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  1. I am of the belief that the more aeration the better as long as it does not become a jacuzzi or overpower the fish. A wet/dry should easily have you at 100% saturation without subjecting the fish to high currents that would be detrimental. 

     

    You can supersaturate the water but that normally will only happen from faulty equipment and I don't think I've ever seen it. I'm sure it can happen but I would consider it a rare event.


  2. IME Ph will always run higher in a clean tank especially with a high GH/KH. Aeration could also be something that makes it rise. Your readings are what I would consider normal.....I'd just keep reading from the tank only and I don't think you need another large water change.

     

    An old method is to measure the Ph out of the tap, then fill up...say a 5 gallon bucket with tank water. Then aerate the water heavily and see what it reads about 12 hours later. This will give you the true Ph you are working with from your water source. 


  3. "Never get cocky"

    Ah, boy. I'm far from cocky as a new fish keeper. I'm going to let this statement go, as I can see now that you just kind of have this kind of backwardly aggressive thing as part of your personality. I will assume no harm is meant. All is well for now and with everyone here to help me, I feel as if I stand a good chance of taking proper care of my guys for a long time. How any cockiness came off in my statement, I really have no idea.

    I do not make WC based off of quality. I do two per week. Since my fish don't like to be in only 25% of their water, I do one 25% and one 50% change per week. Extra trouble because my fish like it better. I've never had issues on my tests even though I didn't know about cycling and stuff. I'm keeping a very close eye out and I trust that if I'm careful and monitor closely, with the help I have here, I can attack any issues before they get out of hand.

    Ive been very lucky so far and am dedicated to trying to help my buddies live long happy lives. You were a beginner at one point, please try to realize that overdoing things and/or overstating things can just scare a beginner rather than encourage them. I'm not cocky, I'm just a fishkeeper, same as you are. Not experienced yet, but that's what the site is for! :)

    It's poor wording on my part but keeping fish for any number of years will give you humble roots. You're doing everything right....until you're not. A couple of weeks of google is not going to help, it might help, but that is about it.

     

    A couple of weeks ago, you couldn't even read a basic Nitrate test kit. I appreciate and love your passion towards these fish, only problem is more than half have burned out and never post hear again after a few months,

     

    Here is a few pieces of my advice if you or anyone else cares. "Never overdo it." . "Don't overreact and medicate unmercifully"  " Stop guessing what is wrong". "when in doubt change water."

     

    I realize they don't relate too your tank but it is a good learning experience.


  4. My air pump broke so to help my buddies breathe in the meantime, I had to lower the water level so the filter splash could help aerate the water. Less water means more potential problems. I realize that. I ordered a new one but its not here yet. They will be fine in the meantime.

    Also, my Seachem Prime is stuck in the mail and should be here before Friday when I do my 50% WC, but won't arrive tomorrow in time for my smaller 25% WC so I'll have to skip that one. No way for my media to be years old since I got the fish last October and didn't bother with a cycle since I didn't even know about them back then. Can only work with what I have, so said gamble must be taken.

    Got a new larger filter and added all the old media and some extra new media and all tests just came back clear. I think I'm good to go. There might be a wee bit of trouble as the new filter gets established, but I am on top of everything for now. Carefully monitoring everything. Fish are still perfectly fine, and will keep a close eye out for issues, as I always do. Thanks for the help, everyone.

    Never get cocky. 


  5. My air pump broke so to help my buddies breathe in the meantime, I had to lower the water level so the filter splash could help aerate the water. Less water means more potential problems. I realize that. I ordered a new one but its not here yet. They will be fine in the meantime.

    Also, my Seachem Prime is stuck in the mail and should be here before Friday when I do my 50% WC, but won't arrive tomorrow in time for my smaller 25% WC so I'll have to skip that one. No way for my media to be years old since I got the fish last October and didn't bother with a cycle since I didn't even know about them back then. Can only work with what I have, so said gamble must be taken.

    Got a new larger filter and added all the old media and some extra new media and all tests just came back clear. I think I'm good to go. There might be a wee bit of trouble as the new filter gets established, but I am on top of everything for now. Carefully monitoring everything. Fish are still perfectly fine, and will keep a close eye out for issues, as I always do. Thanks for the help, everyone.

    Everything sounds good and I understand that you will not have a multigenerational  bio load media. Believe it or not but I am behind your protocols because my system is completely virgin. I'm starting from complete scratch and I like it that way.

    Keep up your water changes...regardless of your water parameters. Don't make your water changes based on water quality results. I can not stress that factor any further. 

    OT On your fish. They could easily be from the exact same spawn. Some will takeoff and others will lag behind......the bigger factor is culling/sembetsu.


