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  1. I have no idea :/ I'd treated her/him for flukes with Prazi-Pro and kept the salinity at .3% for the past two weeks, and was doing 80% water changes every two days. I checked the body for any thing strange, but there seemed to be nothing wrong. I don't really know what happened
  2. Hi everyone. Sorry to bring back an old thread, but I have another question to ask you guys. Unfortunately, the little one did not make it through quarantine. I'm in the process of sanitizing the tank and filter, but what can I do about the filter media? Is there any way I can salvage it without killing the BBs? The media is currently sitting in a tub of old tank water while I figure out what to do with it. Thanks!
  3. Thanks for your replies! Oh, I feel like I've misled you I only have a spare 10 gallon - will that still work as a quarantine tank, or do I need to go bigger? I'd like to keep the little guy in there for at least a month, like you suggested, but I don't want him to feel smooshed in such a small tank. I'd never seen one in person until today! Edit: Unfortunately, they won't be able to hold him for me. I'm just crossing my fingers that he's still there when I get back!
  4. Hello everyone! Today I went to my local fish superstore to get some stuff for my tank, and of course, I just had to stop and look at the goldfish. I saw the cutest little green oranda and immediately fell in love. I'm going out of town for the weekend, though, so I didn't want to bring him home right away. I also wanted to check with you guys and get your opinions on whether or not my current set-up could handle a third goldie. Right now I have a 38 gallon tank that is home to two small fancies (I think my girls are about three inches, including their tails). I have an Aqueon QuietFlow filter that does 400 gph, and I make sure to do two large (usually 80%) water changes each week. Will adding a third fancy to my tank be too much? If so, then ignore everything else below this If not, how should I go about quarantining? I have a spare ten gallon tank and filter that does 250 gph - would this work? I have PraziPro and lots of salt at the ready as well. Since I'll be away for the weekend, would it be best to go ahead and set up the tank and filter and have it running while I'm gone? Or should I wait until I get back? I was planning on using seeded filter media from the 38 gallon, as well as adding in some new media. Any advice is much appreciated!
  5. Thanks for your responses, everyone! Amy: The tank has been running since September, so around six months. Ashlee: yep, I was trying to get it up to .3% (I thought it would help with her ragged fins). She didn't seem to take well to that much salt, so I took most of it out of the tank. Also, yes, I have a bubbler What can I use as an alternative to carbon for filter media? For the past few days, I've been doing daily 40% water changes in the morning and testing the water every night. Readings are the same as before (ammonia - 0, nitrite - 0, pH 7.2). I've been paying close attention to the nitrate levels, which are still at zero, but maybe I'm reading the results wrong? I use the API master test kit, and when I test for nitrates, I always get a bright yellow color, which is supposed to be 0 ppm according to the color chart. Each time I've made sure to follow the directions carefully, so what else could be the problem? Last night when I came home, I realized that my fish had what looked like popeye. How can I go about treating this? Will Melafix or another salt treatment work? I'm currently in a small town with only one large pet store and unfortunately the only antibiotic product they sell is Melafix. I've ordered some Maracyn II, and it should be arriving in the next couple of days. I'm concerned about starting a treatment because I'm going to be out of town for four days next week, and I don't want to start something and not finish it. Any advice?
  6. Like I said, I'd been using the 5-in-1 Test Strips which don't give very accurate readings as well as taking water samples to the local pet store. The employees said the readings were fine Since I've been using the test drops, I've had zero nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia. I use the Tetra Bio Bag filter cartridges, and they use carbon. Nope, no gravel. Just a few small decorative pebbles.
  7. I attempted a salt treatment, but other than that just API Stress Zyme and Stress Coat. Edit: I turn the filter off while I'm doing water changes, but never for more than ten minutes at a time.
  8. I'd been using the 5-in-1 Test Strips/taking a water sample to the fish store and having them test it. Every time they said everything was fine - not terribly descriptive, but I didn't think anything of it. I thought nitrates were supposed to be low, though. For the ammonia, I added 8 drops from bottle #1, then 8 drops from bottle #2, shook, then waited (I think it was five minutes) for the color to develop. For the nitrite, I added 5 drops, shook, then waited. Edit: Yep, I waited for five minutes for both tests.
  9. I don't have any live plants in the tank, and I've been getting zero nitrates for the past three weeks or so. Is there anything I can do to get nitrates in the tank again?
  10. Oops, sorry, I forgot to add in my first post that the tank has been running since last September, so about five months. I used the API Freshwater Master Test Kit and followed all of the directions, so the ammonia & nitrite readings should hopefully be right. I'll test again to make sure, though.
