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  1. HI there... I am still looking for the larger tank but I am now having a new problem that I dont believe I have had yet. My larger goldfish is now taking in food but spitting it back out and has been doing this for a few days now. I thought maybe it was the pH. I put in some pH buffer stuff but he hasn't eaten and kept food in yet. He does yawn every once in a while but other than the lump under the scales he has not shown any other symptoms. I did receive the new food today. I put it in the tank and the larger fish ate it but then spit it back out. I though maybe he was just bored with the food. I also tried freeze dried shrimp but he wasnt interested at all in that since it doesnt sink. The smaller fish is still eating but is floating at the top a bit. Any thoughts on why my larger fish wouldnt be eating now? I did just see him dart to the top and then let out air bubbles when he went under again. Thanks.
  2. Thank you all for the information. I will definitely invest in some plants
  3. I did some research this weekend on the tanks and it looks like I might go with a real pine wood stand but still looking into it. It is going to be one expensive set up. I did test the nitrite before the water change yesterday and it was still 0ppm. Still doing water changes in the meantime. The aquarium I went to suggested getting a few plants for the tank so I will also look into that once I get this tank thing settled. Hope to have it resolved really soon! Hope you are well. Will keep you posted.
  4. Have you had any experience with pressboard stands? I've read they can buckle or warp with water and I'm assuming it will get a little wet since it is a fish tank. Lol I'm thinking an iron or steel stand would be better but is that ridiculous?
  5. Hi, FINALLY got the nitrite test kit and it read 0ppm. Ill test again tomorrow before water change. Removed some gravel and added extra sponge to filter instead of carbon. Anyone have any good recommendations for tank hunting? I only have local stores like petco and petsmart but not sure they are a great resource for this. Especially if I am looking for a 75G.
  6. Ok all... will do. Didnt get it today. hopefully tomorrow!
  7. Thank you all for your help. I am still very concerned about the lumps but I will definitely work on the conditions. I did do a change on Monday and skipped yesterday because they flushed the hydrants here and I didnt want to use that dirty water. Readings are as follows from the last time I reported: Ammonia - appx .25ppm Nitrate - grown to 5-10ppm pH - about the same as previously and I did not add any buffer on Monday. Maybe this will help to tell you what is going on in the tank. I am going to see if I can look into tanks this weekend. Not sure how big the 75 is, if I can fit it and if my floor can hold more weight than the 55 but I will definitely look into going bigger if possible. I dont want to get the 55 and not resolve anything. Noted, long rather then high. Yes, I do vacuum water regularly but I do not slosh around the filter more than once every week or 2. I will try to add more sponge unless anyone thinks there might be an advantage to adding the ammonia bag instead of the carbon or the sponge? I have not tried that. Doesnt seem that the pH or ammonia is my problem today, it is the nitrate. I am hoping to get the nitrite test kit in the mail soon so I can report those numbers. I can try to take out some gravel as well. I will try to start working in the new food. I just emailed the sponsor to see if they will send me a free sample. If I dont hear from them maybe I will order tomorrow or check my local pet shop to see if they carry it. For filter cleaning that was recommended above, should I use tank water to clean it and not tap? Not sure I can get all the gunk out with just leftover tank water. thanks!
  8. I did some quick research on the soilient green and many people use it and seem to like it, especially for swim bladder issue fish. Any reason that you didnt recommend the super green version which is all plant based? Does anyone know what kind of goldfish these are??? I have never known if they are boys or girls and what type they are. Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.
  9. A few more questions: Any idea what the lumps could be? Also, how long would a 4oz bag last me and how much/often do you feed them this food if I did go that route?
