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  1. he is much worse today and is just floating around with his belly up, occassionaly moving but not a lot. i know that there is no chlorine in the water or anything like that because we have a well for our water.. i dont really know what to do, i dont think he will make it much longer.
  2. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? not sure Nitrite Level? n/a Nitrate level? n/a Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 8 Ph Level out of the Tap? 8 Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 10 gal, running about 3 months What is the name and size of the filter/s? aquatech 5-15 filter How often do you change the water and how much? 2-3 times weekly, about 25% How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 fish (i know thats way too many but i cant do anything about it for now) and they are about 1.5 inches What kind of water additives or conditioners? goldfishlife conditioner Any medications added to the tank? no Add any new fish to the tank? no What do you feed your fish? tetrafin goldfish flakes, and occassionaly peas Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? some have air bubbles stuck to them?? Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? the black moor seems to be weak at times, but they all eat and once i get him to be active, if he is just laying there, he is fine
  3. he seems to be ok now, he is back in the tank and eating and swimming around.. maybe it was just a one time thing?
  4. I just woke up and my black moor was stuck to the filter intake.. i thought he was dead because he wasnt moving and so i tried to scoop him out but then he started swimming around. i put him in a bucket and fed him and he seems to be eating a bit, but i dont know why he was stuck to the filter! any help
  5. I hope this isnt a really dumb question, but i was just wondering how long it takes for fancy goldfish to grow to their full size, and what their full size is
  6. i have been to a few local fish stores with no luck in finding a testing device... i am going to continue to look tomorrow and wednesday because i understand that it is very important to test the water often. i have a ph test kit but thats all.. so i will be looking for another test kit soon! i really love the fish and dont want to see them become ill
  7. my fish all seem to be doing fine so far and i am planning to clean the tank each day with my vac. also, i dont have chlorine in my water because i live out in the country and we have a well. does that make my tap water more safe for the fish? i still use a conditioner
  8. well i cleaned out my whole tank and took out the gravel. i am hoping that this will help make it easier for me to vaccum the tank every day.
  9. i kind of suspected that the problem may have been the fish are stressed/getting sick because they are in too close of quarters. i had no idea that the fancy goldfish needed so much room for one fish, otherwise i would have bought a bigger tank at the time and less fish. i really dont think i want to take the fish back because they are in small tanks with at least 20 other fish there, so i really think that even though the situation they are in now isnt the greatest, it is better than where they came from. do you think that having no gravel on the bottom of the tank would be beneficial to keeping the water clean? i just think that it would be a lot easier to vaccum the bottom of the tank without the gravel, because the debris gets all stirred up when i vaccum the gravel. the fish seem fine now, but im not really positive seeing as the others died quickly. buying a bigger tank really isnt an option because my house is small (four people live here and my mom has the tendency to have a lot of furniture and random things in the house!) and so there is no other place in my house to have the fish tank, and where i have it now is just big enough for my ten gallon tank. i really dont want to see these fish die too so i am going to try and clean the water as much as i can each day and i will stop messing around with the ph. i have water conditioners to make the water safe, so i will have to keep adding that when i change the water. but my main question is if i take out the gravel will it make it easier to clean? and do the fish like gravel or do they really care?
  10. I am not positive that it was Ick that the fish had because the spots really didnt look like grains of salt or look raised, they just looked flat.. also, I have had one fish die because he had tail/fin rot and my red cap that died was also starting to get frayed fins. I am not sure what the ph is because I have a testing kit but it shows that it is higher than 7.6, i am not sure how much higher though. I have been adding ph lowering solution to try and bring down the ph slowly but so far i havent noticed any change in the ph really (I have been doing this for about 3 days now). I am aware that with using the chemi-pure i still have to do water changes because I know that the gravel gets dirty with food and waste. is the chemi-pure bag of any benefit do you think? also, do you think I should empty everything out of the aquarium and start with new, clean gravel and water? I have 5 goldfish in a 10 gallon tank and I know that they are supposed to have more room than that but I wasnt aware of that when I bought my tank a week and a half ago. The fish will seem fine one day and then the next they are dead! I really dont know what the problem is and i feel really bad because it seems like I am killing the fish.. really i am not meaning to at all! none of the fish, at the present time, are showing any signs of sickness or white spots, but with the others that have died it has been so sudden so i can never be sure. AHHHHH im so frustrated with myself for not knowing what to do! i hope this is enough information for someone to help me.
  11. could anyone tell me how to add salt.. like what kind of salt and how much? also, since i am aware that the ick can accumulate in the gravel would it be a good idea to clean the whole tank and rinse the gravel and stuff, or to just use my gravel vac? any kind of advice would be greatly appreciated! and thanks to everyone so far for your help
  12. well my red cap died. i went out to buy some "ick guard" yesterday and when i came home it was dead. so i have started by adding some of the ick guard and doing a 25% water change. it says on the bottle to add some every 24 hours and then do a 25% water change.. so i guess thats what i will do for a while to make sure that my other fish dont get sick
  13. thank you for your suggestions. the other fish in my tank dont seem to be having a problem at all, just the one whom i think (maybe) has ich. i dont wnat to do anything major yet because i dont know if i would be helping the fish or just harming them further. i dont want to be a fish killer!
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