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  1. Thank you guys again for all your support.... My other fish are all doing good ( I only have 2 now) The big goldfish (Marlin) is trying to play with the remaining little black moor but the little guy has to wiggle like a maniac to keep up with the big guy. My son named the black moor oreo but he has since turned completely orange! I took out the driftwood and looked at it today...it did have a little debris area underneath but nothing serious, I cleaned underneath it. It isn't rotting or anything. Thanks for the tip, I will start doing 50% water changes after this. I had to have the "death" talk with my son yesterday...it was soooo sad. I don't want to buy any more fish until I feel sure of the problem. I keep wondering why he couldn't straighten his body out. I did take a picture of him like that if anyone thinks it would help to see it?
  2. Hi, first of all I'd like to thank everyone for their help....but my poor little fish didn't make it...he hung on for several days after my last post and even ate some pea fragments his last day. He kept trying to straighten his tail end out, and could for a few seconds, but it would curl up again...what are your thoughts on this? I want to be sure I figure out what caused it if anyone can help protect the rest of my fish....my son is heartbroken and is asking God not to let all our fish die. The liquid test kit is on backorder, so I can only use a strip tester temporarily...The nitrates tested a little high 5 days after the last water change(20) Nitrites were at 0. The only other thing I noticed is that the GH, KH and PH have always been extremely high, (300, 300, 8.4) because of our hard well water. Could a piece of driftwood I have in there, purchased on ebay be a problem?...it was from a lake, not a store. (I've had it in there 6 months now, about the same amount of time as the fish moved in) And what about Marimo Balls? They are algae balls from Japan....Could they be causing harm? The fish nibble on them. I'm going to clean the tank extra thoroughly, remove all the rocks, plants, etc. and really get in there today. Any other ideas??
  3. Thanks everyone....for everything.... My little guy is hanging on, he's quite a fighter and I just ordered the API complete test kit today because I'm concerned about our tap water, for all of us, just to be able to rule it out. The fish isn't floating but now is more sinking or suspended in the little cage, curled in a U shape...but he has been occasionally trying to straighten his poor little body which is a great effort and he wiggles around kind of angry that he can't swim. Are any of these symptoms aimed more at one problem in particular? Is there any chance it could be from air? I was sick last week and my husband took over feeding...he was floating flakes which I never do. Just trying to come up with anything I may have overlooked... Actually I just read an article on the flake food and I'm not going to even use it anymore...who knew that pet store products could be bad for your pets?
  4. Thanks everybody for your help so far....my fish survived the night but looks the same. I think the worst part for me though is seeing my 4 yr old folding his hands by the fish and whispering to God to please not let him die. (gulp) I put him in one of those baby tanks that clip on the side, to keep him from flying around in the current and he seems appreciative, but is very weak and is only moving his eyes & mouth right now. I actually found an area of decayed plants after trimming some dead leaves off this morning and after cleaning it all up wondered if it could have caused a nitrate problem? It was pretty disgusting under there, but there was no way I can clean behind some of these plants without digging them up....how do you guys all keep planted tanks clean??? Those cute plastic decorations are looking better all the time. With all the work we put into caring for the fish, at least they could show their appreciation by not dying! Also after reading some articles am wondering if it could be a change in our tap water because we had some thawing over the weekend and have well water....we're also surrounded by crop fields which I read can raise the nitrates...so I'm thinking I should get our water tested?
  5. Thanks so much for your help....that's a great idea with the little cup...I'm going to pick up one of those baby fish cups since I don't have a 2nd tank. Do people really keep a 2nd tank running just for emergencies? I tried to feed peas to the little guy, but he's not really up to eating. He is kind of laying at a 45 degree angle now in the middle of the bowl. I just completed a prazipro treatment in the tank with salt about 4 months ago, after one fish died from a fluke infestation from new plants...or that was my best guess as snails also came from them, and all the fish were flashing around.....I also upgraded my filtration materials, throwing out the carbon and adding ceramic rings and floss. Everything had been going well since, but now I'm wondering if I was supposed to be changing that floss regularly? I feel like I'm studying to be a marine biologist...but I really love these fish and want to take good care of them!
  6. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 but just did water change 8 hrs ago [*]Nitrite Level? Only have a NH3, NH4 ammonia drop test kit right now [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Tetra ammonia drop test [*]Water temperature? 75 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, running for 8 months now [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Magnum 350 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 1/3 [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 large fancy tail, 2 small goldfish [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra AquaSafe with BioExtract [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? goldfish flakes daily, pellets and peas weekly [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no, all the fish were fine until this fish suddenly stopped swimming, 8 hrs. after last water change
  7. Hi, I just did a water change this morning and about 8 hours later, my small calico goldfish was being pushed around the tank by the filter so I moved him to a small bowl. He is floating now but is still breathing. If I put my finger near him he will swim for a few seconds. If all the water tests are o.k. what could it be? The only thing different in their routine was that I ran out of peas a few weeks ago. Would constipation cause this? Is it too late to help him if that's the cause? Please help!
