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One of my goldfish has very slightly tattered tail fin which I just noticed. Normally I know this would be a water quality issue but I am not sure in this instance. I did a water test as soon as I noticed it and is seems ok so I am not sure what to do next. I am on my phone so can't copy and paste. But here are answers about my tank.

2 black moor about 2-3" long.

10 gallon tank ( I know to small but I am working on getting something bigger)

20 whispr filter

Set up since december 23 2013

Feed once a day api sinking pellets only 4 pellets total per day, no more. Occasionally shelled peas

Using api test kit. Test ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrAte between 20-40 ppm, high ph test 8.3

I use well water so usually don't add anything to the water. The last two changes I did add stress coat. I added beneficial bacteria once and only once back in december when starting the tank.

They don't have any tank mates no live plants or anyyhing.

I am wondering if the nitrATes are too high? Or maybe he was swimming too close to filter intake and that may have damaged his tail? They act totally fine swimming around happily. I did a water change last night.

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Hello. I'm sorry your fish aren't well. :hug please fill out the chart all the way, though :)

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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