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  1. I just found another article stating that our area typically has soft water with 0-60 ppm of mineral hardness, but I need more info. I guess I should keep tetras or angels! Lol
  2. I found a water report online, but I do not see anything about a kH, alkalinity, or carbonate values. I'll call or have it tested this week.
  3. I feel bad about the salt. There are so many conflicting articles on its use in goldfish. I was really trying to help his finrot and bloody tail, not make it worse. The tail does not have any tears or splits, but it has been frayed at the edges the past few days, along with the odd blood stains at the base.
  4. Ok I'll try to find out the kH values this week. I really need to know this for the goldfish and because I plan on setting up my saltwater tank again in the near future. My friend has a reef tank and he mentioned this value to me before.
  5. Ok I'm getting the salt and Melafix out, and I'll begin Prazipro when it comes in this week. Should I do the 5 day or 7 day schedule? I did a 50% water change today, and I'll do another one tomorrow. Is that too fast for removing the salt? The pH out of the tap is around 7.0 to 7.2. I'm not sure what caused the drop, so I want to figure out how much sodium bicarbonate to add. Thank you all so much for your help!
  6. But I have no idea what my kH is so I'm not sure how to read the table, and I'm not buying another test kit now. Maybe a pet store could measure it for me? I could also add some crushed coral.
  7. O.k. sounds good. I did order some Prime so it should be here this week. Today's parameters: pH dropped from about 7.0 to 6.8? Not sure why, but is this alright? ammonia - 0 to 0.25 (same as tap) nitrite - 0 nitrate - 0, I think. It might have had a very very slight orange tint. If it is there, I am super excited! So salt will get phased out in a couple of days. One more question, should I add any Melafix back in? I feel like the answer is no, but I wanted to be sure. Would that affect the pH? Thanks so much! I'm off to do a 50% water change, and the same tomorrow. Then the salt will be gone. I've got the tank at 75 degrees. Is this temperature o.k.? You guys are so helpful. I really want Ursula to pull through.
  8. O.k. I'll wait until I do anything. The salt is about 0.2% and Melafix is currently in the tank. Should I do a water change to get the salt back down to 0.1% or should I keep it at 0.2% since I haven't seen any nitrites yet? I may need to leave it in . . . thanks! Do you think another salt dip would help Ursula? She seemed to feel a lot better the other day, but someone advised to stay away from the salt for the moment.
  9. O.k. thank you. If I have any other questions, I will start a new thread over in the D & D section. I'll start phasing out the salt down to 1%, and no more Melafix before I add the Prazi!
  10. Thank you! I really do love her. Well, I don't know if it's a female or not but I named her Ursula. I'll try to get a video of my other one too. He is Archibald. Ursula is doing better today. She is swimming more, and never refuses mealtime. There is still some redness at the base of her tail but the blood is a little more rust colored so maybe it is healing? Should I start phasing the salt out? I thought it would help with her ragged tail fin, but I want to do what is best for her. Melafix is in the water, too. I've been changing about 25 - 30% of the water daily just to keep the parameters in check. She seems to perk up with the water changes. I will treat with Prazipro when it arrives this week. I remember seeing a good schedule for treatment on here, but I would appreciate the link again if someone has it. Does it sound like flukes? They both yawn often, and Ursula shakes her head sometimes and flares her gills. Since I don't see any parasites on them and the water quality is great, that is what I suspect. The strong salt dip really helped her, but she does still bottom sit and then there are those red marks on her tail.
  11. This was a great thread! It sounds like what I'm going through at the moment with one of my bubble eyes. I just ordered some Prazi and I hope that fixes the problems with my babies. It should get here this week. I'm so glad your fish are doing better.
  12. See if the link works! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kyINzOee-zE http://youtu.be/kyINzOee-zE
  13. I have taken several videos of her on my iPad so I will try to upload them to youtube soon. I have no idea if the tank has cycled because I have 0 readings on all nitrogen compounds as of this morning. Prazipro and Prime have been ordered along with some medigold food for the redness at the base of the tail. I suspect flukes or some other parasite since these two came from a LFS (never again! Lol)! One fish is fine, but the other one was so sluggish yesterday that I decided to give her a strong salt dip for a few minutes. She is much better this morning and not bottom sitting. Both fish are roaming around the tank and picking at rocks! The only visible problem is the redness at the base of the caudal fin on one if them. I am slowly increasing salinity back up to 0.3% and I will treat with Prazipro when it arrives. I'm still staying on top of water parameters, and I'll feed the medigold for a couple of weeks to combat any nasty bacterial problems. It could be that they have flukes and this is opening the scales to allow the bacteria to enter. My fingers are crossed for these little guys! I am open to any other suggestions, too. And please move the thread to the right area if necessary. I still have no clue if my tank is cycled yet, but if the parameters are fine I guess I shouldn't worry. These will be the only two fish in this tank, and maybe my only goldfish period!
  14. Thanks. I do have one going in the general section about cycling a tank and the weird symptoms one of my fish is displaying. I might start one in D&D too.
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