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  1. Whooo thank you for the heads up... It just seemed like over kill :/. I just worry about this tap from time to time... I tested it about two months ago and the nitrites were kind of high... We're on a well, so things have a habbit of getting it there I've been told..... Would drinking water with added minerals be any better? Or just more plants? I know I have a hard time with some plants though... I have the hood/light combo that came with the tank... Its only about 15 watts a light. Can I put anything in there really? I tried a couple of swords and they didn't last too long lol...

    Thank you for all of the help!!

  2. Hi again everyone... I think I might of found one of the problems... I tested the tap water today, and the nitrates were at an astonishing15ppm... The tap water out here fluctuates sometimes, but its never gotten that high before :cry

    I went out and bought a ton of bottled water and did a water change with that... He already seems better. He's much more active, and the spots cleared up, but he still doesn't look like he feels 100%. His waste is still a little stringy...

    My vet friend told me I should try quick cure while my prazi pro comes in the mail... Do you think this is a good idea? I've heard it has formaldehyde in it!

    I also took a new video with a better camera (I hope)...



    (Sorry, I'm having trouble posting videos again...)

  3. Haha... Yeah my little moor is very clumsy. He bumps into the glass when he goes for food sometimes... I took out almost all of the ornaments in the tank for that reason. I only have a couple of plants, a small piece of plastic driftwood that is covered with my anubias plants, 3 filters and some bubble stones..

    I have a video up on my photobucket account... Its not very good quality, I'm going to try and take a better one tonight...


  4. Ok! I'll cut out the filter carbon for sure!

    Oh no... I hope he doesn't have pop-eye :( I've heard really bad things about it... Is it treatable at all?

    I've never seen anything between the eyes and head... The orange ring looks like its in his eye... It doesn't look puffy, it just looks like a part of the eye... flat I guess?

    The orange behind his eye is exclusive to that eye... It doesn't look like its an ulcer or anything... Its a little darker of an orange than the ring, but close.. I can probably get a better picture tonight; my dad is coming into to town and he has a pretty good camera on his phone...

    I got another one, I'm not sure if it will help though...


  5. The carbon is in the filters... Their the little blue filters for the biowheels and the aqueon 55/75.. The blue packets are the only things that go into the filter... What should I do??

    I'm sorry, I don't really have anything else for videos :no:...

    As for the colored spot on his eye, he's had it for quite some time... Honestly, I don't remember if he had it when I got him... I'm not really sure if its fluid filled... Will this picture help at all?


  6. Awesome! Thanks for the heads up... I'll probably look for one with a better top. I have quite a few filters and bubblers... Acrylic might not be the best come to think of it... My fellow has some rowdy friends and dog lol!

    Another question I have is once I have the new tank here, how would I go about setting it up? would I have to do the fishless cycling, or do I just transport the water, filter, and gravel to the new tank as is? I just want as little stress as possible for them...

  7. I also wanted to ask about something else too... I'm not sure if you can see it from the videos, but he has a little orange/yellow spot that is behind his right eye. Is that normal, or should I be worried..? He's had it for about 6 months or so I think.. I just know its been there for sometime.

  8. Hello again everyone!

    My little Dexy is doing better today! The spots on his fins disappeared after a 60% water change, some salt... I fasted him for a day (advice by the fish guru that works in the pet store nearby..) and he seemed a little better today. Hes a little more active, but not 100% yet... I had another question before I add the antibiotics though: I have three filters, all of which are the standard 'box' filters (opposed to the canister filters... not really sure what the ones I have are called formally lol). Only the 55/75 is fully established though... They have carbon in the filters if I'm not mistaken...

    Should I stop running the filters, or keep running them..? I really appreciate all of the help! I also bought them some better food today: Some gell food and some veggie pellets.

    Thank you all again for the help! I know my fishies appreciate it too!

    Oh, also, this is the best I could do for a video...


  9. Hi everyone! I think I'm going to get off of giving my fish flake food and try gel food...

    So, I'm just a little confused on a few things if someone could help me...

    I have two fancy goldfish, and I was wondering how you would feed them? I know dnalex said something about feeding them 1% of their body weight... But how do you weigh a fish??

    Would I have to feed them separately? I ask because my moor usually takes a little longer to find the food than my fantail...

  10. Thanks everyone!

    I have the light fixture with only one light a piece... I actually have three anubias, and a java fern... The seem to be doing ok, better than the sword plant did lol.. There stuck to a little piece of fake driftwood. Thats the only ornament I have however. I'm always a little worried that my moor will bump into anything else and hurt himself...

