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  1. Just a quick update--the ammonia stayed at 0 PPM and the fish are still fine, so I guess my bacteria survived the ordeal. I think this might actually been a blessing in disguise, because I'm VERY pleased with my new filter. My water is sparkling clear and looks great, and the fish are a bit more active than they had been. It's a tiny bit noisier than the Eheim, but overall still pretty quiet. The intake pipe also reaches all the way to the bottom (the old one didn't) and the intake and output tubing is wider. Also the clips to hold them onto the sides are rock solid--those things aren't going anywhere. The old ones were only held in place by suction cups on the inside of the tank, and they were always crooked no matter what I did. I wish I had bought this filter last February the first time I broke one of the Eheims. It's much less fiddly and seems sturdier. Thanks to all for your advice!
  2. Phew, finally up and running. Amazingly they had both a 306 and a 406 at the very first pet store I went to. That was one reason I strongly considered Fluval--I'd really prefer at least one filter where I can buy parts in most pet stores instead of only over the internet or one store 20 miles away, since I have an apparent tendency to break things. It was $150, and I managed to cram all my ceramic media from the Eheim into the Fluval (the media that looks like Coco Puffs cereal, not the ceramic rings). Plus I had one spare compartment for the new ceramic rings that came with the Fluval, so a little old and a little new. I sure had to prime it for a long time... I broke a sweat. Literally because I had to keep going a long time even though the plunger got hard to press down, figuratively because priming is when I broke both the old Eheims and I'm scared of breaking off another plastic part. I hope that I'm not blowing my fish out of the tank with too much power... my combined filters had a flow rate of 410 GPH rate before, now they're at 568. Also my two biggest fantails have splitty ends on some of their fins from this ordeal... I hope that's normal. Going to go check the water parameters after I post this.
  3. I think I've decided on a Fluval 306... now if I can just find one nearby. I hope it's easier to set up than the Eheim. Setting up the Eheim classic made me feel like someone woke me up at 2 AM to take a trigonometry test.
  4. Awesome, there is an air stone in the tank right beside where I had the media baskets so this is very easily done! Currently frantically researching filters in another browser. Thanks for your reply.
  5. Last February, I had an Eheim Ecco Pro 60 and broke the handle trying to get the air out before restarting it... made an hour round trip to the store, bought another one and started it up again all within a couple hours. Fast forward to this February, I did the exact same thing with my replacement! Clearly the Ecco Pro is not the filter for me, though I still have another, smaller Ecco Pro on my guppy tank I've managed not to break, as well as another Eheim for the goldfish. This happened late last night and the stores were closed, so I took out the plastic holders for the filter media and chucked it all inside the 55 gallon tank with 4 goldfish (3 medium-sized, 1 small). The tank still has another Eheim 2217 that's running fine. How long can my good bacteria stay alive like this? Obviously I need to go buy another filter immediately, but Eheim is the only one I know anything about. I need some time to do research (which I'm going to go do as soon as I post this) and decide what to buy. My first inclination to race out and buy another Eheim because I can have that running right away, but considering I've broken two in a year, that doesn't seem like the wisest choice. Thanks for any help you can give me.
  6. My local stores will test them, but their answers are either good or bad. As in "Your pH is good, your nitrates are bad, etc." So they said my water is "good," but it's not very quantifiable. I do have the crushed coral actually, I just don't think of it very often unless I'm cleaning the filters. Long story short--February 2012 I had no idea why my pH was on a roller coaster, I came here and someone told me that some cities add stuff to the water to keep the pH up and it plummets after 24 hours. Until then I didn't know my city was one of them. I thought something must be wrong with the pH tests for it to change so much in a day. Other posters told me about using crushed coral and Gold Buffer. I started using those and the fish side of life has been fantastic until now. I definitely think I will change to the gel food. Freckles would get enough to stay alive with pellets, but not enough to thrive and it's painful to me to watch him chasing the same bite of food from the top all the way to the bottom, working so hard to get it. Plus I'm making a mess of the water trying to direct some food towards him while keeping the others away, so too much food ends up not eaten by anybody. I always keep Prazi on hand, so I will treat everyone tomorrow. Thanks for your advice!
