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  1. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Strips * Water temperature? 82 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 72 gallons, 5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 406 * How often do you change the water and how much? I change 80% of my water once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday. When I got home from work and noticed they had ich, I did an 80% change. Later I did another 50% change -- see more below. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7 goldfish, ranging from small to medium * What kind of water additives or conditioners? dechlorinator * What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS Goldfish pellets and Repashy Soilent Green gel * Any new fish added to the tank? None added for a year * Any medications added to the tank? There's a half dose of SeaChem ParaGuard in the tank now. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. See below. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? See below. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? See below. Background: I got 2 new fish in the mail last week. They're both in QT, in a separate room, using completely different equipment and food. And I was washing my hands up to my elbows after each time I did anything to the new fish. I have my original fish tank - 7 fish in there. No new fish added for a year. Yesterday morning, my fish looked fine and ate well. I got home from work at around 6:00 and noticed all of my 7 original fish had quite a bit of ich. I did a salt dip for each one (half a cup of aquarium salt in a gallon of water) and did an 80% water change, really cleaning the gravel. I started raising the temp, and put salt in to start raising the salinity to .1%. That was all I was planning to do for the ich. Then at around 9-10:00 I started noticing they all started having a white patchy film (looks like a bacterial infection, but I don't have much experience with this). And I noticed my pearly white scaled fish started looking rusty (doesn't show up in pics, but it's super noticeable in person_. And their bellies had what looks like maybe blood under their scales. But by now, all the pet stores are closed. I had Seachem Paraguard on hand -- says it works for Ich, some bacterial infections and some fungal infections. The fish looked like they all were going to die over night, so I decided to add it even though it's a harsh medicine. I dosed it exactly as directed (taking into consideration the actual gallons of water in my tank). Within an hour, they were all bottom sitting and gulping, so I decided the meds were too harsh on them. I did another 50% water change (adding back the salt). This reduced the Paraguard to half a dose. They seemed to perk up a little after that, but they all look rusty and covered in ich and white film. There is no flashing, erratic swimming, or anything like that. They're all just floating around or bottom sitting. Their fins are ripping at the ends, but are not red. I thought I'd lose several over night, but they all lived. This is the first chance I've had to put up a post here today. My husband texted me and said "Only one is still bottom sitting, they're all still alive but they all are still rusty and covered in ich." Any help would be very much appreciated. I still am having trouble understanding how to post pictures here, I hope this works: The above picture is their tails right when I came home and noticed the ich, but before I noticed any other symotoms. This is the chu that shows the "rust" the best in pictures Above are their red scaled bellies. These scales are usually solid white. Again, I thank you for any help you can provide. I feel such an overwhelming sense of responsibility, because I know that even though I was careful, I still caused this. My heart is breaking for them and I want to help them get better.
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