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  1. Well, I think those are some very good reasons! I'll have to finish up my gallon bottle of NovAqua before I get the prime...and I just bought it, too... LOL! The agar agar will be in the next batch of food. I read the post about it AFTER I had made the current batch. oh well
  2. I've always used NovAqua+, I'd feel a little weird switching. Is Prime better? Can you give me specs? Another note, I might need to swish out my filter media in tank water more often...I've noticed that after feeding the gel food the water is pretty cloudy for a while. I think I should probably add more coagulant to the mix next time I make a gel food. I would think that all the extra uneaten food is being sucked into the pumps, and maybe that accounts for the ammonia spike.
  3. Okay, new concern (maybe). I just did an 80% WC three days ago. Water params were perfect with 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 20 nitrates. Tested the water tonight and it's 0.25 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and at least 40 nitrates. Could it be from the gel food? Or could the tank be going through a cycle? I don't understand. None the less, making another 80% WC now... I've been making the 80% WC every four days since the end of treatment with the same perfect test results, the only change in the plan has been the addition of gel food twice daily. Thoughts? Edit: sorry, I also just posted about the growth of algae under the food section...I wonder if they are related.
  4. Hey! Quick question: can this recipe cause algae growth? I've noticed a lot since I started feeding, but coincidentally It was also at the end of a Prazi and Salt treatment...
  5. Awesome! I'll keep on the water changes and keep you posted... Thanks Alex!!
  6. That's kinda what I was thinking, but I'm still not sure. The highest the ammonia recorded, through daily tests, was 0.5 on September 24. It's been zero ever since...? I was thinking ammonia burns would have shown earlier. What's your take on that? Thanks again, Alex! What do you think about the ranchu's eyes?
  7. Here's an updated questionnaire: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 20 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) unknown * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) unknown Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 68 to 72 degrees F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 80 gallon corner bow-front, about 3 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Two Rena XP4 (900gph) * How often do you change the water and how much? 80 percent twice weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 5 days ago, 80%. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 8 total (from nose to base of tail): 1) 4-inch comet, 2) 4-inch moor, 3) 3-inch ryukin, 4) 2-inch moor, 5) 2.5-inch lion head, 6) 2-inch ranchu, 7) 3-inch ryukin, 8) 3-inch pom pom * What kind of water additives or conditioners? NovAqua Plus * What do you feed your fish and how often? Sinking pellets, gel food twice daily * Any new fish added to the tank? none * Any medications added to the tank? PraziPro. 5th dose coming out today, will no longer have salt or meds * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. A couple of ich outbreaks a year ago, treated with high temps and salt. Just finished treatment with Salt and PraziPro. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Only concern now is black coloring on the pom pom bouquets, and cloudy eye on the black ranchu. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? None Everything has been looking great. Great appetites, very active, green poopies. I'm only curious now as to why the pom pom's bouquets are getting black coloring, and only on the surfaces. I've seen white there, and assumed it's from growth. I wondered if he was changing colors, but I've never heard of them going from orange to black, only the opposite. Could they be ammonia burns healing? Why wouldn't they be on any other fish, or on any other part of this particular ones' body? The other question I have is about my black ranchu...the day after I brought him home a couple of months ago the centers of his eyes clouded. There are no other visual things going on, and it hasn't become worse or better since all of the treatment they've undergone... I finally figured out how to post a video...it's about a minute long, and you can see the color on the pom pom.
  8. Yeah...looks like I exaggerated a wee bit. I took a closer look and it's nothing even close, just a little raised. I must have been seeing things! But it is interesting...4 of the 8 goldies are male. I guess only time will tell what the rest are?
  9. My dad made me eat a raw sardine when I was a kid. Super ickies! But hey, to each his own! Just fed round two. I'm going to have to be careful to not let them stuff themselves. They've eaten twice what they normally do!
  10. Me neither, Helen. If I'm going to stink for a while, better get as much done at once as possible. Just fed the first round: they LOVE it! It took them a while to figure out what it was, but once they did, it all disappeared in under a minute! Can't wait to see green poopies.
  11. It's such a great way to save money, too! The 1 gallon only cost about $20. After warming it to make the gelatine set, I spread it on top of wax paper in cookie sheets, then set in the fridge till it's nice a cold. I take 1 sheet out at a time, cutting it all into individual pieces and placing it into quart size zip lock bags for the freezer. I have to only cut a few strips from each sheet and replace the sheet in the fridge, otherwise it starts warming and gets a little sticky.
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