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  1. Thank you! Lots of room for him! My daughter drew a background for the new set up too (she is 5 yrs. old), I will take a picture when I have more time!
  2. I was having trouble keeping up with the ammonia output. Seemed to be out of nowhere too. I would get a 0 reading, then it would spike. I had increased to 80% water changes twice a week too. And yet, Yoshi had a few ammonia burns on him. I cleaned the tank, another 80%, tested water. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite & only 10 nitrates. We have 4 Mickey mouse platies, a gourami, and a cory catfish now. I think this is a nice little set up. Fair amount of plants too.
  3. I was so nervous! I brought him in a bucket. I made my Dad keep him indoors & add pond water every 1/2 hour & after 1.5 hours I let him into the pond! My Dad thought I was nuts, but this is my daughter's fish & I wanted to make sure he would be safe. So far so good! I really underestimated Yoshi's size. When he was in the bucket, I realized he was about 6 inches from nose to tail. I really think unless you have money to upgrade to a larger set up (down the road once they begin to grow) or have a plan B like I did, then in my opinion 30 gallons per fish is more accurate when you factor in the end result. The adult size.
  4. I debated on it for a long time. I was afraid he would be more delicate being a fancy & swimming with comets. But I was watching them yesterday & the comets are pretty mild mannered considering. They were a bit rough during meal time, but I noticed Yoshi just hung back in the water lettuce & waddled out after & cleaned up after the big guys.
  5. I don't know if anyone remembers my orange Oranda "Yoshi"? He keeps growing & I just don't have the money to upgrade to a whole new tank set up. (He was in a 20 gallon by himself.) After needing to drain 80% of the water 2X per week & destroying my back, I made the decision to go back to a modestly stocked tropical community tank. My parent's have an outdoor pond (1,200 gallons). I hope he will do ok being a fancy with comets, but their pond is modestly stocked as well & is densely planted. My parent's said he is doing well! Eating & swimming all around. They said he keeps to himself. Wish Yoshi luck! Kristin
  6. Ok thanks! I get the feeling that I would have a heck of a time convincing the husband that spending $30 or whatever it was for fish food. I don't know. Oh BTW, no clue on the nitrates. They have always been weird. Maybe it's my test kit
  7. Ok. Less rocks it is! So, Melafix or no? I was going to do a daily small water change at the 24 hour mark in between doses. Then a large water change at the end? Also, do you know of a good medicated food? I would love to order from goldfishconnection but the shipping is astounding unfortunately. Maybe more in the $10-15 range? Or is this unrealistic?
  8. No rocks then at all? Or, less rocks? Take some out?
  9. My dogs & cats like to chase a laser pen, well so does my fish!
  10. If I need to use something more harsh than Melafix, I will remove the Cory, though I still wonder about a medicated food that won't cost me one of my limbs.
  11. http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/kris0823/media/IMG_5366_zps3387728c.jpg.html?filters[user]=135999919&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0 Above is the overall tank
  12. I mean that's all I have done thus far. So far, it doesn't seem serious & seemed worth a try with the Melafix since it appears to be relatively harmless to all?
  13. Question: Melafix isn't really a medication right? It was my understanding that in limited amounts it is ok for the Cory's?
  14. I tried to upload a slideshow? Does it work? A little blurry.
  15. http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/kris0823/slideshow/
  16. Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 30 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 40 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API * Water temperature? 76 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallon several months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Topfin 20 & 30 * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every 5-6 days * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday 50 % * How many fish in the tank and their size? Oranda- nose to tail about 4 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Stress Coat * What do you feed your fish and how often? HBH meat lovers flake & plankton/krill/spirulina flakes, Daphnia, veggies (whatever we are eating) * Any new fish added to the tank? 1 tiny cory cat * Any medications added to the tank? Melafix * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.See above * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? See above * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No unusual behavior
  17. So I have a medium sized red capped Oranda by himself in a 20 gallon tank. The fish has a habit of shoving himself into the rocks & thrashing about in search of scraps. It looks like he may have injured himself doing this. I am tempted to remove all rocks as they seem to be nothing but trouble for him. 1st, I had gravel & it got stuck in his mouth. I switched to river rocks a few weeks ago. The rocks are smooth, but the fish is quite aggressive in his scavenging. I wonder if this is what did it? The area is white, not red, nor does it look like there is any discharge, or anything. It does not look like fungus at all. The area may be slightly raised, but I am having a hard time judging because he gets excited to see people & won't show me his side. He is too busy wiggling & looking at me! It looks like he scraped off some scales & a little flesh & the area is white with a slight silver tinge. His appetite is great, as well as activity level. I am treating with Melafix. It has been so long since I have treated disease. Pet store dude said treat for 7 days & change water at the end. Yesterday I did a 50% water change, removed carbon & dosed water. My concerns is not changing the water at all during treatment. Will the oxygen deplete because of the meds? I have 2 hang on back filters, no air stones. Also, will the meds build up in the water if there is nothing to filter them out & no water being changed? My thoughts are at the 24 hour mark in between doses is to do a small water change, a few gallons to remove some of the old meds & keep the oxygen levels up & keep up nice clean water. Also, is treating with Melafix enough? I went with the Melafix because it is I guess natural & won't cause a cycle crash & hurt my aquatic plants? I was hoping for a medicated food, but never did get the stuff from goldfishconnection due to high cost. Local fish stores don't carry medicated food & some of the meds said it has been known to cause cancer in the state of California? Really?!
  18. Bare in mind, while it looks bare, I didn't hesitate to give a generous amount to my parent's because of the amazing speed to which this stuff grows. There is twice that amount in there now!
  19. Very pretty & I also love the 3 dimensional background as well!
  20. http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/kris0823/media/13726261834842_zps8e8e906f.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1 This was a few weeks ago after I pruned it & gave some to my parent's for their pond. It grew again & I transplanted some more around the tank. It is growing again & soon it will need pruning yet again. Picture is bad cuz it's off of my cell. My digital camera is broke
  21. I have river rocks, so the plants aren't too densely packed in there. They actually grow these anchor things, kind of like a root, though I am unsure what they are actually called, I forget! If they are too tightly packed, the part that is buried will die.
  22. If you have fluorescent lighting, you can grow it! It has no further requirements. Just 8 hours minimum of light. It doesn't even have roots! Just float it, clip it to the side of the tank, or put it in the gravel if the gravel isn't too tightly packed
  23. So my Hornwort is invading my tank. I have pruned & replanted around the tank as much as I care too & instead of throwing out new growth, I thought I would check here. In about a week, there should be enough new growth to be worth mailing out. About every 2 weeks, there should be more! It grows like crazy! I don't really want to mess with E-Bay so......
  24. Any that I found said right on them that they were made of lead. Do you have a specific suggestion? Thanks again!!
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