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  • Posted on: 23/8/2009 19:58
Re: Dropsy #1
Thank you for your kind replies, I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you all quicker.
Poor Spud had passed when I got up yesterday morning. If nothing else, at least it was a short illness.

I'm still quite upset about it as I've had her for a long time, I'll miss her sneakily munching on my plants. Not many folk's goldfish get to live such comfortable lives - just us lot on here

Kali is fine and showing no sign of illness, she has been behaving perfectly normally for her. Fin up and eating well. Water quality still stable.

Night night Spud


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  • Posted on: 21/8/2009 19:44
Re: Dropsy #2
Sorry, typo yes it is 150L. Carrot died of a tumour a long while ago I should update my info. They are all quite old these days (not to mention enormous). She is a fantail.

I will double check the nitrate levels but usually they aren't too high as I keep the tank well planted.

Just so upset about it, I love the poor little thing


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  • Posted on: 21/8/2009 18:20
Dropsy #3
Basically one of my fish, poor Spud, has developed herself a case of dropsy.
I have started treating with interpet anti internal bacteria but if anything she has only gotten worse.

She is swollen up, her scales like a pine cone and stuck on the bottom.

I have added the second dose of the medicine today (day 4 of treatment). She is worse now than when I added the first dose.

Does it usually get worse before it gets better? Is there any hope. Is there anything else I can do to help her?

Oh, 120L tank, ammonia 0 nitrite 0. Ph stable at 6-6.5 as normal. Very soft water.


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  • Posted on: 22/6/2008 13:24
Re: What fish and how many recomended #4
How about an axolotl?

I've checked this with our care sheets, and 80L is enough for a fancy such as a black moor so with 106L you should be fine. In my experience with goldies the more important things are filtration and oxygenation than starting them in an absolutely enormous tank from day 1.

TBH, most LFS fancy goldies are so over bred they don't stand a chance of growing to their full size anyway.


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  • Posted on: 18/6/2008 11:27
Re: Axolotyl Disease #5
While you're there get some water conditioner too, tap safe is a good one


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  • Posted on: 17/6/2008 15:09
Re: Axolotyl Disease #6
Sorry to hear he didn't make it

You should be able to get both aquarium salt and methylene blue at any LFS and some garden centres stock them too. Non iodised rock salt can be substituted for aquarium salt and that can be bought at the supermarket.

I don't recommend 100% water changes as they can be stressful in themselves. Do you have tap water conditioner?


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  • Posted on: 16/6/2008 11:27
Re: Axolotyl Disease #7
The tank size sounds like it should be fine, is it full to the top or only half way? If it's fuller the water quality is easier to maintain - and the axxie can swim about more!

If her tail is curling at the end that means she is stressed out and therefore more susceptible to diseases such as fungus.

How much water flow is there in the tank? Water flow can be a stresser as they naturally live at the bottom of lakes where there is very little water flow so consider turning the filter output down a bit or re-angling the output nozzle.

Lighting can stress them too, if you have lights consider leaving them off. I just have natural room lighting for my axxie and she's always bouncing and swimming around and stuff instead of hiding from the light.

Another thing that could stress them out is bad water quality. Have you got a water testing kit?

Sorting out the stresser will help him heal up much quicker along with treatment, help stop re-occurence and increase his lifespan greatly as well as giving you a much happier and more interesting pet

As for toys, mine has three brightly coloured plastic balls that were meant for a cat. They're always being moved about on the bottom - I must get a pic.


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  • Posted on: 15/6/2008 21:59
Re: Axolotyl Disease #8
Salt water baths should help, I'd suggest a ten minute bath once a day for at least three days. 2-3 tea spoons of aquarium salt to 1 litre of water. Don't be tempted to leave him in for longer than ten minutes though as log exposure times can damage the gills.

What ever you do, don't use fish meds without checking with an expert as quite a few of them contain heavy metals which are poisonous to the axolotl.

Is the axxie's tail curling a little at the end? If it is it is a sure sign the axolotl is stressed out. Generally axxies only get sick when they are stressed.

What size is the tank and what filtration and water readings and temperature do you have? Also, Does the axolotl have any toys or things to interact with?


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  • Posted on: 15/6/2008 21:51
Re: Gravel cleaning amongst plants? #9
Same here, it really is surprising how much muck comes up. Bits of dropped leaves and such so it's a really important place to 'hoover'.


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  • Posted on: 15/6/2008 17:18
Re: Tank taken over by unwanted intruders! Help... #10
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I'm just brainstorming here, but maybe the tiny white egg-like spots that cover the wood and plants, an no doubt the gravel (though it's harder to see) that I mentioned before are actually part of the white spot cycle,


Nope, protozoa are invisible to the naked eye whilst in their free swimming and egg stages.

Do the 'bugs' look like this: http://www.naturalresources.nsw.gov.au/water/images/copepod.jpg



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