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  1. i moved out some of the bigger fish i had before in the pond and forgot to check the filters to see if they needed cleaning.. put the new fish in and within a week and a half i started seeing one fish thats pretty much black in color.. change coloration.. looking dark grey, then light gray.. almost a white color all around.. with eyes sunken in and the fish looking very starved.. clamped fins.. and breathing fast , laying at the bottom of tank near air bubbles or being very lethargic.. all of the other 3 seemed fine.. untill abut 3 days ago when i saw another fish bottom sitting and becoming discolored with an opaque white on its head and half of the body.. after talking to someone at the pet store where i know they raise koi.. he told me that maybe i had an amonia problem or i shocked the small fish by not paying attention to the water temp when i was changing water.. and suggested i use salt in the tank.. i wanted something A lil bitt quicker to work so that i would be able to save some of the fish, and he recommended some kind of anti bacterial tablets and melafix.. i went for melafix and well it did save my fish.. but now some of them are always at the very top of the water and when i add the medicine they seem to go crazy and look very stressed for about an hour or two oh and the fry.. idk their maybe from july or aug.. i was surprised i found them in the pond because most of the time.. the bigger fish always eat them.. n these ones are neat looking too, i jsut hope they will live oh and the fungus i was talking about..looks like a opaque type of velvet all over the fish.. its getting a little bit clearer but the fish hand out at the very top of the water.. and today when i woke up i thought it dyed because it wasnt even really swimming.. as soon as i turned on the lights it seemed to swim about a little bit.. but the poor fish looks exhausted. someone plzzzzz help!!
  2. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0.00 - 0.25 in about 6-8hrs.. then i change 25-30% of water [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10-20 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api test tube kits [*]Water temperature? 26C [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55g.. for over 2 yrs.. but now its probably recycling itsself [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? two aquaclears 100.. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? as soon as amonia gets to 0.25-0.50 [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 baby koi ( 1.5 inches ) and a pleco (5inch?) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? API water decholirantor with stress coat stuff [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? sho koi pelletts.. i feed one pellet at a time untill their all to full to come up.. about 2-3 times a day if they can eat [*]Any new fish added to the tank? yes [*]Any medications added to the tank? melafix and cure ick [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? extra slime coating, fungus probably.. tail fins slightly red [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? flashing, bottom laying.. one fish looked half dead.. swimming at the top corner of tank.. excessive gill breathing now before i get critized for having koi in the tank.. i just want everyone to know that i do have a pond in my backyard.. and since my fish like to eat their babies after they spawned i managed to find these 4 little guys before their parents got to them.. so im only keeping them indoors untill next spring when they get about 6 or 12 inches.. then releasing them in the pond
  3. so my fish almost died two days ago due to a big spike in amonnia levels or something.. i found one fish which was almost a black color, basically be envolped in some kind of white looking slime and looking very thin with eyes sunken in and llooked like he was going to die any minute.. the other three looked ok, but recently one of them too started looking kind of sick.. anyways i did a 90% water change knowing that i was probably going tol throw my cycle away but i didnt care as long as i could save the fish.. i went to the pet store and explained my situation to them, and they suggested i put salt in aquarium but i felt i needed something a little bit harsher to save my fish from being whiped out completely.. so the guy suggested i give melafix for about a week.. well as soon as i gave it, probably within two hours the black fish ended up looking a little bit.. and so far its working in positive ways.. but as soon as i add that solution to the water all the fish act weird as in.. looking like their chocking on something.. and two of the other fish end up looking really bloated like their going to burst, the other two look normal.. then all 4 swim at the top near the waters surface for about 1hr.. then seems to return to semi normal behavior.. i was wondering if this is normal for people who use melafix? also because of the majolr water change i did.. im checking my water aroound 3 times a day and changing 25-30% of the water as soon as amonnia spiked to 0.25.. all water parameters are perfect due to constant monitering.. because i dont want the fish to die.. but im curious about this melafix.. does your fish act weird wen u use it?
  4. might sound kind of dumb but i just let my fish eat out of my hand.. and when their pretty full thell just start spitting the food out... then i just stop feeding, seeing how they are full, then i feed them again in a couple of hours. and ive had success with that, especially after i switched to pellets, flakes were so messy. my fish grew about 2inch-4nch in about a month and a half
  5. a hex or cylinder tank is fine if you have fancy goldfish becausee (im not sure how to explain this but ill try) they grow fatter rather then longer if u ratio it out.. and they dont swim around as fast comets would be bad to do becaue their more streamlined and swim around alot more, so it would be like keeping a hamster a jar.. weird idiology i know.. :S does that make any senceE? lol
  6. lol it happend to me also.. one time i purchased a a black comet.. i was hoping maybe it was a mix between a moor and a comet, and iw as really hoping it would stay that dark color, within 6 months it became bright orange.
  7. well you can kind of tell if the color black stay on the fish or not.. look at the scales, most of the time they have a very faint orange shine to them even though they are black.. think like a copper i dono how to really explain it.. but it will have a golden shine if u pay good attention.. those fish will eventually turn orange or red. however in my opinion the only fish that tend to keep their blacks really nice is Koi fish and shubunkins, and the fancy looking shubunkin ones. what you can also do is buy an older fish rather then younger. that way atleast u know that th black has been on the fish longer.
  8. p.s if you try to take pictures of your fish aftr you have fed them its a little bit easier because they dont move around as much. and the bigger they get the easier it is to take pics also, it wont come out as blurry
  9. yepp both are comets. but sometimes you have to be carefull with the feeder tank because they have deformed or hybrid fishes in there also. i have one of my fish.. i think he might be a hybrid of a koi and comet, meaning that it probably cant breed. who knows.. i still love it tho so its ok
  10. good luck with your comets. ive had mine since january and i picked the smallest of the small, theyve now more then tripled in size. iddy bitty fishies get big
  11. its kind of sad.. my fish is getting to be a big fish .. just doesnt look that great with 15 missing scales.. i still love it tho
  12. its just strange.. all of the other fishes in the tank that lost scales, have grown theirs back.. this fish however just seems like.. once it looses its scale.. its gone for ever.. or it grows a very thin clear-like scale.. but it doesnt color in. the fish is all white with a red spot on its head
  13. I have had this sarrasa comet for about 6months or so. its missing about 15 scales that seem to have never grown back.. or have a hard time growing back. I figured that the fish maybe lost all of the scales from the other fish it lives with but i am unsure. the fish doesnt appear to behave sick and its growing big and fast, but the scales that are missing do not seem to be replacing themselves. how long on average sdoes it take for a missing scale to be replaced?
  14. i currently have 4 feeder fish living in my aquarium, i got the smallest ones out of the tanks.. they were maybe about 5cm long or so? now they are about 4inch and a half.. never had any problems with them, never got sick.. they always come up to the tank when im close and beg for food. now that i look at my fish.. they look exactly like the sarassa goldfish that they have for sale at the fish store for $5-$10. when my current fish will be 7inches or so i will be making a pond for them, and buying new feeder fish for my aquarium to watch grow
  15. personally i lik doing big water changes rather then 20%.. i have a 30 gallon right now, i think its still cycling... and whenever i do water changes i take the fish out n place them in a container. im just asking this because .. lets face it water is not free.. n i dont want my water bill to be high because of goldfish..no offence
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