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  1. ITS A FREAKIN MIRACLE! I woke up this morning planning to jump on and read your suggestions and go shopping to find something to put her in. I walked into the living room to turn on the tank lights and I had to stop and do a double take. She was sitting on the tank bottom with her dorsal fin up next to her tank mate. At first I was scared something had happened and that she had sunk to the bottom. So I turned on their blue lighting, and they both started swimming, and Mochi got up and swam like nothing ever happened!!🤔Shes not floating AT ALL. For those of you that looked at the video I posted yesterday, of the fish who was floating and too tired to move around much... check this out. I'm so scared to feed her Im not sure what to do! This is been super frustrating. Sorry for the camera brightness lol 20180722_110853.mp4
  2. I will have to wait a bit to get a picture because I'm not currently at home, but all of her scales are completely down. She's back in her 20 gallon now that the mess was cleaned up. Do you think it would be best to keep her in a ten gallon permanently? Or what kind of tank or container do you think would work?
  3. Here's a video.. I had to temporarily put her back in her 30.. I broke the glass thermometer in the 20 and had to do a complete water change. Thankfully it was only the weights and glass and not the alcohol that broke into the tank.Anyhow, she floats like this when she wears herself out, she can get to the bottom of the tank and move about but she's working for it. She is a very very greedy eater and will skim the top of the water after eating and I know she is taking in air. I feed sinking food so this to me, seems like a bad habit that came from her breedrr perhaps. She is definitely still eating and filled up on duckweed. I have tried peas in the past weeks and at first she was better 24 hours later but she seems to be exhibiting no change. Water parameters are perfect, with nitrates kept at 10 or below. 20180721_203052.mp4
  4. She is still floating..:( Not sure what to do next..
  5. I've got her in there now with the sponge filter I've been running for a long time on my 30 gallons and was able to get some duckweed from my friends tank. Hoping she will do better. Thanks again!
  6. Thank you KoKo, I'm about to run to our storage locker and grab my old 20 long and see how she does with some duckweed. Much appreciated!
  7. My female telescope is extremely sensitive when it comes to food. I've had goldfish for many years and I haven't had a food issue like this before. It seems like everything causes her to float. She is about 4 inches long and round bodied. Shares a 30 gallon fully cycled tank with another telescope of her size. Large PWC at least 2x a week. Bare bottom with the exception of some marimo and a few large river stones. Tank has been running for nearly 2 years with an AC 110 and sponge filter. Usually I feed a small 1/4" piece of Repashy Soilent Green in the morning and evening and switching to bloodworms once a week. I have tried feeding her once a day, that didnt work. I tried feeding every other day, and she floats. I tried soaking Hikari and she floats. With bloodworms, she floats significantly less, but the issue remains. I have tried peas which I'm not sure helped. She will usually remain floaty for 8 to 10 hours, and by morning she is fine, unless she eats. Im worried that if I feed her strictly bloodworms she wont be receiving proper nutrition. Help.
  8. Ah, the dreaded ammonia spike! Tested at .25 ppm this morning. Stupid mini- cycle!
  9. Hi everyone! I have finally gotten back into goldfish keeping after taking a break for the past few years, for many reasons, but I'm happy to say hello again! However, I think I made a novice mistake? and wanted to get some clarification and maybe some reassurance. Okay.. My son had a 10 gallon tropical tank setup for 2 months. After cycling, we slowly added a betta and two platies, who thrived, and water conditions were spot on. However, he really became uninterested and wanted to "get our goldfish back". After some thought, I definitely agreed. So, I went out and purchased a 37 gallon. I did a bit of research on upgrading tanks, and many people said everything went fine, or some had a mini cycle that lasted a week or so. I have never upgraded before. I've started with big tanks, so I, perhaps foolishly, thought everything would go over well even though the tank was young. So, yesterday morning I transferred the filter (Marineland 20, 100 gph) that was packed with two cycled filter pads, and almost all the old gravel that I placed in Tupperware, which I rinsed with dechlorinated water (the Tupperwave, not the gravel).. (Wanting to go barebottom). After everything was transferred over, I added another but new filter (Marineland 70, 350 gph) with 4 new filter pads. Clean water was added and dechlorinated with Prime. A short time later, the water started to cloud. It's more like a grayish color, and I can easily see through the back of the tank and the fish inside. (They are going to live in my neighbor's 55). This morning the water looked about the same, so I tested the water using my API Master Kit. and Ammonia, Nitrates, Nitrite all read 0, and pH is good. I was thoroughly expecting to see at least a small spike in ammonia. But, I tested again this evening and parameters are still perfect. So, I'm thinking bacterial bloom maybe? Any advice or ideas would be appreciated!
