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  1. Just a couple of pics of my goldies settling into their new home. Percy: Dizzy (ranchu) & Pontos (crown pearlscale):
  2. A family started shouting at one of the shop assitants because she wouldn't sell them any goldfish once they admitted they had no filter.
  3. They weren't in there at the time, but they are now! ^_^ I was dead lucky with the ornament; it was the only one left and it was half price! I'll do a full tank shot when I get my new internet allowance for my phone (I take the pics with my phone and then upload them straight from there).
  4. Gave them a big water change and cleaned up their old tank ready for future fishies.
  5. Thanks, guys. Things seem to be picking up. They seem to be doing better and swimming around more, etc. So that's a good sign. The new filter is in (Fluval U4) and doing well and as of today I completely phased both of the old filters out. The blood in their tails isn't as prominent too. (^_^) Funnily enough, when I told a guy at Pets at Home about my predicament, he turned round and said: "Yeah, they're terrible filters. They're no good." So I got pretty annoyed and started asking him why the hell they sell them! Grrr. Anyway, the new filter cost me £50 and then I bought some more nutarfin cycle for a tenner so I'm fresh outta cash so unfortunately, the Ph buffer will have to wait. Thanks again for the advice.
  6. Thanks for the advice guys. I've considered it all, agreed with some and disagreed with some, and come up with this: tomorrow I'm going to buy a new Fluval Filter. Put it in the place of one of the Marina ones so that eventually it can take over for both of them (once it's had time for good bacteria to build up). I'm also going to do daily water changes which may go down to every two days depending on how my fish react (I find they get very stressed when I do water changes which is the last thing I want right now). I'm going to get an amonia test kit (although considering the filter I need is £50 alone, I might not be able to get it until next week) and look into this whole PH think you've mentioned. Again, thanks for the help; I'll keep you updated.
  7. I see. I normally go with Fluval. The only reason I went with these is because they came with the tank (indeed, the lid is cut specifically to accomodate them). I don't like them and was thinking of some how going back to fluval anyway. Would this help? How would I do this (with regards to building up the good bacteria in a new filter)? Perhaps I should put them back in their old tank for now (which is tsill running) and start again with the new one with a new filter? EDIT: If this is a water quality issue, why is one fish completely unaffected?
  8. Maybe we don't like helping you because whenever we try to help and give you the best advice we possibly can, you never listen to us and instead just start accusing us of being mean to you. So you admit you are purposefuly not wanting to help me. Which is what I suspected. You know, you may not like me, But I didn't think you'd let living beings die because of it.
  9. Well, like I said, the Nutarfin Cycle (which said it could be used for goldfish tanks) said it would be. And the instructions with the testing strips said that amount of nitrite is fine. So please tell me how to "sort the water".
  10. Ok then, let's say I follow the advice here. The only piece of advice I've been given being shove something home made into my filter. Fine. Say I do that, and it breaks, which it probably will, then I'm buggered. End of story, end of goldfish.
  11. Actually, they are trying to offer an alternative that is both cheaper and better for your fish. The company that makes the filter wants you to continue to buy expensive cartridge refills. But you can make your own, and they are cheaper and work better. Your cartridge is basically a piece of plastic that holds some floss (the white material) and some chemical. You can keep the plastic, buy the white material and add something extra (like some pieces of ceramic that are designed to hold the good bacteria your tank needs), and viola! Diy filter insert that works better and costs less. Actually, they have ceremic in them. Dude, I never said they were paid and i fail to see where I;ve been rude. I think I've polite and friendly even though I get the feeling people on this forum don;t like helping me and the fact that my fish might be dying. No, that comment is "dumb". If you'd read my original post, you would know that I don;t want to take out my filter media. The medicine says i need to take out all carbon and zeolite filter media. The only filter media that is made for this brand has carbon or zeolite in it. So I'm asking how do I administer the medicine. How many times can I keep saying this? Ok, why don;t you tell that to Marina and Pets at home who sold me these filters, which were specifically desgned for use with this tank? As far as I'm aware, the tank was cycled. I used Nutrafin Cycle and was told that I could add fish once the course was over. I like this forum. I really do. The people on it seem nice and friendly, I get to see pictures of lots of pretty goldfish and people are always eager to help others. Except that it seems whenever I've asked for help I get this. People moaning at me, putting me down and then accusing me of being rude. Well, let's just forget I said anything. Go back to playing your games of "Have you ever..." and telling each other how pretty their goldfish are. I'll try and care for my fish as best I can without the help you all seem to offer to each other so readily.
