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  1. Why are the strips so bad? I really don't use them often at all except when there's something wrong, so I never really thought to buy something high priced. He seems to be doing a lot better now. He's up and around and hasn't really sat on the bottom of the tank much. Should I still take all the water out? I won't use the algae stuff anymore. Thank you for telling me about that. I had no idea!
  2. I thought I answered most of those questions already. 16 gallons is the main tank. There is just 1 goldfish in the tank. Yes he is eating. I haven't seen his poop recently. He usually poops in the afternoon so I won't be able to tell you until later. Basically his behavior is laying on the bottom, then he'll go swim around for a little bit every 10 minutes or so, but mostly he just lays on the bottom and breathes slowly. It would be a hassle to get a video up but I could do it if you REALLY need it. Thank you for the quick reply.
  3. Hey guys! I've posted on this forum before about my other goldfish who unfortunately didn't make it. He had rips and tears in all of his fins and eventually died no matter how much we tried to help. This goldfish also had some rips in his fins, but he eventually recovered. We also had to cure him of ick too a few days after we got him, so he's a fighter. He's just a little 15 cent feeder fish, but we've grown quite attached. Anyway, this just started yesterday after I did an algae cleaning in the tank to get all the gunk off the walls, then I put some anti-algae stuff in the tank (like I've done a hundred times before). Maybe a few hours later he started getting very lethargic and by last night he was just resting on the bottom of the tank and wouldn't get up, which he never does. I put some salt in the tank and he pepped up for a bit, but then went back down. This morning he was lying on the bottom again and wouldn't get up when I turned the light on or opened the lid. I put some food in there and he went after it and swam around a bit, but now his default position seems to be lying on the bottom. Now he'll get up and swim around every once in awhile, but he won't stay up. His dorsal fin is down, but that's not highly unusual for him. There is nothing visibly wrong with the fish. He looks absolutely healthy, so I don't think any pictures would help. I've done nothing out of the ordinary other than the algae cleaning, but I usually do that once ever couple weeks. Here's some info: Tank size: 16 gallons (I put 12 tablespoons of pickling salt in yesterday) Filter Brand: Aqua Clear 30 -Change water every 2 weeks or so, just did a water change last weekend. -Just 1 fish in the tank. -I feed him Tetra goldfish flakes every morning. -He has survived ick and torn fins -He is roughly 2 years old (both of our other goldfish of the same kind only made it 2 years as well) Tank water info: Nitrite: 0-0.5 (hard to read) Nitrate: 0-20 (hard to read) PH: 6.5 GH: 180 KH: 240 Also, like I said, yesterday I put in 40 drops of API Algaefix and then 12 tablespoons of pickling salt later in the evening. I use API 5 in 1 aquarium test strips. No I don't have the liquid measuring test kit thing and I really can't afford it right now.
  4. Just a little update: the fish is still looking good. The pleco has been relocated to a friend's 55 gallon tank, so he's got plenty of room to grow now. The tears in my goldfish's tail are still there, but they don't seem to be getting worse. I'll be putting the last round of prazipro in today. When should I put the carbon back in the filer, and what do I do if he doesn't get better?
  5. I haven't tried the garlic thing! I don't have any garlic though, so it might just be easier to wait it out for a bit. Still no test kit. I don't think I've even received an email saying that it has shipped yet... I'll have to give them a call tomorrow.
  6. I've tried doing the peas thing in the past (one of our goldfish was having swim bladder problems) and none of them would eat the peas. They would just spit them back out. I just put in 10 rounded teaspoons, plus whatever was in there. I wasn't able to get as much water out this time. I will try to put up a video in a bit. Now he's just been sitting on the bottom of the tank for the past few hours. Hopefully it's just because of the overfeeding.
  7. Ok, update: I removed the pleco from the tank and he's currently residing in a bucket of water that I took out of the tank when doing my water change today. Round 5 of prazi and salt is completely done. I overfed my poor goldfish this morning, so he's alternating between swimming around the tank actively and hanging out on the bottom of the tank (I'm use to feeding for 2+ goldfish, and my boyfriend is usually the one that feeds them in the morning, so it was a stupid mistake). He's no longer with the pleco though, so hopefully if that was the cause of the problems, he'll get better. I put about 1 and a quarter times the usual amount of salt in too.
  8. They look just like the rips my other goldfish had in his tail, and I posted videos of those earlier. Checked on him this morning when I woke up and his tail looks a lot worse. There are rips almost all the way down from tip to tip.
  9. Yes, I understand. That's just not really an option in the immediate future. The guy I'm planning on giving him to is out of town for awhile, and I hardly have any time to transport him at the moment.
  10. These new tears just happened a few hours ago, definitely not a nocturnal time at all. I'm not even sure how a pleco would rip a tail like that. My pleco usually swims around all day too. He's very active most of the time.
  11. Sorry I have not provided an update on the water conditions. I'm in the middle of doing the water change of round 5. Checked on my fish a few hours ago when I got home from work and he looked fine, just checked on him again and he's got a big tear in his tail! What could be causing this?? I do still have the pleco in the tank, but he never goes after him and I'm not sure how he would do that to him... I've also noticed that since the other goldfish died, this one is very inactive. He almost seems depressed. He just floats around the tank and never really gets very excited.
  12. Hello! Sorry for the slow update. I've been really busy. I'm a bit behind in the cycle, but I just did a water, salt, and prazipro change today. I just added 1 teaspoon of prazipro because I'm not sure I'll have enough to last 6 rounds if I double up. I actually went to a pet shop (to look at dogs) on my trip and they had a 1oz and 4oz bottle of prazipro, but I didn't get it because I didn't think I would need it. ######! I think I have 2 rounds left to go. I took roughly 9 gallons out and I put 12 teaspoons of salt back in. Let me know if I should add more. The goldfish seems to be doing well other than the tears in his tail (again, they're not huge, maybe 3-5 small ones that could have been there from the start). He does "zoom" around the tank a bit, and that just started in the past few days. Not sure what's causing that. Also the water seems a tiny bit cloudy after the water change, and it hasn't looked like that so far at all.
  13. Thanks for all of the help guys. Just got home and the other fish looks like he might have a few more tears in his tail (just small little ones though, not long ones like the other goldfish had). Do I continue to 6 rounds with prazipro?
  14. Well, I changed the water about an hour ago and he's looking worse and worse. When I first put all the water back in, he just sat on the bottom and didn't move. As I started to add the salt back in, he perked up a bit, but then went back to laying on the bottom. Now he goes from laying on the bottom to floating around the tank a bit. He's "breathing" really slowly and he seems to have a couple more dark spots on him, mainly on his right gill. It's not looking good and we leave in the morning
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