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Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank):0 * Nitrite Level (tank)0 * Nitrate level (Tank)15ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap):.5 (im assuming tap is askng about the tap water right?) * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 20ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8 to 8.2 (i keep it there for my snails) * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) high 6 to 7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 1500 gph pump and 42 gallon custom sump, after filter media 650gph flows back into the tank. nitrate reactor, UV sterilizer mechanical and biological in the sump and bags of crushed oyster shell and coral for my snails shells and to keep the ph stable. and a 370 gph canister. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API stress coat, Pondcare salt, Rescue Pond Start chloramine chlorine nitrite and municipal ammonia remover. occasionally API leafzone. * Water temperature? 69-71F room temp no heater * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every 10 days. or when daily tests warrent * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday 50% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallon 16x16x36 tank (i keep 38 in it) and 42 gallon sump. total water volume is kept at 80 gallons exactly. the tank and filter media has been running about 4 years since the last time it was emptied and moved. the sump was added 3 weeks ago. now that the fish are getting bigger i thought more water volume would be better. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2; 3 inch lionheads. 4; 3 inch orandas, 5 japanese trapdoor snails. lots of plants. * What do you feed your fish and how often? hikari sinking wheat germ once a day alternating with hikari sinking lionhead once a day, once a week hikari tubifex worms, every other week i feed smooshed de-shelled peas and skip a day of feeding after the peas. i just make sure i see each fish eat a couple pellets. i always read things that make me think i feed too much or too little so i dont know anymore about that. am i starving them to death? * Any new fish added to the tank? yes, one, i have a feeling it has caused the problem... 1 inch red cap oranda * Any medications added to the tank? melafix with the adition of the new fish * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) never had a problem in 10 years of goldfish and koi keeping * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? on the new fish red cap i now believe the funny coloring on his tail was lice, one of my other fish had a lice a week after he has a little spot of greenish coloring on his tail and a torn tail * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? another fish who has never had any problems at all suddenly died, and the new fish has times its swimming like normal and other times he looks paralized just drifting around bumping into things or laying on side on the bottom or top of the tank, hes in a bucket by himself now. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.: i keep salt in the tank all the time 1 tbsp per 10 gallons. i treated with melafix for a week when i got the red cap due to that his tail was a little torn. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. heres what happened... i saw this cute little guy at a big box store and i of all people should have known better! i could just shoot myself... i special order my goldfish from a breeder that guarentees health etc... but he was so cute... i will Never do it again and from now on i will ALWAYS quarantine .. anyways; he is all white with the red cap he is little like an inch, he had these tiny greenish markings on his tail that i didnt really think was anything.. but i had never seen what a disease looks like before, and his tail was a little torn, and i thought no big deal, a little melafix and it will heal up. he was in with flat bodied goldfish at the store so i figured he'd just been munched on. i treated with melafix for a week everything seemed fine for a week, then i did a 50% waterchange and added carbon to the filter to get rid of the meds,( i dont normally use carbon, its all lots of bio and a little mechanical and UV),,, the tail healed some of the way, the green coloring went away i thought maybe it had been an infection but now i think it was arugulus lice. because about a week later, this past saturday night, i saw a HUGE lice covered by a green blob on the tail of another larger fish, my panda. so i got online and did research and saw it was a lice and did the "paper towel method" to remove it, it didnt leave any marks behind as it was only there for an hour or two. then i got online and ordred some ProForm LA. i havent seen any more lice, and the fish arent rubbing on things or anything, and the fish it was on seems fine with no sores or anything . but i should still treat the tank right? the proform LA isnt here yet as i ordered it saturday night after hours but it should be here tomorrow or the next day. all the fish still seemed normal, then last night (monday night), my black oranda who was always healthy and has never had any problems suddenly within an hour is drifting slowly around the tank bumping into things like he is paralyzed gills and mouth are moving but fins and tail are not, but the fins didnt seem clamped or held close to the body, then he rights himself and swims and acts normally, then the drifting around again and then he just stopped breathing (gill function and mouth movements ended), this took place in about 2 hours from starting to drift to death. after the first time he was drifting and then righted himself i did a 50% water change because it was all i could think to do at the time, everyone else is acting normally. but after the water change he was fine for about another 30 minutes then did the drifting thing again and died. i did notice that like 3 days ago he did have some poop that had an air bubble in it and i had never seen that before, then today tuesday, the new (and sick?) redcap started hiding this morning, and now he is doing the paralyzed drifting and then swimming normally back and forth. i have scooped him out into a big bucket of tank water as with him being so small when he is doing the drifting thing he may get sucked into the pump and at this point i just want him away from my (seemingly) healthy fish. is this what lice does? or is this something else? all my other fish and snails are acting normal atleast for now. could my fish have lice inside their bodies that i cant see? any opinions would be great i have never had a goldfish die before or any disease. my current fish in this setup are about 5 years old all spawned at the same place the same season except the new red cap. ive kept aquariums for 17 years and goldfish and koi for 10 and have never seen a disease or parasite before, my fish except for the dead one and the sickly redcap who is now out of the tank seem fine but im afraid that theres something going on i cant see or test for, or if what happened to the black one will now happen to the others, and ideas for prevention? should i put the redcap back in the tank when i treat with the proform LA or treat him seporatly if he is still alive when it gets here? he is just laying in the bottom of the bucket on his side, mouth and gills moving, if i pick up the bucket or move the water he rights himself and swims around for a while and then he starts laying there and drifting around again. thank you