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  1. Hi Fantailfan1, Thanks for the tip about the nitrates, I would have been wasting lots of testing solution! Great save. I have just redone the test ammonia and nitrite tests. It is exactly 24hours after the last test was done. I made sure to use a timer this time, and my father in law is a panel beater and used to matching paint colours perfectly, so I enlisted his eyes in case I was reading the chart/tests wrong... after 5 min, these were the results: PH 7.5 - stable Ammonia - 0.25ppm. It was only just dark enough to call it this. Risen from 0.1ppm yesterday Nitrite - 0ppm stable Does this sound consistent with the figures I had yesterday? I am sure I timed yesterdays too, but who knows, I might have read the watch wrong. I even waited for 10 min after the test results to make sure the ammonia test didn't darken, but it didn't. I have also been rinsing the test tubes out twice with the test water prior to testing. Would that make a difference? Anyhow, I am going to get my husband to take most of the fish to my parents in laws pond, they will be very happy and well looked after there. Lots of wrigglers, duck weed, and hidie-holes!
  2. I have just tried to upload pics I took last night, but our internet is too slow. We are on satellite internet, and it seems that if a cloud blows in the way the signal drops.... very frustrating! I will try again later to see if it will work. Thanks again!
  3. re tank size... forgot to finish the sentence... oooops... its a 100L tank, or 26 USgal or 22 imperial gal... I am not sure which gal you use... its been set up for 4 weeks, with fish added two weeks ago, and snails one week ago.
  4. Ok Sharon, thankyou for the form. Good news though, all fish are swimming around a lot happier this morning. Just a little fin clamping now, but swimming with the others, and not running into things. So maybe the problem was too much rainwater? Ill still post the form below, just so you can check to see if I am doing anything wrong, or need to change anything (the form shows the symptoms the two fish had).... Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.1ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5ph KH45 Gh179 (I don't have a chloramines test kit sorry) I mixed 1/3rd townwater to 2/3 rainwater * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2ph KH53 Gh215 (I don't have a chloramines test kit sorry) * PH level, Rainwater: pH less than 6, KH less than 10, GH less than 20. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater test kit for high and low level PH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrites. API test kit for GH & KH * Water temperature? 24-25 degrees Celsius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 100L so is that * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Not sure of the filter name, it came with the tank, but it is a 1500L/hr filter on an overhead sump, also an underbed gravel filter with scoria gravel media. * How often do you change the water and how much? 30% change once a week, or more often if ammonia reaches 0.5ppm * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday, 30% but added more townwater this time just prior to water change: ph 7.4 kh 10 gh 55 ammonia 0.1ppm nitrates 0ppm nitrites 0ppm then I added more town water to the tank during the water change to up the GH/KH so the parameters after the water change were: ph 7.5 kh 45 gh 179 ammonia 0ppm nitrates 0ppm nitrites 0ppm * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 comets about 2 inches each, 6 mystery snails about half inch each * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime water conditioner, nothing else (it says it has an ammonia blocker?) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Nutrafin Max flakes under water surface, or sera goldy gran pellets soaked, once morning and once night alternating between the two types of food to vary their diet. They eat all the food I give them within two min. * Any new fish added to the tank? the mystery snails were added 6 days ago * Any medications added to the tank? none * 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 signs of ick, worms, fungi, scales protruding, no marks on fish, no excess mucus * Any unusual behaviour like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? two fish just clamping dorsal fin and anal fins, sitting at the top of the tank about an inch below the water surface, occasionally swimming as though they are blind (running into things then getting a fright), moving mouth like chewing cud or mumbling, not gulping for air or yawning, no labouring fins, eating fine, can still swim fine, showing now signs of swimbladder sinking/floating or lilting, comes to the front of the tank when I get close, but just sits there the rest of the time below the surface of the water. First fish started showing symptoms 3 days ago, second started last night. Remaining 3 fish showing no symptoms. Hope this makes it easier to read? Thanks so much!
  5. Just tried to take some photos, but they didn't turn out very good, Ill try again when it is light. :-) Thankyou.
  6. oh, the latest water parameters yesterday were: just prior to water change: ph 7.4 kh 10 gh 55 ammonia 0.1ppm nitrates 0ppm nitrites 0ppm then I added more town water to the tank during the water change to up the GH/KH so the parameters after the water change were: ph 7.5 kh 45 gh 179 ammonia 0ppm nitrates 0ppm nitrites 0ppm
  7. It is an API freshwater test kit. I was surprised the ammonia levels were not high, and that the nitrites did not show up on the readings yet. I will do another test in the morning to see if I have done something wrong. Would it be possible the test kit is out? or more likely me? I will try to figure out how to upload some photos too. We are on satellite internet so it can be hit and miss with reception. It is 3.40am here, so I will get some sleep, and then I will get back to you in the morning, if that is ok. Thanks so much again!
  8. Ah the table did not come out properly... DOH! Basically the only ammonia reading I have had is 0.5 on the 3rd, and I did a 30% water change, but other than that the ammonia level has not gone above 0.1 which was today. Don't know if that helps?
