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  1. I am a sucker for the "I can save it" fish and I get them from time to time and they occasionally die but I figure I gave them a few weeks of good food and clean water and clove oil if its humane. But, I have four rescue dogs, two rescue rabbits, and a turtle so it is most likely me that has the problem!

  2. My common looks the same right now because she keeps whacking herself on the filter intake (when her boyfriend is chasing her!). I actually have found the scales on the bottom of the tank. Not sure if you have been on Koko's for long but I would agree that you need a bigger filter, need to do weekly water changes, and if your little fake rock is hollow, you should seal it up so no nasty bacteria grows in there. If you search the forum there are instructions on how to make hollow ornaments safe. I hope your fish feels better!

  3. :redbanana: Super Cute. And by the way....my two favorite things to talk about: yarn and goldfish!!!!!!!! :redbanana: So good I had to use the red banana!!! Is anyone here on Ravelry? I feel a new knit/crochet group coming on....If you are, add me as a friend! My username is: mermaidkitten (of course)! And if anyone wants help reading knitting patterns, I am more than happy to get you started! If there is a zombie outbreak and no one has yarn, come to my house, I have enough to get us all through three years in an underground bunker. We'll be fine!

  4. Thanks for the info Alex! As always you do not disappoint! E.S. I think it is awesome that you are asking all the right questions (and that I am not the only one spending all of my extra cash on fish supplies!) Money wise, I keep a little wish list on my Ipad and when I see stuff that people here talk about, I write it down (who knew I would ever want a frozen blood worm cone feeder?!) then I shop around and price compare....then work a 14 hour shift like I am right now, then I buy! :happydance

  5. Do you need to know what is the proper/safe range for all these tests? On the internet, the opinions vary drastically. I have never found an article on Koko's that has all that info in one place. Can anyone point me to a reference sheet? I don't want to misinform ElaineSelene. What the heck is high PH anyway? I test it but never really understood it, is it just a continuation of the regular PH measurement since the normal PH caps out? I would love to hear a gold standard of water parameters from a mod! I shoot for 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, nitrates under 20ppm, and a ph of 7.6 (but more importantly a consistent PH above 7) . I don't know what a good KH or GH is supposed to be. Thanks for starting this thread. I look forward to the answers.



    MK, definitely it's the Amquel. Guess who was having issues with Amquel and HER pH. I'll give you a big hint. This person is near you, I believe! :rofl

    I always buy my Prime by the half gallon or gallon. That way, I don't have to worry for at least a couple of years. :rofl

    Half gallon per year= not enough water changes! :teehee

  6. Let me share with you my personal philosophy, at least on goldfish (and one dog) at least. Please be patient with me. I am trying to get somewhere with this. :)

    1. I am not a hippie, tree-hugger, etc. type person. I believe in using what works. Some of these are non-medication type stuff, and some are hard core meds.

    2. I am a big believer in using whatever treatment ONLY when it's called for. For example, I have some really nice anti-diarrheals, and I will use them should I need, but I think you agree that it's a waste of money, not to mention extremely uncomfortable to take the meds, daily, just because you are a believer in using medications. The same goes for fish.

    Having said that, let me please explain a little bit about pH and goldfish. Yes, it's really important that the pH stays close to the tap value, no matter what it is, unless the tap is lower than 7. In that case, what you want to do is to make sure that the pH is resistant to changing, and not actually changing the pH itself. Here then we want to boost the alkalinity, or kH, of the water, not to change the pH. The problem is that if you change the pH and doesn't have any means to ensure that it can fluctuate again, it will happen, and fluctuating pH is really stressful for fish.

    A number of people have been reporting that Amquel Plus messes with the pH, so that is something that you might want to investigate in your system.

    Instead of using proper pH, I'd like for you to check with your water utility what the kH/alkalinity value of the tap is. We can then decide if your water needs buffering to prevent pH swings. That can be accomplished using baking soda. :)

    OMG I love your analogy! Interesting about the Amquel Plus. I used some the other day on two tanks but not the third and I tested today and could not figure out why my PH dropped super low on just two tanks but not on the other. Maybe that's why?Will be buying Prime by hte case so I never run out!

  7. I recently spent a bunch on decorations and none of them worked out and I wasted my money. Your tank looks cool. I must say I was hesitant to switch from sand as I have always had gravel. But let me tell you....It looks really nice and it forms a barrier so that crud does not sink down in it and makes my tank easy to clean. My commons, who LOVE to forage through the substrate adore it. I only find a little in my canister filter. Solid Goldfish (the blog) has a nice Youtube video on how to get started with sand and another on on how to clean it. You also have to run your hand through it once a week to make sure there are no air pockets in it but my water is sooo much cleaner than when I had gravel. I used 3/4 of a 20 pound bag for my 55. Highly recommended. Although I heard the colored sand (pink, aqua, etc.) changes the color of you water, which can't be good.

