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  1. What is a safe rate to transfer them over. - Clearly the tank is still cycling and I have to watch for nitrites. Add a fish and check? How long in between? How high can I let the nitrites go? And how do I deal with the higher levels - water changes or chemicals?
  2. I got the new tank running yesterday am, tansfered bio media from the old tank and let it run. I assumed the media would transfer the bacteria. Last night I moved one common to the new tank. This morning nitrite on the new tank was 1 mg/L, ammonia was 0. Tonight when I got home nitrite was down to .5 mg/L. I moved another common over. Now 2 commons in the cycling tank and still 3 fancies, a common and 3 comets in the old tank. The params on the old tank were good before an 80% water change 2 days ago.
  3. .5 is the nitrites on the new tank for the commons/comets. It was 1 this morning. The telescope with the white funk on his dorsal fin looks the same. No odd behavior other than that he "drifts" more than the other fish. Eating fine.
  4. Raised the temp to 70 F this morning and just re-checked nitrite. Down to 0.5 mg/L Going to move a few more fish.
  5. This claims to eliminate nitrates but seems rather expensive. http://www.aquaripure.com/products.htm Don't really know anything about it.
  6. It looks like the new tank isn't fully cycled. I got (API Drops) 0 ammonia 1mg/L nitrite 5 mg/L nitrate Wait? Should I add Amquel?
  7. transfered bio-rings (biologic media) from the running tank to the second tank, and transferred one fish to feed the bacteria. Will check the numbers tomorrow - if good, I will transfer more fish.
  8. sounds good. I am working on a solution.
  9. Ok, just tested the chemistry - Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 5mg/L * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api drops * Water temperature? 76 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 35, running 3 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AC70 * How often do you change the water and how much? more often now * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 6 days ago 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6 2 inch commons and comets, 3 2 inch fancies * What kind of water additives or conditioners? topfin water conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? teramin or tetrafin flakes 2x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? yest, the 3 fancies * Any medications added to the tank? coppersafe, 1 week ago, 2 water 80% water changes since. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. see above * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? white patches that are eating though the fins of the telescope * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no, fish are very active and eat well Thanks again.
  10. Sorry, only did one, as i said and doing another 80% tonight. I did not know how close together you can do 2 80% changes without killing your fish and/or bacteria.
  11. I will try that baffle. Will retest tonight - I would be shocked if they weren't perfect after 2 80% changes.
  12. I understand that I am overstocked - The tank is a 35 hex, and I will be moving the 6 commons (one did not survive the 80% water change, first loss in 2 years) into another tank - (they are single tails). While I thank everyone for their concerns about the crowding issue, this is not the source of the problem. The water was not changed with any frequency, and certainly not 50% as has been recommended. My last change was 80% on the 19th and I am doing another 80% tonight. Again, my tested levels are pretty good right now (will have to get a nitrite and nitrate test I guess), and the fish came home with the disease. My existing fish have not sign of disease, nor do the fantail and oranda. It was recommeded above that I remove the gravel slowly, over time. And isn't that "nasty bacteria" needed for the cycle? I had 2 airstones as part of my UG filter, which I have disconnected. My new AC70 certainly provides enough aeration and surface agitation. The water gets pretty churned up from the inflow. I really don't get this. Every old fish is disease free. The new fish came home with a lesion on it's fin, and somehow this was caused by the water quality in my tank?! And after 2 80% water changes, the numbers in any tank should be good (unless you kill the cycle) Thanks - I am trying, but I feel like a patient being wheeled into the ER with a heart attack, and the first doctor he sees is a nutritionist asking about his daily saturated fat intake. I understand they need more room, and I will try to do that, but I think the crowding issue is overstated. My fish have live disease free for a long time in their "horribly overcrowded" 29 gallon tank. No. What you see are some objects on the desk outside the tank. Thanks for the reply. I apologize if I seem a little impatient.
  13. Update: White spots on the fantail seem to be gone, whatever was on the telescope is spreading. As you can see in the photos, the upper lesion on the dorsal fin goes right through the fin, and there is now a new one lower down. There are also 2 white spots on the left tail fin and matching spots on the anal fins (as you can see in the bottom image)
  14. Any suggestions as to what the diseases are / were? That's kind of why I posted in the first place. The pet shop lady got in trouble with her boss when she told him the tank had ick. He said he didn't see any, and that something must have happened to my fish on the way home.
  15. I seem to have a problem getting good shots again. Looks like the tail spots are gone, but the dorsal fuzz is still there. My ammonia is now 0. The AC 70 is in and is blowing my fish away. Am I better off putting it on a lower setting or going back down to the 50?
  16. 1st 80% change completed - tap pH is ~7.2 AC 70 is on its way and I am setting up the old 29 again. (best I can do right now)
  17. ok - ph is high - 7.6 ammonia .25 mg/L What method do you use for water changes? If you are changing huge amounts of water, doesn't that mess with you temp and chlorine?
  18. Now that they are stunted, is there anything to be done or are they always going to be like that? If that is the way they are going to be, I don't need to give them 20 gal. per fish, right?
  19. The last 2 pics show the same spot on the same fish. In the first two I was referring to the white spots on the tails
  20. I posted to this forum because I was looking for advice, and I certainly appreciate your feedback. I am surprised that I can only have 2 fish in a 30 gallon tank. The 7 feeders have lived in a 29 for about 2 years with no losses. (filtered with an old whisper 2 + AC20 all foam) I had no gravel and the water was crystal clear. I guess I will set up the old tank and split the fish up. The gravel is now only deep enough to cover the plate. If the UG is not effective I can try to remove it. (going to be a mess) I usually dechlorinate by leaving the water stand, but I have used chemicals in the past. BTW, any idea what is on the fin of that fish? Why should I get the coppersafe out?
  21. * Water temperature? Room temp - just added heater to 78 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 Gal hex running 3 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 50 + undergravel * How often do you change the water and how much? not often * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? N/A * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7 feeders 1.5 to 2 inches long and three 2 inch fancy goldfish * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Added coppersafe today * What do you feed your fish and how often? Tetra flakes 2x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? 3 fancy goldfish * Any medications added to the tank? added coppersafe I will try to get chemistry info tonight.
  22. Hi - I just brought home 3 new fish, 2 of which seem to have some disease present. Unfortunately, I did not notice until I got home. The store is willing to take them back, but I was wondering if I could get a diagnosis and tx. options. I have not posted my tank ph etc, but these are new fish, so the water in my tank did not make them sick. Pretty sure the gold fantail has ick, but don't know what the black and gold telescope has. https://picasaweb.go...feat=directlink
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