  10. They have these in stck right now at my local PetCo, but their tanks ALWAYS have some sort of Ick going on and I wouldn't put on in my tanks, but I really want one!
  11. Thank you! My telescope Nibbles has a fused tail and I was wondering what it was called!
  12. CUTENESS OVERLOAD!!! You tease! Ugh, I can't wait until my lionhead Peaches gets some wen growth!
  13. I really hope your goldie is ok, and I'm sorry you have to worry. I'm sure you'll be able to get some more help here soon from those most experienced! I would post a comment on the front page of the forums referencing your post. (Look to the bottom right side, you'll see what I'm talking about. I have to second the larger water changes, and to explain a bit more as to why Amy suggested it. Most of your good bacterial is NOT in your water column, so changing 75% of your water once weekly is not going to hurt your cycle, but may be more beneficial simply because there are also buildups bad bacteria in your water that can harm or stress your fish.As you know, the bigger the fish the bigger the mess, the more the ammonia and bacteria. I think Amy was trying to say that because your big goldie is in the minimum tank size, that the nasties in the water can build up faster. Always feel free to ask any questions! Everyone around here is pretty nice and is more than willing to help and/or empathize. Good luck, and welcome to Koko's!
  14. I just went through a small bout of this with my medium Ryukin Fluffy. Noticed the bubbly poos and floatiness. Personally, I would feed a few chopped up peas, how many depending on their size and how much they'll eat. Fast the next day (no food no matter how much they beg) UNLESS you're seeing poo, then you can slip him/her a pea.(Mine beg for food like there is no tomorrow, it's hard not to feed them!).Also, still continue to soak the Hikari or what ever brand of sinking pellets you buy. Why this is happening could be because of water quality which can result in gulping at the surface, or some fish just have a habit of coming up to the surface, such as Fluffy, or they're coming up to much to eat, or it could be a weak swim bladder. There are many possible reasons, just keep up with the peas and soaking the food. As for water changes, when water is added back into the aquarium quickly, like when using a python, the water pressure increases. Most fish won't be bothered, but some with weaker swim bladders can be affected. You can try adding the water back into the aquarium more slowly, or you can scoop him into a tub during water changes. (I had to do this with Fluffy while he went through this the other day, and he did fine.) Good luck!
  15. I actually find paw prints. LOL. My cat wouldn't dare jump up to the top, but I will quietly sneak in my room and see her propped up, both paws and nose against the glass, dreamily peering in at the fishies, who thoroughly enjoy driving her mad by swarming up to her, getting bored, and then swimming away in all directions.I can't do a water change or even feed them without her having to "help".
  16. I have a blue oranda but I bought him up because I hadn't seen one in awhile and I had the room. My local LFS told me that due to Koi season ending, they will be carrying more fancy goldfish in the coming months since they won't be looking for koi. I would give it another month and you may be able to find some!
  17. I'm going to go ahead and suggest feeding him or her a pea and see if that makes a difference. Having had had a tilty/floaty moor in the past, I would have to say this COULD be it.make sure it's fresh, de thawed, the outer shell is removed, and that its in bite size pieces.
  18. Reported. I just don't understand the POINT of cruelty such as this. If it were any other pet, people would have flown off the handle. Just senseless.
  19. Here we go again! Hmph! * Ammonia Level 0-.25 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0 * 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 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, running 3 months. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 Marine Land 350's, 700 GPH total * How often do you change the water and how much? Cycle bump, nasty one, water changes once daily to keep ammonia and nitrite below .25 * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today 90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 Oranda, about the size my palm * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Aqueon in a pinch, was out of Hikari * Any new fish added to the tank? Oranda is new, about 7 days * Any medications added to the tank? no * 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? fungus, also seen floating in tank * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Acting a bit itchy Okay, after adding my new oranda I experienced a cycle bump, so I have been doing daily water changes to keep Nitrites and Ammonia under .25 ( has only reached .5 ammonia and .25 nitrite, and that was for less than 24 hours before noticing the bump). I don't know if this is associated with it or not, but I'm seeing almost fungus like spots, there's 4 spots, on Nibble's wen. I just went through ick with Porkchop last month and this doesn't look like ich to me. I have also noticed some wispy, white fungusy stuff floating in the tank as well, which it strange because I am a stickler for cleanliness in my tanks, literally picking around with a turkey baster daily lol. Nibbles doesn't seem to be acting oddly other than rubing himself on things every now and again. He's eating and swimming normally, dorsal fin up. I'm prepared to start salting the tank, but wanted to get some input before adding anything. I have been trying to get a picture for an hour on my cell phone, but Nibbles doesn't seem to like the phone in his face LOL. Any input?
