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    Somerset County, New Jersey
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    4 : Thurston Howell III (XL chocolate Oranda), Eunice Lovelle Wentworth Howell (XL red & white broad tail Ryukin), Ginger Grant (red fantail), Professor Roy Hinkley (pure white long tail Ryukin)
  1. I've had the pothos in since lunch time. Got home at 9pm and both ryukins were still bottom sitting with clenched fins. I'm going to do another wc tomorrow morning - too late for it now. Hopefully that will help.... They're pooping a lot yesterday and today too (food colored)....
  2. Hello* I posted my parameters in my post above it's: PH 8.2 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 40 My tap water does have traces of Nitrates that's why I started floating pothos - I can not put the pothos in my filter because my cats eat them and they're poisonous. I have a 55 with 4 fancies with 2 AC 110 HOB and I use Prime. I thoroughly clean my tank and filters weekly and feed various hikari foods and shelled peas. This all started after my wc on Tuesday - so I'm pretty sure it's because I have high Nitrates. I am leaving the house now to buy another pothos - I think this may be the problem...I hope*
  3. Hello again* Good Morning* I have another question for you. My large Ryukin, Eunice, is acting sickly after the water change... I was about 2 days over due for my wc and she was acting totally fine. But after the wc she started bottom sitting and tightly clenching her top fin. So the next day (Wednesday) I did another wc to make sure maybe the public water wasn't funky that day or something. She seemed to perk up a bit but by the evening she was at it again.... Then this morning I woke up and both my ryukins where bottom sitting next to each other at the bottom top fin clinched tightly. My oranda and fantail are fine. They're swimming around with their fins totally straight up. I just gave breakfast, lionhead pellets and everyone scrambled for food and gobbled everything up but Eunice still has that dorsal fin down and definitely is not her happy self... Parameters: PH 8.2 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 40 could be more - it's red (40 and 80 look the same on the API master kit to me) So I'm thinking my horrible town water is the culprit again..... they change from Chlorine to Chloramine back and forth. Thank goodness my family uses our reverse osmosis for drinking and cooking but it's not big enough to use to fill my tank. Anyways, I also was using a floating pothos plant for a while and they ate it all again..... so on July 12th was when I removed it and haven't purchased a new one yet.... I'm going to go buy one right now. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks so much* Also, I still have the occasional white fat chubby poops that I assume are just white sand poops. She is trailing a food colored poop right now. Thanks again* Christina
  4. On the thread I posted my parameters - my ammonia was 0. Again I know nothing about any of this. All I know is I added a large air stone bar one day. It was very strong and all the fish started constantly surface gulping. Then I removed it and they stopped. I just thought I was possibly helping this person...... I regret bringing it up - I must not have gotten my facts straight. Sorry How are your fish now? http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/117717-hello-again/ They're great - I thought I had a white poop issue recently but I was told to hold off on my soilent green gel food and starting giving lionhead pellets again - and now I have brown poop again* - so all good. Except my 2 big fish get floaty after eating pellets so I have to give peas and then they're fine - but I'm hoping that they're just adjusting back to pellets and this too will pass...... we'll see.
  5. and to the poster - sorry this went off track of your issues at hand. I hope your oranda stays healthy and your tank issues are resolved soon*
  6. On the thread I posted my parameters - my ammonia was 0. Again I know nothing about any of this. All I know is I added a large air stone bar one day. It was very strong and all the fish started constantly surface gulping. Then I removed it and they stopped. I just thought I was possibly helping this person...... I regret bringing it up - I must not have gotten my facts straight. Sorry
  7. If you're under dosing the prime could be liberating the ammonia, aeration of new water will raise its pH making the ammonia even more toxic. Then your filter eats it and turns it to nitrate. Regular brief exposures to ammonia could be enough to burn their gills and with the extra current from the bubble wand could be exhausting them. __________________ Best Fishes David www....................com .................. @ gmail.com I'll email and ask David myself, referring to this interesting conversation. In a normal tank, there should not be a need to dose Prime for ammonia detoxification at any time, and we do not do this. Even during water changes, unless you have chloramine in the tap or actual ammonia, this is not a concern. Then, if you do have these compounds, then you dose accordingly. Lastly, we recommend that all systems are buffered to 150ppm, which means that none of this should be a concern. http://www.goldfishkeepers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7116 This was my thread. There's no need to involve him in this...... I'm not trying to argue with you or claim I know anything more than you - I was just simply commenting on someone's post and referred back to advice that I received. Yes, I do have chloramine in my tap. So I guess that's why he gave me that advice. I'm not by any means personal friends with David as I guess you must be - he's just someone on another site I ask for help and I would hate to loose his willingness to help me, because it seems as if you're involving him in some he said, she said silliness. I know nothing of fishkeeping and I don't claim to - I just "thought" I was helping someone and giving some advice because they "May" have had the same issues as me. Some of you seem to get off on calling people out and trying to stir the pot - which deters me from asking for help on this site which is unfortunate. Please don't involve him on this nonsense - I am not trying to start anything where this conversation seems to be heading. thanks
