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  1. Yes, the pond is deep enough to overwinter fish and gas/oxygen exchange is also good to go, since I do still have life in my pond (frogs & some baby fish)
  2. Sadly "Big Blue" as I called him has died. I will continue to monitor the others and do weekly water changes. I just did about a 20% change yesterday. I am nervous though that this will continue as I said one of my babies died two days earlier, so it seems odd that all of the sudden two would have problems in that short of span (especially being one of the smallest and the largest fish I owned). I continue to look at the bodies of my other fish and also watch their behaviors and nothing seems off, though it didn't with the fish that have died either. If you guys have other thoughts, ideas, etc. I would love to listen in and see what I can learn. Next year I think I may just leave them in the pond overwinter, which may come with its own challenges, but could be better in the long run.
  3. Can't take a photo right now but the splashing is coming from the exit hose (black). They are zip tied together to keep them in align with the cover than I can slide on and off. (that is also the reason I have the pump directly under that area. The size hose I had for that was the stiff kind so that what I worked with. I completely understand the river-type flow and think its a great idea. I do think that being 250gph that is should still be ok in a 40g. This may be part, and maybe all, of your problem. Did you bring anything in from the filter or from the pond to "seed" the new lava rock? Ponds usually take 3-4 weeks to cycle, and during that time your fish might have been exposed to toxic levels of ammonia and/or nitrite. This can damage the gills, which is bad enough, and that damage can create a site for infection. The only thing brought from outside was pond water and hornwort. The pond filter is a bog so nothing could have been transferred indoors. the standard recommendation for ponds is to change at least 10% of the water weekly. However there is a big difference between an outdoor pond and a temporary pond in the basement. I will definitely begin a weekly water change. I have hornwort in my ponds. It provides pretty good biofiltration for an aquatic plant (land plants are better), and goldfish don't eat it unless they can't find anything else. It is a floating plant which will sink to the bottom when it gets really cold so it can survive the winter. If you have enough light and let the plant float like it wants to, it will contribute to the health of your tank. The reason I brought some hornwort in is that I left it in the pond last year and it all died off. I use the rock to keep them from sucking to the pump. Flakes are really expensive. A small serving of a high-quality food (one that contains little in the way of grains and other fillers in the first four ingredients) is what I recommend for winter. Fair enough, I'll look into it.
  4. So you have two 40 gallon stock tanks each equipped with a filter (5 gallons?) in which lava rock is the only medium. yes From what I see in the picture the water comes into the top of the filter and comes out the bottom. Is this correct? Enters in the bottom, exits on top It also appears to me that your tanks are ~ 1/2 to 2/3 full. Is this correct? They have gotten low due to evaporation but have since been filled Did the lava rock in these filters come from you pond filter or did you start with new lava rock? Started with new lava rock How many gallons per hour do your pumps claim to put out? 250 You have not changed any water since the tanks were set up. Is there some reason for this? No reason, have never done water changes as long as I've owned pond fish. I see something that looks like a large rock in each of the tubs. What is this? I also see something that looks some plants laying in the bottom of the tanks. Is that what it is? A rock in each to hold down Hornwort. Tetrafin goldfish flakes is not a high quality food. I tried to look up its ingredients on line, but nobody is bragging about them. fish meal, ground brown rice, dried yeast, shrimp meal, feeding oat meal, wheat gluten, fish oil, soybean oil, corn gluten, algae meal, potato protein, etc etc etc. When they're out in the pond they get all types of food from algae, organisms in the algae, insects falling in the water, peas, etc, along with the flake food. You indicate that you don't use a water conditioner. Does that mean you use well water? yes Are you in or near a city large enough to have a pet/fish store where you can get supplies/ meds? yes
  5. Not a great setup. I have a 19 gallon bucket that I originally bought 5 years ago to keep 2 fish in during winter. That is what he is in now. I tried to run a small pump but after while I could see him get pulled over to it and had to take it out. I know its not good to leave him in there without water movement but I cannot figure out what to do. Today I put a dose of melafix in since that is all I have for fish medicine, which probably wont help but at this stage I figure it can't hurt it any more than it already is.
  6. Would like to know myself, especially if that is an issue or cause of this. I can match temp, but am curious as to how I match pH? Not really experienced with any of that. The pump sits in the stock tank and draws water up to the bucket. The pump has a sponge which is also covered by the plastic casing. photo: If a heater is not an option, would you have any other recommendations or thoughts? Also, as far as feeding is concerned?
  7. I'm glad you posted this video because I am new at testing. After watching, I'm confident that I did the test correctly. I won't deny the possibility that I could have read the color wrong, but if I did, I believe it would still be under 5.0 ppm. I feel terrible that it's in this shape, but this being the second in a row after the baby fish, I feel more terrible that the others may suffer the same fate if I cannot figure out what has gone wrong.
  8. I have not changed water since I started it up in October. tap pH is 7.8 The fish are in the basement. Though its becoming kind of a hassle, so they may stay in the pond next year.
  9. Yes. When I hold it upright it doesn't look as bad but still has a bit of a bend. Almost looks normal for a second as it swims forward and then back to that sideways position.
  10. Hi, I'm new here. As much as I'd like to properly introduce myself, one of my fish is in bad shape and I can't figure out whats wrong. I'll try to fill you in with as much as I can. My fish are kept outdoors in the warmer months. They have now been inside for two months. A few days ago I looked in and found a poor baby dead. Yesterday I found my beautiful blue Shubunkin sucked to the side of the pump. I thought it was also dead but realized it wasn't. It just floats on the bottom on its side. It moves very little. If I hold it upright it tries to swim for a second before going back on its side. I had to remove it so it wouldn't get sucked back to the pump. Visually I can't see anything wrong with its appearance. Last year I had the same thing happen and that fish did not survive and I never figured out what the cause was. I'm hoping to save this one if possible but I worry its going to be too late. I'm also focused on hopefully figuring this out to prevent other fish with the same fate. My only thought at this point is that the water is cold (info below) and while I don't feed a lot, I have fed them every few days do to uncertainty of it and I worry it may have caused "swim bladder", but I don't know and have no other ideas. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.25 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) N/A * Nitrite Level(Tap) N/A * Nitrate level(Tap) N/A * Ph Level, Tank 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap N/A Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strip s or drops? API Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 52° F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallons, running since October * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 5 gallon bucket full of lava rock * How often do you change the water and how much? have not done water change yet * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? - - * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 adult fish around 5", a few first year babies just over 1" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? none * What do you feed your fish and how often? TetraFin goldfish flakes. not too often since water temp is so cold. would like some input about that * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none * 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 on bottom, sideways, wont eat, rarely tries to swim.
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