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I brought this goldfish Flubber home from vet tech school. There they use them to teach Anesthesia and blooddraws and radiographs to the vet tech students. He seems very pineconeish and fat. He sits near the bottom and does nothing. He does eat and gets lively for food then will sit and gasp for minutes afterward. His poop is thick and black and sometimes a stringy clearish grey. He eats goldfish flakes and I fed him a little oats yesterday. Can you help me? I don't know how to treat him and I don't want him to die!
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) <0.25 (I always get this reading; pretty sure it's a slight false positive) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0.00 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5 - 10 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 1.00 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0.00 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0.00 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 (didn't test GH or KH, I have hard water) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 78 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gal, running for 1 year * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear 200 x2 * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly, 100% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Friday 8/16, 100% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish, each 5" - 6" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? so far just peas and Soilent Green, minimal amounts * Any new fish added to the tank? these are all new as of 8/16 * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I started 1 round of Prazi on Friday, and they are at 0.2% salt. These are new fish, they came from DO so they were QT'd there as well. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? some frayed fins, but pretty sure that was from travel stress * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? the big oranda is butt-floaty, and often flips upside down while swimming My 3 new fish from Dandy Orandas are all having thin, stringy poops, and I haven't really seen the oranda poop at all yet. I think he's constipated and that's what's causing his floating/flipping issues. I contacted Ken at DO, and he said the fish definitely wasn't like that before, and that sometimes it can take them a few days to recover from shipping. It's been 4 days now and he hasn't changed. I'm concerned about him not pooping. Here's a video of the flipping: I was thinking of maybe putting a divider in the tank so when I check on them in the morning I can see if he pooped or not. It's too hard to tell with 3 of them in the tank (and they enjoy eating it...)