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  1. This forum is awesome for helping! I don't know what I would do without it. I had a similar experience with the leave-in-tank monitors. I didn't have a test kit for ammonia, but bought one of those and figured all was well. Turns out I had some ammonia in the tap water and it built up in the tank (monitor never showed anything) and caused all sorts of water quality issues. The API kit is awesome and pretty easy to use. Sorry to hear you lost you fish, but you have found a great place to keep your new ones alive. I also totally agree that a 50 gallon tank is "small" and hope I can someday convince my landlord of that as well. Good luck cycling!
  2. Tank parameters tonight: Temp: 74 F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrites: 4 ppm Nitrates: 5 ppm --Did a double water change as usual. Also, update on the worms...my boyfriend noticed a lot of little gnats hanging out in between the water level and lid this afternoon. They were very small. He killed the ones he could catch ( I saw maybe one or two tonight still) and then gently rinsed the filter media out with tank water to see if that would help. I don't see any worms in the media now, so hopefully they were just bloodworms. I didn't get a chance to take any photos today. Do bloodworms usually turn into little gnats?
  3. I will see if we can get one out and take a better photo of it tomorrow. I haven't gotten photos to post successfully yet, but maybe I can mess with my camera settings to get the files smaller or load them onto a site first. Thanks for helping so late!
  4. We also fed her the freeze-dried bloodworms last week in an attempt to get her to eat and I don't think she did eat them. They are so creepy whatever they are!
  5. I am 99% certain they are round. They're kinda hard to see. The larger ones are red in color, look segmented like an earth worm and have a slightly darker side and a lighter side. There are also smaller ones that seem to have a black head and what looks like a tadpole-like body...they are staying stuck to the side of the filter and not moving as much. They both seem to be staying in the filter and are "eating" (maybe?) the algae that is building up. We did have a small piece of food get sucked up into the filter. (Ingredients in the food are: water, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, krill, plankton, spinach, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, spirulina, menhaden oil, vitamin premix--I can list the ingredients to that too if that would be helpful. Its called Emerald Entree and we got it at the LFS.
  6. Thanks for the encouragement. I think we are making progress. I am just tired tonight...too much school! I just noticed what I hope is not another problem! In the filter media, there are small reddish worm-like creatures and they are moving. I look at the filter pretty often hoping that I will see green algae forming (some is I think finally!), so I am pretty certain they weren't there this morning. Any idea what these could be and if they are a problem? I am wondering if they are from her frozen food... Here is a video if that helps:
  7. Tank parameters tonight: Temp: 77F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 2-3 ppm Nitrate: 15 ppm Got her to eat a little bit of the frozen food. May try some flakes tomorrow and see if she goes after those. Doing a double 90% water change now.
  8. No...they don't look pink and they're not swollen. I see her use the other one more after water changes too. Maybe its related to water issues?
  9. Do you know what kind of rock is in the tank? I am wondering if it could somehow be contributing to the pink color...or I agree with what was said above that it might be food-related.
  10. I had noticed, but now I completely understand! Tank parameters tonight: Temp: 76F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrites: 3-4 ppm Nitrates: 10 ppm She is in the process of eating...takes her a while to realize we put the food in there. I am going to go watch her...hopefully she will get some down. Then we'll do the double water change. I have noticed that she seems to only be breathing out of one gill. Is that a bad sign? The other one opens occasionally but not as wide or as often as the other. If I can get a good video, I'll post one later.
  11. We have poop! And its not just air bubbles! Its odd to be so excited about that but I had to post. We are going to give her more of that food tonight and see if she can get some more down. I'll post before the water change with an update tonight.
  12. Tank parameters: Temp: 76F pH: 7.4 Ammonia:0 ppm Nitrites: 3-4 ppm Nitrates: 5 ppm Did a double 90% change tonight (afternoon change didn't happen because I got off work late). I bought some frozen cube food at the LFS too and we gave her a cube tonight...it wasn't frozen enough I don't think and kinda went everywhere but she managed to get some into the glass we have in there for her and was picking at it and I am pretty certain she ate a good deal of it! We are going to try giving her one tomorrow too. Should we thaw it/soak it before putting it into her tank?
