Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-14-2019, 11:55 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
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 (it’s been 13 days). They were swimming around happy and interactive and now they’re kind of floating at the top of the tank in the corner staring off into space and possibly even staring death in the face 😔 I’ve changed the water weekly (30%) and all water parameters are coming out in the “safe zone” for Goldies. What can I do? What am I doing wrong? I hope someone can help!
__________________

__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 11:57 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
rlederer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 479
What water parameters did you measure?
__________________

__________________
rlederer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:00 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
pH, nitrate, nitrite, hardness.
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:01 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
rlederer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 479
what about ammonia?
__________________
rlederer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:04 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
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
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:05 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
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?
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:07 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
rlederer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 479
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.
__________________
rlederer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:09 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
Ok I looked up symptoms and that sounds like what’s going on. Ugh! I feel so bad. I’ll get better testers.
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:10 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
rlederer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 479
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.
__________________
rlederer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:10 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
I even went to a “mom and pop” shop to get stuff and I feel like they did nothing to help me.
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:12 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
Yes filter, air pump decoration thingy, have changed water twice. There are 5 fish in there. 4 small guys and one kinda big guy but I thought they’d have plenty of room in 75 gal
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 12:41 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
rlederer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 479
Also, goldfish like cool water, about 70 degrees F
__________________
rlederer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 06:09 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
pH 7.8
Temp 74
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 06:13 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
And now I’m seeing tiny white specks (like salt) on the black moor. They’re all moving around now but hanging out at the top more
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 08:12 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
rlederer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 479
Change 30 percent of the water every day to lower ammonia levels until the tank cycles- a month or so. Vacuum the bottom for detritus and uneaten food. Ammonia a bit on the high side.
If the white spots are inch, there is medication for that. Vacuuming bottom also helps with an Ich infestation.
__________________
rlederer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 08:48 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
Ok great thank you. When I do water change should I just put dechlorinator in there or do I need to add anything else like aquarium salt?
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 08:51 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
Also, how often should I feed them? Once a day? And does that continue after the tank fully cycles?
__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2019, 12:53 AM   #18
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
rlederer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 479
If needed, dechlorinate the water before you add it to the tank. Aquarium salt is not needed. Feed them as much as they will eat in 5-10 minutes. That can be once, twice, or three times a day. The only caution is not to overfeed so that food goes to waste in the tank.
__________________
rlederer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2019, 03:56 AM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 13,694
There is a great resource in my signature - "start here" link, which is a basic guide with some additional links for articles here.

And this one for the Ich.
Freshwater Ich? Yuck! - Aquarium Advice
__________________
FW & SW
Favorite tank right now - 12G Edge nano fish

New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?
Start here - Aquarium Advice Article
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2019, 08:58 AM   #20
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 18
Thank you so much rlederer and Autumnsky!
The fish already seem to be doing a bit better, but now to conquer this ich business. I was thinking of getting Seachem Paraguard. Is that a good product?
__________________

__________________
Vestigialwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
new tank, newb, newbie, tan, tank

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is this cluster Frontosa Lover Cichlid Discussion 5 03-13-2016 03:15 AM
Hair Algae with Mushroom cluster? Autumnsky Nano Reefs 3 06-07-2014 11:37 AM
Egg cluster? piranha Freshwater & Brackish - Coldwater, Native Fish & Ponds 3 07-07-2005 05:54 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.