• Good to hear that ammonia and nitrites are zero. It’s important that the cycle isn’t broken again. This means being consistent with feeding and maintenance. Avoid rinsing the filters, but if you have to, rinse in old tank water. The filters and pumps is where the beneficial bacteria live

    Are you performing the pitcher method for removing Co2…[Read more]

  • This too, consider collecting rain water to use as freshwater in the fish house. Rain water may be low in KH. This is where the term acid rain comes from, but with such a high KH, lowering it a bit won’t hurt a thing

  • I’m glad to help

    Okay good to know you’re ordering testers. Even though your KH is excellent, these levels must be guarded in an open topped tank, due to water evaporation. Minerals don’t evaporate, so testing to make sure levels don’t climb to dangerous readings is important

    The test result of 7.0 mg for nitrates is confusing. This is a…[Read more]

  • Your fish are fantastic, and I love hearing about them living in a large tank; happy fish. No one here will judge you. We’ve all made the same mistakes, and we’re here because of it, for one reason or another. The salt treatment you gave the fish was beneficial, as salt contains chloride which improves gill function, which helps fish get oxygen,…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Ryukin 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    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…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Ryukin 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    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

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Ryukin 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    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

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Ryukin 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    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…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Ryukin 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    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…[Read more]

  • These are real concerns, as fish that have suffered nitrate poisoning have no tolerance of shallow water. I wouldn’t cut down feeding, because your brother will feed normally, and this could cause a spike. Yes, the Prime will be helpful, as it will convert 10 ppm of nitrates per dose, or so they say. I would chill their tank water before the move,…[Read more]

  • How far will the fish have to travel? If an hour or less, a bucket is fine, but if the distance takes more than an hour, chill the tank water so they’ll use less oxygen. In this case I use an ice chest which keeps the water colder for longer

    Witht they cycle being so delicate, it would be wise to keep as much tank water as possible. If you can…[Read more]

  • Yes, you can slow the water changes as the parameters improve. For example; if one day you have a reading of .5 ammonia, and you perform a water change using Prime, assume the ammonia is converted with a half dose of Prime. If the reading is the same the next day, there’s no reason to do a water change. On the other hand if the levels have…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much for the kudos

    I’ve enjoyed our chats. One thing our users have in common; a passion for goldfish. Have you noticed a substantial difference in the fish since raising the oxygen levels?

    Are you planning on going organic?

  • I emailed you, and yes, I regret not moving it to the tub, but SSG can result in the very same symptoms, and the fish would surely die if these gases were present, so you did the right thing. I’ve seen fish in the curled position for several weeks before treatment was offered that recovered. Every fish and every situation is different

    When a…[Read more]

  • Consistency in water changes, sponge rinsing and feeding are the things that matter. If you’re going to change something, do so very gradually

  • Are they all laying on the bottom, or just hovering above it, which is normal. Fish rest most of the night, and parts of the day. The older the fish, the more it rests.

    Okay. We might prepare for a spike after you increase feeding (slightly) and back off on water changes. I sell established pond pumps now and then. When I pull one from my…[Read more]

  • Conditions would have to be very good for some time in order for the fish to heal completely. The blood needs time to repair and rebuild itself, and this can only be accomplished in water rich in oxygen. IT could take months

    The max amount of H202 you could use safely is 15 mL three times a day, but I wouldn’t push it past three or four days.…[Read more]

  • One thing I love about H202 is the fact it’s soluble in water, so the water doesn’t require a healthy KH (carbonate mineral) level. Still…this doesn’t mean we should depend on it. The quality of regular hydrogen peroxide purchased at a grocery store may be less than desirable. The Organic Fish’s Oop is oxygenated water with organic H202 as its…[Read more]

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