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  1. oh wow. ok, i will do it then. 90% tonight and another 90% tomorrow?
  2. Hi Ashlee, you are such a bodhisattva, bless your heart girl! i am going to do that right now. by the way, how much water change is large 50%, 80 or 90%? thanks, Jobi
  3. Hi guys, I was so stupid and didn't read the small print that said salt water fish and just put the clarifier plus from microbe lift in the tank! Should I do a full water change or will it be ok? I went to their website and they have no phone numbers and their email questionnaire will be to late. any advice?? Jobi
  4. Hi Stakos, the fancy tail died. But the two little 3 inch commons have survived everything so far. I bought some Malachite green for ich. Everything is good so far.
  5. Hi Lynda, How are you? I finally got the KH and GH TESTS! So here are the new readings for everything: KH-89.5 GH-214.8 ammonia-0.25 nitrite-0 nitrate-0 PH High range-8.0 So what do you see? Should I still use the crushed coral? I am confused about the high PH reading range and the KH and GH results. I did them correctly. I promise. Thanks
  6. hi Amy, i re-read the directions. I did buy a small quarantine tank. When I went over the directions. I got confused on your 3rd step. Okay, so this is what i understood. 1. do a 90% water change. 2. add conditioned water back to tank until 1/2 full. 3. Empty the tank?? this is the part I don't understand. 4. fill up with conditioned water all over again?? also wondering.. 5. add 36 teaspons of APi Salt well dissolved. 6. do this 12 hours later. add 36 teaspoons.(assuming it's for a 36 gallon tank) 7. every few days do a 50% water change. 8. do another water change with 54 teaspons? anyhow, i went to the petco again. i got a small 10 gallon. i know. it's all i could afford for now. i did get a small heater to warm up the water to 80 degrees. i read on here that it helps kill the disease. also i read not to feed the fish for three days. okay, so please answer my question above. thank you SO MUCH. GFISH605
  7. thanks for the tips. i have one that has been in my tank since July and the other one I purchased about 2 and a half weeks ago. Should I use the newer one? or the older one? THanks! i do use prime. i wondered if it was the plants doing the ammonia situation. I have them potted in gravel. do i quarantine them all out of the tank? and clean the entire tank? thanks!
  8. Hi Ashlee and Amy, My small fantail died and now the other three started getting the white spots on them, of course ick. I am a little worried now. I need to leave to go to work. The salt i added was Morton's but now i have the API Salt for aquarium. I hope to try to save the rest. I read that you are not suppose to feed the fish for three days? is that correct? since goldfish are always hungry wouldn't that make them even go quicker? i need all the advice i can get. I will do what Amy said about the salt and water changes when i get home and keep a fish notebook. i'm just wondering if they will be able to live. THEY DIDN'T HAVE NO SPOTS UNTIL TODAY. Thanks Guys.
  9. Hi Amy, I am going to get a small gallon tank. i think I am going to have another quarantine gallon tank for them. How do i start a small 20 gallon tank? or can i use a 10 gallon tank? i read about getting fresh water and using some of the filter bacteria? what would you suggest? do you anything about how to heal the swim bladder disease?
