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  1. I've had my mystery snail for almost 3 years and she has stopped eating about 3 weeks ago. I've tried all the foods she always eats and no luck. So I'm guessing that its the end of her life and this is how she's gonna go. So long old friend......
  2. Hello, I have been on and off here for a few years, reading the very good advice. I've had my comet Nails for several years. She is 6-7 inches long now, and lives in a 29 gal tank, which had gotten very green with algae. So I added a pleco, figuring that Nails was big enough not to be bothered by the small suckerfish even tho I knew folks on here had advised only to house Bristlenose with goldies. I also knew I was rolling the dice by not quarantining the new fish. All was well for a while, the pleco eating everything that was green. Then I noticed a small red spot on the belly of Nails. She'd had one once before and I'd treated with water change and some Melafix. My fishy is named Nails for a reason, she's tough! She started out as a 15 cent feeder fish with no dorsel fin that lived in my 5 gal hex for too long. The red spot grew bigger and got worse and so I came here to read and decided she had septicemia. Got some Maracyn 2, removed my charcoal, and used it for one treatment as I watched the red streaks appear in the tail fin and spread around the gill flaps. Oh she looked bad. http://i427.photobuc...1_2994115_o.jpg The meds didn't seem to do much good at all, as by this time she was sitting on the tank bottom most of her day. I even saw the new pleco land on Nails' side to take a taste. Chased him off with the net and began to really worry that he had been sick when purchased. I told my 2 boys that we may need to euthanize the poor, sick, dying fish. They were adamant that I should not do that. So I did a large water change and added the charcoal back to the tank, then used the salt treatment routine I found on this site. I raised the salt level to .03% over 36 hours and waited. Nails improved some and began to swim a bit better. But soon after the pleco died. Then I noticed the white tuffs. I came back here to read, made a diagnosis of fungus and headed back to the pet store. Found a product by Tetra called Fungus Guard. Given how inexpensive it was I doubted it would work but I tried it. By this time my vacation was just days away. The first round didn't seem to do much as Nails was almost always on the bottom, gasping and when she did swim to the food, she would chew it and spit it out. So on the day I left for a week vacation at the lake I did the recommended 25% water change on the box and started round 2. http://i427.photobuc...0_3920189_o.jpg On vacation both of my boys said prayers for poor Nails and when we got back home, we were all delighted to see that she had survived!! She looked almost as good as new except for the black healing spots, was swimming around so fast and had eaten all the slow release feeders I'd left her with. http://i427.photobuc...7_3133079_o.jpg I'm really impressed with the advice and instruction I find of this website and I have all of you to thank for the survival of my Nails.
  3. Yes I did. I put the filter parts into the tank with the bleach water, let them soak for a while then scrubbed them. Thanks for all the info!
  4. Thanks for the responses. Ryukin girl, color me overkill. I did the bleach and then I did the vinegar to try and remove the hard water stains around the top of the tank. Then I scraped with a razorblade. Then I drained it and refilled it with tap water so I could test for leaks and turn on the filter to see if the motor worked. After I bleachwater cleaned all decor I rinsed in the sink and then stuck them back in the tank while the filter ran. SO... if I can't smell bleach or vinegar, then I am good to go???
  5. Manual syphon. So you just remove all the bleach water possible with the syphon and then fill up again and add dechlor? No rinsing in between?
  6. Okay. I just got a used 50 gal tank that had previously held cichlids and convicts. It has set empty for about 2 years and it looks like the previous owner resealed it. So I want to clean it and put my goldie in it along with my mystery snail and some while cloud minnows. Probably gonna get an Oco too. I will bleach (10 cups water/ 1 cup bleach) and rinse it then do a vinegar/ water cleaning. And as long as there are no leaks I'll fill with water and do a whammy dose of the declorinator. So my question is....exactly how do I rinse it good enough? I can syphon out the bleach water but not all of it. The little left in the bottom should I just dry with a paper towel? What EXACTLY is enough rinsing before I move on to the vinegar? Thanks everyone. I have been away from the forum for a while and I'm excited to be back with a new (to me!) tank to play around with! Fishynails
  7. Well, there is one I can see that has a dark spot in it, but all the rest look white or dull pink. Thanks for the heads up! Guess I'd better start preparing my DSs that we don't have baby snails on the way...
  8. I'm about 50/50 on their fertility. End of this week will make 3 weeks for the eggs. I've got an isolation tank floating under the eggs so that if any babies eat their way out, they'll have some spinach, cantalope and cucumber to munch on. Waiting... and watching...
  9. Well, did you every get your SH? I saw some at the lfs today and wanted one!
  10. Well, it sure sounds like some was goin' on. But if your gal is as big a procrastinator as my girl Gary, you've got until next Spring to get ready for the little bundles of snail joy!
  11. Years??? Wow... ok. So maybies on the babies. Thanks for the info. Any ideas on a pump/filter I can use in my 5 gallon that will not suck up the baby snails?
