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  1. I ended up just buying a new 20 gallon tank to put him in on his own, hopefully that helps. I do have gel food, but have used it sparingly. His mouth is so tiny, I don't even think he'd be able to pick at a log of gel food - maybe if I cut it up into tiny pieces.
  2. I have a fish that developed a very weird mouth, looks like only half can open. I've thought he was fine during feedings, but I'm starting to realize he's not getting enough food. I use Hikari pellets right now and I soak them first. Is there a type of food that would be easier for him to eat? He seems to have trouble picking it up and getting it into his mouth. Has trouble seeing it too. Starting to think he may need his own tank.
  3. Topic died a little but wanted to chime in as a male fancy goldfish owner I sort of fell into it by accident when rescuing a fish, but have purchased 3 of my own since. They're just so very cute. My girlfriend at the time had no interest at all - i think it's more of an animal lover thing than gender.
  4. She doesn't look floaty still and the white spot on the other girl is nearly gone all together. The third girl still has a cloudy white eye though - do goldfish get cataracts? So should I eliminate all algae? I was under the impression some was good. If I scrub it off my clay pots will I destroy beneficial bacteria?
  5. What do you mean maximal polishing of water? Lower flow is better? I have the AC110 as well. Well I've got both actually! I'll take the whisper out and use the AC50 though (as a second filter) if more GPH isn't that big of a deal.
  6. I just got the salt today, but now after giving the tank a good scrub/another water change and properly cleaning the filter/putting in the new filter ... the girl with floaty problems is acting better so far and I think that white stuff even looks smaller on the other girl. Maybe I should hold off on salt? I'll have a better idea when I get home from work. After squeezing that floss out so much gunk came out andof the filter seemed to be stronger.
  7. Hey everyone - as a second filter in my tank I have both the tetra ex45 and aquaclear 50 available. I tend to like the aquaclears better, but the whisper has 40 more gph. I'm already at 10x without the second filter though. Any opinions on which direction to go?
  8. I was definitely doing it wrong. I just swished it back and forth because I thought I'd lose my beneficial bacteria if I did too much. yesterday I bought an aquaclear 110 so iI could replace two smaller filters and just worry about 2 instead of 3. I put a lot of old filter media in it so hopefully the cycle stays intact. Plan to do a lot of water changes until everything looks good anyways.
  9. Two of them have this hard black floss stuff that I thought I never change - and well these filter floss pad things I purcahsed that are blue on one side and white one the other (I have two of them together in there). One of them (the Aqueon) has a white sponge and ceramic ball things. So I should change that white sponge and the white/blue floss pads, but not the black pads and ceramic balls? I have no carbon, I read in multiple spots that I should only use it to remove medication.
  10. I was under the impression that I wasn't supposed to change the media or I'd lose the cycle?
  11. To be more detailed: - Filter maintenance consists of filling a bucket with tank water and swishing the filter media back and forth in it once a month or so. - Water changes are done once a week at about 50%, sometimes more. Lately it's been more often, every 4-5 days. I use a python and add a dash of prime in before refilling then the rest after it's filled. - Bare bottom tank, it's been that way since almost the beginning with my first fish. - Decorations are just clay pots, a big rock and two glass ornaments. Also have two air pumps and two air stones. - I feed twice a day (sometimes once a day) and fast them once a week. I feed Saki-Hikari - I let it soak in water for 2-5 minutes before running it down a funnel into a tube so it stays in one spot. I give a large pinch and it's all gone within 2-4 minutes. Let me know if there's anything else you need to know. I have a feeling I may not be doing the filter maintenance correct? Thank you
  12. Sorry forgot to add - I had problems in the past with the fourth and completely different fish in my tank having floaty issues after water changes, but that stopped after I increased water changes.
  13. Like the topic title says, I have 3 separate problems with 3 separate fish. I'm not sure if they're connected or not. 2 of them started around the same time, but are very different. Just recently one of my fish (black moor) has one cloudy eye. He seems to be able to see still, but it's difficult to say because he's always had a little trouble. Not much else seems different other than a cloudy white eye, the other looks normal. Around the same time a different telescope eye had floaty problems. He's always been a little gassy for some reason. Him and another out of the four (a third less frequently and the fourth not at all) like to breathe at the top of the tank, especially after feeding. Now it seems to be worse though, he's completely upside down instead of just tipsy. When I come to the tank he straightens out and seems fine for as long as I'm around - but then later I'll catch him resting upside down in a glass tube. I fed peas today to see if that helps. The third and last problem I have is with a third completely different telescope eye. She has some kind of white chunk/mass on the end of her fine. It's smooth looking, not fuzzy. This is something that has persisted for months now. Originally I salted and that reduced it to almost nothing, but then it came back. So I increased water changes - that seemed to help a little, but still continued. It was her only symptom so I didn't think much of it, but now it's been there for just too long. I attached pictures of the white cloudy eye and the white gunk on the fin. Tough to get a good picture of the fin - it's actually bigger/more prominent than the picture lets on. When it was worse it was multiple spots like this down the edge of the fin. The girl with the fin issue may look a little oddly shaped, she was a rescue that was in really poor shape and seemed to effect her growth permanently. My readings always seem to be good as far as water quality goes. One thing I will say is I have some kind of issue with this brown algae looking stuff that just won't seem to stop growing. I know that's a lot to read, thanks a lot in advance to any help! Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 5-10 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4-7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API, drops * Water temperature? 65 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55, little over 2 years, but moved it a year or so ago to new apartment. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Two tetra whispers (500 gph) and one aqua clear 50 (200 gph) 700 gph total * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 50%, sometimes a little less or little more. Lately it's more like every 4-5 days. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 ... 2 medium-large and 2 medium * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Saki-Hikari, twice a day. Sometimes omega gold and peas. * 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. A long period of salt treatment about 2 years ago for one of them and recently to combat the white gunk, salted the whole tank with all four fish just to be safe. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Just that white globby stuff on the end of the fin. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Other than what I said above, after eating 3 of them go to the top and breathe for some reason. I catch them doing this from time to time, but mostly after feeding. They scatter when I come to the tank.
