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  1. Actually we now have a lot of research showing that goldfish (and fish in general) do best it they experience the natural daily cycle of warming during the day and cooling at night.  Outdoors, this often involves a swing of 10-15oF over 12 hours, depending on the climate.


    I strongly recommend a weekly filter clean.  Clean the sponges or other mechanical filters vigorously, getting as much crud out as possible.  Just rinse the detritus from the biomedium.  


    The detritus collected in the filter feeds decomposing bacteria.  These use oxygen to release ammonia from nitrogen-containing material and oxidize organic molecules to carbon dioxide.  The nitrifiers would be happy to oxidize that ammonia, but they need oxygen to do so.  The more crud in the filter, the more oxygenated water needed to keep nitrification working optimally, but the more crud in the filter, the slower the flow.  Clean filters work better.

    Thank you Sharon... I will start a weekly cleaning of the filters... Hopefully my cycle won't take a hit... I'll keep testing daily to keep a close eye on the water quality... :)

  2. Chris here... I put a "super" wonder shell in the tank today... I'm thinking this a good thing... the surface bubbles created by the air stone and air bar are 90% diminished... And the ones that are left pop right away... I guess I'll be investing them from now on... When the fatties are retuned to the tank I am hoping that this will curb their interest in eating bubbles... Finger and fins are crossed.... :D

  3. So you aren't cleaning the filters with every water change? A weekly rinse keeps the filter clean and effective.


    If you aren't doing 100% water changes, you can simply siphon the new water into the tank using 1/4 inch tubing to make the water temperature change gradually.  Or you can just add the new water a gallon at a time.

    No, I clean the filters once a month, but I do look closely at them at each water change to make sure nothing is looking off... the take up tubes covers are thoroughly rinsed at each WC there is a lot of particles and poo collected there...

    The 12 to 15 degree tank and tap difference has always been a challenge for me and the 100% WCs once a week have not interfered with my cycle since I had upgraded from the 20 to the 40... I test the tank pretty much daily since I have a history of a fragile cycle...

    I don't believe fish are phased by a small increase in temp.

    I don't believe fish are phased by a small increase in temp.

    Hi DieselPower, thanks for your response... I'm hoping to close the gap from tank and tap so my water changes are not so challenging... yesterday the tap was the coolest it had been since May... 78 degrees, so dropping the temp the 6 to 7 degrees to get with in the at least 3 degrees of the 70 degrees of the tank prior the the WC was a much easier 1 hour vs 2-3 hours I have been dealing with... :wall

  4. I don't like 100% water changes in a cycled tank.  I know some people swear by them, but to me they seem to mess with the goal of having a stable ecosystem.  You might consider Two 60% changes a week instead.  Any substantial gunk a week after a full water change strongly suggests overfeeding.  If you took the two larger fish out of the tank and cut the amount you fed that tank in half, that would constitute overfeeding.  


    Why did you raise the tank temperature?

    Hi Shakaho, The filter cleaning was done on the previous wc... what I did discover is that a month with the take up tubes having the sponge covers; the filter media is not near as nasty as in previous cleanings... :)

    I have absolutely cut the feeding way down... the babies get one bite of repashy soilent green and about 10 small pellets to share twice a day....

    It's just really frustrating to get an ammonia reading the day after the water change...I cannot figure out what caused it... :tantrum

    The reason for adding the heater is that my tap cold water even on cooler days is between 78 and 82 on the warmest days.... It takes a couple of hours of cooling the water before I can put the fish back in the tank... it is my intention to shorten that part of the WC process.... according to the reading I done 75 degrees is considered a very healthy temp for the fatties to thrive in....