  10. []Test Results for the Following: [.25]Ammonia Level? [0]Nitrite Level? [5.0]Nitrate level? [7.4]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [8.0]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [Api Freshwater Master Test Kit]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? [72.8]Water temperature? [36 gallons]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? [Penguin Bio Wheel 150 and Aquaclear 70]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? [every other day, am treating for ich]How often do you change the water and how much? [yesterday]how many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? [4: 1 black moor 1/4 inch, 2 commets, 1 inch, 1 fantail, 1/2 inch ]How many fish in the tank and their size? [Prime, microbe-lift: Nite-Out II]What kind of water additives or conditioners? [started out with Wardley Golfish slow sinking Crumbles every other day, last two days, i fed them 2 x's a day, very sparingly. I fed them this morning and tonite i just gave them Hikari Krill. Oh and like three to 4 days ago i gave them a little shredded carrots. (I hope i didn't over feed them)What do you feed your fish and how often? [NO]Any new fish added to the tank? [API Aquarium Salt, but added kosher salt last night since i had to run to the store today to buy some more.]Any medications added to the tank? [i added the salt when after I purchased the fantail started seeing ich. I have been treating her with salt and water changes for the last three to 4 days]List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. [no, but i noticed that the ich started disappearing. I noticed a little reddish color around the gills around the other fish last night, but now it's reduced. my black moore has a little pinkish around her gills]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? [she was swimming fine but started resting at the bottom corners of the tank every once in a while. She then developed a lot of ich and started resting even more and then when i thought she was dead, she sprang up and started swimming again. Sometimes I would find her on a plant lying on her side and then start swimming. But now it's pretty bad, she is on her side and is trying to keep alive so she looks like she is dead but she always floating around on her side. She started hiding in a little cave i bought as decor and hung out in there for hours. She ate this morning but she didn't eat tonite.]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Hi all, It's me again. I know, as a new goldfish owner, i have gotten carried away with lots of stuff and now i am really learning the hard way but...anyway, i have new fish since the last batch of commons and commets died, due to inappropriately waiting for my water to finish cycling. I have been cycling my new tank since July. I bought a two small commons two weeks ago, and bought two more fish (a black moor and fancy tail last week - 7 days exactly). Well, everybody is fine except for the fancy tail. She started getting ich this past weekend with ich. I noticed she was all by herself in petco, and couldn't resist. Plus the sales guy gave me a discount. WHAT A MISTAKE. any way, by the next day, i saw she started getting the white spots, and knew it was ick. in fact, i saw it on the other fish in the different tanks in the store. but, anyway, my bad. I immediately researched in the internet and thanks to some folks here like Lynda and Ashlee gave good advice. So i took out the gravel. I kept the tank bare bottom cleaned the plants and decorations took cleaned everything with part bleach and water. Then I rinsed everything and placed in water with prime in bucket to sit before I put it back into the tank. Did a major water change, i took out half of the water and put some new water in. I conditioned it and put in Nite Out II. I started using the API Aquarium salt. The salt in the water is confusing to me, i at first put in i would say 1 teaspon per gallon? i think. I don't remember, but I did put in like two teaspons. then the guy at the store said to put in at least 1 cup for the whole tank?! I was like wow, are you sure? so i did, i did 29 teaspoons for the entire tank. then i started doing 25% water changes every other day with 2 teaspoons for 1 gallon. I read it somewhere. anyway, and I did a 9 gallon change. I have no idea what i am doing. someone needs to help me with this, i really feel super confuse from all the threads i have read on here and everywhere on the internet. okay, so the ich started coming off the fantail, and i noticed that she started resting more and more on the bottom of the tank. she wasn't doing the side thing yet. she just went into her little cave for a couple hours then swim around. but starting today, she has full fledge started lying on her side. she floats around and gets caught up in the decorations or plants. I found her near the filter, had to unglue her from there. I freak out everytime i see her, she looks like she is dead. and then all of a sudden she starts swimming like nothing. then she starts laying on her side. I noticed it has gotten worse tonight. Anyhow, so i am thinking, i wonder if she is going to die tonight, should i risk myself to buying tomorrow a quarantine tank? I should have one anyway. she is really trying to live and loves being around the other fish. she comes to life when i feed the other fish or when the other fish are swimming around. i wonder if she is gonna get depressed after i separate her and quarantine. i wonder if she will make it anyway. Haven said all this, I need to know what the proper way to do a quarantine. I have looked at all the posts and threads but i don't get the part about taking the filter with bacteria and somehow placing it on the new aquarium? and second, what should i really do with her? the other three fishes are fine, so far. i noticed the black moor, had a little bit reddish pink on the bottom of her gills? I also read somewhere on here that if this is swim bladder disorder, sometimes fancy tails are sensitive to high nitrates and this could be the cause of her disorder. I don't have a heck of a lot of money and too much time to do all the stuff i need to do. but i am really trying to do the best i can do with this situation. good suggestions are REALLY APPRECIATED. Thanks Much, GFISH605
  11. Hi there, I have a sick fish with ich and swim bladder infection. I noticed you told her to get a quarantine tank and u said to get a filter for the tank and put some stones from the grow bed in the filter? what did you mean? i have a marineland bio wheel and an aquaclear 70 for my 36 gallon.
  12. where did you buy your crushed coral, which brand do you recommend? I doubt it but do they sell it at petco or petsmart?
  13. Hi Lynda, I just finished reading this about the KH, GH and PH. I asked you on my other thread what these were and you had your explanation on here. SO I am CATCHING UP with all my posts! THanX! I am looking for the KH,GH tests. Thanks!
