang and I had to teach my lesson like I wasn't completely distracted! Guys the worst part is how I discovered something was wrong... ugh. I was eating lunch at my desk about 10 feet away and heard the siphon make a strange noise. I look over from my desk and see BLOOD in the hose going to the sink..... I didn't know I could run so fast! I've literally had nightmares about this. I thought I turned my fish into a smoothie I don't even like thinking or writing about it but I just have to tell my story because literally no one else in my life understands how traumatic that was, lol. Has anyone ever done this with their vacuum? I don't know WHAT got in to their little fishie brains to all of a sudden be curious about the hose after YEARS of not giving a crap, but I'm so lucky I didn't kill both of them. Big Guy stopped bleeding after a few minutes and was fine the next morning. Chai took a few weeks to heal but is pretty much back to normal. The scales are growing back and the tissue healed. I did small daily water changes and extra dosed with prime and I also did a little salt for a few days, but other than that, they healed on their own. Clean water really is the best remedy. So how's that for an update? lol. If you've read this far.... WHY? lol. also thank you. I've been meaning to update for a while. I'll check in more often from now on and try to contribute more to see if we can get some more activity on the site. I will also post about moving my fancies home... it would be much less stressful to maintain their tanks on my own time, instead of during 30 minute lunch blocks. Hope everyone else is well. I've been catching up on other's posts... @myrasosweet, your hair looks cute, and love the fuschia lipstick color as always. Anyone else who still checks, HI!!! Let me know how you're all doing. Take care, Leah Big Guy 2019.HEIC
  10. mzwatts

    Hello

    Hi Ian, It's nice to see you and others on here keeping the forum alive! I honestly thought after all the bad vibes last year (mine included) that everyone just ditched it. I was definitely sad to no longer have the resource and the online friendships, but I really didn't think anyone was visiting anymore. I know you were working the hardest to keep it going, and I'm sorry I never jumped over to your facebook page, I just rarely find myself on facebook anymore. Thank you for all your efforts and continual updates. I have missed your posts, despite what you may think. (That doesn't mean I always understand your posts, but in general you've always carried a positive vibe about you which comes through even in text, and I always have appreciated that. I am so terribly sorry to hear about your wife. I know this has been a long, hard, battle for both of you, and I cannot imagine being in your situation. I hope you have some support from friends and family over there, because that must be extremely stressful. I know it's not the same relationship but I lost my grandfather last June and that was the first person who I was very close with to pass away. I'd never known life without him and it was extremely difficult to adjust--still is. I know this might not mean much from some lady across the world you chatted with a few times on a fish forum, but for what it's worth, you have deepest sympathies. You seem like a strong person but if you ever want someone to talk/vent to you can email me watts.leahk@gmail.com. I came back to check on Goldfish Resource for 2 reasons, really. Mainly curiosity to see if it was truly dead or not (to my surprise, no!) and the other because a couple of months ago I had a fishy injury/accident (fish are fine now) but I thought maybe someone would still be here to lend some advice. I ended up solving the problem on my own (my fish are very strong and good healers luckily) but in large part I think I knew what to do from things I learned here on the forum. Anyway, Ian if you get this, or anyone else, hello! Nice to 'see' everyone again! I am off soon for the summer so I'm thinking of starting a little fish project with my spare time, in which case I will update and maybe create an article. MAYBE. I'll update at the very least. I'd like to move my fancies back home with me, so we'll see how that goes... I will post on the general chat some updates and the scary story of my fishy incident...spoiler alert...I call it the 'Gravel Vacuum Disaster of 2019'...😱😫 But like I said...there is a happy ending. No tears here -Leah
  11. Michelle

    Possible fungus?

    20190521_184425.mp4 My fish has this white bump on his back and I'm not sure if its fungus. It isnt very big but better I dont want it to grow so I want to get rid of it as soon as possible. I have prepared a 2 gallon salt bath with 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of aquarium salt. Should I use the salt bath? Also, I have 2 fishes in my 20 gallon main tank, (my previous goldfish passed away so we got another one) I suspect after my previous goldfish passed, it started decomposing and my fish got fungus as a result. Should I clean and pour out all the water in the main tank and replace it? Thanks. 20190521_183354.mp4
  12. myrasosweet

    Fish updates and whatnot

    I almost died of cuteness when I saw the first one. He's a short tailed little baby. There are 4 total but these two are my favorites. All girl names as well. Stacee, Tracee, Lacee, and Gaycee... LOL!
  13. jnifer

    Fish updates and whatnot

    Those are tiny!! CUTE
  14. myrasosweet

    Fish updates and whatnot

    Look what I found... They're tiny Ryukins if ever I've seen any... Super cute. I lost all my calico babies and couldn't pass them up.
  15. Ian

