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andry6

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  1. We had our water tested several years ago and found that our water was very "hard". We currently have a water softener. Is that my problem? Because I don't know how to test it, unless they provide some kind of kit at the pet store. PS...I did do the 50% water change yesterday and added prime. Have done nothing to the tank today.
  2. today's readings: ammonia: .5 nitrite: 0 nitrate: 0 took water sample to Pet Supplies Plus today just to make sure their results were the same as mine. They were. The girl there said the guy from "corporate" was there today and knows a lot about fish so she had me talk to him. Of course he said that I am doing WAY too many water changes and that my tank will NEVER cycle because I keep taking the water out. He said let it go and ignore the tank, stop feeding the fish every day and the tank will "do its thing" and that I'm worrying too much. He said goldfish can tolerate a lot of ammonia and that if it got dark green (8 ppm) then that was too high. (Is he crazy??!! - I would NEVER let the ammonia get even close to that with fish in it) So, I told him what I've learned from research and from talking to people and that the best thing to do is a WC as soon as the ammonia gets around 1 ppm, and that my ammonia is never less than .5. He basically told me that what I'm doing is all wrong and to use this week vacation away from the tank to let it run its course. I can tell you this, all I will do is worry the entire time if I do what he told me, but on the other hand, I can't help to think that what I'm doing currently is not right since after 9 weeks I still don't have a cycled tank. This is the most frustrating thing I have experienced in all of my life.
  3. added prime yesterday. no water change. today's readings: ammonia: 1 nitrite: 0 nitrate: 0
  4. Yesterday. 12 gallons. (Out of 29 gallon tank). Ammonia was 1 before the water change.
  5. I received my BBs today! Yay! Thank you so much fantailfan1! My current readings are: ph: 7.6 ammonia: .5 nitrite: 0 nitrate: 0 tank is clear and fishies are happy and healthy looking. Except for the fact that the red coloring is almost completely gone on my red capped little guy. He's almost completely white now. Weird. Fins are all up and they are both very active and can't eat their food fast enough! If I didn't know better, I would think they were starving! We are leaving early saturday morning for vacation, so not much time left. I'm going to have my sister stop by and monitor everything for me while I'm gone. Hopefully with the right instructions, things will turn out in my favor. *edited to add that the tank has been up and running with these two fantails for 65 days now - 9 weeks!
  6. You are absolutely right about that! Let's do it! I sure do appreciate all that you are doing/have done to help me. And I'm sure our little fishies will appreciate it too!
  7. Do you think that will help in this short of time? I am willing to do anything at this point. I'm just so worried that it won't cycle before we leave
  8. I am using the whisper bio-bags. (it also has one of those black "bio-foam" things next to the bio-bag- I never touch that) I dumped the carbon out of the original cartrige, rinsed the bag out in old tank water to clean it up a bit. It's the original cartridge and water was backing up in the filter and overflowing back into the tank because it was clogged. After I rinsed it in the old tank water I put it back in the filter and it's been working fine. (looks gross, but from what I've been reading, you shouldn't replace it unless it's falling apart - I hope that is good advice!) We are scheduled to leave for vacation on the 29th of this month and will be gone for 7 days. I don't know what to do. I have a week and a half before we go! Originally we were going to have my husband's cousin take care of the tank, but I don't think she will be able to deal with all of the "hassle" that is involved. I'm doomed.
  9. dnalex: ammonia .5 nitrite 0 nitrate 0 ph 7.6 This 29 gal tank was started on May 19th and has two fantail goldfish in it. Nitrite was .25 9 days ago and nothing since
  10. It has been 8 days and I have not seen another nitrite reading. Still zero.
  11. ok...so I did what you told me. Yesterday, ammonia was 1, nitrites ZERO, nitrates ZERO. Did another 50% water change. Today ammonia .5, nitrites and nitrates sitll ZERO. I know for a fact that the test tube was purple for the nitrites two days ago. Please tell me I'm not going crazy! I have no idea what is going on with this tank now...
  12. OK... so I did the water change monday like you said, but only took out about 30% and added Prime. Yesterday the ammonia was 1 again but nitrites were ZERO! Nitrates were zero too. I did another water change yesterday, this time 50% ,and today ammonia is .5 and nitrites still zero. What is going on? I know for a fact that the test tube was purple, not blue, on monday, so I know I'm not going crazy.
  13. Thank you! I'm on it! I'll be watching those levels like a hawk! I'll keep you posted. Again, thank you so much for the advice. You have no idea how much I appreciate the guidance!
  14. Yay! Today I'm finally getting a nitrite reading! I think my tank is finally beginning to cycle!!! Ammonia 1 Nitrite .25 Nitrate 0 Should I do a water change? If so, how big? or Should I just dose the tank with Prime?
