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  1. She's not looking so great today :( Gill's a lot less active today than she has been this whole time, and her breathing has slowed considerably. She's still lying on her back/side on the bottom of the tank, and is still interested in eating.

    I picked up a heater for the tank (and a thermometer) yesterday because I read that raising the temperature a bit might help her release eggs, but I'm not sure what an ideal temperature would be for that. The tank is already at 25 degrees Celsius which is definitely on the warm end (it has been an extremely warm month where I live so my house has been quite warm too). 

    Water params:

    Ammonia: 0

    Nitrite: 0

    Nitrate: 10

    pH: 7.5 (tap) and ~8.0 (tank) 

  2. Hello,

    Just checking in. I've been doing more regular water changes to help with Gill's condition, but she remains the same. I have not been able to get the water parameters tested yet, but will report that as soon as I can. 

    As shakaho mentioned, Gill has some tattered fins, but I want to point out that it is due to my other fish being rather aggressive in his desire to mate. I clean the rocks on the bottom of the tank very regularly, and the rocks are actually only in the corner of the tank with the bubble wall, and in another corner with a plant. Otherwise the tank is completely bare bottom in order to not let bacteria and nasty stuff build up. 

    Gill is still lying on her side on the bottom, but does attempt to swim up every once in a while. Her breathing is regular and she is still just as bloated as ever. Poor thing :(

  3. Hi Koko! I was just editing this to add it :) Will try to get some decent photos too. 


    • Test Results for the Following: I don't currently have a test kit, my old one is extremely old
      • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
      • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
      • * Nitrate level(Tank)
      • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
      • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
      • * Nitrate level(Tap)
      • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
      • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
        • * Water temperature? about 23C
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 38 gallons, running for many years
        • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 50 and Tetra Whisper EX45 (totaling about 440 gph)
        • * How often do you change the water and how much? Every few weeks, about 50% (I know its not ideal but its all I can do with my schedule...)
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? About 7 days, about 70% (my girlfriend did the water change while I was away)
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish, female about 5 inches excluding tail, and male about 4 inches excluding tail
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One sinking pellets daily, peas every few days
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? No
    • * Any medications added to the tank? No
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. No treatment in the past 3 years or so
    • * 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.? Gill is bloated, staying at the bottom, often upside down, and today sideways on the bottom. Eating fine. Difficulty swimming. 
  4. Hi folks!

    I have two goldfish in a 38 gallon tank, one male (Fish) and one female (Gill). Gill has been spawning on and off several times this year without problem (this is the second year she's produced eggs since I got her). However, lately she's been looking very bloated (no pineconing) and has been having a difficult time swimming. She spends a lot of time on the bottom of the tank, and lately she's been upside down quite a bit too. Just today I've noticed her lying sideways on the bottom and now I'm very concerned. 

    I've been doing regular water changes, and I've been feeding peas every few days in hopes of helping with the bloating. Gill looks very distressed now and I'm really not sure what to do. Any advice would be really appreciated. Thank you!!

  5. Hi all!


    My fish have been in breeding mode for months, and I'm starting to get a bit worried. I have two fish, a female (Gill) and a male (Fishfishfish .... I didn't name him lol). They've been engaging in breeding behaviour for a long time now. Gill has laid eggs upwards of 10 times by now, and Fishfishfish won't cut it out with the aggressive chasing and stuff. Is this normal? How long should this last for? And is there anything I can do for them?

  6. Thanks so much! I've actually got an exam for school today, so I'll be super busy, but I'll try to pour some water through a cloth as soon as I can. I'd really be interested to see if that catches some of it! 


    Gill is pretty big, but I'd say almost half her tail (she has an amazing tail!). 


    I'll start doing some big, more frequent water changes until I get this sorted out!

  7. Thanks for the replies :) Unfortunately, my test kit has expired and I haven't picked up a new one yet, so I can't get the water params. Nothing seems to have changed in the tank except for the algae. 


    Also, not sure if this is related in any way, but I started to notice this problem a little while after I had fed my guys some frozen spirulina brine shrimp. Do you think this might have anything to do with the spirulina in that food?


