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  1. I've decided to euthanize. His breathing is getting slower and it is hurting me to even watch him. I am thinking he might had gotten hurt internally somehow. I honestly don't know how long he was stuck to the tube, but if it was all day while I was at work it might have had something to do with it. Moderator, please lock thread. Thank you. Best Regards, Norm
  2. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 7 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.5 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops [*]Water temperature? 70-72 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gal, 3 years [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Penguin 350 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? weekly 25% one week, 50% the next etc. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 Ryukin approx 3 inches, pearlscale 2 in, 4 white cloud minnows less than inch each [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra aqua safe and I have well water [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Pro Gold once daily, peas once a week, and flakes for minnows [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? salt Last week my pearlscale got stuck to the filter intake, and I noticed his anal fins were a little torn. The next day when I got home from work I noticed that the anal fins were almost completely gone and that one of the minnows was nibbling at them, so I seperated the pearlscale from the rest in the same tank. He also had red streaks which I assumed were from where he was stuck to the filter intake. I treated with one round of salt and besides him not being able to swim correctly, it cleared up and he was wiggling around the best that he could. I figured I would keep him seperated and hopefully his fins would grow back to where he could swim regularly again. Two days ago, he started just floating around the top and he isn't eating. This morning he was floating face down and breathing is slow. I tried cupping him in my hand to feed him, but he isn't interested. I now have come to the conclusion that he will probably starve to death and I think he is dying. I just don't know if I should euthanize him and put him out of his misery or wait and see what happens. I just hate looking at him and I am just at a loss and don't know what else to do. All the other fish are fine and eating regularly. Suggestions? Thanks for any help. Best Regards, Norm
  3. Cucumbers are the best bet. I use a veggie clip suctioned cup to the side of the tank, and my bristlenose goes right at it and snails eat at it also. I have never seen either of my goldies eat the cucumber. I also don't blanch mine, I just peel it and put it in fresh. Norm
  4. I am doing a fishless cycle on a 30 gallon tank right now which I started on 1/31/10, so I am on day 29 and my readings are at Ammonia-0, Nitrites-1, Nitrates-10, and PH-8. With your water changes, you are right on schedule. It can take up to 3 months to cycle a tank with fish. I would just keep doing what you're doing. As I have said before you have to have the three P's when cycling a tank; Patience, Patience, & Patience. Best Regards, Norm
  5. Bleach will work on the bubblewand. Actually on the back of some of their packages that is how they tell you to clean it. Just remember to rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse. Honestly for the price, it may be less hassle just to throw it out and buy new. They aren't that expensive. Best Regards, Norm
  6. I can't help you with any cannister suggestions, because I use a HOB style, but you don't have to start you cycle over again if you change filters. You can leave the Aqua Tech one on there until the bb's establish themselves in the new filter. You may also choose to leave the Aqua Tech on there just for extra filtration as well. You can also take any media out of the old filter and add it to the canister filter to help establish that as well. Best Regards, Norm
  7. Can you get your hands on two 5 gallon water bottles? They are clear, so light can penetrate and they easier to store. They even sell ones with handles. This is what I use to store my water and they fit right in my closet. I don't know how your apartment is set up, but if you have a fire escape or balcony, you can sit them out there to store. If not, I would just find a bright spot in your apartment and let them sit out there while you aren't in the apartment. Best Regards, Norm
  8. This is what I use, works like a charm and has a red light on when in use. The dimensions are 1.0 x 1.3 x 5.0 (L x W x H) My link Best Regards, Norm
  9. Shells will raise your ph. Best Regards, Norm
  10. No salt and add slowly per the 3 step 12 hour regimen. Best Regards, Norm
  11. Looks like a Crown Pearlscale. Best Regards, Norm
  12. As said above, I wouldn't do anything to take out ammonia because of a possible cycle crash, but I have seen these pads and they also make one for phosphates that I have used to help eliminate diatoms (brown algae) and it has helped. Best Regards, Norm
  13. Have you tried changing your filters again? It may be worth it to just put in 2 E cartridges with the charcoal. Charcoal does help in taking out impurities in the water. I would try this route before putting money our for a UV sterilizer. Also, if it is a bacteria bloom keep an eye on your ammonia levels.
  14. Yes, that is where I go too. I was just there last week and didn't see him. Did they have the pearlscales for sale yet? They were in the last tank on the left.
  15. Remember the 3 P's when cycling a new tank. Patience, patience, patience. Best Regards, Norm
  16. One problem is that you are changing the water, which is good for the fish, but bad for the cycle, because you are taking out what needs to be turned into nitrites so this will slow the process down. Salt will also halt the cycle too, there is a write up Country Lovah did about it. When I did my first tank, I did it with the fish, and it took about 3 months before it was fully cycled, because of the water changes. It takes lots of patience, so hang in there. This is why the tank I'm doing now is a fishless cycle as have been my last 2 tanks. Best Regards, Norm
  17. I also say get the Emperor 400. It has two waterspills and 4 seperate media holders, 2 on each side, so you can alternate changing any media. It comes with 2 media baskets as well to stuff. Best bang for your buck and it has the 2 bio wheels too. If you can't find the ammonia, I use a piece of raw fish, 1" x 1" approximately, to cycle the tanks. Just put it in the tank and it will slowly decay to produce the ammonia to start the cycle. Best Regards, Norm
  18. This was asked just the other day. They are O and CO2 bubbles. They are just soluble gases being released from the water and will dissipate over a couple of days. I have had them and they never cause any problems.
  19. I don't know about the Aqua Clears, but I can't see how the Emperors and the Penguins for that matter would leak. The backs and sides are higher than the front and the divider wall between the intake and the media holder is lower as well, so any water would go back into the tank. Best Regards, Norm
  20. The Tetra heater is a 50 watt and is made for up to 10 gallons. Like I said, it has a thermostat so it shuts itself on and off, and has red ight that comes on when it is heating the tank which I like, so if I see it on for a long period of time I know something is wrong. This is what I have in my betta tank.
  21. I noticed the 70 gallon as well in the Vintage or Oxford color would be great. What kind of price are they asking for the 150 if you don't mind me asking.
  22. The heater I have in my Eclipse 3 (3 gal), is a Tetra one from Wally World. It keeps the water at 78 and it turns itself on and off. Best Regards, Norm
  23. Wow, they look really nice. Now you have me wanting one.
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