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  1. Say something about what? I'm not sure if you want a picture of the new sick fish, or the original sick fish....so I'll post both, neither are very good, I'll try again when I'm off work. Nothing in the tank has changed, second fish started acting weird before the water change last night. Water parameters just now are 6.8 PH, 0ppm Nitrite, 5ppm Nitrate, 1 drop KH, 3 drops GH.
  2. Oh for cods sake!!! I came home to a totally different fish laying between two vases. Put him in the breeder box, hes been floating on his side since. I'm hoping he's just got bloat. This fish has been fine for 6 months then suddenly crashes. I feel like the bringer of death with fish. I swear I put way more work than the average fish keepers I know(I don't even know another person who tests their water, let alone even understands the water cycle) and yet their fish are fine and mine are in a constant fight for life. I just had all my brand new ghost shrimp die the first 48 hours I had them in my betta tank (I hear ghost shrimp are cheap and delicate and this isn't uncommon, but its still sad.) I miss the times before I knew so much about fish and their personalities, I was wayyy less heart broken over a loss, now I'm too attached to them and their lives. On a side note, I'm loving the app "Aquarium Note" I have all three of my tanks in there and a tap water log. I log each water change, water test results, fish stock, filters and all that jazz. Its nice having a record of all the parameters and stuff to look back through and compare.
  3. I'm on an island, so definitely flying. Gotta keep it under the TSA liquid rule. I really wanted some nerite snails for my tropical tank, they're $6.99-$9 each here, if they happen to even have them which is rare. I got them for $1 on vacation, wrapped them in a damp paper towel and put them in a plastic deli cup and carried them on the plane. The lady selling them to me in only a paper towel was more confused than TSA.
  4. I'm flying down to the lower 48 again this weekend, so I can definitely pick Wondershells up (or anything else you all might think I need). I would say things are going swimmingly Sick fish is getting fatter from eating so much, when I drop pellets in he swims up to grab them, he does no side laying at all anymore, gills indeed look way less red. I'm feeling pretty positive, but hes rallied and crash before, so I don't expect this to be our last time doing this. I think I'm going to keep him in the breeder box for awhile longer. Blurry, but heres a picture from this morning.
  5. At faintailfan1 I have a pantyhose with crushed coral in it in my filter for the last few weeks. It has raised my PH and GH but not KH. Sick fish has been improving since being put back in the main tank with raised PH in his breeder basket. All the other fish have had 0 issues since I got them, its only this one fish being affected.
  6. Bah, I keep forgetting to leave a gallon of water out! So I still haven't tested the overnight tap water, but I've started testing the tap every time I test the tank, which is 1 day after a water change, I only test PH/KH/GH. (I should probably test the tap BEFORE the water change...) Current tap: PH 6.6, KH 1 drop, GH 1 drop. Current tank parameters; Temp 73F, PH 7.2, Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrite 0ppm, Nitrate 5ppm, KH 1 drop, GH 3 drops. I am back down to just my 4 goldies, the other two have gone back to their home. I did wanna update that the sick fish seems to be doing well, hes way more active, he's starting to swim around normally. He still spends a lot of time resting but the fact he is right side up and swimming about sometimes is promising. I'll attach a photo, not that he looks much better (I think his gills look less red, and his belly isn't so caved in) but he is swimming up/around to eat food, I give him 2 or 3 pellets in the morning, one at lunch, and another 1 or 2 at night. Right photo is from last night, left photo is from a day or two ago when he was occasionally still side laying.
  7. The liquid in the bottle was the opposite color of what the paperwork said it would start at that threw me off, but it was the right color when it hit the test water. Plus, like I said, the video and paperwork implied it would be vividly colored, not a faint color. I suppose the more drops it takes the more vivid the color would be for people with normal water. So, my tap water is crap water. High ammonia/chloromine, low PH and low KH. Tonight I will test all the tanks KH and GH, now that I understand the tests better. I will test the PH/KH/GH on the tap again, and test a gallon thats been left out 24 hours. I tested the goldfish water last night, I did a 50% water change on the 12th, test from 14th are 7.0 PH, 0-.25PPM Ammonia, 0PPM Nitrite, 5ppm Nitrate. My tank is overstocked, I have been baby sitting my moms 2 goldfish along with my 3, so thats where the ammonia is probably coming from, she will be taking them back this weekend, but I will do an extra water change this week either way.