  7. OK, I managed to take a video... I took one of them eating, but my memory card is messed up and those videos didn't save, so I did it again of them just swimming around. Freckles is the calico fish, the other two are mostly white. His upper lip/jaw is only moving a tiny bit, and it's more noticeable when he swims from left to right. All 3 fish were the same size when I got them, you can see how much bigger the other two have gotten while Freckles stayed small. He is growing, but nothing like the other two. ugh, sorry this is so hard to read--my answers are bolded in preview, but they don't show up that way when I hit post. * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) ? * Nitrate level(Tank) ? * Ammonia Level(Tap) ? * Nitrite Level(Tap) ? * Nitrate level(Tap) ? * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 with Seachem Gold Buffer * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 straight from the tap, then goes down to 6 in 24 hours if I don't use Seachem Gold Buffer Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? Upper 70s * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, running for a little over 3 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 1 Eheim 2217, 1 Eheim Ecco Pro 2234 * How often do you change the water and how much? 25% water change weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 25% water change previous Friday (overdue, going to do it later today but I have to let the water cool as it's 80+ degrees from the tap) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fantails, the two big ones are 2.5-3" without tail, Freckles is 2" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Gold Buffer * What do you feed your fish and how often? API goldfish sinking pellets, twice daily * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Everyone got Prazi when I first bought them April/May 2012, nothing since then * 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
  8. I'm not sure where this should go, so I'm putting it here. I've had 3 fantails in a 55 gallon tank for a little over a year now. They were roughly the same size when I got them, and since then two of them have doubled in size or more, but one (Freckles) has only grown a bit. He's currently between 2 and 2.5 inches not including his tail. After several months of feeding and watching him, I started to think something was wrong with his mouth, because he seemed to work very hard to get food into his mouth. I couldn't see any obvious huge deformity with his mouth, but something was not the same as the other two. And of course as the other two fish grew bigger, it was easier for them to get even more of the food. I feed them sinking pellets and I usually make an effort to drop a few in one area for the two bigger ones, then drop another off to the side for Freckles. Unfortunately he misses those quite a bit because he hasn't caught on to my idea, and he doesn't seem to be as good at seeing the pellets coming at him as the other two. Last night I was feeding everyone, and suddenly Freckles went crazy and swam as fast as he could away from the other two, crashed into the bottom of the tank face-first at full speed, and lay underneath a plastic plant breathing really hard. I am not sure what caused his sudden zooming away, but one of the other two fish sometimes get aggressive over food and will try to chase the others away during feeding... he swims underneath them and either nips at their fins or bumps them out of the way, and he'll pursue them all over the tank while the food falls to the bottom. I assume Freckles' frantic swimming and crashing was caused by this fish nipping him while I was feeding them. After 30 seconds, I reached in and moved the plant, and he swam away normally as if nothing had happened, started eating again and he's not acting any different this morning. But he seems to have messed his mouth up even more by crashing mouth-first into the bottom. Now his top jaw is noticeably shorter than his bottom, and the hole of his mouth seems to be more narrow than it was before. When the other fish make a chomping motion, their lips stick out and meet in the middle, then seem to push the food backwards into their mouths before they open again. But his lips barely meet in the middle, then open again without the pushing backwards motion. It was sort of like that before he smushed his face in anyway, but now it's even worse. He could only get the smallest bits of food in his mouth last night, and even when he's chomping on something, it's as likely to fall back out of his mouth as to go in. I have this 55 gallon tank of goldfish, plus I have a 27 gallon tank that currently has feeder guppies in it. I'm thinking I should move Freckles to the 27 gallon (and phase out the guppies--I don't feed them to anything, I just wanted a tank with tropical fish and they were the easiest ones) by himself. Obviously he wasn't eating tons of food before this happened, and it's not fair to have him battling the two bigger ones. I am also thinking I should switch to flake food, that would be easier for him to get into his mouth. Do you think this is the right decision? Thanks for any advice you can give.
  9. I've never been in a fish store that looks anything like that. Nothing that is worth my while to take pictures of. Most stores here have maybe 2 tanks of goldfish and that's it. The biggest selection is at Petsmart and if you've seen one of those, you've seen them all.
  10. Your fish are beautiful, and the fry pictures are amazing. I've never seen such tiny babies before.
  11. Whenever I see your sig in a post I always wait to see Hugo's picture... she is stunning.
  12. Because a lot of pet stores don't know or don't care if they are labeled correctly as long as everyone knows they are goldfish. I have 2 fantails that were labeled as ryukins... I don't think there was an actual ryukin in the tank. You must post pictures of your tank, it sounds really interesting.
  13. Thanks! Solid white goldfish are my favorites... I was very pleased with the first one, couldn't believe my luck when I went back and found another one. There was also another one in the tank who was very nearly solid white--he had one small orange smudge on his tail, but he had a bent tail. In the past I had a solid white oranda from this store too. These fantails have a wee bit of orange on the tops of their eyeballs, but my oranda was white as white could be.
  14. Thanks! In my 2 years of goldfish I don't think I have yet bought an actual ryukin... just fantails labeled as ryukins. As long as it's a pretty, healthy fish I don't really care what you call it, I just like to know. Petsmart is actually better than another store we have here called Big Al's Pet Emporium... the fish above would have cost me $10 there (they were $5.49). They had comets for sale labeled as koi for $14.99. I am no goldfish expert, but anyone could have told the difference between these fish and actual koi!
  15. Got both these at Petsmart... my local store has some pretty fish mixed in with all the dented, crooked tails (I think their supplier culls fish with defective tails by sending them all to this store instead of killing them). I got these 2 a week apart. The first one has 1 anal fin and the second one has 2, and there are other very tiny differences in body shape and their eyes so I can always tell them apart. The first one has a more elongated body and straighter back, the second one is a little curvier and more compact, and his (?) tail curves down a bit. They were sold as red and white ryukins, but I cannot tell the difference in the fish Petsmart sells as ryukins and fantails. I think they are fantails, am I right?
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