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  1. Taryl, Thank you sooo much for this information!! This is really really helpful and heartwarming to know that there is help. I'm making a run to the pet store now and hope to find most of these products. Will order online whatever I can't find. As far as the salt goes, I was putting in about 2 teaspoons to each water change, which at the time was about 50%. I also had the lights running and all the decor still in, so I'll be sure to take those out. In regards to removing substrate, just to clarify - is this all the gravel? Everything else is all very clear. Again, appreciate your thoroughness. Fingers crossed little guy heals and lives!
  2. Poor guy :( FYI - my son said his scales were already missing but I didn’t notice that till he was in his quarantine tank and after things started going south so I’m not too sure if that’s true.
  3. My 14 year old son has several aquariums that he's managed for years. About a week and a half ago, he brought home an Oranda goldfish and introduced it to his 40 gallon tank (which already has 2 angelfish) I told him his tank couldn't handle another fish because it was past its threshold. We planned to get a bigger tank that week. The fish was adjusting well but on day 3, I noticed that his wen looked like it was being nipped at. A big chunk of his wen was torn off. We called to pet store to see if we could take it back but they wouldn't let us. So I purchased a 20 gallon tank that same day to separate them. The tank didn't get to cycle, but I figured this was better than having his wen picked at. It's been almost a week now and as you can expect- getting worse. After research, I'm noticing that I should have set up a hospital tank but I'm not sure what the difference is - if he's already quarantined in it's own tank. Closely monitored the fish each day and did 50% water changes, added aquarium salt, melafix(for the wen), stress coat and aquaeon Pure. Is this too much? Day 1 in quarantine tank: Main issue was the Wen, fish was eating fine and active Day 2: Noticed wen like material on the wen; learned that this could be wen growth but concerned it was a parasite or fungus. Fish still eating fine and active Day 3: Noticed Fish scales start to turn red and wen is looking worse Day 4: Fish scales look red and now it looks like it's just hanging at the top. Concerned it could be fish bladder disease so I plan to withheld food for 48 hours and feed peas. Day 5: Fish scales look red, the dorsal fins /fin rays are now red from hanging at the top Research says it could be high stress so my main concern is getting the water levels right. High/poor readings throughout this whole time. As expected with just cycling a new tank with a fish in it Day 6: Fish is not active at all anymore. Just stays in the corner. Day 7:Tried feeding the fish peas and won't eat. Tried pellets and flakes. He won't eat or go to the bottom. His scales look really bad but it's wen looks like it's recovering. Doesn't look like there is a good outcome but I'm still willing to try and get these water conditions to where they need to be and at least try for the fishy. I want to learn from this if anything. Feel bad for the guy. It's so depressing. Wish I could put him out of his misery and I wish he knew that I was trying! What could I be doing more of? What am I doing wrong - aside from cycling with a poor fish? Is my water temperature too high? Should I be changing more than 50%? I don't have any airstones, which I can add but I don't think this is the biggest issue. For every water change, I try to add more oxygen in by dropping in the water slowly up high. Any help is appreciated. More details below. Using Tetra EasyStrips and after research, realized that these may not be the most helpful. I can purchase some better ones tonight. By now the lady at the fish store, says she'll give me whatever discount she can because she feels bad because I've been there everyday. I don't need a discount, I just need more solid advice on how to help my fish. :/ Ammonia Level(Tank): strips do not read Ammonia levels :/ Nitrite Level(Tank): In the stress zone (1.0 -3.0) Nitrate level(Tank): In the safe/unsafe zone: (40 -80) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)Neutral/Alkaline (7.2 - 7.8) Water temperature? 74 w/heater (I know they are cold water fish. I have a heater...should I lower the temp and take this out. Trying to avoid even more stress as he's been in this environment for a week now) Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal; see story above before I'm condemned for being a bad fish mom and not fully cycling before What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Quietflow Pro Power Filter How often do you change the water and how much? Daily since Day 1/50% water change, when the nitrate levels were too high, I did an almost complete water change one day How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? This morning, 50% How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime What do you feed your fish and how often? Thought it was swim bladder disease so I didn't feed him for 2 days. After 48 hours, tried to give him peas and he wouldn't eat it. Tried pellets and flakes and he wouldn't eat that either. Any new fish added to the tank? NO Any medications added to the tank? Melafix daily, last 5 days, Aquarium Salt
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