  14. Hi Lynda, I know you are so right. I have been a knucklehead . I am going to chill out with getting any more fish. I will be doing everything that you posted above. So far all the fish are ok except my fantail goldie"peaches." She swims around she is doing good and everything and all of a sudden she just sits at the corner of the tank. The water tests have been done properly. I made sure, everything looks good. I do notice that the ph rises in a couple of days and I usually do a small 10 gallon water change to diffuse this. apparently it does help the ph. I am also trying to figure out what KH and GH is all about as well?!?!! Anyway, I AM SO NEW TO THIS. I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. I really am novice and grew impatient. But at least the fish look happier here than in the death tanks @ PETCO. I actually did a reading of their tanks and it was pretty bad. I truly believe the two commons at least would of been dead by now. I think the Fan tail brought the ick, anyway.... I appreciate all the GREAT ADVICE!! I am learning from all of this! Thanks again,
  15. How is it you had ammonia before, with plants, but now, after adding the fish, you don't? I did the fishless cycle directions on here. It went up and then it went to 0. Did you remove all of the water and start over? You said you only removed a little. I did several water changes after 1 month. I did 95% when i added this ph tablets that messed up my water bad. Have you added more plants? No, I've taken a lot of them out. The bamboo and others were rotting. I actually only have the amazonian sword. I took that one out. I left a small java fern and aponagetan or whatever. I am going to have to take everything out and clean them out. I took all the gravel out prior bringing goldies home. I just left a few shiny stones. I think my tank was contaminated with ick. because a few of my new fishes have it.I understand that I am going to have to really clean the tank. I was not able to siphon out the sand bits from the gravel in the bottom. in any event, i did my best. Any tips on how to get that sand particles out? I am about to take everything else out and do the cleaning with bleach solution. I'm trying to understand the 1 part bleach to 19parts? how is that measured in a 5 gallon bucket? i fed the fish last night tiny bits of slaw carrots, parboiled. not too much. they ate it but left a little of the ground. How do you feed fish so the tank doesn't get dirty? I checked my ph today and it went up to 8.2. Yesterday it was perfect, 7.4. Did you ever see nitrite or nitrate readings before adding the fish? Yes, in June and just this week! I understand that if a tank is cycled and you have plants, it's possible to not get a nitrate reading, but I'm just trying to make sure we still have a good situation going on here. oh, that's interesting, the nitrates weren't as high as what the others got. I've had this tank cycling since June. For instance, you said you just started using Prime. If you're using Prime along with a Nessler based ammonia test kit, it's not going to work. I did that about a month ago when I didn't see anything. What ammonia test kit are you using? API master kit with the test tubes and drops. Also, nitrate tests are a bit finicky if you don't do them exactly right. Are you making absolutely sure you shake the bottle and the tube really hard for the prescribed periods of time? you know what, you are right, I haven't been shaking that bottle hard enough and the tube. I will check it out and do the reading again like that. I was impatient and bought fish. a couple of them have started getting ick. The fantail is the one that is starting to get a little too many bumps. She hasn't gotten as some of the others I have seen in the pet store. I thought she was fine. I was dumb to do this, but anyway..You live you learn. I hope I can cure this problem now. This post has been edited by Lynda Von G: Today, 04:02 PM
  16. well, I have been cycling the tank since June. I decided to add some cheap fish again to see what's up with the tank. I did take the gravel and bamboo out. kept minimum plants. I added prime and nite out to water. I did a small water change before adding the fish. They are doing pretty good so far. I know anything can happy but i think anything is good compared to the feeder fish tank. so far no ammonia, no nitrates, or nitrates. PH is doing good.
