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  1. Hello. I have a 55 gallon with 6 juvenile fancy goldfish. The tank had been up and running cycled since the beginning of September. Water parameters have been excellent, and I have been able to maintain the tank at 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and about 5-10 nitrate. Today, I checked the water and found that my ammonia is 0, but nitrite is between 0.5 - 1, and nitrate is about 20. I haven't done anything differently, except that I changed the water yesterday. What should I do? Should I do another WC today? Why is nitrite suddenly detectable in my tank? Please help. Thank you in advance! :-)
  2. I think your tank is very nice, and the fishies are very cute. I know what you mean about not being able to resist rescuing goldies from their very very overstocked conditions at the LFS, but I try to make myself remember not to rescue them from the pot and throw them into the frying pan Having said that, I think 75 gallons should be ok for a while, but you may need to do pretty frequent water changes. A suggestion I have is to get the 25/50ft hose that you can connect directly to the faucet to do water changes. I just got mine last week, and let me tell you, it has been great for the twice a week WCs. (I have to admit to a slightly overcrowded goldie tank also )
  3. Great background and tank!
  4. I agree with the other posters. Your breeding tank is very well set up and quite beautiful to look at.
  5. I transferred the water from their 20 gallon tank into the new tank. I asked on here about that, and was told in that case I wouldn't need to cycle because it would be similar to a big water change where about half their water is replaced with "fresh" water. I also re-used their gravel, plants and rocks from the 20 gallon tank, without rinsing them off. That should take care of the required bacteria. Sounds good. The reason why I asked was when I transferred my goldies from their 20g to a 55g, I also reused everything, except for the water, and there was still a "mini-cycle" that lasted for about 9 days.
  6. Your fish are beautiful. One question though, do you not cycle your new 55g prior to moving the fish in?
  7. Lol. Exactly. I got him because in the Buddhist pantheon, this Buddha is known as Maitreya, the Buddha of the future, when nirvana has been achieved for all. That's why he is very jovial. As for the suggestion to thin out the gravel, I will do as suggested. I'm happy to take suggestions, as I am very new to goldfish keeping, but very much loving it!
  8. The other thing I'd like to add is none of the fish look distressed or ill. With the exception of the bottom sitting tellie, which happens to be the smallest of the bunch, the rest are very active. All are eating. And the tellie isn't bottom sitting all the time. One thing that I worry about is that I might too strong water currents in the tanks. It's a 55 gallon with one Aqueon 55g and an Marineland Penguin 150 filter. I think the filtration flow rate of both of them combined is app. 8x the tank volume. I have two bubble wands and 2 bubble stones. Could this be the problem? I think I should keep the filters as they are, but I could get rid of some of the bubble stones/wands....Suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
  9. I do a 25% WC change every week, plus 1-2 10% WCs during the week. I do vacuum the gravel very well, and it's not that deep. I'm going to keep a close eye on the tellie, but I think he's just being lazy/bored or just resting lol. Earlier in the day, during feeding time, he very enthusiastically went after the food. After that, he was swimming around for a few hours and is perkier. Btw, the goldies are all pretty young and only about 1.5 - 2 inches long. I posted the the water parameters in the original post, and at least to me, it doesn't seem like anything is off. The water is also really clear.
  10. Thank you very much for all the positive responses. The goldies seem to be pretty satisfied with their home! I'm now waiting for my smaller tank to finish cycling, and then having to decide which ones to move over and which to leave behind. BTW, I love this forum. So much helpful info and people!
  11. Hello everyone, I'm a pretty new goldie enthusiast, and I recently upgraded to a 55 gallon tank where I keep 7 assorted fancies (yes, I know, 7 is a bit much for 55 gallons, but I am cycling a smaller tank to move 2-3 of them out when it is ready). In any case, I noticed today that one of my telescopes is lying directly on the gravel (not hovering over the gravel as my goldies sometimes do). In the past, when I've had goldies lying on the gravel bed, this usually preceded death in a few days. I'm not really sure what is wrong, if there is anything wrong. Water parameters seem to be ok (no ammonia, no nitrite, 10 ppm nitrate, soft water, moderate alkalinity, 7.2 pH). Anybody has any thoughts? In the meantime, I'm just crossing my fingers and hoping that my tellie is just being a lazy Thanks!
  12. Hello...thank you so much for the compliment and the welcome. I really appreciate that. There are actually 7 in the tank right now, and you are right. That is more than should be in there. I am in the process of cycling two smaller tanks and then splitting them up once this is done.
  13. Hello everyone, This is my new 55 gallon. What do you think? I'm new here, and looking forward to getting your inputs/suggestions in the future. Thanks Edit: I'm sorry...trying to figure out how to add the photo.
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