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  1. Thank you for the rude comment that was unnecessary, especially considering that my fish literally just died. To everyone who was polite and actually helpful, thank you, I appreciate your help. I am going to drain and shut off the filter in my tank, because despite the fact that it would help me set up a new one I can't really stand having an empty tank right near where i sleep where my fish used to be, its depressing. I'm going on vacation soon so when I get back I will buy a new tank and set up some new fish. I could understand the need for a 10 or a 20 gallon tank, but I think its completely ridiculous to say that I need a massive 30 gallon tank for 2 goldfish that are under 2 inches each. I would understand if someone said that once they started growing I needed to upgrade, but to say I would need a 30 right away is completely impractical.
  2. and as soon as I got back from taking Bowie out Princess was dead too. I guess I don't need to rush out to get anything today since they both died already :/ Is it normal for them to die this quickly?
  3. That tank does have the right size filter? It filters 100 times per minute? I can always buy a larger filter when I get a larger tank??? I woke up this morning to find David Bowie dead Princess is held up against the unicorn ornament in my tank struggling
  4. Last few questions for the night - In the morning when I get prime - can i throw a double dose in the water i already have in the tank before I head to work or do I have to do a water change to add it? What I'm trying to explain is the timeline will be 9am- buy prime (if all goes well), then I have to get home and add it and get out of my house by 9:40 latest. Which is why just adding the prime would be easier than a water change.. I probably won't be able to get home with a new tank until about 8pm, because it seems from what I've seen the petcos by me have a terrible selection and petsmart sells the one I like - its a bit further away and I work until 6 and have other errands that need running. So I'm trying to figure out how I can keep my fish safest for the time until then. I also want to come home and make sure they're still alive as they are not in the nicest of shape and it would be devastating to go through all the effort to come home and find them dead. I don't think the gravel that I have will be nearly enough for a new tank - and I have a feeling that mine is very dirty and a part of my ammonia problem (it took me months to figure out how to properly use this gravel vacuum. the instructions were not very good on the package...) - would it be unsafe to use all new gravel? Perhaps this would be even better? I also just am wondering - I thought the problem with the fish is their swimbladders. I understand why you say I need a bigger tank - but will that 100% fix why they are floating on their side? Isn't this caused by their abdomen (if thats what you'd consider it on a fish) is constipated/filled with air? Every time they try to swim normal their abdomen is pushing upwards. Can better water quality actually solve this problem on its own? Like - how does better water quality make them start to poo is basically what I'm asking?
  5. I'm just going to copy and paste the things I have responses to... Yes, I asked about the filter cartridge because many people starting out have been told to change their cartridge monthly. The filter media (your cartridge) is where the BBs grow, so throwing this out monthly is essentially throwing your cycle away and you need to start from new.. not good. It's actually best not to even use cartridges. Here's a great link that shows you how to setup your filter w/out the cartridge. http://www.kokosgold...or-hob-filters/ One thing at a time, haha. First I need a good tank. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11164161 I am considering getting this tank - or another tank with the bio wheel because I like that it has a 3 step filtering process. Seems good and all of the reviews are pretty awesome. Would I be able to eventually do that with the filter? I won't be able to use a storage bucket... The rooms up here have rugs and my parent's are a little crazy. I might be able to get a 10 gallon fish tank and move them downstairs - but my parents would probably kill me. If i upgraded them to a 5 gallon for now would this be helpful? in conjunction to using the Seachem Prime. I might be able to find a home for that size... I really think the 10 gallon would be best if you can't do the storage container, but any upgrade is going to be better than no upgrade, but if you can convince your parents to allow at minimum the 10 gallon I think that would be best just in terms of your ability to keep the water parameters stable (even if you could find a 10 gallon storage bin so that then when you moved you could upgrade the tank to a 20 or 30 gallon, as the 10 gallon would really just be a temporary measure). I don't think I will be able to find space for a 20 gallon for a while. Once I am moved and settled it becomes the expense of the tank and something to put the tank on, but changing them to a 10 should be good for a while right? They are very small fish... I just did another about 40% water change and the ammonia now reads .5ppm You should do another water change asap. .5 ppm is still high. It should really be 0ppm. Even .25 ppm acts as a low level stressor that can lower immunity