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Old 08-15-2017, 11:38 PM   #1
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help please

Hi Iam new to the server,
But I do have a couple of questions that I am hoping that this community could help shed some light on.

I currently have a 10 gallon tank with 3 fish in it, the bottom is covered in an assortment of coloured rocks, it as well holds 5 ornaments two of which are glow in dark plants.

The fish that are in the tank are as listed
Blue/red male betta
Feeder goldfish(out grew its 5 gallon tank)
Golden algae eater.

About 2-3 weeks ago I bought the golden algae eaters 4 of them for the size of the tank.
1 did not survive the transition of a new tank and died 2 days after introduction.
Unknown to me these algae eaters were covered in ick. Which caused distress for the goldfish for it was the first one to show signs.
I've sea salt treated the water, for 5 days in which killed 2 algae eaters except for 1 as well my fresh plants.
Next with the sea salt treatment ammonia levels spiked high ick did leave and has not returned.
But my goldfish again showed signs of ammonia poisoning with red like veins covering the tail.
Now treated the tank for ammonia by giving them freshest water you can buy, and small drops of meds.

Ammonia level has been finally fixed. But there is another problem. Again the goldfish this time is bashing its tail against the roof top of the aquarium and split his tail in several places, im worried its fish rot.

I have never encounted so many tank diseases until I bought those 4 algae eaters from the pet store.
Today I'm changing the water 100% and cleaning everything to see if it helps, but honestly I'm at a loss.

With in the last 2-3 weeks I've went from switching the water 40/60 to 70/40, now it needs a full clean.
Please help explain the behaviour of my poor goldfish.

Oh yea the betta is fine no torn fins, no sign of ick or anything but treated all anyway for safety.

Yes the tank is being cleaned today its dirty at the moment.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:34 AM   #2
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Wow, you have really had a rough time. Looking at your tank photos, it appears an algae bloom has occured. Your goldfishes thrashing around at the top of the tank might be related to an ammonia spike. Fish suffocate when that happens. Research the tank cycling information on the AA site. That will give you a starting point. Once you get down the basics things will improve. Good luck.

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Old 08-16-2017, 01:08 AM   #3
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Thanks yes they have been through a lot in only 2-3 weeks.
Here they are now in a cleaner tank.
The betta is hiding in his favorite sub
The algae eater is next to its pellet
And the goldfish is owning the tank again lol
The betta and goldfish are usually together like that no fighting.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:42 AM   #4
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Get some water lettuce if you can. It will soak up the ammonia, then you can throw it away after a day or so. A pothos plant could also help in this capacity (see photo). Ick can be treated by raising temperature for future reference. Also it's better to dip individual fish in a salt solution for 20min (I believe 1 tbl spoon per gallon) rather than introducing salt to your tank/system. Not everyone likes it and salt doesn't evaporate so it's there til you change it out.Click image for larger version

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What kind of filter are you running in that tank? I see a clear vertical tube which suggests and under gravel filter but I see no bubbles rising out of it.
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