55 Gallon Tank 55g Cloudy water, Stressed Goldfish, Need Help

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Ive had my goldfish for 2 years now. The tank only contains rocks, and a filtration system. The water is also cloudy. I do water change every week if not every two weeks, I use Prime and Aquarium salt for each water change. I feed it every 3-4 times a day, between goldfish flakes and bugbite pellets.
It seems stressed and the fins seem stressed. Theres a red bump forming at the bottom of the analfin. Ive tried adding plants but it rips them up. Ive been told to add a aur pump, which im planning on doing soon. Please any advice!!


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  • #2
Welcome to fishlore :)

Firstly, how large is that fish tank..

Edit: never mind, the title says 55 gallon tank

Secondly I notice the fish has cloudy eyes, so that isn't good.

Could you please test your water parameters or go to your local fish store with a sample of water and ask them to test it.. please tell us the results.

Also can you fill out the emergency template

Best of luck :)
Peter :)
  • #3
Is the water always cloudy or is that a new development.

Feeding 3-4 ties a day might be a problem, though it depends on the amount fed. 1 small feeding per day is more than enough.

Need to know the water parameters, but you can answer that in the emergency template.
  • #4
Welcome to Fishlore to start with...
You may wanna test your water first. And yes, it does have cloudy eyes. 3-4 Times feeding is a bit much.
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"I do water change every week if not every two weeks" this statement leads me to two questions.... "How much water change are you doing when you do it?" And, "Why do you do a water change every week, if not every two weeks?, What's the reason for it?"

Is it because of high nitrates, or is it because the tank looks like this? Is it taking a week to do this? and sometimes putting off a change for another week? Or, is this the best it looks after a water change and time to settle?

Do you clean your substrate with the water changes also?

I'll tell you right now, I doubt that HOB filter is keeping up with the waste of this fish, it's a 55g, the fish is about a quarter of the tank length, so the fish is at least 11-12", the fish is also a good fifth of the tank depth, so likely 4-1/2" in height. this is a big fish and while the tank is probably adequate for the one fish to swim around, the filter likely struggles with the waste, and the water change schedule of every week or two likely doesn't cut it.

I would say from the pictures and description the fish has a bacterial infection but It looks like it could be heading to systemic here shortly, I don't like the cloudy eye and the red where the tail fin meets the tail.

I feed 3-4x a day to grow fish out, but it's not necessary once fish have reached near their full size which I think this guy basically is, it just creating more waste and cutting down the lifespan if you continue to feed like that once the fish is about finished growing.
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Hey y’all. Sorry for the no reply. Thank you all for the reply. When I got Chowder I didnt know there would be so much stuff I didn't know. Im just trying to correct that and further educate myself. I love my animals so much. Im gonna get a better quality filter soon.
- Lilly

What is the water volume of the tank? 55 Gallon
How long has the tank been running? 7 months
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? No
What is the water temperature? 76F
What is the entire stocking of this tank? Comet Goldfish.

How often do you change the water? Once a week
How much of the water do you change? 25%
What do you use to treat your water? Prime
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Vacuum the substrate first then the rest water.

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? No, I don't think so. Im sorry.
What do you use to test the water? Top Fin Freshwater Aquarium Test Kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 8.0

How often do you feed your fish? 3-4 times a day but now I know 1-2 is enough.
How much do you feed your fish? Pinch of Flakes or Pellets.
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Bug Bites Pellets/Flakes & Tetra Flakes
Do you feed frozen? Once a month. Krill.
Do you feed freeze-dried foods? Not Often.

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? 2 years
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 3 days ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? white/clear bumps on top fin.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? Ich-X Treatment for two days but stopped because I don't believe this is Ich. Ive also done water changes everyday for the past 3 days.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? His eyes arent black, I know that. But I believe he is partially blind, because he sees me when I approach the tank. Which I understand he can probably only see my shadow. His eyes became that way about 8 months ago when he was very ill, I think from to small of a tank and poor water quality. Her behavior is fine. She acts excited and isn't sluggish at all.


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  • #7
I would add a second filter on the other side of the tank possibly a sponge filter since you were planning to add an air pump anyway.

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