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  1. 28C which is 82F I find kind of high for goldfish myself. Lots of members keep their tanks that high I know though. Mine are at 74F pretty much all the time, I have had no problems. If your goldfish is still pineconing this could be dropsy and you should start a thread in Diagnosis & Discussion to save your fish. A swollen belly is also a sign of dropsy. Get on top of this fast if it is dropsy as it is fatal. I have never known a female to pinecone from being egg bound, but I have been wrong before. I think it is the temperature flucuation from warmer to colder which causes the female to drop which I beleive simulates morning when fish are known to lay their eggs. When you say they were un-fertilized eggs are you saying your male is not milting? The female drops her eggs and the male milts(fertilizes) them. I dont think that temperature would cause them not to spawn. I am not sure all the reasons she wont lay the eggs, other members probably know the reasons. I do know epsom salts can help them lay the eggs, I think the dose is 1/4 teaspoon per 10 gallons. You can also stroke her belly (dont squeeze) if you are comfortable handling her. Just cup her near the surface, do not lift her out of the water. I wouldn't say their is a way to stop her from producing eggs. Maybe they go through menopause. Lots of veggies should be feed when the female is egg bound. Blanched unshelled squished peas work well, also steamed veggies, cut finely. Keep us posted
  2. I had taken care of some koi for 4 days once. A couple of them would swim between the side and the airline tube over and over, kind of like a game to them. They kept knocking the air bubbler off the wall, the little buggers
  3. I'll get slapped with the koko's stick if I tell you two goldfish will be okay in a 10 gallon Short term might be okay but that would be your call. If you do keep them in a 10 gal make sure parameters stay safe. Also they can get stunted if left in there too long. I know nothing about plecos but other members do so hopefully you will find help with that. Can the pleco live in a 10 gallon while it gets better? What are his symptoms? 10 gallons are not all that big, can you move it away from the ac?
  4. Hopefully you can find parts like the others mentioned. It looks like your filter fits into that hood. If possible I would take the hood right off and get a strip light that attaches to the sides. Unless you have pets or something that have a habit of getting into the tank.
  5. Well said, that makes sense. Oh yes, you have a beautiful telescope by the way
  6. Yes I see what you mean. Peepers tail is just so much different than my last Moor. Its seems to more flat/horizontal on top. Do you think it is a genetic defect or just a different tail shape? It is a beautiful tail I love him the way he is, I am just curious. He is not as plump as other Moors I have seen as well.
  7. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 3 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 (I use a conditioner that brings it to 7.4-7.6) before water change [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? drops-hagan, api [*]Water temperature? 74F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 27 gallon, 2 years [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 2 -aquaclear 50, 400 gph [*]How often do you change the water and how much? weekly - 80% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 - telescopes- 5-6inch, 4-5 inch [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Goldfish plus [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? twice daily, saki hikari, gel food, peas [*]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? I guess you could call it grains of salt or little white looking specs on caudal fin [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no Just noticed little white specs on Peepers tail. Now he has breeding stars on his pectoral fins as shown in the second picture. The specs on the caudal fin look the same but I didnt know they could get them on the tail?
  8. I always thought my black moor had a weird tail and thought it was a genetic defect. After looking at the different varieties I think it is a Butterfly Tail Moor? From the top the tail takes the shape of a butterfly, however I cannot get a good picture from above given the depth of the water. Here are a few snapshots from the side to help you identify my moor. Don't mind the spots on the caudal fin on the first picture, I am posting in the Diagnosis and Discussion about that.