  9. Hi, I noticed about two days ago that one of my comets is sitting near the top of the water (about an inch from the top) and his top fin is clamped down. He is not gasping, or gulping, but looks more like he is chewing cud or mumbling. He is eating normally, and can swim around normally when I go near the tank, but when I go away again he just sits near the top again. Occasionally he will swim around the tank and it is as though he is blind, and cant see, and jumps when he bumps into something, like he has had a fright. Late tonight another has started showing the fin clamping symptom and they are both sitting in the same area of the tank. I cannot see any ich, any excessive mucus, or any marks or cottonwool fungi on either of them. Neither are constipated, or showing signs of swim bladder. Both are able to swim quite normally to the bottom of the tank, and stay there if they want to. The others are all swimming about quite happily... in fact they look better than I have seen them before, so I don't think it can be the water change I have just done (details below). I should add, they are feed twice a day I alternate between Nutrafin Max flakes which are lowered below the surface of the water, and sera goldy gran soaked. They consume all the food in less than 2 min, and I make sure I don't feed them more than this, even when they beg! I have a 100L tank, with hood, overhead lighting, and a overhead sump filter, filtering 1500L/hour... or that's what the info said. I set it up with scoria gravel bed, under gravel filter (for extra biological filtration and additional aeration), a air pump which has 2 outlets @ 200L/hr each, and some soft silicon ornaments, a large diving helmet for them to hide in (i made sure it had no sharp edges) and a 131mm round air stone. The tank is not planted. I let the tank sit for two weeks with no fish for everything to settle prior to adding the fish, with the filter running. I am unable to source any ammonia, so I have had to do a fish in cycle, so I bought the 6 small comets (less than 2inch each) from the pet shop, as they said they are the hardiest. I intend to do a slow tank cycling, so that the fish are not tooo stressed, and realise this will mean more frequent water changes. They have been in the tank just on two weeks now. I sadly lost one a day after I bought them, so now I have five. They are not going to live in the tank once it is cycled, because I understand comets grow to big for my tank. My parents in law have a pond they will be going in. It is large, has lots of duckweed over it, and lots of places for them to hide from anything interested in them. Just prior to purchasing the comets I found out about the KH and GH. That did my head in! But again, it sounded like it might have been the problem with my jumping ph water issues, so I ordered a test kit. That was all well and good, I have been testing the water, but had no idea of what to do with the results or what they meant. I found the water sources I had available had the following parameters: Rainwater: KH less than 10? it was less than one drop for the API KH test GH 20? PH less than 6 Townwater: KH 53? GH 215? PH 8.2 I realised too from my research in the last week that it is good to keep records of the tank water readings I have taken, so I have started doing that. Prior to my keeping records, I was testing the water daily to look for ammonia, nitrate or nitrite spikes, and had recorded no readings for any of these. The tank has had fish in for two weeks. These are the readings I have recorded. Prior to this all the readings for ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite were 0ppm and the ph7.4. Date water change? KH GH PH Amonia ppm Nitrite ppm Nitrate ppm 3/04/2015 30% WC after tests unknown unknown 7.4 stable 0.5 0 0 5/04/2015 no unknown unknown 7.4 0 0 0 6/04/2015 prior to WC 10 55 7.4 0.1 0 0 after WC 45 179 7.5 0.1 0 0 It was only after reading some information on KH and GH on your forum that the penny finally clicked. I had been reading about it on all sorts of websites for days, and it meant absolutely nothing to my poor brain, other than I had a problem with the water. I now under stood the importance of the GH for goldfish, so today I did a partial water change (30%), and used a larger percentage of town water than I had previously. This has resulted in the ph sitting a teeny bit higher, at 7.5 instead of 7.4, but the GH is now around 179 and the KH is now about 45. At least my little fish will be getting some minerals from their water now. I did it slowly over a couple of hours to let them adjust to the new water parameters. I always make sure I use prime water conditioner when I do water changes, let it sit for at least an hour prior to adding it to the tank, and always test the ph and temp before adding it to the tank. I have kept a smaller tank for treatments if required, and I have some medications on hand, they both turn the water blue... malachite? just a guess from here. I can check if that is necessary. The only other information I have missed out is that I added 6 small mystery snails to the tank about a week ago. Oh, and prior to the record taking, I was doing a 30% water change once a week. The water temp is 24-25 degrees Celsius, with no heater on. We are just coming out of our summer in Australia. Also the filter media in the overhead filter is filter wool, very fine filter wool, scoria gravel and carbon. I have been rinsing the filter wools in the water removed from the tank then putting it back in the filter sump. I have not touched the carbon or the scoria since setting the overhead sump filter up properly for the fish two weeks ago. I am very careful about not letting any chemicals enter the tank, either by air, or on anything touching the water. I don't know what to do. Can you please let me know if you can help? Or if I am over reacting? I realise you are probably on holiday, but any help would be very very very gratefully accepted. I cannot bare seeing any animals suffer.
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