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  1. You don't need to reduce the amount you feed. The cycle is keeping up with your current feedings. You can continue with the same amount twice a day if you're happy with that amount of food for them. If you think they should be fed more, just increase very slowly. :)

    Thanks for the advice :). I can relax now

  2. How often are you feeding? You can either add another small meal or increase the amount fed at their current meals a bit. I like more meals and smaller amounts for my fish. :idont

    I've been feeding them twice a day but since my tank is newly cycled and is not stable so I think I'm gonna feed them twice a day but reduce the amount of food to a half for a couple of days, is it ok ?

  3. Now you get to sit back and relax. :rofl3

    The tank does appear to be cycled :clapping: but it is obviously very newly cycled and therefore a bit "fragile". I would keep your eye on your parameters closely--ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. (If I remember correctly you're waiting on a nitrate test? :idont ) Try to keep the nitrates 20 or less and do WCs accordingly. Most of us do a large (50-90%) WC weekly, some do them a bit more often. That will depend on stocking levels and how quickly your nitrates build up.

    Keep us posted on how things go. Congrats!! :rockon

    Thank you, I got my water changer now so I am able to do large water change in a breeze :teehee, buckets are painful. Any recommendation on the feeding, since my tank is newly cycled ?

  4. Hi guys, I have this oranda and a comet lived together in a 7 gallon container for about 9 months. I bought a 53 gallons tank 2 months ago and moved them in, is my fish stunted, I want them to grow to their full potential too.




  5. You can use a seaweed clip and give them lettuce, kale, bok choy, spinach, etc.

    They're bound to like some sort of leafy green! :D

    Depending on the size of your fish, you may need to blanch the veggies a bit.

    Thanks, I have my cousin buy a couple of veggie clips for me when he return from the USA next month.

    And I got the result:


    Does this mean that my tank is cycled. What should I do next ?

  6. If ammonia is 0 and nitrite is barely there after 24 hours, you are essentially cycled. I say essentially because you have a bit of nitrite, so low that my test kit might not even detect it. I would leave things alone and retest in 24 hours. :)

    Thank you, I'm excited for the test result tomorrow, please be cycled already. :finger crossed

    Only tip I have to offer is if your filter is very strong and sucks up things such as peas, bloodworms, etc., perhaps you could turn it off while the fish eat and then turn it back on or adjust the intake flow if possible :happydance

    Sounds like your cycle is going great! :nana

    I'm thinking about getting a pre-filter sponge for my intake. My fish seem like they don't like peas at all, is there anything else good for them ?

  7. I can't respond to your canister set-up because I only use HOB filters. But I can comment on your cycle. You must be using the Seachem Nitrite test if you are registering Nitrites at 0.05 ppm, correct? Or do you mean 0.5 ppm? If you mean 0.5 ppm, then you are not yet cycled. Make sure you have salt per fantail1's recommendation in your water. Also, put in some Prime (I think you have it?) to help break down the Nitrites so that your biological filter can more easily convert it to Nitrates.

    If you really do mean Nitrites at 0.05 ppm, then you are very close.

    What is your Nitrate reading?

    I'm using the Prodac Nitrite Test and my nitrite is 0.05ppm.Yes I have aquarium salt but I haven't put it in. Both nitrate test and seachem prime are sold out, I'm waiting for the Local fish shop to stock it. May be next week.

  8. If you have room for it, sure. :)

    I have this set up right now on my canister filter:

    1st tray: sponge and bio sponge

    2nd tray sponge and gex mega bio

    3rd tray: ceramic ring

    4th tray: ceramic ring and sponge

    5th: 1 litre of Seachem Matrix

    I'm thinking about switching the 4th tray for mor Seachem Matrix. What do u think ? Is this arrangement good ?

  9. You could add aquarium salt at 1 tsp per 10 gallons and that would block the nitrite toxicity. Then retest in 24 hours or I'd do about a 50-75% WC. :)

    You're really getting close!

    OK then I will do another water change :) Thanks. How do I know if my tank is fully cycled ? Both ammonia and nitrite read 0 ?

  10. Did you do a WC between your last 2 posts? Do you have any salt in the tank still for the nitrites? Have you tested for nitrates?

    I did a 80% water change yesterday after the first test. And I didn't put any salt into the tank. So should I do another water change ? How many percent ? :)

  11. What is your tap and tank pH?

    Yes, you are cycling and it's almost done! :nana the last step is to have only readings of nitrates.

    I was away from home for 4 days and had my brother fed the fish for me. I have just come back home this morning and tested my tank water. This is the result:

    Ammonia: 0.5 ppm

    Nitrite: 0ppm

    Is this normal ?

  12. I don't think any plants could go well with goldfish, my surface plants which were destroyed completely after 1 day, they ripped the roots. But bubble eyes are weaker as compare to others especially their eyes, so I would keep some plants which don't have too sharp leaves.

    Anubias and Java Fern work well with Goldfish and some people have success with Swords and other plants. But, I do agree to avoid plants with hard, sharp leaves.
    Yah I totally forgot about them but I think my goldfish are naughty, they don't want me to have some nice plants lol. It s like they are trying to say: "only take care of us". I think I will try again with Anubias or Java Fern :P

  13. I don't think any plants could go well with goldfish, my surface plants which were destroyed completely after 1 day, they ripped the roots. But bubble eyes are weaker as compare to others especially their eyes, so I would keep some plants which don't have too sharp leaves.

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