  15. Thank you so much. I'll give it a try and keep you posted!
  16. My husband's cousin will be feeding them and we will be gone for one week. And I hate to sound ignorant, but what steps should I take, exactly, from here on out? Should I start with, let's say, a 50% water change (to eliminate some of the salt that's in the water) and then start dosing the new water with Prime? Or do I just add prime to my tank as it is right now? I'm sorry, but I really need my hand held on this since I'm just learning the ropes.
  17. Heidi030 - The tank looks beautiful! Crystal clear. I just can't seem to get any nitrite readings yet. Ammonia never below .5 and I'm doing daily 8 gallon water changes on a 29 gallon tank.
  18. Thank you so much for the help. This is all starting to make me crazy! I was also told today that I need to ignore the tank for at least 10 days and let it do its thing and that monitoring the levels daily will just drive me crazy. My opinion is that by ignoring it I would be harming the fish and possibly adding more problems from ammonia poisoning. I was also told that I am preventing the tank from ever cycling by taking out the ammonia. I thought that I would slow it down, but not stop it. Everyone tells me something different. This is more stressful than I ever imagined. I just hope I can get this done by the end of the month before we leave for vacation. I don't want my "fish sitter" to have to worry about all of this. . . just feed them and be done!
  19. Oh my goodness. I didn't realize that the salt and ammonia don't mix. I was told by Petsmart that it helps with the overall health of the fish. (and I only use 2 teaspoons per 8 gallons when replacing water. Nowhere near what the directions on the box say to use, if that helps. . .) I can say though, that both fish seem extremely happy and healthy at this point. Why is the salt bad?
  20. I have never had a nitrite reading yet and it's been 6 weeks! The readings on the tap water is ph - 7.6, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates all 0 daily readings before water change on the tank is ph - 7.6, ammonia between .5 and 1.0, nitrites - 0, nitrates - 5.0 I do a daily 8 gallon water change and the readings are always between .5 and 1.0 on the ammonia. The pet/aquarium stores that I have talked to tell me no water changes and let the tank cycle. The fish will be fine. I don't believe that and don't want to harm the fish. They say I'm going to kill the fish with the daily water changes. I fill the buckets of water the night before and prep it with the conditioners and salt and let it sit over night to give it time to come to the same room temperature as the tank so as not to shock the fish with a temperature change in the water. Believe me, I'm doing everything I think possible to do what's best for the fish, but now the stores are telling me that I'm doing everything wrong and I'll kill them and the tank will never cycle. I'm going crazy over this and just need some advice.
  21. Oh, I forgot to mention: I use tap water with aquasafe plus to condition/dechlorinate and also add freshwater aquarium salt to the new water that is being added to the tank. Our ph of our tap water is 7.6 and all other levels are 0 on the tap water.
  22. Hello! I am very new to this whole fishy thing. Let me give you a little "background". It all started when our daughter won some feeder fish at after prom and brought them home for our 8 year old son. We bought a 29 gallon tank and all 4 feeders were dead in a week. (I'm assuming they were sick when she brought them home. They ended up with ich and we treated the tank and did whatever possible to keep them alive but with no luck) Anyway, after burying the little guys in the back yard, we emptied the tank, rinsed everything in very hot water (no soap) and left it all out in the sun to dry. We then set the tank up again, let it run for a week, adding a "beneficial bacteria" product given to us by the pet store and followed the directions to a T. Next, we went to an aquarium store that specializes in fish, since we were afraid to buy the new little guys from Petsmart or another "chain" store. We purchased two fantails (1 calico and 1 red capped) so. . .this is where we are: 29 gallon tetra brand aquarium whisper power filter 30 (with carbon cartriges - hangs on back of tank) 1 bubble strip and 2 decorative bubblers all artificial plants - no live plants 2 fantail goldfish - approx. 3-3 1/2 inches in length feed pellet and flakes, sometimes peas - feed 2 times a day (they eat it immediately - nothing sinks to the bottom) no heater on the tank - room temp usually aroung 76 degrees use API freshwater master test kit daily to monitor levels Since I'm new to this whole thing, I am paranoid about stressing these cuties out and possibly killing them, so I have been doing daily 8 gallon water changes to keep the ammonia below 1.0ppm. I'm usually aroung .5, never lower). It has been 6 weeks since we put the fish in the tank and I still have a nitrite reading of 0 and a nitrate of 5. I have read that water changes are necessary to keep the fish healthy but also that water changes will prevent the tank from cycling. I am at a loss here and am desperate for help. We have 30 days before we leave for vacation and I need this tank to cycle. Please help me. I am so ignorant when it comes to fish and everything I read contradicts each other.
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