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  1. Thankyou. She was such a sweet fish, got to the point where she would nibble on the backs of my hands during water changes. I didn't expect to grow so attached so quickly. It's amazing how much personality they have. I'll fix my parameters and try again when I'm ready. It's so weird looking at the empty tank, and it's only been a short while with her. Thankyou for your support.
  2. Clementine declined very quickly last night/early morning. Thankyou for all your help. I'd like to think that the salt made it less painful for her.
  3. Ok, I finished up with that. I was a bit nervous to add all the salt at once, so I did about half that amount to make sure that the fish doesn't react worse. I'm just going to watch her for a while before I add in the rest. Should I add any additional salt when I do my daily water changes? Or let the current amount of salt slowly decrease with the daily water changes?
  4. Tap Water Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 0 Ph: 7.0
  5. Sorry I didn't post earlier. It was a busy day at work, so I only had time to eat and get back on the floor. I'm going to see if I can find the API kit this Monday. I work a full day Sunday, so nothing will be open when I'm off work. PH is better, it's at 7.0. The test goes from 0 to 0.6, and then to 1.2. The ammonia is 0.6. Nitrate is between 20 and 50 (the freshwater colours are on the right side in the photo). So that's the third or fourth square down on the right. I agree the Nitrite doesn't look like the colours on the chart. But it's darker, so I would guess that it's 1.6 or 3.3. My fish is looking really bad. I feel like a horrible person. I thought I would be so much better at this. Not much has changed in terms of dark spots, but is now definitely quite lethargic and has frayed fins. I think I'm going to change my game plan and do smaller water changes every day so I don't stress her out as much. I'm going to test the tap water now. brb.
  6. http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/q689/KatrinaFreedom/Nitrite%20Test_zpsp2ak0mm3.jpg Nitrite. Shades of purple are still difficult for me to tell, though they look darker now. http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/q689/KatrinaFreedom/Nitrate%20Test_zpserawrz31.jpg Nitrate. Shades of purple are still difficult for me to tell, though they look darker now. http://s1354.photobucket.com/user/KatrinaFreedom/media/Ammonia%20Test_zps5eo7ub8k.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2 Ammonia. Still looks pale yellow even though I used Prime Water Conditioner. Should I be putting more Prime in? Running late for work. I will check back during my break.
  7. The bottom right square is 7.0. the one above it is 6.5.
  8. What you said about the tests being easier to read in photos. Holy cow. Apparently I can't differentiate colours irl. XD I hope it's easier in photos, because the ph test looks much better that way. Here's a photo. I'll take pics of the other tests and re-post the results. And maybe I'll post the images for them too. And I'll measure the tap water again. And I am using Prime Water Conditioner now. Tank Ph Ignore my baggy eyes. DX
  9. lol. XD That's good. I also noticed that some of the black marks from when I got her have expanded as well. I think they're the same thing. I used a drop test this time. I was only able to get the Nutrafin Mini Master Test Kit for now. It doesn't include measuring hardness or alkalinity, but measures ammonia. So I got it. Nitrate - definitely higher than 5, lower than 20. I hate comparing shades of purple. >.< The booklet I got said that high nitrates promote an uncontrolled growth of algae. And I had a big sudden growth of algae. So that leads me to believe it was higher than 10. I think 10 - 20 is high? Nitrites - between 0.1 and 0.3. It was another shade of purple. Difficult for me to see the differences. DX Ph - 6.5, and super obvious. I love how the colours are so different on that scale. Ammonia - 0.6. very pale yellow. Almost no colour at all.
  10. I did my water change yesterday, and got my test kit today, so I'm not sure what the results would have been, but felt it was in the fish's best interest to do the water change sooner rather than later. All my parameters seemed safe except for the nitrates. They were a bit high. So I imagine my ammonia was higher before the water change as well. I then used the Prime water conditioner. Fish was acting lethargic today, but perked up after using the prime. The darker spots have darkened a smidgen again. I understand that the black marks are a sign of healing. Are they temporary like a scab, or are they more permanent like a scar? Ok, thanks! I think I get it.
