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  1. I would try a lower water depth. Although a 40 gallon is relatively shallow compared to larger tanks, it is still deep enough to put significant pressure on the swim bladder of a sensitive fish. I would grab a smaller tank (10 gallon, 20 gallon long something like that) and only fill it up to where it is just an inch or two above her dorsal, see how she does in this very shallow water. If she has a bit more control, begin increasing the tank water a small amount each day. If you want to run a filter on the QT tank you can use a piece of filter padding to break the splash of the water. Here's a video showing this: <embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid436.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fqq81%2Fjegreen3%2FDSCN0030.mp4">
  2. oooh, what a cutie! congrats! I expect more pics in the next week
  3. Yes, my suggestion to QT them outside of the main tank was just so that you could finish the cycle along with the fact they daily water changes will be quicker and easier in a slightly smaller tank. You could certainly finish out the cycle with fish in the main tank as well, just two possible options if you really wanted to get fish for your wife's birthday
  4. I totally understand being hesitant about putting my fish in an uncycled tank it's how I lost my first two as well.... ah, ignorance
  5. Well, first I would recommend more than a 20% water change. Think more along the lines of 50-80% if the tank is cycled (and your tank/tap Ph is matched, if there is a significant difference between tank/tap Ph you need to do smaller more frequent changes), if you were to decide to do it in an uncycled tank, you would want to change 80-100% daily. Several people here use an uncycled QT and do a daily 100% water change instead. Here's a recent discussion on this http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/101834-does-a-qt-tank-for-new-fish-need-to-be-cycled/ If you decide to use the 20 gallon for something, you will want to pick up another 10-20 gallon or a sterilite storage bin to have on hand to use as a QT tank in case one of your fish gets sick and needs to be separated. In regard to the Amquel, if you are using buckets to fill the tank you can treat each bucket individually with water conditioner. If you are using a water changer that adds tap directly to the tank, then you need to treat the entire tank volume prior to adding water.
  6. Just to clarify, the concern with plecos is that they can become aggressive/territorial/hungry and suck the slimecoat of goldfish (which is oh so tasty), causing injury or death. The bristlenose/rubbernose varieties are smaller and tend to be less territorial/aggressive. There are many here that have kept them with goldies successfully, although it is still a calculated risk to put any type of pleco in with a goldfish, aggression by even these smaller docile varieties is known to happen on occasion, particularly when they aren't getting their fair share of food, so care needs to be taken that the goldie isn't eating all the pleco's food
  7. bristlnose and rubbernose plecos are two that are compatible with goldfish You want to avoid the larger more aggressive pleco varieties like clown, common, sailfin etc.
  8. It's really difficult to say, each cycle is different and for some getting the nitrites to drop to 0 can be the longest part of the whole process You do always have the option of getting fish and just doing the heavy water changes they will need while cycling. I forget what size tank you have, but you might even consider picking up a 10-20 gallon (which can then be your QT tank), putting the fish in there and doing a daily water change, while you continue the fishless cycle in your main tank. Daily water changes are recommended during the QT period (3-4 weeks) anyway, so this might be a way to 'have your cake and eat it too' As long as you have the time provide adequate water changes to keep the params safe for your fish you will be okay
  9. wow your LFS has a nice selection! Lucky you I lol'd at the celestials, they are so silly looking
  10. congrats on the new tank! I am way beyond jealous
  11. 1-2 is generally good once you have a nitrite reading. I would aim for 1 ppm, and if you go a little over that's okay There's a great calculator online that will actually estimate the amount of ammonia you need to add to the tank, I find it to be pretty accurate. http://www.fishforums.net/aquarium-calculator.htm
  12. I always order from planted aquariums central. Shipping if I remember correctly has usually been 8-10 dollars
  13. please keep us updated if you need any help! I can't wait to see pics of your new fishy!!
  14. You should be able to find the biomax and filter padding at any petco/petsmart (and probably your LFS) I (and most here that have AC's I think) set up my filter like this, from bottom to top: sponge, filter padding, biomax/ceramic media (I usually keep two of these in my filter, one for QT if I need to set that up). It's possible you will experience a cycle bump from removing the ammonia packet and carbon. If you want to be conservative what I would do is to remove the ammonia remover first and leave the carbon in there for a week or so. You do not need to treat with prazi right away, so leaving the carbon in for about a week will not be an issue. This may lessen the chances of a bump in your cycle, if there are possibly any BBs on your carbon pad. Otherwise you can remove both and replace them with the media I suggested above all at once. Either way, when you get your fish test the water daily for ammonia/nitrite and adjust your water changing schedule as necessary until your cycle stabilizes. Daily water changes are actually highly recommended during QT, so the extra water changes will be good for your fish, and will make a cycle bump a non-issue. Many people don't even use a cycled QT because they just do daily water changes instead If you experience a bump, your cycle will likely recover in a week or two.
  15. No, no, you did not cycle for nothing! You still have other media in there that will have BBs and a cycle I assume you have a sponge in the filter correct? Do you also have ceramic media? (the biomax or something else)
  16. you can call me either. My 'real' name is Jessica (or Jess, either way)
  17. I would ditch this stuff too honestly. This is different from ceramic media. The BBs (beneficial bacteria) in your cycle require ammonia to survive and grow. When you have a good cycle and are keeping up with your tank maintenance (cleaning/water changes), there is no need for ammonia removing products, and products like this have the potential to essentially starve your BBs of the ammonia they require, which can possibly mess with your cycle. I am not a fan of ammonia 'removers' for this reason. You'd be better off with adding more ceramic media (biomax is aqua clear's brand) http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2754140 and/or filter media such as this http://www.petco.com/product/5539/Marineland-Bonded-Filter-Pads.aspx?CoreCat=LN_FishSupplies_FilterMedia
  18. there is no need to keep carbon in your filter on a regular basis. I would replace the carbon permanently with either extra padding or ceramic media (or both depending on what you can fit). It's good to have carbon around for medication removal, but it's not necessary in most aquariums generally When you say ammonia remover, can you be more specific? What are you using that is an ammonia remover?
  19. I'm sorry, but the name of that store makes me giggle like a school girl... just saying
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