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  1. Oh, wait, sorry... my nitrate level is 5. Not 20. And sorry about the video's crappy quality as it was taken from my cellphone.
  2. Here are the two videos that show what Nemo is doing.
  3. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 20 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? pH 7.6 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? pH 7.4 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit [*]Water temperature? 72* F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallons, and has been running since April or May 2008 [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 2 Aquaclear 5-20 Power Filters and one Top Fin 10 Power filter (300 GPH) [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 20% every 2 days [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? Cynthia, almost a year old, 2 1/2 inches, and Nemo, 3 years old, 5 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? API StressCoat, API StressZyme [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One Goldfish Pellets, every day, 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.? No Nemo is swimming very weirdly. He eats vigorously like always, but swims in circles, and swims upside down. Cynthia is fine, and very healthy. I don't know what to add, and Pet*Smart is nearly impossible to get to as we have 6 inches of snow here. HELP!!!
  4. Yeah, I once dropped like, at most a tablespoon of GOO-GONE in the tank and nothing happened. At first, since it smelled like oranges, I thought it was made from citric acid, but about 5 hours after the incident, I checked the label and found out it was made from Petroleum Distillates. I basically fainted and checked the tank and they were fine. I don't think that anything bad will happen to your goldies. *knocks on wood*
  5. OH my god.... I hope Wal*Mart gets a fine... this is horrible. But what you saw was NOTHING compared to the Wal*Mart in Orlando... I asked why all the fish were dead and the woman selling the fish said that the dead fish were apparently "sleeping and alive", and that the ich was just from eating too much. I yelled at her and talked to the manager and he took out the ones that I told him were dead (only 4 were left in the tank when we were finished) and I got a free Tetra Heater, from the lady's salary. So at least the goldies will get some justice.
  6. My oldest would be Nemo, a common goldfish. He has lived with me for 2 and a half years now...
  7. I'm just here for some help for you.... maybe its just stringy algae? And I've never heard of dissolving plants... maybe a bacteria of some sort. Good luck finding the problem!
  8. I wasn't trying to get info from them though, just the Calcium supplement. Thanks though.
  9. It does have a maple leaf hiney! How cute!
  10. Oh darn, that was the thing I was holding on to for like an hour at Pet*Smart..... thinking whether to buy it or not. I will buy it then. Thanks, Lady_D!
  11. Thanks, but I'll see. I only have $55... what can I get for that?
  12. Maybe it'll turn orange then yellow then white!
  13. It's too bad that you're choosing that kind of attitude. It's certainly not the fault of the fish that they require proper care. But if you don't think you are up to it, I commend you for recognizing that. I just hope you find the fish homes and don't kill them becasue you are frustrated. We are not lying to you about how much room the fish need. The people at the pet store didn't tell you that you needed a bigger tank because they probably did not know. Training in pet stores is less than minimal, and often incorrect, especially with fish. Many people unfortunately have your mindset: that fish somehow do not need proper care, because they are fish. So education in developing fish husbandry is not given any importance in pet stores. And also, they want a quick sale. They don't want to sit you down and explain the methods of keeping fish to you. They want to sell you whatever you point to because it is fast and easy. Yes, many companies have expensive fish tanks. But it is just as easy to find inexpensive ones. If money is an issue, used is always the way to go. Try looking for a local aquarium society, as I have already suggested, or even in the classified in your local paper. Goldfish, by their nature, are large fish. Large fish need large tanks. People who keep goldfish in small quarters that manage to live have extremely stunted, unhealthy fish. Just because something is alive does not mean it is healthy or doing well. And 11 years is wonderful, but the average is probably closer to twenty. So, thinking that 11 years is long enough for a goldfish to live is like saying that you had a good enough lifetime if you died tomorrow. And we made you live in a closet. Pets are a responsibility. They take work and care to thrive. They are living creatures that do deserve some degree of respect and consideration. To do otherwise is childish and irresponsible.
  14. First: You don't need to unplug everything unless the water level is below your heater and/or if your intake tubes coming from the filter aren't gonna be in the water. Maybe a rock got stuck inside? A loooooooong time ago, a rock got stuck inside my gravel siphon and didn't find out until yesterday and throughout all these months I wonder why it wasn't working well.... now it works better than ever. With my gravel siphon I usually just need to move up and down, up and down, about 6 times( ) until the water goes through into the tube and out the other end. Then it works until I lift it out of the tank.
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