and make fish vulnerable to problems (ammonia also can cause burns on the body of the fish (you will see black patches) and can permanently damage the gills by burning them... bad stuff!), nitrite also needs to be 0 always... it effects the blood in such a way that the blood cannot carry oxygen efficiently, and this can essentially suffocate your fish. I will do a new water change right now. Our taps are a bit iffy with water temperature - which is why I find it easier to let it sit for 24 hours. It's late so I won't be able to go get any new supplies until tomorrow night. I might be able to run to pets supplies plus before work to get the prime if you think that is worth the rush. I think it's a good idea to get it as soon as you can And if you let you water sit for 24 hours, I wouldn't add the Prime until right before you change the water because you want the Prime to be active when you change the water so that it can detoxify some of the ammonia. And I would suggest double dosing the Prime (this is perfectly safe ). I will hopefully find/buy the prime in the morning. and will do a double dose. I suppose before buying a new tank I should make sure my fish are still alive when I get home from work - but they seem pretty alive despite their floating. Is there anything special I need to do with the new tank before adding them to it? I guess since this tank will have a heater/thermometer I can fill it up with the water, then prime it, and then let it sit to temperature before adding them? What temperature is ideal? Should I just try to get it set to our room temperature to start? Thank you for the advice this has been very helpful.
  6. Wait - so if I take all of the water out and replace it with new water when I move this won't ruin the cycle? I was told the fact that I did this last time was why another one of my goldfish died. I have tried to read up on cycling before but something about it just does not make sense to me. When I change my filter cartridge does that not change the cycle? Maybe if you could explain to me exactly what I have to do to make a tank cycled that might help? I won't be able to use a storage bucket... The rooms up here have rugs and my parent's are a little crazy. I might be able to get a 10 gallon fish tank and move them downstairs - but my parents would probably kill me. If i upgraded them to a 5 gallon for now would this be helpful? in conjunction to using the Seachem Prime. I might be able to find a home for that size... I am moving somewhere that is a 15 min or so drive away - but I have a standard sized car and no real place to put a storage container or anything like that when I move. Does this mean regular aquarium salts is a bad thing? I was told I should use them every water change - or are you just referring to the epsom salts? I change my filter cartridge every month or two. So if I get a new tank - its safe to cycle it with my goldfish in it? I thought that was unsafe? I just did another about 40% water change and the ammonia now reads .5ppm Our taps are a bit iffy with water temperature - which is why I find it easier to let it sit for 24 hours. It's late so I won't be able to go get any new supplies until tomorrow night. I might be able to run to pets supplies plus before work to get the prime if you think that is worth the rush.
  7. Like I said, my biggest issue is that I will be moving in a month - and it seems silly to cycle a tank, then have to empty it and recycle a new one? Isn't that dangerous for my fish? There is no way I will be able to transport a full 10 gallon tank even if I could find somewhere to put one. Do you know which stores sell Seachem Prime? Does Petco? I don't think they do and thats the nearest store to me.. Also - I don't think I answered earlier. I let the water sit for 24 hours because of the temperature. I want it to be the same - because I hear the temperature change can shock/kill the goldfish, and I don't have a heater.
  8. I'm kind of confused about the cycling thing. As far as I know my fish tank is cycled. This is why the nitrates are at 0 after not having been for a while (prior to getting these fish). Would getting a larger tank and putting these fish in it really save them at this point? Or would that just be better for more fish in the future? Also - is it really worth it for me to get a large tank and cycle it just to move in a month, have to take it all apart and rebuild it? Would a temporary solution for the next month be to get the water conditioner that reduces ammonia and use that with my water changes, and then move them into a bigger tank when I move? For that matter would I have to cycle my new tank prior to moving them over? They're both moving around a bit now.. swimming around and occasionally even straight. - but then they go back to floating Why should I remove all of the salt from my tank? I put very little of the epsom salts - and the aquarium salt is something I have been told numerous times to do regularly? The only reason I do not have a bigger or more powerful filter is because I was originally sold a bigger one for this tank, and it murdered one of my goldfish because he got stuck in the end of the filter from it being too powerful. The bigger filters aren't even expensive - I just do not want to have a fish of mine overpowered again. I hope you all can understand my concern with the larger tank and with switching it now. I'd love some advice on what I have said just now.
