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Conversation Between Bombalurina and thekoimaiden
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  1. thekoimaiden
    11-09-2013 03:17 PM - permalink
    HEY!! :D I've been thinking about you recently as a friend of mine just got rats, and they are so cute! I'm glad to hear the ich cleared up. I was a bit worried about that. Re-digging a pond doesn't sound like much fun. I honestly have no clue how to prevent the dirt from warping the plastic. I hope you can show us some pictures when it's all done!! Great to hear from you! :D
  2. Bombalurina
    11-08-2013 08:39 PM - permalink
    Hi KoiMaiden - I'm back after a huge hiatus! Just wanted to update you on my goldies, since you have helped me so much with them. :) We pulled them into a 140 litre plastic tub in the garage for the winter, where they have totally recovered from ich. The shubunkins have doubled in size, though still aren't even close to Fishy's majesty. I want to put them back in the pond, once I've cleaned it, but my mum wants to redig it, as the dirt at the back is warping the plastic. Unfortunately, I also have to re-build the filter, as it is leaking. Ho hum! Still, can't wait. It's getting very warm here, so the pond should be perfect now!
  3. Bombalurina
    07-04-2013 03:05 PM - permalink
    I am jealous of your beach - tis freezing here!
    We ended up having to pull all the fish in as the water has vanished from the pond. We aren't sure why - we can't see any leaks and it doesn't appear to be a problem with the pump or filter. All three of them are in a 140 litre tub in the garage. It is still a bit cold in there, but at least I can heat it more easily.
  4. thekoimaiden
    07-01-2013 09:10 PM - permalink
    :( I'd pull him inside at this point. It will be a smaller volume of water and easier to treat. Go with copper-based treatment since it is this advanced.

    Aww fuzzies! :3 A good friend of mine got two ratties from a research facility that were going to be euthanized. She luffs them! They are so cute! In other news I'm at the beach!!
  5. Bombalurina
    07-01-2013 04:26 PM - permalink
    Blaaaah, the ich is getting worse. :( Would it be really bad to winter him in a storage bucket inside, or should I buy a pond heater? I don't want him to die. :(

    In other news, I have more ratties and a mouse. How are you?
  6. thekoimaiden
    06-12-2013 08:11 PM - permalink
    :( Then it sounds like treating it in the pond is your best option. It is a really good thing that it's not spreading. Let's hope it stays that way!
  7. Bombalurina
    06-12-2013 05:51 PM - permalink
    Not really. The biggest thing we have for him is a 5 gallon bucket with no filter, or at best a filter for 15 gallons, and because of his length, he can barely even turn around in it. I think the only thing I can do is get some more salt and keep on treating him, doing water changes etc and generally treating it like a really cold, big tank.

    It's good that it's only on his tail and not spreading, right? *is hopeful*
  8. thekoimaiden
    06-12-2013 03:19 PM - permalink
    :( I really hope they can pull through. I don't blame you for not wanting to wait. Is there any way you could pull the affected fish inside and treat them there? And then treat the entire pond next summer?
  9. Bombalurina
    06-11-2013 07:08 PM - permalink
    :( I don't want bad news.

    Luckily, it doesn't seem to spreading. It's only on his tail, and the dots are very small and, so far, few in number. The temperature was about 48F at 7:15 this morning (about half an hour after sunrise).

    I didn't have as much salt as I thought, but I added what I had (about 20 tsps). I premixed it in 2.5 gallons warm water with Melafix (seemed to help last time) and Seachem Safe, and added it using a ladle over about 25 minutes so that I didn't change the temperature too much. It was also raining at the same time, so there was an influx of cold water. I'll have to see if I can get some more salt, but I'm so broke at the moment due to vet bills! Le sigh. It never rains but it pours, as they say.

    For their sake, I can't wait til summer. :p Not too keen on it personally (heat + graduation, blegh), but it will be nice to see them actually enjoying being in the pond. Right now I'm feeling massively guilty for putting him in.
  10. thekoimaiden
    06-09-2013 12:42 AM - permalink
    Yay! I like when you bother me! :3

    Ich in a pond in winter is bad news. :( You can't hit them with hard meds like copper because the fish's systems are stressed from winter. Just how cold is the water? Is it spreading fast? I've heard of people using 2lb salt per 100 gal to treat it. You could try that and slowly raise the concentration and see if that will help. It might kill the plants, but goldfish are very salt-tolerant.

    All my fishies are well! Now I want to get yours better!!
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