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FredTheGoldfish

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  1. Hi Ninza, I tested my tank pH and tap water pH, and they're both at 8.0. I think we have very hard tap water--a few days ago I tested the tap water at 7.8. Anyways, the tank pH doesn't appear to be much different from the tap water. Also, ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) and ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) are both NH4, so the API test should work for both. I wonder if the ammonium concentration for the bottle of DrTim's is very low? I noticed there's no mention of the actual concentration on the bottle.
  2. Unfortunately, all the ammonia bottles I've found have surfactant in them, so they foam up when shaken. They're all the exact same brand in the stores around here. And yes, I'm waiting 5 minutes for the test to show. I've done the same test in multiple test tubes and they all agree. Maybe I just have a really sensitive nose for ammonia. Since I've already got the bottle, I guess I'll just keep adding more drops until the test reads 4.0 ppm. I'll keep track of how much I've used and post my review on amazon (where I ordered the bottle). I'm just concerned about the amount of ammonium chloride I'm adding to the tank, and if it's okay to add the anubias today.
  3. We don't have an ACE hardware nearby. I did check Walmart and two local hardware stores, as well as three grocery stores. No one carried it, or even knew what I was talking about...
  4. Yes, we checked all our local stores, but couldn't find anything but the cleaning type of ammonia! That's why I finally ordered this bottle online. It got good reviews, but I'm concerned about it being a scam, too.
  5. When I finally received my bottle yesterday of ammonium chloride from DrTim's Aquatics, I was really excited to start the fishless cycle in my 30-gallon tank. So I dropped in the suggested 30 drops into my tank, waited two hours, then tested for ammonia with my API test kit. The test indicated .25 ppm, (our tap water level.) So I waited two more hours, added another 10 drops into the tank, waited another hour, then tested the water again. Still .25 ppm. I added 20 more drops, until the test showed 1.0 ppm. Then I waited overnight just in case it took longer for the ammonia level to rise. That was yesterday. This morning I tested, and it still read 1.0 ppm ammonia. I added another 30 drops, and the ammonia level went up to 2.0. I've waited several more hours, added another 10 drops, and the ammonia is still at 2.0 ppm. My tank reeks of ammonia by now. I can't understand why the ammonia level isn't rising like it's supposed to! Am I not waiting long enough to test? Should I just keep adding drops until the level reaches 4.0 ppm, even if that means pouring half the bottle into my tank? Also, the temperature is 82 degrees F, and the pH is 8.0. I'm using a Fluval 306 cannister filter, and I have a air disk bubbling away in the tank. I just bought two anubias plants to add to my tank, but I'm holding off until I figure out what's going on with the ammonia.
  6. Thanks again for your help, fantailfan1! This forum has gotten me so excited about having goldfish--I can hardly wait to get more!
  7. Hi again! I've heated up the tank to 80 degrees F and added the air stone (which stirs up a LOT of the black sand.) I visited several stores but could not find the pure ammonia anywhere. So I purchased a bottle online from Amazon (Dr. Tim's Aquatics Ammonia Chloride.) It won't arrive until next Monday. Is it okay to just leave the tank the way it is until Monday, without any conditioner or anything? Will algae build up and do I need to clean my decorations again? Will it start cycling on its own?
  8. Okay, I'm looking, then, for aids to assist good bacterial growth. I've read that increasing temperature, aeration, and using live plants can also help speed up the process.
  9. Okay, thanks for the feedback. I'll return my stuff and get the clear ammonia from Walmart. I was really hoping for a way to speed up the growth of the good bacteria in our tank. We have our eye on a super-cute pair of Orandas from our local Petsmart, but they probably won't stay at the store for 6 more weeks, and PetSmart won't "set aside" fish for more than 24 hours for us. Fred the Fish (2007-2012)
  10. Hi all! I'm working through the process of preparing my 30-gallon tank for new goldfish after our old goldfish (Fred) passed away a few days ago. So far, I've cleaned and disinfected my tank and equipment, using bleach and lots and lots of rinsing. I threw away the old gravel, plastic plants, and ornaments, just in case they had bad bacteria on them. I cleaned and disinfected my filter, but replaced it with a Fluval 306 canister filter, because I'm using Tahitian black sand and need a good filter for it. I've placed the sand (3 small bags,) plastic plants, river rocks, and a circular air stone in my tank. It looks really pretty, but it's really missing the fish! I just bought a bottle of ammonia cleanser to start my fishless cycle. This bottle has surfactant--is that safe to put into the tank? I also got a bottle of Seachem Stability. It's supposed to establish a tank in 7 days using good bacteria. Has anyone else tried this? Does it really work? And can this work with the ammonia method (to maybe speed things up?) 6 weeks is a really long time to wait to add fish. I appreciate any help you can offer! RIP Fred
  11. My son and I just held a quick funeral and buried Fred (we decorated a check box, lined it with tissue paper, and included some of Fred's gravel and water.) Fred's tank looks so empty, it would be a shame not to make it a happy home for another fish. If we're up for it next week, we'll visit the pet shop and look for "Fred Jr." I'll let you know if/when we get a new goldfish. Thanks for the suggestion.
