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Please copy & paste fill the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.25 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0.0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 10ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 1.0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0.0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4, 107.4, 161.1 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.4-8.2, kH 53.7, gH 71.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 78-80 *F (I have an over-heating heater and have to unplug it at 80* or else it will heat it to 84) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 5.5g running with established media transferred from 2.5g tank for about three-ish weeks (Hard to remember, I got two 5.5g within a very short time of each other, at the most 3 weeks, at the least 2 weeks) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Well I transferred the filter media from the original 2.5g filter, which shredded his fins, to the whisper 2-10g internal filter with adjustable flow, which shredded his fins, took that one out and put in a sponge filter, which has now shredded his fins a third time! * How often do you change the water and how much? 1 gallon twice a week, I use a turkey baster to get down and clean out the gravel. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1g on Sunday, am about to do tonight's 1g waterchange. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 VT betta, 1.5 inches not including tail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime and liquid plant food and 1/4 cup crushed coral. * What do you feed your fish and how often? hikari mini pellets and bloodworms. Bloodworms are a treat, the pellets are 2 pellets twice a day. * Any new fish added to the tank? no, just that darn filter! * 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. The first time his fins ripped, I found him suctioned to the intake of the 2.5g filter, I salted the tank that time for two weeks with 2 tsp of salt. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Anytime I add a filter, he will "challenge" it and I think he gets himself sucked in somehow trying to fight it. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Picking fights with inanimate objects... Ive gone through three filters with Rufio, each time I finally get his fins healed and add a different type of filter/different level of current/buffering/etc. his fins are shredded within minutes! I got a sponge filter today, set it up and his fins are the worst they've ever been, even with two internal filters that he got sucked to the intake!! I set it up with an air adjustment valve and everything, lowest setting... what do I do? I have tried everything and every time he heals he gets torn to shreds because I put a filter in. This is what he looks like when his fin heals, and it takes weeks, I'm so discouraged!
I added a water bottle baffle to my filter this morning to entice Castor to swim about her tank more and she's already gone and torn another fin. The one that was torn when I bought her is still healing (it's been kinda long now). Should I add some Melafix to the water to help her heal? It says it's for torn fins.
My oranda's fins are all bloody looking. They're torn apart, but symmetrical on both sides. I have two Chinese Algae eaters in the tank. Is this Finrot or do you think the algae eaters are biting at him? Or something else? He's eating just fine and swimming around like nothing is wrong. No outward displays of this problem other than the visual ones. Please help!