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Old 08-14-2019, 10:55 AM   #1
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Newbie and new tank cluster

I am BRAND NEW to aquariums. My kids got some goldfish from a carnival (surprise Mom!!) and I wanted to do my best for these little guys even tho I was irritated that fish were being given out as prizes. A friend of ours had a 75 gallon tank he wanted to get rid of so he and my husband emptied it out and brought it to our house. They filled it up with water and I dechloronated and in go the fish. They were doing AWESOME until just a few days ago (itís been 13 days). They were swimming around happy and interactive and now theyíre kind of floating at the top of the tank in the corner staring off into space and possibly even staring death in the face 😔 Iíve changed the water weekly (30%) and all water parameters are coming out in the ďsafe zoneĒ for Goldies. What can I do? What am I doing wrong? I hope someone can help!
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:57 AM   #2
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What water parameters did you measure?
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:00 AM   #3
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pH, nitrate, nitrite, hardness.
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what about ammonia?
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:04 AM   #5
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I don’t see that on the testing kit that I purchased. Dang! I will drop by store on my way home from work and report back. I don’t even know what I don’t know so I’m literally clueless here
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Anything else I should get while I’m at the store? I have thermometer, and those other tests. Anything I need to have in general?
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:07 AM   #7
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Did you use the test strips or liquid? Test strips are notoriously inaccurate. Get the liquid test for ammonia. I suspect that might be the problem.
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Ok I looked up symptoms and that sounds like what’s going on. Ugh! I feel so bad. I’ll get better testers.
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I don't know what else you should get. For two goldfish in a 75 gallon tank, it's rather odd that there should be problems. They are not overcrowding the tank and you have been changing the water. You have a filter and the top of the water is agitated a bit, I presume? Let me know how the ammonia test comes out.
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I even went to a “mom and pop” shop to get stuff and I feel like they did nothing to help me.
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