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  1. I guess the gravel thing does make the most sense since that was the only thing I did different than usual. I did do a temp and pH matched change. The kit I use is from Aquarium Pharmaceuticals. About the filter media, I use a Penguin filter and usually change the padding and carbon (only two things I use) at once because I was under the impression that the bio-wheel is enough to regulate the cycle. The black moor will be switched over, his 10 gallon does get way too filthy way too fast, it's always just been a matter of space and the fact that he always attacked the one that just died so they had to be kept separate. Thanks for the quick responses, I'm glad I at least know what I did wrong so that I never do it again.
  2. I'm in college, and my mom takes basic care of my fish while I'm away and I come back about once every 3 weeks to a month to do 50% water changes in my 10 and 20 gallon tanks. This has been working out for the last year and the one fish in each tank has remained healthy and all levels have been steady and safe. When I came home yesterday and checked the tanks, they had considerably more green algae than usual, mostly due, I think, to my mom leaving the aquarium lights on too long. So here's the story of what happened. The 20 gallon had considerable algae on the bottom, and being as the substrate had been there the whole time the tank had been set up, I decided to change it. At this point the telescope goldfish in the tank was behaving totally normal. I put new pebbles down, did a 50% change, cleaned all the green algae off the tank walls and filter, changed the padding and carbon in the filter, and tested the levels (0 N2, 0 N3, 0 Ammonia, 7.8 pH - the same as it's been for the last 8 months). When I woke up in the morning, the goldfish was laying on an angle at the bottom of the tank and appeared to be gasping for oxygen. I left to pick up some salt and a new air stone, got back, and after two and a half years of good health, poor Brutis was dead. I chalked it up to simply the fish being old and getting shocked by the sudden change. Now the second part. The 10 gallon tank had gotten new substrate somewhat recently. The black moor I keep in there has also been extremely healthy the whole time I've had it, despite it getting swapped often from tank to tank due it being a little violent. After the salt had filtered a bit and the air stone had been running a few hours, I swapped him into the bigger tank. His small tank had the same levels, same temperature (70 degrees F - forgot to mention that), filled with the same tap, and also had relatively new stones on the bottom, so I figured it wouldn't be that big of a change. Well I put him into the big tank, he was fine for a minute or two, then he too sank to the bottom and began gasping for air same as the other did. The fish that died had bottom sat a few times in the past, but this was literally the first time in two and a half years that the black moor ever stopped swimming and appeared weak. When I quickly moved him back to his smaller tank he immediately perked back up. So my question is what could have possibly happened in my tank that suddenly caused my fish to suffocate in it? Something obviously must've gone drastically wrong, but I can't imagine what it was. The only thing that was altered was the pebbles on the bottom. Could something about them have caused this? Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.
  3. I guess I sent the wrong link, the Whisper I plan on getting is the 10 gallon one. And yeah, the big tank had 2 filters so I was able to move one to the small tank and replace it with fresh media in the bigger one. When switching the fish over, I basically took everything I could from the tank I got it from. I forgot to mention it, but I've also had the fish well over a year now. I didn't just buy a fish and toss it in a new tank, as my first post kind of makes it look. Water, filter, gravel, and plant are all familiar to the fish. The only thing I didn't borrow from in the big tank is snails, and that's because I've had bad experiences moving snails from tank to tank.
  4. Yeah, it's kind of a long story, but the shortened version is that this fish had to be moved out of a bigger tank, about 3/5 of the initial water was added from that tank (which has been up and running for about 10 months and has all the proper levels as of 12/29), and this new one has been going for a couple days. I don't plan to add any more fish to the tank. The single fish in it wasn't getting along with the others in the bigger tank and needed her own space. The tank right now just has the fish, gravel, and one plant that had been in the other tank for the full 10 months. With how cheap valves are, I guess I'll be getting them. You said a stone or wand is needed to get oxygen into the tank, so does that mean that a decorative object like the clam I showed does not add oxygen or is that still technically a stone?
