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  1. This is really slow work, and today I needed a break. I've been saying that this is the year we're getting a pond, but before the actual digging on the pond starts, I have to get the "patio area" done, so we can see what kind of area we have to work with. Then we can figure out pond shape, etc. The patio area is carved from the side of a hill, and the reshaping of the back yard has been going on for a few years - two years ago: professional contstruction guy with a large Bobcat; last year: husband with rented backhoe-loader; this Spring - me with wheelbarrow, pick-axe and shovel. I'm doing the "finish work". This includes moving a zillion wheelbarrows of soil, and building the rock wall terraces. This is what I've been up to: I have to admit to taking many breaks, and eating chocolate bars to keep me going. The weather's been beautiful - too hot for this kind of work, actually. Spring is popping out all over, and I can't wait to be planting around the pond - and learning about water gardening
  2. Interesting... yes, one would think Doc Johnson would know what he's talking about. All of these products can be so confusing, I thank you all for helping me sort them out.
  3. Thanks, all, good info! I'll be looking into these products. Seems like the Jungle product does the chloramine and heavy metals as well, but I'll take a look at all the labels, and compare what each product does. Looks like I should stay away from the Aloe. Much appreciated.
  4. I love pearlscales - can't wait to see them grow! Congrats!
  5. I suspect I have really bad city water. In fact, I just requested a water quality report from the town, so we'll see what kinds of things they add and allow in the water. Even so, since water testing has now become a way of life around here, I am wondering if there are other things I should be testing for. For instance, I see that copper is not good for koi, and I suspect it would be bad for goldfish, too. And I've never been quite certain if I should worry about lead leaching out of my clay pots. Are there other metals that I should be concerned about? I'm on a mission to try to get my water quality good - in case you haven't noticed I've been posting here madly this morning. Thanks for any ideas you can share with me here!
  6. My KH reads 0, GH 1, out of the tap. I was wondering if it would be good to use a product such as "RO Right" mentioned on this forum. It is specifically for reverse-osmosis treated water, but I am wondering if it would be useful for my water, too? Is this healthy for the fish as well, in addition to helping with stabilizing pH? And would it be good for plants? Thanks for any info you can share.
  7. There are a number of products which remove chorine and chloramine. The one I have, Jungle Right Start, says it also contains Allantoin, a skin protectant. Is this kind of additive needed? I just set up a separate tank to aerate plain water, and in 2 days, the chlorine test comes back 0! I plan on using this water to do any large water changes. Someone on this site gave me the idea. It is great because it also allows me to use cold water and let it to come up to room temperature - and I don't have to wonder whether water heated in my water heater picked up any additional metals. And, I can get the pH just right in that tank before adding it. Thanks for the idea! However, when I use this water, do I need to add a skin protectant kind of product as well? And... I do not have a test for chloramine. Would this be "aerated away" as well, or not? Thanks!
  8. I had fun with the plants. The tank is in a big bay window, on the north-east side of the house, facing the street. It really isn't direct sunlight, but it is a nice, bright, airy room. I wasn't worried about the daytime, but about the traffic and auto lights during the night. I didn't want the fish to be disturbed too badly. So on the outside of the tank, toward the windows, I put a styrofoam base and stuck it full of silk plants. So the tank looks like it's heavily planted, but it's sort of an illusion. There are plenty of plants in the tank, buy much of what you see are silk plants outside the tank. Looks kind of nice from the outside, too. I put in some silk hydrangea blooms, and some silk rose blooms with "dewdrops" on them. I'm sure someone who visits will tell me that the fish are splashing and getting the plants wet! Thanks for all the comments! It's fun to share my good news!
  9. I just put my 5 fish into a 40-gallon tank! Everybody had been in their various quarantine tanks, and today was the big day! The trouble consists of: two feisty young commons, the two swift young comets, and one large comet, 5 years old, which had formerly spent many years as an only-fish in a fish bowl. The only bad thing was that one of the comets had some tail damage (though I'm sure he'll be ok, thanks Chrissy and Roc.) Anyway, what happened when the fish went into the tank was, to me, a wonder to see. They instantly formed a school, and started following the largest/oldest fish around. They formed a line, and explored the tank together. I had moved all of their respective plants, driftwood and ornaments over, so there was plenty to explore. It's a nice, long 4-foot tank, plenty of swim room. I had fed them all this morning, before they moved, so nobody should be hungry when they met one another (though the smaller fish are not exactly snack-sized for the larger fish.) Then this afternoon, I did give them some more food, including peas. There was no fighting or chasing. I have to say I was worried about feeding time, but it seems like it will be ok. Anyway, here's a picture of the entire trouble, shortly after they went into the tank:
  10. Thanks, Roc. That is encouraging. I guess it's not too uncommon for these kinds of accidents, and it is a relief to know that they do heal. I will definitely be taking good care of the water, so as not to invite anything nasty, bacteria-wise. Thanks for sharing your experience.
