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  • Thanks! Couldn’t have done it w/o you! I’d still be sitting here w/another round of a/b, large water changes, and wondering if my filter is 100%, and who knows, could’ve lost my fish.

    I was just examining the white one and if I’m not mistaken I think his tail has less spots on it. Tomorrow I’ll turn on the light and take a better look. I’m…[Read more]

  • Goodness, you are right! The healthy moving oxygenated water has DEFINITELY given them a much better environment for recovery. As soon as I began using the pond pump, things started happening for the better.
    I’ve used salt right in the aquarium before w/o having any foresight of what the heck I was doing or what it was good for!!! I really…[Read more]

  • Yes, the water parameters all look good and the water is so clear. I feel like they are really on the mend due to better water conditions only. Only doing small water changes here and there and keeping an eye on it daily. Things are happening for the better. Tank is def beginning to cycle. The pond pump is DEF a plus!!! Wow, After putting it in,…[Read more]

  • Hi Venus,
    I did go out to get the small aquarium, but kinda busy so I thought to do it the next day. As I watched them that evening, I felt I saw a slight improvement in Gina/Ginos swimming pattern. Less droopy. Good sign, so they went to bed. The next morning I made some peas and I added a smooshed garlic clove to the water. My goodness,…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Pictures of bumps 2 months ago

    The bumps look like little pimples?? Not too terribly noticeable, but def not the smoothness she used to have. Also seems her coloration is slightly faded in patches. My goal is to see her return to her normal colorful happy self. It’s a quandary, but I’m going to work towards that.

  • Marsha commented on the post, Pictures of bumps 2 months ago

    No salt bath as of yet. Was going to try it today but I’d like to get a small tank, so I’ll get that today, along w/a thermometer.

    They’re looking well this morning, but they always seem to be best in the morning. Well, the older I get, that’s my best time of day, too! LOL

    So if I pour the salt bath water back into the aquarium, could I…[Read more]

  • Marsha wrote a new post, Amquel Plus 2 months ago

    • Yes, it stinks; that’s for sure, but that’s the sulfur you’re smelling. Water treatment is a combination of chemicals that can be dangerous for fish if overused. It converts toxins to a safe form, but doesn’t eliminate them. You’ll still get a precise reading when testing. This is were the trouble starts. The fish keeper may think the toxin is still harming the fish, using more and more water treatment in an effort to eliminate the toxin

      If you have any reading for ammonia or nitrite, you should be using water treatment to convert. If your cycle is complete, you won’t get a reading for either toxin. Ammonia is the first toxin to form, and is created from the waste your fish produce. The ammonia attracts beneficial bacteria; it’s their food source. The convert the ammonia into nitrites. When nitrites is present another type of friendly bug comes along to feed on it, converting it into nitrates, the third and final toxin to be converted in the cycle. Unless you have algae or another plant that feeds on nitrates, they will be present; this is normal

      However, if your fish have been poisoned by nitrates, meaning the levels were too high for too long, it may be beneficial to reduce levels, but doing so can cause a spike if it’s not done properly. Exchanging too much water at one time upsets the balance. The water you remove contains the food source for beneficial bacteria. Ammonia and nitrites are being converted as the toxins are being produced

      Yes, Amquel Pluse converts nitrates as well as ammonia and nitrite, but just how much is unclear. We know that a single dose converts 2. ppm of ammonia and nitrite, so it’s likely that 10 ppm of nitrates will be converted by the same amount. Problem is, we don’t know if a single dose will convert 2.ppm of ammonia and nitrite, as well as 10 ppm of nitrates. It will probably take more to get the job done. You can use up to two doses per water change safely. This is why we don’t depend on the water treatment to convert nitrates

      Since the nitrates are really low, there’s nothing to worry about. I would say your fish will feel fine with nitrate readings of 5 to 10 ppm; just keep them consistently at these levels. What could be dangerous is allowing nitrates to rise, and then performing a large water change. Exchange small amounts more often

      Be consistent with water changes and feeding for a consistent cycle. Avoid over cleaning pumps and filters. Rinse sponges in old tank water regularly, not inconsistently

      I’m not sure if you’ve read the 10 steps; maybe not, but please do. You’ll learn all about the cycle, and how to perform a safe water change

    • The bumps; are they raised areas or just discoloration? Have you given the salt bath? Were you able to examine the fish more closely?

