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- VenusParticipantMay 17, 2017 at 5:24 amPost count: 133
I’ve created a section for our journals in the blog is you want to try it out. I could move your forum journal posts over if you like. Oh, and check it out. I’ve found an awesome plugin that allows you to upload videos (top of post box) directly into your (blog) post. Maybe you’ll provide the first demonstration?
- VenusParticipantMay 17, 2017 at 4:50 amPost count: 133
I put the forum up, and then took it down, only to put it up and take it down again. Right now it’s down due to the fact I can’t control the font or background color. Here’s why; every feature you see on this site is created by adding it via a plugin. Each plugin has a job to do. These plugins are updated by the creator; some more often than others. Depending on the size and complexity of the plugin, sometimes things get broken in the process
I don’t know if you remember it, but I once broke the entire page of Organic Goldfish by updating the theme. I’ve since learned safer procedures, but this site is so big, you would spend days checking every little feature after an update
Sometimes plugins cause issues because the website is updated, but the plugin isn’t. It’s a real pain, but part of it
I’ll check periodically to see if I can get control of the styling, but until then we either have to live with the light font on the light background or do without the forum. I prefer posting in the Blog anyway. It’s just less complicated
Have you tried posting a video in blog post?
I’ll look for a plugin that supports videos. When I’m posting a video, I upload to utube. What app are you using?
- VenusParticipantFebruary 22, 2017 at 1:35 pmPost count: 133
When a fish is poisoned by nitrite or nitrates, the toxin thickens the blood. All of the body parts and function slow. Under the best care, it will take months for your fish to recover, and even then it will be super sensitive
That the condition hasn’t worsened is a good sign. Keep up the good work
- VenusParticipantFebruary 19, 2017 at 5:05 pmPost count: 133
Keep the water temp at 68f or so
I wouldn’t do another bath just now
Better act fast because this book is coming down in a few days. ahahahaha (evil witches laugh)
He gulps air because his blood has been thickened by nitrates. He’s being deprived of oxygen because of it. He would be a goner right now if your water wasn’t in such good shape
- VenusParticipantFebruary 18, 2017 at 9:44 pmPost count: 133
Those plants, are you cleaning under them? If they’ve been around for a while, have you checked inside the pots for rot?
A lot of waste? or is it that the waste bothers you. There should be a lot of waste. It’s a part of the ecosystem. You really shouldn’t see much of it, and the majority of it should end up in the sponges. Recommend cleaning sponges only once a week unless you’re overstocked. I doubt you are, however, your fish have grown.
The color of stone you have; maybe the waste is more obvious, also, if the layer is too thick, the fish won’t be able to stir up the gravel. This behavior helps stir up waste that’s settled in the gravel. As they go about this daily routine more and more waste ends up in the sponge
I would guess waste is more discreet in natural colored gravel
Yes. The one on the tail fin doesn’t really look like an abscess. Examine it. Is it firm? Older mature mails develop little whitish bumps on the tail fin. I believe it’s a sign of a breeding male, but wouldn’t bet my life on it. The other one, yes. It looks like an abscess
- VenusParticipantFebruary 18, 2017 at 5:08 pmPost count: 133
My question is, why do you want to do a water change if nitrates are only 5 ppm?
Hum…interesting. Can we see pics?
It sure wouldn’t hurt; another garlic remedy. Another bath, yes, but a short one this time; one to two minutes; same amount of salt
Did you get the gel food mixed up yet? How’s about peas marinated in garlic water too?
There are two immune systems; one in the intestines and the other in the blood. How’s about mean green remedy too?
How’s your KH been? pH? Boost KH to 140 to 160 ppm. Use H202 two to three times a day
Is your house getting lots of fresh air?
- VenusParticipantFebruary 18, 2017 at 1:42 pmPost count: 133
I have in mind, a goldfish aquarium or tank that has a shallow end on one side, and a deep end on the other, giving fish an option. Floating fish need shallow water, but fish with nitrate issues need the deep
Give him a couple of days, and maybe you should spread water changes out even more due to the shallow depth. It’s risky, the chamber. You really have to be on top of it. I think you could pull it off; very time consuming too
Do you have two pumps in your tank?
