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My pH crashed again and one fish is in trouble :(


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I am going to post the answers to the questions in a few minutes but here is what happened:

My pH crashed a few days ago and I thought it would be the end of both my goldies. One of them had lost a lot of its tail fin and both were inactive. I have had this happen before but not like this. Luckily this time I don't think I lost my cycle because my parameters did not get out of control. But my fish's tail fin is still in need of some help. I have also noticed that over the last couple of days her fins have several deep red spots. They look like blood vessels that have broken. Both are more active now and are eating but can anyone recommend a good pH buffer? I know I need a kH test kit and I will get one to see what is going on with my water. But for now I'm off to test my water and fill out the form.

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In addition to the form that you are already working on, pics or video will help the mods to assist you.

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. Both are more active now and are eating but can anyone recommend a good pH buffer?

Calcium Carbonat (CACO3): it will raise kh AND gh. It's more efficient than baking soda (NA2CO3)

You can find it in several brand, i personnaly use JBL "Gh and KH Stabilizer".

A KH of 4 (or 80 ppm) provides enough buffer to prevent ph crash.

What PH had you during the crash?

What were the others water params?

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It happened while I was gone to work. I came home and saw how bad they looked and tested the water to see what had happened and the pH was 6.0.

Now it is back to 7.6. I have been buffering it with baking soda. I will post the other params when I get home.

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It happened while I was gone to work. I came home and saw how bad they looked and tested the water to see what had happened and the pH was 6.0.

Now it is back to 7.6. I have been buffering it with baking soda. I will post the other params when I get home.

buffering with baking soda works just fine and is cheaper than buying a commercial buffer. Please take a look at this article if you haven't already http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/110296-stabilizing-your-tank-ph-with-sodium-bicarbonate-baking-soda/

Could you fill out all the questions below including all current water parameters?

  • 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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Test Results for the Following:

[*]* Ammonia Level(Tank): 0-0.25.

[*]* Nitrite Level(Tank): 0

[*]* Nitrate level(Tank): 20

[*]* Ammonia Level(Tap): 0

[*]* Nitrite Level(Tap): 0

[*]* Nitrate level(Tap): 0

[*]* Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.2

[*]* Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 6.0-6.4

Other Required Info:

[*]* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: API drops

[*]* Water temperature?

[*]* Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallons about a year and a half

[*]* What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: Aqua clear 20-40, Aqua clear 5-15, Tetra 20-40

[*]* How often do you change the water and how much? 1-2x a week

[*]* How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today because of high nitrates. 60-70%

[*]* How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 about 5" each

[*]* What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime

[*]* What do you feed your fish and how often? Nutrafin pellets or tetrafin goldfish crisps. 2x daily

[*]* 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. I have done two rounds of Prazi and salt since the tank was set up. The most recent was about a month ago

[*]* Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? See video.

[*]* Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? A little lethargic

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I have to go away for an overnight trip for work so I will not be home tomorrow night. I have used baking soda to buffer the pH back to 7.6 since my tap pH is so low. I am not going to feed them tonight or tomorrow so the nitrates won't climb while I am away.

Also, I had not done a water change when my pH crashed. It had actually been a few days if not a week since my last WC when it happened. So it wouldn't have been caused by a large WC.

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Any suggestions as to what I can do about the fish's fin loss? Will they grow back? Also they are still very lethargic and not looking so good. The pH is back to normal and the params are okay. I did another WC though this evening just to see if it would perk them up some.

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