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ladymclamb

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  1. Wasn't sure if it was harmful to do such large water changes frequently. I'll go ahead and change out some more water.
  2. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) .10ppm (was at 2.0 ppm three days ago) * Nitrate level(Tank) 0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .15ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * 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 Freshwater test kit (Drops) * Water temperature? 71.8 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55g / running for a month now * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear 70 HOB * How often do you change the water and how much? 20-40% once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 50% (there was a Nitrite spike) * How many fish in the tank and their size? two goldfish; 13g pearlscale and 13g oranda * What kind of water additives or conditioners? SeaChem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Fancy Goldfish pellets, 2-3x a day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Only a .01% salt treatment to possibly help with detoxing Nitrites. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Two weeks ago, 0.03% salt treatment, for Ick. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Red spot on body. Was not there a week ago. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? He has been hanging out in the bamboo plant about two inches from the surface. Not gulping air or anything, just staying near the top. From what my internet sluthing has come up with, it may be Nitrite Poisoning? There was a large spike in my Nitrites just 4-5 days ago (Nitrogen Cycle) and I didn't catch it to do a WC. I'm uncertain how long they were subject to the spike. Video of Krang and Petrie (Red Spot visible)
  3. UPDATE: So I'm back with an update. After two weeks of the salt treatment, both Petrie and Krang are in tip top shape! I sadly lost Bjorn not long after I started this thread. I believe he had a stressful start of life, mixed with possible lower quality breeding, and maybe even a little inexperience on my part. :/ Though, I am excited that my other two fishies are doing awesome. Thank you all so much for your help. My only concern now is that my Nitrites have crept to 2.0ppm (I have been working long hours so it's been maybe 5-6 days since a last water change. This morning I did a large WC and am monitoring the levels. My Ammonia has fallen below .25ppm, so I can see my cycle is going along like it should (I think?) Hope all is well!
  4. I love my water changer! It has been utterly fantastic for these past few weeks full of water changes.
  5. No worries, I meant 0.3% Good deal. It can take up to the full seven days before all the ich spots are gone, and you will want to keep the salt at 0.3% for 1-2 weeks extra, after the very last white spot had disappeared. Update: Well, Petrie is nearly cleared of all spots but now Krang has some on him this morning (guess I'll be continuing this for at least another two weeks). And on top of that, I have noticed Bjorn is hanging out near the top of the tank! He isn't breathing very rapidly or anything, but he is preferring to sit on the bamboo canopy instead of swim around with the other two. He seemed a little slower the first day I brought him home, and I'm hoping it isn't a genetic problem or, worse, something I cannot see/help him with. My ammonia has been sitting right at 1ppm, Tested my water this morning and it has dropped to .50ppm overnight. (my tap contains chloramines from the treatment facility, so it's naturally high ). I am concerned my tank is not fully in it's cycle yet. And here I thought I was being a good fish keeper, but I fear I may have succumb to newbie-mistake #1.
  6. Update! Day three of treatment, the tank is at 3% and the fish are doing good. Last night I siphoned the sand out of the tank (I was going to go with a bare bottom tank in the first place! Ugh, impulse purchases. ) This morning I did my 50% water change and found the white spots floating on the bottom of the tank! Good news I presume? Petrie is still active and swimming around.
  7. Actually, it doesn't quite work out that way, or it least you should not use it that way. The teaspoons to mL is for liquid measurements, and so should not apply to the salt. I would prefer that you use the teaspoon method, or failing that, to weigh the salt, which is the most accurate. No worries. I have been counting out my teaspoon counts instead. Still feels like a huge number, but my fish are active and swimming like normal. I'll keep you posted. I have been slowly upping the temperature (it's at 77 at the moment, working my way to 80)
  8. Well, when I read the post it said one teaspoon for every gallon. 55gallon tank is 55 teaspoons? (One teaspoon is 5ml)
  9. Thank you so much!! I've since added my bubbler, added mixed salt (since I have a 55g, I added 55tsp or 275ml) In 12 hours I do that again, and one more day after that. It should bring the total salt content to 825 ml, correct? And on the third day when I do a water change I will take out 50%, and should then replace the water and add also back in 412.5ml of salt mix? I just want to make sure I don't add too much or too little. 412.5 is a big number, just wanted to make sure. Thank you all for the help. I swear, if my tank clears up, that's it! I'm becoming a subscriber.
  10. And apologies if this topic comes up a lot. :/ I just read another thread that had said to use a .3% salt treatment instead of the Ick attack. If this is the route to go, how often should I do a water change?
  11. How does anyone feel about Kordon Ick Attack? I've read some good reviews on it, and with an addition of a small water heater to speed up the Ich life cycle, could that work? Worried about my little guy. He swims fine but I don't want this to get worse.
  12. Thanks, I hope he feels better soon. And I'm going to start doing larger water changes.
  13. Thanks everyone! They are getting along so well too. My Oranda, Krang, is super confident and has taught the other ones how to search for food and hangout in all levels of the tank.
  14. Long story short, I bought Petrie from my job and in the past I know there have been issues with Ich with our goldfish (stressful ride to our store.) Petrie had clean, un-speckled fins when I brought him home, but this morning I noticed his fins had little specks on them. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) .65ppm (I've added an Ammo-block filter cartridge to my AquaClear as of yesterday.) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .50ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * 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 Fresh Water Drop Kit * Water temperature? 71.6 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55g, been up and running for two weeks (added seeded filter five days ago) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear 70 * How often do you change the water and how much? I've been doing a 25-30% water change every three-ish days (water had been cloudy due to startup.) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? I changed the water this morning (results above are post-change.) Before that it was three days ago (simple vacuum sweep/25% change) * How many fish in the tank and their size? Three fish (2 fish are 1.5" and another is 2") Petrie was alone for the past few days. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Prime (and have added a few drops of Cycle.) Nothing else. * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2-3 times a day, morning, afternoon, evening. * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes. * Any medications added to the tank? No. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. None. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Just white speckles on fins; it's very, very light. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Until yesterday he spent his time near the top of the tank, but when I added the two new fish he immediately bonded with them and is now spending time in the mid-bottom as well as the top. ---- What is my next course of action?
  15. Welp, today I took home my missing pieces to my tank: two new fish! ;D I've now got one Oranda, one Pearlscale, and one Ryukin. They're called Krang, Petrie, and Björn Stevenson. I can't wait to watch them grow! All three are only an inch or so (and only 6-9g! Itty bitties!)
  16. I love IT!!!!!! :o :o Oh my gosh, that is so awesome! Thank you! I love it!!! Thank you both! I'm glad you liked it. :3 I'm hoping to draw some more of everyone's fish (gotta get better somehow!)
  17. So...I'm trying to improve my computer drawing skill and so I drew you a picture of your lovely fish.
  18. Thank you all so much! I'm so happy with her/him/it. I just sit in front of the tank and watch them swim around. YES! That would be adorable. Maybe I could photoshop that...
  19. Hey all! So I first introduced myself and my new 55 gallon startup the other day. I thought I would come and show you my newest addition (or rather FIRST addition) to my tank. Meet Petrie! I work at a Petco store and have been slowly getting my tank the items it needed! I finally got the final touches all settled (some crushed coral to safely buffer my pH, and a seeded filter borrowed from a friend's exsisting tank) and this little guy/girl caught my eye. I couldn't resist adding him to the family. He's only just 6g and about 2" from nose to tail. He's got a good appitite as well, so I expect some good growth in the next coming months. Can't wait to share his growth/changes with you all! <3
  20. That was so neat to read! Especially as I am starting out my first real tank. It's nice to see how much your fishies have grown too!
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