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  1. Well previously, i had to use vacuum to vacuum out all of the water into buckets, and carry those out one by one. Then get water from hose to bucket and carry those to the tank one by one. So the water changer definitely saves time AND effort. I don't know what your currently doing in terms of water change so I can't really say. I can say that, it's definitely made water change more enjoyable for me (and I actually do not mind doing daily WCs now) Yes, I have always done the same thing with the buckets and gravel vac. And I have 3 tanks totaling over 115 gallons! I've never really thought of it as being much of a hassle. But I'm moving soon and now I think I'll get one. Also, my mom will be living with me in my condo and she is super paranoid about water spillage. She doesn't "get" the whole fish thing, so the more I can do to ease her concerns the better! Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk WOW, respect to you! But yea, I would definitely recommend. If you already have vaccum I recommend you just get a tube and the adapter instead of the whole set (which is like 20 bucks more and includes another vacuum.
  2. It isn't greener than 2. I will take a pic of my test tomorrow before I do a WC.
  3. Did another water change. Ammonia is at around 0.25-0.5 range. Nitrite has not shown up since showing up for that little bit of color last time. I am going back to Houston for 1 day and having a friend feed and do the water change. Should I get some water from my parents' filter media in Houston? It will be approximately 3 hours drive back. If not, just going to continue with twice a day WCs
  4. From the drinking faucet that I've been using (that water is filtered and has lower, close to 0 ammonia read so I have been using this) is a bit cold, i took temperature and its under 64. I have been adding hot regular tap water along with this so usually it iwll be about 66 and let the heater do the rest. Should I add more hot water?
  5. Well previously, i had to use vacuum to vacuum out all of the water into buckets, and carry those out one by one. Then get water from hose to bucket and carry those to the tank one by one. So the water changer definitely saves time AND effort. I don't know what your currently doing in terms of water change so I can't really say. I can say that, it's definitely made water change more enjoyable for me (and I actually do not mind doing daily WCs now)
  6. Thanks for your input. Unfortunately, the tank thats in cycle right now is a 40 gallon breeder. That would mean I would have to separate these guys. The ryukin is actually no problem since he is a bit smaller and he doesn't usually hang out with the Oranda. But it will be a painful decision on who to take out of the orandas since they are such a good group together. Gonna keep an eye out on craiglist, going to hope to get a good deal on a larger tank. I really like this group (the orandas) and hope to keep them together.
  7. Did a water change earlier tonight, forgot to post. Ammonia was ~0.5ish again. However, when I came home (it's around 2:30 am here) one fish was sitting very still in the corner, barely breathing, rest of the fish all swimming around/albeit slowly. Is she resting? She usually display this behavior after 9-10 o'clock every night and sometimes after water changes. I know the tap water is slightly colder so I put in a heater and keep it at 68 degrees. Is she okay or should I be concerned?
  8. Ordered. Just waiting for it to come in. I am also going through cycling right now so I am doing large water changes daily so I might wait until everything is fully settled before starting treatement.
  9. Sorry about that . I was just referring to what I have been told in a couple of other threads & won't do that again. Will keep this updated with pics if I see anything else different
  10. I am also seeing similar dots on their heads but I read white dots on Oranda's heads = growth of new Wen. I have been seeing those dots on their head since they came in and like other users said, they disappeared after a couple of days. But I am continuously seeing new ones and one of the fish's white dot some how came off her head and another one just ate it (didn't spit it out either)
  11. * Ammonia Level(Tank) between 0.5-1 * Nitrite Level(Tank) very very light color (barely over 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) mostly neutral, slightly basic * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) basic, ~7.8-8 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? 75, 1 week + 6 days now * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? aquaclear 70 and aquatech 30-60 * How often do you change the water and how much? everyday (>80%) since i put the fish in, twice a day (80%)since 3 days ago. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? This morning, close to 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6, largest is about 2inch, smallest ryukin is less than 1 i think. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? hikari lionhead, twice (each time have 2-4 pellets per fish) * Any new fish added to the tank? i suppose all of them are new, but the lemon head oranda was first, then the rest * Any medications added to the tank? n * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. n/a * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? on the large red oranda, i see he is missing a couple scales on the side i accidentally dropped him * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? When I first change the water, some of them are bottom sitting, or later on towards the night. Also the fish in question has been swimming up and down on the side but I was told that is normal.
