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Hi everyone. I'm a new freshwater person, sort of by accident. I am a science teacher and I rescued a goldfish (4" common) from being dissected in a different grade level. When I found him, he was in a bag with another of the same size that was already dead. Being thrown into fish ownership, I had no time to cycle the tank before putting him in it. He was in a rubbermaid shoebox for 24 hours while I went and got filter, air pump, gravel, etc. He is in a 20 gallon tank (buying a 40 gallon breeder this weekend) treated with Prime. I've been doing aproximately 90% water changes every day and testing with API Master Freshwater kit. Ammonia is hovering between .5 and 1 ppm total and .05 ppm free ammonia (based on Seachem in tank alert thingy). Nitrites .25 - .5 and Nitrates staying at about 5 ppm. Tank is on day 19 of cycling. Poor thing (His name is Lazarus because we thought he was dead at first) has what I think are ammonia burns on nose and fins and hasn't been eating at all. This morning I got to school and he is having these little spasms about every 10 seconds. Nose against the glass and just...twitching. I have gotten SO attached to him and have been trying to do anything I know to keep him alive and happy. Any idea on what the twitching might be and what else I can do that I'm not already doing?? Thank you in advance.