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  1. This is about 2 of my fish that seem to have strangely switched places...I had 1 ryukin that floated at the top of the tank completely upside down most of the time. It did this pretty quickly after bringing it home. None of the other fish had this problem, including my oranda which is much older and bigger, and used to sit at the bottom of the tank sometimes but would swim normally. Recently though, the oranda has began floating badly....he now sits upside down at the top of the tank most of the time and finds it hard to swim. The ryukin on the other hand, looks completely normal now! I don't understand how the ryukin miraculously stopped floating while the oranda, who was previously very healthy, now floats almost constantly. I am unable to answer some of the questions about water quality because I no longer have a testing kit...my financial situation is very bad right now and I haven't been able to get one. But previously I tested the water on a regular basis and everything looked normal. Also, I used to feed shrimp pellets and round pellets and I do think this may have affected the oranda, but it seems like the oranda will not stop floating now no matter what I feed them. [*]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? About 74 right now but fluctuates slightly [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 50 gallons, has been running for about 2 years [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 1 penguin biowheel 350 and a whisper 20-40 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Usually once every 2 weeks, I try to replace most of the water. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 goldfish, 2 of which are pretty large. There are also 2 plecos (they will be moved to another tank asap because we are moving soon and will be able to set up another tank) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? I used to feed shrimp pellets or round pellets, but found these seem to be contributing to the floating. I recently made some gel food, but the floating is still not going away. I feed once or 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? No [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? the oranda does eat a lot and seems to gulp air a lot
  2. I only used the blender again because I made a new batch..I didn't want to take the chance of it still floating. After I blended it I stirred it with a whisk and that took the air bubbles out.
  3. Ok update: I redid it and stirred with a whisk. It is sinking to the bottom now...hopefully this helps my oranda.
  4. Ya, I figured putting the crushed pellets in there was not a good idea, so I made the second batch without it. I am confused though about stirring it manually...you mean stir it after it has been blended, or don't blend it at all?
  5. I recently made some gel food for my fish. One of my orandas has a bad floating issue and I thought maybe the gel food would help. After trying the first batch, which was 1/2 cup of mixed frozen veggies, 1/2 cup of peas, 1/2 can of tuna and gelatin and some ground shrimp pellets and ground round pellets, the food looked fine and everything, but my oranda was still floating. So I made another batch with only mixed veggies, tuna, and a piece of shrimp. This time, I had trouble liquefying everything so I kept adding water and the gelatin to the mixture to get it to work. Once it was ready, I gave it to the fish only to find that the food floats! My question is, what would cause the food to float and how do I make it so that it sinks? Also, are there any special recipes for goldfish that float? It would be best if the receipes had simple ingredients if possible.
  6. I do think they are snails, because we added some live plants a while back. I was just a little weirded out by them when I saw them. Are these ok to be in there? I have heard of snails living in aquariums before, but not the actual filter media. Has anyone else seen this?
  7. They are sort of suctioned to whatever they are on, which is the filter media basically. They are black and look like a little snail shell but they are so tiny that I don't know for sure if that's what they are.
  8. I was cleaning the tank today and noticed some small dark things inside the little net that holds the ceramic rings. I took a closer look at them and they are little tiny black things that sort of look like snails. I'm not sure if this is what they really are but they are definitely living because I saw them moving. Does anyone know what these are? And are they just going to keep growing or what? Sorry I didn't post a pic but I doubt you'd be able to see anything since they're so small.
  9. I have a pleco in with my goldfish and it has not been a problem...but I guess in some cases the plecos can get aggressive so you have to be careful. Before I got it to clean the algae I would just use a long stick thing with a sponge thing on the end to clean the algae off the sides...it worked pretty well. But I don't even have to worry about that anymore.
  10. I had a male goldfish in with my other goldfish and we found that he was attacking the other goldfish as well. We ended up having to completely remove him from the tank because he was harming the other fish and causing them stress I'm sure. I would say you should separate the goldfish and definitely look for bigger tanks. Even a ten gallon at the pet store isn't very much money. And as far as filters, you may be able to find a good deal on ebay or something if you are looking to save money.
  11. It's interesting that you brought this up because the water in my city is also flouridated. It never occured to me that it might be bad for the fish....
  12. That is actually one of the problems I am having...I would like to take the safety attachment off but I can't get it off.
  13. Did you use the vacuum without attaching it to the faucet? I am just confused because I thought the end of the syphon hose would be attached to the faucet...sorry I am a newbie to this whole thing.
  14. I just got a Lee's Ultimate Gravel Vac but I have a few things I don't understand. The actual syphoning seems to be taking much longer with this than with a regular gravel vacuum...how do I make the suction stronger? Also, the vac I bought comes with the little safety attachment on the gravel vac and it will not come off. It seems like I am not able to pick up as much with it on. I thought it was supposed to be removable? Any ideas you guys have would help me out.
  15. I have heard on here that it is a good idea to do a 100% water change once a month. I would like to do this but I am concerned about taking the fish out. What do you use to take them out and where you do put them? How do you make sure they don't get stressed?
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