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Help! What's wrong with Pickles?!

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I saw him like this when I woke up and checked the tanks today. :(

what do I do for him?? does Bobby look okay?? I'll test the water soon, but I just checked it on Monday and it was fine.

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Please fill out these questions :)


    Test Results for the Following:
  • * Ammonia Level (tank):
  • * Nitrite Level (tank)
  • * Nitrate level (Tank)
  • * Ammonia Level (Tap):
  • * Nitrite Level (Tap)
  • * Nitrate level (Tap)
  • * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
  • * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    Other Required Info:
  • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
  • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
  • * Water temperature?
  • * How often do you change the water and how much?

  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
  • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?
  • * Any medications added to the tank?
  • * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.)
  • * 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.?
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
  • * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video

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Have you removed him from the plant? he's looks like he's stuck to it. I'd take the plant out too.

Then I'd fill out the form as tithra requested. :)

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Pickles died. :( But, here is all the info just in case Bobby is in danger... even though he seems fine.

Test Results for the Following:

* Ammonia Level (tank): 0-.25

* Nitrite Level (tank): 0

* Nitrate level (Tank): 5-10

* Ammonia Level (Tap): 0-.25

* Nitrite Level (Tap): 0

* Nitrate level (Tap): 0

* Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): ~8.0

* Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): ~7.4

Other Required Info:

* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit, drops

* What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 20, Tetra Whisper PF 10

* What kind of water additives or conditioners? just Seachem Prime during water changes

* Water temperature? ~69-70

* How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, ~50%

* How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 days ago, ~50%

* Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20L, been running since I added the pearlies to it about a week ago. the filters have been running on other established tanks for about 7 months.

* How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 pearlscale goldies (now just one :( ), Bobby is about the size of a quarter, Pickles was a little bigger

* What do you feed your fish and how often? a mix of Golden Pearls 200-300 microns, Decapped Brine Shrimp, color flakes with Naturose, veggie flake, brine shrimp flake all from kensfish.com. once a day. i'd like to feed at least twice a day but i leave too early in the morning for work to feed them and i don't trust my partner to do it, lol. repashy gel foods should arrive in the mail by this weekend!

* Any new fish added to the tank? nope, just the 2 pearlies.

* Any medications added to the tank? nope

* List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): just seemed sad and tired since monday or tuesday.

* Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? none

* Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? not eating, he hid under the leaves of one of the plants on monday. came out and slowly swam around since then so i thought he was doing better.

* List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none.

* You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.

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Alright, since a fish died in the aquarium a large water change is in order. Please do something 80 percent or greater. Is your tank a 20 gallon long or 20 liters?

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it's a 20 Long. i'll do a huge water change right now. anything else? is bobby out of danger?

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It's hard to say as I don't think anyone really knows what caused his death. I would keep a very close eye on Bobby.

Sorry for your loss. RIP. Pickles. :heart

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it's a 20 Long. i'll do a huge water change right now. anything else? is bobby out of danger?

We still need to figure out what happened to Pickles before we can say that, because like Fantailfan said we don't know what is going on. Something I was thinking about is the fact that you were overstocked with 2 in that tank, so your water quality might have been a little on the bad side. I'm VERY happy you're switching off of flakes to gel, as the flakes aren't really too good for them. I have to ask: why the Golden Pearls?

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the 20Long is temporary for the winter. i figured since they are/were so small it'd be okay for a short while. the comets are in the 29gal until their pond is ready again in the spring, and then bobby (and his future friend) will take over the 29gal. i just picked up a 55gal ($40!) that i haven't decided yet if it's gonna be a goldie tank or a tropical fish tank. it could be bobby's new home, and he could have even more friends! we shall see...

the food mix is what i feed my endlers/tropical community tank. i also have omega one goldfish flakes (all flakes get soaked for at least a minute before i feed them), but i figured all the stuff in the endler mix would be good for the goldies, too. i've only had these goldie tanks set up for less than 2 weeks, so i'm learning as i go. can't wait until the repashy gets here!

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Had you had any issues in the tank you got the cycled media from? It could have come from there. What do you put in those tanks?

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no problems in the other tanks. they came from endler/community tanks.

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no problems in the other tanks. they came from endler/community tanks.

ehe I meant what kind of chemicals do you use in there?

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Did the two fish come from the same place?

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oh sorry, I only use prime in all of my tanks. everyone eats the same, gets a water change with prime at the same time. the only thing that is different is that the tropical tanks have heaters and the goldie tanks don't.

bobby and pickles came from the same tank at the LFS. everyone in the tank looked and still looks healthy. (i have since gone back to get a couple rams and a cory cat for my community tank. :) )

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Were there any tanks nearby in the LFS that had sick fish? Some LFS use huge filters that filter more than one tank at once.

Is Bobby acting any way abnormally?

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fortunately, bobby is still swimming normally and eating normally and seems perfectly fine.

the surrounding tanks at the lfs looked fine, too. i was going to mention that previously but wasn't 100% sure that the water in surrounding tanks was being shared with all the tanks. :) now i know... he he. i hardly ever see any sick fish at my lfs.

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