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  1. 16 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

    Awe, what a cutie!  Looks like he just needs plenty of protein and time to fill out into an awesome fish!

    I've been pumping it full of the food Cynthia suggested LOL! Twice daily water changes after feeding. 

  2. 4 hours ago, Daniel E. said:

    I'm actually really liking my modified marineland bio wheel filters.
    You can throw away the cartridge if you want. I have been using the plastic cage looking ones they recommend putting charcoal or something in but instead put the small pellet size bio media from fluval. And in the back part of the filter I have just been being lazy and all honesty and using a larger piece of filter floss folded up fan fit into the back. Been surprised at how well it actually works like that.

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    I put bio media in my Fluval too. All I really have is that coarse sponge, charcoal and the bio media in my tropical fresh water tank. It works like a champ! 

  3. 15 minutes ago, koko said:

    I now have 12 of them. Still feeding fry food and now crushed up bug bites. Haven't grown much. I'm thinking it might be because I don't have a heater in there. 😒

    You're doing better than I was! I think I got up to 16 days with ONE fry! Maybe you need some live foods to boost them?

  4. On 5/2/2019 at 10:38 PM, koko said:

    I saw a few more after I did a water change. But it would have been impossible to get them.

    I am going to make a breeding mop and see how that goes :teehee 

    Koko...a turkey baster makes it easy to suck up the fry! 

  5. I missed this post! I love how you can see their little fancy tails already! How exciting! It's been so long since I have had goldfish fry....it's been so long since I've had goldfish! LOL

  6. 8 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

    Hmmm... that ammonia could have done it, honestly, but I’m a little surprised if that’s all that is going on.  

    Hardness years you can buy at the store - API makes a little combo box with KH and GH, both.

    Did you email Cynthia and get her take? I really would, she has a ton of experience and knows her fish and potential acclimation issues, she could give you some insight into what to do next time, if nothing else, so if you buy more of her fish you don’t run into heartbreak again :(

    I didn't give her all the numbers, but she said baby fish can be really sensitive. She just lost her cat and dog so I didn't want to bother her more. I'll have to look for that kit. I know we have pretty hard water here in Pittsburgh. My store bought little oranda is doing pretty good so far, very active. Usually in the past, the only issue I have with fancies is that I get swim bladder issues always. 

  7. 4 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

    Test Results for the Following:

    * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.50

    * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0.0

    * Nitrate level(Tank) 0.0 

    * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.50

    * Nitrite Level(Tap)

    * Nitrate level(Tap)

    * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5, how do you test for KH , GH, and chloramines?

    * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5

    Other Required Info:

    * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API, drops

    * Water temperature? About 70F, give or take a degree or two

    * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Had them in a large bucket cuz I was out of town last weekend and had yet to set up a tank

    * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Sponge, don't know the name

    * How often do you change the water and how much? Did the protocol.....came home Sunday night. Fed a small pinch of food. Monday morning, a small pinch. 7pm another small pinch. Water needed changed, but needed to leave to get my dog. By 11pm, one was dead. Immediately did a 50% change, waited, did another 50% change. Next morning, another 50% change. 5:30pm came home from work to the other one dead. 

    * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? See above

    * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2, 3"

    * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Dechlorinator and a small pinch of salt

    * What do you feed your fish and how often? Sinking pellets, max twice a day, least....once every few days. 

    * 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. See above

    * 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. 14 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

    Did you have any cross contact among the fish containers?  Nets?  Food jars?  Water changing equipment?  Can you test your tank and tap water and give us full parameters?

    Not touching...Food I pinch and drop in. I dumped out the water last night before remembering to test cuz I was worried about the one that was still alive. Tested what I had soon as I got home today, but who knows how long it had to sit ther for before that happened. The only thing that read anything was ammonia by then and it was 0.5

  9. 2 hours ago, Morgan'sMiracles said:

    Sorry for your loss! I hope your other little guy pulls through!

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    I checked this morning and it seemed to be doing well. Changed its water again juuuuust to be sure! I feel bad for the other one....I'm sure I did something wrong. 

  10. 10 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

    Hilariously, my favorite isn’t what I run, except in quarantine and smaller tanks.  I much prefer sponge filters and matten walls.  

    So if I had to make recommendations - do a sponge filter.  Cheap, easy to clean, and work beautifully.

    Me too! Although I have a few other filters that have been work horses too! I think it's a Fluval on my 29 gallon tropical freshwater tank....we've had it for 18 yrs and it still kicks! I have had to do some repairs on it, but hey....pretty low maintenance really! My Shark filters are quirky, but they still work too! Cartridges are a bit hard to come by, but worst comes to worst, I stick my own stuff in there!

  11. 6 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

    What quarantine procedures did you follow?  Were they Cynthia’s very specific ones, including no filter and aged water? Were you checking water parameters?

    We can help you troubleshoot but it’s probably best to email her directly so there aren’t too many cooks in the kitchen, as it were.  

    I did the acclimation thing with the temp and aged water,  but I did put a sponge filter in last Friday as I was leaving town. I didn’t see no filter? They hadn’t eaten all weekend.

  12. My one with the pretty long flowing tail died within a 3 hr time span tonight! I got home at 7 and they looked fine, needed their daily water change while in quarantine, but I had to get out to pick up my dog. So I fed them and left. Come home and the one is gone! The shorter tailed one seems sluggish, but alive. I did a big water change ASAP. Hope I’m not too late! 😭😭😭

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