  11. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level - 0 [*]Nitrite Level - 0 [*]Nitrate level - 0 <-been getting this for a few weeks now, but I'm not sure how to fix it. [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)- 7.2 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? - 7.2 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? - API Test drops [*]Water temperature? - don't have a thermometer, but the temperature inside is 72 F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal (too small, I know; upgrading in May & I've been trying to make up for the lack of space with extra water changes) [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Tetra Top Fin 10, does 80 gph [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Twice a week, between 50%-70% each time. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? One pearlscale, between 2.5 and 3 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress Coat, API aquarium salt & API Stress Zyme [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Gel food with veggies and bloodworms [*]Any new fish added to the tank? Nope. [*]Any medications added to the tank? Not yet. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Slightly ragged fins, and this morning I noticed there were red streaks in her left pectoral and pelvic fins. I did a 70% water change, and the marks seem to have disappeared, but I'm still worried. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? She's been staying in one corner of the tank and didn't seem interested when I tried to feed her earlier today. She's not sitting on the bottom of the tank, but kind of hovering, I guess you could say, in a diagonal position with her head upwards and her tail fin closer to the bottom of the tank. She perked up after I did the water change earlier, but since then she's gone back to the corner and isn't reacting to me being near the tank. Here's what's been happening over the past few days: Friday - I was attempting a salt treatment for her ragged fins, and since Wednesday I had been gradually adding aquarium salt to get the tank up to one tablespoon per gallon. I added the last bit of salt to her tank, went downstairs to do laundry for about an hour, and then came back up to find Zoe struggling to swim down - she was very floaty, and I thought there must be something wrong with her swim bladder. First I did a large water change - between 70 and 80 percent, because I thought that may be part of the problem, even though I had just done a similarly large water change on Wednesday. She seemed to be a little better after that. I then fed her a pea (I'd heard it helps with swim bladder troubles) and kept an eye on her for the rest of the night. She had some trouble swallowing the pea, so I had to help her get it out, but after that she seemed fine. Saturday - I had to go out of town. I checked on her before I left and she seemed fine. A little lethargic, but I thought that perhaps she was just stressed from Friday, so I let her be. It was her fasting day, so I did not feed her. I left around noon and didn't make it back until around eleven this morning Today - When I came back this morning, I noticed that she was sitting in the corner of the tank, very still and breathing very slowly. I turned on the light and put some food in for her, and she seemed somewhat interested, but hardly ate anything. I noticed that she had red streaks in her pectoral & pelvic fins, and I was worried that she had septicemia. I did another huge water change - she seemed better after that, and the red streaks disappeared. An hour or so after the water change, she slowed down again and went back into her corner. I didn't know what to do, and since Koko's was down I scoured the internet looking for other seemingly reliable websites. I went ahead and ordered some Triple Sulfa, and it should be arriving within the next few days, but I'm worried she won't make it that long. Please help.
  12. Hello everyone! I'm looking at getting a larger tank within the next two months. Currently I have one pearlscale, and I was hoping to upgrade her to at least a 29 gallon. I'm considering getting her a buddy, but I'm worried that a 29g will be too small for two of them. What size do you think would be ideal for two goldies? Also, would a 29 gallon be ideal for one goldfish, or should I go bigger?
  13. Yep, it's new Just took it a couple of minutes ago. Maybe I'm just overreacting? And thank you! She's a very sweet fish <3 Thanks again! I really appreciate it!
  14. Here's a picture: CountryLovah - Do you think I should get some API pH Up or something similar? Or should I stick with the larger water changes? Edit: Thanks for clarifying, CountryLovah Thank you all so much!
  15. Trinket - I unfortunately got my test kit only recently, so I couldn't tell you how long there's been 0 for nitrate I've never treated her for flukes - where can I buy praziquantel? And yes, I have a bubbler in the tank Oerba Yun Fang - I'm planning on upgrading her to a 29 gallon in May when I move out of the dorms (we have a 10 gallon limit here, sadly), but I will definitely make sure to do larger water changes until then. I try to keep the tank pretty full - right now there's about an inch of space between the top of the water and the top of the tank. Do you think I should go ahead and fill that up, or is that alright? Is there anything I can do to increase the nitrate just a bit? Also, I've been putting in two tablespoons of salt every week with the Sunday water changes, but I haven't tried using a tablespoon per gallon, so I'll try that, too. Thank you both!
