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  1. Thanks for the replies. Sadly he died this afternoon. At least he wasn't in a very bad way for too long.
  2. Yes, I follow the instructions as set out in the kit.
  3. Mikey - there's just the two fish in the tank, a bigger one (healthy) and a smaller one (sick), although there's not a huge difference in their size. As mentioned above, they were rehomed from a relative a month ago and have been in the same tank with no other fish for a few years. I agree, I don't think he's constipated. Just thought there was no harm in trying it. I did think the 1 pellet each twice a day seemed very little, but I didn't want to immediately change the routine they were used to. I've been feeding the bigger one a bit more the last few days to give the smaller one (who seems to have lost some interest in food) a break from his attentions. How much would you recommend feeding? I know the guidelines say whatever they'll eat in 2 mins, but as they're sinking pellets it may take them 2 minutes or 2 seconds to find the food so that guideline doesn't seem particularly helpful. Tests are with an API liquid test, I've checked a few times I'm following the correct process. pH initial tested with normal range and the high range.
  4. Can't do a video, but bad photo shown above, hopefully. Nothing for quarantine, was such short notice. He's still alive this morning. Last night he seemed to be going quite a while between breaths, but he's breathing more regularly this morning. Do you think is that a good sign?
  5. Hi. One of my black moors is in a sad state, he was bottom sitting and he's now bent over and struggling to swim. I'm wondering if he can be saved or if I should put him out of his misery, he looks so unhappy. Full details below. Thanks for any help. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0-0.25 ppm. Always below 0.25, never quite 0 before water change. * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0-5 ppm. Seems to be falling. * Ammonia Level(Tap) As above * Nitrite Level(Tap) Unknown * Nitrate level(Tap) Unknown * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Around 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Around 7.4 (I think) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drop testing kit * Water temperature? room temp, don't know actual number * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 135L (36 US gallons). Running one month (short notice to rehome relative's fish, no time to cycle) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Ocellaris 850 External Filter * How often do you change the water and how much? Daily, usually 15-25% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 15% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 black moors. One about 2 inches (healthy), one about 1.5 inches (sick) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Tetra fancy goldfish pellets. 1 each twice a day, as per relative. Lately have fasted and used peas in case sickness was constipation. * Any new fish added to the tank? No, both been in same tank for several years. Moved tank together one month ago. Previous tank 40L. Used some gravel from old tank and tetra safe start in bid to minimise pain from cycling. * Any medications added to the tank? Melafix, last 3 days * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. As above, not aware of anything else by relative previously * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Ill fish had one white spot near gills that looked fluffy, I think it's gone now. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? From day 1 in our tank, the smaller fish seemed to like sitting on the bottom of the tank under the filter. This has got progressively worse. End last week, larger fish seemed very aggressive at feeding one evening, next day smaller fish's fins had slight damage and white marking at tips. Have been feeding larger fish more since, seems to have made him less aggressive (or maybe that's coincidence). In last few days, ill fish has become bent over almost at right angles at his tail and now is showing little interest in food. He only seems to move when the larger fish comes near him. I was going to give it to the weekend to see if the melafix works, but now I'm wondering if he's too sick and I should just put him out of his misery while I'm working from home tomorrow. Will read up on how to do this humanely if it's what I decide on, don't worry. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  6. Great time Jeana. I was just coming on to post on the Disease and Diagnosis forum. The poor little guy isn't well at all and I think I might have to euthanise, was looking for advice. Water as it was before, have been doing daily changes. Other fish still happy out. Other fish was being very aggressive last week and came home one day to find some damage on the little guy's fins (the one who'd been sitting under the filer). I wasn't sure if it was because of hunger or illness and so upped the feeding for the big fish and that seems to have helped. I had been fasting in case little fish was constipated so the bigger one maybe wasn't too happy with that! I've tried peas in case of constipation. Anyway, the little guy is now bent over and his fins have a lot of damage. He's also now not too interested in food. I got melafix at the weekend so I was going to give him until the weekend when the 7 day course would be over but he just looks so miserable tonight I'm wondering if that's cruel.
  7. Thanks for replying. I'd say the larger fish is about 2 inches and the smaller 1.5. Food is Tetra pellets for fancy goldfish, they'd be about an eight of an inch I guess? I've done a bigger water change of about 35% today and treated the whole tank with Prime. I've been double treating the new water each day, which I read to do somewhere while cycling. Water parameters before the change were as above (although the ammonia isn't as dark as the 0.25ppm colour on the test card, it's always a bit lighter, but definitely not zero). After the water change the ammonia is similar, maybe a bit lower, I haven't retested the other parameters. pH of tap water is slightly lower than the tank water and the ammonia is also lower than the tank but not zero. If the tap water has non zero ammonia and the tank has higher than zero nitrates all along, how will I know when the filter has cycled? Do I need to wait for nitrites? Given the safe start solution and gravel from their old tank, it should be quicker shouldn't it? Little fish has still been spending time in his corner at the bottom of the tank. But he comes out as soon as I go over, presumably as he thinks he's going to get fed, and at other times as well. But as the other fish never does this (haven't seen it once) and I haven't had fish before I'm not sure if it's ok or not.
  8. Hi, hoping you guys can give me some advice about my new fish. A family member had two black moors that had to be rehomed at short notice, we took them ten days ago. There was no time to do a fishless cycle, so we got an API testing kit, some gravel from their old tank and a bottle of Tetra Safe Start and hoped for the best. We have them in a 135L tank, they were in 40L previously. We have a decent filter. The smaller of the two fish (although they're both pretty small) seems to spend a lot of time lying on the bottom of the tank, although he perks right up when someone comes in the room. The bigger of the two seems fine, although we're a bit concerned he's bullying the smaller one! We've tested the water every day and the parameters have been the same every day: pH 7.8/8.0 Ammonia 0.25 ppm Nitrites 0 ppm Nitrates 5 ppm which I think is ok, 0.25 ppm ammonia wouldn't be harming the fish would it? After testing each day I feed them and then change about 15% of the water. Family member was feeding them a pellet each twice a day, I've been putting two pellets in the tank once a day as I know I shouldn't overfeed while the tank is cycling. Is this enough? I'm a bit worried the small fish is resting as he's starving! Plus he seems less good at finding the food than the bigger one and I can't work out a way to guarantee he's getting fed. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
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