Hello Everyone, Pop has been chasing Bubbles around and has knocked himself. Problem is that one scale has moved but not fallen off and has over the past week started to look a bit swollen. Also, probably completely unrelated but he has started to change colour. It started sith his bottomhole turning orange, this is spreading across his rear abdomen. Behind his pectoral fins is turning gold (actual gold not fish gold). Otherwise eating and behaving completely normal, for a crazy goldie that is! Tried to get pics but really wouldn't be of any help they were all blurred. Thanks in advance
4 fancies had them since June, they were tiny. Plus one surviving baby. 300 litres Fluval 450 Fake plants Bogwood pieces Water change due this evening, usually 50-75% every 5-7 days dependant on test results. Normal results are pH 6.5 but boosted to 7 with bicarb, temp 23-25, ammonia 0, nitrites 0 and nitrates 0-10 after pwc.
Thanks for that. I'm curious as to what has happened though. I used to test pH every week but stopped as it was always the same. I don't know what has caused this seemingly sudden drop. I always knew the pH was at the low end of fancy tolerances but as I never came across any problems in the first few months when I was testing more than once a week then it would probably be better to not start altering levels and such. Could it be that being low for a long time has lead to their current symptoms or more likely that for whatever reason the tank has suffered a recent drop greater than the usual gassing off?
pH in tank showing a color not on the result card! But I am guessing it is not good, best described as a diluted version of the test solution, not yellow as on the card but a sort of beige, tested twice, same result. I am assuming this means pH below 6.0!!! Tested tap water this morning, 7.4 and left a glass to test tomorrow.
What may have caused the pH to drop? What can I do about it?
I don't have gH and kH tests, utility website says:soft water, average hardness 15.5mg/l calcium, whatever that means?
PWC due tonight and was thinking about putting some of the fake plants back in.
So, quick update: Fish were producing long, white, sometimes wiggly poo. Sought advice here and dosed with Esher for the prescribed 3 days. Also fed them blanched and shelled peas on the first day of treatment to aid clearing them through. Tank readings today are: Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 20-40 Tank has just enough marina gravel to cover base of tank to prevent excess waste build up. Removed all plastic and silk plants, again were proving to be excellent waste traps. Bogwood in one corner with coiled up aircurtain underneath which is only turned on for maybe 15 minutes twice a day. Scooping visible waste with net, daily.
Fish are almost permanently dorsal fin down I feed them twice daily, 1 small pinch of fancy goldfish sinking pellets per fish per feed. This usually lasts a couple of minutes but now they don't always finish it. The two large ladies spend alot of time sleeping? Hanging around near the bottom in a corner out of the main force of the filter.
Flashing and very skittish, usually very chilled out and eager to greet. I am obviously missing something. The change in behaviour could be related to the removal of the fake plants but the flashing and reduced appetite is worrying me.
Any advice would be greatly appreciates. Thanks in advance.
Bought Esha 2000 and put first dose in. Guy at lfs said it sounds like it may also be worm o try Esha first as it is a really good all rounder. I did have a reading of below 25 ammonia yesterday but I think this was because I had moved the gravel to one side to leave half the base clear to aid with poop removal. I think the water may have stagnated in the mound? Last night I removed most of the gravel leaving just enough to cover the base. Will keep testing and monitoring. Thanks