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Shannan Gilbert

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  1. A couple of days ago I switched from two aquatech hob filters (a 15-20 and a 60-75) to a sunsun canister filter (525 gph) on my 40 gallon breeder. I have on Ryukin (sp?) in it that is about 65 grams. (I do plan on adding another goldfish sometime down the road) I am currently running the aquatech 60-75's and the canister filter at the same time, until I am sure that the canister filter has been seeded well with the good bacteria. How long do you think I should run both filters before my canister filter is well established? How often should I pull apart the canister filter and clean it? Is there a way to test the flow rate of a canister filter? Its supposed to be 525 gph, but to me it doesn't seem to be running that much.
  2. It just seems that no matter what I do, I just can't keep my fish healthy. My tap water has an ammonia level of .25, but I use a double dose of prime at my weekly water change. Is it possible that there is something in my tap water that could be keeping me from keeping my fish alive and healthy? Has anyone else ran into a problem with their tap water?
  3. I don't think s/he got stuck anywhere. The only thing I have in my tank is 4 silk plants, (3 potted in small ceramic pots) a bubble wand. I am mainly bare bottomed with about 15 or so large (golf ball size ish) rocks on one side of the tank as their "foraging" area. Then there is the heater and the tubes for my HOB filters. His gills were white up until a few days ago. (to be honest they are what worry me the most) My water parameters are the same, my WC routine is still the same (10% daily to clean the bottom, 50 to 60% every 3 or 4 days) I noticed the change the most after my last large WC. I have my tank at .3% salt to treat possible ich. During my WC I calculated how much salt I would have to add back to keep it at .3%. At first I wondered if I had calculated wrong, and added to much salt, which is what is causing the color change. But my blue oranda is doing just fine, no drastic color changes. He has had a behavior change since my Ruykin got sick, but he was always the shy follower, and I have always just attributed his behavior change to the fact that the fish he followed around is sick.
  4. That video was taken on the 14th. These pictures was taken today. He has gotten a lot more black on him in just two days. I know fish change color, I just didn't realize it was this quick, and was wondering if it had anything to do with the salt in the water.
  5. oops, i guess I didn't load the video right. Let me try this.
  6. My red and white Ruykin is currently being treated for ich or some other mysterious parasite. I have the salt up to .3‰, and have raised the tank temp to 75 (I have it set at 80, but apparently my heater is not big enough to heat my 40B to 80 degrees) My fish dose seen to be getting better, he's not bottom sitting all day and has started to eat again. I have noticed that big color change occurring and some odd behavior. He's turn black on his fins, gill plates, head. I know goldfish can change color, but this is all with in the last 3 or 4 days. He is also doing this odd jerking about thing. I made a video, let me see if I can post it here.
  7. No. I have only been able to find a nitrate test kit. I have to order nitrite online and haven't been able to do so yet.
  8. I got some more pictures during water change. These are the only spots on him. And you can see here how his tail fun is curling under on the ends. I also got a better look at his clamped dorsal fin. It dose not appear to be ragged.
  9. To be honest I can't really tell. He is keeping it pulled into his body. I haven't ever treated for anything other than ich.
  10. I also noticed he did not eat this morning when I fed them. I have done a 15% WC since testing the water (to clean the bottom) and plan on doing a bigger WC later on today. My blue Oranda has no signs or symptoms of sickness. I have been struggling with deciding if I am feeding them enough, or over feeding them. So over feeding could be a factor in this. I also have an open top tank, which is not usually a problem in my house. But both my kids had friends over this weekend, and there was a few times I caught kids with sticking fingers into the tank water (the Ruykin will nibble at your hand looking for food)
  11. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) .25 * Nitrite Level(Tank) no test * Nitrate level(Tank) 10 * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25 * Nitrite Level(Tap)no test * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 (I do not have a high Ph test kit) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API test kids , drops * Water temperature? 70 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40B, I just switched over on 3/29 from a 20G that had been running for aprox 3 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? One Aqua tech 20-40 and one Tertra Whisper 60 * How often do you change the water and how much? 10% daily to clean the bottom and at least 50% every 3 or 4 days * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4/3 I did a 60% water change * How many fish in the tank and their size? two fish, one is a 10g blue oranda and the other is a 17g ruykin * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I was using API tap water conditioner, but switched to Prime on 4/1 when I found out there was ammonia in my tap water * What do you feed your fish and how often? Aqueon goldfish granules (pre soaked for a few minutes) twice a day. Pureed spinach, peas, and carrots gel food once a day( I just started this earlier this week) Frozen blood worms once a week (they just got this for the first time two days ago. * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? Kordon Ich Attack 24ml added today * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I treated for Ich once before with these same fish when I got them at the begining of March. I treated with Ich Attack and raised the temp up to 80 for one week. This was after seeing a few spot on the Ruykin. The spots went away after 3 days of treatment and I continuted to treat for 4 days afterwards. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White spots on tail fin and pectoral fins. I noticed that the tail fin seems to be curing under a bit and his dorsal fin is being kept pulled down close to his body * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom sitting, or sitting on the plants. This just started last night. I was on my way to bed and I noticed the Ruykin sitting on one of the plants. I just thought he was sleeping and I snapped a few pictures of it. Then this morning he didn't swim up to the front of the tank to greet me, and I knew there was something wrong. He is always been the friendliest out of the two, and anytime I walk by the tank he is right there to greet me.
  12. So I did manage to do 2 more 30% water changes and my ammonia levels were still at .25th. I tested my tap water and it tested at .25 (which explains why my water tested at .25 after only 3 days) So what now?
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