Let me make sure before you read that you understand that this is my brother's goldfish
(common). If I put this thread in the wrong place, sorry, I know this is tropical
fish keeping and not coldwater
fish keeping, but I figure goldfish are ok.
Anyway, I was going through my regular routine of water testing. Reciently I was overjoyed to find API test drops at my "local" Petsmart (55 minutes away). It was 130 test for $10. Alot better than the $12 dollars for 25 dip strips at walmart. That is besides the point. I was testing the water with my accurate API test tube and it registered at 8.5 (higher than the chart goes) within the first 2 minutes (of a 5 minute test). (PANIC!) I don't see how that poor goldfish is still alive!
We (me and my older brother) did a 25% WC yesterday (the day we tested it) and we are probably going to do a 50% WC/gravel vac. He is frustrated. He also is useing (my) Jungle Ammonia Clear fizz tabs. The tank cycled a while back. Oh, BTW, I forgot to mention a "small" detail...it is a 5 gallon tank! Yeah, I finally convinced him awhile back to get that 5 1/2" goldfish out of that 1 gallon bowl. What does he do? He puts it in a 5g. Oh, well.
My parents think I am trying to drag him into advanced fishkeeping (like myself, sorta), but I just don't want his goldfish to die or be tortured for the rest of its 17 years of life.
This could happen again, easily, I am sure. Any suggestions on getting the ammonia down (other than water changes)? I am sorry about the long, sad story of my brothers goldfish, but he is pretty worried/frustrated about it. I told him I would post, the good brother I am