  8. Alright, potentially I am just an idiot. I watched a video on the KH and GH drops to see what colors I should be seeing. With my tap water, one drop of KH or GH solution changed the clear water to a very lightly tinted yellow and lightly tinted green. In the videos, they had vibrantly green or yellow water, so its really hard to tell if I'm looking for any color at all, or vibrant color change. Attached is a picture of my GH/KH straight from the tap, from left to right with one drop of GH and one drop of KH, which was enough to change them from clear to lightly colored. At Koko I do not add anything to soften my water, it comes from a lake surrounded by muskeg, so its very soft/acidic. In my fish tanks I've started adding crushed coral to get a higher PH, since the tap water was eating my snails shells. Update on sick fish, he was right side up all last night and this morning, pooping, and he swims up to meet falling food! I have no clue what was wrong with him, I know my hospital tank ammonia spike didn't help the poor guy at all, I'm hoping the PH was the issue and that its getting more stable.
  9. So.....i think I'm going crazy or my test kits directions are backwards. My kh has orange liquid. My gh has blue liquid. My directions say kh will change from blue to yellow and gh from orange to green.
  10. Are you even reading my posts Arctic Mama He is indeed eating, I agree hes still very sickly looking, but I think its because he was VERY sick and had stopped eating when in the hospital tank. So currently hes still skinny but I'm hoping his new appetite will help fatten him back up. Theres no red vein that I can see anymore, and it was extremely red and wide just a few days ago (I'm not sure if that picture of the spine vein ever showed up in my other post or not). Overall, hes still sick, but he finally looks like hes improving, and improving is better than nothing
  11. Alright...not a great picture but you can see (as of this morning) that red vein is completely gone. Fish is for sure eating. I still find him on his side sometimes, but again, not gasping or stressed looking. If you disturb him he rights himself. He's started to swim up to the surface and glide back down, which is more swimming than he's done in a long time. I think hes getting better, slowly but still better! (above picture is from today, side shot is from last night)
  12. Still waiting on my GH/KH test (should be here tomorrow). Sick fish seems to be doing fine in the breeder, he is still "swimming" weird. I can't place exactly what part of it isn't right though....He mostly sits at the bottom of his box, often I find him on his side but he doesn't seem to be in distress and rights himself if you touch him. When I drop in food he wiggles right over and eats it, sometimes on his side still. I guess its the bottom sitting/laying and wiggling vs floating/swimming thats weird. The deep red vein on his back has faded significantly. I will take a picture today. It looks like its mid back to tail where that light vein was originally. Maybe it was an infection that creeped up the back? I'm wonder if its damaged something in his spine to cause swimming issues? I have Kanaplex which I think is Kanamycin, I bought it for my fish first aid kit last year. I could use this but would need to put him back in the hospital tank, right now I think I will wait a little longer since he seems to be doing better in the big tank (eating at least).