  9. The issues with getting a bigger tank is a space issue, not a money or looks issue. Until I have a bigger space for the tank, i cannot keep a bigger tank. Is there anything I can do for the next month while they are still in the smaller tank?
  10. * Ammonia Level - 1.5ish ppm * Nitrite Level - 0 * Nitrate level - 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API with drops * Water temperature? Room temperature - about 70 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 2.5 gallons. I know its a bit small but they're quite young fish, the big one is only like an inch and a half big, the big one at most 2 inches. I will be moving them into a new tank in about a month that will be much bigger. The tank has been running since early September, and the larger fish was added mid october, the smaller beginning of november * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? It's the tetra whisper for 3 gallon tanks with a small filter * How often do you change the water and how much? I usually do about 20-40% water changes depending on how much prepared water I have, every 2-4 days. I use a gravel vacuum to do so. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? I changed about 15% today after giving the fish salt baths, and about 40% yesterday when I did my regular cleaning * How many fish in the tank and their size? Already answered this - 2 fish, ones about an inch and a half named princess, the others less than 2 inches named david bowie * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use the API water conditioner when I prepare my water to change - i fill up a gallon jug of water and put one drop in at least 24 hr advance of each change. Recently I added some Stress Coat when I first noticed issues with princess. * What do you feed your fish and how often? I feed them Tetra Tetrafin Crisps, which was great for my old feeder goldfish, but I think isn't working out so well with my new fancy goldfish * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? I added a little bit of Epsom Salts (maybe 1/4 tsp) today, and theres aquarium salts in, but no real medicine. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I add about a tbsp of aquarium salts every time I do a water change. The fish were taken out for a 30min Epsom Salt bath (1 tbsp of salt to a small maybe half galon tank for a half hour), but put back in with a net and fresh water replaced the water taken from their tank. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? They look fine, minus their behaviors. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Yesterday I noticed in the afternoon that princess was floating at the top of the tank. This was not the first time this happened. She was floating on her side, but as soon as I went near the tank she started moving around, which is what happened last time too. Last time, i fed her a pea and she was fine. This time, she would not eat the pea and kept going on her side. I had noticed also that David was oddly resting near the corner of the tank floating vertically at the top with his mouth near the top, but not out of water, so it was not him gasping for air. I did my vacuuming and water change, figuring the ammonia issues that I have in this small tank might be hurting. She was moving around a lot, so I didn't think she looked like she was going to die, so I went to bed hoping she would be a bit better in the morning. When I woke up, both fish were floating at the top of the tank on their side. Princess was still trying to move around a lot, but David was barely moving at all. WHen they did move, they would swim down to the bottom of the tank and then come back. I spoke to the woman at Petco, who did not seem so intelligent, so I did some research. Later in the afternoon I put them in a small tank with Epsom salts. This didn't do much, they were in it for about 30 minutes. After the salts, it swapped. David is now swimming around more, and Princess is floating at the top more, but for the most part they are the same. I don't erally know what to do but now I worry they will die. I cannot feed them, so I can't give them peas, as they wont eat anyway. I added maybe 1/4 of a tsp of epsom salt into their tank hoping this will help their constipation. This is about all the information I have. Do you think medicine would help? Is there anything I can do? The ammonia levels are higher than they should be, but they are lower than they were a couple weeks ago, and the fish seemed quite happy in those conditions. If people are going to respond just to tell me that my fish are almost dead or that my tank is too small and im a horrible person who is killing my own fish, i would rather they didn't answer at all - because that will not be helpful and I am doing the best I can with space constraints, and am completely aware that I need to fix that. If you have any useful advice on how I can help my fish as they are I would appreciate it.
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