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  1. Hello all!! I am new to Kokos Goldfish Forum and happy to be here. My new goldfish, Soku, is probably the cutest goldfish I have had so far.. (in my opinion, others disagree) She is a tiny two inch bubble eye goldfish with pinkish-whitish coloring and I have had her for about a week in a 27 gallon tank. The problem is that within the first day I bought her, my cat poked one of her bubbles and popped it. She was sitting in a goldfish bowl temporarily because I needed to take her back to my dorm. Not only that, but after getting her setup in her new home, a 27 gallon tank all by herself for quarantine, she got pulled into the filter intake and lost her other bubble and received some other wounds as well. She has gone through a lot of stress in just one week and it isn’t surprising to me that she has pink areas in several places, her fins are pink and clamped, veins are showing on the one bubble that partially survived, and on the other side where the bubble has torn off completely, her skin is slightly charcoal colored. I’m really worried about her and currently I am giving her 30% water changes daily, and also put the recommended dose of melafix in her tank today. She has been acting strangely as well, swimming only in one place, and I can tell she has gotten less perky (she seemed like a very active happy fish the first few days after I got her, even after the first bubble incident. Her filter intake is now protected with sponge btw. If anyone has any ideas of what might help her or what is going on with her/if she has an infection, please let me know! I am very worried and I think it’s possible she could die soon. Also, I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, but one of my other fish, a 3 and a half inch long blue Oranda, has a strong pink appearance on his bottom fins so I’ve put him in with her to see if the melafix can help him out as well. Water parameters in both tanks are as follows (checked today): 27gallon (where both currently are): Ammonia: 0 Nitrites:0 Nitrates:15 20 gallon (where blue Oranda was before): Ammonia: .25 (unsure) Nitrites:0 Nitrates:15
  2. Test Results for the Following:* Ammonia Level(POND) 0 * Nitrite Level(POND) 0 * Nitrate level(POND) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(tap) * Nitrate level(tap) * Ph Level, Pond (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.9 GH 11 KH 9 Phosphate 0 Other Required Info:* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 67-68 * Pond size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 900 Gallons * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 3500 gallon per hour tetra bio filter with UV * How often do you change the water and how much? I add 100 gallons per 10 days, vacuum up mulm off bottom once a month * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 8 days ago, topped up 100 gallons * How many fish in the tank and their size? 17, 1-3 years old* What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime: 9.84 mL for each time 100 gallons added, Pond Perfect 1 OZ once a month, Hydrogen Peroxide 1/2 cup once every other month in the bird bath for string algae control * What do you feed your fish and how often? Home made gel food with Hikari and ProGold (brine shrimp, blood worms, solient green + edamame, oatmeal ect. * Any new fish added to the tank? Goldie Hawn was added to the pond 1 month ago * Any medications added to the tank? no, just the UV for ick. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi treatment for 900 gallons 1 month ago, preventative. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no Some of you know that I agreed to rehome a distressed fish last month. Goldfish "Goldie Hawn" was won at a fair 3 years ago. Recently she was left in the care of the owner's grandmother who topped up the water instead of changing it. The nitrates in her previous tank turned my API test fire engine red when she came to live me last month. After a brief quarantine she joined the others in the pond, and although having some problems adjusting to the feeding frenzy she seemed to be doing okay. Until today I noticed a red cyst on her tail I have my suspicions on what this is but would welcome more experienced advice.
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