  8. Hi, I appreciate all the support and help so far, thank you! I will be done with the prazi treatment soon but noticed the past 2 days that Marlin is freefloating a lot in the tank, for about a minute, and then will let out a huge yawn and shake or "flash" for a couple seconds. Does this mean he has gotten the flukes in his gills if the treatment isn't working? Or should I try something else? This is what Nemo was doing before he died. But when you go near the tank he perks up. All the other fish are acting o.k.
  9. Thank you guys for all your advice, I think I'm getting the hang of this. I love all the ideas for biological materials. Especially anything that saves money! I'm a stay-home mom with a toddler and only started this hobby because I got a great deal on a huge used tank w/filter. I'm still doing prazipro and water changes every other day, and my fish so far are acting o.k. Do you think I should continue the treatment an extra 5 days because I had the carbon in during the first couple days? So should I use carbon just after the prazipro treatment is done to get rid of any remaining chemicals or no? I was also wondering if I covered my gravel with bigger rocks to avoid choking hazards, now that my large fish's mouth is getting bigger, would it breed too much bacteria to leave the little stones underneath? Would I have to move the big rocks every week and syphon the gravel underneath or could I just clean the top layer? (I was thinking of getting river rock) I don't want to unknowingly breed disease. Sorry again for all the questions!
  10. I didn't see the page 1 - 2 option at the bottom without my glasses sorry about that!
  11. O.k. I have another question! I feel like I'm in over my head sometimes! Is there any difference between stones/gravel in the bottom of the canister filter for a biological element as compared to those ceramic pieces selling for $20/box? And how much of it would I use in ratio to the charcoal bits to go in the same area? I was thinking of putting the charcoal in one of those nylon bags, to make cleanup easier. But if I put a sponge in there too, is that too much bio stuff? I was also going to put a sponge sleeve around the outside. What would work better, a sponge on the outside, or on the inside of a canister filter? I've seen some filter models sold in both designs and wondered what you guys have better luck with? I really want to get this all situated so I can just relax and enjoy my fish! Looking at my tank is stressful and expensive instead of enjoyable right now, I know it's from inexperience though! I still have a bottom-sitter in my tank who's depending on me to get it right!
  12. Strange, some of this conversation isn't appearing? I went back to check one of the help responses and it disappeared!
  13. I'm not an expert, I just found your post doing a search on this site...I noticed similar symptoms on my goldfish and as far as I could determine, it was a fluke infestation from some new plants I bought on ebay overseas. My water seemed to test fine. Unfortunately, my poor fish died within 24 hrs. of the symptoms. But I started using prazipro for flukes, increased my water temp to 75, added salt, and my other 3 goldfish are o.k. so far. Best wishes to you.
  14. Thanks for your help, I just posted and didn't see this response, sorry! I discovered my filter was supposed to have a sleeve of sponge that slips over the canister.
  15. I just realized after searching online for filter parts that this whole time I've been missing a piece of filter--the sponge part! I bought my tank and filter used and replaced the charcoal never realizing there was a sponge sleeve missing. So when everyone was telling me to wash the sponge part I was confused. I found out mmm sells them, and will pick one up tomorrow, but does this mean my tank will have to recycle again? What will I need to do after adding the sponge to help my tank?
  16. I must have a different sort of filter than everyone else, as mine is just a plastic sleeve filled with charcoal bits and no sponge or paper. So I removed the charcoal and just put the plastic sleeve back. Did this disrupt the cycle? I notice on the filter box it says you can buy either the paper version called a water clarifier or upgrade to the charcoal version for my filter but it can't use both. Then there's an extra biological add-on filter for an additional price not included with the filter, called stage 3, which I don't have.
  17. You're doing just fine. How much aeration do you have in your tank? Do you have a bubble wand? Thank you both for your help and all your kindness so far! I do have one small air stone in my tank, a huge clump of java ferns and 2 small plants. Before finding your replies, I removed the carbon from the filter and found it was very dirty. The water was clearer right away, no flecks floating around after removing it, so I threw away the old gunked up carbon. So I suppose I have to keep changing the water every couple days without a new carbon? The instructions said not to put a new carbon in there until the treatment is over, is that what you guys do? Does that mean no filter through the 2nd week of treatment too? Is a 1/3 tank change every other day enough in my case? I have to keep adding prazi to the new water additions correct? So sorry, I seem to have an endless supply of questions!!!
  18. Hi, I just wanted to thank everyone for all your help so far! Marlin has perked up today, but now one of my baby goldfish, who's about an inch long, is acting sluggish and breathing with occasional gulps. She is hovering around the bottom 1/3 tank area, not her usual behavior. My frantic question is: I have a carbon filter that is about 6 months old, and well broken in and the prazi instructions said only to remove NEW carbon filters. Should I have removed the carbon filter??? (I have a magnum 350) I'm confused because the instructions said to keep filtering the tank, but if you remove the filter, it's not filtering??? Did I mess up my tank treatment??? Plus, in my rush to order, I chose a drop kit that only tests ammonia, and nothing else. Sigh.
