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    • 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.
  1. 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. :doh11::cry

  2. 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! :-)

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  3. 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 ;)

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  4. 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! :)

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    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!

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  5. 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! :)

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  6. 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!

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  7. I have had a few different filters over the years. I always avoided AquaClear simply because I thought that it was cheap looking and probably wasnt of of any quality. I have had an AC110 for about 4 months now and find it to be my favorite. The difference between these and the Penguins is night and day.

    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!

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  8. The goldies seem to be doing swimmingly. They're eating normally and love being in a bigger tank. I'm so happy I upgraded them now rather than later.

    I'm working on turning my 10g into a "real" planted tank. Right now I just have some hornwort and elodea floating around in there. Yesterday I added 2-2.5 inches of very fine CaribSea gravel and 2 new CFL bulbs (it was incandescent).

    I'm starting to make a list of plants I want to add to the 10g in the next few months...

    Echindorus tennellus

    Corkscrew vallisneria

    Purple cabomba

    Amazon sword

    Cryptocoryne wendtii purple

    I'm not sure whether I'll attempt to add an Amazon sword or not. They get huge and I know it would probably outgrown the 10g eventually. I also want to try and experiment with a dirted tank in an extra 2.5 I have lying around. More pics to come when I get the chance!

  9. 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!

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  10. 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

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  11. Thanks :)

    I'm really happy with my decision to go with the black gravel. My cichlids color up so much better over the dark substrate! And my goldies are definitely enjoying all the extra room in their new 55g :)

  12. Kinda weird to only have TWO goldfish (Gordan Ramsey: Choc Oranda & 30cents: Comet) in the 90 gal tank. I will eventually get a couple more goldies but I am really waiting for one to come along that I REALLY want. I have actually looked at them a time or two but I didn't make a purchase!! (I would really be happy if a Black Oranda found it's way to my tank!!!My DREAM goldfish) BUT we'll see what the future holds!!

    Your fish look fantastic! In time you'll find that next special goldie that you just HAVE to take home with you.

    P.S. I think I remember you from another Goldfish Forum that's no longer up on the web... Is my memory serving me right? If so, I'm glad to see a familiar face! :)

  13. After crunching the numbers a bit I'm looking for some opinions on putting 5 goldfish in a 55g tank. They're pretty tiny right now, but long term will it work out? According to AqAdvisor I would be overstocked by nearly 50% :(

    yes you would be... personally I would only go 3 at the max... goldfish get huge and need room to swim... I got two 8-9" goldfish in a 50 and they look crowded to me.. :o

    Darn. I was hoping maybe this would be the final, end-all solution for me to keep the comets. Now you've given me the perfect excuse to build a pond in our backyard since I've wanted one for years now anyway! :lol3

  14. Thanks everyone! So I have a little update. After going back and forth all week, I FINALLY made a firm decision on what I wanted to do.

    As much as I want to build that double stand, my goal is to get my 5 goldies into a bigger tank as soon as possible.

    So... Petsmart has a 56g column tank on sale for almost $100 off. It comes with a stand and a hood. This is really a great deal! I'm going purchase a 56g and move my cichlids into that. Then I'm going to move the goldfish into the standard 55g tank.

    New 56g tank-

    Eheim 2215

    Light colored gravel

    2 blood parrot fish

    1 blue acara

    3 black widow tetras

    1 silver dollar

    Old 55g tank-

    Eheim 2213 and liberty Eheim power filter

    New Gravel

    5 goldfish

    20g tank-

    Liberty Eheim power filter

    Platies, Mollies, and plants

    Hopefully I'll be able to go pick up the new tank and some gravel tomorrow. I will definitely post pics! :-)

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  15. Update:
    So, I'm working on getting the goldfish into a bigger, long term home. Ideally,I want them in a 55g.

    After pricing out new tanks and a different stand at the pet store, I've decided I'm going to just make a really nice custom one. My dad has a carpentry/construction background and will be helping me through the process. I want an enclosed stand that holds two 55g which will slide in from the back. Only the front face of the tank will be visible. The other three sides will be painted.

    Here's a very raw drawing I did this morning. I'm thinking a nice white beadboard finish with trim and moulding to give it a completed look. :-)

    a6a8ypyd.jpg

    And here's the basic design I'm going to use for the base of the stand and will add to it to make the upper part of the stand...

    http://cichlid-forum.com/articles/Double_55_diy_pt1.php

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