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I have one common goldfish in a planted tank, her name is Helga. I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago and the day I left I cleaned her tank up a bit. While I was cleaning out the algae I transferred Helga into a bucket temporarily and went about my business. I left the room (no clue how long I was out of the room for) but when I came back I found her on the floor! She must've been out long enough to give up on flapping around because she wasn't moving but still "gasping" for air. I got her back into the water and she just sank to the bottom of the tank and after a few minutes she uprighted herself and I noticed two things: she had a REALLY long trail of poo coming out, her face looked beat up. I didn't know if she was going to make it. But I made sure the tank was safe and I left a vacation feeder as I was going to be gone for the next four days. It was hard to leave not knowing what I was going to come home to and not being able to feed her properly in the meantime.... Upon arriving back home I found a very active fish with a beat up (but healing) face. She was alright. The tank, however, was cloudy. I chalked it up to a bacterial bloom and continued regular care of my fish. The cloudiness remained for several days (I started performing small daily water changes) and she started becoming listless. Her eyes were getting cloudy and one of them was starting to bubble. I thought "maybe she got an infection from her injuries?" So started doing larger water changes, treating with Melafix, and giving her daily salt baths as well as feeding her garlic tonic to treat any internal infection. After two baths, her eyes cleared right up! But her mouth still remains swollen and reddish and she is still listless. Well the cloudiness in the tank has started to clear as well. Upon doing some research I learned that her behavior (sitting at the bottom of the tank) is indicative of nitrate poisoning and that you should NOT treat nitrate poisoning with salt or Melafix! So after already having given her three baths I stopped and the first day that I didn't treat her, guess what? Her eye went right back to being cloudy and started to bubble again. Her mouth looks more beat up than ever and it almost looks like the swollen part is caving in, giving the appearance that a chunk of her mouth is completely missing. The tank is getting clearer everyday and that is the only good thing I can see right now. I'm lost. I'm getting upset. I don't know what is wrong with her mouth. Please help me.
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level normal * Nitrate level normal * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 74 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal. 5 months. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Top fin 10 * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 20% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today. (15 %) * How many fish in the tank and their size? One cory catfish (A little less then an inch) Two mollies (a lil over an inch) and I had one rosy red minnow (He's sick so I moved him out) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Aqueon Water Conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? 5-6 days a week * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes. Two Mollies * Any medications added to the tank? NO * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.-Two weeks ago I used Parasite guard because a fish had parasites. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes. My minnow has bloody splotches on his tail which is also slightly frayed. He also has tiny red spots that Look like he was pricked with a pin * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? My minnow wasn't eating yesterday and seemed really nervous. I have a rosy red minnow and he has been acting nervous for a few days. I have him in a ten gallon tank with three other fish (an albino corydoras catfish, and two balloon bellied mollies. I KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T PUT TROPICAL FISH WITH GOLDFISH BUT MY FRIEND'S FISH DIED AND SHE HAD SOME ROSY RED MINNOWS LEFT OVER FROM FISH FEEDINGS SO I TOOK 2-one died-) TOday I came home and my minnow had a red spot on his tail so I moved him into a seperate fish bowl. Now the dot has turned into red splotches all over his tail and he has what looks like tiny red pricks on his upper body. There is NO ammonia in the tank and everything else is normal. Does he have septicemia? Or another kind of bacterial infection? He hasn't been looking normal for the past few days either... He would spit out food, and would be very jittery and nervous. Now my cory catfish is spazzing out (like more than normal and I don't want to lose him!!!). Does it have anything to do with what is wrong with the minnow? PLEASE HELP! OH AND.... the temperature in the tank is like 74 degrees (fahrenheit). I changed the water (like 15%) in the tank because if it was a bacterial infection that would help. Quote MultiQuote