    My tank has been up for about 8 months or so, and my nitrates are usually only about 10ppm... I used the API freshwater master test kit. I've been having the problem with the algae on and off for awhile now :(

    I'll go ahead and slope my gravel again too.. I had it that way for awhile, but between the gravel vacuuming and the goldies 'rearranging' my rocks, it didn't last too long lol.

    Can you get most of these plants online? I looked in my local pets stores, but their never very well stocked. I always worry too that they'll have a colony of snail eggs attached to them too... That's the last thing I need ...

    I probably wouldn't go with the harder plants that need the substrate... It sounds rather difficult!

    I know what you mean about goldfish and their greens. They'll snack on my anarachris all day long, but they'll spit lettuce back at me!

  11. Hi again everyone!

    I have my 5 inch black moor and a 5in fantail goldfish in a 55 gallon rectangular tank at the moment. I just found out that my parents are moving 700 miles away to a different state. I was planning for my fishies and I to move in with my fellow, However, he doesn't have enough room for my tank! I was looking online at petco and saw a 46 gallon bowfront tank that would fit wonderfully in his room... Does anyone know if a well filtered 46 gallon would be ok for them? I've heard something along the line of them needing a long tank due to airspace and what not... Is that true?

    I was looking at this one on both websites:



    Thank you again!

  12. Alright, Thank you! I'll get on that first thing... How would I prepare the spinach?

    One more question on the prazi: once I dose, do I continue the water changes as advised?

    The PH defiantly is a good thing to keep track of... Thank you for the reminder!

    Ok, thank you for the advice on the food!

    I'll try for the video tomorrow... Hopefully I can figure out photobucket by then too lol

  13. Its usually quite low.. about, or at least close to 0ppm according to my water test kit...

    I tried one type of pellet food, but it made my tank terribly messy... It likes to break apart quickly in the water, and turns it a nasty color.. Do you know of a good brand?

    I've also heard of people feeding their fish a gelatin kind of food... I wonder if that works?

    Thank you!

  14. I'm sorry, I just realized I posted this in the wrong place! But thank you for responding to me anyway :oops: ! I also wanted to say that you both have gorgeous fish!

    I have a 55 gallon tank with the two Aqueon Deluxe full fluorescent hood/light combo. Their about... I think 24'' a piece. The lights that are in it are just the stock florescent lights the tank set up came with... I'm not really sure of the exact wattage...

    I've also had a bit of a brown algae problem. Do you think the lights will make it worse?

    So far they seem to leave the hornwort and anubias alone, but the hornwort is so messy... The little bristles like to clog my filters...

    Thank you all again!

  15. Hi everyone! Thank you so much for the quick responses! I must say you both have gorgeous fish!

    I'll try and get a video as soon as I can... I'll run off to my sisters house and snag hers :teehee . Normally he doesn't mind pictures too much, but he hasn't been too cooperative lately.

    I'll go ahead and order the PraziPro tonight... Do I need to do anything special for dosing or should I just follow the bottle's directions..?

    When he floats, its more mid tank. He'll swim a little and come to the top for a second for food, but never for very long.. I didn't put too much salt in the tank since I wasn't 100% sure what amount to put in.. I think it was four table spoons I dissolved in a separate cup with the aquarium water. Neither of my little ones seemed to be too pleased with the taste lol... I'll go ahead and up the water changes too... Now that I think about it, I might need to get a new gravel vacuum as well. When I move the snails, I should use the same aquarium water right?

    Kind of a stupid question, but I saw a baby snail in my tank a few weeks ago but didn't think much on it at the time... Its disappeared since then. I haven't seen it in the filter or attached to the walls... Do you think he might of swallowed it!? Or maybe it was just picked up by the gravel vacuum... I just thought it'd be worth mentioning.

    I've tried him on a pea diet in the past and it seemed to do well when he had a swim bladder issue (sorry I forgot to mention that :-/). I'm worried that since he hasn't been picking at the bottom he might not get any of the peas... He kind of has a hard time seeing so he isn't really able to pick up the peas as they sink... He usually will just pick flakes out of my fingers, or I'll nudge a flake in his direction for him to catch and eat. I have never tried spinich or green beans... Do you think that will be easier at all?

    I also haven't tried fasting him since the swim bladder issue a few months ago... Someone told me that because he has a clepped lip and a slightly deformed pectoral and anal fins that he might have other internal problems as well... I hope that isn't the case... I've also heard that what he is experiencing could be caused by parasites or tb... Do you think that could be the case? I know its kind of hard to tell...

