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  1. I'm not that concerned about the acclimating. Consider the current situation them being in shipping water.

    If there is a change, acclimate as per current acclimation protocol for receiving new fish.

    Btw, my suggestion of temporarily doing nothing is predicated on the supposition that the good woman will make a decision regarding the fish in the next couple of days haha

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  2. And now here comes the potentially very controversial suggestion :rofl

    If it were me, I would hold off on doing anything just yet. It seems to me that things are at an equilibrium. The tank has a lot of the nitrogen products, but the pH is also pretty low, which protects them from damage. Functionally, it seems to be the case. I have not of observations of darting fish or ammonia burns, etc.

    I would see what she decides about the fish. If she does make a commitment to keeping them, then implement the changes.

    I say this because they are currently in a state of equilibrium. If you start tinkering with it, you will want to bring it to a satisfactory end, whatever that may be.

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  3. I agree we don't want to poison them with the ammonia - is RO really necessary though compared to normal aged tap water? I've not had a need for it yet but I'd love to see some research or articles on the benefit of it in smaller doses over another water source.


    RO water is not buffered, so it will not be able to affect the pH. That is why Sharon suggested it. In any scheme where you want to disturb the pH the least, change slowly, and use RO, because then you are influencing the pH changes the least.

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  4. Jason, I think you are going about it absolutely the right way. And I am totally happy that you are dating someone who sounds overall pretty excellent.

    Good luck with everything, and keep us updated.


    Myra, being a part of any community doesn't mean that we agree with everything everyone says or does. I am sure admin appreciates having you here, as does everyone.

    On the other hand, my mortal enemies are Jared and Lisa S. :rofl:hi

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  5. She has a lot of other qualities that I like so I'm cutting her some slack.


    And there is the part that to the rest of the world, keeping goldfish in those conditions are somewhat normal, and far from being considered abuse.

    Yes, we know that they need much more. What to do? Patiently educate and advocate. Otherwise, people will just tune you out.

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  6. I don't think that range of nitrates is bad.

    In any case, to lower nitrates in these situations, these are my suggestions. They can be combined with each other:

    1. Get nitrate-eating plants

    2. Less fish

    3. Less food

    4. More frequent water change.

    5. There are such things as nitrate filters, where the filter goes through the final anaerobic part of the nitrogen cycle to reduce nitrates, but I think this is a bit much.

  7. Hey dnalex what's up "dog"? Nice to see you again! I went to her place straight from soccer last night so I didn't have my test kit. She said some of the original fish are from at least January. They were supposed to be turtle food but it never ate them. I told her I could bring her a nicer looking 20 gallon tank and she said "no way, I don't wanna clean that thing!" So I asked her how often does she clean the tank she has now and she said never. So I said so why do you think it would be more work having a bigger tank? I don't remember what she said but it was along the lines of no thanks!

    Glad to see you enjoying yourself! :rofl

  8. Someone on another site thinks that the bloating, streaking and heavy breathing could be because the fish has renal/kidney failure due to tank salting over 13 years. She thinks that the meds will give the kidneys something else to filter and that it will not necessarily help but hurt. What do you guys think of that? I was going to put the triple sulfa in today while I work on finding the g+ meds.

    I would also like to chime in and say that I don't think it's productive if we go down the line of "he said, she said" or "this forum said this, while you said that." I don't think it helps the fish in the end.

    It's like getting opinions of doctors. In the end, you will have to pick one and go with it, and hope for the best of all outcomes. I don't know what would happen if you follow whichever doctor when I get a split in opinions, but I do know that if I try to follow disagreeing opinions, disaster ensues.

    Having said all that, congrats on your 13 year old goldfish. That is a huge accomplishment, and I salute you. Best wishes, and I hope the fish recovers quickly and fully!


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