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  1. I am not a scientist or anything and this is why I ask these sorts of questions. I many times have used filters, bubble wands, aquariums, and things of that sort from past setups with different fish. Like for example say I had a filter that was used with some sick fish and then was rinsed well and put away for a few months, then I added it to a new setup. Does this need to be sterilized? I mean is just a rinse good enough? Yes I am sure many of you sterilize everything to be sure but what I am getting at is how long can bacteria that causes fish illness live on this stuff? Can something live on a piece of glass or plastic for months on end. Kind of wondering as I have a big box full of old equipment I dig into from time to time.
  2. Things are progressing. I did a 80% wc two days ago and have been treating with pimafix. No salt yet, however I am going to start it I think. The white is covering all of the top of his head. I think I can see some orange or red in there as well, not sure if it is an open wound or just coloring. Here are some shots I got, it is so hard to take pictures of this little bugger because my camera does a little flash before the flash and he runs away. I am forced to not use the flash which makes it hard to get a half decent picture. Here are the best I got out of 50: Any advice would be great
  3. I just noticed them today. I was checking him out last night for fungus, as I am treating with pimafix for some mild fungus on his tail, and I didn't notice them then.
  4. It could very well be a wen. The spots are right above the rough patch between his eyes which kind of looks like a mini wen. I'll try and get some better pics tonight after my wc when the green water is mostly changed out, I find I can get better pics when the water is clear. He has some bubble eye in him so a wen is possible as he seems to be a mix.
  5. Well it's time again for this discussion [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 0 (Green Water) [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? PH 7.6-7.8 KH 50 GH 60 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? PH 6.8 KH 10 GH 20 PH is controlled with crushed coral and PH matched water during a wc. The reason i am going back to Goldfish Plus water conditioner(see below) because it contains a buffer and changes the water to 7.6 during a wc which helps me match the PH. [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Hagen, API - drops [*]Water temperature? 75 F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 27 Gallon - running 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? 80% weekly [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 fish 6 inches including tail [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime and Nutrifin ph stabilizer - phasing both out for Nutrifin - Goldfish +. [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Feed twice daily. Fed Metro Meds dec 21 - Jan 3, Jumpstart Jan 4 - Now. Fed peas once and frozen blood worms once yesterday. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No [*]Any medications added to the tank? Pimafix [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Fungus between eyes [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No unusual behavior, acting fine, sometimes a little floaty after the feeding the jumpstart but I have chalked that up to his sole diet of pellets as of late I have a bad feeling about this one. I'll try and tell the whole story here, sorry if it gets a little jumbled. Peepers went through a bad case of bacterial infection about a month in a half ago. I would call it dropsy but some have corrected me before saying dropsy is just a condition that is caused by bacterial infection. My other telescope Google died of this infection with real bad pineconing. I treated with a number of thigs,while diagnosing the situation - salt, prazi, Marcyn 2, and Metro Meds. The Metro Meds worked fine and everything seemed okay. He developed some fungas on his dorsal fin and tail fin lately, not much at all so I decided to treat with Pimafix, it has been in the water for 4 days now. A side note here I have had some green water for a long time now and cured it the first time with a cheap uv sterilizer. When I started the Prazi I removed it and never used it agin until last night about 14 hours ago because my green water is getting out of control again. I didnt sterilize it as I wasent really thinking and now it could of contained some bacteria from last bout of ilness. But I would think it would take more than 14 hours for symptoms to appear. The fungus between his eyes I noticed this morning (it wasent there last night) when I got up and it is quite prenounced. It is in a symetrical pattern on each side of the eyes. This has me worried because it is right near where he has had a rough raised (not discolored) patch between his eyes since the initial infection. What makes me think the infection is back is that I have noticed the past several days some white stringy poop in the tank. Not exclusively white poop as he still poops solid poop the same color as the Jumpstart. Right now I am going to start the salt at .1% after a huge 80% wc, maybe even a 100% change. I want to start the metro meds but can you start them back to back like this? As always I would really appreciate your advice and help so that we can get Peepers healthy again.
  6. That is a really good idea to scan them. I bought the bottle by itself as they are much cheaper than buying the kits themselves. I did contact Hagen to see if they had one for download but they said because the variance between printers the proper color cannot be achieved. I think the colors should be close enough for reading when printed, but they disagree. Anyhow they are sending me a copy of the manual for free. This shows how good their customer service is. Thanks again
  7. YAY!! This is so awesome I thought I would never find it! Thanks :)
  8. I was wondering if anybody has the color chart for this test kit? If so could you scan it and send me the chart? Or if anybody has the link for this color chart let me know. Thanks in advance.
  9. Thanks ashlee for the proper levels! It has been so long since I cycled I really needed a refresher
  10. Excellent question! The main Kokos site reccomends to keep them under 2.0 (here is a link to that information ). I personally would try to keep them under 1.0 at the the very maximum but make a daily water change and test those levels daily. Other members may chime in here with levels.
