Hi Moormum, The most important thing with tiny fries is water quality. I changed the water every day without fail. Then, I don't know how warm it is where you are, but they normally don't breed now so they will need their temp not too drop too low. And lastly, which fry food did you get? Their mouths are so tiny that they need to start with a liquid food such as Liquifry no. 1. They need to be feed every four hours to grow properly, and then only about a drop.
Once you get the hang of it, it is really easy to hold and handle the fish. But I would recommend two people, one to hold the fish properly and the 2nd to do the scrape. When I had to remove the stone from Zeta, it was impossible for one person to do it all, especially when they are big. I read that if you wedge him with your hand against the side of the tank it works, but I usually lift both of mine with my bare hands. Good luck, and I will be back later tonight with more info hopefully.
Hi Rachel, I can imagine you are a happy bunny!!! I use Prime as a standard dechlorinator because my tap water is awful. The doses are tiny (0.5ml per bucket) so I use a syringe calibrated to millilitres and it works well. I too would start feeding and monitor after a feed what you water paramaters are. As Miss P says start increasing it slowly to their normal food. I think your filter will cope better than you think.
I don't recall that Zeta has clamped before. She had floaty times, and even upside down in the beginning when I got her, but she seems to have outgrown it. The difference is I could see her improving whereas with Ziggi she seems to be gettin worse not better. I forgot my daughter is studying animal biology and in contact with numerous vets - how silly of me - going to contact her too.
Hi Cathie, I had already decided to lay off the water changes and didn't do them this week and she is worse today than ever before, which is finally what made me post about it. Both of them are lying with their fins clamped. I checked the water and all the readings are the same, except Nitrate which is a definite 10. I added a shot of Prime to detoxify that. I got my PM, thank you, and have responded.
Hi Suey2, The only symptoms are the ones I have listed. She does seem like a very sensitive fish, and this does seem to coincide more and more with water changes, even though I do all the necessary like temp match etc. I am beginning to wonder whether I don't have an even bigger problem than I know about with our water. I have searched for a koi dealer in our area and can't seem to come up with any. As I have also searched for a vet, and they laugh at me. Even when I explain that these fish are a couple of hundred pounds each, they still think I am mad wanting to go to any expense to save a goldfish. I am prepared to travel to the one that Cathie suggests in Leytonstone, but I am not sure my fish should do that kind of distance right now and all of them want to see the fish first. Times like these I wish I lived in America. Thanks, Andi, I have looked at Fish Mox, and Amazon won't ship them here but I can get them elsewhere to be shipped here. I just wish I could be certain which was the correct one because then I would find a vet and insist they see her.