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  1. He's almost identical to my fish, Shadow, who is a blue oranda. A very pretty fishy!
  2. Ive had carbon in the filter but took it out a few days ago because someone suggested it may be slowing down my cycle. My tank has quite a lot of plants - 2 medium sized anubiad and a bunch of java ferna, as well as java moss. Could they be using all the nitrate? As for the test for nitrates ive been doing it according to the instructions so im pretty sure im doing it right. Ill go and double check... And i feed my fish twice a day every other day.
  3. Im using api liquid testers. Readings are: Tap: Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 0 Ph - dont know. Tank: Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 0 Ph - dont know. Temp - 18 C The filter is an EFX 200 aquamanta external power filter, and it says that the maximum flow rate is 800L/hr. I did think that perhaps the tank is already cycled but ive never seen any readings for nitrite or nitrate. I change about 30 percent of the water weekly. Also, i dont have a test kit for ph - should i get one if this could be causing a problem?
  4. I've had my 180L tank set up for about 6 months now, with fish in it from the beginning. I took media out of an old filter that was semi-cycled (water showed no ammonia but low levels of nitrites) but it didn't make much of a difference in bump starting the cycling in my new tank. Anyway, after a few days, I started getting results for Ammonia in the new tank. For about 5 months straight, the only results I was getting was low level ammonia, and nothing else. It refused to progress to the nitrite stage. Now, for the past month or so, the ammonia readings have gone back down to 0, but i'm still not getting any readings for nitrites or nitrates. Does anyone have any idea why this could be? I know it takes a while for a tank to cycle, but 6 months, and nothing!? Not even ammonia...? I don't understand what's going on here, especially seeing as my tank is overstocked. (5 small goldfish in 180L tank) so surely, if anything, I should be getting high readings. All of my test kits are well in date, I only bought them about 8 months ago. It's driving me insane now, because I just don't understand what's going on... Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Bit of an update - the fish with the swim bladder issues has just had a poo, and it's got a lot of air bubbles in it. Tried to get a picture, but failed to get a good one. It literally looks like a long air bubble with bits of black in it. Does this signify anything?
  6. I have API testers, but only for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates - i don't have the master kit. All of the test kits are well in date, and I've never actually detected nitrates before, only ammonia and nitrites, which have now gone down to 0. The bottom sitting fish doesn't have any issues with swimming around and he is perfectly active whenever I come up to the tank or feed them. He just seems to spend a lot of time sitting on the bottom of the tank in the one corner. His top fin is always up, though. Seems that finding the pH is important, but unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to get a test kit for that until at least Saturday. I'll see if I can get a video up as soon as possible.
  7. I'm not sure if I'll be able to find out the pH of the water any time soon. I can't do it today, and we're expecting really heavy snow tonight so I probably won't be able to get out tomorrow either. So until I can get that checked, what should I do? Should I do the water change in the main tank, or should I move the fish with the swim bladder issues into the ten gal on her own? Also, I've only recently switched to flakes because the pellets I was feeding them were floating and I thought wasn't going to be good for them. I thoroughly soak the flakes beforehand, and I have some sinking pellets on their way in the post.
  8. Thanks so much for your help! I'm almost positive that the filter has a carbon insert - should I take it out? With the water change, I should take out 50% of the water, then replace 5% of it with fresh treated water every hour? And I'm from South Wales, in Pontypool.
  9. I haven't cleaned the filter yet... It's an external one so to be honest I wasn't sure how to do it so I've left it alone. I'll do some research and get it cleaned out today. I don't have a test kit for pH unfortunately. If I take it to my lps will they be able to do it for me? And I thought exactly the same as you for the parameters. When the tank was newly set up and with only two fish, I was seeing ammonia levels reach at least 1.0. Now I've been having readings of all zeros for the past month or two, but I'm pretty sure the tank isn't cycled.
  10. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): 0 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrate level (Tap): 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): I don't know * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): I don't know * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: API drops. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: It's an external filter that came with the tank, so I'm assuming its adequate. * What kind of water additives or conditioners?: Interpret Bioactive tapsafe. * Water temperature?: Around 18C * How often do you change the water and how much?: I change about a third of the water weekly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?: 5 days ago - a third of the water changed. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 180l (which i think is around 50 gal) - running for at least 6 months. * How many fish in the tank and their size?: 4 small fancies and one medium fancy. * What do you feed your fish and how often?: Flake food, every day once a day. * Any new fish added to the tank?: Not recently. * Any medications added to the tank?: None. * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): Nope. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?: Nothing visible. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?: Very erratic swimming, almost like she's drunk. Sometimes she stays still on the surface of the water, floating upside down. Another fish in the tank spends a lot of time bottom-sitting. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.: I've treated the fish with suspected swim bladder issues with salt, but this was at least eight-ten months ago, and it was for white spot. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. So basically, my beautiful calico fantail has been having a lot of issues lately with what I suspect is problems with her swim bladder. It's been going on for weeks, at least a month probably, and seems to come on in waves. She swims around the tank very floatily, looking like she's drunk. Last night she spend hours floating upside down on the surface of the water, absolutely still. I did worry that she was dead, but she was very responsive as soon as I went up to the glass. Like I said, this has been going on for a few weeks now, and where I first thought it would go away with peas and time, I'm starting to think that I need to do something to help her out. I've had the fish for almost a year, and she started out in a tiny tank that was way too small for her, with shocking water quality because I was so misinformed about how to look after goldfish. I'm worried that she's struggling because of that now. She had white spot in that tank, which I treated with salt, and she recovered. I'm not sure that this tank she is in now is cycled to be honest, because I'm getting 0 reading for everything. I've definitely seen ammonia and nitrites, but now they are both reading 0 and I haven't had a nitrate reading yet. My tank is quite heavily planted, so wondering if this is the reason for that. I would just really appreciate some help on getting my fish better. She's such a character and has been through so much that she's survived, and I don't want simple sbd to be the end of her. I have a ten gallon tank that I can set up as a quarantine, and salt to treat her (if that will help), but I wanted to get some advice from you guys first. Edit: I forgot to mention, it always seems to get worse just after feeding. This is usually when she starts to float upside down at the top of the tank.
