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longhairedgit longhairedgit
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  • Posted on: 27/4/2009 6:49
Re: Buggy sick, please help! #21
In theory yes, a bout of bad stress can temporarily lower the immune system leading to opportunistic pathogens that live in sybstrates and on decor, aeromonas, saprolegnia etc taking hold, especially if the fish has been bombing about hyperventilating like a nutter, then nearly passing out, and scratching itself. Usually takes a fairly long period or a very bad bout of panic indeed to trigger that sort of thing though.

Could be introduced, though most finrot bacteria are almost omnipresent in aquaria anyway. Might just be a strain they arent used to got in on plants, decor or with the introduction of new fish. Whats gone in there recently?

There are numerous anti fungus and finrot cures out there, formalin basic, various dyes, malachite green, methylene blue, etc various manufacturers, waterlife, tetra, esha, interpet, king british, there's bound to be one in a store near you, have a look and see what you can get.

If its accelerating quickly and you dont mind the bill, by all means go to a vet. Given signs of septacaemia its usually a prudent move, by definition septacaemia is blood poisoning meaning the fishs internal tissues are under attack and most shop meds arent very penetrative, meaning furans and antibiotics might be a better option anyway, and if infection progresses really quickly you'd escalate to that sort of med sharpish anyway.
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  • Posted on: 27/4/2009 6:41
Re: Blown fins #22
Just hormones in response to changes in atmospheric pressure, triggers lots of fish and inverts to breed. Ideally its good to have a patterned or photographic background with bettas so that can't see their own reflection too clearly. They are unfortunately dumb enough to attack their own reflections. Cute little fish, but brain surgeons they arent.lol. Limited IQ and raging hormones, bound to cause problems.Lol.
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  • Posted on: 27/4/2009 5:57
Re: Swimbladder Answers #23
Just to let you know, that goldfish emergency site is terrible, and its quotes about the water pressure affecting the goldfish as a reason for swimbladder failure are entirely skewed thinking. Its a bit like saying a runny nose is down to having water in the air, istead of your body purging and being enflamed and going into hyperproduction of mucous in response to a pathogen, its completely insane.

Once the bladder is damaged the fish my show temporary improvement in shallower water, but its not a cure, or even a real help, and the vulnerability to pressure in any event could only ever occur when the organ has already recieved damage way beyond the remit of merely breeder standard.

Moreover it also misleads people away from the real causes, such as bacterial sickness, poor water quality, and organ compression. I consider the information on much of that site actually harmful to fish health. If this ridiculous belief of yours were ever to catch on even more goldfish would live in reduced water volumes actually exaccerbating the problem, causing higher incidences of it in fish that might otherwise never have a symptom, not relieving it.

Venus, is there any chance we could stop linking people to it being that it is utter twaddle, and that you only post to promote your own stupid site? Your really ought to be more responsible than to be spreading this rubbish about.

Goldfish emergency 911 is without a doubt one of the most nicely presented and badly researched sites I have ever seen, thus it is a dangerous thing.

Actually linz many ponds are recommended to be 3 ft deep or so, helps protect the fish from the rigours of colder winters and over heating in summer. Fancy goldfish cant take the thermic shock of ponds , but a normal comet could live in a lake 30 feet deep if it wanted, freely using all available depth as it desires for foraging command. The whole water pressure in the aquarium thing is a complete myth.
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  • Posted on: 26/4/2009 23:40
Re: Fish doing Somersaults!!!??? PLEASE HELP! #24
Probably a good idea for now.
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  • Posted on: 26/4/2009 23:38
Re: Rapidly dying goldfish- please help! #25
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  • Posted on: 26/4/2009 22:30
Re: I am playing with my... #26
Mostly I use the shoulderbag that came with my camera on the jessops deal, but I have one of these for walking about long distance.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lowepro-Fastp ... rd_r=0BMRG2QWHS0SR9BFRRVB

TBH though I bought a jacket with many large pockets, mostly for day trips, plus its harder to bagsnatch off me that way. Generally have the camera round my neck, a lens in each pocket, lens wipes and filters in a top pocket. Much less chafing all round.
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longhairedgit longhairedgit
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  • Posted on: 26/4/2009 22:23
Re: Rapidly dying goldfish- please help! #27
Start boiling water for use with aquarium, remove snails if there are any left, and metro treatments for the fish, thats about it really. Uv steriliser if money no object though I appreciate it probably will be.

