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spiritof76

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i have a 5 gallon tank with 2 goldfish one died this morning there no ammonia or nitrite i tested today i have ryukin in it alone i am getting a 20 gallon tank in 2 months maybe a 20 or 30 if i have more money the ryukin has it's dorsal fin down but it got active when i come or feed it i did a water change today what should i do i don't want the fish to die

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Glad you are upgrading your tank. :) and welcome to the forum I don't think you tested your nitrates. What is their level? And how often are you doing water changes and what conditioner do you use?

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You'll want to post in Diagnosis and Discussion for help with an ill or potentially ill fish. Make sure to fill out all the questions on the top of that forum page in your topic post to the best of your ability so we can help. c:

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While you wait for a Mod to move the thread, please fill out this form thoroughly, making sure to leave no question unanswered. :)


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?

* Water temperature?

* Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

* What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?

* 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?

* How many fish in the tank and their size?

* What kind of water additives or conditioners?

* What do you feed your fish and how often?

* Any new fish added to the tank?

* Any medications added to the tank?

* List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.

* 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.?

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I am not a moderator or expert but you need something bigger than five gallons for a goldfish, even a small one, because they poop so much your water will be full of ammonia very very quickly. People here always suggest getting a plastic container, usually from the company called Sterilite because they are made of food safe plastic and will not harm your fish. You can get a cheap one for about $15 bucks until you get your bigger tank. Also, do you have an air stone and a filter? Good luck with your fish! Everyone here is very helpful so you are in the right place!

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First off, welcome to the forum! :hi

I think you are better off getting a 30 gallon. Goldfish are messy creatures and grow very quickly, so it would just be a bigger weight lifted off your shoulders. The fact that you say his dorsal fin is "down" could be that he is clamping his fins, which is a sign of flukes. Please fill out these questions as soon as possible so the moderators can assist you.

  • 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?
      • * Water temperature?
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
      • * 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?
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?
  • * Any medications added to the tank?
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
  • * 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.?
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