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  1. I was thinking that was going to be the safest way. Thanks!
  2. I'll start a topic in the tanks/water area rather than fill up Diagnosis with my questions. I'll post the link here once I've done it (from my pc tonight)
  3. I picked up those two 10g tank kits from Petsmart yesterday for 20.70 each so I now have a QT tank and one for the planted tanks (that I'll get started on after more research).I also picked up a new Oranda (I think - vid attached) and s/he is in QT. I've seeded the filter with ceramics from my fluval but should I still do 50% changes everyday for the QT stages like salt etc? https://vimeo.com/159386111
  4. So, if I use a planted 10g tank to remove the ammonia, and do weekly changes of 5G, is that enough to keep everything down? Or should I get a 20g planted tank and do 10g changes? Basically what I'm getting from this is even with the Prime to detoxify it, the ammonia is too high and ultimately it's what is killing my fish (slowly or quickly), together with the nitrate of course. I need to handle the ammonia situation or I'll never keep fish alive for long (Brain was about 3).
  5. Thanks for trying though As there's no rush now I'll deal with getting supplies on Friday when I usually go into town to get groceries.
  6. I'm considering doing this but I've never had a planted tank before. Is there a guide? Could I maybe put a beta in there or something or would any fish hate that tank? Bearing in mind I'd add some ceramics from my fluval to help with the load
  7. Well, my husband is home for the day and sent me a message telling me that Brain passed away today. So I'm not sure what I should do. Should I order some Prazi and salt the tank just in case something is going on internally? Should I still get some form of meds and dose the tank? I will be getting another fish at some point I'm sure, not sure what kind and will need a hospital/quarantine/water changing tank anyway... so let me know what you recommend me to do. Maybe he was sicker for longer than I thought? Maybe that first red spot was my first sign and he just went downhill too fast... /sigh :'(
  8. Okay so after calling my LFS they have Triple-Sulpha and Metroplex. I'll just get that 1 dose of the Metro, how much Triple-sulpha will I need? Petsmart have a 10G tank on sale (so I'm told, believe it when I see it), that's the "Aqueon Deluxe Aquarium 10" http://www.aqueonproducts.com/products/deluxe-aquarium-kit.htm and it comes with a HOB filter and hood etc. I'll run the filter with a couple of the ceramic thingys from the Fluval (that okay?) to seed it. And unrelated but... Petco have the turtle food I need. So leave work at 5pm to the LFS (1/2 hour away), then to PetCo for turtle food (10 mins from LFS), then Petsmart for tank etc (if there's none there then Walmart is about 2 mins from there where I can get a tote). I have to be back at work for a class by 6:30pm. I'm not going to speed or do anything rash (because that's how people have accidents) but anyone wanna place bets on how long (and expensive) this is going to be? Google maps claims an hour but isn't taking actual shopping into account... Oh and I have to change into different clothes as we're having a class photo taken. Worth it though!
  9. Help! Finding information on a long old thread takes a lot of work. Could you copy the relevant info from the old thread or at least give us the post# of the relevant posts? Follow Helen's instructions on medication. She asked for help with the water quality issue which I can give. April 8, 2013 Ich outbreak – Started with 5 fish 0.3% salt, temp increase to 78.6, 1 fish death (4 remaining) April 9, 2013 50% water changes each day starting today. Replacing salt to keep 0.3% concentration April 12, 2013 Day 5 of salt treatment and Day 4 of 50% change (but I did an 80% instead because I took out the old sand). April 14, 2013 Day 7 of salt treatment and Day 6 of 50% April 15, 2013 1 fish died – 3 remaining Day 8 of salt treatment (though I dropped down to 0.15% for a day due to ammonia levels but back up this morning). I haven't done a water change since 4/11 because of high ammonia in my taps and my cycle being compromised. April 19, 2013 1 fish died – 2 remaining April 22, 2013 Prazi (purchased from TastyWorms… which I’m writing for my own records as well!) – commenced 5 day scheduled (6 rounds) per: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/105076-schedules-for-the-treatment-of-flukes-etc-using-praziquantel/ May 18, 2013 Prazi – Round 6 begins ~~~~~ Sorry I hadn't listed them before. Hope that helps! Thanks for the water suggestions! I'll look them and try and find one that will work for us. I've considered a planted tank before so I'll try and figure out some logistics for that. Also, "Metronidazole", that's "Metroplex" by Seachem at my LFS. He said there's enough to treat 100G in one dose and that I could use that for 2 doses. So how much should I get?
