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  1. i have both pro gold and hikari sinking pellets, but i was afraid they were sensitive to it. you think i should put them back on the pellets? I will get another filter asap, I understand how a tank is cycled, and i seriously thought mine was until i saw ammonia traces! this is driving me crazy!

  2. [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level? 0.25

    [*]Nitrite Level? 0

    [*]Nitrate level? 5.0

    [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4

    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4

    [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api drops

    [*]Water temperature? 80 F (were having a heat wave right now)

    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 gal, 5 months

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? topfin 40 gal hang on back filter

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much? once a week 25-50%

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish, one moor 6-7 inches incl. tail, and red cap 2 inches

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? api stress coat

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? shrimp 3x a week and blood worms 1x a week and occasional peas and veggies

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no

    [*]Any medications added to the tank? no

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? yes, my moor sits at the bottom, laying on his side and when he does swim(usually just to eat or greet people who walk by the tank), he swims on his side and has a hard time swimming right side up

    My moor has been having problems with floatyness (floating on the top of the water upside down) since july, until about the end of july where he began to sit at the bottom on the tank on his side still having trouble swimming right side up. I've tried everything, salted for a long time but i just stopped salting since last week, and ive tried fasting them for 3 days and feeding peas more than once, and i took them off pro gold and hikari pellets. my tank had perfect parameters before every water change for about a month now( 0 ammonia 0 nitrites and 5-15nitrates with 7.4 pH) but today, the readings showed signs of ammonia. i did a water change after that reading just now, so hopefully the ammonia has gone down. The last time i tested the water was last week when i did a water change. i really dont like to see my moor laying at the bottom of the tank anymore and have no more ideas of what to try. I only go home once a week because of school so its very hard for me to monitor him 24/7. but my dad is willing to help me out with any ideas you have to help my moor get healthy again.

  3. Hey guys! I thought i'd update with some more hopeful news, I wokeup this morning to a swimming fish, no turning upside down , floating or laying at the bottom! It's as if he's trying to wish me a good trip :) I am so relieved! I wouldn't have enjoyed my trip as much if he wasn't better ! Thanks to all you who helped, it was very very appreciated!!!!!

  4. well guys, thank you for all your help. I havent been able to solve the problem yet, my moor sits at the bottom now, he is not floating anymore. sometimes upside down, sometimes just sideways. he will get excited and swim around to eat, but thats about it. when i come near the tank, he will try to move, but doesn't give too much effort. tomorrow i am leaving to japan so i wont be home for 3 weeks, in which time my parents will be taking care of my fish. i hope nothing goes wrong but i will have internet to contact them and can always come back on here and report to you guys what my parents are telling me, should there be any issues. i hope this floatyness, bottom sitting goes away, and i hope he is okay when i get back =/ thanks again for all your help guys! =]

  5. No I hvent been soaking the pro gold, is that why this happened? Today my moor hasn't been floating at the surface anymore, he lays at the bottom upside down. Is this better or worse? It looks worse :/ my parents have been saying he looks dead and it's freaking me out!

  6. possibly over feeding when we had our house fumigated because i kept them at a friend's house in a 10 gal, and my friend's little sister had a friend over that fed my fish without permission - i thought nothing of it because it was a one time thing, but now that i think of it, i have no way of knowing if she had done it more then once. the floating started at my friends house when they were in the 10 gallon temporarily. then when i moved them back to the 30 gal, the change of locations may have been stressful to them, also because their 30 gal tank had been cycled prior to fumigation, but i was afraid of the water hurting them from the fumigation so i replaced all the water/ filter cartridge, thus, re-starting my cycle..

    also i had been feeding hikari lionhead pellets for a few months until buying pro-gold about a week after we moved them back to the 30 gal. and that probably added to the floating problem.

    my moor seems worse, he is now floating all the time.

    the smaller red cap is slightly new, i had my moor in a 10 gal for 2 and a half years, and my red cap in a 5 gal for 6 months, until may when i bought the new 30 gal and put them together in it. they got along fine. the fumigation took place the first weekend of july and there was no floatyness until that weekend.

    i always dechlorinate water the filter media is cleaned in, and always match the water temp. the pH had dropped a bit, but it seems to be back to normal now.

    would it be okay to feed peas as a substitute for their daily food? or should peas only be fed as a once in awhile thing?

  7. will the floaty problem ever go away? as kukana said, some of her fish are still floating a year later! is this an okay way for a fish to live? i just hope this gets fixed soon =/ i fed the unsalted peas today, crossing my fingers that this will help a bit! should i feed more tomorrow? how do the peas work?

    ammonia - 0

    nitrites- 0.50

    nitrates- 10

    pH- 7.2

  8. i did a little experiment. i didn't feed my moor for two days, and he was not floating at all, acting completely normal ! and once i fed the pro gold, he went back to super floaty again.

    so i think i need to get some new food. how does gel food work?

    also, i was wondering why sometimes the water will be crystal clear and when i change the water (50%) the glass gets all this biofilm on it? is that normal? it doesnt happen EVERY TIME but it's happened twice already.

  9. martha, salt is at 0.3% now. i used salt because of the rip on his fin and the floatiness. is the salt unnecessary?

    kukana, that is interesting, because i buy new food every 4 months, and the past 8 months they have been eating new life spectrum and hikari lionhead pellets, and just this month i bought a fresh batch of progold. this could possibly be the problem! thing is, i noticed a bit of floatyness before i started feeding the pro gold, but maybe it exacerbated the problem?

  10. update: i changed 50% again, and my moor is swimming around a bit more. now that the nitrates are down to 10

    question: if i get crushed coral and place it inside the filter, does it need to be replaced once in a while or can the same coral be used for a long time?