    If you see that I should be doing anything different please advise... Thank you so much!!! :D

  5. What do you mean by rinsed the filters? What did you do with the bio media?

    Hi Mickey! I used a bucket of tank water, placed all the media (sponges and bio) in the bucket while doing the water change... I then gently rinsed the all the media to remove the gunky stuff and replace it into the the filter chambers... I also rinsed the take up tube covers (which were loaded with poo and cleaned the take up tubes. All in tank water... but again that was done on the previous WC to this one... and the cycle was fine between the two... :)

  6. Chris here... I thought to start a thread on this since my cycle has been so fragile... :(

    I did a 100% WC yesterday... water testing prior to change showed: PH 8.0, Ammonia 0-.25, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 5-10... I have been doing a 100% WCs every Tuesday since 9/27... My tank was over stock until Monday 10/17, when the 2 fatties were moved to the no tell motel for the for see able future to deal with their floatiness. So all that is in the tank are Hindenburg and Nautilus both are small babies. Their body length from nose to beginning of tails are 2 inches... Both fish are being their usual self... No behavioral changes...

    Tank size is 40g. Filters: 2 AC70s, running at 75% each, one DIY water skimmer. 1 air stone, 1- 24 inch bubble wand...

    Both filters wer rinsed back on the 10/11 WC...

    Added a heater yesterday to bring the tank up to 75 degrees... the tank without heat was typically 69-70 degrees..

    Added a wonder shell this morning after today's water test...

    Today's water testing: PH 8.0, Ammonia .50, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0

    In response to the spike I added a complete dose of Pime.

    If there is something I'm missing, please advise...

    Thanks so much... :hummm

  7. Hi Lisa... If their time in the no tell motel and the surface skimmer in the tank fail, I just may give your idea a try... :hmm

    I love the glass gems--nice touch!

    The training of my oranda worked for a while, but I missed a couple of days so he went back to surface slurping. I've floated a couple of plastic colanders in the tank and he doesn't surface slurp any more and thus no floating. Kind of unsightly. I'll take the colanders out soon to see if there are any lasting effects. If not, I'll put the colanders back in the tank.

    I figured out that my other goldfish will push this oranda to the top when it is feeding time. So I think that is potentially why he developed a habit of surface slurping--at the top the other goldfish doesn't push him around during feeding time. With the colanders in the tank, this oranda gets a bit more aggressive with the other goldfish so the pushing lessens.


    They may not be happy with accommodations, but they sure are adorable!!!

    Hi Allie... They may be adorable, but they are stinkers first!!! They are have too much fun splashing around in in there new digs... I here a splash and go see what they are up too, they look at me like "What???" ... :rofl3
  8. Your poor fishy! She must be packed with eggies! :o

    I don't know about the crease near her mouth but hope it's benign. :hug

    Coco is a very pretty fish. Looks regal! :heart

    Thank you :D She is still dropping them too!  I imagine that must be uncomfortable, but happy she's getting them out.



    She's always looked super round in the back area. This may explain why. I've never seen so many eggs from a fish her size! Hopefully she passes them all and gets to feeling better.

    Have you seen her eat the eggs or can confirm that there are significantly less than you're sure she laid? If she's not eating, I'd be worried even with the egg issues.

    I also wonder if this is why she's always been a bit extra rotund in the back end... it's actually one of my favorite features about her.


    At this point, I'm not so sure she's eaten any of the eggs... especially since she hasn't touched her duckweed or been interested in the pellets I put in yesterday.  I haven't fed her since yesterday morning, but I've left the duckweed floating in her tank.  Perhaps she'll have a snack today once she's gotten the rest of those eggs out?



    Chris here.... Yay!!! She looks so much better... :happydance I was wondering... If her eggs are slow to release are due to not having a male to chase her around??? I have seen in videos that the males are relentless in chasing the females, maybe that chasing activity helps the female push out the eggs.... :idont

    Good question!  I know it can definitely help a female release eggs when a male is present as the chasing typically has the male pushing up against the female.  I thought about that when I was reading up on eggs and spawning activity last night.  Ideally, it would be good to have one of the boys in the tank with her... but if there's a chance she's having egg issues I don't want to stress her more or have the male accidentally push too hard and hurt her.  Plus, since she technically hasn't complete her QT I don't know if it would be a good idea for me to have another fishy in there.  Being a girl is TOUGH!

    Oh, I agree... But maybe the next time she is egg Chubby she won't have any issues... I'm sure she has no desire to have a tank mate right now.... poor baby is try to cope... :sick

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