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  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*
  15. Thank you* pellets are producing brown poop* - I cleaned the tank yesterday and found a lot and just a couple white chubby ones (mostly sand) I really do appreciate your advice - I started off negatively with this site - but regardless I still needed a lot of help learning from all of you. I appreciate your knowledge and not using medication as the answer to issues. The pellets have made quite a bit of brown poops so thanks* --- my two big ones however without fail started floating and flipped upside down - so I loaded them up on peas and they fixed themselves by this morning. I soak the pellets before I feed them - do you know why this happens? maybe they just need to get used to pellets again?..... Also, my fish always*** surface gulp for quite a bit of time after feedings. Not regularly - just after feedings and they do it for an extended amount of time. Any ideas why? They've always done this from day one. Thanks again!!!!!!
  16. ok thanks - I am trying both. pellets do cause fload issues with my big ones - but I'll back that up with peas and see what happens. I'll keep you posted. thanks so much* Christina
  17. ok so add hikari purple bag pellets back to the diet? I have those and hikari lionhead
  18. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/117717-hello-again/ These are my fish. My sand is white. I cut back because people considered my nitrate issues to possible overfeeding and I had occasional float issues but that was more so with pellets - I've only been giving repashy gel lately (with peas, frozen bloodworms, daphnia, etc) so I'm going to bump up my feedings again and see what happens. He hasn't bottom sat at all today, I wondered if he was hungry and saving his energy (he's a big one*) ...... I will see if I return to my 2 to 3 times a day if things improve. thanks
  19. Hello* just checking in. Hows the sand treating you? Also, i think i remember you saying you have 4 fancies in a 40 breeder with Two fluval aquaclear 110s. I have the same set up in my 55 gallon. Do you find them migrating in the center of the tank away from 110 filter current? Do you have it set to low or high flow? Do you have the intake extender tube on or off? - I have mine off - I use just the one that goes about half way down tank with no prefilter. When I put the extender on with the prefilter there was so much poopies everywhere - I like it better when the filter sucks up the big stuff* what is your cleaning routine for tank and your filters? Thanks* I like the sand a lot, really. I don't particularly appreciate the noise of the filters when sand gets inside, but I don't know if it bugs me enough to pull it out. It's tempting to trade it for something like "Pool Filter Sand", which is a heavier grain sand. I really like the sugary fineness of this sand, though, and I like the way that the tank seems "complete", with it there. I have no issues with even the smaller fish, with regards to the current. Typically, the flow is 1/4 of the way above the lowest flow, but it does slowly creep up, when it's close to time to squeeze the filter sponges. I have one intake on the tank, which puts it about halfway down the tank. If I could find a way to shorten it further, without cutting anything, I totally would. I do two 80% changes a week. During this, I vac up all the mess, stir up the substrate, and vac up the rest of the mess that shows itself. The filter sponges get squeezed every three weeks, though now that I have new prefilters, I may be able to eek out another week. The prefilters are squeezed whenever I see flow issues, which can be anywhere from daily, to twice weekly. Just depends on their piggieosity. Hello again Just checking in on your journey with our sand substrate. I've actually learned a lot with trial and a lotttttt of error* - ha! Naturally turn everything off before water change Clean out one filter on alternating water changes and rinse out all sand * Put a large raised rock underneath your intake to prevent sand from being kicked up into intake (works great)!!!! * When you clean out your filter - remove your motor* - twist off and rinse out impeller and chamber where impeller goes to prevent any trapped sand from ruining the impeller and making that terrible noise! ----- if there is grooves or horizontal lines on your impeller it may be already done - but if you get a new one and use the rock and rinse motor and impeller from now on durning water changes - it may be the trick* Knock on wood - Ive been quite happy lately - been doing this a few weeks now and my aquarium is quiet and great parameters* - I was having some high nitrate issues and started floating a pothos in my water and have readings of 15 for nitrates now* Hope your doing well - if you have any tips to share love to try them out - thanks! We're doing good. I think that switching to any substrate, from bare bottom, is going to require some getting used to. I've made lots of errors, too, but it's getting better each day. It's a beautiful sand, and I love it. Hello again* Any updates? Doing well over here. I always suck up sand when cleaning - i'm sure I'll clog my sink one day - oops* - but other than that we're doing well. Filters have been great as well - knock on wood. Do you by any chance have white poopies? Or sand poopies?
  20. Hey - just wanted to thank you again - a friend of a friend who keeps fish just told me that many people end up killing their fish by heavily medicating because of white stool or casts. He also said it's common for sand substrate. Just said to watch behavior as you mentioned. So thanks again! They're happily swimming around right now* Hey - just wanted to thank you again - a friend of a friend who keeps fish just told me that many people end up killing their fish by heavily medicating because of white stool or casts. He also said it's common for sand substrate. Just said to watch behavior as you mentioned. So thanks again! They're happily swimming around right now* You are very welcome Hello again... I have another poopie question. They are acting fine - happy, seem healthy, swimming........ but I feel like my white poopies may be more than they should be..... like almost always. I hardly see food color poops - but I also cut their feedings down drastically. Ive only been feeding once maybe twice a day. HOWEVER, when I clean the tank, some of the poop breaks and it clearly is sand that falls from them. So just curious what your thoughts are. They seem happy.... my Thurston occasionally will bottom sit - but swims more and they are still all famous for the surface gulping after meals, but otherwise they're all swimming or floating around or sifting through the sand. My floating pothos seems to be helping too. thanks talk soon
  21. Everyone is still alive and well* Professor Roy Hinkley - is totally healed and well. Ginger Grant is all healed and happy Thurston Howell III is happy and large* And My lovely Eunice Lovey Wentworth Howell is healing slowwwwly - she has some growth to her pelvic fins - but deformed as you mentioned it could be. She's a happy girl regardless***
  22. Hey - just wanted to thank you again - a friend of a friend who keeps fish just told me that many people end up killing their fish by heavily medicating because of white stool or casts. He also said it's common for sand substrate. Just said to watch behavior as you mentioned. So thanks again! They're happily swimming around right now*
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