  13. I moved him to my breeder box, he ate a few pellets finally! He's right side up but just mostly resting. I had established media and a filter and a bubbler going in the hospital tank and just couldn't get the ammonia under .25ppm. The big tank is always at 0ppm, so that was the deciding factor on the breeder box...and the warmth. Unfortunately I noticed the sick fish has a blood red line down his spine, it looks pretty bad. I don't know what an infection looks like and I'm not certain he would survive another round of meds anyways. I'm on my phone, so I'll post pictures as soon as I figure out how. Edit. Best I can do for now: https://m.imgur.com/a/JMwaA
  14. Just an update, still waiting on the test kit to even ship (Amazon holds my orders for up to 3 weeks before shipping, no idea why, its been going on for 3 years now) should be here on the 14th. I was able to raise the PH in my betta tank and my tropical tank, from 6.0 to 6.8 and 7.0 by adding buried cuttlebone/crush coral in a pantyhose. (If it matters, it took less cuttlebone than it took crushed coral to raise the PH). I stuffed crushed coral pantyhose in my goldfish filter and hope to have it raised within a few days (No idea how long it takes for PH to adjust from the coral but the 10G betta tanks PH raised overnight). Sick goldfish is still in his bin, which has had cuttlebone in it for a week, I added more crush coral because the cuttlebone had not changed the PH at all. He still doesn't swim, sometimes I find him stuck on his back, if I flip him over he stays upright. He doesn't come to the surface at all, so either hes too tired to dart anymore or he doesn't need to dart for whatever reason. He will wiggle towards food but I haven't actually seen him eat in a few days. The bin is unheated in a backroom, so hes not at his normal 72F, more like 68F. I can leave him in the bin if that is best for him, but I did build a breed box last night from a 3" tall ring of plastic mesh inside a pantyhose leg. (I can add a picture if that helps anyone.) I can hang this inside the main tank, with a raised PH and see how he does? This would let him be with his buddies, but at the surface where he doesn't need to work to get to the surface and in a slightly warmer tank.
  15. I don't, our LPS doesn't test the water for you and only carries API Master Test Kits, no KH GH tests. I ordered the KH and GH test, should get here in about a week. Goldfish in the hospital tank is more lively, hes at least laying on his belly instead of his side, he still can't swim, just wiggles, and he is still trying to eat.
  16. I can test the PH that way, I don't have a GH or KH test, I can order one, but its going to take 7-14 days.
  17. Its a grapevine branch, its still in there, it doesn't release any color (tannins) at all. If you are thinking thats the PH lowering issue, I'll mention I have 3 tanks, 2 have sticks and 1 has none, all have low PH and the water coming from my tap has the same low PH. Here's a photo from last night of my tank, with its new plants.
  18. So, this is my first time with goldfish. I have a 75G with 3 fancy goldfish. I've had everything running since January but just got my order of plants in. Ignore the extra goldfish in the photo, I was fish sitting while someone got their tank re-done, they're going home today.
  19. Well, I thought it was ammonia burns and I thought Arctic Mama felt the same by her reply. But after discussing ammonia levels with you I felt like the ammonia wasn't the issue. I'm not saying low PH or parasites is wrong, I just wanted to add the info and ask, would those things cause issues the whole time, or just show up after being in the hospital tank? I added that info because I like to gather all the details and evidence to help come to a solid conclusion on whats wrong, when things go wrong. I am unable to find photos of PH burns on fish, so I wasn't able to compare those to my fish. I truly do not know whats wrong, I have fixed the PH, theres no ammonia, hes in a shallow low current tank with the salt, I'm just stumped on what else I can or should be doing. Its really hard to wait it out and hope he makes it. The first time he got sick he improved daily, this time he got worse at first and now his condition is bad but its no longer getting worse (as far as I can tell). Without obvious improvement its hard for me to tell if what I'm doing is working. I continue to and have done research before coming here to post, I'm not trying to waste peoples time by helping me with things I can search myself, I'm just looking for info from people with goldfish experience (something that only comes with time) who can respond to my questions to this specific situation (something reading articles can't do). Any suggestions people have, I am going off and reading more about it myself to try and get this under control and learn for any future issues. (I was wrongly under the impression stable PH is more important the correct PH for fish, this is written and many articles unfortunately. I had never read before that ammonia would still show up on tests after being treated with Prime, or that low PH makes ammonia into less toxic ammonium....but from this post alone I've already learned these new things). At Koko: Its just so weird, this fishy has been in the hospital tank 2x since I got him in January, no PH changes at all during that time (its always low, but consistently). The first time he got better in the hospital tank and went back into the big boy tank for months before he got sickly again, the PH is the same in both tanks though. In my mind, if it were PH he wouldn't have gotten better in the hospital tank because the PH would still be the same low level. I did however add cuttlebone to all my tanks to fix the low PH issue, so I don't know if that was the problem, but I'm fixing it just in case to narrow down what the issue might be.
