I'm sorry you also had a bad experience with a vet...but sadly, I think we're probably not alone, which is incredibly sad that so many people have very little regard for fish, and goldfish in particular...and very little compassion for their owners. I did get some odd looks from other people waiting at the surgery with their cats and dogs...but I think on the whole, they just appreciated that I loved my fish as much as they love their pets. My boyfriend used to have the same attitude, and even though he bought me my first goldfish, to him it was just a £2.99 fish that would look good in the pond, but wouldn't really matter if it died as I could just buy a new one. He laughed when I bought her indoors over winter, and even more when I set up an indoor pond in the lounge! Now he loves them all, and is always happy with the excited wiggles he gets whenever he's here and walks past their tank. He dropped his work to drive me to the vets on both days and didn't think it odd at all that I'd spend so much money on Shadow. I really appreciate your help...always, and your kind words.
Hi, back in November I was surprised by some unexpected arrivals...seven little grandfish from my Shubunkins. Sadly four of the fry died, but the other three were fine and after ten weeks I moved them from the small nursery tank I'd quickly set up, to a 55 gallon. They are all happy fishes and have developed well with no obvious issues, other than that two are now 2.5 inches long, but little Fry is only 1.25 inch long. He was always the smallest of the fry, but he's only grown about a half an inch in the past 5 months, whereas his brothers have grown nearly 2 inches. I'm still feeding him powdered fry food as he's too small to eat the Hikari baby pellets. He tries, but always ends up having to spit them out and eventually gives up. He constantly digs about with the others and eats algae off the plants, along with the veggies I put in there...but is there anything I can do to help him along a bit? He had BBS for the first few months...but I stopped those once he moved over to the bigger tank. Any ideas? Thanks :)
I'm just glad I found a local vet that wasn't just willing to see him, but was actually interested in fishes. He would have been willing to operate, but didn't think it would be successful and would be kinder this way. It was nice to meet someone who didn't laugh and suggest flushing him down the toilet and buying a new one...I've lost count of the times I've heard that! They even fitted him in as an emergency as he went down hill very quickly after the initial assessment. All the staff were very kind and sympathetic and they wrapped him up in tissue and a little towel to bring him home. He's now buried next to the pond. RIP Shadow. It helps a lot having this forum and other people who also love their fishes.
Sadly, my poor little fish became very poorly again. I actually managed to find a local vet who was happy to look at him, and he was very knowledgeable and very gentle with him. But it turns out my little fish has a large growth in his abdomen and it has weakened him so he has a secondary infection. Unfortunately the prognosis isn't good and the kindest option is to have him put to sleep :( Thanks for your help though, I really did hope it was nothing to worry about.
Hi, my one year old Bristol Shubunkin had a white bump on his side earlier. He was fine this morning and when I fed him some peas at lunch time, but a few hours later he had this sizeable white bump on his side. By the time I'd set up another tank so I could get a good look at him, it had vanished. It looked like a big whitehead...but was gone as quickly as it appeared. He seems fine, active and eating normally...came up to the surface and gave me the usual greeting. The other fish, all shubunkins are fine, and water parameters spot on...had issues with pH dropping in the past, but crushed coral has sorted that out, and everything has been stable for months now. I've never seen anything like this before, any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Thank you so much for your help. I will try for one of them, he's only shown signs of problems for a few days. The other two have sadly just gone down hill fast...I keep putting it off, but I think it will be kinder to put them to sleep :( I can't stand watching the poor little things suffer anymore, they just lay there looking up at me...and it makes me sad to see them like this. I just also feel sad about being the one to end their days. But I'm hoping that at least with clove oil it will be quick and painless :( Thanks again though...I really appreciate your help.
I did think that...I was just hoping it would be something I could treat. I've grown attached to the funny little things over the past two months and even at this age they have their own little ways. That's very sad news...but thank you.
Well...I tried not feeding for a few days, and tried peas again. Little Button is still lying on the bottom flopped over on his side. He does swim every so often, but has to wiggle about to swim...and it seems to make him tired very quickly. I've tried some swimbladder treatment, which has made no difference so far. I now have two others lying on their side, little Seven likes to sit on the heater, wedged between that and the side of the tank. The other little one sits flopped over on the top of the filter. The bigger one, Fry, is fine and swims around all day and is clearly growing...the others haven't shown any significant growth for the past four weeks. I'm really worried about them :( Any ideas would be welcome, thanks.
Thank you for the reply, I'll definitely try that. I have reduced the amount of food, but didn't want to completely stop as they're so young. But if you think they'll be ok, I'll definitely give it a go...fingers crossed. Thanks again :)