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alvintran1998

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  1. Yup, definitely tossing out the bottle of Algaefix. I've actually sent them a strongly worded email regarding my issue, but I doubt they're going to do anything about it except try to blame it on some other things. But it's worth a try I guess. Yup, the reaction started right after I dosed the Algaefix, the new fish have been in the tank for 2 days before then so I don't think that they're the cause. And after the dosing of Algae fix, I've done a 50% water change, and two 90%. If that doesn't get rid of the algaefix in the water, I don't know what will. And nope, I do not have microscopes, my mom thinks I'm crazy that I have a weight scale for my fish, I don't know what she'll say when I bring home a microscope and say "it's part of my goldfish care". Lol. Let's hope for the best I guess.
  2. I meant 5ppm nitrate, the third step in nitrogen cycle. I get those 2 mixed up some times. And yes, I do have aquarium salt. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
  3. Learn from mistakes I guess. But what should I do with the fish now? Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
  4. Sorry I've been out so haven't gotten a chance to response or do anything to the tank. Now that I'm back, ive lowered the water level so the filters can splash and send bubbles to the bottom of the tank. All fish are still breathing except for one, and she's my favorite too. . As for the remaining fish, some are doing better than others, there are 2 that are swimming around, though still breathing heavily. The others are staying in one spot breathing heavily. And my biggest oranda is bottom sitting, and when I bring an air pump near her, she does not move. What should I do now? I feel so bad and mad that I tried to do good with getting rid of algae but now all of my fish are suffering and I don't even know if they're going to make it. Also, I've already done a 50% water change, and another 90%, do I need to do another one? I feel like I've used up a lot of water for the day. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
  5. Please tell me if the link works or not since I have privacy set.
  6. I have a bubble wand going, and another air stone as well. And I just did the water change not too long ago, so shouldn't the tap pH be around the same as the tank? I'll do the video now.
  7. pH tank is 7.3, and I just did the 90% water change about 15 minutes ago so I suspect the pH is the same. I know, but it was getting late last night so I couldn't do the full water change.
  8. I used algaeclean for my freshwater tank before without any problem, that I underdosed then. And I'll do the pH test now.
  9. I was changing my goldfish tank water yesterday, and after I filled it up, I added some Algaefix since there were diatom algae on the anubias leaves and on the back glass and I wanted to get rid of it. But about an hour later I went in to check on the fish, I was horrified to see that all of my fish were bottom sitting, not swimming, breathing very heavily, and there seems to be slime coming off of the body and frayed fins. Then I did a 50% water change for the tank in hope of bringing the fish back to health and everything back to normal. It was kind of late after I did the second water change so I went to bed and hoped for the best. This morning when I woke up, everyone was still very lethargic, heavy breathing, tails and fins of at least 2 fish are badly frayed but the slime has stopped coming off. So knowing that I had time, I did a 90% water change again, and that's where I am right now. So far no casualty yet, but one of my ryukins seems to be a goner since she's still breathing, but floating and not swimming. I suspect that it's the Algaefix that caused this because it was a normal routine otherwise. What should I do now? Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 last time I checked * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 last time I checked * Nitrate level(Tap)0 last time I checked * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) haven't checked * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) don't know Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drop Test * Water temperature? Was 75, but now 73 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 72 gallons, 10 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 Aquaclear 70, 1 20 * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday when it happened * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6 (2 small, 3 medium, 1 large) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy Soilent Green, daily * Any new fish added to the tank? 2 ranchus from ECR * Any medications added to the tank? Only Algaefix (suspected cause) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Praziquantel & QuickCure used by ECR for the Ranchus, none otherwise * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? frayed fins * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? heavy breathing, bottom sitting, not eating, clamped fins
  10. That is what caused me loss of interest the first time, is how easy and hassle free it is that made me not involve in the tank as I would like. I always like a challenge, something that keeps me moving and getting my hands into the tank all the time. And with my barebottom tank before, I don't think it gave me that. Barebottom is easy and I didn't have to clean it so often, everything is automatic that I just need to feed and change water. But now with a change in substrate and new fish, I hope to remain interest in those water piggies. Welcome back!! I keep a planted tank, and I do it because I like the look and think it's good for the fish. But as a bonus, I also have found that it's more engaging than a bare tank. I not only do I find it much more interesting to look at, it's more interesting and challenging to care for. It gives me something to do with the tank. I can always move a plant or prune or try something new, when there's really nothing to do with the fish. So I say, go for it and get more plants!! That's exactly the reason why I chose to go planted tank! Already ordered the lights, now just need to go plant shopping and CO2. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
  11. Do you have the list of plants that do need CO2? Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
  12. Here's from November 2012 And this is a few days ago: Pretty crazy change huh? There are also other videos on my channel.