  6. I think it will depend on your tank thickness, the brace thickness.  If you push the filter closer to the tank, you will likely get it to fit.  But if the edge of your tank is pushed closest to the waterfall spot then that will make it a bit bigger. 

    4.5" is 11.43cm according to google.

    https://www.google.ca/#q=inches+to+cm

    So I think you will be okay as long as you push the filter as close to the tank as you can.  So the tank rim is closer to the basin of the filter rather then the waterfall portion.

     

    Thank you so very much and that was exactly what I was looking for.  Looks like 9cm fom the pics and that should be fine for my application. 

     

    I just wish the US went metric back in the 80's when we where in the transition phase. :wall


  7. Sorry about the lung infection. I had one years ago that sent me to the ER as well. At first they thought I was having a heart attack! It was a collapsed lung that left me ICU bound for 12 days. My Pulse Ox numbers were in the 70s on 24/7 full oxygen. Coughing up green stuff all the time. Was beaten to knock it loose and shaken with a vibrating vest. Needed a tube to remove the infection. Sucked!

    I did read a lot of the thread. I got my two from two different sections (small "fantails" $2.48 and "calico fantails" $5.68) and just tossed them into my tank! Turns out Rhonda is a Ryukin, not a "fantail". Slate was a gray fish in a tank full of calicos and he said HI!! so he was mine right then. LOVE THEM! I'm SO GLAD my dudes are strong little buggers, I made SO MANY errors at first. But they have fought through everything and are doing well now. Here to make sure they keep thriving and growing (especially poor little Rhonda, who is bullied by Slate). Thanks for all your help and hope you get to feeling better!

    Somewhat unfortunately but we have some things in common. I was below 80% with blue lips, hands, and face. I have no idea what my toes looked like but i'm sure they were blue. It sounds like you had it way worse and I was wondering about my will. Stay away from the light  :whistle

    With your devotion and anal retentiveness (terms of endearment) you will be fine if you stick with it. Sometimes I forget my first two goldies were from Wallyworld and were placed in a ten gallon tank. That Fantal made it 7-8 years and lived a fantastic life. . 


  8. Here is my link from 12 years ago. It is very informative and exposes my questionable decisions as well as what  I did right and what I did wrong. ###### that was a blast from the past, but very informative even though it was related to koi. Just keep on learning and surround yourself by those who know better and have the experience.

     

    http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/9134-the-importance-of-quarantine/


  9. Okay goody! Only detected a teensy little bit anyway. No nitrite and there's usually 5-10 ppm of nitrate before the change and no detectable levels afterwards. PH is stable and I should be good. On another note, how are you feeling today?

    Test that water tomorrow morning and I'll guarantee no ammonia. I'm glad you asked but I'm getting better by the day, doctors diagnosed a viral lung infection which is not good for asthmatics. I have never felt closer to death than last Wednesday night but I'm a tough Polack and have been keeping fish for years. I only wish this website managed to keep some of my insights. 

    Check out the Pond section and I still have a thread devoted to QT on there. I think it goes back to 2004. 

    With your focus on every little aspect you will be a terrific GF keeper in the long term. The truth is they are some of, if not the hardest fish too keep in a tank. So every single person on here is fighting an uphill battle......but they're so cute and receptive it's all worth it. I took a 5 year hiatus and started up with Fancy goldfish.....maybe it's just a curse or more likely a addiction.


  10. As long as you have an active biofilter that can convert ammonia to nitrates you will be fine. I used to run 2,000+ gallon water changes with just sodium thiosulfate which would only break the chloramine bond, thus resulting in no chlorine but free ammonia. Filters always took care of the ammonia in short order and I'm guessing that your tank will do the same.


  11. I'm looking for some help from anyone that runs one of these filters. Can you tell me what the clearance is between the filter and the wall behind it. I'm talking from the back of the tank to the wall.

    I've found conflicting evidence and I currently have 4.5" of clearance and think I should be Ok. I'd hate to have to drag the tank out an inch too accommodate the filter. I'll also be using the filter as a pure mechanical/fines filter with a 50 micron pad on top, and absolutely no bio media. Maybe that I'll start another thread on that in the future. 


  12. Sorry I came off as an . Like I mentioned it's been a rough few days for me, spent monday morning in the ER and then took an ambulance ride for the first time wednesday night back to the ER. They got me jacked up on all sorts of meds but I don't want to use that as an excuse, I was completely out of line.

     

    And don't worry about learning after you bought the fish, that's probably how 99% of the posters ended up here. You should be applauded for doing the right thing and if I can lend some advice in the future I will. 

     

    The one thing I have learned about keeping fish is the journey never ends and every day you can learn something new. That's what makes this hobby so much fun.  


  13. Buy your fish from a local breeder and you won't be disappointed. For every dollar you spend at Wal-Mart, no matter how good your intentions are you are supporting breeder practices and the continuing production of those fish. You might help a few fishes life, but in the long run, you are perpetuating breeders growing fish.

