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  1. First: sorry I cant do the copy and past info. I am just learning how to do water tests and don't understand them yet. I change the water very infrequently and only 20 percent of it. BUT right now all my tanks are newly re-set up with aquasafe, quickstart, and aquarium salts. I don't know much about goldfish, I'm new to the more refined ways of caring for them having only had them as a little kid years and years ago. I can't say about the behavior whats normal and whats not. OK. What is going on is: I just bought a big black moor (I think) goldfish because I felt bad for it. It has some sort of problem with its gills (mostly on one side) It is like the flap over the gills is pulled back and they are hanging out bright red with some sort of necrosis going on maybe? In a 20 gallon tank with bubbler. Treatment includes feeding boiled peas to flush digestive tract, givin API General Cure to the fish incase of parasites, putting in Aquarium Salts. The tank in general has been treated with Aquasafe and quickstart. This is a NEW fish. OLD 20 gallon tank. I feed my fish boiled peas one time a day. (for the next few days, then I will move back to feeding it flakes mixed with water). It is the only fish and it is at least 3 inches long. VIDEO OF THIS: (Shown in a betta bowl for closer viewing) *see starting at 10 secounds where the gills on the one side are visable. Photo: http://sta.sh/02dgbq5zic8g I'm sorry I'm inexperienced and probably doing everything wrong but I'm really trying and really willing to learn more and do better so please relax, give me a break, and give me a chance to do things better/right.
  2. Hi, thanks for helping me. I’ve two goldfish in my tank and recently-for the past few days- my black moor has been acting really lethargic, sitting in the same corner- he’d swim around a bit, then go to the exact corner behind a plant. So, worried about the ammonia levels, I decided a water change was in order, and in the middle of siphoning out the water, the poor black moor got sucked in and got stuck between the tube and the vacuum. I got him out, but his protruding eyes seemed to have ruptured, the skin flows around his eyes, you can see his eyes but they don’t protrude. I don’t think he can see anything and he still seems extremely lethargic and doesn’t move around unless the other goldfish bumps into him. I'll post pictures and a video as soon as my phone turns on. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): I’m sorry, I can’t give any information about the water. * Nitrite Level (tank) * Nitrate level (Tank) * Ammonia Level (Tap): * Nitrite Level (Tap) * Nitrate level (Tap) * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?- N/A * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? I don’t remember the name but it was a 20-30 gallon filter. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? “Startup Kit” * Water temperature? Hovering around 60 F * How often do you change the water and how much? Typically once a week at about 25% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, I was worried and was in the process of a 40% change though * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Fifteen, two months * How many fish in the tank and their size? Two, about an inch and a half each * What do you feed your fish and how often? Once a day, a pinch of betta flakes. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) None at all * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No, aside from the lack of protruding eyes and the skin around the face * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The other goldfish is fine- though he does like to sit between the filter and the wall of the tank, but the black moor stays at the bottom and seems to be gasping for air * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Absolutely no problems until now * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.
