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earth child
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pearlscale in deep trouble
« on: June 22, 2012, 05:52:48 AM »

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hi have bought a pealscale from our local pet shop out of compassion ...a man had brought her in was urging the owner to sell her to get some cash for himself , i overheard how he had pumped her full of growth hormones and she was a huge , fat round ball , i bought her as i felt so angry at the abuse of this creature. i have a large tank and have kept goldish for many years ...i introduced her to the others , they took to her at first and then mercilessly persued her the next day , she then proceeded to lay thousands of eggs . i have since removed the males and put them in an outdoor pond ...she lay more eggs for the weeks to come . at the end of each session she was exhausted for some time.
the eggs went mouldy and then were eaten i think...obviously the water quality went haywire and PH too .
she is now really sick ( i have since removed her and her other female buddy ) and put them in a hospital tank with a salt bath and methelene blue. she seems totally off balance and lies on her side ...tries to eat , rushes around a bit and they sinks down again - i am not feeding her , but have tried peas which she wont take
pleez help someone out there with some advise on what to do she reminds me so much of my last girl ( fishy) who i had in a tank for eight years.!!
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scrivens345
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Re: pearlscale in deep trouble
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 08:22:57 AM »

balance in these fish is compromised genetically

1) keep the water immaculate...daily changes where necessary
2) lower the water level in the tank
3) don't try and feed...if your fish is not taking the food you will only pollute the water
4) she is without a doubt exhausted from egg-laying..in order to get her out of the breeding cycle...Lower the water temperature and reduce lighting duration (turn off aquarium lights and if necessary cover the aquarium)
5) Please DO NOT USE SALT this will do no good if there are no physical lesions and will increase the osmotic pressure (the osmotic pressure difference between the fishes body fluids and the salty water would force the fluids out of the fish dehydrating it)
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Re: pearlscale in deep trouble
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2012, 01:17:29 PM »

I agree to all of the above. Adding that pearl scales are very sensitive fish and if they're fed an unbalanced diet they will get swim bladder issues. Be sure to feed her lots of vegetables and live foods except for the staple pellets/flakes if she recovers.

How big is the tank you have and how many fish? What kind of goldfish is it you have?
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Re: pearlscale in deep trouble
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 03:25:57 AM »

thank you for your replies....she seemed to get better , she was swimming up at the top , i  put her back in the main tank , which takes 95 litres ( know you guys talk in gallons ) but alas, i think it is the swim bladder , i gave her peas last night , very little ...only to find her on the bottom again this morning upside down and with very red blotches all over her body , fins torn and fluffy ...her breathing laboured and heavy ....i feel like an absolute failure as nothing i am doing is helping - perhaps when the males chased her in the beginning her stress levels affected her immune system?? the water in the tank is 100% perfect and all working well
i am considering euthinasia today - i dont know about anit biotics ? where would one get it Huh Huh >?
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Re: pearlscale in deep trouble
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2012, 04:09:42 AM »

sounds like a bacterial infection and subsequent fungal infection...buy medicated anti-biotic food ; If the fish won't take the food , then you might well consider ending its suffering

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Re: pearlscale in deep trouble
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2012, 05:24:28 AM »

 Sad ok just took her to the vet ...to end her suffering , what a pity .
i think the other little goldfish buddy has picked something up from her too ...she is quite a toughy and busy little bee( a plain goldfish..about 5 cm) ...do you think an anti bacterial rememdy ?
 where in would i be able to get anti biotic food , for the future ? thanks for all your input , great to know that there are people out there that can help!
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Re: pearlscale in deep trouble
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2012, 07:32:02 AM »

your main tank is 95 litres, yes?
 How old is the common goldfish?
 are there any other fish/snails in the tank?

what are the specific symptoms?

most pet-stores can sell  medicated food
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Re: pearlscale in deep trouble
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2012, 10:25:37 AM »

ive transfered her into a small bowl, administered Gold Med ( tetra medica)  ...have airation . i have no idea how old , but judging from her size not very old ...she is lying on the bottom , listless and depressed ., but i am sure she will come right
 Sad
as i said i had a lovely girl for eight years and then after she died got these little ones ...who then persued the pearlscale , removed them and put them into outdoor pond , but kept the little girl.
i think my fish keeping days are over for a while ....too stressful!!!
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Re: pearlscale in deep trouble
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2012, 02:22:00 PM »

It wouldn't be stressful at all to keep fish if you get it  right from the beginning, but most of the people here didn't... but we all learn from our mistakes Smiley

If you want to keep goldfish, I'd suggest a nice 200 liter tank for 2-3 fancy goldfish as a good start Smiley You can use the 95 liter as a quarantine/hospital tank.
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