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I've had my goldfish for 2 weeks now and they are all doing fine. I own one red cap oranda, one calico oranda and a black ranchu. Bought them all the same day and they all live in a 65 gallon tank. I do 60 percent water change every 6 to 7 days. The water is fine but I noticed today some black on my red caps wen ... do any of you guys no what it is ? Is it serious ? And how to treat it . Thanks
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 4.0 ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): 40 ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): ? * Nitrite Level (Tap): ? * Nitrate level (Tap): ? * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 7.4 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ? Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon Large Filter Cartridge * What kind of water additives or conditioners? WaterSafe Plus * Water temperature? 70 degrees F * How often do you change the water and how much? once a month, 50 percent * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 20 days ago, 50 percent * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 gallons, 1 year and 3 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 goldfish, about 9 inches long * What do you feed your fish and how often? TetraFin goldfish flakes, once a day * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no, other than the API aquarium salt and AmQuel ammonia detoxifier today * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none that I know of * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, black mark on one side of body, large black mark (fungus?) with white around the edge on other side of body, raised scales (some look like they're coming off,) asymmetric abdomenal bulges * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Yes, recently staying at the bottom a lot, curling around, dorsal fin not extended like normal, looks "sad" * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Never treated before. Added three tablespoons of aquarium salt and AmQuel Plus (three capfuls) just today. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Our family goldfish, Fred, is about 4.5 years old. He/she has always been friendly, curious, and active. We moved 1.5 years ago and had to stay in a hotel for a month. We kept Fred in a bucket with some of his/her tank gravel and a battery-operated pump. He seemed fine and active the whole time. In our new home, we put Fred in a new 30-gallon tank and bought some new plastic plants for him. We noticed Fred started to sleep sideways (head up at near the top of the tank, tail down,) but no sign of gulping or other discomfort. When we turn on his light or feed him, he swims just fine. About a year ago, Fred gained a new black mark on his side, but I assumed it was just his coloring. Fred also developed a lump on his abdomen, and then another black mark about a month ago, This second mark has gotten worse, and now Fred curls up near the bottom to rest, and doesn't extend his dorsal fin like he does when he's happy. He looks very sad and in pain. I bought a test kit today and found that the ammonia level is super high, so I added AmQuel Plus to his water, and some aquarium salt. Is it too late to save Fred? I think he's suffering from too much ammonia, but is there anything else I can do to help him, other than daily water changes to bring down the ammonia levels? Thanks for any help you can provide. Fred is a well-loved pet, and we're really worried about him.
Hello! This is my first time ever posting (and reading) in this forum, and I could really use your help! I'm a somewhat beginner fish owner, I've had my tank for 2 years but it's pretty simple and I don't know a whole ton about fish. Here's my problem though: I have 2 goldfish (the cheap 13 cent ones that you buy at the pet store) and they're both roughly 2 years old. In the past few weeks, one of them has started to have periods where he just sits at the top of the tank (not right up to the surface, but close) for 10-15 seconds, then he'll move around a bit and do it again. And within the past week I've noticed that his tail has started splitting right down the lines of it. It doesn't look shredded or like pieces are falling off, it's just literally splitting to about 3/4 of the way down. It doesn't look white at the tips or red anywhere, just hangs a little limply maybe. And other than the spacey-ness, he seems totally fine. I'm not sure if this is fin rot or something else. I haven't changed any decorations in the tank within the past 6 months, and nothing is sharp enough to cut him anyway. I started putting melafix in the tank last night, but today when I got home from work I noticed that there's another new tear. I have no clue what to do to help him! Please keep your suggestions somewhat basic or "dumbed down" because I don't know a lot of medications or what to do with them. I also do not have a separate tank that I can put him in to medicate him if need be. Here's what I can tell you about my tank: 16 gallons (yes I know it's too small for 2 goldfish) 2 goldfish, 1 pleco (just got him about a month ago) We've always had good water testing results (I'll do a test as soon as I get some new strips) I change about a quarter of the water every 2 weeks I treat the water with water conditioner, bacterial supplement, and aquarium salt (and now melafix for the past 2 days) The other fish I have vis completely healthy, and this seems to have come out of nowhere (it was a few extra days before I could change the water, but I don't think that's it). PLEASE HELP ME! I don't want to lose my little buddy.