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My magneto is having real issues and im scared to death. I found him stuck to the filter and there where bubbles all over his body, so im thinking his slime coat is damaged. I have turned the filters off for now.

Last night I forgot to add prime to my water and didn't realize untill maybe a couple of hours later. Today I found him really lethargic and floaty. I have noticed some brown spots on him as well, though I was assuming those where ammonia burns healing.

I do 50% w/c every week and unfortunately I am over stocked. I have 1 fish in a 10-12 gal tank and that has worked for me for about a year. I am unable to get a bigger tank at the moment. :( Please help me I'm terrified for him

  • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)- less than .25
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)- 0
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)- 0ish
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)- less than .25
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)- 0
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)- not sure, but last time a checked 0
    • * 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? API drops
      • * Water temperature? about 72
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal, about a year
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 1 aquaclear hob 50 and 1 aquaclear hob 25
      • * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every week.
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday, about 50%
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 small oranda
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often? every day, some soilent green
  • * Any new fish added to the tank? no
  • * 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. He was prazi'd when I first got him.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Brown spots (healing ammonia burns?)
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? lethargic, floats to the top occasionally, bubbles on slime coat, stuck to the filter.

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Can we please get a pic and/or video of him?

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I put some extra filter pad over the intakes and turned the filters back on... he seems to be struggling slightly while swimming but hes not getting stuck

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Sorry you are having problems with your fish :( I'm sure one of the Mods will be here to help soon!

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Thank you!

He isn't struggling to swim down anymore but there are still bubbles stuck to him. I guess thats an improvement? :)

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Unfortunately I cannot help you, but I really do hope you sort little magneto out :)

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would you mind doing an updated video if his behavior is different from the video you just posted?

Was he floaty previous to being stuck on the filter, or did that start after you found him?

Were there any symptoms prior to him being stuck on the filter (bottom sitting, flashing, clamped fins, lethargy etc.)?

Can you please provide pH readings for tap and tank?

where are the brown spots located?

Is he pooping normally? how does his poo look?

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I will defiantly do an update video when I get home from work. He was never floaty previous to being stuck on the filter. He also didn't have any symptoms except for the brown spots which are located down on the sides of his belly. His poop has always looked the same, brown and full (lol) not stringy or white.

When I left for work he seemd okay, he's just swimming a little strangely, he's not floaty anymore and he hasn't lost his apitite.

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He looks much better. I think daily water changes and keeping an eye on him for a few days is a good plan. It does concern me why he got stuck to the filter in the first place though. Healthy goldfish do not get stuck to filter intakes.

Have you ever treated for flukes?

could you give us pH readings for tap and tank? (whenever there is excess slime coat on a fish, pH is a concern)

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I kept getting weird readings for ph... the first few times the regular ph was bright bright blue basically a false reading because that color isn't on the sheet and the high ph test would be bright purple, and I know its not that high. I re tested a few times and finally I completely cleaned a tube and the high range test came out at 7.4-7.8... so normal right?

I cant test my tap ph just now but last time i checked a couple months ago it was pretty soft... like 6.3-6.7 :/

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Tithra, she said in the first post that she forgot to add Prime and didn't realize it for a few hours. That was when she found him ill. It could have been coincidence, but chlorine poisoning is the first suspect.

Melinda, chlorine damages gills. If chlorine damage is the cause of the illness, the improvement is encouraging.

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I'm happy to hear that. I sort of hate myself for doing this to him haha, but im trying my best to keep his water sparkly clean. :)

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:hug. I've done that before also. Don't beat yourself up. You realized your mistake and are doing good by him now. :)

He looks much better in the second video. How is he now?

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Tithra, she said in the first post that she forgot to add Prime and didn't realize it for a few hours. That was when she found him ill. It could have been coincidence, but chlorine poisoning is the first suspect.

Melinda, chlorine damages gills. If chlorine damage is the cause of the illness, the improvement is encouraging.

thank you for pointing that out! I missed that in the original post!

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He's a doll, Melinda, and I hope he is continuing to do better. You've had him for a year? Have you tried varying what he eats a bit, perhaps some veggies and bloodworms, cooked egg white?

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He looks so good this morning :)

Ive had his for less than a year I just dont remember what month I got him in, but it was definitely after summer ended, i was just rounding. :P

Right now im only feeding him the soilent green because in the past he wouldn't eat veggies he would just spit them out... but i was thinking about picking up bloodworms/other creepy crawlies from the pet store.. the freeze dried kind lol. I havent tried egg whites though!

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He looks so good this morning :)

Ive had his for less than a year I just dont remember what month I got him in, but it was definitely after summer ended, i was just rounding. :P

Right now im only feeding him the soilent green because in the past he wouldn't eat veggies he would just spit them out... but i was thinking about picking up bloodworms/other creepy crawlies from the pet store.. the freeze dried kind lol. I havent tried egg whites though!

I'm so happy to hear things are better! It must have just been the lack of water conditioner ;)

If you get worms, don't get freeze dried - these are rough on the goldie digestive system and can cause issues like constipation. Get the frozen ones. Hikari frozen blood worms are a great choice :)

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