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  1. Thank you everyone for all of the informatin. I took them home and they are SOO happy in the large tank. They are having difficulty with the new filter as it creats a flow that they are not used to and it tumbles them when they get too close to it. I cant immagine them dealing with anything stronger at this time. I have the water filled up to the bottom of the output to reduce the "turbulance" while they are swimming. I will post pictures of it soon. I need some more decorations that are tall for this big tank. I thank everyone on here for all of the help I would be lost without you guys! I deffinately wonder if my fish would be alive if it were not for the help from here. When I took my fish home I kept the bag that I got them in, and I read on the back of it that 1 goldfish requires 2 gal of water. I think PetCo should do some hard thinking about what they are putting on the bags. When I bought the fish I figured that if 1 needed 2 gal then 2 would need 4 gal and I was doing great buying a 10 gal tank! Oh the things that I have learned. Thank you again everyone.
  2. I have done the nilon test, that is when I got rid of the decoration. Here is a link to what I have I have it in blue, white, and orange. http://www.amazon.com/Petco-Mushroom-Nature-Inspired-Coral/dp/B003MWGTUS
  3. The plastic plants are super soft, may not even be plastic but more of a rubber made by red sea. they have been with them for a year now and the absolutely LOVE swimming around in them. I did end up taking a goofy ornament out of the tank a year ago for the sharp corners through the suggestions of this page. Thank you so much for the help!!!
  4. Also I have the plastic plants from my 10 gal tank that are in need of a cleaning, should I put them dirty into the new tank for bacteria reasons?
  5. I have finally purchased a new tank for my two fantails Bubbles and Midas. For the past year they have lived in a 10 gallon tank, I found out after blowing all of my money on the tank and set up that it was over stocked (got to love the large chain pet stores) times got tough for me for awhile and I was not able to upgrade their home. Now I have! I got a 54 gal Bow front tank with a Penguin Bio wheel filter rated for a 50 gal tank. I am planning to use my current filter that I have on my 10 gal (rated for 20 gal) as well. I would like to keep it a bare bottom tank with a few round glass beads and some plastic plants for entertainment. Now here are my questions: 1. I just filled up my tank last night when can I move the fish to the new tank? 2. The fish are currently at my work which is 35 minutes away from the new tank at my house. I still have the bag that I bought the fish in, should I use it to take the fish home? Or how should I get them there with the least amount of stress on them? 3. Should I add some aquarium salt to the new tank to reduce stress? Thank you for any and all help I can get. These are my first fish and I am not great at it yet, just want to do right by the fish. If there are any other suggestions that you can throw my way I would appreciate it. I do not want to buy another fish to cycle the tank with (these two are keeping me plenty busy) and I know that a 10 gal is not great for them so I am confused what to do. Thanks so much for the help!
  6. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? [*]Nitrite Level? [*]Nitrate level? [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? For the above questions I work next door to a fish store and they check my water levels for free 3x a week. Always in the "Ideal Range" Once had problem with ammonia 5 months ago but not since. [*]Water temperature? 63-65 [*]Tank size 20 Gal and how long has it been running? 6 months [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland Penguin Bio-Wheel Aquarium Power Filter 200 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 3 x a week 25% [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? yesterday 25% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Fantail Goldfish [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Aqueon - not on a regular schedule right now due to issue [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. 4 months ago Ich treated with water temp elevation and aquarium salt Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. [*]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.? floating
  7. I have a Calico Fan tail gold fish that has been a problem child since I got her 6 months ago. First she had ich, took forever but got that cleared up for 4 months now. Now she has all of a sudden started getting swim bladder. She will get it after she eats for about 12 hours, then is fine again. I have always feed the same food (Aqueon goldfish granules)I ususlly presoak the food 10 minutes before feeding, but I tried without a presoak and it did not make any difference. At first sign of the Swim Bladder I did not feed any food for 2 days then feed peas. She loved the pees, but after 2 feedings of every other day I went back to regular food and she started floating again. I repeated the two day fast and feed peas every other day and after the 3rd feeding she was floating again. Now every time that she is feed she will float for 12 hours or so. The more she eats the worse she floats. I have tried to feed her 4 granules and she was floating. I do not want her to be malnutritioned. When I say float she is not on her belly, but she will go to the bottom of the tank and float to the top. At the top she bobs there sometimes turning to her side. She does not seem to be stressed out much, as to say that she is not darting around the tank. She just kinda hangs out at the top. I am thinking that this is being caused by a digestive disorder and am taking any and all ideas to help her be more comfortable after eating. I have taken water samples to the local fish store and they have checked all of the chemical levels and said that my tank was in perfect balance. So any and ALL help is welcome!
  8. Where I live it does not get that hot for that long. We do have a few days a year that may reach 100. I was thinking that I was going to have to make ti rather deep so on the hot days they can swim to the deeper colder parts. How big do you think that they should be before I put them outside?
  9. I have two fantails I live in colorado so it is cold for about 4 months out of the year. I am wondering if in the spring after it warms up if I could make a pond outside and put my Fantails in the pond for the spring, summer and a little of the fall. I will bring them back in the winter, but I am not sure that Fantails are ment to be outside? My husband gave me the idea that he would make me a pond in the back yard for our anaversary gift. Any thoughts or ideas? Thank you for all of the help that you have given!!!!!!!!!!
  10. What is a media bag? Is it something that I can camo in the tank?
  11. That leads me to another question. I have a Marine land penguine filter that has an all in one filter and a bio wheel. How often should I be cleaning and changing my filter? I do not trust pet stores any more.
  12. I was thinking of going with a pretty bare bottom tank, but I am afraid of the good bacteria going away and having my water levels off all the time. What do you guys think about the bare bottom tanks?
  13. Hello, I am thinking about thourally cleaning the gravel in my tank. I have 2 fake plants in the tank and the fish had ich when I first purchased them. I did a salt and temp treatment and while that was going on I noticed that there was what looked like white alge growing in my tank only on the fake plants not bad but I noticed it. It does NOT look like cotton balls and the fish have NONE on them. Can the salt bleach out the alge? I see it a little on the walls of the glass also. I took those out and am cleaning them with boiling water, but I am thinking that I should take the gravel out of the tank and do the same thing with it. I know that the good bacteria are located in the gravel, and I do not want to have to recycle my tank but I do not know what to do. I have a 10 gal tank overstocked with 2 goldfish (long story) they will have a new tank by summer but untill then I need to keep them in the small tank. I have a filter that will filter 100gal per hour and I am doing every day to every other day 50% water changes to keep the water levels in check. What do you recomend that I do with my situation? I do not want lectures on the overstocked tank I know that they need more room and they will get it by summer. I want help with the "white alge" issue and the gravel. My fish are finally healthy and eating well, I want that to continue. Thanks for the help!
  14. No they are not chasing eachother, they are going in their own ways and all over the tank. They will breifly stop in a corner, then off to the races again.
  15. Sorry the GH is 180, kh is 40, PH is 6.5, no2 0, no3 0
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