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  1. It's so frustrating that I can't get a bigger goldfish tank but I just couldn't give them away! They are stunted from the 7 gallon and have plenty of swimming space in their current tank. I don't over feed (I probably underfeed actually) so my water quality is good (I do test the water weekly). You might think it's cruel not to feed them lots but even if they were in a big tank I couldn't because of their SBD. I give them two soaked pellets each (or one big one) and some spinach. If I gave them away I don't think they would get the care they need! Coral can't have peas any more and has to have blanched spinach every time she eats otherwise she will float for a day. Peachy won't eat spinach on a vegetable clip and has to be hand fed it. Coral will get super floaty if she is fed more that soaked 2 pellets. They have to be fed pellets like new life spectrum that has to be ordered online and not just tetra food from the LFS which they float on. If I gave them away I'm not sure if someone could do all that and I'm sure that their swim bladder would get terrible which would be a shame when I have already found the right balance of things for them.
  2. I guess my mums just a catty person! I already do clean the sink I tip the water down and it is the sink that she doesn't use (in the utility room) so it really doesn't affect her in any way. It would be great to have a 29 gallon and 12 gallon betta tank but that just would never happen! If I have anything bigger than a 12 gallon my mum says it has to go downstairs because she would worry about water leaking and damaging our house. Her reason I can't have a tank downstairs is that it doesn't go with the style of our house and she thinks the fish are fine how they are (that is kind of true, my fish are very happy for now unless they grow)!
  3. It would be lovely if I could do that but the 12 gallon already stressed my mum out enough and she wouldn't let me get a bigger goldfish tank. I do test my water and the levels are just fine Thank you, I will ask her tonight or in the morning and will post on here what she says!
  4. I don't think that should be the case. It would be much nicer and more sanitary to watch a healthy fish swimming around than a dead one floating and collecting pathogens. She should be proud of all the knowledge you have of fish. When I tried to convince my mother of getting my fish out of a 5 gallon, I told her all about the cycle of the tank, and how goldfish produce a lot of ammonia, and that they were probably stunted at that point, and that sort of convinced her. We went to Petco the following day, and when I saw they were having their dollar per gallon sale, the deal was done! If your goldfish are in a 12 gallon, I would definitely focus my efforts on upgrading them to at least a 29 gallon than spend the extra money on a betta tank, like Shadako said. I too, would like to start up a betta tank, but the entire roof on my house needs to be replaced, and that is going to cost a few thousand. My family just doesn't have the extra funds right now for another fish, and I understand. Try saving up some money on the side, because there are more expenses when it comes to upgrading. (stand, aeration supplies, bigger filters, water changer, decorations) I'll tell my mum that your brother drank conditioned water, then she'll see that it's completely safe! I have already tried really hard asking my mum to let me buy a bigger tank (I have the money) but the biggest I can get is a 12 gallon. I know my goldfish need more but I think they are already stunted from the 7 gallon so they aren't cramped in their bigger tank.
  5. I already upgraded from a 7 gallon to a 12 gallon and it would stress her out if I had any bigger. It was hard enough persuading her to let me get the 12 gallon! Thanks for the advice My mum is fine with coming into my room and being around the tank it's just what's inside the tank that is the problem for her! She likes my actual fish though and I suppose she wishes I didn't know so much about proper care (when she was younger she kept two commons in a bowl of unconditioned water ).
  6. I can definitely pay for it and already have the money for the tank and do well at school. I think the main reasons are hygiene and chemicals. She doesn't like the idea of water conditioner and she thinks everything to do with fish keeping is unhygienic even just after feeding them she can't go anywhere near me while I go downstairs to wash my hands. I am very clean with my fish and even have my own fishy towel to dry my hands on after I wash my hands. Do you have any reassuring facts maybe about how it's a hobby no dirtier than keeping cats (we have a cat and my mum is fine with them!), also how aquarium water isn't harmful to touch. Thanks for the help!
  7. Does anybody have any ideas on how to convince my mum to let me get a betta tank? There is this 4 gallon tank that I would like and can afford with a heater, filter and LED lights (so it could be planted!). Right now I have a 12 gallon tank that I take good care of and have enough time to maintain and keep the fish in it healthy. I have enough money for a bigger tank but am going to ask for a 4 gallon because the smaller the tank the better with my mum! My dad doesn't care how many tanks I have so I only need to persuade my mum! Anybody have suggestions? Thanks
  8. The black moor has such long fins!
  9. Thank you! Would you only be able to tell if a fish had gill flukes by how much they were gulping for air?
  10. I did a 30% water change today (replacing 30% of the salt) and will do a 50% on sunday. The rips in her fin aren't pink any more!
  11. CoralPeachy

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    Lovely colours! It was good that you saved him
  12. Ok thanks, I will! Her fin seems to be the same as yesterday. Since it's the summer holidays now, I might start doing water changes twice a week when I have the time.
  13. I put the salt in about half an hour ago when it finally dissolved (I had to use hot water in the end)!
  14. There aren't any more rips luckily but they aren't healing at all. There is one a centimetre deep. I took the plastic pots out just in case it was that. I'll put the salt in now! Thanks for the help
  15. I will! Also, I just noticed that one of the rips is slightly pink.
  16. I asked my mum if I could get my water tested tomorrow but we're busy. She says that we'll be able to go sometime in the week. Do you think the plastic pots could tear Coral's fin?
  17. I can't think of anything that she could rip her fins on, I have two real plants and a silk plant. There are plastic pots that the plants came in but they have smooth edges. She has always had rips in her fins, I have just seen a few more lately and they don't seem to be going away. I have never treated for flukes or any parasites. The place I got them from always seem to have parasite free fish (I know we can't tell for sure but I can see they don't have ich). Are flukes internal?
  18. I'll probably be able to do that tomorrow. I'm not sure if it is colouring or not, I suddenly noticed it a few months ago and it's been there ever since . Thanks for your reply, I was beginning to think that no-one saw this!
  19. I found another rip in her caudal fin this morning.
  20. They are all going to look lovely in the planted tank, good luck with everything!
  21. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)? * Nitrite Level(Tank)0 * Nitrate level(Tank)25 * Ammonia Level(Tap)? * Nitrite Level(Tap)0 * Nitrate level(Tap)25 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph:7.6, GH 10, KH 10 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph:8, GH:7, KH:10 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? JBL easy test 6 in 1 strips (it doesn't do ammonia) * Water temperature?27 degrees Celsius (has been 31 over the week) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 12 u.s gallons/45 litres. It's been running 5 months and one of the filters has been running for 2 years. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2: aqua internal 100 and aqua internal 200, together they do 600 litres per hour * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2: one is 5 inches and the other 3 1/2 (including tail) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra aqua safe * What do you feed your fish and how often? New life spectrum once a day and spinach or peas, bloodworms or daphnia once a week * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? API stress coat last week (it didn't change anything) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. A year ago I used salt to help swim bladder infection for about a month (I can't remember how much) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Rips on caudal fin on my long finned fish (they aren't pink like her rips in the past) * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? They are both very active. My shorter finned female fish occasionally (once a week) nips my males fins.
  22. Thank you everyone! I'm pretty happy with how the tank looks now
  23. I'd never heard of those fish before! They look nice Small fish seem good in biorb tanks I think.
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