  12. Well, considering this is the saem water, from the same tap I've always used and they've done fine by it for years, i think a buffer is the least of my concerns for now. I'm more concerned about the blood in their tails.
  13. OK, well, thanks for tring to help, guys, but you're clearly not understanding what I'm saying. Never mind, I'll go to the fish shop tomorrow and ask there. I have no idea what the ammonia level is as the test strips I used don;t show that. I've never used salt before but have used medicines. I've given you all the information I have and still all i get is people telling me to do something to the filter for which it is not designed.
  14. Ok, so i take out the carbon and then what? the only other ones available would be more zeolite ones which would still prevent me from using the medicine. If i took them out completely theree would be nothing in the filter, so it would just be sucking up and pumping out dirty water. Take a look at the link, it shows you how to set it up. You do not need a cartridge I would not recommend using carbon or zeolite. You just need to buy filter padding/floss and some sort of ceramic media and put it in your filter in replace of any cartridge. Could you post a picture of the streaking? Veins showing in the fins really can just be stress related (e.g. stress of moving from one tank to another) and will typically resolve on its own without medications. 1) I only understood about half of what was in that link 2) I've never heard of any of the products mentioned 3) There's no way that would fit inside my filters. 4) there's no way I'd trust myself to just make something to put in a filter I absolutely agree that I don;t need carbon or zeolite, but if that is the only media created to go in the filter then therefore, if i take it out, the filter will be empty and just be sucking up dirty water to spit it back out. Like I keep saying. Will try and get pics. EDIT: Tried, but I can't get a good enough picture. There are veins showing up, but there are definte streaks of blood too.
  15. Ok, so i take out the carbon and then what? the only other ones available would be more zeolite ones which would still prevent me from using the medicine. If i took them out completely theree would be nothing in the filter, so it would just be sucking up and pumping out dirty water.
  16. I disagree, everything I've read has said that you should start treatment as soon as a symtop occurs. I'll fill the form in anyway, as best I can. Although all any help and insight would be welcome, I'm not really asking "what's wrong?" but "how do I administer the medicine?" Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - * Nitrite Level - 0-0.5 * Nitrate level - 15 * Ph Level, Tank - 6.8 (If possible, KH 3d, GH - 8d and chloramines - not sure what you mean by chloramines, but the chlorine level is 0) * Ph Level, Tap - 6.4 (If possible, KH 3d, GH and chloramines - 1.5) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Tetra Strips * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? not sure how manly gals, but i know it's 160Litres. Ruuning less than a week. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? See original post. * How often do you change the water and how much? Not changed it at all yet. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? See previous question. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish, aprox 2, 3 and 3 and a half inches. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress coat + * What do you feed your fish and how often? Normally I feed them Hikari lionhead sinking pelets, but for the ast couple of weeks i've not been able to get hold of any so i've been feeding them Tetra goldfish gold japan mini sticks (sinking). * Any new fish added to the tank? All three are new to the tank, but they're from the same tank. * 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. none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? bloody streaks in tail fins * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Occaisinaly sitting on the botom.
  17. All three of my little goldies are now in their knew tank. unfortunately, the move was a bit stressful for them and now two have blood in their fins. Normally I'd just add medicine having caught it early however, these new filters that came with the tank are stopping me. You see, the medcine bottle says I must take out all carbon and zeolite filter media which with the Fluval Plus I'm used to would be no problem. These new filters are Marina Slim S20 Power Filters, and the only media in them is carbon and zeolite. So what do I do? Take the carbon and zeolite pads out (leaving the filters running but empty)?
  18. Bought a new fish tank recently and as of yesterday, I finally have it how I want it!
  19. I did and they never bothered with each other. I had a few fake plants (3) and an ornament in a 33L tank. Like I said, they just ignored each other.
  20. Thanks for your advice guys. Either or both of the tonic or turning down the filter seems to be working. She's making massive improvments. ^_^
  21. I know some of you have heaters in your golsfish tanks. It's something I've never tried. I wonder, what are the advantages of doing it? Are there disadvantages?
  22. When I've had to euthanise in the past, I put the fish in a shallow bucket of water and cut it's head if with a knife. Seems pretty quick and there's no need to "make sure it's dead" when it's head is floating away.
  23. Your fish are lovely and your tank looks great. Well done.
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