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  1. Tap: pH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.25 ppm Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 30 ppm Wow the nitrate reading improved! I tested twice to be sure. 30 is still pretty high but at least it's not in the 60 range. Maybe someone finally did something about it.
  2. Yeah. I don't know if there is a better way to do it though. I already complained to my water company and they told me that me and my test kit are wrong. So it's a dead end there.
  3. Water changes are a lot of work for me. The first thing I have to do is fill a bunch of water cooler jugs all week with reverse osmosis water. This process is very slow; it takes several hours to fill a four gallon jug of water. I have to use reverse osmosis because my tap water's nitrate reading is 60 ppm. When it's time to do a water change, I fill a bucket with tank water and place my fish inside. Then I siphon 100% of the water and add the RO water to the tank. I add Prime, baking soda and some other additives for my plants and then let the tank run for half an hour before adding the fish. I haven't tried fasting him for two days. I can try that and get back to you.
  4. My goldfish have always eaten Pro-Gold and I haven't tried Repashy. The gel food I feed is one of Alex's recipes. Is it really okay to switch to a complete gel diet? Well, I guess you would know. I still feel like his behavior is a major cause of this, but I am running out of ideas to get him to stop. Although I haven't tried putting floating plants in his gulping spot yet.
  5. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 30 (Going to do a WC tomorrow) * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5 (Reverse osmosis) * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 (With RO) * Nitrate level(Tap) 5-10 (With RO) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH: 7.4, KH: 107.4, GH: 17.9 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH: 6, KH: 17.9, GH: 17.9 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API MTJ * Water temperature? 68 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, about two years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 305, AquaClear 110 and and AquaClear 20 (The 20 stays on the main tank for when I need to quarantine.) * How often do you change the water and how much? 100% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 6 days ago, 100% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, 4-7 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, baking soda, Excel and I'm in the middle of a Prazi treatment * What do you feed your fish and how often? Pro-Gold, gel-food, peas and spinach, 3 or 4 times a day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Floating My telescope goldfish Bubba floats every day. He sucks air all morning from the top of the tank and then he floats (usually by 4:00) for the rest of the day. Is he looking for more food? Is he bored? Or is he just trying to make me crazy? Nothing seems to be working. I feed him multiple times a day. (He gets some combination of Pro-Gold, gel-food, peas and spinach.) I have tried hitting the lid when he's sucking air and even touching him. Nothing seems to phase him. He's absolutely obsessed. But I'm starting to wonder if it's something physiological, as opposed to something psychological. Is it possible that he has permanent swim bladder problems? If so, what else can I do?
  6. That's so cool. I wonder if mine will do the same.
  7. Are you saying that one of those ranchus was the same color as mine? It's so crazy how much they can change. I'm sad to hear of his passing.
  8. It wasn't on purpose. The bulbs are different because one went out before the other and then I replaced it with something else. The other bulb is still the original that came with the fixture.
  9. It is an Aquatic Life Dual-Lamp T5HO fixture.
  10. No, it's one fixture. It is an aquatic life fixture but it has two different bulbs in it. I didn't do this on purpose, one bulb died before the other and I got a different one.
  11. Hmmm I'm not certain which brand they are. One is 54 watts and the other is 24 watts. I know I bought bulbs that are for plants. My tank is a 55 gallon. I plan on getting more plants which is why I'm asking. Maybe some more lilies and water lettuce. My aponogetons are growing so fast. One of them is growing about three inches a day and then flowered a few days ago.
  12. I just got my first ranchu a few months ago. Her name is Squash. Here she is:
  13. I apologize if this is in the wrong place. I'm just wondering when it is necessary to use CO2 in aquariums. I have a lot of plants, I mean, it's not a jungle or anything, but they seem to be doing just fine. Is it just certain plants that require CO2? I have anubias, onions, aponogetons, amazon swords and a water lily. My light is a T5HO and I am using Eco Complete substrate. I have been adding flourish and excel. I have added a few more plants since this photo was taken: I am fairly new to live plants, so I am open to any suggestions as well.
  14. I'm more concerned about bacteria and parasites than green water. I've never had green water before but I know it's not bad for goldfish. It would probably still drive me crazy though.
  15. I have been thinking a lot lately about getting a UV sterilizer. Does anyone have a good one that they would recommend?
  16. Yes, and then check both to make sure that you are in the 100-150ppm range for both. Eventually, you should have a pattern established of how much you need to add with each WC. I checked my water today: Ammonia: Dropped to 0 ppm Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 5-10 pH: Dropped to 7.4 KH: 107.4 GH: 17.9 My pH dropped a little... I'm worried about it falling more. Is there a way to keep it constant? Would crushed coral work for that? Additionally, if you think I could use crushed coral, should I still add baking soda and equilibrium?
  17. Thank you the floating plants are water lettuce. They are very easy to grow. I love it. Best of luck. You should consider entering some photos of your fish and tank in one of the contests on here.
  18. Hello, I just wanted to tell you that your aquarium and goldfish are beautiful! Great job. What are kind of plants are those floating ones?
  19. I add baking soda and equilibrium? Alex thank you so much.
  20. Here is a link to a video. My oranda's caudal fin still looks pretty rough. Can you see that black streak on the edge? Is there anything else I can do to treat it and encourage regrowth? Also, should I do anything with the GH? I'm sure you couldn't miss my floater. Hopefully that gel food can help him out.
  21. For the baby food are you using 2 8 oz jars or 8 oz in total? 8 ounces total. I started out doing all peas, but ended up with a 4 ounce jar of peas and one of green beans. Great, I'm going to start making it now. I got peas and squash. Thanks for all your help! I'll let you know if this helps my floater.
  22. For the baby food are you using 2 8 oz jars or 8 oz in total?
  23. I went out today to get everything but I could only find koi clay in a large amount. It was too expensive. Is koi clay necessary?
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