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Hi! I’ve had my 3 Ryuken goldfish for about a year now. I’ve had my ups and downs with starting my tank, but one issue remains-one of my goldfish keeps floating. This used to happen when we fed her, and it usually resolves within the day, but she’s starting to float without being fed, and sometimes she sinks. All of my levels are fine (ammonia, nitrites, ph, etc), and I’ve tried treating with antibiotics, melefix, aquarium salts. I’ve reduced when I fed her and how much. I’ve tried feeding her shelled peas. I know it’s an issue with her swim bladder, and I’ve read sometimes it’s just an anatomy issue, but it only started a few months ago. My other fish are fine and don’t have this issue. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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: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.?

 

This will help us out, plus some photos :) 

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Hi! Here’s the info:

 

Test Results for the Following:
 Ammonia Level(Tank) 0
 Nitrite Level(Tank) 0
 Nitrate level(Tank) 5-10
 Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5
 Nitrite Level(Tap) 0
 Nitrate level(Tap) 0
 Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6
 Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.4

Other Required Info:
 Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? 
-API Freshwater Master test kit (drops)
 
Water temperature? 68.2-71.2F
 
Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 
40 gals, 1year
 
What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
2 Aqueon 20 filters 
 
How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 10% -20% water change 
 
How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 
Saturday 1/15, 10% 
 
How many fish in the tank and their size?
3, 3 - 4 in Ryukin goldfish
 
What kind of water additives or conditioners?
Tetra Aquasafe Plus water conditioner
API algaefix 
API stress Zyme 

 What do you feed your fish and how often?
Omega one medium goldfish pellets, 3 per fish every other day
 Any new fish added to the tank?
Lastest fish was added October 
 
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.

Fish had septicemia 2/1/2021
API aquarium salt 10 days
Melafix 10 days
Microbe-lift artemiss 10 days 
API Fin & body cure 4 days 

Currently 
API aquarium salt with water changes 

 Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

Slime coated noted sloughing off immediately after water changes in September - now (better with smaller water changes but still occurring)

 Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? 

Only one fish sinks or floats intermittently, noted more frequently associated with feedings

Thank you so much for your help! I’ve attached some photos of the fish (the floater is the mostly orange one), I can get a pic of her the next time she floats too.

 

Thank you so much for your help!

 

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Okay.. Well the first thing I would like to help you with is, the stock size. Goldfish should be housed in 20 gallons per fish. :) This makes it easier to take care of them. Goldfish are very wasteful fish. Meaning that when they eat about 15 mins later out it comes and they will continue to do that all day long.

The other issue is your PH. You Ph starts out at 8.4 then drops down to 7.6 This may be burning them. I would like you to do me a test. Take a jug fill it with water from your tap. Then test it. Then let it sit out for 24 hours and test it again. If you can put an air stone in there.

The last thing I would suggest is to take out all the ornaments. Most of them are hollow and that will cause stagnant water over time and will make them sick. 

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The orange one looks clamped up - she may just be getting ill. I would remove the ornaments too. They just take up space. Video of her swimming would be more useful. The tank size is OKAY but definitely watch the water quality if you can't size up.

I never recommend gravel either. Traps too much debris and can be eaten and cause internal injuries. Sand tends to be a better substrate.

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