I’ve got instructions for the deep chamber therapy; it works. Consider investing in a mean green remedy to enrich the blood
Keep buffering. Add sea shells; helps support KH
Eating is a very good sign
- VenusParticipantFebruary 17, 2017 at 11:58 amPost count: 133
Good deal. Your water is excellent right now. Keep it up
Goldfish that have been in water low in oxygen may feel deprived long after the water is buffered and oxygenated. This is because they don’t have lungs. They can’t appreciate oxygenated water until their bloodstream becomes oxygenated, which takes time, and with nitrate poisoning, plenty of it
Interesting fact; goldfish that have been in water low in oxygen for a long time period, continue surfacing as a habit. They don’t know why they do it; they just know it’s what they do.
Your water wasn’t seriously low, just low enough for a fish sensitive to nitrates to feel deprived
Your fish is on the mend :yahoo:
H202 begins to degrade as soon as it hits the water, so in times of need, use more often; three to four times daily max. Just don’t make a habit of overuse. Grocery store H202 is low in quality. Besides, we shouldn’t have to depend on it if our water is right, however, your fish needs the extra boost right now
- VenusParticipantFebruary 17, 2017 at 5:37 amPost count: 133
The curling, caused by pressure, is another symptom of nitrate poisoning
Your parameters look great, all except for pH; it’s still low. Now that you’ve got your KH up, there’s no reason for low pH unless oxygen is an issue. Open a window or door periodically to get fresh air in the house. If you haven’t, set up a fan so that it blows across the surface. The water movement clears the body of water. KH gives the water the ability to support oxygen, and last but not least, the surface must be exposed to fresh air
Being indoors, fresh air is sometimes an issue in the winter with windows shut tight. Not only is there Co2 (gas produced from waste) there’s also Co2 in our homes. Every time we breathe out, we’re filling a room with Co2
Do you have any 3% hydrogen peroxide on hand? If not pick up a bottle at the grocery store. Premix one ounce per 10 gallons of tank water in a quart of tank water; pour in all around slowly mixing with your hand as you do so. H202 is oxygenated water. Perform this treatment three times a day for first day, two times second day, and then once a day for a week or so
If the one fish looks to be in a panic, you might check inside the mouth for a stone. It’s not common, but it happens. There was a fish on our facebook page that got a stone stuck in a nostril. What are the chances? :wacko:
- VenusParticipantFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:50 pmPost count: 133
I think it would be beneficial, but we don’t want to lift the fish off the bottom. Reason being; fish poisoned by nitrates need deep water. The pressure (weight) of the water relieves the pressure caused by nitrates. This is why they bottom sit
If you can manage it, here’s a link leading to instructions for what I call ‘the in house bath’ The fish remains in deep water, but receives the benefit of a salt bath while it remains in the tank, in deep water In house bath
- VenusParticipantFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:19 pmPost count: 133
I wouldn’t administer oil to a fish that isn’t floating. They float because they’re constipated, and the oil eliminates waste from the tract, relieving the condition, eliminating the floating issue
When a fish is on the bottom, it’s been affected by nitrates. If the fish ate, he’s going to recover as long as the nitrates are consistently low, and the water table high. it doesn’t hurt to keep the temps low like you’ve been doing
Yes, raise that KH as soon as possible. That your fish was so easily affected tells me it’s not fully recovered from the previous poisoning. Nitrates rob the blood of oxygen, and water rich in oxygen is the key to recovery. Remember, KH is a part of pH
- VenusParticipantFebruary 14, 2017 at 9:34 pmPost count: 133
Glad to hear it. Yes, I would say the fish is still nitrate sensitive. There are a few things you can do to help. Keeping the water table as high as possible at all times, gradually reducing levels, and most importantly, keeping KH up to high end of comfort zone. Even though you’re doing everything possible to make sure the water is properly oxygenated, all the movement, all the fresh air in the world won’t help if the KH is low
Buffer to 140 and keep it there. This means buffering and testing, testing and buffering. Your KH levels aren’t dangerously low, but even if fish are healthy, why not give them the best water. Your GH looks fine, but if you want to buffer now and then as a tonic it would be beneficial
Green tea and chlorophyll remedies are beneficial for fish that have experienced nitrate issues. The green juice enriches the bloodstream, and the green tea gets it moving
It’s no easy task, but try keeping nitrates max 20 ppm. If you have algae growth, encourage it. Algae feeds on nitrates. If you remove it, do so very consistently. Removing a lot of algae at one time causes a large spike in nitrates
By the way, I’ve coined the term ‘nitrate shock’ and it’s real. Different from nitrate poisoning; the onset is caused by a sudden and large change in nitrates, and can be just as lethal
It’s an accomplishment to have fish this old. Let’s keep them around for a few more years :good:
- VenusParticipantFebruary 14, 2017 at 5:22 pmPost count: 133
Did you administer Castor oil before posting or after? In other words, is the fish alright now?
