Our goldies outgrew their tank a while ago... we now have a comet, 2 shubunkins and one danio (had a few more but they died a while ago). The 3 goldies range in size from about 3-4 inches each. We're now also having issues with our tank leaking and have decided we'd like to move them into a pond outside. How easy is this to do? We've had our fish for about 4 years and are worried that they won't survive the transfer.
Do we need a filter? We'd like to be able to get away with not having one? We were thinking of putting lots of live plants and some lilies in to provide some shade from the sun. We live in Australia and coming into summer the temp can get up to 40 degrees ( although in winter can get down to 2 degrees).
Any advice would be much appreciated!! I know there's another post further down with a similar question but thought a new post might get more attention. Thanks in advance for any advice!!
One of my little shubunkins appears to have a pebble stuck in the opening of his mouth!! We only just noticed it and are pretty sure it has only happened in the last hour or two.
What can we do to help him get it out?! He was sitting at the bottom of the tank (flapping his fins) and has been swimming around too... looks like he's trying to get it out on his own! Should we leave him for a bit and see if he can sort himself or is there something we should do?
Our fantail looks like he's getting better... the spot on his side has gone and his tail looks like it's regenerating. He swimming around happily and eating well... we're only giving them sinking food now (pellets, frozen daphnia and bloodworm, and peas). We haven't taken the carbon out but have been using melafix for about 6 days now. We did a 30% water change last night - I might keep going with the melafix until the end of the week.
Now I'm confused... my fantail still seems to swimming around happily and is eating well but his tail looks like it's getting worse (more jagged and more white bits) and the fin nipping is still happening occasionally.
I've used melafix the last 2 days but haven't taken out the carbon yet. The guy at the aquarium shop told me that the carbon wouldn't remove the melafix from the water because it wasn't really a medication. The bottle says to do it though and so did Fishy-fishy! If I take out the carbon is that going to muck up the water quality and can I keep the carbon filter to put back in later (when the treatment is complete)? Do I need to keep the carbon filter moist or can I let it dry out then put it back in when I need to?
Also my fantail has also just today developed a white spot (that looks a little fuzzy) on the side of his belly. I've tried to get a pic but can't get a clear one... could this be fungal or bacterial? Will melafix sort that out too?
Sorry for all the questions but I really want to try and help my fantail
Anyway he's been fine for last 4 or 5 days... by that I mean he hasn't been sitting at the bottom of the tank and has been swimming around normally. Although I've now noticed that his big fins at the back have become a bit jagged and have white egdes on them. One of the comets in the tank with him seems to occassionally nip at his fins... I'm thinking that maybe he has finrot but can't be totally sure. He's in the same tank as 4 other goldfish and they are all fine (he's the only fancy one).
Any ideas on how I can treat this? Might melafix help or do I need antibiotics?
I have been having a look on the net and from what I can tell I think he may have fin rot. The edges of his back fin are jagged and have white edges on them. Will Melafix be any help or do I need to get antibiotics? We have him in the tank with 4 other goldfish who are all fine and have no signs of fin rot or being ill. I read that with fin rot it eventually makes its way uo the length of fin up to the fin base... It's still way off his fin base but would like to treat it ASAP as it sounds curable.
Well my fantail has gone back to behaving as normal again for the last 4 days or so... He hasn't spent anytime at the bottom of the tank and appears to be swimming normally.
Although I've noticed that the comet is still 'nibbling' on his back fins and have just noticed that it looks like there's little bits missing of the very ends of his 2 back fins (the ones that come straight out the back of him). I've also noticed that at the very end of these fins there are white patches... not really spots but just bits of white with maybe a few spots. These bits kind of look fluffy but it's hard to describe. He seems happy enough and is still eating normally... could this be fin rot or white spot?? I have no idea what to do... might melafix do anything??
I've tried taking a photo of his tail but can't get a clear enough shot.
Any advice??? I don't want him to keep getting worse.
I think we will ditch the flakes and try sinking pellets. He seems to have perked up a lot today but still still spent the odd 20 minutes at the bottom resting. He never used to do this.... I just don't want him to suffer but I figure if he's still swimming around and eating he can't be feeling too bad...