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  1. You don't need to worry about excess Prime, I add more than is called for all the time :)

    It's a better idea to add it with every water change, even if you do add too much. It won't hurt.

    It was 10 x the recommeded dose.

  2. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, last water addition was w/o prime

    Any reason why your last water change was without Prime added? Prime needs to be added with every water change...

    I had added too much prime the previous change. I immediately did an 80% water change to dilute it, and followed a few days later with a 50% change with 24 hr bucket water. That is why I did not add prime.

  3. *Ammonia Level 0

    * Nitrite Level 0

    * Nitrate level 0

    * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6

    * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2

    * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drop

    * Water temperature? 76

    * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 35 gallon / 3 months

    * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AC 70

    * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% weekly

    * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 50% last wednesday night

    * How many fish in the tank and their size. 2 (now 1) 2 inch fancy goldfish

    * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, last water addition was w/o prime

    * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2x day omega one pellets, hikari lionhead pellets

    * Any new fish added to the tank? all

    * Any medications added to the tank?

    * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Added salt to .1% at last water change. 5 days ago

    * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? fungus mainly on other fish, not the one that died

    * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Voracious eater, very active, ate swam well - all 100% this morning. When I came home from work this evening and fed them, the oranda was hovering at the bottom, but not lying on the bottom. Did not eat when fed. A few minutes later I checked again and he was swimming around, but seemed a little weak. 3 hours later he was dead.

    Only recent change was I finally pulled out the UG filter last night, which stirred up some stuff.

    I am pretty frustrated. The fish was doing really well. I was applying the advice I was getting on this board here, but things are not working out for my fish. I have post-mortem photos if anyone want to see. The fish looked like the perfect specimen of goldfish health. i checked the gills - they were light pink.

    Last video was taken on nov. 3rd, 24 hours after salt was added.

  4. I recently visited several pet stores and was kind of shocked by what I saw. It went from bad to worse.

    1. I purchased a few goldfish from a local, non-chain pet store near my work. Its a small shop, but they have all kinds of live food I can't get anywhere else. I was purchasin crickets there, and took a look at their goldfish. Not bad, but not great - The first one I purchased about a month ago, a nice looking calico - died a few days later. It could have been my fault. Then I got 3 more fish. Thanks to tips I got here, 2 are still alive, and the fungus one had seems to be clearing. Many fish had some sign of disease -I'll give the shop a B.

    2. A few days later I visited a very nice non-chain shop on my way home. They sell and install ponds, and have all kinds of pond fish. I figured they knew how to care for goldfish, right? While there were no floaters in their tanks, several large goldfish crammed into a 20 looked like they were on death's door. They get a D.

    3. I was just looking to pick up some supplies, so I went to the big store that sells everything including fish that rhymes with Smallmart. 2 tanks stuffed with fancy goldfish, several floaters in each, only one or two healthy looking fish in each tank, - the rest of them looked horrible. I would be embarassed to sell someone a fish from that tank, not sure how they do it. They get an F

    4. The big chain "where the smart pets go" had no floaters, and a few healthy looking fish in each tank. I was actually surprised. C

    5. The big chain that rhymes with "heck no!" was an absolute horror show. Tanks, not too stuffed, but every fish was dead or dying and infested with anchor worm. Are the emloyees blind? No one with eyes would buy any fish from those tanks. F-

    Here are some picks from my bad cellphone cam that clearly (even in these fuzzy pics) show the anchorworms.



    The strange thing is that most of these places had great looking tropical fish. Only the goldfish had real torture chambers.

  5. Fin seems to be getting better, fish are more active. Oranda still seems to be doing some rubbing.




    New video - fish very active now.

    at 1:24, you can see some white streaks in the oranda's dorsal fin - I think that is new.
  6. As for adding anything else like Parasite Clear, I would highly suggest waiting until you get some input from one of our experienced members like Stakos who was providing you help in your other post :)

    I haven't heard back from her in a week. I went up to .1 salt last night. PC has prazi in it, and it seems many people on this forum regularly treat new fish with that. I'll hold off though. Maybe someone will post something.

  7. I'm sorry the fantail passed away. Something I noticed is it appears you do not have an air stone in the tank? Aeration is very important with Goldfish.

    I have no problem adding air, but as you can see in the video -

    plenty of bubbles in the water from the AC70
  8. Frozen Bloodworms on occasion, frozen peas popped out of their skin, defrosted. Some fresh food is good too. Maybe do some reading on nutrition. I use Hikari Saki in the purple bag, and some sprulina flake from Goldfish connection.I also use a food called Southern D'light, and some New Life Spectrum pellets. I have pro-gold from Goldfish connection, and keep medi-gold on hand. The spirulina flake is more like a flat pellet.

    Do you feed all these, and change day to day, or do you go through a package of New Life, then pro-gold, then southern D'light, etc.

  9. I am switching to the Tetrafin sinking pellets - I will have them soon. Any particular reason for your objection to Tetrafin?

    My LPSs have hikari-gold and oranda - I haven't seen the saki, but I will look.

    Peas are not to big for them? Are fresh bloodworms ok?

    Got some Parasite clear today, and will add it tonight, and I think I will also add salt.

    I have been asking for advice about the orange/black in another post, but all I got was "What are your paramaters? You are overstocked!, etc".

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. How is it that he got into the filter? Did he hop over the side of the tank? If so, why isn't the lid on the AC?

    Sorry - stuck "to" the filter intake. Lids not on the AC because is makes a racket. Even with the lid off the 70 sounds like a chainsaw.

    And yes, the black on the fins was normal.

    He was small, and not a great swimmer to start with - he got pulled into the gravel tube when I did the last water change. He looked pretty health though, so I am not sure what did him in.

    You can see vids of the other fish here

  11. I was told to clear the coppersafe with 2x 80% water changes, so I did. I don't think the white spots were actually ick, but they did clear on the fantail (the one in trouble now). \

    I can set up a 10gallon. - he's not moving at all, just floating and breathing - barrel rolling if he drifts into the bubbles. Not sure how much fouling he can do.

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