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Tank size: 75 gallon tank Light: fluorescent plant light with hood always kept open Filter: Marineland 350 Magnum canister filter Bubblers: Two long bubble rods that together stretch the length of the tank have LED lights. gravel substrate We have well water that has a constant ph of 6.1. We have an iron filter on the well. Current ph is : 6.4 use API ph test kit Current ammonia level is approx. .15 use API ammonia NH3/NH4+ test kit. Nitrates: Update: took water to petstore and they used a stick test for a wide variety of water issues and nitrates are currently at safe levels Current temp is 73.5 degrees F, average temp 72 degrees F. We have air conditioning. Goldfish foods: API premium pellets for all goldfish varieties sinking pellets Omega One Natural Protein formula Peas fed once a day Only constant tank additive: is ph UP at recommendation of pet store Update: Added Aquarium salt this afternoon for the first time at the recommended box dosage of 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons for a total of 14 tablespoons. Fish still in same state as described here but activity level is a little more active sporadically. Goldfish: Currently have 3. Never more than 4. 1. one orange and white comet size 10inches female ( have had for 3 years) 2. one black moor 6 inches male (have had for 3 years) has displayed breeding tubercles on pectoral fins. 3. one brown (purchased as fancy: has excess nostril development like a pompom, has a body and fins like a veil tail but also has a wen , is 6 inches male (11 months purchased with orange fancy). has displayed breeding tubercles. 4. One orange fancy same appearance as brown fancy 6 inches female deceased approx. 2 months ago. Fish had been mostly floating at the top for about 3 months but still able to get down to the bottom to feed. Fish had experienced digestive problems since purchase. Bloating after eating -relieved by feeding peas. (never any pine cone appearance or skin issues or fin rot) (both fish when purchased had a beautiful healthy appearance with good activity and appetites) Current problem is that all three fish are bottom hanging with fins up. Moor now has clamped fin. This has never occurred before. Little to no activity. Recent health issues and general background. The moor seems to have a few birth defects. He was bought rather small and his one eye very slowly grew to be larger than the other. Over the last year his gills have fanned out to appear to be larger than what the fish should have. His other problems have included an excessive slime coat at times. He also has had a problem a few other times where he develops tiny pinholes in his top fin only. Never observed on other fish. A few days ago my moor suddenly had a tail that had started to go clear on the bottom and both top and bottom had fin rot with a slight white edge. Both pectoral fins had a white (no threads, no hairy appearance) smooth buildup where they joined the body. Fins rapidly started to rot with the spines exposed. The next day the top fin started to erode. At the same time he appeared to have issues on his belly with the smooth white buildup or fungus. The large comet has been laying eggs repeatedly over the last 6 months. All eggs that were still in the tank after cleaning, filtered or eaten turned white w/in 24 hours. She has always seemed to be sensitive to higher nitrate levels, which cause her to hang at the bottom w/o clamped fins until a partial water change brings the levels down. Her only apparent other problem is in the last year she may have one or two veins that become prominent in her tail for a time and then recede. Good consistent eater, beautiful fins, good movement. The brown fancy has always seemed to be extremely resilient w/ no apparent health issues. Good eater to piggish, good fins, good body, good activity always. Treated the tank with A.P. I. Erythromycin and followed the box instructions correctly, including water changes. (Treated for 70 gallons) Ammonia never got over .25 . During these medication treatments I installed a scrubber cartridge so that there was no active filtration going on. The moor's eroding fins stopped, but the white buildup on the inside of his pectoral fins increased, and looked like blobby thin threads about 1/4" inch trailing as he swam. No white on tail. Treated the tank with API fungus cure, followed box instructions correctly, including water changes(Treated for 70 gallons) Ammonia never got over . 