      It’s really hard to say without more info. From the photos it’s hard to say. It’s very possible the meds are the source. The little bumps on the fins are commonly seen in older fish, and nothing to worry about

      The droopy tail fin or a collapsed dorsal fin indicates the fish isn’t feeling well. I noticed her dorsal was up mostly. All fish pull their fins close to the body periodically. The fins are like a cat’s tail, giving away its emotions, which goldfish have, just like our other pets

      The sunken area may be due to weight loss. Maybe the fish isn’t eating well lately. High nitrates cause fish to lose their appetites. I think it will be feeling better in no time at all

      • No salt bath as of yet. Was going to try it today but I’d like to get a small tank, so I’ll get that today, along w/a thermometer.

        They’re looking well this morning, but they always seem to be best in the morning. Well, the older I get, that’s my best time of day, too! LOL

        So if I pour the salt bath water back into the aquarium, could I possibly mess up the cycle I’ve got going? Also going to see if they have a Nitrite/Nitrate test. My ammonia test only shows the total of all three in the color palette ranging from yellow to green. It’s consistently in the yellow for a few days now, but the strip test shows the nitrite/ nitrate. I’m really happy to see zero nitrite and a tinge of nitrate. So it seems the cycle is beginning. Going to keep close eye on this daily.

        Another thing concerning me is the vibration of the pump, although it is rather quiet, I can feel the vibration on their tank, and this is new to them. Put my hand on the glass and it is humming along w/the pump. I am rather pleased with the size and action of this pump, could be a little stronger, but in your experience are there pumps out there that do not give off any vibration in a tank? This does sit on rubber feet, but that things are not built in. I wasn’t happy when I tried to re-position and all the feet stuck to the floor! (then the pump was running and went outside the tank for a moment, I did this twice! Ug) so I’m not sure if it’s because of these puny detachable rubber feet.
        Most of the pumps advertise how quiet they are, but quiet vs vibrate kinda go hand in hand. The ads for the pumps are always in their favor, but I think one would have to be the judge of that in person and trying out lots of different pumps is not feasible. So do you know of one that is tried and true w/low vibration? This one is made by LifeGard. Quiet One 800.

        I fed them some peas this morning. Gina eats what’s slowly falling, but the other two, if they don’t catch it they scrounge the bottom, but Gina doesn’t do this at all. She sure used to, at least before this whole meltdown. This is another symptom of feeling unwell, I guess. I did see slight improvement after medication, but the water quality had to be built back up. I thought this would resolve, but seem to have taken a step back, mostly for her. Yes, I do realize you use all natural remedies, which I like alot. Everything is pure. But i must admit there’s a side of me that does believe in the medication because it has gotten me through a couple illnesses of fin rot, and years ago the big orange one got popeye. They resolved from Maracyn II, but I do actually consider the instance as being ‘lucky’ because I know they’re poison. I used the minimum application, never over-dosing, but rather undercutting since my gallon size didn’t equal the exact dose. But THIS time, using the Marycyn was a shock to them all and caused a really bad situation, so I opted for the Kanaplex/Metroplex and it did seem to pull them all out. Except Gina. She’s kinda going backwards, so yes, I want to try the salt bath, and yes, I do believe in natural therapies too, but I never really knew of any! Like Garlic? Ha, I would’ve never known!

        I will be back later after I go shopping. Thank you!

      • The bumps look like little pimples?? Not too terribly noticeable, but def not the smoothness she used to have. Also seems her coloration is slightly faded in patches. My goal is to see her return to her normal colorful happy self. It’s a quandary, but I’m going to work towards that.

      • Hi Venus,
        I did go out to get the small aquarium, but kinda busy so I thought to do it the next day. As I watched them that evening, I felt I saw a slight improvement in Gina/Ginos swimming pattern. Less droopy. Good sign, so they went to bed. The next morning I made some peas and I added a smooshed garlic clove to the water. My goodness, they acted like they hadn’t been fed in days!
        Things were looking so well that day that I didn’t opt for the saltwater bath. And since then, they are looking much better. The white one was chasing Gina again but then stopped after I fed them some more peas. So for the past couple of days their appetites have really improved and Gina’s coloring looks so much better!
        Could this be the garlic? I’ve never given them garlic anything. They’re not eating the garlic but it’s boiled w/the peas, so I know they think it tastes different and they really like it.
        I think things are beginning to look up!
        They do still have those bumps. I don’t know what they are. Don’t look like bugs or fungus, but like you said, maybe a wart. I do have a pretty good camera but I just can’t snap one that is perfectly clear. I’ll try it again though.