  10. I found the filter information, it is a 70. No, I am going to go this weekend to see what I can do about a larger tank. I will probably go up to a 55. Does that seem like it would be sufficient for these fish? I think I actually have prime here already because I was looking into this previously at the pet shop. The salt was a recommend on the salt container for goldfish but also a friend of mine who had fish also used it for years. The goldfish have had this salt amount for the entire time I have had them. The only food I have really tried other than the algae pellets is typical goldfish food or pellets like the floating pellets for goldfish. My small goldfish almost died (laying on his side, upside down on bottom etc) but with a prayer, holding food and a miracle he pulled out. The only thing I can think of with the cycling of the tank is that it may have been years ago but now there is probably too much waste too fast and the tank cycle can't keep up. I was not really good at understanding the cycle of a tank until more recently and even know I can say that I am not an expert in any way. I have been trying not to touch the bio filter in the filter to make sure that the bugs stick around. I dont know if I am doing something else to hurt them. I did replace the carbon and the sponge in the filter at the same time a few times. My tank was very green at some point, not the sides but the actual water. I read on line that this isnt necessarily bad for the fish and they didnt seem to mind, it just looked aweful. With the regular water changes now, it doesnt get a chance to grow. I did have a pH problem at that point as well so even the weekly/bi weekly changes werent helping the situation. Yes, I have substrate at the bottom. It is basically a small/medium sized gravel and is about 1.5"-1.75" thick I would say if even all around. Do you know if that Repashy will cause issues with my "small" goldfish being that he often has swim bladder issues? I do see that it has a lot of algae in it which is good. I am just really nervous to try being that he almost died previously from a fish food. I would die myself! These are my babies. I've never introduced snails or other fish/live plants for this reason. Yes, I was thinking Repashy Solient Green as well
  11. Small Lumps have been around for a while (years) but they werent really growning outside of the fish growth. More recently I have noticed that they seem to be growing at a faster rate than just growth of fish.
  12. HI Everyone.. here are the answers that I could get to the questions below. Test Results for the Following: (All taken by API drop test kit) but after a water change unfortunately.) * Ammonia Level(Tank) - Approx .25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) - TBD * Nitrate level(Tank) - approx 5 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) - 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) - TBD * Nitrate level(Tap) - between 0 and 5ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - looks like about 6.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)- pH more basic than 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?Drops - API brand * Water temperature? approximately 70 degrees F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallon, 10+ years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear. I cannot remember if it is 50 or 70. Where can I find this on the filter? * How often do you change the water and how much? recently, daily 50% due to water issues. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today unfortunately just before tests so I dont think it is totally accurate. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 - about 10" each * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Dechlorinator and pH buffer on occasion. Also add 1/2 tsp of salt per gallon for water changes. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Daily,approximately 5 pellets of wardley algae discs (see paragraph for reason) * Any new fish added to the tank? Never * Any medications added to the tank? Not anytime recently. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. - None except regular adds during water changes. If ever needed, I will use mardel or jungle products. I have not put medication in the tank for a while but some medications used previously are mardel maracyn, maracyn 2 or jungle fungus products throughout the years. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Lumps as mentioned in paragraph. I also noticed a few scales missing from larger fish with white belly today. Also, as mentioned in original description, the smaller goldfish (mostly gold) with lump on tail has some blood streaks in tail that seem to get worse if I dont change water dailyand make changes every 2 days instead. Some fraying of tail on smaller goldfish but nothing significant where it could be fin rot etc. No blood or white at tips of tail. Some minor scratching of small goldfish but not very often. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Smaller goldfish (mostly gold) likes to hang out near the filter system and does float a lot. This is not unusal for him. I usually try to decrease his food if he floats and it usually improves. Larger white belly goldfish has been resting on the bottom a bit. Both are eating and hungry though.