  5. I found a few topics about air pumps but they didn't really answer my specific questions, so here goes. I have a telescope goldfish in a 10 gallon tank and want to get an air pump set up mostly for the aesthetics. 1. Is this a good idea if it doesn't seem necessary for the fish's well being? The fish has never been in a tank with an air pump, and shows no signs of needing the water further oxygenated. The last thing I want to do is injure her by throwing off the water balance she's used to. 2. In the topics here, people said you just need the pump, tubing, and stone, but other sites say to get a valve too. How important is the valve? These are the products I picked out: http://www.petmountain.com/product/aquarium-air-pumps/502274/tetra-whisper-air-pumps.html http://www.petmountain.com/product/aquarium-airline-valves/501706/elite-silicone-airline-tubing.html http://www.petmountain.com/product/aquarium-airline-valves/510012/spot-air-control-kit-deluxe.html http://www.petmountain.com/product/aquarium-air-decorations/519140/penn-plax-action-aerating-giant-clam.html Also, what are the differences between using an actual stone/wand and a decorative object like I plan to? 3. What kind of changes can I expect to see in the tank if I so choose to set up a pump? Well water need to be changed more/less? Will I need a more powerful filter than the current Penguin 100B? Sorry for all the questions, but I don't want to do this wrong. :-p
  6. Ok, I didn't even think about that, I do have an outdoor pond. It's a shame it's winter and the pond is frozen over or I'd consider putting the single tail in there now. I'll try to find a 10 gallon to move the girl into. I think a friend has one. Thanks for the advice.
  7. I was afraid someone would say that. Here they are in the tank: Is that really cramped enough that two of the fish would find reason to gang up on the third (while not attacking each other) and keep it up for an entire day? I really don't have enough money or space for a bigger tank. I just find it odd that one fish is peaceful and the other two choose to attack that one. Makes me think there's something about that one fish that is attracting the other two. That's not to say I'm not accepting the advice, I know a bigger tank could only help. I sort of gained the possession of the third fish (generic goldfish) by accident about 6 months ago. I never really planned on getting him, but it ended up being my care or death for the poor little guy. Anything else I could possibly consider? :-\
  8. I have a 20 gallon tank with a telescope, black moore, and generic goldfish in it. Recently, the black moore and regular goldfish has been chasing the telescope around (who is the biggest) and nipping at his body. They mostly try to get to, and bite at his butt, although they will nip any spot they can get to. The telescope just tries to swim away from them. I posted on here a few months ago when the black moore had attacked the telescope and left his fins tattered to the point that he could barely swim. I used a tank divider for about 3-4 months and they have been peaceful ever since I took it down (they had also been peaceful together for almost a year before the attack). This time his fins are fine, I can't see any physical damage, all scales intact, ect. The water levels are fine, I'm feeding them normally, and there is absolutely no abnormal behavior other than the nipping. And when I say bite his butt, I mean I'll see him frantically swimming with the little goldfish almost completely buried in between his tail fins swimming along with him. I'm hoping someone can at least explain to me why this might happen. As much as I don't see any damage, the telescope most certainly isn't enjoying it. Thanks in advance.
  9. I actually own a carnival fish.. I won a game with stuffed animals all over it, and after I won the guy handed me a fish in a bag. He then said they were giving out tanks and 'a years supply of food' to go with the tank for a mere $10 more. I took the fish and put him in a spare tank and he's doing pretty good. He had fin rot right when I got him and it cleared up quick with some fish elixir (Melafix). He has a big appetite and continues to get fatter as he's the only fish I have that eats aquatic plants. He's also very active and isn't showing any negative signs so far. I have high hopes as we have a fish in our outdoor pond that was once a throw away feeder fish. He's now about 7'' long and about 11 years old and doing great. The only comfort I have is convincing myself that if they weren't given away at fairs, they'd be crammed into a tank with 500 other fish and sold at 25 cents a piece as Cichlid food.
  10. Alright, so everyone is back in the tank, I have a divider, the fins are coming back, and all the fish are behaving normally. The new thing is, the injured parts of the fin now have black tips. Should I be concerned? Here's a crappy picture of it:
  11. One last quick thing, I have a black mystery snail in the tank with my poor injured Brutis. If I salt the tank tomorrow, do I have anything to worry about? I think I remember hearing that snails don't do well with salt but I'm not sure.
  12. It was a fresh piece of pad, but I can add some from the main tank. Most of the water I added to the small tank was from the other one, so I figured it would be ok.
  13. It isn't red, just ripped.. and I just noticed that about 75% of his front-most right fin is gone. Salt is another thing I don't have. Last week my levels were all fine, I'll check again in a bit, and he just got a 25% water change and half a dose of Melafix. Oh, and thanks for being so helpful so far. The first thing I did when I saw him was panic and immediately think to post here. It was a good move.
  14. I actually found a tiny old filter that still runs and put a piece of filter pad in it. It's not great but it'll last. I didn't know tank dividers existed, thanks for letting me know. I'll be looking for one tomorrow. One other thing I forgot to ask, is his pretty tail going to grow back? When people would look at my fish, the first thing they'd do is comment on how big his tail is and it breaks my heart to see him like this.
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