    • Yes, whatever the cause of the bumps, we should see an improvement, unless the bumps are ich of course. If this is the case, try the garlic and salt combined; very powerful. Garlic destroys bad bacteria and parasites, while enhancing the health of the fish. No matter what type of bad bug you’re dealing with; past or present, they all prefer water low in value; poor in quality. Since the value of your water is excellent right now, bad bugs will have a hard time getting a foothold

      Oxygen destroys bad bugs on contact, and they can’t build resistance. The frayed fins were due to bad bugs in the water. You wouldn’t have needed the meds if your water had been properly oxygenated. Oxygenated water improves the immunity of the fish and the environment it lives in. The chemicals in the meds you used does the very opposite; destroying a healthy
      environment

      Using water treatment, remedies or salts will not injure friendly bugs. These things help to create a healthier environment that the fish and the friendly bugs thrive in

      • Yes, the water parameters all look good and the water is so clear. I feel like they are really on the mend due to better water conditions only. Only doing small water changes here and there and keeping an eye on it daily. Things are happening for the better. Tank is def beginning to cycle. The pond pump is DEF a plus!!! Wow, After putting it in, only a couple days later the whole tank looked so clear! It’s great! The one I got is 254 GPH. It could be a little bit stronger but seems to be doing a good job.

        I remember you telling me to skip the OOE in a few months. Should I get another pump for the other side of the tank? They really seem to dig that little pole! LOL They have fun swimming around it and love getting food off the sponge.

        Have another question: the pole came with some attachments, mainly for like a fountain effect, so I don’t use them, but what it also came with was this little baffled looking tube that seems to lessen the strength of the flow when it hits the surface. Like its smaller OD at the bottom of the tube and a bit wider OD at the top of the tube. I have been using this. It does create some action on the surface, but not strongly. Should I take it off and use just the straight tube? I can extend it until it hits the surface and there is more pressure so it does move the surface more, I just kinda liked the other thing and the way it kinda comes out. But IDK, maybe it’s only good for the sprinkler fitting.

        I’m SO glad I found your website. I really need to buy your book! I feel like my fish have a new lease on life. Wish I knew about all this sooner! Thank you : )

    • Should warn you that some websites recommend using salt all of the time, but salt is stressful to the organs, and should be used in moderation, and only when needed. Bad bugs quickly build an immunity to it, and it becomes pointless. People use it in an effort to control bad bacteria, but what they don’t know; oxygenated water is the key. This is why our rivers and ponds are healthy. The water is oxygenated

      • Goodness, you are right! The healthy moving oxygenated water has DEFINITELY given them a much better environment for recovery. As soon as I began using the pond pump, things started happening for the better.
        I’ve used salt right in the aquarium before w/o having any foresight of what the heck I was doing or what it was good for!!! I really don’t know how they made it this long with me!! I just thought here ya go, have some salt. HAHAHA! But I’ve never OD’d them with it or have done only a few times in their life in the tank.

        I’m still kinda curious as to how they might “like” a salt bath, but for right now, I’m seeing an overall improvement in all of them. Not completely out of the woods but def signs of real improvement. Gina still has the bulging eye, but it’s not as bad. It’s going down. Not seeing the stretched out edge anymore. The white one still has a red vein in the tail, but you’d never know he’s sick w/anything, he’s very active and doesn’t act ill. I’ve also been keeping the light off more and just letting natural light come in and go out as the day turns to night. My thinking is they do need good sleep to get well.

        Thank you so much for all this wonderful information and help. It has def carried me through this bout of illness and realizing just how terrible their water conditions were. There’s so much more to learn though so I really must get your book. I’m fascinated at what I’ve been missing out on!

