01-13-2010, 02:21 AM
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The stocking guideline, Kelly, is too much. For two comets, a 75g is adequate enough. Her tank is fine.
Scarletter, I am so sorry about your goldfish having health issues.
Could you please test your pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
Test kit used?
How thick is your gravel?
Chances are good the red streaks are caused by deteriorating water conditions as they usually do. I would do a large water change on this one and try to minimize the amount of substrate as much as possible while upgrading the filtration. Unfortunately, goldfish are very messy to begin with. I no longer consider substrate in my goldfish tanks for this reason.
What you can do here is do a water change as much as 70%, slowly remove the gravel and monitor water parameters regularly. If you detect ammonia and nitrite above zero, do another water change ASAP and use Prime to help detoxify the two substances.
Lastly, if your algae eater is a common pleco or Gyrinocheilus aymoneiri, I would advise rehoming this one. Both are incompatible with any goldfish due to potential damage they may cause by sucking the slime coat of your fish and injuring them.
Please do not hesitate to ask more questions. If possible, PM me after you reply to this so I can immediately catch up to this.