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  1. thanks for the advice. i will follow these recommdations & see how the water readings improve one thing i am unclear about - you refer to a dangerously low pH i have 2 testers & i get very different readings with them: 4 says the General Hydro dropps / 6-6.4 says the API drops is 6-6.4 also dangerously low? will go look for Prime additive. thanks! fish continues to behave like a happy fish & all red spots were gone within 24hrs :-) good start...
  2. i will test the tap, but the red spots have almost completely faded. i'm glad they have, but i wish i had documented them
  3. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0.5-1.0 ppm * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 80 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 4 says the General Hydro dropps / 6-6.4 says the API drops * 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? 72-74 deg, but it hs been up to 76-78 deg many days in the last 2 months * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30-33gal, just under 1 yr running * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 204, airstone * How often do you change the water and how much? not enough! i have been going weeks between water changes. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 days ago 25%, 2 days ago 30% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 common goldfish, 3.5" length * What kind of water additives or conditioners? none * What do you feed your fish and how often? every morning, sometimes a pinch more at night * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? dark red/blood red spots at base of the two set of fins at front bottom, on his chest * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom-sitting, keeping dorsal fin dropped down except to swim for feeding. So, that nitrate level is a huge problem, no? How much will I need to change the water to get that down? As in right now & over the next severa days? Is there an acceptable level for NO3? And the water temp has been warm, heatwave y'all! Also, I had a big mass of live plants floating in the top 3-4" of the tank. I took out at least 75% of it. Now that I think about it, that big mat of "hydrilla" can probably hold pockets of stagnant water & collect toxins & bad stuff, huh??? The good news is, after my water change 2 & 3 days ago, he perked up immediately, and hasnt bottom-sat since. he is swimming all around, looking much more happy. dark red spots on his "chest" are fading slowly, but still there. fins are up again. (in the last several months, he has taken to swimming downward in order to stay in one spot vertically. perhaps his body wanted to float? swim bladder issue? i just fed them some frozen peas when that happend, to little effect. but, the situation had not increased to my notice) So, if the red spots continue to disappear & everyone looks happy, does that mean it's probably all good? Anybody know what the red markings could be? Abbrasion or bruising from bottom-sitting? Dark, blood red? Poor guy. The other fish appears happy as a clam. No problems. I need to have an idea of what to do next. Thanks.
  4. how big are your fishes' mouths? i can't believe my little 2.5"-ers could even eat a pea. do you squish them up first? also, who is trinket? or is that just something you made up :-) thanks! pea-skeptic (or just inexperienced) jessica
  5. OK, I'm setting up my 2nd tank (1st was 6/1/11) and hoping to not almost kill the fishies this time... So I got myself a 25 gallon tank off Freecycle, and my 2 little common goldfish are gonna be quite a bit happier than in their old 10 gallon (also Freecycled) tank - YAY! Yeah, I know, they should really have 40, but I already rescued them from a BOWL and I can't spend the money so I am haunting freecycle and I feel quite like I have scored to get a 25-g plus 2 filters, airstone, hoses & gravel vacuum, light, and books!) ANYWAY... the tank had been sitting (at FC-er's house) for a few months with no more cyclids (sp?) and now just plants. Small amount of algae but really looks quite clean & nice considering plants & no filter or anything running for weeks or months (who really knows, it's frecyle afterall...) I got it home, removed the plants and plopped them straight into a bucket of tap water. Poured off the water & refilled a couple times to rinse with out breaking up the plants. I *think* I can let them sit like that for a day or 2 while I mess around with setting up the new tank...RIGHT? I fear maybe the straight tap water will hurt the plants, but probably not right? They're not so delicate as fish are they? Scooped all gravel out of tank, rinsed & scrubbed (no soap). Now I *think* I should add my fishies' unrinsed gravel to the clean tank, also add more of the incoming gravel after boiling it first, add as much of the fishies' water from their small tank as I can, add the remaining 15 gallons of chlorine-treated water. Put my old filter medium into the new filter & start it up, add back in the rinsed plants. THEN I can plop my fishies into their new home? What am I forgetting? I have only been at this for 2 months (less really) and I spent he first 4 weeks convinced my fish was covered with black necrotic tissue. He was really just changing color. Things are good and I don't want to spoil them! OK, sorry this is so long. Any advice? Jessica in Oakland What am I missing?
  6. what, exactly, are they going to DO with them then? (if not euthanize?) they are nto going to turn around and sell to someone else? what if it's sick? pardon me, i never even thought of this before...
  7. True! They ate the pulp off of the skin, so next time I will just remove all peel first, so I dont have to fish it out of the tank later...
  8. When I put some cucumber int here - nothing. They barely even sniffed. But drop a sliver of tomato in the tank and they both go after it! Pretty cute. Tomatoes aren't bad for goldfish right??
  9. Well food is always fun! If I feed them a cuke slice today, does that mean they shouldn't get their flakes for dinner? I don't want to overfeed.
  10. i'm just starting out and i feel like i want lots of plants and rocks with hidey-holes. how do you know if your fish are happy and stimulated in the "cage" we keep them in? and especially in a totally bare tank with no features - what keeps them happy?
  11. should i be rinsing out the sponge at bottom of my filter, or is that the filter medium you speak of? i just realized there is a sponge in the bottom of the filter and it just stays there, i havent messed with it since i turned on the tank. i dont want to rinse out all the good stuff, but i dont want to leave yucky gunk in there either...
  12. ooh ooh! tell me more about this "taking out some gravel each time you do a water change" are you sposed toi take out some of the gravel on every water change? and what, rinse it out & replace it? i am currently doing 50% water changes daily while my cycle gets started, but i dont have a gravel vacuum yet, and i havent been messing with the gravel as of yet (tank is <4 wks old) thanks! - only take out about 1 cup of gravel with each water change...taking too much gravel out at once may disrupt your tank cycle.
  13. i should be able to get readings soon, ordered the master test kit thru the mail. in the meantime i am just changing LOTS of water and (yay!) noticing that one black spot is gone... do the good bacteria populate from the fish's gut? or just from the air? i will hold off on the StressZyme for now, if y'all don't recommend it. i dont want to just dump a bunch of random chems in there that aren't necessary. or am i misinterpreting the instructions? is there a product that is more advisable than StressZyme, or are they all a crap-shoot? thanks for your help so far - little guy was not doing so good a week ago when i first came here!
  14. OK so I have a new tank (20 days) with new goldfish and I didint know what I was doing so I just threw them in. One guy now has ammonia burns, and I am doing massive water changes now "until the cycle gets established." Sorry Fish#1!! (he seems like he is improving, one black spot gone, more lively and eating well, whew!) Anyway, I have been readingup on cycling, and it SOUNDS like the bacteria will just naturally populate. I dont have to introduce them? What about the product StressZyme, which a friend recommended?
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