  3. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level (tank): 0 ppm Nitrite Level (tank): - Nitrate level (Tank): 80 ppm (today's reading. *looks* like 80 to me. I'm probably reading it wrong.) Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 ppm Nitrite Level (Tap): - Nitrate level (Tap): 10-20 ppm (I have learned today that our tap water is suck. It's city water.) Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.0-7.2 (up from 6.6-6.8 2 days ago) Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.0-7.2 Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops (ammonia, nitrAte, & pH); no nitrite test kit What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Rite-Size C What kind of water additives or conditioners? Kordon NovAqua Plus Water temperature? 69-71 F (cooler at night) How often do you change the water and how much? 10% weekly (4 gallons) How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1 day Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal; ~1 year, in my house 6 mo (took tank when friend moved; they transported all the same water here.) How many fish in the tank and their size? 2; one 3"; one 5". Measurement from nose to tail. I realize that they might be too big for thier environment. What do you feed your fish and how often? TetraFin Goldfish Flakes; 2x daily Any new fish added to the tank? No Any medications added to the tank? Clout List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): Fungus due to horrible Ph (less than 6; tap water was reacting with the fish gravel; have replaced gravel with sand.) Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Black Moor - bloody or redness around fins where fins attach to belly & some mild (?) redness around maneuvering thrusters (side fins), slightly gray slime coat around top of dorsal fin and extremely thin greyish slime coat on eyes and around top of head. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? All fish - bottom sitting a lot over last 48 hrs Black Moor - did not eat much yesterday. 3 days ago: was floating at top of tank with part of head & dorsal fin sticking out of water. I turned up the bubbly & performed an immediate water change. Immediately started bottom sitting after water change & oxygen increase. [*]List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Lifeguard All-In-One treatment & Fungus Clear fizz tabs (June 2012) Clout (just started today at recommendation of fish shop; said it sound like parasites) Added salt yesterday as per instructions on the package --- tank has never had salt in it prior; redness on Black Moor appeared between yesterday & this morning, wherein everybody freaks out [*]You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. http://thesmitchell....58543&k=br68SxD I need some peace of mind and want to make sure that the diagnosis I got from the fish shop is accurate --- or sounds accurate? My Black Moor (appropriately named Poe) was floating at the top of the tank constantly a few days ago. As he floated with the top of his wee head sticking out, he started to develop a light grey film on parts of his fishy self that stuck above the water. This grey slime coat, as I'm assuming it is, has not spread at all. It has remained relatively constant in size. It's not thick & fluffy like a fungus. It actually just looks like his slime coat is a little bit grey. And if you look at him from a side profile, you can barely tell it's there. From a rear or front profile, however, it looks like he has this alarmingly huge chunk of grey goo hanging on his dorsal fin. I figured that maybe there was not enough oxygen in the tank or something. So I did a Ph Test. It was a bit low. Around 6.4. So I did a water change & added in another air stone. Poe responded and immediately went back in the water. He stopped floating on the tank surface immediateyl. Next, however, he did a little bottom sitting & was rubbing himself on the decor in the tank. Yesterday, I visited the fish store and relayed what was going on---bottom sitting, faint grayish slime coat in places (not spreading.) They said it sounded like a parasite and gave me some Clout. They also recommended that I add salt to the tank. This tank has never had salt. So. I came home with the clout & the salt and added the salt as per the instructions on the box (the fish store said to double the salt; that makes me nervous.) I did not add the clout right away. I figured one thing at a time. And salt is supposed to be good for the goldfishes, no? Both fish bottom sat all day yesterday and were relatively uninterested in food. This is not normal. Today, I wake up to find that Poe has what looks like blood around his pelvic fins where they attach to his belly extending down his pelvic fins and a little bit of redness behind his pectoral fins. I add the clout. Both fish bottom sat for the majority of this morning into the afternoon, occasionally darting around the tank. At one point, Poe very aggressively rubbed his head and sides against several decorations. Aggressive enough that I thought he might injure himself. I turned on their tank light and they started moving around and stuff this evening. The darting seems to have decreased. And Poe isn't agressively rubbing against anything. but they're still bottom sitting. I fear that this clout stuff is the incorrect solution and that tomorrow morning, I'm going to find a dead fish. When I first got Poe, he had a fishy friend. And there was a horrible problem with our water and their tank gravel. The Ph dropped so low it burned off their slime coats and Poe's friend, Napoleon, died. All inside the first 2 weeks of having them. I had followed the previous owner's instructions to a T. It was horrible. There has been no fin clamping. No upside-down floating. I don't have a hospital tank. And given that the other fish (the orange equivallent of a Black Moor; Jacques) is bottom sitting equally as much, I'm not convinced he is in good health. Tomorrow morning, I'm going to do a 20% water change. I have to. It's in the clout instructions to do so. If they look like they're doing better, but not 100%, I'll probably proceed with another clout dose. If they are not doing better, I have some "Fungus Clear" stuff that describes at least one symptom: "read streaks on fins/body with no sign of skin or scale damage". It also lists "white-gray cottony growth/patches on fish", however the gray bits on Poe are not cottony. I'm going to use bottled water instead of our tap water, which I'm told by the fish store is so incredibly horrible that scooping water out of puddles in the street would probably be better for my fish than running it out of the tap. O___O I have some bottled spring water to which I've added water conditioner --- it removes toxic metals. That will sit overnight before I add it to the tank. I uploaded a video of Poe here: http://thesmitchell....58543&k=br68SxD The other video was taken at the same time. All the images are from months ago when Jacques was first added to the tank. Thank you in advance for the help. I hope these lil' guys live to see 2014.