    • Test Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
      • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
      • * Nitrate level(Tank)
      • * Water temperature? - Room temperature, ~20 degrees C
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? -  38 gallons, running for maybe 7 years or so (aside from when I had to move, but I kept all the filter media in tank water and brought a little of the water with me as well, so I didn't lose all my beneficial bacteria!)
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? - Aquaclear 50 and Whisper EX45
      • * How often do you change the water and how much? - Usually every two weeks, and about 40-50 %
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? - maybe 6 days ago, and I did about 60% to try to deal with some of this algae
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? - 2, one is about 7 inches from nose to tip of tail, and the other one is pretty little, maybe 3 inches in length
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? - Prime
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? - Omega One sinking pellets, with occasional treats (frozen bring shrimp, bloodworms, etc.)

    I should also make mention, my fish have been in breeding mode lately. Gill (my large ryukin) has laid eggs numerous times. She laid them maybe 3 or 4 separate times within a week, and then a couple weeks went by with no eggs, and then one more bout of egg laying about a week ago. Fish (the little fantail) was super aggressive towards Gill before and during this time, but now he's relaxed and their behaviour seems back to normal. 

  8. Hey folks,


    Not sure if this is the right section to post in, but my tank is neon green right now. Like I can't see my fish, and I can see clouds of algae moving in the water currents. I don't know what to do, since doing a regular water change didn't solve the problem (comes back in full force a day or two after the clean). 


    I'm not 100% sure of the cause, but I think the sunrise shines through our glass doors at just the right angle and hits the tank, providing lots of energy for primary producers (algae). I just moved in September, and the sun wasn't shining right in like that in the fall and winter, but now that spring time is here, the sun is in just the right spot in the morning. Anyway, regardless of the cause, I need to fix this!


    Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions for getting rid of all this green algae? The tank looks like a disaster, even though I keep it nice and clean on a regular basis. Help!  :yikes

  9. Hey folks!


    So I can't say I know all that much about goldfish breeding, but doesn't that tend to happen in the spring? Its late fall, snow on the ground here, and my fantail Fishfishfish (my girlfriend named him lol) has been very aggressive towards my large ryukin Gill. I put in my tank divider the other day because poor Gill was looking very stressed. Now today, I see breeding stars on Fishfishfish. That explains his aggressive behaviour, I suppose. But is it normal for that to occur at this time of year?


    Also, not sure of Gill's sex. Always just assumed Gill was male, but since he's not displaying aggressive behaviour or breeding stars or anything, could I assume Gill is actually female? Or is that not an assumption I can make? Just want to clear this all up so I know what's going on!


    Finally, how long does this kind of behaviour usually last? I don't like having the divider in the tank, but I don't want to stress Gill anymore than he already is! Thanks guys!

  10. Hey guys,

    I'm looking to buy a used tank. I've been searching Kijiji and other places. Now the question I have is: can I buy a tank that was used for salt water? I assume it would be okay, but I wanted to ask. If I washed it out really well, would it be okay for Eugene and Gill? Thanks!!


  11. Hi guys!

    Been away for a while again. I just wanted to thank you all so much for your help <3 I moved Eugene back into the main tank last week, and reuniting him with Gill was very touching! They both are happy to be back together. Eugene is doing so much better now! He still spends quite a bit of time sitting on the bottom, but no longer has any trouble with swimming or floating.

    I think, though, that my tank is cycling itself again... I ended up having to do a really major cleaning and now everything is kind of foggy. Once it settles itself down, I'll be sure to share a picture of the two happy boys :)

  12. Hi everyone!

    Eugene seems to be doing well :) He's very much upside right (I haven't seen him upside down at all in a few days). He's lost some of his colouring though... I think I now have a Brown Moor :P

    He's still sitting on the bottom though, but moving around a lot more, and reacts quite well whenever anyone walks into the room :)

    Hopefully the meds are helping!

  13. Okay, sounds great!

    Should I remove the biological stuff from my filter and just let it run with only the sponge in it? The instructions says maracyn won't harm the biological filter, but I don't know for sure.

    I mean, worst comes to worst, I have another filter running on my main tank, and its got lots of bacteria living in there :P

    Anyway, here's what I've done tonight:

    - 80% water change

    - dosed with one packet of maracyn

    - a few pellets of MMs

    - instructed my mom on what to do tomorrow since I'm staying the night at school tomorrow night :P

    Also, is 20 pellets a day enough for him? He's a pretty big guy, although, at least half his length is from his tail :)

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