  10. Thanks guys. I usually dose with Prime for a couple of days following a change to try and lessen the effects of the ammonia and my cycle usually has no problem dealing with it. I anticipate if i check it today it should be 0. I included the pic though so you guys could see for yourself just how awful it is and that that wasn't a typo. I'll stand by for advice. I do have an LFS about 30 mins away that I can call to check if they have meds once i know what I'm looking for. I'll make the drive because I really don't want to lose them. My black more just got breeding stars a few weeks ago so they were doing well I'm pretty lucky in that I haven't had issues for a long time but I'm sure I've just got complacent or something
  11. Test Results for the Following:Ammonia Level(Tank): 0.25 (normally 0 but I changed the water yesterday) Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 Nitrate level(Tank): 20 Ammonia Level(Tap): 2-4 Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 Nitrate level(Tap): 0 Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.8 Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.8 Other Required Info:Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops Water temperature? 75 Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 56G, just over a year with my new filter. Tank & filter new as of year ago What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 306 How often do you change the water and how much? Once a month (I know not enough but our tap water has high ammonia) 80% - 2 x 75% How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 80% How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 x black moor, 1 x calico ryukin & 1 x red cap oranda. All about 2 1/2" - 3". What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime. What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. Omega One, medium sinking pellets, daily. Once a week, peas Any new fish added to the tank? No Any medications added to the tank? Added 2 1/2 capfuls of API Melafix today List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/109162-goldies-ryukin-need-your-help-please/ Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Bloody streaks, frayed fins Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? March 11 - Red cap bottom sitting, bloody streaks & not eating (not even peas). March 12 woke to leaning sideways at bottom of tank (still not eating and mild blood streaks/spots) so did an 80% water change. Today fins are very bloody and slightly frayed but swimming better now, still low but not bottom sitting, and ate peas. My red cap had a red spot some time ago but no torn fins and over time it faded. As seen above he was bottom sitting and lethargic/not eating so I did a large water change (placed them in a bucket in the meantime to make sure they wouldn't be too stressed). This afternoon after we got back from a day out, her fins are frayed and looking awful. PIcs attached. I think it's nitrate poisoning or septicemia. I think I need to give antibiotics like tetracycline, salt or continue treating with melafix... but I really don't know for sure and I don't want to do anything without knowing for sure. I don't have anything except salt, prime and melafix on hand and I normally shop at goldfishconnection but I understand that closed... so I need another place to buy meds as well as what I should get. Thank you so much!! Brains fins Ammonia levels of the tap
  12. Hi folks! I have a question I hope you lovely people can help me with. Unfortunately a faucet leak meant we needed to get a new faucet and to be honest it didn't occur to me that the size difference would be a problem (what with the adapter and all) but it seems the faucet is too small even for the adapter. My faucet is a delta with a 3/4-27 thread pattern... so... any idea what I need to hook up my water changer? (except a new faucet that is) Thanks in advance!
  13. And yeah. I'm thinking get the one for now and start it running on my current tank so I have some decent good bacteria in there. I know it's possible to seed a new filter but this might make my life easier later for the transition. Thanks for all the advice! Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
  14. So, just so I have this right. The 10x filtration is because the water needs to be processed faster through the good bacteria in the filters to remove the bad stuff. It's not just about sucking up all the poop but about the bad stuff not staying in the water long. Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
  15. Thank you. Okay. Looks like it will all have to wait a while. Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
  16. Even though the 306 is for "up to 70Gs"? I have a HOB but it's from my 20g so only an Aqueon quiet flow 20 Still not enough? Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk What about of I got a 406? I could wait a bit still. August is my deadline. Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
  17. Ugh. My husband doesn't understand why I need to spend "hundreds of dollars" on this stuff when "they're just fish"... his family used to have several fish in a smaller tank and they survived for years without filtration or water changes, just an air stone so of course all "this stuff" isn't necessary. I've tried to explain it to him. He knows they're important to me, but he just doesn't get it... and I can't liken it to something he likes that costs a lot of money (and I don't care about or understand) because he'll stop doing it to prove a point and I'll just feel guilty. I'll get a filter anyway. He just doesn't care for me to explain it or rationalise the 306 over 406 which sucks when there's no-one else to discuss this stuff with!