  16. *]Ammonia Level? - 0 [*]Nitrite Level? - 0 [*]Nitrate level? - 0 [*]Ph Level, Tank - 6.6 [*]Ph Level, Tap - 7.6 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops - API Freshwater Master Test Kit (drops) [*]Water temperature? - Not sure, but the thermostat is set at 75 F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? - 10 gallons, 5 months [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Tetra Top Fin 10 (does about 80 gph) [*]How often do you change the water and how much? - Lately I've been changing the water twice a week; I've been doing 30% changes on Thursdays, then 40%-50% on Sundays. This past week, however, I forgot to change her water on Thursday (oops) [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? - One Pearlscale, about 4 inches including her tail [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? - API Stress Zyme, API Stress Coat, and API Aquarium Salt [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? - Gel food made with veggies & bloodworms. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? - Nope [*]Any medications added to the tank? - Nope [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? - Her fins are becoming increasingly ragged-looking. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No. A few weeks ago, a noticed a couple of tears in my fish's tail fin. I thought maybe she hurt herself on the plastic plants I had in her tank, so I switched out and put some silk plants in, but since then the tears have gotten worse. Her fins don't look particularly nasty or anything, just ragged. Could it be fin rot? If it is, how do I go about treating it? Thank you!
  17. Hello everyone! [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level - not sure; the test strips I use don't test for it. [*]Nitrite Level - 0 [*]Nitrate level - 0 [*]Ph Level, Tank - 7.0 [*]Ph Level, Tap - not sure [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops - Mardel 5-in-1 Test Strips [*]Water temperature - not sure; the temperature in the rest of the house is about 70 degrees F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running - 10 gallons, and has been set up & running for about four months [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s) - Tetra Top Fin 10; it does about 80 gph [*]How often do you change the water and how much - 40%-50% change every week. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size - One, about 2.5 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use API Tap Water Conditioner and API Stress-Zyme [*]What do you feed your fish and how often - Homemade gel food consisting of mashed up peas, carrots, tomatoes, and bloodwoorms 5 days a week, a single pea once a week, and then a day of fasting. However, since I've been away for a week, I gave her a three-day feeder for last Thursday-Saturday, until someone could be here to feed her the food she usually eats. Sunday through Tuesday she was fed her regular food, on Wednesday she was given a pea, Thursday was a fasting day, and then I was here to feed her her regular food today. I know this is a lot of information, but I'm not sure if maybe the three-day feeder messed up her system. [*]Any new fish added to the tank - Nope. [*]Any medications added to the tank - Not yet. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish - The only strange thing I noticed was that she had a long, white-ish poo [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc - No, she seems to be acting normal. I'm concerned about her poo; at first I thought the color of it might have been caused by the weekend feeder (which was white), but she hasn't eaten that since Saturday. I looked on Koko's website, and it said that white/clear poo was caused by an infection. I went to the local pet store chain, and unfortunately they didn't have any antibiotic foods and had a poor medicine selection. I did buy something, though - Tetra Lifeguard All-In-One treatment, but I'm hesitant to put it in her tank because I don't think it'll do much good. She seems to be acting fine, but if she does have an infection, I'd like to treat it soon before it gets any worse. Any advice?
  18. I have a Tetra Top Fin 10; I'm not sure what it's GPH is, though. I don't have much for decorations (two plants and a cave for her to hide in), but do you think I should remove them as well as the gravel?
  19. Thank you for your advice! It looked like my other fish had pop eye, but I'm no expert on diagnosing goldfish I had been doing weekly 30%-40% water changes, but I hadn't been testing the water weekly; I'll be sure to do that from now on, though. Thanks again!
  20. Hi everyone! A few months ago, I bought two pearlscales from my local pet store. At the time, I was told by an employee that the two of them would do just fine in a ten gallon tank, but shortly after bringing them home, I did some research and found that this was not the case. However, I didn't have the funds to buy a larger tank, and unfortunately, living in a dorm means that ten gallons is the biggest size I can have. A few days ago, I came back from vacation to find that one of my fishies had passed while I was away. Now I have one pearlscale in the ten gallon tank, and I'm hesitant to put another fish in with her because I'm worried she won't have enough room. My first question is, do fish get lonely? Will she be alright on her own? I spend quite a bit of time interacting with her, but I'm afraid this won't be enough. My second question is, if it would be better to get a second fish to keep her company, would the two of them be able to stay in the ten gallon until I can move to a place that does not have a limit on tank size (which won't happen until at least the summer) and I can set up a larger tank? Currently, she's about 2.5", and I've had her for almost four months. I plan on upgrading her tank once I move out of the dorm to at least a 20 gallon, even if she's the only one in it. Thank you for your time! I really appreciate it!
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