  11. hey guys, so i did a water change yesterday as you advised, and did one again this morning without checking the water params before changing. but i checked the water AFTER i did a 50% water change, and the nitrates are soooo high! the color appears to be between 20-40 . i was so surprised, i am about to do another water change.. my moor is very floaty today. floating almost 90% of the time i see him unless he notices im around the tank. i also noticed there is a lot of biofilm in my tank today, and yesterday the water was crystal clear. also, i have still been adding salt in all of my water changes.here are the rest of the water measurements.

    pH- 7.4

    ammonia - 0

    nitrites - 0.25

    nitrates- between 20-40

    in regards to the pH, i will watch it closely for a few more days, and if it still continues to drop i will get some crushed coral. this can be purchased at any fish store right?

  12. hi there, unfortunately i did feed half of one salted pea. hopefully that wasn't enough to do anything harmful, and i have been changingthe water 50% every day. my moor hasnt been very floaty yesterday and the day before that, but he started gulping air at the surface once in a while. but today, he has started being floaty again, and also laying at the bottom but sort of in a floaty way, letting his body sway to the side. but he still is able to swim around normally when he is not doing this. my water readings this morning were

    ammonia: 0

    nitrites: 0.50


    pH: 6.8

    is the pH something i should be worried about? out of the tap, it is 7.6 it seems to be decreasing in my tank water. how can i fix this?

  13. captin findus: no the red spots dont really look like veins, they just look like the lines that are naturally on the tail but of a different color. they are small lines though. and yes! the moor in my profile picture is the same one! that was him almost 2 years ago haha! thank you for the compliment , im sure yours will grow to be beautiful as well!!! have patience though, my moor grew very slowly the first year i had him, then the second year he grew like a weed! and now on to the third year, i believe he has stopped growing for the most part! but ive heard they all grow at different rates.

    stakos: thanks for the support =] i will keep a close eye on the red spots to see if they improve or get worse

    devilduck: i will watch my pH and ammonia now very closely! hopefully the pH doesnt drop again!

  14. that makes me feel slightly better. sorry the pictures are fuzzy! he wouldnt stop swimming around after i had changed the water. haha. but yes, you are correct that there are no bacteria or anything white or discolored on the rip of the fin. but i don't know if you can see it in the first picture of his tail, but there are some small areas of red in the inner parts of the clear part of the tail. i dont know if that is normal.

    edit: i noticed the torn fin yesterday, and we had already moved back for about 5 days prior. im glad that my cycle seems to have carried on somehow ! i plan on fasting him today and feeding peas tomorrow. rips in fins will grow back with good water conditions correct? i will keep a close eye on my ammonia and try to keep it down to 0!

  15. ammonia - 1.0

    nitrites - 0.5

    nitrates - 20

    also , the pH was slightly acidic from the pH from my tap. it was about 6.8 and out of the tap the pH was 7.6

    i know you guys all said change the water to pH matched water, but my water is NEVER this acidic so i changed it. Also, i wouldnt know how to find water with matching pH. i also added some aquarium salt. 1 tbsp for every 5 gallon i changed

    i JUST changed 75% of the water. the results were taken from the old water. should i post the water results from after the change as well?

    Martha, when i had my house fumigated i wrapped the fish tank up with lots of plastic bags. but even though i wrapped it, i was still hesitant to put my fish back in. so yes, i cleaned out my entire fish tank including the hood, and i replaced all of the water and the filter bag.

    since the water seems to be the problem i will follow stakos' advice and do 50% water changes every day!

    here are some pictures to help!

    Ninja upside down


    his tail


    you can kinda see the part of his tail where it's clear here over by the bubbles


    another shot of the tail


    and the ripped fin


  16. I'm sorry but i cannot give you the water results at the moment, but i will have them by tomorrow morning.

    [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level?

    [*]Nitrite Level?

    [*]Nitrate level?

    [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

    [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

    [*]Water temperature? 75

    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 gallons , new tank

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? top fin 40 gallon

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much? every other day, 50%

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 black moor, 5 inches and 1 red cap 1 inch

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? stress coat

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? hikari sinking pellets, and pro gold, twice a day

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no

    [*]Any medications added to the tank? no

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? yes, the black moor's end of his tail is white with red streaks, but only the tip of it. also, his front fin seems to be ripped.

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? yes, my moor is swimming upside down and sometimes he just floats there upside down. he does this on occasion, he is swimming around 70% of the time but doing the upside down thing 30% of the time.

    I'm so sorry i am unable to get the water params but i had JUST finished cycling my tank 2 weeks ago, and we had our house fumigated so i had to keep them at a friends temporarily for a week in a 10 gallon, and when i moved them back i was afraid to use the water that had been there for fumigation so i replaced all of the water and the filter bag as well, so my cycle pretty much just started over. they have been through a lot of stress in the past month and I dont want to lose my moor, he's my favorite. please help! i will get the water params tomorrow morning and i will be changing 50% of the water and adding aquarium salt. any help is much appreciated.

  17. so i got him to buy a 2.5 gal tank with a filter! yay =]

    he salted it and conditioned the water and replaced the gravel completely.

    and he always tries to keep the water at the same temp when he replaces it.

    is there anything else i should advise him to do?

  18. I believe he changes the water every 2-3 days and 100% of it.

    I will ask him more questions and get back to you on them. And in the mean time, i will tell him to add salt, change all the water, and rinse the gravel!

  19. A good friend of mine has a betta in an unfiltered bowl, and says that his betta has been laying on his side and has brown stuff on his fin. Is this fungus? I am trying to get him a bigger tank (2.5-5gal) for the betta and have an old filter ready to go for him, but i was wondering what was the best way to treat this brown substance. Please help asap. Thank you very much! I did not post in the emergency help section because this is not my fish and i do not know water params. But any advice is much appreciated! =]

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