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  1. I haven't been on here for a few months and unfortunately I'm on here 2night b/c I came home from shopping and found Gabriel upside down stuck to his filter!

    I'm so scared, this is the first time he has ever been sick and I don't want anything bad to happen to him. I'll get the water test results up soon, here's the rest of the required info. Right now I am trying to keep his round little body from the filter. He has put on lots of weight after I switched his food from flakes to pellets.

    Is this swim bladder? I tried doing a search on here but it wasn't giving me the posts I wanted.

    [*]Test Results for the Following:

    73 Water temperature?

    10 gals, almost a year --- moving him into 20 asap Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

    eheim What is the name and size of the filter(s)?

    once a week, 2 gals How often do you change the water and how much?

    just him How many fish in the tank and their size?

    kordon nova aqua + What kind of water additives or conditioners?

    nutrafin pellets and tetrafin pellets alternate once a day. peas once in a while. daphnia. blood worms. What do you feed your fish and how often?

    no 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?

    upside down! can't turn over!! getting stuck to the filter! Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

  2. I've recently stopped feeding Gabriel flakes and now use pellets. :ymmu I can't believe the results I've gotten! he has grown like 30% larger (nice round belly)! :lol I'll upload pics later if I can, but I am so pleased as I was worried be4 that he wasn't growing. now I use the leftover flakes to feed the other fish in the turtle tank. I'm so happy for my little boy!! :Jig:

  3. so I've gotten Gabriel a new tank, 20 gal long, and I've purchased a ton of plants for it. well, they don't look too good. I have goldfish weed, **** indica (I 4get the name), something else, and java moss. the moss is a lighter green then when I first bought it. the indica is dying. and the goldfish weed wouldn't stay put in its pot and has been floating around the tank but looks rather healthy.

    right now the tank is cycling. I've been adding an amonia remover in between the wc. I have to rosie reds in the tank to help w/ cycling (which has been extremely difficult). and I've been adding some plant fertilizer.

    now I had bunched the goldfish weed together and planted in a pot w/ gravel and did the same with the indica. the goldfish weed didn't stay put and the indica looked so beautiful for a week and then some of the "stalks" started to die.

    I spent a BUTT LOAD of money on these plants thinking that all I needed to do was put them in the tank. :krazy: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? how can I save these plants and keep my investment? should I take them out and put them in my 10 gal w/ Gabriel until the 20 gal cycles?

  4. thanks Koko. I don't know what I'm going to do. I emailed Rick from GC but all he said was that algae was healthy for my fish. I'd buy a UV light if they weren't expensive & I have green and brown algae. I'll post the results of the phos and kh test 2morrow. I really don't want the algae to kill my plants!!

    oh, & I originally emailed Rick 2 see if buff it up would help keep the pH stable while removing the phosphate.

  5. well thanks. I didn't want to email her b/c its not an emergency, you know? I'll have 100 posts some time soon; I just don't have a lot to add to conversations b/c I'm a newbie! :) but the pm option is very handy to have.

    One way to make a post more noticeable is to put it in the Goldfish Discussion section or in Diagnosis & Discussion (if it could belong there).
    I thought I was putting this post in the right place...? but thanks, I'll do that if I don't get anyone else to talk to besides you this week! lol :) :)

  6. I have two tanks; 55 w/ big algae problems and 20 w/ minimal algae. I am in the process of starting a planted tank for the 20 gal and I read that a planted tank helps control the algae although algae can grow on the leaves and suffocate the plants too.

    now I've heard that lowering your phosphates lowers your pH. is that true? if so, how can I remove my phosphates (w/ a phosphate remover in the filter) and keep my pH balanced?

    edit: would the buff it up from goldfish connection work or would it in turn raise the phosphates?

  7. hey guys, I just bought some nifty aquarium ornaments from a guy I found on craigslist. right now I've been using a vinegar + water mixture for cleaning. I don't want to transfer any bacteria or organisms the previous tank may or may not of had. is there any other way to clean these decorations?

    I also got a power head which is a bit icky and I'm soaking it in the vinegar + water mixture; any ideas on cleaning that?

    and a weird question: I've heard that ppl treat new fish for flukes be4 they indroduce them to the tank; should I treat my new items for flukes aswell??

  8. sand is a bad choice - if the turtle eats it there is a high chance of impaction.

    OOPS! I wanted to apologize about my earlier comment!! You must think I'm an idiot!! :donthit: I was wrong about sand; I was getting sand confused w/ the aquarium pebbles. I'm sorry!

    but dirt would be the best option for a place for the turt to lay her eggs.

  9. I don't know if I do or don't have flukes. there are no obvious symptoms, but if I were to have flukes how would I know? I was wondering how you get a specimen from the fish? do you use a q-tip? what is the best way to take a sample and not hurt the fish. we have a microscope, slides, and slide covers.

  10. well, I'm not sure which post you'll be checking (you have this and another by the same name)...but I think you should check out drs foster and smith .com for their freshwater test kit on sale for $15. pets mart and pet co do test water but you'd need to bring enough for 4 tests; amonia, nitrAte, nitrIte, and pH.

  11. imo test kits are priority #1!! you can go to pets mart or pet co to get your water tested, but you need to have at least 4 tests done (amonia, nitrAte, nitrIte, and pH). so bring plenty of tank water, each test needs 5 ml. go to their websites to see how much individual tests cost and over at drs foster and smith .com they are having a sale of $15 for a whole freshwater test kit!!!

  12. wow! :thud you blow me away! I never thought of doing things like this in a tank. I'm having the hardest time trying to find any kind of decor for my tank. I just absolutely love the bonsai tree!!!! no wonder you are motm, you are awesome! :thumb: so I guess I could buy one of those standard "no fishing" signs and repaint it w/ my own slogan and then put resign on it?! :Jig: I'm excited!!

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