  14. I just ordered the Repashy. I've used Mazuri products before with my Chinchilla, but I have one fish that has floaty problems a lot so want to avoid even the smallest chance there. Thanks everyone
  15. Hello - I've never tried gel food before, but feel like my fish need some variety. I know Mazuri and Repashy are recommended, but there are so many variations - which one should I purchase? Thanks
  16. Long story short, my landlord used my water changer to deal with our toilet. Now I need to clean it inside and out somehow. Any recommendations?
  17. Yes I have a python ... Perhaps it'd be more realistic to expect good water changes once every two weeks instead? Less feeding means less waste - so maybe it'd be wise to ask for 70-80% every two weeks instead of 50 once a week. Then again, more room for error with temperature changes and filter malfunction since they'll need to be shut off.
  18. Thanks guys, definitely made me feel better about it. Now it's a matter of getting my father on board if everything pans out. Overfeeding is definitely a concern - but do you think underfeeding could be an issue? They're used to two solid meals a day and one fast day a week, this will effectively cut their diet in half though. They're also still relatively young and small (1.5-2.5 years).
  19. Hello everyone. Some of you may remember me making a similar post not long ago. Well I up and quit the job, but didn't run off to Tampa. Another opportunity has come up though on the other side - as a crew leader in the AmeriCorps in Alaska. It's something I really want to do. For some time now I've needed to get away and get my head straight, but my dear fishies are 'holding' me back. My family and friends don't understand how much they mean to me, they're like dogs to me. It's from March 18 to August 18 or so. The long and short of it is this - I may, just may be able to convince my parents to let me put the 55 gallon tank with 4 goldies in their basement and feed them once a day. Then my girlfriend offered to come change the water once a week. But we're talking about people that have no experience, they'd be going off of what I teach them in a one week period. If any sickness comes up or any fluke, they'd be lost. Do you think this is feasible or too dangerous to risk? Should I inquire my fellow southwest Michigan goldfish owners if they'd temporarily home one or two and then get a smaller tank for them to maintain? It's a big burden to put on them, a 55 gallon. 30 gallons would be easier. Would appreciate any input, thanks everyone.
  20. I just rechecked the ammonia and it's definitely 0, not sure if it was a fluke in the test or my eyes playing tricks. I usually actually add the Prime after the tank is full again - I just assumed 10 minutes or so of chlorine wouldn't hurt them, am I wrong? Maybe that's why they act funny. I add as much prime as it recommends or more. I'll leave a bucket of water out over night. Maybe I'll start doing smaller water changes twice a week, I have a feeling that'd be better. Thanks!
  21. Surface agitation is great - 3 fairly powerful filters running with two air stones (running from two air pumps). The ammonia was barely above zero, .25 mm was rounding up (for the record). How can I go about adding it to the new water if I'm using a Python? Add it to the tank as the new water is added? I am pretty good about my 50% water changes every week, are you certain it couldn't be more of a feeding problem? Then again, I did recently change filter media in one of the filters. Will any of these work? http://www.petsmart.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=buffer&origkw=alkaline+buffer&sr=1 Problem being, I'd have to order the mentioned one online. If I start doing daily water changes then I wouldn't be able to work with the pH until it's delivered.
  22. Sorry this took longer than expected. I do have a thermometer in the tank. Here are my full test results 4 days after the last water change. nitrite 0 ph 8.2 .. tap is 7.4-7.6 nitrate 10-20 ppm ammonia .25 ppm So there's definitely a discrepancy between tank ph and tap ph, think that's the problem? Also don't like how my ammonia is reading slightly after 4 days, maybe I should feed a little less. I just read somewhere that high ph could be causing them to breathe at top, which is happening with 2-3 of them.
  23. I'll get it done today ... in a few hours! It happens during the refilling process. If it were a pH issue, what can I do to combat that? Thank you
  24. Hi everyone, When I change my water, for some reason two of the four fancies in my tank act very weird. One of them worse than the other. He'll swim upside down, on his side, float at the top temporarily like he's dead - but then after a little while they're fine again. I've only noticed this behavior during and right after water changes. I change 50% with a python. I first noticed this a couple of months ago but chalked it up to me not getting the temperature right as I change the water. So I tried to be more careful, but the problem persists. The other two guys act just fine, like there's no problem. I can only test for ammonia right now, but wanted to post anyways - Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level * Nitrate level * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API, drops * Water temperature? 65 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55, 1.5 years, but moved it 9 months ago to new apartment. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Two tetra whispers (500 gph) and one aqua clear 50 (200 gph) 700 gph total * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 50%, sometimes a little less or little more. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 ... 2 medium-large and 2 medium * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Saki-Hikari, twice a day * 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. A long period of salt treatment about 1.5 years ago for one of them, nothing else. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nothing visible. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Other than what I said above, after eating 3 of them go to the top and breathe for some reason. I catch them doing this from time to time, but mostly after feeding. They scatter when I come to the tank. Thanks!
  25. I actually think I have a home for one or two of them now that I think of it. I could easily take just one with me wherever I go. So then I'd just have to rehome one guy. If I decide to I'll contact you Michiganders and see I have a friend in Tampa, FL that loves the city. It's on the other side of the country so it seems as good a place as any to start something new.
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