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Ok, so its 110 degrees here, i have no air, my tank are all in the mid-high 80's at the moment. i have been doing 1/4 water changes daily to help cool the tanks and dropping ice in as i have done for the last.. eerr... 7 years? My remaining 3 goldfish are on the bottom, lethargic and my largest common had a small sore on his anal fin

this year we are having terrible wildfires and its getting into everything- even the water. I have lost 2 betta's, and 3 goldfish thus far with a combo of the heat and smoke i believe. Cory cats, plecos and snails are all doing fine as of now.

In my 40 gallon tank, i had (over stocked im terrible) 2 lionheads (one 1.5 inches the other 2" not with tails) and my 2 commons 5" and 6", now the 1.5" lionhead is gone :( . I have 2 filters, the old version of what is now a penguin 150 and an aquaclear 30. bare bottom tank, a flat "goldfshbowl" of gravel for "nap time" that is gravel vaced and a tiki statue. My normal water is neutral, about 7.0-7.2, but i havnt checked it with all the ash everywhere. the tank has been running for almost 3 years with bi-monthly to monthly water changes. The water is crystal clear. theirs also a 10 inch bubblewand going

my test kit is expired so i dont trust it, im off to nnnn to have them check my water and get some salt.

[*]Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 40 gals and 3 years approx

[*]What is the name and size of the filter/s? 1 penguin 150 and 1 aquaclear 30

[*]How often do you change the water and how much bi monthly to monthly- 1/3 (1/4 daily as of this week)

[*]How many fish in the tank and their size? was 4- (1.5" lionhead, 3" lionhead, 5" common, 6" common)

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

[*]Any medications added to the tank? a bit of Jungle pond Anti-Bacteria Medicated fish food, soon to do salt

[*]Add any new fish to the tank? not in 3 years

[*]What do you feed your fish? tetraExotic sinking ministicks

[*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as

"grains of salt",

bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? a small sore on the largest common, clamped fins on him, lots of laying on the bottom for everyone

[*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating,ect..? refer above

Help my save my kids!

Ps, havnt been on in forever, hi to anyone who remembers me.

**edit** My little lionhead who died, Newt, was fine and in 12 hours looked as though she had been dropped in a vat of acid. I worried about a pH drop, but everyone else seemed fine then. She lost her slime coat, had what looked like horrific fin rot and a white "ulcer" looking thing on one eye. she floated and sank, and eventually died. no one picked on her, as i was off work and stared for hours.....

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Hi!

Im sorry about your fish. We have heard about the fires through koko who is also in your neck of the woods.

I would say -first impression- you may have pH problems. Your first fish that died sounds like he was acid burnt. A starting point of 7 and external issues with people needing extra water for the fires and so on -that might cause some changes in water supplies.

The bottom sitting could also be pH related.

The trouble is without a kit to test its all guess work.

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I went to nnnn and they were out of tests kits. Really, they were out of store use kits, for sale kits, it sucks. I added 1 TBLS per 5 gallons water and this morning everyone is looking much better. Im trying to get a shot of Hale Bops wound but the inflamation looks like its coming down. Im off to mmm to get my water tested and see if its a test kit strike or everyones as paranoide as me.

thanks

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Hi ~~~<---waving

Just wanted to pop in something I learned through growing my veggies. Ash is very acidic. If it's getting into the tanks then it's definately dropping the PH. It takes very little to mess it up.

I live below Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear in San Bernardino. I gone through this twice now with my 10yo Comet. I found if I covered his tank with a wet damp tea towel or cheesecloth, even wet paper towels would work, it kept the ash from getting in the tank. (Now it helps keep cat hair from my 4 cats out. :) )

I hope that helps a little.

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Hi ~~~<---waving

Just wanted to pop in something I learned through growing my veggies. Ash is very acidic. If it's getting into the tanks then it's definately dropping the PH. It takes very little to mess it up.

I live below Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear in San Bernardino. I gone through this twice now with my 10yo Comet. I found if I covered his tank with a wet damp tea towel or cheesecloth, even wet paper towels would work, it kept the ash from getting in the tank. (Now it helps keep cat hair from my 4 cats out. :) )

I hope that helps a little.

That's exactly the first thing that popped into my head and what I was thinking. Ash in the tank will definitely drop the ph. Great suggestion for keeping it out! And, if the water out of the tap tests for a good ph, I'd say do a large water change and get some stable ph water in the tank and then cover it with the wet cloth, but Trinket is the final say on this!

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Thank you all for your help!! Thats a great idea, cover the tank with a wet cloth... i already am doing it for the hermies

Took the water in and as suspected, everything was fine (ammonia 0, nitrates 0, nitrites 5-10) save the ph which was off the charts low, after a water change. I added salt and they started to pirk up last night, and this morning i added coral to their sleeping bowl and gave them some annacharis. everyone is now acting like nothing happened! inflamation is coming down even more on Hale Bop, and i will keep a carefull eye on them but i think it will be ok!

thanks all again!!!

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Thank you all for your help!! Thats a great idea, cover the tank with a wet cloth... i already am doing it for the hermies

Took the water in and as suspected, everything was fine (ammonia 0, nitrates 0, nitrites 5-10) save the ph which was off the charts low, after a water change. I added salt and they started to pirk up last night, and this morning i added coral to their sleeping bowl and gave them some annacharis. everyone is now acting like nothing happened! inflamation is coming down even more on Hale Bop, and i will keep a carefull eye on them but i think it will be ok!

thanks all again!!!

yay! :clapping: See? The answer is always in the water! Good job magickzzl! :hi5

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