  13. HI, I have two goldfish that are about 14 years old. They are in a 29 gallon tank with gravel substrate and a pretty large 3 stage filter (I think it is a 75gal or similar which holds the sponge, carbon and good bacteria housing. Both fish are around 10" long including their tails. I couldnt tell you what kind of goldfish they are but I can say that I purchased one of them from a feeder tank 14 years ago. I have a few issues going on that I am trying to resolve but before I take the action that I believe is necessary, I wanted to do a little research to make sure that was best. Both fish are eating algae pellets since the "little one" had swim bladder issues in the past and a vege diet is supposed to help that. He almost died a few times years ago before I changed to this food so I do not want to change food at this point to anything else. 1) The oldest goldfish ("the big one") acts pretty normal, eats regularly (1x per day). Over time, I have noticed a growth growing under the scales. It is located between his bottom fins and the tail on the right side of his body about 3/4 of the way down the side of his body. This part of his body is white but the growth area is actually orange like the top half of his body. Growth seems to be getting larger and larger over time. 2) The younger goldfish (the "little one") has always had some issues probably due to the fact that he was a feeder fish in an unhealthy tank when little. He has had swim bladder issues and even now floats on the top a bit when he makes a pig out of himself. This fish seems to have the bulk of the issues all of the time. He eats 1x per day (same food). His tail has been getting red streaks more recently that I believe are being caused by ammonia in the tank. He also has a growth under the scales but his is on the top of where the tail meets the body just behind the dorsal fin. Today I noticed that the scales seem to be starting to detatch due to the size of this lump. I have had a very hard time trying to get this tank to cycle. While I am trying to figure out how to fix these issues, I am doing a 40% water change almost daily to help keep the pH and ammonia under control. I do put 1/2 tsp of salt per gallon into the tank during water changes. So, I have three issues to resolve 1) cycle issue 2) red streaks in tail (which may be related to cycle issue) 3) growth under scales I just ordered a nitrite test kit since I cannot find it at my local stores. I am also looking into getting a 55 gallon tank but I want to make sure we think that will help the situation. Please let me know your thoughts on all 3 points. slideshow with picture of each lump can be seen at: (Hopefully it works)
  14. Will try the You Tube... Issue seems to be fixed for now. Still have one of the two up near the filter a lot but eating pretty well now. Tank tested ok today (minus the nitrites since I have to find the test). No ammonia and no pH issue. Maybe a 1/4 tank change tomorrow to keep up with it in the meantime. Which is the one that causes red streaks in the tail? Is that Nitrites? The one up by the filter gets this issue sometimes but it seems to be going away slowly. Not sure if I did this right but you can try this link. 100%
  15. HI there! Thank you for responding. If you can believe it, I put a fan on the tank for a while and the weather got a bit cooler. When the tank went down to about 74degrees and after a few light water changes, he started eating again! He often has a swim bladder issue for some reason ever since I got him so now he must have ate his food too fast and he is floating a bit over near the filter again. Usually, if I just lightly feed him or try not to feed him at all for a day or so, he goes back to normal. I only feed him plant based food (bottom feeder algae pellets soaked) due to the bladder issue. He does often hang out near the filter for some reason, not sure why. I love my little babies, I would be a disaster if anything happend to them. Thank God all seems pretty normal right now. I am continuing to check the nitrates and ammonia and haven't seen an increase. Have to find a test for the nitrites, no pet stores carry it seperately. I have taken a video but I have no clue how to post it on here.
  16. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) - 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank)- untested * Nitrate level(Tank) - 0 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap)0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) -0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap)- 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 6.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - untested Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 74-76 (was 78 yesterday) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29long for about 10 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? aquaclear 70 * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week when no issues, approx 1/4 of tank * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday 50% and today 1/4-1/2 of tank due to issue. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 common goldfish, approx 8" each. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? NO * Any medications added to the tank? NO * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. NONE RECENTLY, have used maracyn in past. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? - Noticed a few little stringy pieces after water change, nothing overly significant * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? - not eating, sitting mid tank, yesterday was in middle of tank with head up and tail down. Breathing heavy, darting to top. Only one fish displaying this. Other fish eating ok. I have a 13 year old common goldfish. He is in the tank with another common goldfish that is just about the same age. I have tested ammonia which was 0 yesterday but about .25-.50 today.PH was approximately 6.8. Nitrates are 0 and Water temp is approx 74-76 degrees. I am in the process of shopping for a larger tank but the tank currently is 29gal long and has an Aqua Clear 70gal filter on it. Substrate is small white gravel that fish can pick up and spit out easily. I have lowered the water slightly so more oxygen can get into the tank as I have noticed that the goldfish that is not eating has had an increased breathing rate over the past few days. I also add .5tsp of salt to each gallon during a water change as well as Sera KH/PH plus and API dechlorinator. I believe he has not eaten for at least 2 days. He showed a minor interest in food today but is still not eating. I did a 50% water change yesterday and about 1/4-1/2 today to try to keep water clean due to ammonia that is currently building today.. Other than the not eating, the goldfish has clamped top fin and maybe a few little strings that caught oxygen when i cleaned the tank. I wouldnt have noticed them otherwise. 2nd goldfish is eating and pooping. I am cleaning a 2nd filter just to see if oxygen is a factor here. Any ideas? Thanks!
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