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  1. Would bad water quality cause his color to change like that? I am not using tap water (ours is horrible). It is RO water from the petstore. Both times he has done this, I have totally changed all the water in the tank. I could do 50 percent changes once a week, but it is a bit difficult for me to get to the store to get it that often. Like I said, tap water is not an option. I have tried, and getting it right is terribly hard. I will try and take a sample to get it tested in the next day or so. I had no clue that it was going to be this complicated keeping him healthy. When I was a kid I always had goldfish, but kept them in a bowl with tap water, and I never had any issues. I had one fish that I had for many years that way.. but keeping Mak healthy is HARD. I will answer the questions once I get the levels on everything. He is OK for now, but obviously, he can't stay in there very long. Thanks for the thoughts! I will check back in a few days.
  2. Hello, I just joined this forum and I am looking forward to getting good advice from everyone and sharing! Right now tho, I need some advice on something. I have one shubunkin (not sure if that is spelled right) who is about 6 inches long from tip to tail. He is at least a year old.. he was an adult when I got him. His name is Mackrel (aka Mak) He has been doing something very frustrating, and I don't know what to do. He lives in a 10 gallon tank, by himself. He has a filter and bubbles. After a water change, he will do great for about a month, and then start acting strange - sitting on the bottom, not moving much... Then, he starts to get gray. He is an orange/black calico color but he gets very ashy. It seems to me as if he is not getting enough oxygen. The last time, I got him a bubble thingy because the person at the petstore said that would increase the oxygen. I figured it was going to be ok, but today, he did it again. The only way I can get him to come around is to take him out of the tank. Right now I have him in a one gallon rectangular bowl. The last time I was told that my water was fine. This time, I haven't had it checked yet because it just happened today. He is stil not moving much - just kind of hanging out - but his color is improving. Can anyone give me any advice as to what might be going on? I don't know what to do to help and I don't want my fish to die. Ideas? Edwina
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