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  1. How exciting! Hope you have a lot of little Picasso and Splasher babies!
  2. I don't know about all of you, but I'm still working to snap that 'perfect' photo of my fast little fish. This shows Sonic's fins, some white and orange, but looking better, I think.
  3. Here's a quick update on Sonic, my Ryukin. His fins are not full and back to normal but they are improving. We did a 50% Water Change on Monday. Today, the tank water tested as follows: pH of 7.2, ammonia, 0, nitrite, 0, nitrate, 20 ppm and KH, 107.4 (after 6 drops). I need a new test kit for General Hardness and then will test that also. Any suggestions, let me know. The fish look happy so I'm happy too!
  4. Update: Sonic's side looks better. His fins are about the same. Water test results are as follows. pH 7.2 (high pH 7.4) ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 40 ppm KH 125.3 (seven drops) What next? Should I continue to do 50% WC and how often? Do you advise medication or not, at this point. Thanks!
  5. I just tested tap/tank water at 8 a.m. this morning, after having left sample uncovered overnight. It was between 7.2 and 7.4. So a small change.
  6. Looking back, i think we added the aquarium sale incorrectly Thursday. We added it to the bottom of the tank, without dissolving it in water first.
  7. I don't know why the pH stayed the same either. I've attached more pics of Sonic. The medication I have is API General Cure for parasitic fish disease.
  8. Here is a photo of Gil (left) and Sonic. Sonic is the little Ryukin with frayed fins and, as of one hour ago, dark (brown?) sections on his fins and side. More cause for concern. I tested the half tap/half tank water and it was 7.6.
  9. Not sure what you are asking. I have the Penguin 350, but no air stones or anything else in the tank. Is that what you meant? I'd have to buy an air stone. Do I uncover the bowl of water? Thanks!
  10. Good morning, I checked the pH of a small bowl of untreated tap water at 3:15 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday and again at 10:15 a.m. this morning. The pH has remained 6.6. I will continue the rest of the day. Questions: Am I supposed to add conditioner to water? Does it matter whether bowl is covered or not? Thanks.
  11. Thanks for your input. I can't afford to buy a bigger tank. If I bought a Rubbermaid tote, I would need a separate filter also, unless it would replace my tank. Not sure that will work, in our small apartment. I will definitely begin doing 50% water changes. We used to do bigger water changes. Just recently we started doing smaller changes, after I read something about regular 25% changes. We had a goldfish for about six years without any health problems. He died early this year. We bought the two Ryukin in May. Sonic is the smaller of the two and much slower at getting to the food than Gil. Gil will eat it up before Sonic gets any. Maybe that's why I was putting in a little extra food. I'll cut back on food and do bigger water changes. Here are the other water test results. Tap water ammonia, 0, nitrites, 0, nitrates, 0, and KH, 196.9 (11 drops). Tank water KH, 161.2 (9 drops). I was wrong on tank temperature. Today it is 70 degrees. We have a Penguin Bio-wheel 350. So it's 350 GPH rating. Should be good for 70-gal tank, product paper stated.
  12. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) .025 (never reads zero) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 40 * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * 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? 75 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29, six years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Penguin, C cartridge * How often do you change the water and how much? not often enough, every 2-3 weeks * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? two days ago, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 small fancies, both ryukin. under two inches. one much bigger than this one who's sick. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aqueon * What do you feed your fish and how often? twice a day, shrimp flakes, small sinking pellets (soaked first) or peas * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? salt yesterday * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none other than salt * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? frayed fins * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? staying at bottom two days ago, but then ok.
  13. Morning everyone! My fish are doing well! But I have a question about the use of crushed coral. I replaced it at the major water change this last weekend, because it was so yucky looking. Was this necessary? I also added 1 tbl baking soda for my 29-gallon tank, as was suggested. The pH is good, 7.6. Do I need to change coral and just leave what's in there? Can I put it in a mesh bag on bottom to keep the tank looking more clean? In the past we have had a bare bottom tank. These aren't important questions, but I wondered. Thanks!
  14. My fish are doing well, and the water pH and KH have been stable since I made the changes! How long does it take for Penny's fins to heal? I wasn't planning to add anything to the water to help. Should I add something or just let it heal naturally?
  15. I can't thank you enough! I plan to check the pH every day this week. One more question: when it's time to do a water change again, should it be a larger WC and, if so, what should I do to ensure that the pH and KH remain at these higher levels?
  16. It is working! I added 3/4 cup crushed coral this afternoon, then 1-1/2 tsp. of baking soda (for 29-gal. tank) and tested again. The pH is 7.6 and the KH after 5 drops is 89.5.
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