  11. I've had my new 180 litre tank set up for about three weeks now, and I'm just fighting a losing battle against what I assume to be brown algae. My tank is cycling at the moment, but I've had other cycling tanks set up that haven't had this problem at all. Water tests read as follows: Ammonia 0.25 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 0 Why is this brown algae getting so pronounced in my tank? It's starting to cover everything, and I'm not sure why it's there or what I can do to get rid of it. Any help/suggestions? Here are some pics;
  12. My sand finally arrived this morning (slow post!), and as you guys advised, I've been removing the gravel a bit at a time with each water change. There's only a very thin layer left now, doesn't even fully cover the floor, so I'll take the rest of that out with today's water change and I can get to the sand. I'll follow your advice Jesswyn, because it seems like the best way of doing it that I've seen so far (and its easy to understand ). Going to get that done later on, so I'll let you all know how it worked out and post some pics.
  13. I just bought some TMS online and its in the post, so I just wondered if anyone had any tips on putting it in the tank? At the moment I have gravel, so should I take it out all at once or some at a time? My tank is still cycling so I'm unsure how much taking out the gravel would affect that. Also, I need some advice on cleaning the sand before I put it in the tank, and what I should do with the fish whilst I'm adding it to the tank. I should remove them, right? Do I need to take out the water too? I'm pretty much clueless to be honest. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  14. My sister has a new tank set up and she is doing a cycle with fish. She has two tiny fantails, both about an inch in length. She's had the tank set up for two weeks now, and still hasn't had any readings for ammonia in the water. She uses the drop tests from API, which are reliable. Anyone know why there doesn't seem to be any ammonia in the tank? Nitrites and nitrates are both testing 0ppm too. Is is perhaps because the fish are so small, they aren't producing much ammonia? Any help would be great. Thanks
  15. I just bought a new and bigger tank from glorious eBay. I'll have to upgrade again in the future, but until I can afford something bigger this was a steal at just £10. I couldn't resist. My old tank is still cycling though, and it's only been cycling for a week. I'm guessing I'll be able to move the fish straight into the new tank without waiting for the cycle to finish in the old one, but is there anything specific I need to know when doing this? I assumed I would just put everything from the old tank into the new one - gravel, decs, filter, and the water. And fishies of course. And then just let the cycle continue. Is this right?
  16. This is a great idea! Going to have to get my hands on one of these, as I always struggle to get that test tube up to the right mark by just dunking it in the tank - takes me ages.
  17. You guys are amazing. Thanks so much for your help!
  18. So I am extremely bad at maths, and could use some help from you guys who may be able to help me. I'm looking at a tank for sale, really, really cheap, but the guy doesn't know the litre capacity. He gave me measurements, which are: length 50cm depth 25cm height 37cm Would it be at all possible for you amazingly clever people here to tell me how many litres that tank would hold? If its possible... I don't know. Maths is hard.
  19. I thought he looked more like a ryukin, but I wasn't sure if it was just me hoping. I have him in a tank with a normal fantail at the moment, and will be upgrading soon so they'll have loads of space and hopefully he will develop beautifully!
  20. So this is my goldie Mr Frederickson. I bought him at Pets at Home, where he was being sold as an Oranda. I know he's not that (why he was advertised as so I'll never know), but I am wondering whether he's a fantail or a ryukin? There is a slight hump and I'm guessing he isn't that old so maybe it hasn't developed yet. Any ideas? Apologies for the blurry pics. He really doesn't like to keep still.
  21. Ok, just so I know. If I'm going to be paying money for a new tank then I would prefer to at least get one that is definitely big enough. And I want them to have plenty of space and be happy. Need to get them out of that teeny tiny tank as soon as possible Thanks for your help. Would something like this be adequate? http://www.seapets.co.uk/products/aquarium-supplies/aquariums/interpet-aquariums/interpet-fish-pod-aquarium-120.html?ref=googlebase
  22. So at the moment I have two goldies crammed into a teeny 24 litre tank (I know this is awful, but I bought the tank and everything before I found out it wasn't big enough). Well I know this tank is far too small, so I'll be upgrading to a larger tank. Unfortunately I don't have a whole lot of funds or space. I was wondering what is the absolute smallest tank that I would be able to house my two goldies in? I've been looking at a 54 or 60 litre aquarium that's not too expensive, or will I have to go bigger and get something more along the lines of 100 litres?
  23. Yeah I didn't think it would be possible to know exactly, but its nice to have an estimate. Thanks
  24. This may be a completely silly question, but I was wondering if it's at all possible to estimate the age of goldfish? I have two that I recently bought from Pets at Home a few days ago. They're both about two inches long, not including their tails. Is it possible to make a guess at how old they are? It's not important, I'm more curious than anything. Wondering how long it will be before I'm able to look for breeding stars and find out their sex and whatnot.
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