Evening update 9/18/14
So I got the supplies that lilfoxtrot sent me today (holy shit that was fast) AND THEY’RE A LIFE SAVER!! I’ll post a pic of everything all together and let me tell you there is a ton!
So I added two filters, a heater, a better air pump, and a thermometer to the big bin (and a giant air stone provided by my fiances mom!). I put used filter media in one of the filters so that should help jump start the cycle. And I added a second filter and a better air pump to the small bin!
Unfortunately, there were some casualties today. But not as much as yesterday! There are now 18 fish in the big bin and 15 in the small bin so 33 total. They are finishing up their treatment with Tetra Parasite Guard tonight and will get a few more days of AQ salt.
I added some pictures of the fish themselves so you can see how skinny and clamped they are. Poor babs. I took a video too.
Btw- fish community members that are in college: what are you majoring in? I’m curious :D
Political science with a double minor in business and economics!
Graphic Design! I don’t really understand what majors are though. hahathingsaredifferenthere.
How about those of us that graduated already? I finished a graduate degree in criminology and sociolegal studies in 2012. :D
Digital Animation with a focus on 3D modelingI have a BA in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English!
Communication sciences! Gonna be such a good blogger
Animal Sciences with a major in Terrestrial Animals c:
I tested the ammonia on both bins, they were baaaad. Thank god for Prime and a low pH!
I did a 90% water change and added more AQ salt and tetra parasite guard, which has praziquantel, diflubenzuron, metronidazole, and acriflavine.
Surprisingly enough no casualties! These poor fish are hanging on so hard. Their tiny little hearts are beating with determination! They ate great this morning and I’m going to feed them tonight. So far so good with the little guys. I should try bloodworms for the poor things. Give them an extra boost.
"It’s just a fish-"
"It’s live that way for years, it’s fine-"
"I’m never coming over to your house if you have a snake."
"You’ll never get a boyfriend/girlfriend with those kind of pets."
‘“If I see a snake, I’ll kill it.”
"This animal is four years old, but it lives to be like thirty, I’m already bored of it, I guess it’s time to get rid of it."
STOP BEING ASSHOLES.
I really hope that anyone considering a goldfish will take this to heart: they are glorious, lovely, stupid little pond puppies and will be the light of your life, but they are not a dorm pet, and they are not a starter pet, and they are not a pet for a broke college student unwilling to spend hundreds on a $0.20 fish.
OK BIG UPDATE TIME
So while I was at work my fiance and his mom got bins! One is 30 gallons and the other is 15. However, they could not be filled all the way so the big one is 20 gallons and the small one is 10.
I have not had any casualties since I took them out of the bag! So that’s very nice. There are 31 fish in the big bin and 20 fish in the small one. So that is 51 goldfish! Christ.
So to explain the first two pictures, that is how cloudy the water got in LESS THAN A DAY. I fed them pre-soaked pellets while I set up the bins so I just threw a ton of food in- and they ate! Even most of the lethargic ones ate!! So that made me super happy. But the pictures also give you an idea of how incredibly sick they are. They look dead. I swear none of the fish in that picture are dead. A handful are swimming, albeit incredibly clamped/lethargic. Most sit on the bottom breathing hard.
SO I rummaged around and found that I had a spare filter-sweet- and set it up on the small bin. Gave it a pre-filter sponge so as not to suck up any of the more lethargic fish, and used filter media from existing tanks. So that will help a bit.
The other one has no filter at the moment, so I’ll be doing huge water changes (though honestly I’ll be doing huge water changes ANYWAY) until I figure something out. I bought some new air stones, food, and aquarium salt. So right now they’re in clean salted water.
You should see the difference now that they’re in the bins! Much more movement from everybody, it’s fantastic. Tomorrow I will start treating them for the obvious internal parasites (extremely thin, lethargic, occasional twitching, though clearly have appetites) with meds I had leftover. Thank god I hoard supplies! I just don’t want to stress them more than they need to be by treating them right now.
So yeah, that’s how the fish are doing. I’m going to start tagging these “great goldfish rescue 2014” for anyone who wants to follow or block it! I’ll go back and tag the old posts that as well.
I’m so glad you rescued them!! <3
Have you see this article from BBC? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/29210991
It’s amazing news. Dr. Tristan Rich of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melboune, Australia, performed surgery on a goldfish to remove a large tumor from the animal’s head. The fish - named George (how friggin’ cute) - had a sizable tumor that was reportedly impeding its ability to swim, properly breathe, and eat. George’s owners also reported bullying and/or harassment from other fish in the pond fish.
George’s owners were faced with a unique choice. As a ten year old goldfish in a pond, it is not outside the realm of possibilities that George could live for another ten or twenty years if the surgery was attempted. Without, his long term fate remained uncertain, and his quality of life was certainly poor.
Dr. Rich placed George under anesthesia and, in a rather clever move, used water from George’s pond pumped into the mouth and out the gills to ventilate the fish (rather smart because it means no jarring chemical shifts that could place further stress on George’s body).
George is reportedly doing well post surgery.
It’s an utterly amazing story.
Here are some quotes from Dr. Rich:
"For the owners, it’s not about having a fish, it’s about having this fish."
”If you have a pet, regardless of what it is, then you have a responsibility to look after it as best you can.”
That’s my kind of vet! :D
The DailyMail goes more in-depth, but they have more graphic photos.
As October nears, Ollie’s tank will participate more and more, but for now he has this.
My silly baby is so active and friendly until the camera is out. Then he droops his fins and acts like a bump on a log.
The remaining black spot on his tail, that had been hanging on for months, disappeared the day after Iris passed. Like it was staying for some odd reason then had not a reason to remain after she left.. He’s completely orange now and growing more vibrant every day.
Unintentional or uneducated animal abuse is still abuse.
You should have known better before you even got the animal.
However- people will forgive you, and not be angry with you, if you did not know better and change as quickly as possible.