  12. So we got this mystery snail almost a year ago, named him Gary, and kept him in his own 5 gallon filtered tank. He ate and grew and crawled and pooed and kept us all entertained. Then his filter stopped working so I had to move him into a bowl until I got a divider for the goldie tank. About 3 days after I put Gary into the 20 gallon fish tank, he... er, SHE laid a clutch of eggs above the waterline. Now how did that happen? Gary has been alone a LONG time. Do I have ~200 infertile eggs? Or was Gary just waiting for the Goldie tank because it would have been too easy to raise babies in the SNAIL tank!? Any theories? Any advice? Thanks!
  13. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? two and 1/2 weeks cycling = 0.25 at most [*]Nitrite Level? 0.25 and rising [*]Nitrate level? didn't test for it yet [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.6 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.6 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops [*]Water temperature? don't know, room is 70-72 F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20g cycling for 2.5 weeks [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Aquaclear 50 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 75% every other day [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 common gf, 3-4 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? gf disks, once/day, one pea once/day [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? medafix [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no, in fact during the early cycle his frayed fins grew back beautifully! [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? eating great, nervous but think that's from the cycling Poor little Nails is losing his scales. He always had one lost from when I got him and so I figured that they don't grow back but now he's lost about 7 or 8 during this cycling. He is very jumpy and swims fast when we walk by the tank, which gets worse about 24 hours after the water change, so it must be the bump in the ammonia, nitrites that Prime lets go of after 24hrs. Is it possible that he's just bumping into so much that he's knocking off all these scales? Can he live without so many scales or am I wrong and they do grow back. Thanks for any help.
  14. Yep, I'm a convert, too! My new 20g is cycling now for two and a half weeks with a bare bottom and wow is it easier. And you can get such a good look at the poo! Mom's need to inspect the poo. But the first day of the bare bottom my little common gf Nails swam down and saw his reflection and freaked himself out. Poor guy stayed mid-range in the water for several hours.
  15. Okay so my new tank is two days old and I'm kind of freaking out over it but... Seriously, Prime only needs 5ml for 50 gal???? That's one tsp. I've got a 20g and at each WC I've been putting slightly less than 1/2 tsp (roughly 2ml). That just seems so little! Seriously??
  16. Nails is in the new tank!! That smiley is for me, not him. He's not really too happy. He's hanging out on one side away from the current of the filter. He's pooed 3 times! He drifted down to the bare bottom, saw his own reflection and shot back up to the middle of the tank. Funny guy.... Pics as soon as I get them onto photobucket.
  17. Nails is in the new 20g!! Yeah! So now we go through the cycle... He's not exactly happy yet. He's only hanging out in the side that has little current.
  18. I've got Stress Zyme from API but its old. Can buy some new. I also plan to move some of the floss. Then its just test and change, test and change, right? THis is only my second tank to cycle.... But one goldie to 20g will make it easier, yes? Can I add Melafix to the new tank during its cycle period? The bottle says I can but thought I would ask!
  19. So I did two 75% water changes on Saturday for my Nails to get on top of the ammonia. THen Sunday I did one and before I did one today(Monday) the levels are holding at: NitrAtes: 5 NitrItes: 0 Ammonia: 0.5 Nails has a black spot on the tip of his tail where its healing. That's good to see. Just curious, will all the lost fins grow back 100%??
  20. I got my new 20g set up and AquaClear 50 running! No pics yet (gotta set up photobucket) but here is what it looks like: Bare bottom (my first) 17 large 2" river smooth rocks (store bought but still vinegar tested) A large bridge decoration with three arches and a bubbler Two plastic plants A skull fused to a rock decoration and a tiny little No Fishing sign for my two human boys! After reading about the toxic gases inside decorations I made sure I placed a large rock under/inside the skull so Nails can't get inside it! No hole in the top so I'm taking no chances, also so he won't get stuck in it. I'm letting the filter run for 24 hours and then Nails gets the big move! Then let the cycling begin.
  21. Thanks so much newbiefishgirl and SunshineGurl, After my morning water change I had: nitrAtes: 5 nitrItes: 0 ammonia: 1.0 I'll do another one tonight and then start setting up the 20g. Oh and that leads me to another question. The AquaClear 50 has a carbon cart in it. Should I leave it in or take it out? I saw in another thread that carbon is not a constant need for a goldie and I didn't know that. But I wondered if that rule held true for the initial cycle?
  22. Thanks Sunshinegurl, I knew when I saw the high ammonia I would be starting my 20g earlier than I'd planned. I will follow your instructions to the letter! I like the idea of leaving the bottom bare. The tank is new so just a wipe out with tap water is okay? I have an AquaClear 50 for my 20g so I think I'm okay on filter for now. Should I move some of my 5g tank water to the new tank? The filter floss? Oh I just remembered that I took out a big plant and put in a small one. THink that threw off my bb's balance?
  23. Okay. I have a common about 3" in a 5g hex. I know he is crowded and showing signs of distress and I was going to start a Danio cycle in my new 20g in two days, but then I saw on here how to do the fishless cycle and thought that sounded even better. Two days ago I tested water and found the ammonia was high. Today water was: nitrAtes: 10-20ppm nitrItes: 0 ammonia: 1.0-2.0ppm That's odd, huh? It's just that he's over powering the itty bitty filter, right? So now I'm trying to decide if I need to get the 20g up and running fast so that I can move my Nails to his new home and let him fight the new cycle stress rather than let him sit in the small tank and fight the problem there. Any advice?
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