  11. Thanks Chrissy, I feel so much better! I will get some Melafix, that sounds like a good thing to have, and it says it doesn't hurt the biological filter. I assume your Moor's tail grew back and he was ok? Thank you again! Off to the fish store...
  12. While catching a fish, I injured its tail fin. A piece was nicked off! I am worried that now the site of the injury might be a problem, possibly inviting an infection, so I started the tank with salt. Any thoughts on this? Should I bring it up to .3%? Other ideas? I feel really bad about the fish! I just don't seem able to catch them effectively. This time instead of a net, I tried a salad spinner - the bowl and inner plastic colander. I was moving 5 fish to their new shared tank. With the first two fish, it worked fine. I would just gently put the colander under them, then when they were trapped, put the bowl under and pick up the fish with the bowl, colander and water. Then I was able to pick up the fish out of that small container with my hands, and place him into his new tank. The third fish thrashed about more, and the injury might have been then. In hindsight, I suppose I could have just put them into the new tank, water and all. The last two fish, I caught in their tank, with my hand. A bowl wouldn't work - they feel the pressure of the water coming and just swim away. These are small commons and comets, and they are very swift! Anyway, I am thinking my salad spinner bowl idea was not good, even though the plastic was soft with no sharp edges. The fish do seem very happy schooling together. I just want my little one to heal! Any help is most welcome!
  13. I just dosed him with Prazi, and started adding salt again. Actually, now he's swimming around, and did eat a pea out of his dish. Maybe he was just having a lazy morning on an overcast day? I will watch him carefully.
  14. Here he is again - this is not normal. He doesn't seem to have much gill movement, though he does follow me with his eye. Now I'm getting more worried!
  15. Here is my fish, sitting on the bottom! This one fish is in a 15 gallon tall tank. He is about 5" long, 7" if you count the tail. Water params: Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 7 (before 1/3 water change) Chlorine 0, pH 6.8-7.0, KH 0, GH 1, pH from Tap 6.4 150 gph AquaClear filter, water changes and vacuuming: every 2 days about 25%, once a week 50%. Running over a month. Use Jungle Right Start dechlorinator. For pH, used baking soda, but started with Buff-It-Up a few days ago with a water change. Fish was given Prazi and salt for 1 week. Fish eats goldfish flakes and crisps, Pro-Gold and peas. There are no strange markings on the fish. This morning when I noticed the bottom-sitting, I found that the pH was 6.8, so I upped it to 7.0. Nitrates were 7, so I did a 1/3 water change, temperature matched, and made sure chlorine was 0 - even adding a little extra de-chlorinator. pH was set to 7 with Buff-It-Up. Could this behavior be due to a "pH crash?" I am worried about the fish, and I want to know if there is something else to check. I know the fish normally spends a lot of time in its hiding corner, as that's the part of the tank that needs the most vacuuming. But usually when I come into the room, he begs and acts lively. But not today. He has done a bit of swimming today, some of it even erratic. When I vacuumed and did the water change, he became almost frantic, which he usually does not do. Maybe he was frightened by something? This fish was given to me by a friend who kept him in a fish bowl for 5 years, and he would hide on the bottom under the plants there. But again, the hiding and bottom-sitting just doesn't seem right today. I do note that his top fin is up, which I take as a good sign. He is supposed to be going into a 40-gallon tank with some other fish soon, in case the tank size is a concern. Maybe he is just lonely and bored, and will enjoy it when he gets in with the other fishes. As always, advice is very much appreciated!
  16. In my tanks I clean the gravel at least every week, and change part of my 3-part filter every month. It sounds like water quality could be an issue. Also, how often do you change the water? I suspect after a year, your fishes have grown, so what might have worked in the past is not enough with bigger fishes. Also, goldfish are a lot "messier" than tropical fish, so if your local fish store told you that cleaning gravel after 2 months was enough, they don't know goldfish! Anyway, the water changes/gravel cleaning and water quality is always a good place to start. If you have a test kit, is helpful for people to know what the readings are - particularly for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. There is a whole list of tests on the "disease" forum and it would be helpful when tracking down a problem if you could give as much detail as you can. Do post back if you have more info - there are a lot of people on this forum that have a lot more knowledge than I do, and the more information you can give, the more that people can help.
