Dear Fish Fans,
Anyone have any experience or offer suggestions for a brand new Goldfish?
Last night we got a new Calico Moor at our lfs Petland from a tank of healthy-looking Fancy Goldfish. He was the most active and frisky but all looked OK.
We put him alone last night in an established 2.5 gal quarantine tank. The tank pH was about 7.2-7.4 and the pH in the plastic bag carry-home water was about 6.4-6.6 so we dumped the water in with him.
Today he seems way less active and more listless as time goes on. He mostly sits still on the tank bottom although he will swim a little now and then. Nowhere near like before tho.
His fins are normal, not clamped. He's not gasping, breathing seems ok, scales and color perfect -- no marks.
This morning ammonia barely registered -- lfs water? -- pH 6.8-7.0, nitrates 10-20 ppm, nitrites zero.
So changed about 40% water and added Prime; so adjusted pH to 7.0-7.2. Also added 1/2 tbsp. aquarium salt.
established Aqueon 2.5 gal tank with integral pad filter
tests -- API liquid test kits
Nitrate 10 ppm
Had an API strip that says GH about 30-60 and KH about 80-120.
These poor little guys can crash so fast! Anyone notice anything wrong with the above or know anything to watch out for? Should we give him Melafix or Pimafix? Would like to prevent anything that might be wrong from getting worse for the poor little fellow.
Thanks very much,