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  1. Helen, thank you so much! I will try it either tonight or tomorrow and let you know how it goes LisaCGold, okay that makes sense! Thank you for explaining, I didn't think about strengthening their immune systems now! I have looked it up and I'm thinking it would definitely benefit me so I may go ahead and purchase one. Thank you so much for your help
  2. Thank you both for your answers! This was extremely helpful. In the sad event my goldfish dies, I will get another for my other goldfish to have as a "friend'.
  3. Yes, the larger water changes are difficult because I have to go from my living room to my kitchen to dump the water and walk back and forth to do 1 gallon at a time to refill the tank. However, I am planning on doing a 50% water change every week now. I do have a question though: my fish are only about a year old and from what I've read, they will get bigger as the years go on. Since mine are so small now, do they dirty the water enough each week as much as they would when they get bigger? That's another reason I haven't switched to 50% changes, because whenever I test my water, it is at 0 on ammonia and nitrites, and nitrates are within the preferred range as well. My logic was that since they are extremely small for the size of the tank (as of right now), the biological filter could sustain it with a 25% change. However, this is not me thinking I'm more knowledgeable in this area by any means. I fully realize y'all have an immense amount of more experience and knowledge than I do, I was just wondering if someone could explain that to me. I do see that water changes never hurt and they are a sure way to know your tank water is not harming your fish, which is why I intend to take your suggestion and switch to 50% WC Thank you for your input! Also, thank you for answering about washing hands!
  4. One more question: how would you suggest cleaning my hands before I pick her up? I've heard vinegar and hot water is the best, but I only have apple cider vinegar and I didn't know if that would harm her if I use that on my hands.
  5. Okay I am willing to try the massaging thing, but I've got a few questions. I'm scared I will hurt my goldfish by applying too much pressure or not enough. Any pointers on that? Also, do you have a link for that thread so that I can read it and use it as instructions? Should I have her out of the water or in the water still? If above water, will she be okay to be above water for the full 15 seconds or do I need to take breaks and put her back under water for a few seconds? Also, the area you want me to massage: do I need to do the side and do both sides or do I massage under her "chin"? She's very small so I'm very afraid I'm going to injure her or traumatize her. I am going to try it though! If it will work, then I will do whatever it takes. Also, would you suggest I put her in a one gallon bowl so that it's easier to pick her up or just pick her up from in the tank? I'm sorry I have so many questions, but I want to do this the correct way and not injure my fish. Thank you so much for the help! I feel like this may work and help her recover.
  6. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)= 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank)= 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank)= 20 ppm (might be 40 based on color chart, but I'm thinking it's closer to 20 for the color chart) * Ammonia Level(Tap)= 0 ppm (looked like it could be between 0 and .25 ppm, but I was confused because I didn't think tap water would have any ammonia in it) * Nitrite Level(Tap)= 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap)= 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)= when tested for regular pH (7.6); when tested for high range pH (either 7.8 or 8, as it was difficult to tell with the color chart) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)= when tested for regular pH (7.2 or 7); when tested for high range pH (7.8) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Api Freshwater Master Test Kit (drops) * Water temperature? 68 or 71, but I think it's 68 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? I can't remember exactly how many gallons are actually in it, but I know it's a 29 gallon tank and I think I have anywhere from 25-27 gallons in it. It has been running since May 16th. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval AquaClear. Size 50 (20-50 gallons) 200 GPH * How often do you change the water and how much? I vacuum the gravel out once a week, and from that I change about 25% of the water out * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? The water was changed 7 days ago (last Friday) and I changed 25% of the water * How many fish in the tank and their size? two goldfish (comet or common, not sure which). One is about 3 1/2 inches and the other (sick one) is about 2 inches (not for sure on the size, it's hard to judge looking inside the tank) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Seachem Prime Water Conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? I have fed them Omega One natural protein formula protein enhanced goldfish flakes since I set up their tank in May. I feed them twice a day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? None currently. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I used API Fungus Cure for one full treatment (2 doses, as directed on box) from October 5th to October 7th. I used the medication exactly as directed. I also bought un-iodized salt (ingredients are salt and sodium silicoaluminate) to put a total of 4 teaspoons in it (as directed by a local fish store). That was only a one-time treatment since I wasn't aware of the directions for salt treatment. I also added Prazipro (I thought my fish had flukes) to the entire tank as directed from 11/3/15 to 11/28/15. Next, I used a salt/Prazipro treatment as directed in a post I found on this website. I did that from 11/20/15 to 12/3/15 (not the full time it told me to). I also put Tetra safe in the tank on 10/14/15. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? I found those spots on her tail fin. Also have seen a smaller spot like what she had on my other fish, but it went away. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? My sick fish has been sitting on the bottom since September. However, she is more active now than she used to be. She swims around whenever I enter the room usually. As I have stated earlier, she will go towards the food like she wants to eat it, but it seems as if she either can't open her mouth or can't find it. I never see her opening her mouth like goldfish normally do and I tried to take her out of the water to see if she would gasp for air like goldfish usually do, but she doesn't. I occasionally see her open her mouth wide, so I know it isn't impossible for her to do it, maybe it's just painful or difficult? As you can see in the video below, she is swimming around like nothing is really wrong with her. She is the first fish I show in the video.
