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  1. Thanks for the offer. I ended up increasing my water changes from once to twice a week. I also am doing a more thorough agitation of the sand, as I noticed air bubbles that would exit. My new fish are doing well. The fantails are still staying strong. I have a blue Oranda that seems to be doing better, but I think whatever it was that affected him might have caused some long term damage perhaps. This episode has been a disappointing. Had no issues with the tank for almost two years, then suddenly lose a bunch of fish. I feel like I have been doing everything right with the water changes, extra filtration, good food, etc. If i have another episode, I might switch to cichlids. My dad has a cichlid tank with clown loaches and Chinese algae eaters where he does maybe a 25% water change every 2-3 weeks, and he has no issues at all. Water parameters are perfect, no diseases, no algae. And they will have babies that replenish the tank. They just seem hardier than goldfish and a lot less maintenance. A shame, because I always loved goldfish. They have a lot more personality than other types of fish.
  2. I’m fairly certain it was a bristlenose. Only one half of the Oranda’s tail was chewed so I am assuming the pleco did it 😧 My water from the tap seems to have high nitrates. I’d probably go with RO water too though I don’t have a way of filling my 100g tank with it on a regular basis.
  3. Thanks very much! I had plenty of algae in the tank, along with wood to rasp on. I think the pleco just found the goldfish to be a tasty snack :( I had to unfortunately also euthanize a lionhead that had severe swim bladder issues last week. Poor guy would just float upside down unless he was constantly moving, and eventually decided to park himself in plants to keep him from floating upside down. I was hoping maybe he would grow out of that, as he would seem to get better at times and start swimming a little more normally for small stretches, but after six months of dealing with it, he spent his last week not moving at all in the plants even with food around. I thought at that point it was just best to euthanize the poor guy. I just noticed that our veiltail seems to have what seems to be a bit of pine coning tonight. Ugh! It's been a rough few weeks. The fancies generally seem to be having issues with constipation, etc. I went to feeding from 3x a day to 1x a day, even fasting, and starting Repashy Super Gold. It's a bit frustrating as I had no issues, but then the fish started getting to a certain size and having issues. I've been feeding good food - Hikari Lionhead and Omega One, along with bloodworms, brine shrimp, seaweed, and Repashy - but seems like they still get constipated, swim bladder, etc. The two fantails are in perfect health, as well as the short finned oranda and yellow capped white oranda. Makes me wonder if I should spend they money and go for fish from Dandy Orandas or ECR. I'm guessing they have better quality fish than my local Petsmart, where I got most of the fish. The lionhead and ranchus came from buygoldfish.com.
  4. So I ended up getting an albino bristlenose. No problems for the last year and a half, then all of a sudden, I think she started attacking my goldfish. I found one ranchu with what looked like a big cut on the belly that died a few days later. I thought maybe the fish had cut itself somehow, but a couple of weeks later found another ranchu with what looked like a similar, but thankfully smaller cut. And, about a quarter of the tail fin of a decent sized black Oranda looked like it had been chewed off similar to the marks I’ve seen on plants where they pleco attached herself. The goldfish also seemed to be a little traumatized, sticking to the corners of the tank. Needless to say, even though I never caught the pleco in the act, she is gone from the tank. Was a shame, she was a good 3.5” and had been a fine tank mate for the last year and a half. The goldfish look like they are back to their normal swimming patterns too, maybe realizing the pleco is gone. So, I definitely wouldn’t recommend even some of the more docile plecos in a tank with goldfish. Frankly, I’m not sure she did much when it came to algae.
  5. Yeah I got very lucky. People on the other side of the block behind me are still out and ultimately will be out at least another day or two. This was a prime example of why goldfish need filtration and aerated water. In only 14 hours, nitrites and ammonia were up near 0.5. I’ve seen the effects of nitrite elevation before when my filter must have burped. Fish swim listlessly at a 45 degree angle nose up, and there is poop everywhere. They recover quickly with a WC, but it’s a bit scary to see.