    Hello

    Folks, sorry I have not been around lately - I have still been checking in occasionally, but I have no issues with my fish and nothing to suggest on any sickness forum. Time is "running out" here, if you know what I mean. So- busy caring and minding! So pleased you folks are still dropping by! I'll be around more when I have more free time, which I expect soon enough, or a fish problem, which I hope not. I know that sounds the wrong way around maybe, but some things are unavoidable, such as most fish issues, but other things are going to happen! I realise that likely few folks have missed me anyhoo, but again I am happy you folks are still around. Wife was given 2 to 5 months, 5 months ago, and callous though this may sound, I awake every morning, and she is still breathing. C**p. (Like a poo if you are not familiar over there) What a BAS***** I must be!!!! But we can easily assess the quality of life of our dog, cat, goldfish, whatever and decide to euthanize, but not a loved one. That is a bit perplexing. But no quality of life for a human is not relevant apparently???? Barely ambulant -no balance, little ability to communicate and declining comprehension. Add onto that little or no memory, and you may understand "CR**" every morning.? It would be better all round at this point. Hope you are all well! Thanks for stopping by!
  16. myrasosweet

    Fish updates and whatnot

    Decapsulated brine shrimp are for fish fry. Adults find the bits too tiny and don't bother trying to eat them. I keep duck weed for mine too. Most of them love it and it is good for them. If you are going away for a few days though, it is better to just fast the fish. No need to feed them.
  17. Kmeier2017

    Fish updates and whatnot

    AWESOME! I'm gonna be purchasing some duck weed soon again cuz i'm leaving home for a few days and the last time we used duckweed to feed the fish they loved it and they LOVED it! I also have discovered that my fish DO NOT like dried baby brine shrimp :-) i even tried mixing it in with their normal fish pellets i give them, but they did not seem to like it...at least i tried to feed them a new food...but now i have a whole container of baby brine shrimp that i'm not gonna use.. OH WELL...maybe i'll try again in a few days with the baby brine shrimp :-)
  18. myrasosweet

    Fish updates and whatnot

    Right? My plants didn't die a horrible death this time. Now I want to see if I can grow some bog plants around my mud pond. Probably not. Probably won't get that lucky. I'm actually going to upgrade that planted tank to a 20 gallon soon. It's way overrun. Here are the little mutt girls from Kentucky Orandas. Standard orange short tailed Ryukin crossed with standard orange Oranda. They remind me of the three Ryukin babies I lost that were named Tangerine, Tangelo, and Citrus. These are all suspected girls... Though I am not sure yet. I named them Lila (LEE-LUH) (small one with tail curl), Lola (most orange one), and Layla (larger one with black). Thrilled with them. If they grow tiny wens, I will die from cuteness.
  19. myrasosweet

    Fatty Fatty Two by Fish

    People are so scared to do necropsies on their fish, that I have only been able to confirm ONE case of internal tumor. The fish was somewhat floaty, but it was not severe enough for me to be sure if the fish wasn't just an all too common annoying SBD fish. If I recall correctly... one day it just up and died. This was a while ago. The time it would take depends on the fish and possibly the location of the growth. I truly have no idea about a time frame. It may also be fluid retention, egg retention, or maybe even something else. Unfortunately it is impossible to be sure. But I don't think it's mere obesity. Makes no sense for only one fish to be affected so badly if it were mere obesity. Another thing... What variety is the fish?
  20. Alyssa

    Fish updates and whatnot

    Hey! Nice job with the plants!
  21. Alyssa

    Fatty Fatty Two by Fish

    I wouldn't be surprised, sadly. If it is a tumor in his belly, what kind of symptoms should I be aware of as it progresses? How long would it take? I've got the tank walls fairly well cleaned. I should be able to get a picture tonight if I remember.
  22. Kmeier2017

    UPDATE--Feb 27, 2019

    understandable!!!!! i do plan at some point to post it on my social media for exposure if people have pet goldfish!
  23. myrasosweet

    UPDATE--Feb 27, 2019

    On active forums, much like the recent user in the disease thread, forums are still loaded with thin skinned easily offended people who ask for help but don't actually want it etc. I have been trying to help on forums too long to have patience for it at this point, hell I hardly had the patience for it to begin with. So I don't post nearly as much on forums anymore. And for other forums, much like this one... They have been abandoned. Nobody posts much anymore since many have moved on to social media or been run off by poor maintenance of the site. This site has been abandoned by its ADMINS and the members quickly left afterwards. Making a new forum won't do much. Only a few people will even see that you created it unfortunately.
  24. Kmeier2017

    UPDATE--Feb 27, 2019

    OK, i couldn't help it i quick created a new forum! I would LOVE to see you all join :-) https://goldfishresource.createaforum.com/index.php
  25. Kmeier2017

    UPDATE--Feb 27, 2019

    i'd set up a new forum for us... probably on a free site because i just do not have the funding to pay for a site... that way we could keep the fish chat going....
  26. myrasosweet

    Pulled mud babies

    It was an experiment. I did not truly expect most of them to survive. I expected maybe 2 to be left. I hoped but you know how I am. 5/7 so far are still alive. The small fancy boy is by himself in a tub. I believe he will survive. He's got fight in him. He's showing breeding stars and eating like a beast. I won't place him back into the mud until I can feed regularly. Still cannot do that yet. Not warm enough. He and the other tiny fancy both came out of the mud extremely weak and near death. I knew they needed food or they would not last much longer. That's why I pulled them out to a warmer holding to try and slowly feed them, but the little one died anyway. He's a handsome blue based young man. If he survives, he will become a favorite like my sweet Shembje was. His name is Booshka, I used to call Shembje that all the time.
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