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Am I about to loose my goldfish? :/

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So, about a month ago, I started having issues with my 20 gallon tank, nitrates and nitrites went high, so my Oranda goldfish started to suffer. I made 40-50% daily water changes, with prime and bacteria, and I thought she was doing better. Iam already treating her for fin rot, but none of what I've done has made a difference. I fed her 4 days ago, just to avoid more waste.
But today I measured the levels again and the tank has 2.0 nitrites and 20 nitrates, I don't know what else to do. Already added aquarium salt to help her, but she doesn't look good. I think she's developing dropsy, since some of her scales look a bit damaged. PLEASE HELP!!!
My tank has been running since february, and hadn't had any issues till now.

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:hi and :welcome


Please copy & paste the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems:


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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Something messed up your cycle probably 

Hard to know for sure with the limited information, but massive water changes and overcleaning the filter can destroy the bacteria.

Double dose the entire tank with Prime every 48hrs, this will temporarily make nitrates and nitrites harmless to your fish. Don't water change everyday especially that much. Either do small water changes daily or a big one every few days until your cycle stabilizes. Don't clean the filter for now, and if u do only rinse in aquarium water and never replace it all at once. 

Hope this helps! If dropsy occurs, look into epsom salt treatment and antiobiotics. Good Luck!

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