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  1. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5-10ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master test kit * Water temperature? 72 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, established since 1999. Cleaned and redone last week * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim 2213, Eheim liberty 2042 * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 30-50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 5 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 goldfish, small sizes. 1 small pleco * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime or Safe * What do you feed your fish and how often? Flakes and pellets, supplemented with frozen food. Once a day. * Any new fish added to the tank? N/A * Any medications added to the tank? N/A * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Fish have never been medicated for anything. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Floating at the top, most likely due to swim bladder issues.
  2. Hi all, At the beginning of this week I noticed my red and white ryukin started swimming sort of funny. She seemed fine otherwise. Today she's having even more difficulty swimming. I've tried feeding peas for her last 3 meals, but to no avail. Sometimes she just "gives up" trying to swim and just floats upside down to the top and just hangs there with her belly out of the water. I imagine this can't be healthy and she's not very happy like this. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!! I'm at a loss as to what else I can do.
  3. Well I would recommend you just go ahead and get a tank that will be big enough for them when they're full grown. It's cheaper in the long run and you won't have to worry about upgrading in the future! For three fancy goldfish, we would recommend a tank around 45-55 gallons. Which equates to somewhere around 190-210 liters. Hope that helps! :-) Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  4. It does! I actually prefer to not even add it up at the end of the month, it would be too painful. But at the same time I'm used to "human food" costing a bit more as well. So it's all quite relative, Lol. But in reality, specialized healthful grain free dog food would probably cost me almost as much. I usually blanch the veggies! Raw always seems too tough to chew. Plus, they're a little bit softer for our older guy to chew. He has as lots of dental issues. You should try substituting sweet potato for the regular potato! It might add some more variety and sweet potatoes are so much more nutritious Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  5. Off subject sorry! Do you only feed your dogs beef for meat? How much rice to meat ratio? I feed them 5oz of shredded free range chicken or grass fed grass finished beef (grilled). The brown rice is usually about a cup after it's been cooked. I vary the vegetables too. They get fed twice a day! My older boxer had gastrointestinal issues (lots of TERRIBLE gas, lethargic, constant loose stool) and the vet recommended a food switch which has solved all his issues. Seems to be working well! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks everyone! I'm going to try NLS pellets and probably experiment with making gel food this weekend Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  7. The title says it all. Okay, here goes. I've been feeding my fish wardley fish food for the past few months. I know, someone needs to slap me upside the head. I'm a major foodie. Growing up, both my mother and younger sister had severe gluten allergies among other health issues. My dad and I seem to be tolerant of gluten, but we abstain as well. We ate mostly paleo, which is a lot of whole, real foods and little to no dairy and grains. I still eat clean today! I know firsthand that food has the power to change circumstances for people. I even cook for my dogs. Grass fed beef, string beans, and rice are typical fair. Apparently I'm doing something right-- our eldest boxer turns 14 in two months! So, I got to thinking. Why don't I treat my fish the same way? They're pets too! And I do love them just as much as any other pet I feed well. I want to start feeding them better and possibly making them gel food. Has anyone seen a major improvement in goldfish growth, health, etc after switching from such a dull food to something more wholesome? I'm looking forward to making some positive changes for my fish! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  8. I've always fed hikari frozen bloodworms. I agree with the members above, freeze dried foods aren't good for goldfish. In fact, I've never really been a fan of freeze dried foods for any type of fish! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  9. And by water polishing, I don't mean just using them periodically. I guess what I actually meant was mechanical filtration. Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  10. I tend to avoid HOBs altogether, mostly due to the fact that if they accidentally shut down (like the OP experienced) you could inadvertently have a massive bacterial die off it the media dries out. To me, it's always been a risk I rather not take. I used to own a pair of aquaclear 200 filters in the late 90s. The plastic eventually got brittle and I threw them out. The only time I really ever use HOBs is for water polishing. And for that, I love whisper filters. They're easy to clean, quiet, and the inserts are cheap! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  11. Oh my! Good thing it all ended up working out okay :-) Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  12. Yeah I barely understand the whole concept of planted tank lighting and how it all works. But if you guys think I'll have sufficient lighting for some moderate light plants then I'm happy. Thanks guys! Lol. Also, does anyone have advice on plant species? I'd like something to carpet the bottom, maybe Pygmy chain sword with some corkscrew Vals in the background? Any input or advice is welcome! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  13. Hi everyone, So I'm working on converting my 10g into a planted tank. I added a 2 inch deep layer of fine gravel (CaribSea peace river substrate). This weekend I upgraded the lighting from incandescent to fluorescent CFLs. These are the bulbs I used: http://m.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart-40W-Equivalent-Daylight-5000k-Twister-CFL-Light-Bulb-2-Pack-ES5M809250K/100687007/ Here's my question: the bulbs say they are "40 watt equivalent". So... Which number do I go by? The 9 watts it takes to power one or the 40 watts of light it gives off? I'm a tad confused here. Help me! Lol Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  14. Well said, Justin. So far I'm happy with my decision to remove my UGF plates! They were most certainly effective and served their purpose in my tank for 15 years. That's a long time! But I'm starting to see that maybe -just maybe- it's okay to move forward with the times and make changes to my fishkeeping techniques. For example, I just stopped using aquarium salt in my freshwater tanks because everyone here at Koko's told me it's not necessary. Even though I've been keeping fish for so long I'm realizing that there's always something new to be learned. And that's what makes this hobby so interesting To everyone who's posted in this thread: I'm so grateful for all your help, advice, and expertise. You ultimately helped me make a decision that I think will benefit my tanks in the long run. I'm still holding onto my UGF plates. Who knows, I might have a use for them in the future, Lol!
  15. No need to apologize, LabRat. I totally understand where you're coming from!
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