  11. Thanks, I imagine I will like it too. First of all,don't worry, your fish will be just fine. With the cycled medium, your tank may pretty well cycled. We can't know, however until you can do an ammonia test, so I think we should proceed as if there is ammonia present in the tank, particularly since we are seeing black. The only thing "wrong with your logic" was in running the tank fishless. When using cycled medium to cycle a tank, one usually adds the fish and closely monitors the ammonia and nitrite, changing water to keep them very low, until ammonia and nitrite are both zero. All that has to occur is to grow the population of microbes to the level required to process all of the ammonia produced by your fish to nitrate. If you want to cycle without fish, you have to add a little ammonia to feed the filter microbes so that they will increase in number. While they can survive for weeks without food, they won't grow and divide, so the population will not increase. Prime will inactivate up to 1 ppm of ammonia, and you probably have less than that. I think you are doing very well. I will suggest a couple of things to read. One is our guidelines for goldfish care, and the other is our procedure. for treating new fish for flukes with praziquantel. Thanks for all of the information and explaining that in such good detail. I feel like that helped to clarify the situation to me. I'm doing another water change today, and will be getting the test kit and prime shortly. I will post my test's results once I get them. I also have another question. I've learned that it's best not to medicate unless absolutely necessary. What is the purpose of dosing prazi when getting new fish? I won't be getting additional goldfish or upgrading the tank until i get at least a couple years of experience under my belt. But I feel like it must be important to understand that topic since you posted me the link. (Also, thanks for telling me my fish will be ok. I was worried.)
  12. I used filter media from an old and established tank where I work, and then let it run in the tank for a week. I thought it was cycled, since there should have been all the good stuff in the filter already. And then let it run fishless to be "extra safe". Is that not right? What was wrong with my logic? I'll keep up with the water changes and decrease feedings. Thanks for the tip regarding the Prime as well. It's been on my wishlist, but I wasn't expecting to grab it so soon. >.< And thankyou! I am trying. XD I don't like it, but I feel like I learn best from experience than anything else. All good things to know. Thankyou.
  13. The API Master Kit is a must-have. Thanks, noted.
  14. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) N/A. Test Strip does not measure it. * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 - 20 (in-between colours, both labeled as safe. * Ammonia Level(Tap) N/A. Test Strip does not measure it. * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 - 20 (in-between colours, both labeled as safe. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 - 7.8. Did not check Ph in time, and used my last test strip. Definitely one of the two though. I believe KH was 120. Definitely between 120 and 180. Both colours look the same to me. Others unavailable. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2. I believe KH was 120. Definitely between 120 and 180. Both colours look the same to me. Others unavailable. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? tetra easy strips. * Water temperature? 74 degrees F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gals. 2 weeks running with fish, 1 week (the first week) running without. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear 20 * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% twice a week. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago, 50%. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, about 3". Maybe half an inch more. Swims away from tape measure. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Nutrafin AquaPlus water conditioner. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Pellets, duckweed, frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, etc. Two feedings per day, 1 pinch per feeding. Planning to increase feeding. * Any new fish added to the tank? Just this one. * 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. N/A * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no. Black marks though. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? nope. very active. I never thought of testing my tap water. Now that I'm out of test strips, is there a popular/reliable brand of water testing kits that people on the site like? I was using the strips as practice for understanding water parameters. I'll be switching to drops next.
  15. I think my goldfish is changing colour. At first I thought she had a bruise or sickness, but when I look closer, it looks as if her pigment's changing. It's only on lighter orange patches of her skin/scales. It's darkening around the edges and looks like it's turning brown from a distance, but when I go up close, I see it only looks brown because it's black layering on top of the light orange. In the past few days, it seems to be getting slightly darker. Is this something to keep an eye on? I've been working at a pet store for half a year now, and have seen my share of sick fish. This doesn't look like sickness to me, but I know some fish will darken in colour if they are not doing well. On a different thread, it was suggested to me that while abrupt colour changes aren't too out of the ordinary for goldfish, acquiring black is unusual. I took some photos this time. Does my fish look ok to you? >.< It's on the belly and chin. Is it possible for goldfish to turn black? Is it possible for them to turn brown? Before (two weeks ago) After (today) Only after comparing past and present photos, I've noticed that there seems to be more black on the fringes of her fins as well.
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