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  1. Anna

    Help! Kevin has bloat

    I wouldn't do the hand stripping, it's really easy to hurt them and even though she's bloated she doesn't seem obviously very sick yet. Even if it's uncomfortable it's not really dire unless the eggs start rotting inside. For a bath you could probably do like 30 minutes once or twice a day? If it's still bad in a few days you can do it with a double dose.
  2. She was gone when I got up yesterday morning 😢 I kinda knew it was coming. Poor baby. Put up a good fight. Here she was last month before she got sick ❤️ Can't see it well here but she had cute little white lipstick on Ludi has it too for sure. I found lifted scales behind his gills last night. Moved him to a tub with an air stone and dosed some kanaplex since I think his kidneys are still in good enough shape for that. I ordered some furan 2 that I'm going to add also when it gets here. Trying to keep from panicking but he's one of my very first fishies and the thought of losing him is freaking me out. Especially since I still don't know what this is. I called a couple vets but didn't have much luck, one was booked up the next two weeks, one used to see fish but doesn't anymore, I'm waiting on a call back from a third. I caught it early this time and I hope this treatment works but my anxious brain is running through all the worst case scenarios too >.< Blah I gotta keep myself busy with other stuff I guess, waiting is the worst.
  3. I just went on vacation to New Mexico for a week which was wonderful! I had my mom watching my critters while I was gone and oof.... I feel like this happens to every fish keeper eventually, I came home to a very sick fish. I'm pretty sure she overfed even though I left strict strict instructions on exactly how and when and how much to feed and what the consequences could be. But nitrates were sky high so something was off for sure. Here's the lil patient, one of the fry from last summer, call this one "rainbow". Was just getting ready to send this little cutie to a new home in the next few weeks (Sorry for the awful photo quality, the better ones just look kinda gross, the lump was oozing by this point) I found her like this saturday night when we got home, dropsy, popeye, white lump under the skin, whole shebang. She was still swimming with her friends which I guess was why my mom maybe didn't notice how sick she was? Popped her in QT, 10 gallons with a filter with a little cycled media. Not totally sure what it is or what to do. Decided to try going minimal on treatment, just epsom and clean water. She wouldn't eat reliably enough for an oral medication and I didn't want to try like kanaplex with her bloated up like that. I gave her a methylene blue bath also, after the lump opened up and started oozing. That lump got better but another one came up a little while later. She hasn't dramatically changed for the worse but she's not getting better either and that worries me. She still swims, still reacts to me, no blood spots. Her breathing is really fast and labored though, added an airstone this afternoon when I noticed that. She hasn't eaten that I've seen in the last two days, but her poop has a little brown in it so she might be taking in something. The swelling is just as bad as it was on saturday which has to be taking a toll on her organs. I feel like it's just a matter of time at this point... I don't like giving up but I have a bad feeling and I don't think she's going to get better. She was never my favorite baby but I still did raise her since she was just a little blip with fins and I hate seeing her so weak and sick. She's just about a year old, I don't know their exact hatch date but it was early-mid July of last year. Poor thing. I think I made her happy here. But it sucks anyway. I'm going to call a couple of the vets in the area tomorrow, see if they'll see her or at least take a few scrapings and help me try to ID what pathogen this is. I found another lump on Ludi tonight. I can't tell if it's the same thing, or maybe just a small tumor, but if I have something infectious on my hands I need to figure this out. He's a big tough boy so if it's going after him that's not a good sign. Anyway this thread is mostly to keep track for myself of what I'm doing and what I'm trying and the results?
  4. Anna

    Help! Kevin has bloat

    That does sound eggy to me, the bloating without pineconing. Warm is better for clearing eggs and the epsom will help too. You can try giving her a bath in a container with them if you don't want to dose the whole tank? As for the boys, some people say having them there to encourage her to lay will help, some people say they'll stress her out, I don't see a lot of clear consensus on it 😕 One thing you can try, I've never done it with goldfish but it's helped with my eggy schooling fish, is cut back feeding? The lack of food encourages her body to reabsorb the eggs for energy.
  5. Anna

    Does temp affect water tests?

    I'd actually just shoot API an email maybe? I think they usually are good with answering questions about their test kits and would probably have a more rigorously studied answer than we could get with just a couple tries fiddling around. Unless you really wanna fiddle in which case go for it
  6. Anna

    Tumors on common goldfish, I think

    I've also heard good things about Vitachem as a supplement. I believe that one can also be added directly to the water, not just in food. As long as they're not causing her trouble eating and she doesn't seem to be in pain hopefully she'll be alright <3
  7. Anna