Your studenty metabolism will probably cope, hardened by take away kebabs and soforth
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  • Posted on: 26/4/2009 22:14
Re: Which Compact Camera? #28
Nope, prosumer is an acknowledged technical term, i'm hardly a snob about them, I used one for 6 years, and I loved it. I'd still be loving it if it hadnt taken to eating batteries in an hour flat. It helped take my photography away from snapshots. I learned more with my prosumer powershot than with any other camera except for the current one, the only thing I bitch about when it comes to them is if the lens doesnt live up to the res cos its all a bit pointless. If the lens is good then I love them, very practical cameras, and often faster on the take with quick subjects because theres less preperation to do. Only today at slimbride again I was reminded how the best kit doesnt get you the shot, I was talking to a few guys with 4 grand lenses and 2 grand cameras who'd taken nothing decent all day, were all disappointed, moaning and heading home because they couldnt get the light, or the focus, whatever. Yet I was happily snapping away and so were the prosumer contigent.
Sometimes not overspecialising has distinct advantages. Depends what you want to do with the cameras and where you want your photography to go, but yes there is a heirarchy on technical excellence, A dslr will take you further than a prosumer, but only if your ready for it. My prosumer schooled me to be ready. I can hardly knock that!

The problem I really have is with "style "cameras. All res no lens, and keeping up with the joneses in a league where good photographers dont even go for the potential humiliation and embarrassment reasons.lol. Fine for human snaps, but not much good at anything else, not studio league cos the focal range is too limited, not good landscapes cos of the warping and fringing, usually rough on fleshtones, and the telphoto if there is any is usually digital, therefore a crop, and utterly pointless. On wildlife phtography for all the good they will do you might as well buy a disposable. At least a prosumer is well above that league, most with half decent sensors, some optical zoom and a range of setting beyond pressing 2 buttons or turning a lonesome dial. The macro on prosumers are usually good too, which will open up a new world for people who havent had a chance to get into the macro world before. 20 years ago such good macro on such a small budget was impossible.

People arguing about weight between compact and prosumer groups for example, now THATS weak wrists.lol. Theres only 2 sizes of cameras, those that go in the pocket and those you hang round your neck.If you want one that takes excellent rather than merely adequate or good pics, generally you have to hang it round your neck. If your getting there, then what difference does a pound or a kilo and a half make? Still need a bag, still have to hang it round your neck.

I like prosumer cameras, even now with a dslr im tempted to go for this as a ?200 backup.

http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Produ ... erShot_SX100_IS/index.asp

Thing is though, once you go DSLR you dont tend to go back, its a bit like dial up and broadband.
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  • Posted on: 26/4/2009 21:49
Re: Rapidly dying goldfish- please help! #29
Where are you living ATM? Cryptosporidium and the resultant metacarcaria that will kill fish ingesting meat from dying snails (ramshorn snails are a known early stage host for cryptosporidium) could potentially result in severe parasitism. Any tummy bugs in the family at the moment, in later stages it could be human transmittable? PS wash your hands well when dealing with your tank. A lot of folks think that crypto isnt transmittable to fish, but in fact it can be if the primary host ie, invertebrates and molluscs like snails is present in tank, it has to go to snails before it can go to a fish or mammalian host. There were a spate of infections last year when a lot of aquarists had tyo take to boiling water in some regions, though the only fisdh typically becoming ill were those housed with invertabrates and the symptoms were typically manifest a few weeks or months later than the initial reported outbreak. Anglia, galway, northamptonshire all had problems in recent years.

Spring, its that time of year, sometimes crypto comes through the tap, its chlorine resistant, though typically its not keen on chloramine. Might be worth checking with the local water authority for announcements.

If it is the problem, metronidazole or trimoprethrim sulfa should shift it.

Beyond water quality issues, snails and fish copping for it from the same disease in an aquarium is rare, rare enough to make me think crypto is at fault, but make sure you check substrate cleanliness and oxygenation and water surface disturbance levels to make sure toxic gas issues arent complicating matters.
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  • Posted on: 26/4/2009 21:33
Re: Blown fins #30
Melafix is the usual one for starters.
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