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  1. I am really hesitant to do this, not because I think it will cause any real harm but I already shocked one fish to death yesterday. What if it happens again?? Hubby says she's alive, she's moving, don't break what's not broken etc. (love this video, thankyou so much for posting!! super helpful)
  2. Had a feeling you might know haha. She is up and about this morning! Thank goodness! Should I still do it? and is Kosher salt okay for this? I have an empty ten gallon tank that I can hold her in, and a large bowl for the salt dip?
  3. I have kosher salt? If I need something else I will pick it up in the morning. I just felt her belly. I don't think it really felt soft or hard. I wouldn't know how to describe it, a little firm but it didn't feel squishy or anything. Vague, I know, but hopefully that means something to you!
  4. For those who asked... https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=7e83ce2add&view=att&th=13d2e028092cb650&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=1428450501334138880-1&safe=1&zw Here's Cleo, resting at the bottom. She (I use that term loosely but I do believe Cleo is a girl) does move a bit here and there but settles back down after a round. I can't bring myself to rouse her up for the sake of a video, so this will have to suffice. Sorry that it's sideways.... and if it doesn't work :/ I'll post the pretty happy healthy pictures in a separate post.
  5. Thanks. It's sad that with fish you learn mostly from experience, and gain your experience through loss. Thought I was past most of that, apparently not! I'll put in a proper newbie meet-and-greet soon
  6. 1. Don't know where I got the idea that that was possible-- been running tanks for about six years and it's possible I thought that due to some dumb luck. Since this problem has started I've begun to understand a bit more about the cycling process. 2. I made sure that the water I added was the same temperature 3. I was not aware you could use Amquel as a water conditioner. I was under the impression that while it neutralizes the ammonia bond, it does not remove it. Just makes it non-toxic. I wanted to get rid of it all? I will check the GH and KH levels again. I probably read it wrong but I'll try to measure between the colors on the strip more accurately, as well as checking the ammonia in our tap water I don't have ny pics due to my husband banning me from the house to stop freaking out (didn't really work), which is also the reason these answers are probably not the best I could provide. Thanks so much for your help! I'll get bac with any more info I can get.
  7. I never got to weekly water changes after adding them -- the ammonia spikes happened the day after we added the fish. Weekly, 20% changes are what I usually do; I've been doing daily changes on and off since we've had the fish. I should have clarified. The reading was 1ppm before I changed the water. We left for about an hour and then I checked again; ammonia was again at 1ppm. Thanks so much for your input. I don't know how I've killed a goldfish in six hours but I've done it. The ryukin, Scooter, is gone. Hopefully Cleo will pull through, she's a beautiful red and black oranda with the sweetest personality.
  8. Guess I don't know how to edit post.... Tap levels are same as tank: 6.5pH, 0 nitrate, 0 nitrite, GH 0 and KH 0
  9. Apologies... wrote this while trying to entertain my daughter. Adding them now!
  10. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 1ppm * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.5, 0, 0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API 5-in-1 strips, and API drops for NH3 and NH4 * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 filters, 55 and 45 gal hangy ones (sorry, I'm too scattered to remember!) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aqueon water conditioner * Water temperature? room temp, no heater * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 20% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55gal, four weeks * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fancy goldfish, 3-4" from nose to tail * What do you feed your fish and how often? once or twice daily, a small amount * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) high ammonia, see below for awful behavioral changes * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? bubbles all over body? gills seem to be poking out, red streaks on one due to ammonia * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? One is at bottom, the other floating listlessly * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. One week of Amquel, more info below New member at the forum, though I have been looking through in recent weeks. *shamefully waves hello* What a wreck this has been... hard to start from the beginning. Long story short, we added in our two fat fancies about three weeks ago, thinking that our tank had cycled enough for them (had been running about two weeks with dirty filters). WRONG! Been dealing with ammonia from the start. Did a week with Amquel (figured it was better to neutralize the ammonia bond rather than throw out what little beneficial bacteria were in there), then mostly-daily water changes with little or no improvement with the ammonia. This morning I made a horrible, horrible decision in doing an extreme water change. Many things I have read said to do that, and since it was the one thing I hadn't tried.... well now, after a 30-gallon change, my fish are shocked, stressed, listless and probably a day away from dead. I ran to my fish store for help, and was told NOT to have done that water change, and to throw in a bottle of bacteria and to let it ride. My oranda has been at the bottom of the tank, and now the ryukin is floating at the top, bubbles galore, unable to swim. I know they've got their fins in their graves.... but what can I at least try to do? I can't believe I did this to them.
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