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  1. The very first thing you need to do is check your water parameters, in particular ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Let us know what they are please.
  2. The fact that he improved after a water change shows that water quality is or is one of the culprits here. I'd carry on doing daily 30% water changes for the time being as the fresh water can do nothing but good. Is the tank filtered? If not then you really need to get one and get that tank cycled.
  3. As he's from a fair then I expect he was subjected to terrible water conditions and treatment before you got him so it's not surprising that he's not happy now! Is the tank he is in cycled? If not then this could also be adding to his unhappiness. Have you checked your water parameters (ammonia, nitrite and nitrate)? If not then you need to a.s.a.p.
  4. Have you tested ammonia and nitrite? If not then you really should. Post the results here and we'll try to help. Nitrate should be below 20. What is your reading?
  5. The smaller fish should be fine with the bigger ones as long as they are too big to fit into the bigger ones mouths. But please bear in mind that one goldfish needs 10 gallons minimum all to itself so your big tank downstairs is only suitable for 1 or at the most 2 goldfish. You reallly need to get another much bigger tank or rehome some of your fish. And I meant a 30% water change every day until your ammonia is 0, nitrite is 0 and nitrate is under 20.
  6. Don't add salt as the last poster suggested. It will kill your plecos and loaches. Your problems stem from overcrowding. Each goldfish needs at least 10 gallons each. Bristlenose plecos are safe with goldfish but as for the Tandanus Catfish, I'm not sure but I doubt if they are. The clown loaches too are completely unsuitable for being kept with the goldfish and in such a small tank. Are you aware that they grow up to 30 centimetres long? The waste load in your tank is enormous and I suspect that the water quality is poor, hence the bloody fins on your orandas and the ich. The water quality willl only get worse as the fish grow. I strongly suggest that you take the clown loaches back to the fish store unless you are prepared to get a much much bigger seperate tank for them. They really hsouldn't have sold them to you. I would also strongly suggest that you remove the Tandanus plecos as almost all plecos become carnivorous and will feed on goldifish. This will improve your water quality quite quickly. The 2 orandas and the 2 bristlenoses (just about the only plecos which are safe with goldfish) will be ok in the 20 gallon for a short while but you will need to upgrade their tank within a few months to avoid stunting and poor water quality. You really need to test again for ammonia, and also nitrite and nitrate. Ammonia should always be 0, nitrite 0 and nitrate below 20. Anything above this is harmful to your fish. If the water quality is poor, adding medication for their symptoms wont work as any good the meds do will be reversed by the poor water quality. So, you need to concentrate on getting the water good first. This means daily 30% water changes (using temeprature matched and dechlorinated water) until the parameters read 0,0 and under 20 as I stated above. Just improving the water quality should perk your fish up no end, but they might need medicating if they haven't quite recovered after that.
  7. You would need an awful lot of salt to treat a pond of that size. If you are only treating one fish then why not put that fish into quaratine and treat him individually. It would work out much cheaper, wouldn't stress all of your other fish, and also the salt will kill any plants and other wildlife in the pond as well.
  8. Well there you go, you've answered your question yourself. The algae eater is attacking your fish. I should also imagine that you have terrible water quality with 9 fish in a tiny tank. Almost all algae eaters are unsuitable for keeping with goldfish as they become carnivorous as they mature. You need to remove him immediately before anymore of your fish die a grisly death. Take the algae eater to a fish store or put him in his own tank. Please don't leave him with the goldfish. To improve the water quality start daily 30% water changes using temperature matched and dechlorinated water. Once the algae eater is gone this should help perk up your remaining goldfish. Please remember though that each indiidual fish needs a minimum of 10 gallons to be healthy and happy so you really need to get a bigger tank or rehome some of your fish.
  9. Please don't insert a needle into the fish. This should only be attempted by a veterinarian. 100% water changes really aren't good for the fish and will cause loads of stress. You really need to get a bigger tank (10 gallons is the minimum for goldfish), but until then I'd do partial changes of 60% ish as this will not stress the fish as much as 100% changes.
  10. I really wouldn't give the fish salt to eat. (I think perhaps you are confusing the use of epsom salts (not aquarium salt) inserted into a pea). The peas alone should do the trick if the swimbladder problem isn't too advanced.
  11. Behaviour like this is often caused by poor water quality. Take another sample to your pet store and ask them to test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Take a pen and write down the exact results so you cna post them here. The info given by pet stores isn't always correct and you need to rule poor water quality out before thinking about another cause.
  12. Do an immediate 30% water change using temperature matched and dechlorinated water and carry on with these daily until we can rule out a water quality problem. You also need to get a sample of your water tested for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate then post the results here so we can help. Once you've done that we can work out a plan of action.
  13. If he has a swimbladder problem, starving him for 3 days then feeding nothing but defrosted frozen peas(with their shells popped off and chopped small) for a further 3 days. The peas act as a laxative and will help expel any trapped air which might be giving him balance problems.
  14. A lot of calico coloured fish have transparent skin so their gills ( both or just 1) can appear red. This isn't anythign to worry about. As for the PH - 7.4 is perfect so please don't try to change it. Goldfish will adapt to most PH's and it's only when the Ph fluctuates that problems arise. Adding things to lower the Ph causes these fluctuations and stresses the fish so leave well alone. While you have high ammonia and nitrite while cycling do daily 30% water changes (using temperature matched and dechlorinated water) as this will dilute it and make things easier on your fish.
  15. A lot of fish have a few matt scales which aren't shiny like the rest so I wouldn't worry about it. They sound nice and healthy - good luck!
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