    SunSun HW-303B Canister

    Updating this about a year later now that I've actually had some significant time with the thing, and also its larger cousin the HW-304B which I picked up a few months ago. First off is some secondhand info that I've heard from 2 separate people now, that these canisters apparently have an issue with the plastic casing getting hairline cracks and leaking. This usually happens about a year into use. I'm not sure what models this affects, or if it's all of them, or if it's just off brand ones or what? My 303 has made it well past the 1 year mark with no issues and my tank stand is full of moisture alarms anyway so I'm not terribly worried. I also haven't found any better alternatives as of yet, at least in my book, taking into account pricing, power, and suitability for goldfish bioloads. Things I've noticed over the last year: It's worth keeping up with the UV sterilizer! I noticed a dramatic improvement in algae with the light running. With my tank being in semi-direct sunlight I can't really escape the diatoms and it really made a difference when I had the light from the new 304 start back up. I think I'll be splurging for the bulbs this time around, it's worth it not to have to bleach/scrub all the decor in a 150 gallon tank so often There's occasionally an issue with the filter emptying faster than it fills, I'm not sure what triggers it exactly. But it'll sound like it's constantly priming, sort of a whoosh whoosh every few minutes, really annoying. Sometimes unplugging and pumping it manually before restarting it will fix it, otherwise taking the top off and opening the impeller housing up and putting it all back together will also fix it. Both filters have done it, I figure it's just a weird quirk in the valves. It's also very important to talk to them sternly while you do this, maybe give them a good kick, let them know you're watching them and aren't gonna stand for any shenanigans in this house. I can attest this is a crucial part of the troubleshooting process. I'm not sure if the 303 has lost some strength over the last year, or if it just clogs faster now that there's many more fish in there. I probably should clean it more often to see if that helps it but cleaning them really is such a pain, they're hard to drain so I always spill all over the floor It's still running an ok pace though. The two models are basically the same except the 304 is a good bit bigger and has another media tray. And the intake on the 304 is NOT adjustable, which actually I don't like so much. It's fixed in position so you can vise-clip it to the side of the tank, but that doesn't really work if it's acrylic with a lip like mine. Or if you want it to sit at a different angle or height than the default. The output is also fixed but the spray bar axis pivots a little bit so you can adjust that up and down at least. Tl;dr, I'm still satisfied with them. Keeping an eye out for leaks and occasionally give em a whack if they misbehave. But they're still dead quiet 99% of the time and doing a good job of filtering so I'm happy.
  8. Anna

    Oops it happened ...

    What a sweet thing
  9. Anna

    What's in your filter?

    I've never tried a prefilter in my goldfish tanks but in my tropical tank and QTs and yeah it clogged something awful. Not so much the sponge gunking up but the sponge itself getting partially sucked in with the strength of the intake and way slowing down the flow. With just a mesh wrap (to keep baby shrimp from getting sucked in) that one got gunky and I ended up having to clean it every two days or so to keep the water flowing so I took it off. Turns out the shrimp do fine without it anyway.
  10. Anna

    What's in your filter?

    I've got a looottt of this stuff in all my filters. Not super fine or anything but cheap and easy to shape and does the job well. I've got, uh, 4 filters running right now not including a couple sponges. Actually, one sponge isn't even a sponge it's just a few sheets of that poly padding wrapped around a plastic sponge filter base That stuff's good for when you need a cycled "sponge" quickly, just tie some cycled padding around a base with some fishing line or thread and poof instant QT sponge. My little dumb tetra whisper has some padding, a bit of old carbon (which no longer works as chemical media but still does mechanical and bio filtration fine) and a pack of purigen. The purigen is mostly to deal with the tannins put off by a piece of driftwood in my rabbit tank and wow it does a good job! But it's expensive and smelly and not worth it for the goldfish IMO. For more sensitive animals? Definitely. The AC70 has the default sponge, a layer of padding, a small bag of aquaclear biomax, and a bag of mixed bio balls and fluval biomax. And the two Sunsuns are packed full of poly padding, a bit of the padding they came with, the second aquaclear sponge, another bag or two of defunct carbon, and a LOT of biomedia. Including the fluval biomax, seachem matrix, bio balls, and some porous ceramic noodles. Oh and my fish are often kind enough to provide a prefilter made of marimo shreds around the intake which while thoughtful, usually slows up the water flow to a crawl If I were to re-engineer things a bit I'd probably vary the coarseness of the padding I use to hopefully get a little more polish on my water. But that'd probably also mean more cleaning of the filters lol and I'm not particularly interested in that
  11. Anna

    Pictures Galore

    I think specimen containers are the official ones but I just bought a cheap plastic kritter keeper for like $5 for some of the progress pics of the fry. I also got a used 5 gallon to try and photograph the bigger ones a few weeks ago but after I cleaned it out the bottom bracing popped right off so it'll need to be resealed And yes! He is indeed just Fat Bub
  12. Anna

    Tumors on common goldfish, I think

    If they're indoor fish it's unlikely to be viral, that nearly always occurs in pond fish. Have you added any new friends to your tank recently? They don't have the look of viral tumors either, those tend to have a very particular cauliflower kind of appearance. Like these ryukins I came across recently Anyway the one on her side is probably a run of the mill tumor. The ones around the mouth I'm not totally sure, I haven't seen something like that before. I can do some reading around and see what I find?
  13. Anna

    Pictures Galore

    Whoooosh Nyyeeeerrrmmm Scuse me comin' through!! Gosh sorry I just really gotta go!!!! He's doing really well, not growing much but eating plenty and always moving.
  14. Anna

    Pictures Galore

    Babies everyone's in the big tank now FAT BUB

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