    • Stringy pooh is the sign of a poor diet. You’re feeding peas? Remove the shells, dry the peas on a paper towel, and then marinate them in garlic water. Just chop up a clove, and pour 1 ounce of tank water over the garlic. Let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours. Pour the aged garlic water over the peas. I would feed nothing but for five to 10 days. Let’s see if that helps. If not, we’ll need to cleanse the tract

      Some pumps are louder than others. Pick up a flat aquarium (black) filter sponge, and place beneath the pump to quiet it. Rinse this sponge every time you rinse out the one on the pump

    • Glad to hear things are looking up. Garlic is amazing stuff, but increasing the oxygen levels combined with garlic could be helping her. Warts look like warts. They’re all different sizes and have a rough feel to them. You’ll normally see them popping up close to one another, because they spread easily. The bumps I see in the photos don’t look like warts. If they’re not parasites, they’re those bumps I told you about; the bumps mature fish get. It could have something to do with hormones

      It’s really hard to take pics of fish; they’re the worst subjects. The ones you posted are pretty good really. They just don’t show that up close shot I need to see clearly

      Keep up the good work

      • Thanks! Couldn’t have done it w/o you! I’d still be sitting here w/another round of a/b, large water changes, and wondering if my filter is 100%, and who knows, could’ve lost my fish.

        I was just examining the white one and if I’m not mistaken I think his tail has less spots on it. Tomorrow I’ll turn on the light and take a better look. I’m noticing Gina/Gino is finally picking around in the gravel too. Something he hasn’t done in quite a while so regularly. The other two do pick around.

        Haha, garlic for goldfish, who ever found this out?! But they are really loving the peas from it! In the morning they come to the top w/such zeal wanting it. Poor things got flakes all their life with an occasional wild pea if I thought they were constipated. They love it, everyday! Haven’t seen the stringy poop since! That garlic water is amazing.

        I will snap a pic tomorrow and see if I can get a good shot. Thanks!

    • My first discovery was salt. I started out recommending salt bathes, salt tonics and then the salt treatment for the more serious issues. One day a light bulb turned on, and I just had a feeling garlic was the cure for fish that had been over salted, or couldn’t tolerate it for one reason or another. I thought I invented it, but nope, some other pond guy was using it as well

      There’s a long list of natural remedies that benefit our fish. You’ll find them here; https://the-organic-fish.com/

  • They’re approx 8 years old. The problem with the imperfections is they’ve only become noticeable after this episode of illness. We went out today and when I returned I noticed Gina was taking a stringy poop. I was preparing to feed them, and as I was doing this Gina began to dart across the tank a few times like a torpedo. I have seen her doing…[Read more]

  • OK great. Will do. Will have to do later this evening. They seem to be “ok” this morning. Still not their normal selves, but it seems after a good nights sleep they all look good in the morning. I’ve never done a salt bath so I will find your instructions. What about adding salt to the tank? Did you notice the lumpy side of Gino? Haha, Crystal is…[Read more]

  • Gino’s tail also looks kinda droopy.

  • Well the pump came in and has been running for a couple days now and the water looks VERY clear! I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on all parameters and things are consistently staying on the good side. Nitrate is the only thing that registers on the stick and it’s very light pink, and the Ammonia test tube is pure yellow, no tinge of green. So…[Read more]

    • Looks good to me

    • Well the pump came in and has been running for a couple days now and the water looks VERY clear! I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on all parameters and things are consistently staying on the good side. Nitrate is the only thing that registers on the stick and it’s very light pink, and the Ammonia test tube is pure yellow, no tinge of green. So water quality is definitely looking up.

      I know things can’t change overnight, well sometimes they do, but I just feel as if my fish, especially the colorful one (Gino) w/one bulging eye, are just not ‘well’. Something is bothering them all and I cannot pinpoint it. The spots of white on their tail bug me. Gino is not so smooth looking on one side of his body, and even though he’s swimming around better, no longer sinking or sitting on the bottom, just seems to get around like he’s just unwell feeling. There are times when he looks like he’s getting better, but then that goes away when I see the slower movement and clamped fin. His fin doesn’t stay clamped but he just does it in a way that’s not his normal self. Like he’s just moseying along. The white one, at times, goes into episodes of chasing him around and I can’t stop it.