  13. Ok. I figured that but I wasn't sure. I might try to do two tomorrow and then we'll do a double tomorrow night if we need to based on tests. I'll keep you posted. She got a little of the fry food. Still doesn't want to open her mouth even when we push gently underneath her mouth and lift her mouth out of the water. The past week it seemed to be better and she was opening her mouth more but I'm wondering if the water quality is making it worse today.
  14. Tank parameters tonight: Temp: 79F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0 ppm!!! Nitrite: 4 ppm? (maybe 3 but it was bright) Nitrate: 20 ppm I was really excited to see 0 ppm for the Ammonia and then not so happy when I finished testing the nitrites. We did a 90% double water change immediately and added everything. Also fed her some of the fry food. She is less active than normal but I am hoping she is just tired and maybe sleeping. Since the nitrites got so high, should I try to do 2 water changes tomorrow to help it stay lower? Maybe one in the afternoon and one at night? Or is it better to do the double at night?
  15. Tank parameters tonight: Temp: 79F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.2-0.25ppm Nitrite: 2-3 ppm Nitrate: 5 ppm Planning on doing a double water change (90%). Is there anything else we can do to help the cycle along? Would more water changes help? Just wondering.
  16. Ok. At least I have it now! Shipping always takes forever when you're waiting for something. My boyfriend tried feeding her the fry food this morning and he said she got a little bit. I tried some very TINY pieces of pea tonight and she went after them but didn't open her mouth to get them. We'll probably try the fry food before the water changes tonight again. I did test the tap water too last night because I was starting to wonder if something was maybe wrong with the drops since it doesn't seem like we're getting anywhere. It tested 0 ppm for nitrite, so its the tank. Hoping it gets better soon!
  17. Ok. Tank parameters tonight: Temp: 78F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.25 ppm Nitrite: 2 ppm (maybe a little higher) Nitrate: 15 ppm I also got the Prazi in the mail today! We should probably do a double water change to eliminate the nitrites. Should I wait till the water quality is better to use the Prazi?
  18. Tank parameters before we did 2 back to back 90% changes: Temp: 78F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.2-0.25 ppm Nitrite: 2.0 ppm Nitrate: 10 ppm She didn't really want to eat much today, but hopefully tomorrow will go more smoothly. She is opening her mouth more.
  19. Yay! Glad to hear we are sorta getting the hang of this. We've also gotten the water changes down to an art...half hour or so. Hoping that the new food will help. Prazi should be here soon too!
  20. Tank parameters tonight: Temp: 76F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.25 ppm Nitrite: 0.5-0.75 ppm Nitrate: 5-10ppm We are doing back to back 90%'s since I'm not sure if the nitrites are under 0.75 or not. Figured that was safest. We also bought some liquid fry food and earlier today, put her in a cup and fed her a little and she seemed a little off. She perked up quite a bit 10 minutes later, so I think it helped! She was even swimming around opening her mouth afterward quite a bit. My boyfriend tried some in a syringe tonight and it worked ok. We think she may have nibbled a bit. Hopefully that will continue! It says to feed 3 times a day (3 drops)...does that seem like a good amount to aim for? Also, here is a video from 2 days ago that I am finally getting to post!
  21. She seemed to be ok last night. Perked up a bit after the water change. has been hiding in the new glass "cave" we put in there. If I'm home for a few min today ill try to post a new video.
  22. Tank parameters before we did back-to-back 90% water changes: Temp: 79F pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.25 ppm Nitrite: 2.0 ppm Nitrate: 10 ppm Figured we need to do two since the nitrites were so high. Hope they stop doing that soon. Added double prime, cycle and salt too. We may have found some poop during the water change! It was kinda orange and it was stuck to the side of the tank, so we're not sure, but I guess that would mean she is eating something we're putting in. I'll post parameters tomorrow. Hoping to get some fry food too to see if that will help.
  23. That is good news. Ok. I'll post an update tomorrow. Thanks!
  24. Ok. In the process of the second 90% water change. Hoping the cycle kicks in again soon too! I don't have it yet, but when we get the Prazi, will it mess up the cycle? Also, are there any other ways to get food in her? Does liquid food exist that we can put in the water so she could get some nutrients? We can keep trying to hand feed but she is having such a hard time opening her mouth.
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