  19. Hi, I received my Prazi medication today and also my drop test kit, which shows 0 ammonia. I haven't done a water change yesterday or today. We added a heater which is now at 75 degrees to help fight the flukes, if that's the problem. Is that too hot for goldfish to be in for a long time?? So far Marlin, and the 2 baby goldfish are all acting normally. Could a fluke infestation have only affected Nemo? I kind of traced the problem back to when I added a bunch of new plants to the tank, maybe they were infected? I didn't even rinse them before adding to the tank, I didn't know any better at the time.
  20. So sorry, viklelm, I didn't see your reply before I posted... Thanks for your help...I will definitely pick up a drop test kit. Is prazipro o.k. to treat the whole tank with? I ordered another product online in a panic but I'm open to other suggestions. I didn't realize the platys were bad mates for the goldfish, they seemed happy but now I feel bad. I will buy a little tank just for them (there's only 2) as soon as I can. Thanks for the tip! I couldn't get an accurate ammonia reading with my current testing kit, so I will continue to change the water daily until I get the drop test.
  21. After many tiring hours on the web, Nemo seems to match the description of flukes, and so I'm desperately hoping to save Marlin before it's too late. The symptom that stood out most was that the 2 big fish floated around mid-tank motionless, breathing heavily. But the baby goldfish are acting o.k.--wouldn't a water (nitrate) problem affect all the fish? I will change the water daily, to be safe, but in the meantime I need some quick advice in treating flukes? I ordered aqua prazi from the goldfish connection because I can't get to a pet store for a few days. Is there anything I can do now while I'm waiting for medication?
  22. You're right, I meant to say the Nitrates were 20 and the Nitrites 0, sorry! Are the ammonia detectors that you hang inside your tank any good? I'm curious if anyone uses these? Or if they're as accurate as drop tests? No, I didn't treat for flukes? What is that and how do you treat that? If my tank is 5 months old, should I still be adding beneficial bacteria supplements?? I was continuing to use this from when I started my new tank, until running out about a month ago. This is about when the fish starting acting lethargic. Just trying to think of anything I may have not mentioned earlier that will help!
  23. After picking up a new test kit my latest readings, after a 50% water change this morning are: pH 8.4 Alkalinity 300+ Hardness 1000 Nitrite 20 Nitrate 0 A lot of dust-like specks are still floating around after removing all my java moss this morning, even after a water change.
  24. Thank you...I'll try to think of anything I missed....I did a 50% water change right away, and the water tested safe levels yesterday when I noticed Nemo, no ammonia showing up either, so my husband is picking up a new test kit in case this one wasn't accurate. (I got it used from a friend and don't know it's age) I feed the fish twice a day, just dry flakes. There were no medications in the tank, just liquid plant food and the tap water purifier, plus a little salt. (half the amount of what the box said to put in) I have been doing 1/3 tank water changes weekly, and the tank has been running for about 5 months. No piecos in there. I have been getting a LOT of algae on the glass. I hope I answered everything well enough...we had a little bit of good news today, I just noticed the platy couple had babies, so I guess they're feeling o.k. I didn't even know I had a male/female. That got my son to wipe away his tears for awhile.
  25. Hi, I'm new to fish keeping and lost my first goldfish today, a comet/koi mix named Nemo, who I've had for about 4 months. I have a 54 gallon tank with 3 goldfish and a pair of platys with a 350 magnum filter, an airstone and live plants. We have been feeding them only dry flakes. The pH is always around 8 because we have hard water, and the nitrates/nitrites were 0. My husband is picking up new pH test strips today because we don't know how old the ones we're using are. My 4 year old son is crying as I'm writing this, and I'm heartbroken myself, because Nemo's friend, Marlin, a fancy tail goldfish, is upset and hiding in the back of the tank whenever we come near, since we had to remove Nemo's body. The two fish were very close and were always playing together. Nemo had no obvious symptoms except that both fish seemed very lethargic for a couple weeks, even though I did weekly 1/3 water changes with the water-safe additives. Marlin started floating at the top for periods of time with his mouth above the water and then will swim again. The water temp is around 65 degrees, my husband went to pick up a heater today just to be safe for the upcoming colder months. When I say lethargic, I mean the two large goldfish seemed to just float around for periods of time without moving their fins. At feeding time they perked up and seemed o.k. Then yesterday I found Nemo sitting at the bottom of the tank with all her fins clamped down and breathing very labored, her mouth was gasping. She still came up to eat. I did a quick 1/3 water change and added aquarium salt per directions on the box, just to the new water. But this morning she died. The only new thing we've added to the tank since the fish were acting lethargic is liquid plant fertilizer and a new brand of water-treatment for tap water. Last week, I noticed a lot of white particles floating around in the tank, otherwise the water had always been clear. So today, after Nemo died, I removed a large clump of java moss and noticed a HUGE cloud of white specks come off and float around in the water. Could this be the problem??? So far the other fish seem fine, but I'm worried! I looked carefully at Nemo's body and noticed some very fine white cotton-like strands coming from his butt and mouth,it didn't appear to be attached to his body; but the pet store told me this could be normal decomposition. (he's been gone for several hours now) Please help! Nemos Mom
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