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  1. sitting still/rapid breathing

    Increased aeration as you suggested. Took out about a third of the water so the filter output is making a big splash, power heads are tilted up to ripple the surface, and the lids are open. Keeping salt in the tank as you suggest is seeming like a good idea too. Gills are dark red/brown in color. They didn't eat anything offered at their usual time but they're eating a little bit now. I've been using stability every WC for a while.
  2. I don't have time to give the full rundown now but I will followup later tonight. I have two goldfish a 2 yrs oranda and a 3yrs comet in a cycled 90 gallon tank with an eheim pro 4+ canister filter. a few days ago due to both an overfeeding incident and being lazy on WCs, we suffered a bad nitrite spike, like 5+pm. I noticed this when the oranda had swelling around his eye (popeye). The comet actually seemed fine. Well now through a series of WC, dosing plenty of prime, I've finally brought the parameters into line (<.5 ammonia, 0nitrite, <5nitrate). I have been adding salt to .1% to help. The popeye already looks much much better, almost gone. However, now the Oranda is inactive, just very rapidly breathing in the corner for hours. He has been eating through this ordeal. The comet is pinned and breathing very quickly as well. Is that normal behavior while recovering from a nitrite spike and dealing with an internal infection? Or is there something else I need to do to help them recover? Thanks everyone
  3. Oranda underbelly red spots

    Good advice. Will do.
  4. Oranda underbelly red spots

    OK here is a pic with the cards before a 50% WC today: http://i.imgur.com/ktd1Rao.jpg . left to right is RO, tap, tank. Continuing PraziPro and MetroPlex. A slight wrinkle is that I'm going out of town for 8 days on Tuesday. The person I'm having look after my place doesn't know how to do water changes, so I'll obviously do a big WC the day I leave. What would be your suggestion for feeding instructions, as in grams per day or something (I have a scale).
  5. Oranda underbelly red spots

    OK so I want to mention that the red spots cleared up quite soon after I made this post, and I can make a new post with a new title for my concern, which is the Oranda frequently going to the surface and gulping some air. I have been doing 50% water changes every 6 days. I stopped feeding gel food and have been exclusively feeding the purple bag Hikari. After WC yesterday I started PraziPro and MetroPlex and installed a cheap heater that raises the tank temp to 76 I feel a bit silly now that I've tested RO water for ammonia because it really does look green to me. I'll let you all be the judge... http://i.imgur.com/07lGGPC.jpg . From left to right it's ammonia (RO water), ammonia (tap), ammonia (tank), Nitrites (tank), Nitrates (tank). Looks like between 20 and 40 nitrates to me but maybe I can't see reds either :/ edit: I'll add a video of the behavior: https://vid.me/nK9x
  6. Oranda underbelly red spots

    So today before WC I have Ammonia at .25 Nitrite at 0, nitrate at 40, pH 8.2, and my tapwater is .25 ammonia.
  7. Oranda underbelly red spots

    I have prazi and I can pick up some metro. What exactly are we trying to kill though?
  8. Oranda underbelly red spots

    I'll switch to just feeding Hikari for now then, and look for a heater. I haven't used acriflavine before but I read that it kills live plants. Should I be worried about that?
  9. Oranda underbelly red spots

    Yeah a couple times
  10. Oranda underbelly red spots

    I can't edit my post now, but I was duped. My city DIDNT switch to chloramines as far as I know. That's just what happens when multiple cities share the same name edit: and I even forgot to mention that the Oranda is still frequently lapping at the surface
  11. Oranda underbelly red spots

    Well here's a revelation: I tested my tapwater after my WC today and got a solid .25 ammonia reading. Yeah I cheated in my original post and assumed ammonia was still at 0 (it used to be...) . So next time I know to read the tank BEFORE WC. Levels AFTER WC are <.25, 0, 10-20. Oranda is gasping at the surface a lot. I thoroughly shook down my filter media this time according to your instructions. There really wasn't much gunk on the biomedia (seachem matrix), just a nice brownish film. I read that sometimes an ammonia reading in tapwater is caused by chloramines. My city's website says they add chlorine at .3 mg/L, not chloramine. Edit: JK they switched to chloramine in december of last year and never updated their website. They never notified me! Good thing I was using Prime all along instead of some lesser dechlorinator.
  12. Oranda underbelly red spots

    That's great advice. Is there a visual difference between biofilm and "gunk" ?
  13. Oranda underbelly red spots

    I do usually get an ammonia reading. Rarely seen it hit 0. I clean the canister every couple months by washing the filter pads out with water but I leave the bio media untouched. At the last stage of the canister filter I have seachem purigen. The HOB becomes clogged very quickly and I clean or replace the filter pad with every water change. When the plastic parts become clogged I shake them off in the aquarium. The comet is 6 inches and 2 years old. He was in a 10 gallon, but we got the current tank almost 2 years ago. The oranda is 3 inches and about 9 months old. The mark on his belly actually cleared up but today he is frequently going to the surface and gulping air and appearing to chew on it which is really worrying me.
  14. Oranda underbelly red spots

    So it isn't normal for him to rest on the sand?