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  1. 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.
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