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  1. #1

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    Hello,

    Our poor telescope fish is floating at the the top of the tank sometimes and swimming kind of lopsided

    I think he started acting sick when people got lice and we used malathion, but I'm not totally sure--he might have been a little shaky before that too. I think I've gone too long between water changes. The fantail seems ok. Numbers:

    Nitrate - 20
    Nitrite - 0
    Hardness - 150
    Chlorine - 0
    Alkalinity - 100
    ph - 7.2

    The only other changes since he was healthy: My husband started feeding them twice a day (I was only doing it once a day) and I stopped putting in Coppersafe with every water change because I figured after several months they shouldn't need it anymore. We've had them several months. Could the ornament I put in there be bad? Do you think there's anything I can do for him?

    He seemed better when I changed the filter a few weeks ago, then I did a 40% water change a couple of weeks later (right after the malathion episode).

    Thanks so much for any thoughts . . .
    Last edited by Gurrgrundehyde; 02-28-2012 at 01:11 AM. Reason: Different title
    Our tank:

    • 27 gallon unheated tank
    • 2 2-inch fish: a fantail and a calico telescope
    • Penguin BioWheel 200 filter with Ammo Chips
    • One 6-inch air stone
    • Very thin layer of natural rock gravel
    • A few ornaments



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    Why in the world would someone treat their tank continuously with coopersafe? Medications are given only when absolutely necessary.

    And what has people lice got to do with your fish?

    He sounds as he has gas bubble disease. Feed nothing but smashed up peas and hope for the best. He may also have a bacterial infection or ruptured bladder which can not be repaired.

    27 gallons is too small for two goldfish, as well.

    If he recovers, do not feed flake food but a good pellet food made for goldfish.
    Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 02-28-2012 at 01:15 AM.

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    Thanks--I'll try that. It's disappointing--they were doing so well for so long!

    I think there was so much malathion in the air that the biowheel picked some up--it stank (it was really cold out so we didn't have enough ventilation), and he got significantly worse at that point.

    My husband likes to feed them pellets . . . do you think they're being fed too much? Or too much of the wrong thing?

    Oh . . . I put in the coppersafe as a preventive--we had anchor worms and a couple other things with new fish and I was hoping we'd kill any critters we didn't want. I read somewhere to do it with a different med, but that one sounded more toxic. So I read someplace else to use coppersafe, and we had no problems for many months!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Why in the world would someone treat their tank continuously with coopersafe? Medications are given only when absolutely necessary.

    And what has people lice got to do with your fish?

    He sounds as he has gas bubble disease. Feed nothing but smashed up peas and hope for the best. He may also have a bacterial infection or ruptured bladder which can not be repaired.

    27 gallons is too small for two goldfish, as well.
    Last edited by Gurrgrundehyde; 02-28-2012 at 01:18 AM.
    Our tank:

    • 27 gallon unheated tank
    • 2 2-inch fish: a fantail and a calico telescope
    • Penguin BioWheel 200 filter with Ammo Chips
    • One 6-inch air stone
    • Very thin layer of natural rock gravel
    • A few ornaments



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    If spraying the air, the tank should have been covered. Start doing one half tank water changes every week. And use nothing but water conditioners. He may be dying due to cooper poisoning if you continuously medicated him for something he didn't have.

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    Ovide is a lotion that gets poured on your hair . . . but it's in a base of alcohol, which evaporates and carries the stuff into the air. It *really* stinks, especially when you can't open windows. Yes, I should have covered the tank . . . {sigh}

    Thanks, I'll do more water changes. And peas.
    Our tank:

    • 27 gallon unheated tank
    • 2 2-inch fish: a fantail and a calico telescope
    • Penguin BioWheel 200 filter with Ammo Chips
    • One 6-inch air stone
    • Very thin layer of natural rock gravel
    • A few ornaments



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