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  1. Hi, So I haven't been here in quite some time. Life has been crazy. Sadly, tragically my goldfish have died between last night and this morning. I'm not a rookie, I've done plenty of big fish moves. I was practically suicidal last night... So here is the story. Back in October i had to move and become homeless. It was only supposed to be for a couple weeks. Ended up being a couple months. When i moved i made plans for my fish between two people. One being my old downstairs neighbor. That neighbor or her husband tried stealing some things from me that she promised to look after, police were involved and for all intense and purpose she stole my fish, i had to let it go. Well i got a message on Tuesday of her in a panic saying she is moving, i got to come get these fish. She explained that she got a much bigger set up and more fish and i needed to come now. Told me to call never answered me back till the next day and said she was all done moving and i could just go through the open front door. 75 gallon tank, two goldfish, 12 other fish most tropical. Her apartment was raised, mine was on the second floor, it was a lot of work. Plus i had just finished emptying my storage unit the day before. I very slowly over the course of 6+ hours acclimated them to new water. I used plenty of prime. It was the same city water but her water was horrible. She couldn't have had that tank much longer then 8 months but it was a tea color, and smelled really really bad. She had a nice cannister filter too. The power was off, no idea how long it had been off, but there was non spoiled stuff in the fridge even though it was not cold. I emptied out all but the smallest amount substrate, which was mostly sand, didn't put it back in, wasn't sure if i was going to. There were ornaments i didn't put any back in, i did however put driftwood back. I rinsed everything down with city water only. I figure it doesn't need to be too clean, they are used to bad conditions. Too clean might be a shock. The tank was infested with snails. It was obvious there were many carcasses. This might have been the reason for the smell. They were all inside the filter too it's a marineland canister filter. I cleaned it out yesterday. I couldn't get it to work though and need help figuring it out. There were a ton of plants which was cool. So late Wednesday till Friday they went without a filter, however it's a 75g tank and it had been aerated to an extreme on set up. I figured it was the equivalent to a power outage and have lived through those with fish. Well, then i noticed yesterday my fish went belly up... I thought ok, maybe my daughters fed them too much. I've never used flake food and was all out of pellets i normally use. I figured I'll stop feeding, wait for him to upright himself i went to work last night came back and he was dead. His buddy i found dead this morning plus another tropical. I Havent tested the water but i noticed its milky which means the ammonia is on the rise. I have been making sure to put extra prime in to keep them protected while i figured out the stupid canister. I need to go back to work. I forced myself to stay home and write this but i really need to go. Any suggestions i get to this i may have to do tomorrow. Or the next day. Thanx for any insight. I plan on giving away the tropicals and getting new goldfish i guess. The canister i cant seem to get it to close properly. I think i got it to work once and it flooded out as it wasn't secure, then i got it to pump out but not in. I can only get the two clasps secured and not the other two.
  2. I figured 2 small butterfly koi would be OK the first year or two though.
  3. I thought koi require 1000g but butterfly koi require 300?
  4. I was worried that their decomposition and foulness of the water could of caused bad bacteria? The water wasn't bad but there was a noticeable smell and a slight water cloudiness.
  5. So after this bad bad winter I believe my pond completely filled with ice, all my guys were lost [emoji29] I wish to get a few large GF or one or two butterfly koi that I can bring in during the winter months. This is an above ground pond. I already drained it, filed it up with new water and drained it again. Should I use bleach... Should I scrub out all the old algea, should a remove the cinder blocks?
  6. Chia, it's too cold for that here. I ran my pump until the water froze in the tubing.I used to put a hole in the ice with hot water to check on them now and then. I guess I've been over confident this year. I haven't discussed it here but I've been in the middle of a heart wrenching bitter custody battle most the year that has been all consuming with no lawyer. This is why I haven't been here so much. However I made sure to do a huge water change, mucked out the pond, and tarped it in November. Mid Dec was when I saw them last swimming around. So I hope they are OK.
  7. The tarp is covering only 3/4 of the pond, it slipped off part of it before freezing. The snow is the light and fluffy kind. No snowman to be had... I'll go and remove some snow from the exposed area and use my water changer with hot water to tunnel through the ice... And pray to God it's not completely frozen! Gah! The pond top has been frozen for... A month maybe two. There are 9 mostly smallish fish in there. No ice over the snow.
  8. So my pond is a 300g above ground pond. I hope my Lil guys are OK... It's been a particularly tough winter. It's snowing for the 5th time in 3 weeks? I'm wondering if I should remove the snow, or if it is working to insulate my pond? The tarp is right on the water. There is 2+ feet of snow on top... You can't tell it's there anymore. It's a snow mound! The last two winters makes me feel comfortable in my ponds overwintering abilities but it's still nail biting!
  9. I'm glad her passing may have helped others then.
  10. Do you have a well Amanda? It's prevalent in deep wells or when rapidly heating or cooling well water, or if the seal in the pump of your well has a leak that can introduce air. According to everything I read you keep the hose out of the water and your good. This had happened to me a once or twice before but not in a year or two. I also have a high nitrite level which causes my tanks nitrates to sky rocket.
  11. Helen, I can appreciate that. Although, it was partially my fualt. Supposedly all you have to do is keep the hose outside the water and the gases are transpersed into the air. I was wicked busy and could not find a good spot to perch it while I busied myself with the kids. I haven't had this issue though in a long time, I thought it cleared itself, sometimes the hose slipped and no adverse reactions. I was able to porch it the second time on my filter that I had just cleaned. My bottom sitting two are now swimming. Hard lesson learned.
  12. They are both. All my fish have them right now in all Thier fins. I was rubbing her Fin with my finger to show that it wasn't something that was on the outside. The fun rays are bent where the bubbles are occupying space.
  13. She did not make it the night. I have two fish bottom sitting, hopefully they turn out OK.I think they should be fine.
  14. It's 3:30am and I noticed my fish not doing well. One in particular that I have had the longest. I have well water and it's happened a couple times before. I'm not site if there is anything I can do to help. I just did a water change. Had to do two back to back due to getting a bunch of icky filter water in the tank after the first change. People in the past doubted me on this, so I took a video of my poor seymora. She has been with me since 2009. I hope she makes it. If you notice the other fish in the video also have bubbles at the base of their tails. Air bubble disease: http://youtu.be/QlJoAy4WC8s
  15. I already did all that but the filters a week or so ago. It ended up icing over again since. If my hose wasnt frozen I would of done the filters.
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