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  1. You can use this one for now, it will probably raise the heat some. If you plan on using a heater in the tank in the future though (e.g. in the winter if your tank temp drops below 72F) I would grab a second 50 watt heater. For 29 gallons you want about 100 watts, but it's actually really nice to use 2 smaller heaters rather than one large one because if one malfunctions you still have one working... or if it malfunctions and turns on high, you have less chance of cooking your fish. EDIT: posted at the same time as koko
  2. As others suggested, the crushed coral will help. Your kh is low, which means your Ph is vulnerable to drops/swings, which is bad for your cycle, and bad for your eventual fish. Crushed coral may raise your Ph a little, but my guess is it will be an insignificant amount. Your Ph is actually perfect for goldfish (not high), you want to aim for a ph above 7.0, and goldies can be safely kept in a Ph even slightly above 8.0. The main thing with the Ph is that it is stable for your fish, which is why you need to boost that Kh. I personally don't think that your cycle is atypical at this point Nitrites can take awhile to show up in some tanks. It took about a month before I got my first reading. I know it's a long waiting process though!
  3. You will likely need around 1 tsp of ammonia to get to 4 ppm in a 29 gallon tank. Liquid ammonia can be tricky to find... check your hardware store (ACE usually has it) and walmart, it's sold as a cleaning product. Make sure you get one without any perfumes/soaps/additives. Like koko said, bumping up the temp will help your cycle along Throw in a heater if you have one.
  4. I hope myng and charlie get better asap koko! I will be following this thread.
  5. Is there any way you can get liquid ammonia? While it is certainly possible to cycle with food, it is much easier to measure out the amount of ammonia you need with liquid ammonia, and you also have to be careful of causing bacterial issues in the tank as a result of rotting food (with liquid ammonia you don't have to worry about this). Like ashlee said, you need to get that ammonia up to 4 ppm for the first part of the cycle. Here are the cycle basics: - first your ammonia will rise (because you are adding it to the tank ), you want to aim to keep it around 4 ppm, as your cycle develops you will see that the ammonia begins to drop on it's own as the beneficial bacteria that 'eat' the ammonia develop - Next you will get a rise in nitrites, at this point you want to drop the amount of ammonia you are adding to 1-2 ppm. - Finally, your ammonia and nitrites will begin dropping to 0 ppm within 24 hours of adding your ammonia and you will get a nitrate reading. You will know you are cycled when 24 hours after adding ammonia you get a 0ppm ammonia/nitrite reading and some reading of nitrate. A typical cycle takes between 1-3 months. What is your tank temp and Ph?
  6. It took me 1-2 months to get Puff to hand feed, but he and Edie were incredibly skittish when I first got them, so I think this may have been a longer process than it takes most fish I just spent lots of time holding food in the tank. I used a shaping approach where if he came close to my hand I would drop the food, then if he pecked at my hand I would drop the food etc. etc. shaping his behavior until he finally ate right out of my hand. Most recently he was tame enough to eat out of the palm of my hand and had no trouble with me handling him when I had to.
  7. that's great news!!! congrats! Keep feeding the tank/checking the water until you are able to get out to get the fish
  8. do you see any physical damage on his shell or his foot? (he wasn't on the filter intake right?)
  9. it's always fun to find teeth!
  10. If your fish is young I would try to do more frequent (but small) feedings (think 3-6, as opposed to 1-2) to support growth
  11. I also regularly do a back to back water change in order to get a 100% change, along with an 80% change every 3 days. Goldfish appreciate pristine water conditions, particularly when they're not well and they do get used to big water changes. As long as you keep enough water in the tank to cover their dorsal and you match tank/tap ph and temp it's fine Good luck with your fish! I hope he recovers!
  12. tithra

    Meet Araluen!

    so beautiful!! congrats!
  13. Yes, I understand, however for goldfish you cannot go by these ratings. These ratings are typically based on the filtration requirements of a tropical tank. Goldies require much more filtration, as they are heavy waste producers and grow very large. The accepted standard is 10x gph. I would begin saving up for filters and until you can get adequate filtration, understock the tank as much as possible (if you only have 3 goldfish now, just keep those three in the tank until you can upgrade your filtration). HOB tend to be much cheaper than canisters, so if you are looking to save money I would go with the aqua clears. They are some of the best HOBs out there and will provide you with more gph for less money than a canister.
  14. Unfortunately that rena canister will not be enough filtration for the 110, as it only runs 350 gallons per hour, which is adequate for a 30-40 gallon tank. For a goldfish tank you want to aim for 10x the tank volume in gph. When you are using a canister, you can get away with slightly less filtration arguably because a canister holds so much more media, but you would still want to aim for at least around 6-8x gph. The fluval fx5 is a great larger canister that would be more appropriate for a tank that size http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-FX5-External-Canister-Filter/dp/B000I1O2PK A couple aqua clear 110 HOB's would also be a great choice http://www.amazon.com/AquaClear-110-Aquarium-Power-Filter/dp/B000260FV6 Hopefully others will share what filters combos they prefer for their larger tanks
  15. I personally would never even consider putting a UG in my tank. A canister + HOB would be a great combo though This weekend I'm going to set up a 110 gallon tank (the tall version of this tank). Would a canister alone suffice? I'm trying to keep the spending to a minimum but also give my fish a stable environment. how many fish will be in the 110? do you have a particular canister in mind?
  16. I personally would never even consider putting a UG in my tank. A canister + HOB would be a great combo though
  17. They are also more difficult to clean properly/regularly than an HOB or canister, further compounding potential bacterial/waste issues.
  18. Undergravel filters are really outdated technology. They can't adequately provide the filtration a goldfish requires and they also have a tendency to trap a lot of waste that just basically rots and can cause issues. They may also have 'dead spots' due to restricted water flow where anaerobic bacteria can develop causing bacterial issues in the tank
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