  13. Thanks. I procrastinated so update video tomorrow~~ hopefully.
  14. Just an update, THE CHUS HAVE ARRIVED! Sorry for shouting that in all caps, but I am so happy and excited. As you can see in the picture, they are being temperature acclimated in those API test kit cover things. They are healthy, and adorable. Can't wait to see them in full action. Sorry the pic is low quality since it is from my phone, I will post some better shots here soon. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
  15. The light is for my 72 bowfront, which is 22 inches tall. I would love to have carpet plants (ultimate goal), but that's probably too much right now. I don't exactly know what I want to achieve, but just want to change up my tank, and try something new and different. If you think you want a high light tank at some point (carpeting plants), you may want to go with a fixture that is more than you need then do something to reduce the light until you are ready to go higher. You can use window screen on a fixture to reduce par by about 30%, you could get a dimmable fixture (buildmyled.com has good led fixtures that you can get an optional dimmer for), get a fixture with multiple on/off switches to only run some of the bulbs, or get fixture that has a hanging kit (this would be my preference. This way you can simply raise the fixture to reduce par or lower it to increase par). So I'm guessing the aquasun won't work very well with carpet plants? I have HC growing just fine with my zoo med light and co2, and everything pearls despite the less than stellar par I would be interested to see par ratings on this fixture in a deeper tank though. I can't seem to find anyone reporting par readings for it. Given that my par reading is pretty low for being only about 14 inches from substrate, my guess is you would be in the lower end of medium or higher end of low in a 22 inch tank, but I could be totally wrong. I'm sure it would be fine for what you are going to be doing starting off. Not convinced that it would be the best choice down the road if you wanted to go 'high tech' but you could cross that bridge when you come to it So if I want to go for long term use, should I get a dual bulb, or 4 bulb fixture? And is it possible to remove some of the bulbs so only a few bulbs are running at a time when starting out?
  16. The light is for my 72 bowfront, which is 22 inches tall. I would love to have carpet plants (ultimate goal), but that's probably too much right now. I don't exactly know what I want to achieve, but just want to change up my tank, and try something new and different. If you think you want a high light tank at some point (carpeting plants), you may want to go with a fixture that is more than you need then do something to reduce the light until you are ready to go higher. You can use window screen on a fixture to reduce par by about 30%, you could get a dimmable fixture (buildmyled.com has good led fixtures that you can get an optional dimmer for), get a fixture with multiple on/off switches to only run some of the bulbs, or get fixture that has a hanging kit (this would be my preference. This way you can simply raise the fixture to reduce par or lower it to increase par). So I'm guessing the aquasun won't work very well with carpet plants?
  17. The light is for my 72 bowfront, which is 22 inches tall. I would love to have carpet plants (ultimate goal), but that's probably too much right now. I don't exactly know what I want to achieve, but just want to change up my tank, and try something new and different.
  18. Oh good thanks! Yes I can see your fish in your signature, wow they are beautiful. Where did you get them?? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free thank you! Edie has ridiculous fins they both came from Rain Garden goldfish online. Online?? How in the world did they ship them? Sorry for being off topic, but I just ordered my first online fish, and I got an email of instruction of how to acclimate the fish on arrival, and in the email, the shipper says that the fish are shipped in a breathing bag to allow air exchange. I've never heard of such a thing, or knew the existence of it, but yes, if you are still wondering how the fish can breath when shipped, there's breathing bag.
  19. I'm thinking of doing a planted tank for my goldfish tank, and to start off with is lighting. I've been reading and searching around for good lights for planted tanks with a good price, and the ZooMed AquaSun seems like a nice option that is cheap and still provides good lighting. I've read around, and people say that some need to turn off one of the bulbs or add more CO2 because the light was too bright, so I think that the light output is more than good. But I'm also looking for other lights as well. So if you have a planted tank, please list the name and brand of the light you're using, the size of your tank (especially how tall), and if you have actual PAR readings of the light, that would be awesome! (If there's like a million other threads like this, I apologize, haven't been here in a while)
  20. I think I should change the airline tubing too, but it was a minor thing so I never got to do it. Thanks! That one is mine! lol. You can check my older videos on my channel, the ryukins in those videos look so tiny and different from the one right now. The first time I saw those videos again in a long time, I almost fell out of my chair because of how much they've changed. It's unbelievable. And I would love to add more plants too, but my only lighting right now is a shop light, is no plant other than anubias can grow or even live in that tank right now. ...You know, Christmas is coming up and I need a new light fixture,...hint hint...
  21. Thank you! Just 2 more days...2 more days! Thanks! I'll probably do a full tour of my reef tank, but I do have some videos of my corals on my youtube channel (/theAlvinTran) that you can check out in the mean time. And I thought it was going to be hard and complicated at first, and it can be if you make it to, but after doing some research, saltwater is mostly like freshwater, just a little more time and money invested, and they are less tolerant of changes in water quality.
  22. Anybody has any aquascaping idea? The tank is kind of plain right now, and I plan to do a big makeover when the sand comes in.
  23. Here's a video update of the barebottom tank right now! You can subscribe to my channel to be the first to watch my updates
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