  17. i thought i was finished with the cycle. how do i know when it is working? is it when i get nitrates? should i get a heater? i did the water change because the ammonia was so high that it didn't change for the longest time. anyway, so what now? should i wait another month without changing the water filter? Yes, it IS when you get nitrates. It's not a time frame that you go by to determine when you're done with cycling. It's not 24 hours or 2 days like some of those silly products claim. It's not 2 weeks or 4 weeks or even 8 weeks and then you're done. Only your tests will show you when you're done and in the meantime, we just learn to practice our patience, which is a most important part of goldfish keeping. You're done cycling when you no longer see any trace of ammonia or nitrites with your tests and only see nitrates. And, it's best to continue doing your fishless cycle for at least a couple of weeks more once your ammonia and nitrites are gone and you get your nitrates readings because something could happen to cause a bump which would cause ammonia and/or nitrites to reappear. So you have to make sure your nitrates are really stable before deciding to add fish. A cycle could take 4 weeks. Not likely, but it's sometimes possible. It could take 8 weeks. It could take 12 weeks. There are a lot of different factors that will change how long it takes for each different person. I might agree with you that, sometimes, if you let your ammonia get so outrageously high, a water change can help things. Oh, even a high level like that will cycle out eventually, but it would take longer because it's so overloaded, but just make sure that you don't do such a large water change that you're dropping your ammonia too low. Having it up around 4-6 isn't a problem at all when you're doing a fishless cycle. For instance, when I first cycled my tank, I had no clue how it was supposed to happen. I had read and re-read about how to do it. I added and kept adding my ammonia day after day. But, because I misunderstood how to add the ammonia, I added too much. My ammonia test was such a dark green, it looked black! I honestly can't tell you whether I removed water; I think I may have removed a little, but one thing I did was to go back and re-read the cycling instructions again. Oops! I did do it wrong! So, I stopped adding ammonia for a while until the ammonia dropped a little, but after like 6 weeks or something, I still wasn't getting nitrites. I got some Bio-Spira (back before Dr. Tim went out on his own and back when nitrifying bacteria was, IMO, better than it is now.... there's just too many crappy, wannabe knockoffs these days) and added that. It gave my tank a really great kickstart and I got nitrites within five days. But, then, my tank got stuck on nitrites for several weeks. I got some more Bio-Spira and added it again. I didn't get the same great results that I did the first time, but I did eventually get nitrates. You just have to be persistent and patient and keep at it. I think it took like 12 weeks for my cycle...... so, the thing is, you can't really do it wrong when you're doing a fishless cycle. You just have to manage it more when it get a little wonky and have the patience to muddle through it. I can promise you, patience is the number one thing, with goldfish, that you can never have too much of........ You don't need a heater with goldfish or for cycling. The only time you really might need a heater is if you're treating for parasites or a disease/infection and not even then is it really totally necessary. You don't want to ever replace your filter media on a "schedule" like the manufacturer suggests. They only tell you that so you will buy more of their product. You only need to replace the media when it, literally, falls apart. And when you do replace it, don't replace all of it at once or you will lose your BBs and you will have a cycle bump or crash. Only replace one piece at a time. You also could consider just putting your replacement piece in the tank a week or two before you want to replace it so that when the time comes to do the replacement, the new media will be a little bit "primed." And, remember, never rinse your media in tap water as the chlorine in the tap water will kill the BBs in the media. Just rinse your media in some removed tank water. THanX Linda!
  18. wow!! your fish look really happy too! this is awesome. I decided to go barebottom and keep plants in potted. Thanks for posting! loved the green water!
  19. where did you get your beautiful infinity number 8 decoration?
  20. i thought i was finished with the cycle. how do i know when it is working? is it when i get nitrates? should i get a heater? i did the water change because the ammonia was so high that it didn't change for the longest time. anyway, so what now? should i wait another month without changing the water filter?
  21. ok, so I have posted a lot of questions about my water and i was the one who had the bad experience with all the comet dying. I had issues with the gravel and i took it all out, rinsed it and put in a tiny bit with some rinsed bigger rocks. I left a thin layer, I took out the bamboo. I left the amazon sword plant and the java fern (it's small). So i did a reading of my tank and it's: ph is 8.0 ammonia .50 nitrite 0 nitrate 0 the day before yesterday my reading was: as for the tap water: ammonia-1-2 ph- 8.0 nitrate - 0 nitrite- 0 as for the tank water: ammonia -.25 ph - 7.4 nitriate - 0 nitrite - 0 what i have noticed with the fishless cycle reading is that I have never gotten any high nitrates. the highest i have gotten through out all of july was a 5.0. i have done some water changes in between, due to really high ammonia readings. I did use true value ammonia(pure ammonia, no soaps or other chemicals etc)to start the cycle, in which i started in the end of July. By last week, I bought 4 feeder fish and all of them died. one was gasping for air and had ammonia burns. in any event, I am still wondering what to do. help and advice would be great!
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