  4. Hello, I have an approximately 1.5 year old black moor goldfish as well. He is in a 50 gallon tank with one lionhead goldfish, one ryukin, one shubunkin, and three plain old goldfish. I know it sounds like alot in one tank but I keep the water very clean and the goldfish are not too big for the tank yet. As they grow, I upgrade to larger tanks, so don't worry about them being overcrowded. Anyways, over the past month or so, my black moor has been stuck floating at the top of the tank. First he was just upright but stuck at the top, then for a few days he was stuck upside down, and now he has been stuck on one side or the other for the past few weeks. Thinking it was some problem with his swim bladder, I tried fasting him and then feeding shelled cooked peas, adding aquarium salt, and doing more frequent water changes, but nothing seemed to help. I brought my water in to be tested at the pet store since I don't have a test kit and they told me that everything was in the normal range except the ph which they said was very low. When I asked about my black moor, they told me to try treating the tank with triple sulfa because they thought he had a bacterial infection. As I don't have a hospital tank, I treated the entire 50 gallon tank twice but so far I haven't seen any improvement. I decided that since he wasn't responding to the bacterial medication, that probably wasn't the problem and I replaced the carbon in the filters. That was a few days ago. This morning when I woke up, he was still floating, but now a different fish in the tank appears to have popeye. She is just one of the regular goldies but both her eyes (more the left than the right) are beginning to bulge. I have never had any fish with popeye before so I am really not sure what to do. I read online that you can treat it with tetracycline (which I had some of) so I dosed the tank with some of that and removed the carbon again. So that is where I am at as of now. I am really at a loss of what else to do and I desperately need help. The black moor, is developing a white spot the side that sticks out of the water while he floats (I think it is because its drying out). I read that you can put vaseline on the part of the fish that is out of the water to prevent this, and I have tried to do so, but I cannot get the vaseline to actually stick to him since he is slippery. Please please help. I don't know what else to try and I can't take sitting here watching my fish suffer. THANK YOU.
  5. Hey Guys, I'm new to the forum and I have a black moor that has developed some eye problem of some kind. The eyes have both got some dark patches the colour of their skin on the “bubble” of the eye. One has now nearly spread over the whole thing and this eye is also swollen considerably over the size of the other eye. The other eye has some whitish clouding with the darker patch. From what I can see the eye itself is bloodshot also. In terms of abnormal behaviour the fish is eating fine and is behaving the same as ever. There is some surface gulping, that again has always happened. Has been caught once or twice swimming quickly at the corner of the tank. The tank has two amazon swords, two other plants with small easily detached leaves that the fish don't like eating and a bunch of “pond weed” all anchored in the gravel. There is an eygyptian themed ornament which I though he may have hurt himself on but that hasn't been a problem before. I have another fish in the tank with no problems whatsoever and it shows non of the behavioural characteristics as above. And I have a second tank with another pair of fancies, black moor and fantail. These are both fine and have an identical set up but with some hornwort and other plants. Test Strips API: Ammonia=0 Nitrite=0.2 Nitrate=50 ph=6.6 KH=70 GH=70 tap: GH:140 KH:180 tank temp is 20C Difficult to read so I'm not sure if these are spot on! Tank is 15 Gallons and running since the 13th December last year. The filter is a stingray filter 15 300LPH Change the water once a week removing just over 30% of the water Changed 30% on Sunday There are 2 fish in the tank, one black moor and one golden fan tail. They are currently around 3 inches long. Use Interpet Bioactive Tapsafe to condition the water every week. Feed the fish standard flakes which are briefly soaked before I put it in. A generous pinch, twice a day, around three times a week I feed them diced peas instead of the second dosage of flake. No new fish as is already pushed for space, luckily not too big yet. Added some general tonic soon after the problem first showed on sat the 28th after a water change. The woman in the fish shop advised it as it appeared to be just the one eye that was swollen. But that eye is now nearly completely cover in black stuff a similar colour to it body around the eye. HELP? Sorry for the massive post but i wanted to give as much info as possible! Thanks!