  12. I have not, and the behavior stopped after 3 hours.
  13. Hi, me again So I was just taking a look at one of my fish because for a couple of seconds he was darting pretty fast around the tank but now he has settled down a bit. I think its probably fluke worm that people have been warning me about but here's a pic Its really hard to see but its a little white dot on the anal fin. He's been somewhat jerky but not sure what the problem is. Also, I am currently going through a cycle because my tank was not properly cycled before I got these guys . I have been recommended Prazi Pro and was going to eventually get to the treatment once my tank is cycled. Can anyone give me any additional input?
  14. Thanks once again . I guess I will do a disinfection tonight and QT for a week.
  15. You can do a bleach dip or use postassium permanganate to disinfect the plants. Bleach is 1 part bleach to 19 parts water, and dip the plants for a minute or two, then rinse with water and soak in a bucket with water conditioner in it to get rid of any bleach residue. I assume you probably don't have PP handy so I won't give you directions for that, but it is worth picking some up off of ebay if you think you will get more plants in the future. It tends to be a little gentler than bleach on the plants and is nice to have on hand. You can buy it in hardware stores but it typically comes in a giant tub, more than you would want. You can get small quantities on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Potassium-permanganate-KMn04-3-Ounces-Dry-fine-powder-/161177574347?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2586ee9bcb For QT 1-2 weeks should be sufficient. Thanks for your detailed response. I just need 1 more clarification, do I do the QT before or after the disinfection, or does it not matter? Because if it doesn't I was thinking about ordering some PP while letting the plant QT. If I have to disinfect first, then qt, I will probably do a bleach treatment tonight and put the plant in QT.
  16. Good call, moving it back inside next to a window where it can get light. Any advice on quarantine after I disinfect??
  17. Still keeping up with the water change as I just did another one this morning. It registered again somewhere under 1. I am also beginning to get VERY VERY slight coloring for Nitrite, so that's good news I guess?
  18. Hi all, So because I am a major noob and have made mistakes already I decided to start a thread and get you guys' input before I introduce anything else new to the tank! So, the story goes, my tank was not cycled properly before I introduced the fish. So currently I am fighting Ammonia by doing wc twice a day. In addition to this, I would like to add some plants to the tank to help with absorbing ammonia? I read that horn wort is an excellent choice for this so I went to my local pet stores. First stop was Petsmart, they had some very yellow/brownish plants so I decided to go elsewhere. Then I went to the PetCo next door and their plants looked much better, however, there were fish in the planted tanks. Now, I know I have read somewhere else that it is bad practice to introduce new plant from tanks with fish in them, but the lady was so nice and gave me rest of their horn worts for the price of one. So currently, I have the plants sitting in a plastic tub outside in the sun. What other quarantine method should I use with the plants? And how long? Thanks in advance!
  19. I would like to know as well, because I was planning on getting some for my fishies.
  20. Doing a water change now, nearly 90% this time like Lisa said. Also, i just realized I have a small faucet for drinking water and when I tested the Ammonia on that it is 0. I used this water (don't know if the filter in that thing could really keep up some may just be regular water), anyways did a water test and it is showing mostly yellow with a tint of green, I would say definitely under 0.5 probably just a bit over 0.25. The tank also look REALLY clear compared to before after my water changes.
  21. Beautiful fish, I want a calico Oranda like that one too but Im booked up at the moment. So jelly!
  22. I would like to know what constitutes "red gills" because when my fish are eating i can kind of see inside of their gills and it looks red. That means they are irritated from ammonia right? I just did a test and it shows up between 1-2, 75-80ish water change this morning, should I do another one soon?
  23. Will do. This guy is still going at it, and is somewhat affecting the other fish when I feed them. He would still take a bite and then start chasing them around causing the other fish to not be able to eat as much. Maybe I am being overprotective but how long does this sort of behavior last?
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