  18. My husband said "10 off isn't that bad..." ha! When you're dealing with temps like this it is! Silly man. Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
  19. Title says it all really. Is a Fluval 306 going to be good enough for a 60G tank? It'll have 3 or 4 fish. If it makes a difference it'll be a ryukin, red cap oranda, a comet and possibly a black moor. It's on sale right now and I could get it shipped for free for $115. Thanks in advance!
  20. So, totally observant person that I am, I noticed that the temperature in my tank seemed a little low over winter, at 60F, sometimes 63. (I have a digital thermometer about 4 years old). Makes sense I spose, cold outside, but we have central heating set at 70, 63 at night. I thought maybe evaporation, the humidifier... but to be fair didn't give too much thought as they seem fine otherwise. Not lethargic and eating well. Stats are normal. I think, surely it should be higher but let it go. Sushi, my ryukin, always loves to hang out at the top where we put the food in. He's otherwise active, eats well, poops normal, responds when I come over, no lesions or marks or redness or other signs of sickness. It's just his thing. Yesterday I noticed Brain, another fish, floating the same as Sushi. This bothers me of course because it's not normal for him and he looked a little swollen, nothing major, so I think constipation or gas and feed peas. All good now. I do some reading online that suggests a slightly higher temp makes passing gas easier. So I get out the water heater (which we use once we turn on the air con in the house anyway so it's just a little early) and turn it on at 68F. Thermometer goes up to 60.8 and that's it. I touch the heater (which I don't recommend) and it's working so i think, maybe it's not on 68 and turn it up to 72. Still no movement. I then think, hmm.. Broken thermometer? (Yeah I know I'm quick) I get the smart notion to take it out, put it in a cup of warm water and use another thermometer to test it (actually 3 other ones). I can't turn the bloody thing off so I pull the battery to reset it and wash the sensor in hot water. It's off by 10F! If I'd turned that heater up until the thermometer read 70 I could have cooked my fish!!!! Off to the LFS tomorrow to buy a new one and will definitely be using a backup from time to time to make sure it works! Moral of the story - check your thermometers! Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
  21. I think I developed some sort of OCD after my fish got sick. Before, even though they were in the living room, I wouldn't really "check" them. I would look, but not analyse. For a long time afterwards I was practically face-pressed-up-to-glass every day. My Ryukin (Sushi) likes to hang near the top where I feed them so I freaked out for ages that he was floating or worse... but nope... he's just a pig staking out his food area! Even now I sit facing them on the couch and look up and do a count to make sure I see them all. My point being, you're not alone It's great to be part of a forum where they care about fish as pets too (some of the callous things people said to me when I was worried about my fish, and when I lost some, was heart-breaking).
  22. 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. Just out of interest on the tank v tap, no. My tap pH is 7.8 but my tank is 8.2. I don't alter my pH in any manner, that's just how it adjusts when exposed to the air.
  23. Did you have the same filter in the old tank? I'm not experienced enough to know for sure (so at least my reply will work as a bump) but I wouldn't think it's the same no. It sounds like what you're saying would make sense... but I can't help but think because it's a different tank (so bacteria on the tank walls for example) and a different filter (I think... otherwise overpowered in a 10G) that it's not the same as just doing a 2/3rd change. I know people use the media from established tanks to "kick start" a cycle, but I don't know for sure if you can just dump everything into a new tank and it'll just be hunky dorey... Hopefully someone else more experienced will come along shortly.
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