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Last Thursday I discovered 3 or my shubunkin goldfish covered in fuzz. Gills red with labored breathing at the bottom of their 100 gallon tank. It happened suddenly over night. They had looked fine the night before. There was .25ppm ammonia. No nitrites or nitrates. Temp at 70. The ph was 6.5. When I took them out to get a closer look it seemed like the fuzz came off in the net. Putting them back the fuzz was gone and it appeared later that the extra fuzz had been shed in the tank. I did a 100% water change and everything seemed better. The fish were swimming but, no appetite. I have 180 gallon tank with 7 baby shubunkins. Only an inch long. They received a water change and showed no signs of illness. Yesterday one died out of the blue. No signs of illness. Today I checked on the and another one had died. Now every fish I have is covered in the same fuzz and looks like all of them are struggling. I have a dojo loach with them an his side has the same type of fuzz I Checked the water in the tank all water parameters are at zero, temp 65, ph 6.4. im at a loss trying to understand what is going on and why so suddenly. I use prime and stress coat. my tap water does not register anything but a low pH of 6. I see Melifix and Pimafix recommend from a number of of websites. I am hesitant to go that route unless it’s the only option or the forum recommended it. I have seen just as many websites cautioning against it. I attached pictures. Can anyone tell me what’s causing this and how to treat and prevent this. I have 2 other tanks housing 2 koi and the other two large comets. All healthy except a comet may have a mild case of swim bladder. Heated the tank up to help with digestion, stopped feeding and will give peas in 4 days. I had another case 6 moths ago and with the same treatment they recovered in a few days.
First, let me thank you guys for this forum. You've saved me from frustration and fish deaths several times now, but this time I've got an issue I haven't been able to find a solid answer to yet! Today, I discovered one of my fancy fantails swimming nose-up, with a bunch of white fuzzy globs on it. They almost look like lint balls! I immediately worried, but since it doesn't look like ich, I decided to sit tight and run some tests. I googled it and found a thread here with a lady with a similar problem, and Trinket told her it was likely a pH problem. I tested pH and found it was barely registering with my test kit (straight yellow/6.0) so I followed directions from that thread and added baking soda. That brought me up to 6.4, and from my reading it seems moving the pH more than .4 in a day is harmful, so I stopped there. My ammonia came out just light of 0.25, Nitrite at 0, Nitrate at 10ppm. These levels are fairly consistent for my tank. I usually treat the ammonia with AmQuel Plus about every 3 weeks as needed. I need to get a KH/GH test kit, but $ is tight so it's on the list for next paycheck! Have any of you experienced this before? I think the pH issue is the problem, but it just seems like this tank always has some issue. I had goldfish as a kid and can't remember ever working this hard to keep them healthy! I've given more info below, as well as a video of my fish and my tank. Please don't mind the children in the background The best shot of the affected fish is at roughly 2:25-3:10 in the video. Any help at all would be most appreciated! As requested: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): 10ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrate level (Tap): 5.0ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): was too low to read with my kit (6.0) before baking soda, 6.4 after * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 6.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master kit, drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland Penguin 100 (for 20gal) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? AmQuel Plus, Stress Zyme+, aquarium salt * Water temperature? 68. rose to 70 yesterday but went back down * How often do you change the water and how much? 10-20% bi-weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 20% changed 4 days ago * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20gal hi-tank, running since July * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish total. 1 feeder goldfish, 3.5-4" long. 2 fancy fantails 2-3" long * What do you feed your fish and how often? once daily, TetraFin flakes * Any new fish added to the tank? not in last 60 days * Any medications added to the tank? other than those listed (conditioners), I added 1-1/2 tsp baking soda roughly 3 hours ago to help buffer the pH. pH changed from 6.0 to 6.4 * List previous issues experienced: Starting a new line here. This tank has been a headache from day one. It started off cloudy, yellow cloudy. Our LFS told us it was likely tannin from the river rocks we used and it would work itself out. After a few months it did, but in January our Kio jumped out of the tank (we didn't have a lid at the time) and one feeder died a day later. I cleaned the tank that weekend a bit too briskly and stirred up a lot of excrement into the water. My hubby and I had a fight and I forgot to change the water, which spiked the tank terribly. The second (still with us) feeder developed red streaks in the body and fins and upon testing I found the tank had ammonia, nitrates, and nitrite well over tolerable. I did a complete water change, conditioned the new water, and reset the tank. The tank has been clean and only had a minor spike or two of ammonia since. The feeder ("Lunk" is what I call him) has turned around fully and is currently quite healthy. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? One fancy seems to have what chunks of fuzz, almost like lint balls, on it's fins, the other only a tiny bit. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The fancy showing the fuzz was swimming nealy straight up and down prior to me adding baking soda to the tank to buffer the pH, but is swimming better now (thanks to you guys!!!) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I add 2 tsp of the AmQuel and StressZyme+ roughly every 3 weeks, depending on ammonia levels and other test results. I last added salt in January, and had plans to do it this weekend before this all happened! * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Video can be found at