That’s fast acting if so. Castor oil takes some time to get the job done. Was the fish experiencing floating issues previously? Castor oil, as we all know, lubricates the track, helping waste to be eliminated. Floating issues are caused by waste slowing or becoming impacted. When this happens gas (created from waste) becomes trapped in the swim bladder organ (the two being connected) and keeps the fish from being able to sink. A sinking issue is the opposite
I will say, Castor oil is pretty impressive stuff, being made up of 16 amino acids. It’s also used for several other conditions, exterior and interior
- VenusParticipantFebruary 14, 2017 at 6:13 amPost count: 133
Okay, I see your KH posted. It’s on the low side, so let’s buffer it. This parameter gives water the ability to support oxygen. Oxygen and carbonate mineral together make up pH. KH is responsible for alkalinity
Premix one teaspoon of bicarbonate (baking) soda in a quart of tank water. Pour all around slowly mixing with your hand as you do so. Wait for a half hour and test KH. If still low, continue with the process until parameter is 140
Have you salted recently? It might be a good idea to give the fish a salt bath. It’s possible the cycle has experienced a spike. Even though you’re getting zero readings for ammonia and nitrite, this doesn’t mean they weren’t present previously; damage done. Salt improves gill function, which couldn’t hurt either way
Add one tablespoon of salt with one gallon of tank water. Leave the fish in the bath for two to five minutes. Pour the bath in the tank for good measure
Check out our remedies tog remedies I might recommend the green tea remedy to increase blood flow
- VenusParticipantFebruary 14, 2017 at 5:22 amPost count: 133
The video is a short one, and just shows him sinking. When he lifts from the bottom, does he struggle to do so? When he stops struggling, does he sink?
Has the fish been eating normally?
If not, it’s possible nitrates were bothering him, causing him to lose his appetite. When fish go too long without eating they lose the power to lift. This is because waste in the tract creates gas (Co2) that is utilized by the swim bladder organ. No waste, no gas, no functioning. The organ is connected to the tract. It’s the opposite of the floating issues where the tract is impacted, trapping gas in the bladder. In some cases the bladder literally collapses
When you perform a 25% water change, are you preparing 25%, and then exchanging 5% every half hour? This is preferable for fish with nitrate issues. This method keeps the water table as high as possible, and lowers nitrates gradually. Removing 25% at one time and replacing it, does the opposite, causing injury
Do you see any signs of curling to the side?
Did you eliminate supersaturated gases from the freshwater before the water changes? Exchanging a lot of water in a short time may reduce toxin levels, but it also poses the risk of SSG issues. These gases are found in tap water, and created by pressure. They cause the same symptoms as nitrate poisoning or shock
If the fish is suffering from nitrate shock due to a water change, it should improve within a few days.
Look for tiny bubbles on the sides of the tank; SSG
If the fish isn’t eating, let us know, and we’ll discuss
How old is this fish?
The dorsal fin looks slightly clamped, however, this may be misleading due to the fact the video was short. You say ammonia is zero, but what are KH levels. When too high, carbonate mineral has the same effect as ammonia