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  1. Hi guys! Its been a while since I last posted on here.  I have tried to do college without keeping goldfish due to their space requirements, but I am having some difficulty keeping them out of my life ;)

    ...So I bought a 40 gal stock pond/tank online this weekend, and I am planning to set it up as an indoor water garden/goldfish pond in my room.  I have never kept long-bodied fish before, as I have always considered them pond fish, and I only kept a 20g one fancy-fish aquarium through high school.  So heres my question:

    Could I keep 1-2 comets in a 40g setup?  

    The filter I have is 400gph, and I plan to do 50% water changes weekly, and 100% monthly.  I have read on some websites that 55+ gal is recommended for comets, and on others that 30g is good for one fish, and 40g is good for two.  If the general consensus is that this set up would be too small for a comet (or two), I will stick to ryukins, but would love to keep comets if I can. :)


  2. Thank you for all your help! I'm still going to try the meds just in case. That's good to know about nitrates :) would I be better off moving her to a 10 gal uncycled tank (no feeding) or keeping her in the 20g with the filters on? Would the carbon remove the medicine? Also, if I take the carbon out of both filters, will the cycle collapse? I really can't thank you enough for all the help

  3. Looks like the fish is having trouble with its swim bladder from an internal infection. I am guessing the black is burns from poor water quality that is healing.

    The fish is going to need to be in nitrate free water to heal. Check your nitrate daily and do a 50% water change if you detect anything.

    Have you noticed if the scales are going down or are they getting worse?

    Thank you! I'll continue to monitor her water closely. The scales look a bit better today. What should I do about the infection, if thats the problem?

  4. Thank you. She is doing the same thing today :( I don't see any c shape, and she isn't hanging out by the surface. She swims as usual and then starts to tip onto her belly and makes little effort to right herself for a while. Eventually she does and she goes on foraging. There were some green poops at the bottom of the tank (from the peas) so I'm guessing constipation isn't the problem :(

    Heres a video and a pic of the black spots (one is on the underside of her mouth):

    View My Video


  5. Test Results for the Following:

    * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.0

    * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0.0

    * Nitrate level(Tank) 80.0

    * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.25

    * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0.0

    * Nitrate level(Tap) 0.0

    * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0

    * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0

    Other Required Info:

    * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Api drops

    * Water temperature? 70F

    * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal for 5 months

    * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon 20 and penguin bio wheel 20

    * How often do you change the water and how much? 80% every week

    * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 7 days ago, 80%

    * How many fish in the tank and their size? one 5" ryukin

    Hey guys, I really need some help. This morning I woke up to find my ryukin, Chiba, drifting belly-up with small black patches (not raised) on her. I tested the water and found that the nitrate was 80ppm D: twice what it usually is by water change day. I did a 100% change and gave her peas (incase the floating is from digestion). I haven't fed her anything else today, and her scales look like they might be slightly raised. Can anyone help? I'm really stressed out



  6. Beautiful princess! That is one of mine my favourite type of Goldfish- short body and fins, golden-red coloration.

    Thanks! Raingarden had a few like that-- I believe they are much more common in parts of Asia

    Beautiful Chiba! I see that she is making substrate for herself. :)

    hehe thanks! she likes to pick up sand from the plant pots and put it down on the floor :P

    I love her big belly! :wub: What a beautiful tank setup!


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