Cricket (Master Goldfish Keeper)

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Cricket (Master Goldfish Keeper)

Cricket (Master Goldfish Keeper)

  • My guess would be that he’s got an issue that causes him to float each time he eats, or actually, it looks more like if he gets too much at once, his tract becomes blocked. I doubt that he’s eliminating normally, still, but it’s hard to tell. I could only tell when he was isolated in the tub.

    Or maybe food isn’t moving through him normally…[Read more]

  • I see, so my guess would be that

  • Sorry, what was it that made you think the track was blocked and now isn’t?

  • Hi, thanks for your quick response and for switching the remedy. He’s suddenly up and about, swimming normally. This gives you an idea of how off and on this is. Ten minutes ago he was at the bottom and looking miserable.

    I’ll lower the water table. I’ve turned up the pumps a bit as well.

    When I oil him, I push the dropper in as far as I…[Read more]

  • Forgot to mention that he is bottom resting today. He did this once before, about 2 weeks ago, for a day. He is able to lift to eat. He just now started porpoising (sp?) to gasp at the surface. Never a good sign.

    • Forgot to mention that he is bottom resting today. He did this once before, about 2 weeks ago, for a day. He is able to lift to eat. He just now started porpoising (sp?) to gasp at the surface. Never a good sign.

    • Hi Cricket, Sorry to hear your fishy problems. I know you know that ryukins are prone to these issues, due to breeding. To date, I’ve never seen one live past seven to eight years, and that’s quite a stretch for them. So many of the fancier types have issues due to breeding; it’s sad really

      The question is, what can we do for them? It’s helpful if you reduce the water table, as this takes some of the pressure off

      Do you think the fish is constipated? If this was the case the oil would do the trick, and everything would get back to normal in a jiffy. I wondering if the tract is inflamed, which would cause the same symptoms as constipation

      The fish may have gotten some oil on it’s gills. This remedy isn’t safe unless you’re aggressive enough to get the tip of the dropper into the throat. I’m thinking of removing it. The digestive remedy is completely safe. Depending on the fish, I sometimes slip a little bit of Castor oil in it, but not enough to cause a problem

      I think you’d be better off going with the digestive therapy in this case. I know you’re capable of feeding orally, and this way the fish is treated for inflammation and constipation. Inflammation is mostly caused by bad bacteria in the tract

      I wonder if that redness you saw could have been related to the added pressure a fish feels when it’s bladder is inflated, and it tries swimming to the bottom; possibly. It’s hard to believe any of your fish would be septic…unless a the tract has torn from becoming impacted. Unfortunately, they’ll eat even if they’re constipated

      Let’s trade that float remedy for the digestive therapy. It’s cheaper mailing, so don’t worry about changing your order. For old time’s sake

      Hope it helps. I’ll get it out first thing in the morning. Don’t forget to lower the water table. If you do; let me know if it helps. In some cases it makes all the difference

    • I wonder if when he’s at the surface, he’s unable to get oxygen from water normally, and feels deprived. Once they become deprived, it takes a few days for the oxygen levels in the blood to get back to normal. I wouldn’t worry about it unless it continues; keep me posted

      Obviously the tract was blocked, and now it’s not. That’s good; meaning the tract can’t be too inflamed if at all

      Still…let’s do the digestive therapy. The way you’re feeding, there should never be any constipation. You can either feed it orally or add it to a 10 day batch of gel food

    • Hi, thanks for your quick response and for switching the remedy. He’s suddenly up and about, swimming normally. This gives you an idea of how off and on this is. Ten minutes ago he was at the bottom and looking miserable.

      I’ll lower the water table. I’ve turned up the pumps a bit as well.

      When I oil him, I push the dropper in as far as I can, til I meet some resistance. Is that too far?

    • Maybe I’ll send an extra one ounce bottle of the float remedy to administer as a bath. This way you can have something on hand for emergencies

    • Sorry, what was it that made you think the track was blocked and now isn’t?

    • When a fish is stuck at the surface, the intestines are impacted, causing the gas to become trapped in the swim bladder. When the bladder is full, the fish goes up. If a fish can rest comfortably on the bottom, the intestines are clear or processing waste normally

    • I see, so my guess would be that

    • My guess would be that he’s got an issue that causes him to float each time he eats, or actually, it looks more like if he gets too much at once, his tract becomes blocked. I doubt that he’s eliminating normally, still, but it’s hard to tell. I could only tell when he was isolated in the tub.

      Or maybe food isn’t moving through him normally and builds up to the point that he’s blocked every couple of days…

    • A very good assumption. My thought is, his treatment will be ongoing for the rest of his life. When the ryukins are young, they don’t have any issues at all, but after a couple of years, it slowly begins until it becomes a serious issue

      I would guess the tract gets more and more squished over time, because your fish and mine little Spike had the best diet. I know that waste can get built up in the tract as the years pass, but it’s more than that

  • Hi Venus, I know – it has been a while. I’m going to keep this short, as I just lost my post and want to test.

  • Fannie has another large abscess, but this one came to a head and burst w within 24 hours. Gave her a 1 T/gal salt bath x 4 mins and squeezed it gently. Now it’s a little flatter. Can I give the salt bath at this strength for a few days in a row?

  • Tried to post vid of new fish but it timed out twice and then dumped my whole post. Maybe another time.

  • They are still getting gel food with prebiotics daily to rebuild their immune systems.

  • Happy to report that both Fannie and Io have been back in the main tank for weeks now with no further sign of infection! Both doing well and will soon be 7 years old. I don’t like antibiotics, but am so glad they worked in this instance. For my own memory I want to record that they both got 1 dose of Metroplex and 3 doses of Kanaplex over a 5…[Read more]

  • Comets, as you know, get huge, too. I can definitely see an outdoor pond in your future!

    Why are outdoor ponds easier? How much of the work does mother nature do?

  • Whoa! Now that was a surprise!

  • So sorry to hear, Venus. Was this the fish that came to you with ET? He had a good, longer life because of you, tho’ I know you’re sad to lose him.

    Do you still have your common, along with the koi?

  • Fannie has been back in the main tank for maybe 5 days and is doing very well. All symptoms gone for now and tons of energy. It’s good to see. My first Dropsy success. Io is now in the QT tub, really swollen on the left. I’m doing tonics in both tanks. Dandelion currently. And, it’s, antibiotics for Io. Same symptoms Fannie had.

    I’ve been…[Read more]

  • Peas, garlic peas, gel food. Peas twice daily, gel food twice daily. Besides holding some waste in its roots, the bamboo has been firm and healthy. I’ve had problems with infection in my tank from the get go, long before the bamboo went in or the algae scrubber. I make sure their food is fresh, making small batches. I guess I should have my water…[Read more]

  • I’ve come up with 5-6 tonics that build immunity and fight bacteria and will switch them up.

    It looks like my other Danny, Io, now had a lump on the left, long clear poo and is bottom resting. Also 6, also never had a health problem before. I have astralagus in the tank tonight.

  • Makes sense, the 4 days. I figure all I can do is give her probiotics and keep the tonics flowing in the tank after she goes back in. They’re flowing now in fact.

    I’ll find an immune boosting tonic.

    I think that she’s be dead now without the antibiotic. She looked like a prearlscale, she was so swollen and was fully pineconed. I had had…[Read more]

  • By the way, all symptoms gone. :yahoo:

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