      When I read about fish diseases with these white spots, they all talk about ich, but it’s not all over the body, just on the tail, maybe a hint on the dorsal. I do have Paraguard by Seachem but the water is so nice right now I’m afraid to screw it up, but I can’t help but wonder if I should try it. I made a video of them tonight. Maybe you can check it out to see what I’m seeing.

      Cycling the tank…. at what point do I know this has happened? When ZERO nitrates show?

    • Gino’s tail also looks kinda droopy.

    • Don’t be tempted to use meds. It’s not the solution. I can’t say it’s not ich, but it seems unlikely unless you’ve introduced a new fish or plant this past year. Yes, it could take a year to notice.

      It’s possible you had a little ammonia previously, and the fish was burned, explaining the clamped fins. The only reason a fish behaves like this is because it’s been burned by ammonia or KH. The pain typically outlasts the ammonia spike, if this is the case, however, most fish clamp the dorsal fin as well. Have you seen this?

      Older fish sometimes develop little white bumps on their tail and dorsal fins. This could be what you’re seeing. They’re not really warts, and they don’t spread to other fish. Normally you’ll see these bumps on the very edge of the fins. It wouldn’t hurt to perform a garlic remedy. All the fish will benefit healthy wise, and if by chance you have ich, it destroys the parasite, but it takes two or three treatments

      The white fish is a male. The males chase the females until they become exhausted and tire. Then they bump against them in excitement. This action causes the eggs to be released. Nature taking her course. It seems harsh, but without the males, the females can become impacted

      It’s true recovery takes time, but there’s nothing wrong with be concerned about them. You know them, and you know when they don’t feel well

      I would give the fish a salt bath. This will give you a chance to get a closer look, and if it is ich, the salt should destroy them. With all the meds you’ve used recently, I find it hard to believe the ich could survive

      You know your tank is cycled, when there’s a healthy levels of nitrates, with zero ammonia and nitrites, as these two toxins are being converted as they’re being created

      Stick with the salt bath, not a salt tonic, as salt is stressful, and it would be best to avoid using anything that could cause stress to the organs

      While the fish is in the bath, get a close up pic of the bumps if possible

      • OK great. Will do. Will have to do later this evening. They seem to be “ok” this morning. Still not their normal selves, but it seems after a good nights sleep they all look good in the morning. I’ve never done a salt bath so I will find your instructions. What about adding salt to the tank? Did you notice the lumpy side of Gino? Haha, Crystal is a boy – wow, thought it was a girl because her tail is shorter, but now I realize she’s a different type of goldfish, so I was wondering! That would mean Gino is a Gina? LOL I have always wondered if I had that backwards!
        The pond pump has absolutely made a difference in water quality. It is so much clearer in just a matter of a few days. The nitrite level looks to be zero, and ammonia in the test tube is pure yellow, but the nitrate on the stick is very pale pink. So something is going on, seems to be positive. Now if they would just react to good water conditions :
        Thank you!

    • How old did you say the fish are? I’ve looked at the video long and hard. I see imperfections, common with older fish, just like dogs and cats and ourselves as well. The young are seemingly perfect, but as we age, we get wrinkles and warts; so do animals

      I’m not saying there’s nothing to be concerned about; there is, but, you’re addressing these concerns with excellent water; the key to great health. It took time for your fish to become unhealthy. They started life with excellent health, and over the years living in water less than what it should be, their health deteriorated

      Even though I truly believe all of the fish will soon begin to thrive in the environment you’re creating, there’s no reason you can’t do a few extra things for them. You could buy some Epsom salts, and give them a magnesium boost; very beneficial. Premix 1 tablespoon of Espom per 10 gallons of tank water in a cup of warmed tank water. Add to freshwater before a water change

      For the bath, add 1 tablespoon of aquarium safe salt to 1 gallon of tank water. Dissolve salt in a cup of warm tank water. Here’s how I do it. I catch up the fish using a gallon container. I add the salt solution gradually, pouring it slowly and all around, mixing with a hand. Water should be 72 to 74f for bath. The cup of warm salt water will warm it a little more which is beneficial. Leave the fish in the bath for three minutes. If it tilts during the bath, return it home, and it will make a speedy recovery. I’ve never had this happen; maybe it’s a myth. lol

