I have 2 goldfish in a 14 gallon tank. Both pH and ammonia are dangerously high and I have used ph down, and ammonia neutralizer have done a 20% water change every week and changing filters when I change the water. My fantail goldfish was all orange and has black spots and my other goldfish is starting to get finrot on it's tail. How can I help them?
You can help them by first of all getting them a bigger tank at least 30g for two goldfish I think and for now - you have to dilute ammonia so big 50% water change followed by twice a week 30%. Is your tank cycled - does it have beneficial bacteria? What's nitrite levels? How high is your ammonia and pH? To help with fin rot you can use Api stress coat or melafix. But your fish are ill because of toxins present in the water.
never Chang filter. you keep getting rid of the good bacteria. you should only have to Chang a filter 1-3 times a year if that. and for r1 fantail/fancy goldfish you need a 15 gallon aquarium 14 is OK and for every fantail/fancy goldfish you need another 10 gallons. people say 5 but 10 is so much better for goldfish. if you have a comet/common goldfish they need at least a 25 gallon long an for every one after that 15-20 gallon.
I would change 50-70% of the water every single day, twice a day if you have to, until the ammonia and nitrite is 0.
50-70 is allot of the water. I'm not arguing but if they do that there will never be any good bacteria and she will have to do that ever day that's allot of water even if it is only a 14 gallon. try like 15-20% of the water 2 times a day. 1 in the morning and one in the evening.
I have live plants in most of my tanks--2 2feet long strands of philodendron. they do quite well reducing amonia levels--even with the nastee goldfish.
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Hey Martian Queen, The plants only help reduce nitrate levels. It would be nice if they did reduce ammonia though. That would make things alot easier
dass why this alien makes sure her aerators and filters work. The Southern Indiana Martian Queen
BTW: i just bought 2 gouramis and 4 ocular impaired moor goldfish.
What size tank do you have?