    It's no different than  90% of the Back Yard Breeders breeding terrible dogs with a multitude of health problems. Do you also support  puppy mills?

    I applaud you for doing the best regarding these fish, and good luck. I'm at the point where I spend my money on breeders doing the right thing and I support them. 


  14. The fish are fine and quite happy and healthy, which is obvious. They ENJOY "ramming themselves into a jar" as evidenced by them doing it again and again. Another user mentioned her fish enjoyed a container as well. Im not forcing them. They dont HAVE to use the jar. The tank is currently going through "remodeling" as I removed artificial plants that were harboring gunk, causing fin tears, and just taking up room. It's currently very empty.

    Pray tell me, what problems do my fish truly have? They have swimming space, a nice variety diet, constantly excellent water quality as I do changes twice a week, and an owner who, as a beginner is doing everything she can to ensure their well being. They chase each other, they play together, they are doing quite well and I'm very happy with how they're doing. I'm not even remotely done with their tank, but I'm going step by step. As the fish grow, they will stop liking the jars and they will be removed. That won't be too long now. "Going forward" there will be no jars, as the fish won't fit... But okay.

    Tank looks tiny and you have juveniles. Stop thinking about how they look in the moment, and concentrate on how they will look in the future full grown. 


  15. The fish are fine and quite happy and healthy, which is obvious. They ENJOY "ramming themselves into a jar" as evidenced by them doing it again and again. Another user mentioned her fish enjoyed a container as well. Im not forcing them. They dont HAVE to use the jar. The tank is currently going through "remodeling" as I removed artificial plants that were harboring gunk, causing fin tears, and just taking up room. It's currently very empty.

    Pray tell me, what problems do my fish truly have? They have swimming space, a nice variety diet, constantly excellent water quality as I do changes twice a week, and an owner who, as a beginner is doing everything she can to ensure their well being. They chase each other, they play together, they are doing quite well and I'm very happy with how they're doing. I'm not even remotely done with their tank, but I'm going step by step. As the fish grow, they will stop liking the jars and they will be removed. That won't be too long now. "Going forward" there will be no jars, as the fish won't fit... But okay.

    I wish you the best, but I'm not so sure everything will turn out so rosy as you predict. You obviously have a plan and don't need any guidance, and your plan will work. All I'm saying is that when it doesn't, you'll still have helpful hands here. People with decades of experience, not just the latest blog readers.

    Goldfish need space and large water volumes, not jars to play in. They are not circus creatures for our enjoyment. If anything, we have 100% responsibility on how they turn out and thrive. You literally have control of 100% of their environment, what other animal can you claim that responsibility?

    They are a hard variety, especially for the beginner, but it can be done with the right advisement.

    It's your choice to be hard headed or receptive. I sure as hell know I learned the hard way......but then the light came on.

    Again. Good luck because I know your heart  is in the right place. 


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    If you don't want broken dorsal fins, I  suggest you get rid of that jar.

    I've removed things accordingly. Literally the only things in there are the jars because I removed everything else. There have been no broken dorsal fins (I've not seen a dorsal fin even knock into a jar and I've watched very closely) and my fish have a very good time in their jars. It's currently their only source of a good time. Actually, even when I do decide these jars are too small (the fish won't break their fins, they will just stop using them) I'm going to upgrade to a very large mason jar instead.

    The smaller mouth jar Slate doesn't even enter because he really can't fit. The fish aren't stupid, they go in and out of that jar perfectly fine. In addition, Rhonda fits easily without his dorsal fin coming anywhere close to the top. Nobody has ever told me that the jars are an issue because clearly they aren't. Remove them? I think not! I will take it into consideration, however. Also, couldn't you have said "The fish might break their fins on the jar, so I'd consider removing it for their sake". Why be so aggressive? Oh, well!

    Anyway, thanks for the posts, everyone. They are turning into buddies!

     

    You'll thank her for that information when something goes inevitably wrong in the future. Just because all is well right now, doesn't mean it will be in the future. Those jars offer nothing positive going forward in the development of your goldfish going forward. It's your fish, so it's your call but if your fish only have a good time by ramming themselves into a jar, you already have more problems than you think.

    In the end they are your fish and it's up to you. Good luck and I wish you the best. 


  17.  

    Nice!!! Is that an all male tank?

    Thanks Rob!!!! I know the Lemon Jake and the Firefish Peacock Cichlid are male's. I don't know about the other's. They get along well.

     

    Do they breed and hold? It looks like many varieties so maybe that holds back on the violence and adds to the peaceful level. TBH I've always been in awe of an all male tank and your tank looks like it replicates that. Congrats!!!! I love it and it must be fun too watch.

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