      Didn’t see the lump you were referring to. Describe lump and where it’s located

      Our remedies were designed just for this situation. The water issue resolved, but now the fish need a boost

      Release fish and the bath water into fish house if you haven’t salted recently

      • They’re approx 8 years old. The problem with the imperfections is they’ve only become noticeable after this episode of illness. We went out today and when I returned I noticed Gina was taking a stringy poop. I was preparing to feed them, and as I was doing this Gina began to dart across the tank a few times like a torpedo. I have seen her doing this before but it’s not regular, it’s seldom. I’ve been hoping to not see that anymore so was disappointed I witnessed it again because it concerns me. I feel like she needs ‘help’ but I don’t know what to do. So anyway, after the darting, the stringy poop fell off and she swam normally. One thing I have noticed in past couple days, even though the water is better, she’s taken on this droopy tail swim. The other two have their tails wide but she’s just kinda droopy looking. The clamped fins isn’t regular, but occasional, like she’s getting sick again even though the water is improving greatly, daily. It’s almost as if it all started when the water got better!

        So the salt bath, I’ll need to get a thermometer tomorrow. I used to have a floating one but I can’t find it. Now when I’m done I should return the fish to the aquarium and pour the salted water into the aquarium? I’ll also buy a small tank to do these baths. I do have Aquarium Salt, a small pint. I do have some ‘people’ 100% pure epsom salt (nothing else, no fragrance, nothing) so I do have that on hand. Should I try epsom salt in the tank concurrently with Aq Salt?

        What do you think about stringy poop? I did read that on your site somewhere, I have to find it. I’ve noticed regular poop, but stringy poop is occasional. Maybe she has a digestive problem?

        I will make a separate post and get a screen shot of the lumpy profile.
        Thank you!

    • Yes, release the fish and the water back into the aquarium after the bath. Be sure to examine the bumps during the bath, and report back

      I wonder if because the fish haven’t been well, you’re paying super close attention, and noticing the small things? Maybe not, but my old fish have all developed those bumps I see on her tail fin and dorsal fin

      I think the meds may be to blame for some of these issues. Meds are not meds at all, unless you purchased from a vet. They’re dangerous chemicals that all too often push fish suffering from issues caused by bad water over the edge. Many a fish will die from chemical poisoning. Water treatment can be lumped in this same category, but it’s the lesser of two evils

      You may not have noticed yet, but we preach all natural here on this site. It’s a difficult goal to reach, but if I remember correctly, you’re on well water, so you’re one of the few that can avoid the use of it altogether. Once you get over this spike, let’s work towards an all natural ecosystem

  • Marsha commented on the post, Bulging Eye 2 months, 1 week ago

    What did I confess to? LOL!!

    I do have Prime, but WOW does it stink! When I first bought it, it did not stink, but P-U! I haven’t used it for couple weeks now. I was using it when I did the entire water change. Then I was standing at the sink with the bottle open and I was like OMG what is that smell. I looked in the sink. Dumped out a pan,…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Bulging Eye 2 months, 1 week ago

    Can I insert an image in this post? Or do I have to create a new post?

  • Marsha commented on the post, Pond Pump 2 months, 1 week ago

    I’m the same. Love me some toads, LOL : ) Every spring we have hundreds if not thousands of baby toads. We have to sift out the string of pearls and take them to the creek. Somehow though we miss a few strands. The first spring we were here they were everywhere and I couldn’t mow for months. It was agonizing. We tip toed everywhere.
    Yep those…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Bulging Eye 2 months, 1 week ago

    Yes, I believe the two are comets and one white one is a regular goldfish, but she too has a nice tail, so maybe she is a comet, IDK. They came from the pond I told you about. We moved here 8 or so years ago and it was quite jungle-like. After moving away all the overgrowth we considered to start it up again. It was two ponds connected with a…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Pond Pump 2 months, 1 week ago

    HAHA, I have to wonder too! Now if a pond is loaded with the lily pads, then maybe that’s where it comes from. Easy to choose from but not much choice. These frogs are really large. I doubt a lily would hold them. I’ve noticed that in the spring the females come along and there’s about 6 or 7 total. After the courting season is over, they do…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Pond Pump 2 months, 1 week ago

    No we don’t. Years ago we put some floaty fake ones in there but they didn’t get used.

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