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Steve1107

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  1. Thank you everyone for reading and thank you for your insight & experience. Re tank size -- busted. This would have been little Kosmo's final week of quarantine before going into the community tank. Given his small size, chemistry in the 7-gallon Rubbermaid was a gamble that went OK until a certain human got all up in there. :^( And as is pointed out, bigger tank = smaller fluctuations *qwerty frown again* Thanks also for the (indirect) recommendation. A new thread about water chemistry and balance in the community tank does seem in order. 50-60% water change since last post. No Epsom salts added at all / pH and temperature matched to QT. Here are links to two 30-sec videos taken just now following water change. In the "Poorly" vid the fish moves more than he has probably all day. In the second vid recorded just after, the poor guy looks so pitiful. Maybe he tired himself out. Please accept apologies, URL's are spread out because in newness I don't yet know Forum rules about posting links. Although the Goldfish is a newcomer with us, as you know it's amazing how much these spunky little fish come to mean to one. Thank you again for all help and input.
  2. Thank you for your replies. I know now that was too much Epsom salts *sob* He was in the 1 tablespoon/ 7 gallons concentration overnight. Actually, although too high only about half or 3.5 gallons of that "salty" water went into his tank. That is, 1/2 Tbsp. Epsom salts went into a total of 7 gallons counting the old + new water. We changed the water immediately, doing a perhaps 60-70% change, so he was in it about 6-7 hours; and then did another 20% change later that day (yesterday); with another 50% change today. The new water going in has had about 1/8 tsp Epsom salts per 7 gallons, what we usually use to raise the hardness of the soft tap water. Kind of abruptly our KH went from around 8-9 drops in the API kit down to 3 drops, which I've read puts it in the range where a pH crash may not be highly likely but is not out of the question. So trying to get the KH back up. Arrghh! It's been so tough to find an accurate, authoritative source of info. And to find two sources that say the same....*shakes head* So now poor little Kosmo is at about 1/8 tablespoon or less Epsom salt in 7 gallons of water...if it's 3 teaspoons per tablespoon, that should be 3/8 teaspoon or a bit less Epsom salt per 7 gallons. OK we have some Primed 2-day aged water so going now to do another 60-70% water change and hopefully that will be down to less than 3/16 teaspoon Epsom salts in 7 gallons, possibly comparable to 1/4 or 4/16 teaspoons per 10 gallons. Does anyone know of anything else, as well? Again, the household Goldfish fall prey to pet owner's ignorance... Thank you so much for your help.
  3. * Ammonia Level 0-0.25 ppm * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 10 ppm * Ph Level, Tank 7.4-7.6 KH = 3 drops, GH = >11 drops * Ph Level, Tap 7.2-7.4 KH tap = 1-2 drops GH = 2-4 drops; Ammonia = 0.-0.25 ppm tap water, a new thing Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 78 deg F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 28 qt Rubbermaid Quarantine Tank; 7 weeks, started with cycled media and Safe-Start when Kosmo came home w/us * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua-clear Power Filter 20 * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% each week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?today 50%; yesterday and day before, 50% each. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 Calico Telescope fancy goldfish, about 2 inches nose to tip of tail * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime; aquarium salt, Epsom salt, Seachem Equilibrium, Neutral Regulator, Alkaline Buffer * What do you feed your fish and how often? 1-2% body weight in homemade gel food or Hikari Lionhead 1x per day * Any new fish added to the tank? Negative -- Kosmo IS the new fish * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi Pond Plus 5 mg/L added today; Baytril solution 0.5 mL by mouth yesterday and today * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 2 treatments with Minn-Fin first week we had him; has been at Aquarium salt 0.15-0.20% the entire time. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? One wonders if belly is a little more bulgy on one side, but it's not excessively soft or firm. Thin stringy white poop yesterday (poop was normal thickness, green like food about 3-5 days ago). No other visible changes. Gills pink to light pink, maybe anemia color?(haven't seen anemia gills before). * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Over last 7-10 days has been spending more and more time on bottom. Changed water 2 days ago and then when we got up yesterday, the poor little guy was on the bottom, too weak to hold himself up straight, tail tends to be bent to one side. If anyone can please help us treat our little fish, it would be super and we'd appreciate it so much! Back story: 2 days ago at the time of weekly water change, I had increased Epsom salt from 1/4 teaspoon per 28 quarts to 1 tablespoon per 28 quarts and added 1 teaspoon baking soda, which I've never done, because KH = only 3 drops only in API kit. (info found when looking up on I-net how to dose Epsom salts *facepalm*) When we woke up & found him not only bottom sitting but also so limp yesterday morning we worried it was too much change in minerals for the lil' guy, maybe making his muscles weak (hey -- if it works on pregnant women in labor or with high blood pressure, why wouldn't it relax GF muscles too?). Immediate 50-60% water change without baking soda and without the extra Epsom salt, thought maybe a trace improvement? Another 50% water change today, no change in fish with this water change. Today his physical exam is unchanged except no white poop at his vent today and he seems so much weaker too. He was breathing a bit rapidly this morning, now seems kinda slow. He just lies on his side on bottom of tank, will try to get away if we try to pick him up but otherwise just lying there. Won't try to eat. Seems almost too weak to move, really. We started Baytril yesterday thinking maybe bacterial infection because of increasing lethary, thin white poop, new weakness. No specific signs of parasites but in case parasites had opened the door for bacteria, we started Prazi-pond Plus today as they say it's fairly innocuous for the fish. Can you share any thoughts, suggestions, or encouragement please? Nothing so far seemed to help poor Kosmo and it's so tough to watch him seeming weaker and weaker. He was such a lively little Telescope when he came home with us. Thank you!
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