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aquabubbles

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  1. I don't think Goldie is feeling well ​Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) Unknown * Nitrate level(Tank) Unknown * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) Unknown * Nitrate level(Tap) Unknown * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 (Maybe .1 lower? Colour is hard to read.) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75 gallons, set up three days ago * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Petco brand rated for 30 gallons * How often do you change the water and how much? I have not changed the water yet, I was thinking I should do a w/c tomorrow..? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? No water change yet * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 goldfish: aprox. 1.5", 2x 3", 2" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API water conditionor * What do you feed your fish and how often? 3x daily, food varies; Hikari Lionhead pellets, frozen bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp, spinach, peas, kale, lettuce. * Any new fish added to the tank? All fish are new to this tank, this is Goldie's first time being in a tank with one of the fish, the 1.5", Dazzle. * 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. No medications have been used. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? A red cut/mark on belly * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Frequentely stops swimming and floats head down-tail up for a few seconds. Swimming slower than usual. A few notes/explanations: I don't currently own nitrate/nitrite test kits. I will be buying them tomorrow or Friday. (Sorry!) I am aware the filter is not suitable. I plan to purchase a much larger one when I pick up the test kits. My guess is the red mark is from aggresive mating attempts since Goldie is confirmed female and Oliver, confirmed male, has been pushing her around lately. Any help is much appreciated!
  2. I'm curious why 1/2 inch or less sand is recommended? Is that not including heavily planted tanks since a lot of plants need deeper substrate for their roots?
  3. I currently have 3 in a 20 gallon along with platys, guppies, and neon tetras. I started out with 4, but one passed away from unknown causes I have 4 new girls in quarantine right now that I will be adding into the tank in three weeks. The more females you have the more the aggression is spread out so no single fish will be picked on the most. I think 5 would be pushing it in a 10 gallon, shoot for a 20 gallon if you can. The key is LOTS of plants and hiding spots! You shouldn't be able to see clearly from one side of the tank to the other. Break up the line of sight.
  4. Most female livebearers bought at pet stores are already pregnant. My first guppy fry and my first platy fry were both from females that were already pregnant when I bought them!
  5. They do great together, but a word of warning: mollies and guppies will breed together! Say What?!? What do they make...Muppies No really they can mix? Yup, they're very closely related! It is the same for platy x swordtail. Here's a guppy molly cross: photo credit to yellowgirl on the tropicalfishkeeping.com forum Muppies or gollies?
  6. They do great together, but a word of warning: mollies and guppies will breed together!
  7. Definitely platy fry! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!
  8. Absolutely! But I never give more than they're supposed to have in an entire day, if I give in to their begging in between meal times their next meal will be smaller (I feed 3x daily).
  9. I am very excited to be building my first pond! A fish pond has been a dream of mine for a long time and it's great to see it finally happening. I have a spot in the yard already leveled out and ready to start digging. It's a nice spot that gets a good amount of sunlight throughout the day along with partial shading from trees. I'm purchasing a preformed pond liner from someone on Craigslist, this is the listing photo: These are the dimensions given: 41" wide x 57" long x 19" deep. (Anyone know gallons for that?) It's only $100 which I don't think is a bad price. If all goes well I'll be picking it up this weekend!!! So exciting!!!! I will continue to update this with lots of progress photos
  10. I decided to throw out the idea of a container pond and will be going with an in-ground preformed pond instead. I realized a stock tank just isn't the aesthetic I'm going for. I found one for cheap on CraigsList and will be giving the person a call after dinner! I think the hardest part will be digging the hole... I'm going to enlist the help of one of my strong friends.
  11. Thank you guys Here's a tank photo: The water is not usually that low, ignore that. No live plants in the tank (except pothos and spider plants in the hob) but I'm thinking about putting a couple potted ones in. For now it's all artificial Might not look so pretty, but I designed it for the fish not the people!
  12. I'm using ssaber's recipe and making it right now. I messed up and put the pro biotic into the puree before boiling. Will this be okay?
  13. I could send you some duckweed if you can pay shipping. It grows so fast, you really only need a tiny bit to start and within a couple weeks you'll have tons!
  14. I try to get it the right temp straight out of the tap, and then I let it sit for a while before putting the fry in so it can get to room temperature (mid 70's).
  15. The last few days I have been wiping it all down because I started down 100% water changes. Before that I didn't, I was doing partial water changes. The fungus appeared after I began the 100%+wipe down routine.
  16. I found two of my fry with fungus. I neglected to take any photos, but it was white and fluffy and on their underside. I took the two out immediately and culled them. I don't want any suffering or diseased fry I examined the rest of the fry very carefully and they all seem healthy. What could have caused this? Is there any preventive treatments I can use? I do daily water changes along with parameter checks. Every single day, water changes without fail. I do my best to keep the water absolutely pristine. How could this have happened? I'm worried this could spread and kill all my fry.
  17. I am now crushing them, just with a regular spoon and it works great Just one crush and they're the perfect size- not powder, but tiny bite sized pieces! Thanks guys!
  18. I feed my goldies duckweed by the bucketload! They love it
  19. I have a 20 gallon long tropical community I still need to get some good full tank shots, but I have some nice photos of the individual fish! The stock: 3x female betta (Pearl, Violet, and Isabel) 5x neon tetra (unnamed) 3x platy (Sunrise, Sushi, and Mango) 5x guppy (Spot, No-Spot, and three unnamed) And there were 4 ghost shrimp, but I think they got eaten
  20. Goldfish are good scavengers. They are also stubborn, but when they get hungry enough they should go looking for the pellets. At least mine did when switching from flakes to sinking pellets! It took them a little while, but they got the hang of it.
  21. I think it's time to start culling some of the fry. I was examining them today and I noticed one with a twisted spine that can't swim well. Since they're still young (almost 3 weeks) I expect there aren't very many defects to look for yet, but I'm now on the look out for spine defects. What else should I be looking for at this point? And what is the best way to cull?
  22. My nitrates have risen to 20-40ppm in the past. Plants really do help and I have to keep up with water changes, but I'm not going to lie that those nitrates ARE there! When I was first getting into fish (bettas), I didn't know anything about water quality/testing. I bought an ammonia test kit as instructed by some members on a fish forum and I stupidly didn't read the directions through. I didn't let the tube sit for a few minutes before taking the reading, so it came up 0ppm when in truth (which I learned later) the ammonia was through the roof!
  23. My new comet, Dazzle, is just a tiny thing and so the Hikari pellets are a bit too large for her mouth. She keeps spitting them out, then chasing them, then grabbing them again. Eventually after they've softened up some in the water and she's taken some nibbles they can fit in her mouth. I tried cutting them in half and she gobbles them down with ease. I figure it gives her something to do if she has to work for them, but I don't want her getting stressed or running out of energy! So should I slice them so she can eat them quickly and easily or leave them be and let her work to eat them?
  24. I think most - if not all - of the new eggs are unfertilized. Oh well, I don't really need any more goldfish!! Down to 43 fry Is that a normal survival rate?? I started worrying after I found three dead today. Three in one day seems like a lot, but I don't know...
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