08-07-2006, 09:31 PM
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Hi! Im new and need advice for my Oranda
Hi! I am so glad I found this site! I have been a goldfish mom for a little over a year now. I have a 20 gal with 3 baby black moores and a new 30 gal with a fan tail, an oranda and a dojo loach. The 30 gal I set up to house the fantail and oranda as they were getting too big for the 20 gal and starting to pick on my black moore. The tank is about 1 month old now and I used alot of the stuff out of the old tank.
All the time I tested for ammonia (always showed 0 and I used 2 different test kits)Nitrites showed 0.3 at its highest...I would do little water changes to keep it down. It read 0.2 for about 2 weeks and the other day I tested levels again and all were at 0. PH is at 7.8. When they first went in the tank they were showing all the symptoms of chilling so I have added a heater and the water is now kept at a steady 74 degrees. Now my problem is When the tank was cycling I noticed my oranda's tail with some blood streaks and brown around the edges..I assumed it was from the Nitrites. I now noticed a bigger red spot right at the base of the tail an ulcer? (I'll post a pic)
The fantail looks startled all the time and is hiding alot more,
they sometimes swim wildly and They hang around at the top alot. I also have a corn plant that seems to be turning brown. I run an undergravel filter with powerhead and a side filter as well. There is alot of bubbles in the tank..could this be causing them to swim like that? Without thinking I dosed the whole tank with maracyn two, I was told that it shouldnt disturb my good bacteria, but was also told to use Jungle Fungus eliminator instead so yesterday I did a 30% waterchange and added the jungle. This AM I test the water and the Ammonia and Nitrites were reading very high, the fish seem to be acting normaly now, very active and picking at the gravel for food (Ihave cut back on their feeding for right now) . I did a 30% water change this AM and another this afternoon and replaced the carbon to clear the meds out of the tank. I treat my water with Stress Coat, Aqurisol and a little aquarim salt. I want to get the tank back to normal then maybe try moving her to a hospital tank. Will I have to cycle my tank all over now? They are acting normal so would the readings be false due to the meds? How serious is the ulcer? Should I be treating her right away or are they somthing that can clear on its own? Any info will be greatly appreciated!