  20. I used this salt to cure Porkchop's Ick, after I tired of running to the petstore on the other side of town for salt. It works well. I did two things, added the salt and water to a jug, shook the begeezus out of it, let it sit, shook it again, and was good to go. I also put an aquarium heater in a tub with the water, added salt, and put a powerhead on, so it was mixing itself. Worked both times. Super cheap but great stuff.
  21. Well, I have been having problems with Ammonia during my cycle.( I have 5 Rosy Reds because I thought the seeded media I used was going to work, but it didn't)So I was having to do water changes constantly to keep the ammonia down to keep it safe for the rosy's, but yesterday I had a family emergency and I wasn't home to do a water change or test my parameters. I get up first thing and get ready for a water change, and test the water. Woohoo! My ammonia dropped drastically on it's own, and I got my nitrite spike of .50 ppm, to which two days ago I had none, as well as about 30 ppm of Nitrates. (I moved the fish to a 10 gallon temp tank since the Nitrites peaked and will be using Ammonia to complete the cycle. A 10 gallon water change is WAYYYY easier than a 55 gallon change!). I did make two changes this week though. I doubled my filtration, and I am now running 700 gph with 2 Marineland 350's on my 55, and added my heater. (This particular tank is going to be my puffer tank). This was my first attempt at cycling such a large tank, and it looks like patience is paying off. I believe I am in week 3 of the cycle, and it is definitely worth the waiting. Just wanted to share, I have been so excited about getting this tank up and going, I think my husband was going to go crazy if I tested today with no change; that man wants "his" "vicious" little puffers,( betcha I won't see him doing water changes!!!) apparently my goldies aren't manly enough for him. (heehee!)
  22. My ammonia has been high, really high, so I have been doing water changes to get it down. I used seeded media along with a few Rosy Reds, figuring I would be good and cycled, but I guess it didn't work. I have been testing water twice daily, and I am getting high ammonia, consistent 0 nitrites, and anywhere from 5-20 nitrates. After a big water change today, I got my ammonia down, and my nitrates were sitting at 5-10 ppm. I for some reason thought to test my tap for nitrates because I realized I hadn't done so, and nitrates out of the tap are WAY high! I use the API Master Kit, and the water turned nearly blood red when I tested, so I would guess anywhere from 40 to 80 ppm!!!! This tank has been running for about 2 weeks, so I figured maybe I was getting somewhere because my nitrates were consistent. Now what? Do I only have nitrates because of the tap? Any advice is appreciated.
  23. I just moved not to long ago, and I was invited over to my neighbors for the first time today. Turns out she is also in the middle of cycling a tank! She has a 30 gallon set up for her son with 3 Danios in it. We talked about fishless cycling which she said she wasn't aware of, and that was just the only way she had ever cycled a tank. Anyways, she took my advice and wants to do a fishless cycle. Later this evening she comes by and shows me a bottle of Nutrifin Cycle... I have never used this stuff. I know you're supposed to dose a new tank for 3 days according to what I saw on the bottle. But this tank has been set up for about 4 or 5 days, and like I said, she already has fish in it. Can it be added with fish in it? Does the water need to be changed? What about using this and ammonia levels? I told her not to put it in yet, so I could ask you guys, and I'm going to use my API kit to test her water tomorrow, since shes using those sticks. Looking for some detailed advice from anyone who uses this stuff. I really hope this works out for the best, it's got to be great to have someone so close to snag media from when starting a new tank ( great excuse for another tank!!!) or to have around to grab something for you when they go to the LFS!
  24. It stinks that the API test isn't more accurate. I ended up doing a 75% water change, which brought me back down to .5 yesterday evening. I tested again at noon today, and ammonia dropped to .25 and 0 Nitrites, and 5ppm Nitrates.
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