• Looks like nitrates are lower; that’s good. So no more 100% water changes; right? Exchange 5% every half hour or so instead. Try keeping levels where they are, or even a little lower

    Keep the water table as high as possible

    Good to hear you’re going to add the pond pump; I’m persuasive lol

    Get one that pushes 125 gph or so

    The water at…[Read more]

  • So you do have nitrates, meaning you have a complete cycle; this is good. What’s not so good, levels are too high. The fish is suffering from nitrate poisoning or shock. The tank is tight quarters for such a large fish; the size needs upgrading to 30 or 40 gallons if you can swing the cost and the space. The amount of nitrates being produced is…[Read more]

  • Thanks so much for the info. I’ll contact my host tomorrow. I have an idea it has something to do with Firefox

    You may notice I’ve deleted your test result post, and added the link to your original post. Let’s continue posting here, using comments, instead of creating new posts, or things will get confusing

    I’m going to comment again in a…[Read more]

  • So by normal; zero ammonia and nitrites? Any reading for nitrates?

    Some so called experts recommend using a consistent saline solution, but this is dangerous. Goldfish aren’t saltwater fish, and require fresh water. You say your alkaline is low, what is the reading, and by alkaline are you referring to KH? Even though a low KH isn’t good, it…[Read more]

  • If you haven’t performed a water change in the last day or two, perform this one.

    Lower water temps as directed in the instructions. Goldfish become dormant in colder water, using less oxygen, buying time. Most issues are directly or indirectly related to…[Read more]

  • Venus wrote a new post, test 3 weeks, 2 days ago


  • 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…[Read more]

  • 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…[Read more]

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

    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.…[Read more]

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

    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…[Read more]

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

    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…[Read more]

  • 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…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the 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…[Read more]

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

    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…[Read more]

  • 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…[Read more]

  • Venus commented on the post, Sick Koi 2 months ago

    That is a wow, and a big one at that, considering everything you guys have gone through. This is the way it’s supposed to be with big ponds; easy

    If the fish aren’t feeding, they’re in a dormant state. If the fish are in a dormant state, so are the friendly bugs. As the weather warms, and the fish start feeding again, so will the friendly bugs.…[Read more]

  • 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…[Read more]

  • Looks good to me

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

    It seems our comments are falling out of order; been trying to fix, so you may have to look for your most recent

    Create a new post to add photos. Create as many posts as you like

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

    Do you have Prime or Amquel plus on hand? These are the water treatments that convert ammonia and or nitrite to a safe form. Pick up a jug if not

    The nitrates were too high, but performing a fast water change can cause more harm than good. Reduce nitrates gradually by performing small and frequent water changes. Keeping that water table high…[Read more]

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