  7. Well I tried to get a video, but that didn't work out so well. However, I did get a picture that shows it fairly well. It is still blurry but I think you'll be able to see it clearly enough. I am posting 2 pictures: they are both the same picture, one is just zoomed in some to show more detail (hopefully). The spots are more defined in person, but I think this should help. Does this look like Ich to you? They are 4 spots right in a row on the edge of her tail fin. They recently came up within this week. Hope this helps!
  8. I have two goldfish, one has been very sick for months (refer to my post in goldfish disease forum). While I'm not giving up on my sick goldfish, I have been thinking lately about the possibility of if she passes on. My other goldfish would be the only fish in the tank. My question is:do goldfish living alone get lonely, or are they okay to live alone? It may seem like a silly question, but I want my goldfish to be happy if my other one dies. And I really don't want to buy another one if he'll be happy alone because I don't have the heart to replace my sick baby.
  9. i know your last entry is some time ago, but i have just read this thread and i wonder how this fish is? She is the same. She still opens her mouth every now and then, but it isn't often. Still not eating from what I can see. Now she has developed white specks on her tail (just noticed it a few minutes ago) and I'm concerned that it's Ich. I can't get a clear picture because she is so small and the tank is so big, plus the spots are small and my camera isn't clear. They don't look like clear spots on her tail fin, they're kinda blurry but they are distinct spots in a line on the edge of her tail.
  10. Okay, I realize I haven't posted on here in a long time; however, I still need help. I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while to let y'all know what's going on, but Goldeen is still alive, over 3 months later from the onset of her unusual behavior. She still doesn't eat, same behavior, going for the food, but I haven't seen her eat in all these months- not even once. But she has to be eating somehow, right? Any suggestions? I dosed the Prazipro as directed, and even did the month dose that someone suggested on here earlier. Nothing. I'm now doing weekly water changes, and that seems to be keeping her off the ground a lot more, but she still is on the ground when I walk into the room. Then she's up and swimming to greet me like she always does. Her stunted growth makes me wonder if she does have some sort of parasite or bacteria in her stomach. She is still the same size and my other fish is triple her size now. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
  11. I just got the medicine in today and I put a tad over one teaspoon into the filter as directed (one teaspoon treats 20 gallons and I have about 27 so I put a little over a teaspoon). It says the treatment lasts 5-7 days, and to repeat doses at most every 3 days. Do you have any suggestions on when to put another dose in? It's Prazipro medicine if that helps any. I took out the activated carbon as directed. Do I need to change the water during this time or leave it in there for a week without water changes? I'm sorry I've got so many questions, I've just never don't this sort of thing before and I want the medicine to be as effective as possible.
  12. One more reply from me for now. I'm sorry about how many times I'm repeatedly posting I actually got a few pictures that aren't extremely blurry. I hope you can see what I'm talking about. It's a thick white line on the end of her anal fin that I haven't noticed until a few weeks ago. http://s1040.photobucket.com/user/SarahLee7/media/Goldeen1_zpssqu0rpad.jpg.html?filters[user]=144270327&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1 https://s1040.photobucket.com/user/SarahLee7/media/Goldeen2_zpshg7xefk0.jpg.html?filters[user]=144270327&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0
  13. P.s- I'm sorry about how shaky the camera is. I was extremely nervous to hold her since this is the first time I've ever done that.
  14. \ Unfortunately, my phone has horrible quality on video and camera, so I wasn't able to get a clear picture on her anal fin. However, I got a video of me taking her out of the water and she doesn't gasp for air and move her mouth at all. Now I'm really starting to worry about her because that isn't normal behavior at all from what I've heard. Has anyone ever had this happen or is this very rare? I'm scared something is wrong with her mouth to where she can't open it.
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