25 During the first day after the medicine addition, moor's white on belly disappeared, fin whiteness retracted to connection of fins only. On the third day, the fin whiteness grew again, with trailing 1/4 " threads. Not anchor worms, no forked heads(with magnification). Brown fancy grew a white spot on his wen-but may be growth. No other spots showing. Last night I preformed the final 25% water change and went back on the regular charcoal filter. Afterwards added ph Up. This morning the comet was oriented toward the top at a steep angle with head up for 20 minutes. Then she went down to the bottom where all three were hovering at the bottom of the tank. Their fins are not clamped. The ammonia tested out to .25. I fed the fish sparingly. The comet and moor ate but not the brown fancy(first time I have ever seen this). After the water change I added ph UP for 70 gallons. The water change brought the ammo level down to between 0 and .15. They are still at the bottom with their fins up. Further background: Originally had the three original goldfish in a smaller tank with a bio filter. The two above with a veil tail. All were about 3 inches long and grew. The veil tail died two months after purchase. She had no outward clinical signs and died within two days of beginning to bottom hang. I changed to the 75 gallon tank and new filter last year and two months later after the tank stabilized with no problems purchased the other two goldfish. I have had periods of having nitrate build up through out the times I have owned the fish. It has never been over 1.00- only three times in three years) I test the ammonia every day and try to keep it between 0 and .25 with 20% partial water changes once a week. I take any algae off the glass once a month with a sponge or magnetic brush. I purchased a large hollow artificial log water feature six months ago and added some marimo moss balls. The fish would occasionally nibble at them and a few fell apart. I went to a plant florescent light bulb. I had an episode where when I took the log out to scrub algae off, there was putrid dark water inside that smelled of rotten eggs. I came spilling out of the holes and turned the tank water murky. I rinsed out the log, and preformed partial water change until the murk subsided. There was no fish problems at that time. I cleaned the log more frequently and removed the logs with bags over the holes just in case. About a month ago the moss balls started to go brownish, and the log was filled with putrid water again. We removed the log with no murk transferred to tank and decided to keep it out- permanently. When I added the scrubber filter prior to adding the antibiotic, I removed the marimo moss balls and threw them away. When we took the scrubber filter out yesterday it was full of quarter inch long hairs, like the moss ball's hairs. I am worried that all three fish are bottom hanging and grouped together and definitely seem to be in distress. I am open to any and all suggestions. Their current appearance is that the white threads on the moor have gone but he still has that white build up on the place where his fins join his body, and he has developed excessive slime coat in the head area. Except for the pinholes in his top fin, the fin rot has stopped and not resumed. He now has clamped fins. Update: Now the moor no longer has the white threads on the underside of his pectorals . The brown fancy has excessive slim coat buildup on his head( a first) and that white spot on his wen is still there with another smaller one just showing up w/in the last two hours.. Update: The brown fancy seems to be in the most distress. Listless and still not much movement. The comet is just down at the bottom. Update: The comet is the most active dividing her time nudging the males on the bottom at either side of the tank. She nudges each one and then sinks back down to the bottom. UPdate: Now this evening I have purchased a UV filter. The tank is getting a little cloudy.
I have recently adopted 3 goldfish and have become obsessed with them since. I have been researching information on them endlessly on how to keep them healthy. After becoming more informed I have realized there are a lot of things wrong with the tank, mainly size (too small). I know stress can be very detrimental to their health and was wondering if water changes, even if done correctly, stresses them out? Does moving ornaments around stress them out aswel or do they 'forget' about it as I know they have a low short-term memory.
Hi there, I have a problem and looking for some help. I had two goldfish, both nearly a year old. One of them unfortunately died today of a fungal infection. I was wondering whether this could affect my other goldfish? He hasn't been showing any signs of illness at all throughout the other fish' illness. However, I have noticed some slight twitching from him since I removed his friend. Should I be worried about him? Is it possible that he is simply stressed by the fact he is suddenly alone? Or will he be suffering due to my tank being sort of infected? Thanks in advance for any help, would appreciate any help asap so I can go and get treatment for him. - Mark
Hey, guys. I recently planted my 40gal with oodles of short anubias. I also bought 39W LED lighting to help my anubias grow a little better. However, whenever I turn it the LED light on, my goldfish get super stressed! Peachos bottom sits in the corner and Lorenzo will start gasping in the (meager) shade of the plants. And then they snap back to grazing mode the second I turn it off, haha. Is it just too bright to the point I have to use a different light? Or should I buy more shade producing decorations?