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troy.telford

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  1. Tank size: 55 Gallon (208L for those who only learned to move a decimal point) Tank established: Nov 2010 Filter: Aqueon 55/75 Water change frequency: Weekly (Sunday afternoons) Water change amount: ~50% Last water change: 6 days, ~50% Next water change: a few hours from now Temperature: 71F or 21.666C Water Additives: API Stress Coat or API Tap water conditioner (I tend to alternate between weeks) API Stress Zyme Test kit: API Liquid I'm away from the tank at the moment, so I'll report my typical test values: Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: high, around 40-80 ppm (just before water change). The shade in the test kit isn't easy to gauge between 40 & 80. After a 50% water change, it's close to 20, maybe 30. PH: neutralish; around 7.3 KH: hard water, I don't recall the typical values. I'll report full/current water stats (and try to get better pictures) after I get back later today and have done my normal water change, though I really doubt it'll be different. Notes: I've tried doing daily water changes to bring the nitrate levels down to near zero a couple of times; the Nitrate level rises back to its current range within a month (still doing weekly changes), and stays steady in the 20-40 range (depending on the time of week). I've also tried API Nitra Zorb (an ion exchange filter media that's supposed to absorb nitrates), but found it wasn't effective, so I stopped using it. I tried that 6+ months ago. Food: Goldfish Connection Pro Gold Food quantity: 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) Feeding Schedule: 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM Tank population: 3 adult goldfish Red Cap Oranda 4.5" if I don't count its long, gossamer, flowing tail fins. 8+" if I do. Black Moor: 3" sans tail fins; 4.5" including fins Red Ryuken; 3" sans tail fins; 4.5" including fins New additions: None. The Ryuken and Black Moor have been in the tank over a year. Oranda predates the current tank. Medications: Tank: Current: none I've used some aquarium salt when introducing new fish. At least a year. I also have used metro meds followed by jump start (reccomended after metro meds) for new additions. For anything else, I use a sick tank. I've also tried API Nitra Zorb (an ion exchange filter media that's supposed to absorb nitrates), but found it wasn't effective, so I stopped using it. I tried that 6+ months ago. Sick Ryuken : only metro meds, 2 weeks, most recently after an accident where the Oranda lost a couple scales and grew a blister from an infection. (6 months ago) Injured Oranda (better now): after I noticed the blister, he was put in our sick tank for a week and treated with tetracycline & metro meds. The blister and sore went away, and he was returned to the home tank. Again, this was six months ago. Unusual findings: only the white bump in the center of the ryuken's head, and now a bump on the side. There's some redness on the side bump, but the one on the head has nothing else to show. Behavior is normal for all fish.
  2. Make that two; there's one visible along his right side as well.
  3. It's a petsmart fish, so no real idea about its lineage. It started growing a white bump about two weeks ago. It's not getting any better or worse at this point. 55 gal tank, 2 goldfish tank buddies. Water changed ~25% -40% weekly. Test supplies ran out; I'll have to get a new liquid test kit. Any ideas?
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