  17. Oh yes, the "local fish store" advice. My lfs told me I wouldn't need a gravel vacuum for about 3 months. So I didn't worry about vacuuming for about 6 weeks, and when I did - what a mess! That was my first lesson about not listening to people at the lfs. I now have a large new fish in a small-ish quarantine tank, and I do a little vacuuming every day - in addition to regular water changes of course. Water changes can be a pain while cycling, but once it's done, life returns to normal - at least it returned to what passes for normal around this house. It can be kind of frustrating testing every day, and the beneficial bacteria don't seem to be doing their job - and then suddenly all is working in balance. It will be good to hear how things go - we all learn from each other's experiences, and the really experienced folks like Pixiefish have a lot of knowledge so share.
  18. Pictures? Pictures? We love pictures. Please give us a link! I can't add to the great advice so far, so I'll just say
  19. So sorry to hear about Goldie. Such a beautiful fish with long flowing fins. I love Gullmer's light coloring, too, and it's wonderful that he's doing well! Sounds like the fry are a lively lot, too.
  20. Sounds like you're going down the right path with getting test kits for the water, and your diligence in taking care of those parasites. You have a nice large tank, too, that's great! Until you get your test kits, many fish stores will do a water test for free. You just have to bring in some of your water. They might not do the tests as well as you would yourself with your own kit, but it might give you some idea for now. Try to get them to give you the actual numbers, not just have them mumble "Looks good" or "Kind of high". Do you have a "gravel vacuum" - a siphon kind of thing? Good luck with the fish, and welcome to Koko's!
  21. Hi again Robin, I wish so much I could help on the medications, but unfortunately, I don't know enough. However, I will pass along this post on using salt - from someone most knowledgeable - regarding types of salt, and dosages for medicinal purposes. Using Salt, Which salt to use and how? Your fish may need something stronger, but again, I know the medications are specific to the problem, and I coudn't comment. Some medications may not be compatible with salt, so if you start a medication, be sure to check that out. When you add the dissolved salt, be sure not to get it anywhere near the fish when adding it. In fact, I now add it to a bucket of water going into the tank during a water change, so the fish doesn't swim into the concentrated salt-water. If you could post a picture of your fish, that would be helpful in diagnosis, if that is possible. Many people load their pictures up to PhotoBucket to share them. I do hope for the best for your fish - it's not fun when they're sick!
  22. How large is he? What a handsome frog. I have always loved frogs since I was little - the outdoor kind - but I never thought of having an indoor one. Thanks for sharing!
  23. I am new to goldfish, and I can't comment on the medical aspects, but I do have some comments that I hope are helpful. So until one of the experts who knows the disease side comes on, here's some food for thought. As you said, the size of the aquarium you have your fish in (5 gal) is very small, and the ammonia and nitrites seem to be rising overnight. I also have a large goldfish, and they do generate a lot of waste! My thought would be to get your fish into the 20-gallon, and it would be better off. You wanted to know about sterilizing. Well, I know Koko's folks trust "GoldFishConnection", so here's a link to how they sterilize: http://www.goldfishconnection.com/articles...amp;parentId=10 I also have used bleach - as discussed in the above article. You put the bleach diluted in water into the tank, let it sit, then rinse, rinse, rinse very thoroughly. Then fill with water, and add a dechlorinator. I put in a huge amount - they say double-dose but I do more than that. Let it sit, rinse again very well. The above article also has you dry it and let it sit for an your. I would refill and test, and maybe dechlorinate/rinse again. Anyway, you get the idea. Between the rinsing, using the de-chlorinator, and testing for chlorine to be sure you got it all, that seems to work ok. Another thing people use is Potassium Permanganate. You can get it at Sears, it's for water softener equipment, so you have to go to the department that sells washing machines and that sort of thing. You would likely have to ask for it, it's not stored on shelves in my store. Here's a reference in Koko's that mentions using Potassium Permanganate to sterilize a tank: Ways of sterilizing a tank If you decide to go that route, read up and be careful with the stuff, and remember that it stains. Post back and someone can help you out. They say not to use soap, that would be bad! Welcome to Koko's! There are people here who have a lot of information, and we all certainly love our goldfish and will try to help as much as we can.
  24. Such cute little fishies! You must have been doing something right to have so many of them survive!
  25. I love my driftwood with Java Fern tied to it - I can move it around when I clean the tank. I just read that driftwood lowers the pH of the water. Does anybody else have that experience? I have to adjust my pH anyway, and change the water regularly, so maybe doing that, I don't have to worry about it. I'd be curious if anybody else has found that it affects pH much.
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