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  1. Why are you using RO water? May I know the parameters before the reverse osmosis?


    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. My fish get floaty like that when I feed pro gold. I would try a different pellet. Goldfish react differently to foods. Some will be fine, and some might be floaty.

    I am also wondering, when you do your water changes, how do you do them? That is quite a big difference in pH from tank and tap to do a water change right away unless you have water pre made with matching/close pH.

    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.

    It is OK to switch to a gel-based diet completely. In fact, between a gel based and pellet based diet, the gel based diet is preferable. :)

    What happens if you fast him for a day or two. Is he still floaty during those days? We need to find this out, so that we can rule whether it's food related or not. I suspect that it is.

    I haven't tried fasting him for two days. I can try that and get back to you.

  3. My Tsumo is a similar way. It has decreased greatly with the addition of constant access to greens. :)

    Have you tried any other pellets but ProGold, or switching to a complete gel diet like Repashy?

    Please do not tap the tank when he does this. :(

    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.

    • 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? :wall

    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?


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    Here are some of my former ranchus. Georgia doesn't my Dexter look a lot like your little Squash. He's started his color change here and eventually ended up completely orange. He was my favourite of all my chus. At about 3yrs. he developed SB issues and ended up scooting around on his tummy. He lasted about a year and half like that before he developed a bacterial infection and passed away. :no:

    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. :(

  5. That's interesting. I wonder what's up with the wattage difference in the bulbs. You have a great fixture!

    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.

  6. You've gotten some great answers so far!

    Is it possible to get some pictures of the light fixture's underside? So we can see the kinds of bulbs that it takes, and try to narrow the list of possible fixtures?

    It is an Aquatic Life Dual-Lamp T5HO fixture.

  7. What brand light ? How many bulbs? How big is the tank? Certain plants do require high light and CO2, these are plants that would not grow without it. However all plants have a greater need for Co2 and ferts as lighting levels rise. You can think of light as the driving force. As light level increases plant photosynthesis/growth also increases. In order for the plant to remain healthy as it continues growing at a faster rate it requires increased CO2 and increased fertilization. (Think of it as a growing child, during a growth spurt (high light) they need more food and more sleep to grow properly) Plants grown in high light tanks where additional co2 and ferts are not provided will show deficiencies and stunting, you are also likely to see an increase in algae issues in this situation where the balance is off. In order to reduce the need for added co2 and ferts it's as easy as reducing lighting levels ;) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk None of the plants in your tank need high light/co2 btw. They will grow just fine in low-med lighting levels.

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. I add baking soda and equilibrium?

    Alex thank you so much.

    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?

  10. It's not at all necessary. It's just a nice optional thing to have.

    Let me know how it works out. :)

    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.

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