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  1. WOW! What amazing goldies, Laura! You made my day! This deserves to be the pic of the week! Also, honestly, you are a great photographer; we all know that.
  2. I was feeling so down since morning. I feel better now. You people at Kokos are simply amazing to say the least! Love you all!
  3. Thank you so much for the valuable advice! Yup, you are right. There could be these possibilities too. Maybe Avery was weak and he got affected by the things. I'm afraid, Seachem Prime isn't available here, and people who sell it import it and pay a heavy import tax. So the price of Prime here is like liquid gold! I use Rid All Anti Chlorine, which claims to remove gaseous ammonia too. Would it work? It contains Sodium Thiosulphate and EDTA. You are right. I should use the required dose. And I'm off to find a Chlorine and Chloramine test kit. Really! Have you tried green tea with cardamom and honey/lots of sugar? It tastes amazing! By the way, how did you know tea translates to Chai in most Indian languages? And thanks a bunch for the precious suggestions and link. I'll have to try that whenever a fish bottom sits. I feel so scared when I find one bottom sitting.
  4. Awwwwww hehehehehe! Round and thin fins = eggs?
  5. He still is, by God's grace. I just checked on him. I didn't touch him. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow. Thank you, hun! Not really. He ate last evening. Really? That's cool! Hehehe! I was just worried as Avery died without any apparent reason. Shall keep you updated.
  6. Thank you very much for comforting me, Heidi, Mary! Thanks for the reply, Chai! That's swell an information that we can see and confirm ich and other parasites! I have a light microscope from my college days, which goes upto 900X. How do I see the ich in a living fish? Taking his blood or fin scrape or something? You are right on the tests. I guess I can have it tested in a lab for toxins. Thanks again! EDIT: By the way, in Indian language, Chai means 'tea!'
  7. Today Avery suddenly died without any apparent cause. I suspect there was a latent infection. John's belly is swelling for the past three days. Yesterday, a male fish was chasing John, so I suspect it could be eggs, though. But I need to be sure, because John is so small. How can he reach sexual maturity? If you think it's some infection, I'll start medicated fish food immediately. The other fish you see in this video - his belly is also swelling. The male fish was chasing him too! Please advise what I should do now. Please see the video. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap):0 * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrate level(Tap): 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.3, Chlorine not sure. No test kit. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.5. At least I do not smell any chlorine, you know. This tap water, as the city's plant claims, is taken from river water and purified. Not sure if they chlorine (and/or dechlorinate.) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Prodac drops test. * Water temperature? 26C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 120. Cleaned up, disinfected and restarted a month ago, after an ich epizootic. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? RS Electricals, 1100 litres per hour. * How often do you change the water and how much? 80-90% every week. (for now, as the bio setup hasn't established yet)
  8. Thank you for sharing the pain, hun. Thank you for your support. About the physical injury, I doubt it could have happened during water change because I always let the water flow in a trickle, so as to give the fishes time to adjust to the new chemical composition. I think some infection remained within him from the pet store. He brought with him ich, but it was completely destroyed. Is it possible he brought some other latent infection?
  9. Not really, my friend. They look fine till now, by God's blessings.
  10. Can you contact your local water treatment facility and ask them? Thank you for the suggestion! I'll take help of a contact I have with the municipality.
  11. Yes, the temps are exactly the same. I couldn't smell any chlorine, though, I think I'll need to buy a chlorine test kit. I add something similar to Prime, which contains EDTA and Sodium Thiosulphate. It's very costly though, so I add less than the required dose. Is there a way to detect any toxins in the water?
  12. Thank you for your comforting words. Is there a way to detect poison in the water?
  13. Today, everything was fine in my 120 Gallon tank, until I changed the water 90%. After a few hours, Avery died. He was perfectly fine for a month in my home! I have no clue how this happened. Sudden as a bolt from the blue! Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap):0 * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrate level(Tap): 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.3, Chlorine not sure. No test kit. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.5. At least I do not smell any chlorine, you know. This tap water, as the city's plant claims, is taken from river water and purified. Not sure if they chlorine (and/or dechlorinate.) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Prodac drops test. * Water temperature? 27C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 120. Cleaned up, disinfected and restarted a month ago, after an ich epizootic. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? RS Electricals, 1100 litres per hour. * How often do you change the water and how much? 80-90% every week. (for now, as the bio setup hasn't established yet) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today afternoon, 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7 small fishes. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? None. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice-Thrice a day. * 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. Acriflavin and salt for ich, a month ago. Duration: 1 week in gradually reducing doses. He fully recovered. * 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. Just sudden death in an hour!
