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post #1 of 4 Old 01-22-2008, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Goldfish Emergency Please Help

I just bought a new tank for my goldfish. I used all the same decor as was in their original tank. At first they seemed fine and even ate a little. Now they are despondent. All three are hiding in or under things and are barely moving. I put them in the tank at 3:30. It is now 7:30. Is there anything I can do to save them?

1. Size of aquarium: 20 gallons
2. Is your aquarium setup freshwater or brackish water? Freshwater
3. How long the aquarium has been set up? four hours
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know) 3 goldfish
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium? yes (unsure of names)
6. What temperature is the tank water currently?
7. What make/model filter are you using? Topfin 20 #35903
8. Are you using a CO2 unit? no
9. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? no
10. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed? All
11. How often do you perform water changes? N/A (Just set the tank up today)
12. How often and what foods do you feed your fish? Goldfish flakes, algae wafers
13. What type of lighting are you using and how long is it kept on? Flourescent (Just today in the new tank. Before they had a different kind of light)
14. What specific concerns bring you here at this time? My fish are despondent
15. What are your water parameters? Test your pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. I don't know.
16. What test kit are you using and is it liquid or test strips? N/A
17. When was the last time you bought a fish and how did they behave while in the pet store tank? Four months ago. Normal?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-22-2008, 07:54 PM
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Did you use water conditioner?

Was the water temperature the same?

Did you wash out the tank? How did you clean it? Did you use soap, by chance?

Did you use the same water?

How big is the new tank?

Have you tested your water parameters?

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-22-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Did you use water conditioner? Yes

Was the water temperature the same? Approx. I am new to this and just tested it with my finger.

Did you wash out the tank? How did you clean it? Did you use soap, by chance? I wiped the sides with a paper towel. I didn't use soap.

Did you use the same water? No

How big is the new tank? Twenty gallons

Have you tested your water parameters? No. I don't know how to do that. I've had the fish for four months and never had a problem before now.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-22-2008, 09:26 PM
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if your old tank still is still set up, put them back in that. Then run the new tank for a few weeks without the fish in it and add a bit of fish food every day until the nitrogen cycle has stabilized. If the old tank is already broken down try to add as much as possible from it. Do a 30% water change as well. I'd recommend getting a liquid test kit (they are much more accurate than strips) and testing the water.
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