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  1. If you have 0ppm of ammonia, I would suggest adding 5 TEAspoons of all natural, no addatives salt. The only ingredient on the box should be salt. This will detoxify the nitrites better than the prime. It is not a permanent fix and water changes should still be done when nitrites are detected.

    But BEFORE you do this, let's see what a mod says :).

    Also, what is your nitrite and ammonia level out of the tap?

    I tested the water this morning and got this result:

    Ammonia: 0ppm

    Nitrite: 0.15ppm

    So I did a 50% water change. I should keep doing this until both read 0 right ? Is my tank cycling ?


  2. How much food are you feeding your fish? What are you feeding them? I'm wondering if the amount and type of food are contributing to the smell.

    The smell that I get when my tank is in good order is an earthy like smell. I have to stick my nose quite close to it to get that smell though.

    Also, I notice you are posting about the smell in your "Seachem Matrix" thread, so I had to read both threads to get a sense of what is happening for you. It maybe good to try to consolidate the smell issue to this thread so that we can make sure to get the bigger picture, and to see what others are suggesting you do.

    A healthy fish has little odor, but you seem to have a very sensitive sense of smell. The fish swimming near the surface may increase aerosol production which would put the odor of the water into the air.

    You can do a simple experiment to tell if you are smelling fish or water. Take the fish out of the water and put them in fresh dechlorinated water. Then agitate the surface of the tank water and sniff. Take a fish out of the water and sniff the fish. Which has the smell you are wondering about?

    To make this procedure useful, take advantage of the fish being out of the tank to do a 100% water change. :thumbup2:

    You are right I can only smell it when my nose is really close to the water, I've been feeding them Sera Goldy Color and Ocean Free Natural Growth and Peas.

    Shakako you are right in the morning I smell nothing in the water but because my tank doesn't have a top cover so they can see my face, the smell appears when they come to the surface and asking for food. But I will try out what you said to be sure.


  3. Do they gulp or are they just there swimming?

    Mine are most of the time there swimming doing the "feed me dance" this is now they beg. Being cute and all. :teehee

    They will come to the surface and gulp when I come to tank, but if I grab a chair and sit down or turn away they will continue doing their own stuff. I try moving slowly from side to side of the tank and they follow me. About the smell that I mentioned earlier I think that is their smell; because I can't smell anything from the water when they are swimming at the bottom, but whenever they come to the surface that smell appears. Do goldfish have smell ?


  4. You can add 1 tsp per 10 gallons to help block nitrite toxicity. :)

    And you can send me some of those truffles. :lol2

    :rofl

    :teehee Thank you, but actually it's a medicine box :rofl

    If you have 0ppm of ammonia, I would suggest adding 5 TEAspoons of all natural, no addatives salt. The only ingredient on the box should be salt. This will detoxify the nitrites better than the prime. It is not a permanent fix and water changes should still be done when nitrites are detected.

    But BEFORE you do this, let's see what a mod says :).

    Also, what is your nitrite and ammonia level out of the tap?

    I tested the tap water:

    Ammonia: 0 ppm

    Nitrite: 0ppm


  5. For fish-in cycling, the strategy is to use some sort of water conditioner that can detoxify ammonia, so that you can let ammonia numbers go to 0.5-1ppm before having to do a water change, while keeping the fish safe from toxicity. A lot of us here use Seachem Prime, or Kordon Amquel Plus, but I don't know if those are even available in VN, and if so, how expensive they are. Can you find out if you can get some sort of ammonia detoxifier (not remover) cheaply?

    Once the ammonia phase has come and gone, you can use salt in the tank to block nitrites, and let the cycle continue to the end at way.

    I tested this morning and got this

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    Ammonia: 0ppm

    Nitrite: 0.15 ppm

    I did a 30% water change yesterday morning and fed a lot, 3 times yesterday with Sera Goldy Color and Ocean Free Natural Growth.

    So what is next ? :)


  6. You actually never demonstrated that you had a cycled tank, so your tank may be cycling for the first time now.

    The local fish shop advised me to use some bio product which is said to help fast cycling my tank with in 2 or 3 days. I did it a month ago, but now I 've found out that the product only helps producing bacteria which make the water clearer, not the ammonia bacteria :(. SO I think I have to start all over.

    By the way I tested my tank this morning:

    Ammonia: 0.25 ppm

    Nitrite: 0.10-0.15 ppm

    PH: 7.5

    How much water is needed to be changed everyday ?


  7. I think I messed up everything, because last week I fed my goldfish cooked crushed peas and it was all over the place, it got in my canister filter and did a 100% filter cleaning, but I only cleaned the media. Was it cause the death of bacteria ?

    Also I am using a canister filter from Jebo 829 with 5 trays:

    1st: sponge and bio-sponge

    2nd: sponge and Gex Mega Bio

    3rd: Bio Ceramic Rings

    4th: Bio Ceramic Rings and Sponge

    5th: Seachem Maxtric (1 litre)

    So I think that I have to cycle my tank again but this time with fish in it @@. Any recommendation ?


  8. So recently my tank water smells like pee but I can only know it if my face is about 5cm from the water. I did a test and got the result

    Ammonia: 0.5 ppm

    Nitrite: 0.15 ppm

    I did a 50% water change and tested again:

    Ammonia: 0.25ppm

    Nitrite: 0.10ppm

    What is happening ? please help

    Mine is a 53 gallon tank with:

    4 medium goldfish (1 ryukin, 2 oranda, 1 comet) and 3 small lionhead goldfish. Mine is overstocked I know T_T.

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