  6. Yep, I’m using Tahitian Moon Sand from Carib Sea. I found out about it from others on this forum. It’s dense enough so debris tends to sit on the top. It’s also small enough that the goldfish seem to like to sift through it, and my BN pleco can dig little hollows under the river rocks. Pricing for it seems odd - sometimes the 20 pound bag is barely more than the 5 pound bag. And when I first set up the tank, I think a seller was selling two 20 pound bags for like $20 and free shipping. Just an FYI that you can get good deals if you time things right. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007R55QUU/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520174933&sr=8-1&keywords=tahitian+moon+sand&dpPl=1&dpID=51eulhL2KKL&ref=plSrch
  7. Thankfully my power came back on late this afternoon. I went ahead and did another partial water change and cleaned out the filters. I had cleaned them a couple of weeks ago so they only required a slight rinsing. But, a few hours later they are all looking good. So thank you both again. Lots of great tips there if this happens again. Just glad I was home when it happened as things could have been very serious if I was out of town given how quickly things went downhill.
  8. This is all really great, thank you! I have a 100g tank with 10 goldfish. I have two big eheim canisters. I disconnected the tubing for them this morning but will rinse the baskets out with tank water and try to get them in the tank itself. I have plenty of Prime. Good to know about the protection level. I didn’t feed them this morning - they didn’t look like they were feeling good so I bet it would have gone uneaten. They perked up a lot after the WC. Luckily I have hot water still so I can keep temps up around 70 with WCs. Thank you both again!
  9. Thank you! For some reason my water parameters at 14 hours of no power were 0.25-0.50 for both ammonia and nitrate. I did a 70% WC and parameters were much closer to 0 for both. I might try doing WCs every 12 hours to be safe. Glad to know others have made it through long power outages. We might be down 3-4 days. Does anyone know if there are any battery backup systems on the market? I imagine that something like this would be a death sentence for discus or marine tanks.
  10. We had a bad windstorm in DC with lots of power lines down. Could be days before I’m up and running again. My power has been out for 14 hours now, and fish weren’t looking good so I’m doing a tank cleaning and water change. Anything else I can do? Anything I should do to maintain the filter’s bacteria colony? Anyone have any recommendations for a battery pack type device that could temporarily run filter? Thank you in advance!
  11. Good to know, I'll have to look into that. Can you use moss balls in a tank that has substrate? I'm using sand. Usually I've seen moss balls used on bare bottom tanks. Thank you!
  12. I use Tahitian Moon Sand. When I siphon with the Python, I keep it just over the sand to pick up debris. I also pick up the rocks and agitate the surface of the sand a bit to ensure nothing is trapped. I also stick the hose into the base of the plants where a lot of debris seems to get trapped. Now that my fish are bigger, they are ripping up the plants a lot more. My bristlenose pleco also likes to park himself on the java fern leaves causing damage. I still like the plants for a little extra color and hopefully nitrate mitigation.
  13. Thank you Artic Mama for the kind words! I like the plants for adding a little color to the tank. I also thought they would help keep nitrates down, though I don't know to what extent that is happening. I'm not sure how I feel about them now. The tank was very overgrown, especially with the crypts which must have been over two feet long because at one point, the tops of the plants were laying across the top of the water. I think the fertilizer tablets I was using really juiced the growth of everything, so I had to buy aquatic scissors to keep everything in check. I also had to pull a lot of the new crypts out that were growing all throughout the tank because it likes to put out runners. I haven't added new fertilizer tablets in months, and the growth has really slowed down. Instead, I just add about 5 capfuls of Seachem Flourish every week with my water changes. Also, my bristlenose pleco likes to hang on the undersides of the java fern leaves where there was lots of algae. As she's gotten bigger, she does a number on the leaves which end up dying or looking wrecked. I got her because I was having a ton of algae everywhere, especially on the river rocks (they were covered completely in green and brown algae) - but after getting her, the rocks cleaned up almost immediately. As the fish have gotten bigger, they've also been a little more destructive so I'm constantly pulling out floating leaves and other debris. I think I'll still keep plants, but maybe stick with things like anubias and crypts. I'll probably also remove some more rocks as well so they have more room. I've already taken some out, and will probably pull out more in the future.
  14. Thank you Shahbazin. One of my 4-year old twins named her Silverfeather Sharktail. She's was tiny when my daughter picked her out, and a very dull gray (she is the bottom fish in the second picture of my first post). I also wasn't sure that she would make it as she sat on the bottom of the tank for a good month after we got her. But, she is in really great health now, and lost a lot of the dull gray color to have very vibrant oranges, silvers, etc. A really cool fish, I haven't seen any other veiltails at Petsmart and other local fish stores.
  15. That's a really nice marine tank. My dad had a big one when I was little. Impressive that you can maintain such a small tank.
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