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    Fish updates and whatnot

    Hey! Nice job with the plants!
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    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.
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    Pulled mud babies

    Aww, I'm sorry. That's too bad. Still, one of the fancies made it, which I still think is a big deal since winters can be so rough on them. You're planning on keeping them permanently separated from the other pond still?
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    Pulled mud babies

    Pretty babiesl You're probably not worried about it, but I doubt they're permanently stunted. Just winter slowed! I wish I had more shubunkin! They're a little more varied and fun than commons/comets. I've only got the one shuby, Pepper, who has quite a bit of blue. Maybe if I'm able to re-home the bulk of my common/comets I'll be able to have more shubies. I've given up trying to keep anything but single tails in the ponds overwinter here in Utah. Won't keep anything less hardy than a fantail or ryukin outside in the spring/summer/fall, either. It's impressive your two fancies survived outside all that time! Especially being calico, which has always seemed to correlate to greater frailness in fish in my experience, though that could just be coincidence.
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    Fatty Fatty Two by Fish

    I'm irritatingly slow getting pictures. This is because my tank wall is embedded with this REALLY difficult to scrub away algae. The tank is big, so fishing the Lil dude out to take photos elsewhere is also a pain. Basically, his body is stretched out so that you can see skin between his scales. They're not standing on end like dropsy, and the scales themselves aren't the hard lumpy pearlscales. He's just a round-bodied chonker. He also has some minor swim bladder issues where he just seems a little poor at balancing and staying upright. He looks "tilted" a lot.
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    Fishy Update!

    Hey everybody! Just wanted to share how things have been going for me and mah fish. Almost everybody is still alive. I did lose Budgie to dropsy a few months ago, but he was likely already quite old. Still, sad. I also lost Zuko this week to nitrate poisoning or maybe nitrate shock. The only other fish who got sick in his tank was Jumbo, but he's recovering quite well (I think he got sick with something opportunistic, didn't get nitrate poisoning). The 8 baby pond goldfish I rescued are now in the lady goldfish tank. They're growing well and 5 of them have started or completed their color change! I still have one mosquito fish left. The others did not make it somehow. One sole male, he's not even quite an inch long. He's so small I'm keeping him in his own tank, which is a planted 20 gallon. Mumbo, my Sakura ryukin with a paralyzed swim bladder, is still alive even though he has not been able to get off the ground of his tank for well over 6 months now (excluding when he rockets up to snag food). I do worry about his quality of life, but Rupert, his poor-swimming headstanding ranchu buddy really seems to like Mumbo. They "cuddle" together inside the decorations at night. Mumbo does develop rashes and sores from time to time on his underside, but salt helps clear them up and so far they haven't gotten too bad. I'm looking to downsize. I don't have the time to dedicate to caring for all the fish as well as I should. Having fewer to watch means a better chance of spotting symptoms earlier. I was able to re-home Lilith and Misty, both to a friend who I know to be scrupulous with animal care. They are both happy in their new home! It's hard to downsize. I love my fish and I don't want to lose any of them. And the ones I'd be most okay with losing are the ones that likely would be hardest to adopt out (I'm looking at you, Diamond Tiara the plain orange fantail who is a complete BULLY). It was a relief seeing Misty and Lilith go, but also very sad at the same time. And that's when I'm fortunate enough to have a friend take them! And I need to find homes for the baby pond fish and/or their parents as well. Sigh.
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    Talking to my fish

    This morning I was talking to my fish: "Oh, hello my little Vaquita! How are you today? It's okay. You don't have to answer me. I know your mouth is full!" "Oh, hello there lil Spooks! I'm sorry that your mouth isn't full right now. I know that's hard for you." Please share your fishy gems here!
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    Do it!
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    UPDATE--Feb 27, 2019

    I still love you all, even if I barely see you!
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    Nitrite Poisoning in Goldfish

    Hello! Welcome to the forum! That's a cute fishy you have there! Any time I've treated a fish for nitrate or nitrite poisoning I've used some salt. From what I've read, salt can help heal the damage to the gills that the poisoning may have caused, and this helps make the oxygen the fish actually comes into contact with more effective. If you're very concerned, you could move him into a shallow quarantine tub with a couple of air stones. I've definitely used salt when treating scepticemia. I'd recommend starting small with the salt, perhaps only adding some every day rather than every 12 hours. Watch to see if he improves. What worries me about this guy is that the scales behind his gills look like they might be raised a little. It's hard to say from a side view, though. Can you get a picture of him from the top? And I've got a few questions for you. What are the dimensions of his tank, does he have any tank mates, and how are his energy levels? Also, from the test results you gave, nitrite poisoning seems unlikely. Nitrate poisoning might be possible (that's more likely in an established tank anyway), but since you don't have a precise number it's hard to say. Nitrate poisoning symptoms are lethargy, curved spine, swimming in circles, not eating. Anyway, hope things go well! He's a tough type of fish, especially if he's already showing signs of improvement without any treatment! Be careful when doing 100% water changes, by the way. One large water change can risk nitrate shock. Better to do multiple smaller water changes over a few hours to give the fishy time to adjust to the healthier levels. I know it's hard to restrain yourself when you see your fish is in bad condition, though.
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    Fatty Fatty Two by Fish

    Nice to see you around! Well, I'll get a picture of him for you! I've been feeding smaller portions lately to compensate. His scales are stretched apart so you can see his skin between them! He's always been weird, actually. Always been unusually round compared to his siblings. I wonder if he's got some metabolic issue of some sort, maybe because he got sick for a while with some strange parasite that I never was able to name (a worm was poking out of his side like anchor worm, but it wasn't that). Anyway, I'll get a picture!
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    Fatty Fatty Two by Fish

    Nice to see you! How are you doing?
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    Fatty Fatty Two by Fish

    I should have said, I'm pretty sure obesity is the cause of his roundness because this has been going on for a very long time, possibly over a year. The symptoms are not sudden, but it's getting obvious that they're not going away and he looks... odd. I suppose I should try getting some photos so everyone can see his sad adorable chubbility.
  14. I thought about posting in illness and disease but I'm not really sure how much a fat fish counts as sick. Basically, one of my fish is far, far fatter than the rest. His belly bulges, skin can be seen between his little scales. He's stopped growing larger in other ways like the other fish in his litter. I'm not sure what to do about it. He's not better at getting food than the others. He doesn't eat more than they do. He's just got a dead metabolism. How do you go about putting a single fish on a diet in a tank filled with normal weighted beasties? Thoughts? Feelings? Not sure if anyone will even see this, let alone respond!
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    Howdy folks. Can you hear the crickets chirping? I can. I can.

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