  9. The light will perk them up, especially if they have had minimal lighting before. Just make sure that you keep the lighting consistent, meaning turned on and off for the same amount each day and try for the same times. However light is most likely not the issue here. Bottom sitting and clamped fins are signs of sick fish. Water quality is essential in all cases, even when they are not sick. Take the advice of others and get the drop tests, even a understocked fish store has ph drop tests. Knowing your 4 essential tests will tell us if you have a water quality issue causing sickness. Without the tests we are left with a guessing game of what is going on here. You have added new fish to an established tank which can bring disease/parasites into the tank. The QT tank that has been recommended is best at a size of 10 gallons, which is optimal for treating a sick fish. In my opinion the new calico does not look healthy, the redness on the gills looks suspicious also as noted in the thread, the clamped fins and bottom sitting. I am a bit confused as to why the fish would be perky and then listless though. Other members will help diagnose your fish properly and this thread should/will be moved to Diagnosis & Discussion, where other information will be needed. Wash your hand between working on your other tanks, rinsing off all the soap, this will make sure you dont transfer any disease to your other tanks. Your fish are in good hands.
  10. I hear the greater the variations between pairs the more difficult they are to breed.
  11. That tank temperature is perfect in my opinion, no problems there. Goldfish do require light so if they are not near a window then a full spectrum bulb to simulate sunlight works best. I think if the tank is getting enough light from a window you might be okay. I recently invested in a full spectrum strip and it actually perked my guys up quite a bit. They get that light for 10 hours a day and some low natural daylight in the morning.
  12. We really need a pinned thread regarding egg boundness or an article in the research section because this comes up all the time. Epsom salts works as well, the dosage is low 1/8 teaspoon per gallon, I believe. It helps with constipation and egg bound females. I would try that after playing with temperature as Sarah advised. Also wait for mods before administering the salt. Stroking her belly can simulate breeding behavior and help release, just don't squeeze her belly.
  13. Mine sleep just like your picture. They nestle their little heads under a rock or in my case my plant vases and chill like that. They don't do it much when the tank light is on, only sometimes 1-2 hours before lights out. Whats your tank temperature?
  14. Oh dear I hope I didnt scare you off with all my ramblings I have a tendency to wave that Koko's stick from time to time How are things with Bulls Eye and Ronnie? Best of buddies I hope
  15. I am kind of curious if the coral would raise your ph. From what I have read it holds it at 7.6-7.8. I don't think it would raise 8.4 ph water any higher. I could be wrong. Bucket test would tell the full story. How did the bucket test go with the Equilibrium? Do you have the directions/indications the product comes with? Also how large of water changes do you do and what size is your tank?
  16. Mine like many others stays in storage. I have a couple spare filters on hand so when I need it I just use filter media from my main tank to establish the cycle. So far no cycle bumps with using established media. I only see the need to keep a QT tank running 365 if you have many fish and are constantly using it, otherwise storing it is easier.
  17. I do mine on Sundays, it seems to be chore day for me anyway so I do the tank in the evening. I always love how the tank looks after a scrub down and fresh water. Since I have my ph issues sorted it makes things less stressful because I was always worried about ph shock. Now the tropical tank I have been lazy about, partly because I have a heavily planted tank and the nitrates are always staying below 5. I do that one whenever because it is a 10 gallon and a wc takes no time at all.
  18. Yeah I know what you mean by pricy. I just shelled out $140 CA for a 24" strip. The ballest did'nt even come with a bulb, I was disapointed but opted for the full spectrum bulb. Well worth the investment, the guys are loving the new light, they even seem more active
  19. The first reading on the Hagen kit is 0.6 and then the next is 1.2 So I agree the API is the best way to go. I think all drop tests are the same, your kind of stuck between colors and scratching your head.
  20. You sure in the right place for goldfish advice/care. Ha ha yeah I will have to say 10 gallons is too small for two goldfish My guess the fish were stunted as to why the one developed swim bladder. So yeah with the tank size 10 gallons is only good for one fancy, and 20 gallons is recommended for commons. I am a firm believer that goldfish have unique personalities and the behavior could be caused from the lost tank mate. He could be behaving this way when you are near the tank, for your attention. Try to observe when the fish thinks you are not there. Water tests will tell more of the story and for disease others will be able to help you along with that.
  21. The light source should be behind you and I hold mine slightly ahead of the card so that the light shines through. Others will chime in on how they do it, but that's my method.
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