my goldfish fins are down and tail is ripped?
i was doing a water change, i used the gravel vac, cleaned out the filter (no i did not use soap) used water safe , filled back up the water and added PH up and amonia safe ( i put two tablets in as instructed) I went down stairs, watched a movie that was about 2 hours 30 minutes long, and went back upstairs to find my goldfishes tail was ripped ( only on one ) and 3 out of 4 of my goldfishes top fin was down, what happened??? do i need another tan cleaner? I only did about a 50 maybe 75% water change, i dont now how his tail could have been ripped, he is the biggest and nothing has ever chased it so im very puzzled, please help.
Suggestion by Angela
Were you carefully looking at where you were siphoning the water? I put a net over my siphon to make sure my fish do not get ripped fins or injured eyes by accident.
1. Do not add PH up. This is only a temporary relief and goldfish can adapt to any PH. It is better for the fish to adapt rather than messing around with the PH. You can kill your fish if you mess around with the PH; the chemical stuff will work, but only for a few hours. You don’t want a fluctuating PH, but a constant PH. Just don’t mess with it and the fish will adapt.
Don’t put any more chemicals into the water.Unless you are treating something.
2. How did you “clean” the filter? Did you rinse it in hot water from the tap? Did you just take it out and replaced it with a new one? Never rinse your filter in tap water, never change your filter. Just rinse it in aquarium water and put it back in. If you use Carbon then you do need to switch it out, but not your media (the brown gunk is what keeps your fish healthy and not ill).
3. Why are you using ammonia safe? Do you have ammonia in your tank water? You have to test your water for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Most local fish stores will test your water for free or you can test it at home. API makes good testing kits. http://www.apifishcare.com/aquarium/water-testing
You need to learn more about the Nitrification cycle:
This is a short version of it.
You feed your fish right? Then they will poop. Your fish get sick because they swim around in their poop. Fish poop and other waste is Ammonia. Ammonia kills your fish.
Well then how do fish live in aquariums? This cool microscopic bacteria colonizes (it lives in your filter that brown gunk is the good stuff) and breaks down/ eats your fishes waste, thus you have a working nitrification cycle.
Here is more info on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOnDyDPDhy0
Depending on how you cleaned your filter. I think you killed most of your Beneficial bacteria and now you have a sick fish. You have to learn how to keep this beneficial bacteria alive or else your fish will always be sick. The bacteria dies if it dries out or if you rinsed it in tap water because Chlorine kills it.
Do every other day 50% water changes. I suggest you get Prime as a water conditioner. Seachem Prime.
You need to test your water.
You will know your tank is cycled when your readings come out to
How big is your tank? Here is more info on Goldfish care: http://www.myaquariumclub.com/some-basics-of-goldfish-care-1020.html
Happy fish keeping.
Suggestion by jenny
Firstly, dont change more than 15% of your tank water at once. If you collect tap water you can use water ager and safe start chemicals from the pet store to get rid of chlorine but it may be a different temperature to your tank water and may stress the fish out.
The filter should always be cleaned in a bucket of tank water to ensure the good bacteria which changes the ammonia (from poop) to good bacteria for the fish.
Sometimes if the tank is too small fish can bully each other (doeasnt really matter on size) they bite tails which do grow back in a couple of weeks but this is also dangerous as this can cause infections.
You might also want to consider buying a stronger filter. Its always best to buy a stronger power of recommended size. I use two filters which are 140gallon suitable in my 80gallon tank.
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