    OH! Awesome! Thanks! :)

    I just posted something a minute ago from a link about decorating goldfish tanks... will you take a peek at what I said please?

    I'll check it out. I am totally not an expert though. I forgot to say that my commons, that are HUGH tear up everything so I can't do regular plants I bought these heavy duty suction cups from Big Als on line and used fishing line to tie my silk plants to the suction cups and then stick the on the side of the tank. It works pretty well. And by the way, Big Metal fan in the 80's, so thumbs up for the video sound track!!!

    I have that Youtube video at the end of that article in my saved videos. I love it. I think that article has good info but I have never heard of "plastic plant wash." Seriously, check out Solid Goldfish. She did a You Tube video a few weeks ago on how to set up a tank. She is very informative. Her user name is "Flash of Pink." Also, Tithra, who is from Koko's does some awesome videos. They both explain the rational behind stuff, give you options, and it is all in one place vs. having to search the forums and internet. There is a lot of conflicting information out there so I tend to trust the advice here before anything else. I think fancy goldfish are anything other than a common goldfish, but my commons are pretty fancy and they are a lot of work since the are huge eating pooping machines!

  8. I recently spent a bunch on decorations and none of them worked out and I wasted my money. Your tank looks cool. I must say I was hesitant to switch from sand as I have always had gravel. But let me tell you....It looks really nice and it forms a barrier so that crud does not sink down in it and makes my tank easy to clean. My commons, who LOVE to forage through the substrate adore it. I only find a little in my canister filter. Solid Goldfish (the blog) has a nice Youtube video on how to get started with sand and another on on how to clean it. You also have to run your hand through it once a week to make sure there are no air pockets in it but my water is sooo much cleaner than when I had gravel. I used 3/4 of a 20 pound bag for my 55. Highly recommended. Although I heard the colored sand (pink, aqua, etc.) changes the color of you water, which can't be good.

    OH! Awesome! Thanks! :)

    I just posted something a minute ago from a link about decorating goldfish tanks... will you take a peek at what I said please?

    I'll check it out. I am totally not an expert though. I forgot to say that my commons, that are HUGH tear up everything so I can't do regular plants I bought these heavy duty suction cups from Big Als on line and used fishing line to tie my silk plants to the suction cups and then stick the on the side of the tank. It works pretty well. And by the way, Big Metal fan in the 80's, so thumbs up for the video sound track!!!

  9. I recently spent a bunch on decorations and none of them worked out and I wasted my money. Your tank looks cool. I must say I was hesitant to switch from sand as I have always had gravel. But let me tell you....It looks really nice and it forms a barrier so that crud does not sink down in it and makes my tank easy to clean. My commons, who LOVE to forage through the substrate adore it. I only find a little in my canister filter. Solid Goldfish (the blog) has a nice Youtube video on how to get started with sand and another on on how to clean it. You also have to run your hand through it once a week to make sure there are no air pockets in it but my water is sooo much cleaner than when I had gravel. I used 3/4 of a 20 pound bag for my 55. Highly recommended. Although I heard the colored sand (pink, aqua, etc.) changes the color of you water, which can't be good.

  10. What mind if filter do you have? And tithra has a video on her Youtube tithra33 about the filter inserts.

    Mikey, you beat me to it! My old eyes were trying to be fancy and link her video in my reply but you are waaaay faster than me! Her vid's rock!
    I wod have linked, but I'm on my phone. :teehee. As for the bamboo, I just put it in my filter and position it so it stands up. :)

    Cool! Im going to get some this weekend.

  11. I personally don't use charcoal at all. Before I stripped the filters in my 29G (preparing it for a full nuke), I had two wads of filter floss (enabled me to change one while not disrupting the cycle too much), a bag of ammonia chips, and 4 stalks of lucky bamboo. One of my other filters is just running with a sponge and ammo chips.

    With the ammo chips, it usually says on the container how much to use, but I just kind of eyeballed it and put enough in the bag to span the space I had for it. Same with the floss, I eyeballed it.

    Synth, How do you get your bamboo to stand upright in your filter? Do you cut a hole in the sponge or something? Can the roots be under the sponge? Also, do those ammonia chips help? I just bought some Purigen for my common tank to help with nitrates but I am scared to use it...

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