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-No scales sticking out
-No swollen abdomen
-I use an API Freshwater Master Kit amonia 0.25, 0 nitrites, nitrates between 20-40ppm
-Tank has been up for over a year
I don't know if this is relevant but I lost another oranda to what I believe was hole in the head about 3 weeks I'd had her for about 3 months when I purchased her she had what I thought was a "birth mark" over her eye. Which turned into a sudden hole in her head (it seem to happen very quickly) about 3 weeks ago.
-I've done several large water changes since then, sometimes changes every 3 days. Trying to lower my nitrates and out of concern for any bacteria that may have caused "Missy" to have this disease.
-I cant really see if there are red streaks on Buster's fin or tail as he is a red and black oranda and his tail and fins are solid black.
-I've been up eyeing "Buster" all night he still just drifts aimlessly in a vertical position. He seems to be curved, not straight I can't imagine that this is a good thing.
Please know that this is an urgent matter for me. I could not rate it that way because of the cost that was quoted, I have spent money for a hospital tank, additional air pump, filter, medicated and premium foods from goldfish connection for when he recovers and E.M Erythromycin within the last 24 hours. I just could not afford a higher cost for this service.
I've had him for about 2 months, he has always favored two corners in the top of the tank. Always a healthy appetite it seems as if he would come out to eat and play then when he was done he would swim back to that exact spot with his face facing the back of the tank. My boyfriend mentioned how odd it seemed in comparison to the other 3 in the tank but he kept an appetite and would come out to swim just return to his spot when done.
Thank You! Definitely not an "S" I can see the shape of a U but I'm almost afraid to say that because that shape seems a little extreme for what I am seeing. I just went to the tank, I've noticed this morning that he seems to be trying to move more than yesterday and last night.
Thank you sooo much Anna! This is breaking my heart. Going to busy myself and do a water change on my other aquarium. I'll keep my phone close.
Thank you Anna,
First can you give me a humane way to euthanize Buster? I hope it doesn't seem selfish but it breaks my heart to constantly see him like this. I have 3 other tanks (2) 55 gallons at home and (1) 25 gallon that I keep at my office. I honesty don't think I can maintain a 4th without beginning to loose quality in one or all of the others.
I have just tested Buster's home tank again and it reads as 0 nitrites, 20 nitrates and again .25 ammonia. I don't believe I am over feeding, and it is not overstocked 4 Oranda Buster being the largest at 3.5 inches. I began feeding once every other day once I began to get these reading and have two large filters on the tank one for a 40-70 gallon tank (Tetra Whisper) the other for a 70 gallon (Aqueon).
In looking at my tanks I noticed that Buster's tank has more gravel in it than my others. Although I vacuum when I do my water changes do you think the gravel can be holding more bacteria, possibly working against my efforts? What is your opinion on little to no gravel in aquariums? If little to none would it be safe to remove it when I do my 30% water change?
I don't mean to go off topic but if I am going to euthanize Buster I want to make sure that I do everything I can to not have a repeat of this scenario. I have cried thru this entire e-mail.
Thank you! I'd appreciate it!