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  1. Will do, I was out of the house today to teach some private classes so only did 1 water change today =(. Been doing 2 a day otherwise and usually reading is under 2. It's very small and could barely be seen in pictures, so I hope my tank cycles eventually and it goes away.
  2. Pre-change today was 2 / 0 / medium yellow Post change is 0.5 / 0 / medium yellow Started seeing a little bit of black on the fins and head of my Ryukin. Was wondering if its ammonia burn or color change from color enhancing food (NLS). I've seen this happen to my mom's Ryukin (also on NLS) and it got quite a bit of black on its fins and even had a mustache like blackness around the mouth and her tank was 0/0/0.
  3. I am not. But I will be using similar temperature water from now. Original water was from the store. Never use the store water. Just remove fish sans water and add to your QT, AFTER having floated the bag in the QT tank to equalize the temps. I have changed water and also made it a bit deeper. It seems he swims around a little bit but still spend a LOT of time on the bottom. He has no trouble eating at all and it seems he has a healthy appetite. However, I am really concerned about the redness in his gills. I thought it was calico color at first but it seems very red. Been doing water changes twice per day and been double dosing Prime. Followed the instruction with in QT section for salt as well. Anything else I could possibly do for this little guy?
  4. Hi, I live in Austin and have been all around central and North Austin (maybe will make a trip down south one day) and the lfs here are from bad to worse. Best one (according to YELP) is probably Aquatek and they definitely have a tank of show grade fancy's. That's where it stops though. They have Large, Medium, Small fancies and those tanks are not very well kept at all. I've seen more than 1 dead Ranchu's and pearl scales in their tank on MORE than one occasion. Plus their fish are pretty pricy as well (not too bad for lfs) and they have no guarantees. Do not be fooled by their great reviews, those are mostly for tropicals and saltwaters, I have not dealt with those so I would not know but DEFINITELY not good for goldfish. Next up is Fish Gallery, everything in there is overpriced and their fish (2" orandas and other similar sized fish) are swimming in very crowded and limited spaced tanks. I have seen dead fish unattended on the multiple occasions I've been there as well. In addition, their fish carry ick, anchor worm, and probably many others (only saw those 2 on Orandas). Again, I do not know how good their saltwater/tropicals are, but definite no no for goldfish. I would actually recommend SOME of the petsmart in town. The one's in RR are all pretty bad when I went, I buy fish mostly from the petsmart along hwy 183 and I have gotten some beautiful (in my opinion) fish. Petco, sometimes MAY have a great fish or two, but their employees are not that good at keeping up with them and you will see goldfish mixed with other species and poor oranda's with half eaten Wen's. I got my calico telescope from them because I really liked him and a pearlscale. Both of those guys are in QT and they do not seem as active as the fish I've gotten from Petsmart. Anyways, I hope those reviews helped and if you find some great places I didn't mention (in RR or in Austin) please let me know!!!
  5. Put in in my tank last night and the team absolutely demonlished the plant. I see a lot of needles floating and these guys eating it all over the place, so i put it back into the quarantine tank for now
  6. Tap water was @ 0.25 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 0 nitrate 10 minutes (also after feeding) after water change i was getting 0.25-0.5ish ammonia, 0 nitrite, darker yellow nitrate (definitely not the clear yellow like before)
  7. I am not. But I will be using similar temperature water from now. Original water was from the store.
  8. Update: Changed water. Used slightly warmer water (around 72) instead of the cold faucet water. He seems to be swimming around more and exploring. Will start with salt treatment soon.
  9. Tested my tap. First time, tested out of the drinking faucet and the water came out orange, worse than the tank water. Second time, I tested out of my faucet, it is clear yellow - 0 ppm. Don't know what the problem is, maybe I put too many drops in the first test. Will use water from regular faucet instead of drinking faucet today. This also makes it easier to get to a better temperature. Will do another test & WC in the afternoon to update results. Thanks Lisa, for being so patient and being such a big help, can't thank you enough.
  10. So a bit strange this morning. I got new testing kits because I ran out of my old ones (API strips). I bought the API water kit master and Ammonia was at 2+ (very green), and 0 Nitrite, but it was a really dark yellow color for Nitrate. Not quite the orange color for 5.0ppm but definitely a lot darker than the yellow for 0.
  11. Did not eat during morning feeding. He was swimming around fine until I turned on the lights for the other aquarium and opened the blind for the room. So far he is bottom sitting again and just leaving the food there. Will do a water change for him in a bit.
