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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?
  15. is the purpose of qt to keep the infection or whatever it is away from the healthy fish? or just to see if the sick one gets worse?
  16. yeah it's just floaty gunk that got stirred up. i was told by another fish keeper that you leave it alone. that that is where the beneficial bacteria live. this is frustrating. so back to my original question - do you just dump the new water in at full force, or do you pour it in slowly, or do you pour it over a large spoon or something to break the stream?
  17. ok one last newbie question for the night... i am doing my water changes, and the first time i noticed that if i just dump the wate rin, it stirs up everything from the bottom and the tank is turbid for aday. yuck! so i decided to break the fall of the water when i pour it in. but the only way i figured out to do that was to put my hand under the stream of water, dispersing the flow all aound instead of straight down. it helps with the turbidity/stirring up stuff problem, but surely there is another way to gently add water to the tank? this is pretty clumsy way of going about things...
  18. OK, so I am a total newbie at tis fish tank thing, and I am not sure what to make of this. I have a spillover type filter, creates a little 3" wide waterfall of sorts along the back wall of the 10 gallon tank. So there is a fairly steady stream of water cycling there all the time. One of my fish (the weaker one that is recovering from ammonia burn, to behonest) gets pushed around by the water and seems to struggle when he tries to swim in place in this current. Theother more vigorous goldie with no visible ammonia burn (although they have spent the same 10 days in this new tank) has no problem at all. Is this normal? (and yes, i am changing the water daily now and i believe the ammonia problem will dissipate as the bacteria populate, at least i hope so as i have never odne this before. folks on this site are advising me :-) both fish are about 2" long common goldfish, altough one may be a koi as he appears more ovoid in shape and spotted. it is the flat body common goldie who struggles and gets pushed around by the water.
  19. changed out some water last night and he was definitely more lively by morning. Will repeat tonight... Hopefully the burns will grow out soon. Thanks all!
  20. This sounds more reasonable to me now - the constant water changes are temporary while the cycle gets established. Whew! OK, I will try to accomplish all this stuff. You guys are very helpful and patient with me, and my fish & I all thank you. Hope to be able to post about improvements soon!
  21. well that's disappointing. i remember now there are 2 little mesh sacks of white pellets in the filter, but they came with the tank and maybe they are to raise pH but they are all washed out with age? does that happen? also, looking at the pH color guide, it probably is closer to 7 than 6.5, but overall it's hard to tell (cuz it's just colors on a spectrum) so that's probably why you tell me to get a more precise kit. what kind would you recommend on the low end of acceptable? also, everybody scared me off of feeding them too much, and so i am feeding only the tiniest sprinkle, and they can eat it all within about 30 seconds if they choose to go after it. sometimes they don't. so, they're not starving right? i need to find a better LFS cuz the one i went to basically told me i couldnt hardly hurt this kind of fish and not to worry about anything.
  22. wow! my tank is so small that i have to change out 75% of the water on a daily basis?? that doesnt sound sustainable... my other roommate has 3 fish in a 10-gallon with no filter at all and it lasts for at least a week or two before she changes water (which is an extreme of non-maintenance i would prefer not to sink to), but it does make me wonder if my setup is really burning my fish after just 10 days?
  23. ok here is a photo of my funky fish - THANKS FOR TELLING ME HOW! (there's lots of stuff i don't know about ;-o
  24. I am completely new to fish and aquariums, and I don't know the answers to most of the question son the form, but I will do my best: [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? [*]Nitrite Level? [*]Nitrate level? [~6.5]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [General Hydro drops]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? [today 74, was more like 68 till this week]Water temperature? [10gal, started on 5/31]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? [Aquaclear 200]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? [Havent done so yet!]How often do you change the water and how much? [started tank 5/31]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? [2 ea 2"]How many fish in the tank and their size? [Mars Fishcare API dechlorinator]What kind of water additives or conditioners? [Aqueon flakes, a TINY AMT, once a day]What do you feed your fish and how often? [first 2 ever 5/31]Any new fish added to the tank? ADDED 2 LIVE PLANTS TO TANK ~6/5. COULD HAVE ANYTHING IN THERE BUT I DON'T *SEE ALGAE* THAT MATCHES THE FISH FINS [*]Any medications added to the tank? [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? YES - A FEW DAYS AGO I NOTED 1 BLACK SPECK NEAR FISH#1'S RIGHT NOSTRIL, NOW LOOKS LIKE MAYBE A MATCHING SPOT ON LEFT SIDE. ALSO HAS A TINY FRINGE OF BLACK OR DARK ALGAE ON FRONT TOP TIP OF DORSAL FIN. FISH #2 LOOKS COMPLETELY CLEAN. I WONDER IF IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT FISH #1 IS A SLOW SWIMMER, SOMEWHAT SLUGGISH. I ASSUMED HE WAS JUST "CHILL" (WHEREAS FISH #2 IS ALWAYS DARTING ABOUT AND IS LIVELY). NOW I WONDER IF HE IS WEAK AND THAT'S WHY HE HAS THE FUNGUS OR ALGAE AND HE IS SLUGGISH. JUST NOW I OBSERVED HIM GETTING SUCKED TOWARD THE FILTER SUCTION LINE, ACTUALLY GOT STUCK FOR A SECOND! HE SEEMED TO BE STRUGGLING, GASPING FOR GREAT MOUTHFULS OF WATER (NOT AIR AT THE TOP THO) AS IF HE WERE IN DISTRESS. NOW, 5 MINUTES LATER, CALM AS A CUCUMBER. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? JUST THE SLUGGISHNESS. I GOT THESE FISH B/C MY FRIEND HAD THEM IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL ON HER TABLE (!) AND THEY WERE DYING ONE BY ONE. SO I GOT AN AQUARIUM AND PLOPPED THEM IN - HURRAY! BUT OF COURSE NOW IT'S BECOMMING MORE COMPLICATED AND I HOPE TO GET THINGS IN BALANCE SOON. i took a picture that shows the black fringe, but i cant figure out how to attach it - seems like the site wants me to use a url but there isnt one, its just stored on my harddrive..? THANKS ANYONE! I KNOW I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN...
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