  20. If the excess slime coat (if thats actually what it was, Ill re-attach the photo from earlier this week) is from low PH or parasites, wouldn't it have been on the fish the whole time? and not just 2 days after moving him to the hospital tank? Its hasn't showed back up since I've moved him to this new flat container either.
  21. At Shakaho, So you said you see no evidence of ammonia above 1ppm, are you saying that because it didn't test over that you don't believe the slimy white stuff in my picture was caused by ammonia? If so, do you have any feelings on what it might be? I have moved the sick fish to a large under bed tote, with wheels, so I can take him for a walk like a puppy in a wagon I stopped the Tetracycline treatment, I can't say if it was helping and medicine is usually pretty harsh on fish. I added only a tiny bit of salt, not the full dose. No filter, but I have the bubbler going. Fish is just laying in the flat tote, as he was in the bigger tote. He doesn't seem to be trying or able to swim, just a full body wiggle/shimmy, so I put the food right by him. He ate 3 pieces which he unfortunately spit back up a few minutes later....but he did try to eat them again so theres that. Should I try to set up a filter in this some how, or be doing something different?
  22. Yes, I guess its was an assumption, I have never tested the water immediately after a water change, because I didn't realize treated water would still have/show ammonia. So, I no longer understand what I am supposed to do with this fish. Did the sliminess not come from ammonia burns because it was a false reading? Or how do I keep him from having ammonia issues in a hospital tank if the water will always have ammonia unless its cycled? Do I need to go buy jugs of water and only use that? I was at a loss for what was wrong with this fish, now I'm still at a loss but also have no idea how to not keep making it worse. Not that it matters too much, this fish seems to be on his way out. Hes still just sitting in the corner, he looks dead but sorta flaps one arm when I tried to scoop him out (thought he was dead). I haven't had a sick fish, let alone a death in my other tanks in years (the last was my betta who died of old age at 4 years) so I'm really disappointed I couldn't stop or fix this.
  23. Arctic Mama, I have him in a tub thats similar in size to a 20G tank, I'm going to the store tonight and trying to find a shallow but long tub. I'm picturing something like those wide flat plastic totes that usually go under a bed? Only a few inches tall?
  24. I guess I maybe don't understand how Prime works....I test my tank water and write down those numbers, I empty out 50%, I add Prime to the tank (the dosage for the entire tank amount, not just the 50% new water) I refill with tap water that has ammonia at 1PPM. I assumed the Prime made the ammonia non toxic for 24 hours, which I thought is how long it takes ammonia to evaporate, so in my mind, the water is back at 0PPM ammonia after 24 hours. So when I test my water and it has any ammonia at all (big tank never does, small hospital tank showed .50PPM the day after a water change) I assumed it was from the fish and not residual tap water ammonia. Every day in the morning I change 100% of the 5G hospital tank, by 5pm when I get home goldfish had a white slime/fuzz all over as pictured in my previous post about this. I'm still treating with salt and T.C Tetracycline but he doesn't seem any better, last night I put him in what I think is a 20G tote with his little filter and bubbler, still treating with salt and T.C Tetracycline. He is sitting in one corner, not moving but not white slimy. I no longer expect him to rally like hes done 2x before. I'm not sure what else to do, or if the Tetracycline is helping or hindering, its the only difference in treatment since the last time. I just feel so bad, all my other tanks are thriving and I'm really trying to do everything I can for this fish but its doesn't seem to be helping.
  25. Seachem Prime, sorry I thought I had put that in my original thing I filled out. All water going into any tank in my house is treated with Prime to get rid of ammonia and chloramine.
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