  12. Just did! I went and turned off the light in the room, the switch is right above his QT container. He darted like crazy until he went into a corner sat there for a moment. When I came back into the room, I see him swimming around and exploring at the bottom a little bit. At least I know now that he can swim. Felt so bad for him to see him in a small, cramped up tanks in Petco with better swimmers. I was worried that he might already be really sick (because he wasn't swimming as much in the bag as the other fish when I got them) but that doesn't seem to be the case now.
  13. Hi all, was making a simple run to Petco to buy the API master water test kit that has all the test and use up the coupon that my mom gave me from them (she purchased a pearlscale but passed away). Long story short, a simple trip got complicated once I started looking at fish. I saw this butterfly telescope which I thought was gorgeous in a tank with fantails and orandas and it did not look like it got along with rest of the fish. So i decided to pick this little guy up and he is currently sitting in QT. At first he would swim a little bit but even when he does, it looks like he is struggling. I really want to keep this guy and hope he can be okay. Can you please help ? * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.5 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.25 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6-8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6-8 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 68 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? QT large plastic container * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? none * How often do you change the water and how much? n/a * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? n/a * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? PRIME * What do you feed your fish and how often? fed him 2 pebbles of HL * Any new fish added to the tank? This one, QT * Any medications added to the tank? none yet * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? gill looks red, but I think its the red scale of calico rather than actual redness * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting, difficulty swimming Here is a video:
  14. As Allison stated above, these are all considered good foods. What works for you, and you what you prefer, will not be the same as the next person. For example, I actually prefer the Lionhead over the Hikari purple, and my fish do much better on HL, but not Saki Hikari. The MSG has been in there for quite some time, if not all the time. Also, while MSG may be bad for some of us, that cannot be interpreted broadly to translate to being bad for fish. Thanks for your input. Definitely wanted to try it out. At worst I can rotate. So far, they seemed to be loving the HL and NLS. I also have this large pond food for Koi (another Japanese name but since the store gave it to me to sample, it came in a plastic jar so cannot remember the name) . The pellets are quite large and they float, however if i soak and crumble with my fingers, they sink and my fish seem to really love it. Haven't been using that as much though since it does cloud up the tank quite a bit (and my fish looooooove the HL)
  15. Oh ok ... That's weird that they make a floating food for orandas and a sinking food for lionheads! I was surprised when I brought the food home and realized it floated; usually the higher-quality foods sink. I feed it very rarely because I have a ryukin who gets a bit floaty from dry food, so I usually feed the Hikari frozen foods. Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk I've almost had the same problem but luckily I saw that it was floating and traded the food back in for a bag of Hikari Lionhead before I opened it. Switch to this and don't look back! As for floating food, my parents found that if you pre-soak a little bit and then crumble it into smaller pieces, they tend to sink more. Not sure if thats proper procedure but I've learned from their mistake (sort of) and only buy sinking food.
  16. Could you tell me why you prefer the Hikari Purple to Hikari Lionhead? I've heard really good things about both and my fish are currently on Hikari lionhead. However, I've read Hikari Purple (or Saki Hikari Purple I think) recently added a new formula and it now includes MSG? I am not sure. I actually am looking to add that to my fish's diet just wanted to get your opinion since you actually tried it.
  17. I would look into Hikari Lionhead and the Hikari Frozen Blood worms, I've had good experience with both.
  18. I've never tried Omega One, my fish get NLS, Hikari Lionhead, Frozen Blood Worm, and Frozen Brine Shrimp. I also heard good things about Saki Hikari Purple, will add that to the mix too.
  19. Just to make sure, its okay that i drain the water out, put in PRIME, then start the water back in? Or should I treat water first? I've been putting Prime in before I start the water in to the tank. Anyways, fishies were really excited to see me back today, which is really good. Gonna keep up with monitoring and WCs.
  20. Got back home, little guys are alright! Water was between 0.5-1 after the last WC my friend did. Will do another test and WC in a bit.
  21. So not good, bleach didnt do too bad but everyday during daily water change. I see so many leaves fall off my plant. Im scared it wont make all 7 days of QT.
  22. Hopefully, I wrote him a detailed check list of everything. 3 caps of Prime was actually written in all caps with exclamation marks before and after the sentence. I will be back in the afternoon to do another one.
  23. Around 2 pre change, a little above 0.5 post change I have to leave the house for a day and will go back around the same time tomorrow. Asked a friend to do a partial change for me during the day just in case.
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