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  1. The fish seem fine. Gus has settled in a bit and has been able to find his food more easily, so that's encouraging. He still has the tumor though. I think I may have to put him to sleep in the near future. The water continues to read 2-4ppm ammonia, even though I've been testing daily and adding prime daily as well. I'm at a huge loss as to what I'm suppose to do about it, but at least my goldfish don't seem to be affected by it. At least not yet.
  2. @shakaho - it read 2-4 ppm, but either way it's too high. I read once that the test will pick up ammonia and ammonium and one isn't particularly harmful, but it'll make your test look bad. But I could be remembering way wrong. The fish were moved to a clean tote with an air stone and old tank water. The tank was drained, decor removed, sand removed and tossed. Filter was taken apart and drained, mechanical filter floss was replaced, and some bio-media got accidentally rinsed in tap water. Tank was setup again, filled, Prime was added as directed, filter was up and going again and the fish were dripped for several hours before being added.
  3. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 4ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 4ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 (KH & GH both 20-25 degrees) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API liquid test kit * Water temperature? ~70 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 90 gallons, over 6 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Ehime professional 2 * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly, 25-50% (it was a bit neglected while I was away at college, but not to an extreme degree) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Just moved, so 100% water change yesterday. Otherwise it would have been a 50% change about a week ago. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 fancy goldfish, three are large (hand size) two are small (half of my palm) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime water conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS sinking goldfish pellets, 1-2 times a day * Any new fish added to the tank? The three large goldfish added slightly after the two small ones * Any medications added to the tank? Not since moving * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Only treatment was Prazi about a month or two ago. First full dose lasted 3-5 days, second dose was almost a full dose (used the rest of the bottle I had) lasted until the next water change. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Fish in question has a fleshy tumor near the back of his dorsal fin. Fish not in question dose have some bloody streaks in her fins, I'm assuming from the neglect while I was away at college. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Fish with tumor is unbalanced, often tilting to the side his tumor is on (left) like it is too heavy to stay upright. Alright... well, it appears I have a few problems, while I came here looking to ask for answers for only one. First things first, I'd like to address the Ammonia level in the tank. I was unaware it was this high (and it should be noted that it was at 0ppm before moving the tank), I thought that Prime was suppose to help with tap water that had Ammonia and Nitrite present in it? Because I have a Nitrate reading my biological filtration is still working, but perhaps not at the capacity it should be. My mom helped me with moving this tank, and started rinsing the biomedia in lukewarm tap water at our house before I stopped her. The tap water at home is well water, and generally free of contaminants, but I'm wondering if it's playing a part in these readings. What can I do to lower the Ammonia level? Second off, all three of the large goldfish have one problem or another. I'd like help in finding solutions for all of them, if at all possible. Two of them are not as serious, one of them is. A little background, I took these three in from a friend (who took great care of them) because he was moving away for college and couldn't care for them. His mom was taking care of them before they came to me, and these fish were severely overfed. I would say these goldfish were obese when they came into my care, and have since slimmed down a bit. Goldie - 2 years old, large fantail goldfish. She has some bloody streaks in her tail fin. I've been keeping an eye on them, and they seem to be getting a bit better, but is there anything specific I should be doing? She also seems to have recently developed a slight buoyancy issues. It's not extreme and she doesn't have trouble swimming down, but her back end is tilting up higher than her front. Anything I should be doing about that? Nubby - 2 years old, large lionhead goldfish. Nubby is very food driven, which lead him to be the most overweight. He's gotten better at swimming and being more active, but he's still a bottom sitter. I don't believe there is anything wrong with him, or that he has trouble swimming, because he's quite eager to swim to the top for food or swim around when excited (usually about food) and seems to have no trouble at all. It's like he simply doesn't want to swim, that it's too much work. How can I encourage better swimming habits for him? Gus - 2 years old, medium/large black moor goldfish. This is the troubled fish. Gus is blind (oblong pupils, cloudy over eyes, genetic I do believe), has deformed gill covers (flipped around the edges, I was told this was genetic, but his gills function just fine), and most troubling is that he has recently developed a tumor near the back of his dorsal fin. The tumor appears to be growing and feels quite fleshy. Gus has always been a bit unsteady in his swimming, but since the tumor has become increasingly unbalanced. He tilts to the side the tumor is on, as if it's too heavy for him to remain upright. Occasionally he'll go completely on his side. The tumor doesn't seem to be bothering him yet, as his activity and appetite have remained unchanged. What can I do about his tumor? So, in summary, what can I do about the high Ammonia level, and how can I help Goldie, Nubby, and Gus? I don't want to euthanize Gus, but if nothing can be done about the tumor I don't believe his quality of life could get better, and it's not so great as it is. He has trouble finding food, avoiding obstacles, and with the tumor I worry he will eventually be in pain. I've attached a picture of the tumor.
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