  12. Thank you all for your help and support through this difficult time.
  13. <h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{"type":1,"tn":"K"}"> Sad news:</h5> <h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{"type":1,"tn":"K"}"> <span class="messageBody" data-ft="{"type":3}"><span class="userContent">Fred, our beloved goldfish, passed away today. We had Fred for almost 5 years. Fred was our first family pet--always friendly, curious, and lovable. Fred will be missed, but hopefully we'll see him again someday, waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. ♥♥♥</span></span></h5> <p><img alt="" height="313" src="http://i.imgur.com/1tnZV.jpg" width="393" /></p>
  14. Update on Fred: I called Rick this morning at goldfishconnection.com. I described Fred's condition and told him that Fred's not eating (he's just laying in the bottom corner of his tank, but hasn't gotten up to swim or check out his food.) Rick said not to order the Metro Meds because Fred's too far gone and won't eat it anyways. So I canceled my order. It's very stressful just waiting for Fred to die. We won't euthanize him (my son has very strong feelings about it.) Any suggestions on what to do now?
  15. Thank you for the kind offer, tithra. Yes, I can afford to buy medication. But Fred looked so bad this morning that I headed right to our local pet store and bought the best medication I could find. I'm not sure if Fred will last long enough to order the Metro Meds and wait for it to arrive. By the way, will the Metro Meds work if it's just poured into the tank? Fred won't eat pellets--he barely pecked at his flakes today. If Fred makes it through the night, I'll rush order the medication tomorrow morning.
  16. Thanks for the support, Ms.Jenny, tithra, and yafashelli! Today's update: We've changed 30 percent of the tank water twice--yesterday and today. Even after adding AmQuel after each water change, the ammonia level was still at .25 ppm, so I added Prime to bring that level down. I'll test ammonia again later this evening to see if it's gone down to 0. I've also warmed up the tank throughout the day to about 80 degrees F. Fred's been curled up at the bottom of the tank all day. I bought API General Cure (with Metronidazole) at our local pet shop and added the powder to the tank about an hour ago (after removing the carbon filter, as per the instructions on the box.) I added a few flakes of food to entice Fred to eat and perhaps ingest some of the medicine. Fred swam up to the top to check out the food, but he didn't seem to want to eat it. :-( So the box says to wait 48 hours before changing the water or putting the charcoal filter back. If Fred hasn't improved, I should add another dose of medicine, and wait another 48 hours before changing the water and filter. I really hope I'm doing the right thing. We're all anxiously watching and waiting to see if Fred improves...
  17. Thank you so much for your helpful suggestions. I will get the Metronidazole ASAP, and I'm going to do the water change right now. I'll let you know in the next few days if I see any improvement or changes in Fred. (Sorry I couldn't get better photos with my iPhone. I'll try again in the daylight.) Thanks again! :)
  18. Thanks again for all the help pouring in! You guys are great! :-) We just bought the test kit today. The bottles are stamped with an expiry of 2017. And yes, Fred already had some black spots on him. That's why I didn't worry as much about the new black spots--I thought maybe they just appeared naturally. And yes, the last large black spot does have white bumps around it. I'm really nervous about what that could be? And I'm not sure how long Fred's scales have been raised. I just noticed them in the past few days. And now that I'm looking closer, I can see a few more small white bumps on other parts of his body. I will try to get a better photo and upload it.
  19. Thanks for the help. My original tank pH was a mis-reading. I've tested it again twice and gotten 6.3-6.4.
  20. Okay, thanks, I just tested our tap water (and re-tested the tank water.) tank pH: appears to be 6.3 (isn't that low?) tap pH: 7.5 tank ammonia: 0.5 ppm (lower after adding the AmQuel Plus) tap ammonia: 0.25 ppm tap nitrate: 5.0 ppm Does that help?
  21. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 4.0 ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): 40 ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): ? * Nitrite Level (Tap): ? * Nitrate level (Tap): ? * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 7.4 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ? Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon Large Filter Cartridge * What kind of water additives or conditioners? WaterSafe Plus * Water temperature? 70 degrees F * How often do you change the water and how much? once a month, 50 percent * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 20 days ago, 50 percent * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 gallons, 1 year and 3 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 goldfish, about 9 inches long * What do you feed your fish and how often? TetraFin goldfish flakes, once a day * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no, other than the API aquarium salt and AmQuel ammonia detoxifier today * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none that I know of * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, black mark on one side of body, large black mark (fungus?) with white around the edge on other side of body, raised scales (some look like they're coming off,) asymmetric abdomenal bulges * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Yes, recently staying at the bottom a lot, curling around, dorsal fin not extended like normal, looks "sad" * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Never treated before. Added three tablespoons of aquarium salt and AmQuel Plus (three capfuls) just today. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Our family goldfish, Fred, is about 4.5 years old. He/she has always been friendly, curious, and active. We moved 1.5 years ago and had to stay in a hotel for a month. We kept Fred in a bucket with some of his/her tank gravel and a battery-operated pump. He seemed fine and active the whole time. In our new home, we put Fred in a new 30-gallon tank and bought some new plastic plants for him. We noticed Fred started to sleep sideways (head up at near the top of the tank, tail down,) but no sign of gulping or other discomfort. When we turn on his light or feed him, he swims just fine. About a year ago, Fred gained a new black mark on his side, but I assumed it was just his coloring. Fred also developed a lump on his abdomen, and then another black mark about a month ago, This second mark has gotten worse, and now Fred curls up near the bottom to rest, and doesn't extend his dorsal fin like he does when he's happy. He looks very sad and in pain. I bought a test kit today and found that the ammonia level is super high, so I added AmQuel Plus to his water, and some aquarium salt. Is it too late to save Fred? I think he's suffering from too much ammonia, but is there anything else I can do to help him, other than daily water changes to bring down the ammonia levels? Thanks for any help you can provide. Fred is a well-loved pet, and we're really worried about him.
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