I will give you guys the full story so hopefully in the end you guys don't think I'm a complete fool
. A year ago our kids won 3 common goldfish at the county fair. I knew there had to be more to it than just putting them into a tank and we all live happily ever after, assuming an inevitable end of heartbreak for the kids. I already have a lot of very time intensive hobbies and wasn't willing to take on the lead role of fish-keeping at that time. I let the kids/wife keep them as long as they took care of it.
I'm not going to lie, for almost a year I refused to have anything to do with it. The wife and kids lost 2 of the fish in the first tank within a month. It was just some crappy 2.5 gallon tank with a bubbler. After those losses the wife picked up another cheap 5 gallon tank with a not so good filter. It was enough for that tough fish to survive this long although I'm sure very stressed. At some point she even added a white Fantail to the mix. Eventually those 2 lil bastards drew my heart in by going to the front of the tank and begging me for food every time I entered the living room. I started feeding them and finally got attached a couple weeks ago.
With my heart finally in it I rushed to the pet store and ignorantly bought a frameless 10 gallon tank and another fish (Black Moor). This was only about 7-8 days ago. A day later my research progressed rapidly. I ordered a 44 gallon Landen Framless (36x18x18) and two AquaClear 50s along with a bubbler I had already bought. All the equipment for the new setup should arrive within the next 1-2 days.
I do understand 44 gallons is going to be pushing it for 3 goldfish, especially with 1 common involved as they mature. I do have to work within my limitations of space and did the best I can do to correct as much of this situation I can at this time.
The real issue I currently face is that when we bought the 10 gallon tank I had no clue what we were doing. I bought all new stuff for it and didn't transfer anything. The only thing I transferred was about 3.5-4 gallons of water to the new 10 gallon tank. I believe we brought in some good bacteria that got stirred up from the water transfer which I think helped, but obviously still a long way from a complete cycle.
I bought the API Master test kit as well as SeaChem Prime. I started testing the water as soon as I got my kit a couple days ago. I currently sit at .5ppm ammonia and .25 nitrate as of today which is improved from yesterday. I took a Nitrate test yesterday and showed 30ppm. I've changed out 50% yesterday and 50% more today. I will continue to do so 7 days a week if thats what it takes to keep them alive during this cycle. The first 2 days of the new tank I thought for sure they were going to die. I had no idea about de-chlorinating the water. Luckily, I seemed to have acted fast enough picking up treatment and they recovered from that quickly. They have been pretty solid since then but the 1 common developed blood spots around his fins. Luckily that day is when I received my test kit and started realizing I need to change out a lot of water. I believe it to be from the ammonia and am hoping the issue is improved. His stress levels seemed to have went down considerably following the back-to-back water change. He actually seems to be back to 100% minus still having the spot on his gills. I suspect there is a chance considering I even improved the correct issue that could recover in a couple days or so.
Any advice on what else I can do to get them to survive this would be highly appreciated. Somehow these things turned into me loving them like dogs in a very short period. So I really want to do everything I can going forward to do the best I can to make up for what we put them through.
I am also wondering if I should just transfer them to the new tank right away once I get it setup. I figured I would transfer 100% of the water, some of the decor, etc and pretty much be in the same situation anyways. That way it will help my Fantail settle down after introducing the new fish. It is really odd, he never nipped the common before. They were like best friends, never would be further than an inch of each other unless feeding, they just got along so well. Once introducing the Black Moor, the Fantail, which is smaller/slower than the common, picks on the common nipping him frequently. The common just takes it, even though he is clearly the stronger fish. The Black Moor introduced very smooth. The other fish don't bite him and he seems very happy. As far as I can tell, The Common and Black Moor are both males, The Fantail I'm not so sure on but suspect female. If that is the case, it makes even less sense to me.
Sorry for the long post fellas! Just wanted to give the full picture of where I'm at here. Hopefully you guys can respect that I am atleast trying my best to make things right!