  14. Yup! Thank you. The fishes in there all look happy. I guess they are reliable. 9 days done!
  15. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, Kokonuts! Today, I'll show you how to make an extremely bright (~4500 lumens), energy efficient (just 45 Watts) lighting for your planted aquarium for under $5, powered using a spare computer PSU. This lighting system has a very long life of >50,000 hours provided you make it correctly as shown, and the LEDs do not overheat. It would take you around 45 minutes to 1 hour to do it, and years to enjoy it. Commerical LED lightings can cost upwards of $150, and aren't nearly as bright as this one in the tutorial. This provides your planted tanks with metal-halide-like brightness, although not heating the water up, or making a hole in your pocket. In a 15 gallon tank, you'd get a fluorescent equivalent of 4-5 Watts per gallon of light. Another big advantage of this lighting over most commercial lightings is that you can control the brightness of the LEDs by using a 12V LED dimmer that costs less than 1 dollar. One like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-Mini-3-Keys-Dimmer-Controller-For-Single-Color-5050-3528-Led-Light-Strip-/121377723486 The best part about these PWM dimmers is that they do not lose any power to heat. So if you are at 50% brightness, you are consuming 50% electricity, and generating 50% less heat. LEDs are also more efficient when they are at less than full power. Two points to energy efficiency. All parts can be purchased on Amazon/eBay, except the 2 feet aluminium channel. It will be readily available in shops that make window panes and fits them in buildings. So, here's to metal halide brightness, minus the heat and plus the extremely high energy efficiency! And minus the lots of cash!
  16. Okay, so we'll just take14 days as the upper limit to look for any distress, at this situation. Wow! That is really an idea! Capillary action, as you mentioned, would surely do a lot to evaporate the water inside the towel, thereby producing a cooling effect. We'll need to wrap a towel around the tank and clip it to the top. Thank you so much!! By the way, wish I could taste your beer!
  17. I'm very sorry to hear that, Mickey.
  18. Thank you very much, everyone! Adding a desk fan blowing air over the water indeed helps for now. The temps have reduced to 27C! When the humidity rises in mid-March, it'll have trouble, but for now, the temps are stable! Thanks a lot for the advice of not being impatient and risk my existing stock! One week quarantined, one week to go. I hope that'd be enough.
  19. Thank you, Mary. When I was inexperienced, I used to feed them unsoaked, dry foods, and all died of swim bladder disease. Dry food soaks water and expand inside the stomach (I mean, the alimentary canal; goldfishes do not have a stomach.) Let's take it that the fish intakes 100% of its capacity. Now the food expands upto twice its size as it soaks water. It presses hard against the swimbladder and damages it permanently in the long run.
  20. I got three little orandas four days ago. I've quarantined them in a 15 gallon tank, with water changed everyday. For the past three days, I've been treating the fishies with Acriflavine and 0.1% salt as a precautionary measure against any sort of parasite. Today, I removed the Acriflavine and increased the salt dosage to 0.2%. They are seemingly doing fine, but here temperatures have started rising, and the day time temperatures in the quarantine tank can soar to 90F, if not more. I need to transfer them as soon as possible to the main tank that's cooled. Now I am unsure of it that if I do not observe them for two weeks for signs of illnesses, they might transfer hidden infection to the main tank. But two weeks at 90F would harm them a lot. Isn't it? Should I transfer them tomorrow to the main tank and risk infection? Or should I keep them in the sweltering heat? Would the benefit outweigh the risks of transferring? I am in a quandary. Please advise.
  21. Good evening, Mickey! Has he developed the swim bladder problem recently or long ago? :thumb His name is George, and he either sits on the gravel, or when he does go up, struggles to get back down to the bottom esspecially if he is trying to go down nose first. He also rolls, like he is drunk or something. I am sure this is a bladder issue, and I already did the "fast and feed peas" treatment which seem to work briefly, but now he is back to what he was in the beginning. All three of our fish are from Walmart, so not a good start in their lives. Any idea how long they can live with this swim bladder disease? Mickey, do you feed your fish food that has been SOAKED in water for at least 5 minutes? I have experience of a fish living for around 2 years after developing a swim bladder disease. Do check this out! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313439/Disabled-fish-swim-right-way-owner-makes-LIFE-JACKET-stop-sinking-tank.html
  22. There is a way to test it by measuring the specific gravity of the water. But you'd need to buy a hydrometer. If you are unsure of the concentration, I'd suggest you put the fish in a bucket or bowl with the old tank water, and do a full water change. Then add 10 TBS of salt to your 10 gallon aquarium. Release the fish.
  23. I have been checking the ammonia levels as you advised and as recently as this morning, it was 0. Unless the fishies seem distressed, I plan to test the water only once a day. If that is "overkill" please inform me. BTW, maybe it's wishful thinking, but the gold one looks a little better with it's top fins erect. Once a day seems totally fine to me. It's adequate, not overkill, or underestimated. More or less, except that the big one is spending more time hiding and on the bottom. The gold one seems a little better. I think the salt is working. Let it work for some more days. How much is the concentration right now?
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