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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!
  16. Is it getting warm in here or is it just me..
  17. Hi Everyone, Just a little update. Last weekend I tore the UGF plates out of my 55g and my 29g. They were a MESS. The water was disgusting and really nasty. I ran a power filter on each tank to clean up the mess as quickly as possible. After quite a few gravel vacs and water changes, the tank finally started to clear. In lieu of the the UGFs, I installed two sponge filters to supplement my canister. On the 29g I did the same, but with a corner filter. I have to say, I'm quite glad I finally did this. My tanks no longer have a slight funky odor, and to be honest, my fish seem much more active. My parameters are stellar and the water is as clear as vodka, haha. My nitrates are much lower now too. It looks like my fish are swimming in air! I would encourage anyone still using UGFs to just try tearing it out, even just as an experiment on one tank. UGFs certainly do still work but there are other filters out there that work even more efficiently. I'm by no means discrediting them. Heck, I still have one in my 10g. I'm just saying to keep and open mind and see where it takes you :-)
  18. I agree! Go with the 40 breeder. I have a 55g (same footprint as a 40 long, just taller) and I wish it had more width! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  19. They're more of an opaque grey. Almost clear! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  20. Nope! Everyone keeps telling me it's worth the trip... Maybe I'll have to take a ride one weekend. I heard they tend to be a bit overpriced. Is that true in your experience(s)? Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  21. I agree with the above posts. It's not that goldfish only need vertical swimming space, they need both. My experience has been that angelfish do a lot of horizontal swimming as well. So, they need both tall and long tanks, Lol. A better rule would be that an adult angel need a tank at least 16-18 inches deep. Now, depending on the size of your tanks and your fish, it may be beneficial to move the angelfish to the taller tank. I would probably keep the angel in the taller tank and the goldfish in the longer one.
  22. Okay! Thanks. I've been using it for years in all my tanks... I guess it's just one of those things that isn't quite as popular/or as necessary as it once was. I won't add any next time I do water changes
  23. Yeah, we do have quite a few! They're something I would really miss if I moved out of state. Being close to an international airport really does allow stores to broaden their imported livestock selections!
  24. Hey all! So I figured I'd share a few of my favorite spots in northern NJ that I like to shop at for fish and supplies. Since there are so many Jersey folks on here I'm hoping that someone finds this useful! Adam's Pet Safari- Chester, NJ This is definitely on the list of my favorite stores. It's nestled in Chester, a quaint town that's right off route 206. They have a decent selection of fish and plants. They also have a huge selection of supplies and tanks, including some harder-to-find brands like eheim and hikari. Prices tend to be a little on the higher side. They usually have nice looking goldfish which are either labeled "Imported" (always a bit nicer) or "Domestic" (not as true to type, but cheaper). Worth the drive if you're close enough! The Pet Shanty- Scotch Plains, NJ My go-to LFS. A really short drive for me! Charlie and Jess are great people and I can't begin to say enough good about them. Family owned and operated for over 20 years. Huge selection of freshwater fish... they have 4 rooms of tanks! The first room is freshwater community fish/goldfish, the second room is marine corals/fish, the third room is devoted to African Cichlids/big oddballs, and the fourth room is wild-caught specialty species. Fish are great quality! Not a ton of supplies and tanks, but Charlie is always willing to order whatever you want! Prices are fair as well. Ely's Tropical Fish- Florham Park, NJ This store is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Devoted solely to fish, mostly freshwater. The establishment itself looks rather sketchy, almost like a bunch of outbuildings and sheds that are connected. I actually considered not going inside the first time I made a trip here.. Lol! But the selection and quality of fish is bar-none. Lots of hard to find species and big oddballs like stingrays and catfish. This store is mostly geared towards selling livestock, but they do have a limited amount of supplies and equipment available too. Imported goldfish are gorgeous, albeit expensive. DEFINITELY worth checking out! Not many people know about this place... it's nestled right off a main road in Florham park but still isn't well known. It even says so on the store's receipts... "Ely's Tropical Fish- The Best Kept Secret in NJ". I chuckle every time. Absolutely Fish- Clifton, NJ Only been here a few times. Everyone raves about this store. It's a traffic nightmare to get there on the weekends which tends to deter me. To be honest, I didn't find it to be anything special. The people were knowledgeable and friendly, but their equipment and dry goods were grossly overpriced. I spent lots of time looking around and ended up not buying anything. A great store, but definitely geared to selling big show tanks and marine fish to major contract clients like businesses or extremely affluent people. I think it's still worth checking out though. Anyone ever been to any of these places? What did you think? Let's discuss!
  25. I always have. I usually eyeball it... the amount just depends on how much water I changed. Probably somewhere in the vicinity of 1 teaspoon per 2-3 gallons of water.
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