  11. Yep I would say you caused a huge bump in your cycle. You want to keep your ammonia and nitrites as low as possible (some is required for the tank to cycle). But ammonia and nitrites are toxic to the fish. So that means daily water changes. The goal is to end up with just nitrates which means the cycle is complete. I use Nutrifin Cycle which contains BB when I am cycling to speed up the process. I think Seachem makes a similar product.
  12. Yes your bio wheels will have lots of surface area for the bacteria to grow on. Some people add bio media in the box for more bacteria to grow.
  13. Your old filter contained media (I assume) that had beneficial bacteria growing in it, which aids in the nitrogen cycle. Removing the filter would cause a major bump in your cycle. BB grows on everything in your tank, gravel, ornaments etc. So you may have not removed it all. You may be going through a bacteria bloom now while the bacteria propagates, which causes cloudy water. Fill your filter with as much media as possible for the bateria to grow on and keep up with daily water changes to aid in cycling. A water test of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates will tell more of the story to be sure.
  14. I contacted Hikari Usa and here is what they had to say: Question: I have a bottle of PraziPro opened about 6-12 months ago. The liquid has turned a pinkish color. Is this normal? Is it still ok to use? Thanks jody Answer: Jody - thank you for taking the time to contact us and for your support of our products. PraziPro is a pinkish color, so there is no issue as long as the product has not been stored in a place that will allow it to freeze. I guess it is always pink?
  15. Maintaining a certain level of ph in your tank is mostly a trial and error thing. What works for some people doesn't necessarily work for another because of different water conditions. One thing to watch out for is ph fluctuations in which a simple water change can trigger a dangerous drop or rise. Many people use Buff it Up to maintain ph. I personally use PH Stabilizer by Nutrifin and crushed coral for maintenance. Good luck in finding what works for you. In answer to your question I would try the 9 cups of crushed coral and monitor levels. I wouldn't say that much coral in your volume of water is going to spike it so fast that it would be dangerous.
  16. Melafix is a mild treatment for varoius things including split and frayed fins. I use it myself with great success. It wouldnt hurt to try that to spead up the healing process.
  17. Yeah I just checked mine it is pink as well. I opened mine about 6 months ago. I can't remember if it was clear before.
  18. Agreed with above posters. If possible try to pick up at location instead of having it door delivered. Less handling of the box and it wont get stuck on a delivery truck all day.
  19. Usually people QT so that the fish they already have don't get sick. You have no fish in the other tank. If it was me I would start fresh in the aquarium and cycle in there. You would have a larger volume of water to work with so your ammonia is easier to control and you can keep an eye on him better.
  20. I haven't been keeping up with all the threads but why are you cycling in a tub when you have a perfectly new aquarium to do it in? I am sure there is a good reason but I would enjoy the little guy in the aquarium.
  21. Congrats on your new fish Glad to hear that you finally got him. If you think it is water quality then test the water and do an appropriate water change. Did you ever test your tap water? You shouldn't have had ammonia before you added the fish. I would start Melafix as I don't think salt should be used with ammonia present. A more experienced member will be along soon for treatment options. Try to get a light on the fish and see if you can get a good picture. Take 100 pictures one is bound to come out. If your taking pictures from the top wait until the fish is at the surface. Also get an air stone going for O2 levels. If not for now leave some space between the filter outtake and the surface of the water to create bubbles.
  22. I am on day 9 of the MM. I must say Peepers is making an excellent recovery. He is swimming around acting himself. He still gets a little floaty from time to time. He gets about 6-8 half pellets a day broken up into two meals. I wish I could vary his diet but with the MM I have to stick to the pellets. Enclosed is a video of how he is acting now. He has a rough patch now between his eyes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN_lvovzSy8
  23. Goldfish should be fed several smaller meals rather than one big one as the latter passes through with much undigested food, causing more waste. Food can be the cause of many problems with goldfish including bouency and swimming troubles. They will eat as much as possible causing these problems is why they should be fed minimally and more often than as one big meal. This type of feeding mimics them in the wild where they would be constantly grazing. Fasting one day a week is also recommended to clear their tract.
  24. I would be curious to find out where the ammonia came from. Test the tap water, then with cycle, then with stability, then with every other thing you did to the water until you find out where the ammonia came from.
  25. Something sounds strange there. Those products to speed up cycling shouldn't contain ammonia, just nitrifying bacteria to get things going. This nitrifying bacteria will starve without ammonia so adding two different products containing bacteria or double dosing is going to do nothing, especially without the presence of ammonia. Double check the ammonia with your drop kit and also check your water from the tap, sometimes public even well water contains ammonia. Just out of curiosity add some cycle and stability to some tap water and test it for ammonia.
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