  8. Let me find the post - i asked the same thing and got a very educated answer...... give me a sec I have to find it. It's interesting to see what the post says, especially in light that I have had 2 bubble bars (the 12 inch kinds) on both of my 55 and 100 gallons for the past 5 years, and the 20+ fish have never surface gulped, or hated it. Below is the response I got to a question on why my fish were surface gulping after I added my new bubble bar..... If you're under dosing the prime could be liberating the ammonia, aeration of new water will raise its pH making the ammonia even more toxic. Then your filter eats it and turns it to nitrate. Regular brief exposures to ammonia could be enough to burn their gills and with the extra current from the bubble wand could be exhausting them. __________________ Best Fishes David www....................com .................. @ gmail.com
  9. I'm sorry if I misunderstood what a bubble wand is, because I've never used one before - I just had my 2 small air stones and then added a large long air stone bar and my fish reacted terribly. This was David's response when I asked him why my fish started surface gulping - I removed the new bar and they stopped. David's always given me the answers to my problems and his knowledge has been a huge help
  10. If you're under dosing the prime could be liberating the ammonia, aeration of new water will raise its pH making the ammonia even more toxic. Then your filter eats it and turns it to nitrate. Regular brief exposures to ammonia could be enough to burn their gills and with the extra current from the bubble wand could be exhausting them. __________________ Best Fishes David www....................com .................. @ gmail.com
  11. Let me find the post - i asked the same thing and got a very educated answer...... give me a sec I have to find it. It's interesting to see what the post says, especially in light that I have had 2 bubble bars (the 12 inch kinds) on both of my 55 and 100 gallons for the past 5 years, and the 20+ fish have never surface gulped, or hated it. well I had my 2 small air stones going WITH a long large air stone bar....... not a bubble bar - so maybe that's where i'm confused - I'm still looking for the post - one sec
  12. Let me find the post - i asked the same thing and got a very educated answer...... give me a sec I have to find it.
  13. Oh - and I was also worried about the pockets so I have a very shallow layer and during my water changes after I suck up the poops on the surface I just sift my hand through the sand and 1, 2, 3 done - it's super easy - no worries*
  14. Hello, I am a newbie but have learned a lot recently from my own mistakes. I would suggest a sand bottom. I had gravel, bare bottom and sand. Yes bare bottom is superrrrrr easy - but I hated it as well. I loved my gravel (I had neutral tone river pebbles - looked great but WOW - it holds sooooooo much waste!!!! and food - it's probably the worst substrate by far! and sand ...... the waste stays on the surface - it looks gorgeous and the goldies love sifting through it! and it's closer to nature - they sift through sandy dirt ponds* As for all your decor - I was told all those plastic decorations are hollow and are basically just a breeding ground for bacteria - get rid of them and try something new* - I know it stinks - you have the image you like, you spent a fortune on all these nice decorations and now people are telling you to get rid of them? ------ I've been there - it stinks ........... but now I have a beautiful white sand bottom and some nice real large river stones and I float a pothos plant submerged in my water - it looks great* ---- takes FOREVER to clean the roots before you add to your tank - but worth the time. and helps with Nitrates*** --- I just need to buy a background color so I can hide my wires - but something new may work for you and it will definitely work for your fishies health. I never knew fishkeeping was so much work - if I did I probably wouldn't have started - but I learned fast and still am learning and once they start acting healthy and happy - it suddenly becomes worth it and enjoyable* Best of luck* and Yes -- you do have to wash the gravel every week thoroughly!!! - I'd suggest buying a python water changer - it is the ultimate lifesaver!!!!!!!!!!!!! so so so soso worth it! -- trust me - i was doing Daily!!!! water changes with buckets on my 55 gallon - it was a nightmare until I got my python*- definitely buy one* ---- Then remove your fishy - just place in a bucket with some tank water and an air stone - then drain your tank with the python - just insert hose and stand and watch - no work****and no buckets* Then remove your gravel. Go buy some sand - get some natural rock (not hollow plastic stuff) I got mine from nature* so free! - I cleaned them and boiled them then let them cool....... and make a natural home for your fishies - I'm sure our fish would prefer to not be living in our tanks..... so why not give them something a little bit closer to what they're suppose to have* and try the floating submerged pothos - or if you don't have cats (pothos is poisonous to them) then grow some out of the top of your filters if you have HOBs ---- you won't be disappointed* Hope I helped some. Oh* - and two bubbles bars is no good - I added one long one and my fish hated it!!!!!!!!!!! they began instantly surface gulping - it was totally messing up my levels - anyways -that's another story - best of luck* (two small air stones is enough just keep the surface moving not rumbling*
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