    Thank you so much again for the answers! I already feel a little better about my little guys. I hate that me being so inexperienced with fish reflects on them :(

  16. Hi everyone! I was just wondering if there is a way to have a planted tank with goldies? I have two standard hood lights that came with the tank kit I bought... They have an annoying habit of heating my tank water a little, but they wattage isn't strong enough to keep too many plants... right now I have a few anubias, a hornwort, and a couple of anarachris (that my goldies like to much on). Is there any way I can have more lighting without cooking my fishies? Also, is there a way to keep the lights I have now from over heating my water? They cause a good 3 degree F temp. change usually...

    Thanks everyone!

  17. Thank you so much for the quick reply! and yes, I'm sorry, I read the sheet wrong... it is indeed .5ppm. Its not quite the perfect color on the sheet, but its not quite dark enough to be the next up...

    The ph is about 7-8 in the tank, and the tap is about 7.

    Thanks for the advice! I'll stop putting in the aquasafe and stress coat...

  18. Hi, I just want to apologize in advance, I'm still very new to forums in general, and I'm trying hard to figure all of this out...

    So to start, I've been having some issues with my little moor lately.. I've had him for 3 years and his only tank mate for two. The tank mate is another fancy, a fantail goldie. My black moor named Dexter (that I assume that is male, but I don't know for sure...), has recently had white stringy waste (sorry for being so graphic). Its sticks on him for awhile, and gets quite long... He still has a bit of an appetite, but he just kind of lazes around for the most part now. He used to be very responsive when you'd come up to the tank, wiggling and such, but now he just floats around... He also had a bit of weird clear spots that appeared on some of his fins. I put a bit of salt in for a salt bath and they cleared up a bit...

    I also have a few plants: one hornwort, three anarachis (my goldies always snack on them :)), and three anubias

    I had some trouble with my tap water for awhile (we are on a well), but it eventually cleared up. They nitrates were higher than normal; about 20ppm or so. We started using bottled spring water (no Reverse Osmosis), but after awhile we picked up a water purifier. Since then the nitrates have been about 5ppm.

    I tested my water yesterday, after a partial change the day before, and this is what I got:

    • Ammonia Level (tank): less than 5ppm
    • * Nitrite Level (tank): 0ppm
    • * Nitrate level (Tank) 10ppm
    • * Ammonia Level (Tap): I haven't tested in awhile, but it was under 5ppm
    • * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0ppm
    • * Nitrate level (Tap): 5ppm
    • * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines):
    • * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines):

    I use the API master freshwater test kit... I found its more accurate than the strips...

    I was using just an Aqueon 55/75 standard filter, and an aqua tech 5-15 gallon filter. I took out the aqua tech yesterday because it wasn't running up to par, and put in two Marineland Bio-wheel 200

    models (200 GPH each). I also kept the aqueon in until the new filters establish with new bacteria...

    As for the additives and conditioners, I use:

    API Melafix when needed their is scale damage

    Tetra AquaSafe Water Conditioner

    Kordon AmQuel Plus for ammonia

    API Stress Coat

    The water temp is about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, (I can't figure out how to cool it :no: )

    I usually change the water about 1-2 times a week, never two days in a row, and usually about 5 gallons by way of a gravel vacuum...

    I changed my water two days ago, and my usual 5 gallons. However, I was out of town for two weeks, and I wasn't able to do my normal water changes....

    Tank size is 55 gallons and its been up and running for about 8 months now

    I have two fish, and two snails... Dexter is about 5 inches, and my Goldie is about the same. My two snails are about an inch a piece.

    I feed them flakes, once a day with treats of veggies every so often. I try for once or twice a week.

    No new fish have been added.

    The only medications, or anything like it I've put in lately have been Melafix and salt...

    The only issues that I've noted were some issues caused by the higher nitrates when our water was bad, and a some problems due to ammonia poisoning when my tank was first establishing. My original tank sprung a leak and I had to move them quickly... when I had issues with the nitrates, he just sat in the corner most of the day... He seemed better once I got the levels down.

    He's been eating a bit, but not as much as usual. He doesn't sit at the bottom anymore, but he just.. kinda floats :-/. He swims around a bit, but not as much as he used to. Goldie is missing some scales right below her dorsal fin. I know she likes to take off and... I'm not sure how to describe it, but she turns mid swim and sometimes bumps into things. She's always done that though and Dexter never has... But as I mentioned earlier, Dexter has had the long clear/white stringy waste and some clear spots appeared on his pelvic fin, anal fin, and pectoral fin.. I added some salt, and it started clearing up.

    I have never added any chemicals like antibacterials or algecide... only the melafix and the other chemicals I listed...

    I have had a bit of an alge problem in this new tank though... Its brown and it sticks to the plants and walls... I clean it off often, but it always comes back. I have two standard hoodlights that came with the tank set-up.

    I'm sorry for the long post... Thank you to anyone who can help me!

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