07-16-2014, 01:40 AM
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Thanks Olympia for directly answering the question I asked. I do understand exactly what you said about them not being built to survive. That's exactly what prompted me asking what I did.
As for fancy goldfish, while I can appreciate them for what they are, I just personally don't care for them at all. To me they kinda look deformed or something. Of course plain 'ol regular goldfish normally wouldn't be my choice for the showpiece so to speak in any aquarium and yes I do in fact kinda feel like it is a waste of a tank that big. The only thing that lead me to that choice is that when they get big they can be quite an impressive, sizeable fish and after my losses I kinda felt defeated and didn't care to take a shot at Oscars or cichlids or the like for a while. Nor did I want to dive into turning a tank that big into a community tank, and saltwater I already have setup in another as a reef, LOL. And of course I really wanted it set up again no matter what was in it.
To delve a little further into the infection. It grew like a fuzz/bacterial slime. Kinda like what happens if a fish or fish food or something starts to rot in your tank and you don't catch it until too late. Only thing is it was covering everything even the fake decorative rocks I had and the glass. No matter what I did I couldn't fix it. Multiple 100% water changes didn't even do it. By multiple I mean like 10-20 while letting the tank sit empty. After months of trying to battle this without drastic measures I finally got tired of it and took drastic measures. First I got some kind of store bought medication and way overdosed and just let it sit there filtering. Then I changed the water and dumped lots of vinegar in it and let that sit for a few weeks. Then I did the same thing with bleach. Finally I drained all the water again and super-saturated the water with plain old salt. Basically anything I could think of that would kill molds, fungus, parasites, etc. I did. After the salt water sat for a while and I had salt creep all over the place I finally cleaned everything up and got more fresh water in and let it run for a while again before putting anything in there. And now I am with the goldfish lol.
Well, now I'm done ranting and raving. Thanks for looking.