  6. I've been wanting to start keeping fancy goldfish for a while now and I've been a lurker on this site for a bit. That said, I've been trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do and I thought maybe I could get some insight from some of the experts here. I'm really interested in setting it up right the first time, as I really don't like the thought of tormenting some poor fish by making silly choices. Here's what I've been thinking about: Tank: 36 gallon (I'm leaning towards a bare bottom tank) Fish: 1 Black Moor and 1 Oranda Decorations: a few plastic plants and probably some smooth river rocks I'm not sure about filtration though. I like the idea of using two filters in order to accomplish the job, but I'm stil confused about which models or types are good for a novice like myself. Also not sure about what type of bubbler to use. Am I missing anything else? What do you guys think? Thank you for your time and thanks to everyone who contributes to this site. So much great info and awesome fishies!!
  7. I did not fill in the questionnaire form, because I didn't find any of it relevant to my situation, but if anyone would like me to just let me know. So about a week and a half ago my black moor, Cap'n K'nuckles, lost an eye. I'm not sure how it happened, as I have gone to extreme measures to make sure my 55gal goldfish tank is safe for his precious eyes. His tank mates are an oranda and two fancies. He is the smallest of the bunch (about 3 inches), and I always watch to make sure he doesn't get picked on, and I have never seen any signs of aggression. I treated with aquarium salt, melafix, and small daily water changes for a week, and it seems to have healed over. His behaviour has been normal since the night it happened. Eating and foraging just like it never happened. For the past 4 days I have moved him into my 33gal tank, which houses 5 bloodfin tetras, 3 male guppies, and 2 juvenile clown loaches. The reason I moved him is that he can no longer keep up with the other goldfish for food. He gets barreled over and pushed around at feeding time. I keep this tank at about 74 degrees, which is 2 degrees warmer than his old tank. From my understanding moor's are a sub-tropical goldfish and can enjoy temperatures in this range, is that true? Will he be okay with his new tank mates? The clown loaches will be moving to my father's 90gal tank as soon as they're big enough to not be sucked up in the powerful filter. I appreciate all advice and input in advance! Sorry for the bad pictures, I forgot to wipe my lens prior to taking them! picture 1 frontal - http://oi41.tinypic.com/ev9q87.jpg picture 2 side - http://oi41.tinypic.com/29whl4.jpg
  8. I know you guys are gonna freak out but... let me tell you I have 3 fantails and 2 black moors in a 10 gal tank. I know about the con's... done a thorough research after I got them I was ignorant (I had a few goldies when I was a child, only one survived 5 years, and that was my overall experience with goldies) and the petstore employee was very very dumb :s he didn't say anything about overstocking a 10gal tank (I got them on an impulse - they are very tiny and I know they'll outgrow the tank). I'm planning to build my own 75gal tank. If things go right they'll have a new tank for Christmas! Ok! So I've had them for 3 weeks. In this part of the planet (esp. where I live - a small coastal village in India) the petstores don't have pH testing kits and the likes (but they do have freeze dried tubifex ) so I don't have any info on ph and ammonia level. Anyway, I use well water. I change a little more than 50% water every 3rd day(vacuuming the gravel and all). And the fishes seem very healthy and happy. They get very excited when they see me. I feed them pellets(every morning) and peas, sweet potato, apple, carrots, rice and tubifex alternatively. The thing is, they act normal all day, swimming around, digging in the gravel and begging for food. But 'sometimes' one of my black moors(smoky) blows up bubbles at the top and try to eat them(like it's some pellet food) then the other one(angel) follows suit and does the same thing. I'm guessing this one because it's just the same way they eat pellets(or for that matter any food that floats)... grab and dive! At night smoky sleeps on the upper half of the tank and swims against the current(from the filter) while the rest of them sleeps near the bottom. Some days angel joins. My fantails are all fine. So, should I be concerned? Is it that smoky has a different personality??? Also, I feed them peas everyday. Is that alright??? Thanks PS: I'm doing my best to keep the water safe for the fishes!
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