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  1. In the event you lose all of your goldfish to a fast spreading fungal infection, should you throw away your biowheels and replace them with new? Is the biowheel completely contaminated for future tanks of fish?
  2. Can raising my ph too quickly cause this? I noticed it was extremely low right around the time I bought the 2 new fish, like 6.0 after I'd done a water change. So I started adding drops daily to bring it up. Is it possible I did it too quickly? They really seemed to perk up after I did it, and I haven't added anything further in the past week.
  3. I have a 30 gallon tank, which has been running perfectly for over a year. About a month ago, one of my goldfish died. He'd been struggling for a very long time, probably the past year and a half. He seemed to bloat easily and I couldn't get him to eat any peas when I suspected constipation. After he died, we bought 2 new fish who were both small. They joined my 2 year old telescope in the same tank. So 3 fish, 2 are pretty small, 30 gallon tank. Ph is at 6.8, and has been for a long time with no issues. 2 days ago, the smallest fish became covered in what looked like a fungal infection. There was some feathery white stuff attached to his fins, which is all I could tell because he was a solid white fish. I pulled the filters, treated my tank with fungal medication. The next morning he was wedged under my bubble rail breathing heavily, and by last night he was dead. This morning the other 2 fish, who are very strong and healthy, both have begun showing the same signs. Feathery white on the ends of all their fins, and then chalky white patches on their bodies. So far they are still alert, eating and swimming normally. I expect them to both be dead by tomorrow, and I don't know how else I can help them. I've treated the water with a product called Fungus Eliminator, but I don't know what else to do. I'm afraid they're doomed. The symptoms don't really seem to match any information I found in the list of goldfish diseases. The white patches are chalky on the body, and feathery on the fins. Can anyone help me or suggest anything further I can do?
  4. Hi, I'm going to be moving in the next couple of weeks, and need to know how to transport my fish as safely as possible. The distance is only about a 5-10 minute drive south, so I'm not terribly worried about them becoming too stressed or bounced around during transport. What I'm most concerned about is the fact that I'm going to have to strip down my tank, move it to the new house, and then set it up again. How can I avoid having to wait a long period before adding the fish back into their tank? I'm going to have all new water, and I don't want them going into shock because of it. Will I be ok if I don't scrub the tank down, and restart it with the same filter cartridges? There'll still be the water from the old tank that I'm transporting the fish in, do you think that's enough? Thanks!
  5. i can't wait until i can get a new tank. you're making me jealous!
  6. nice fins...the coloring on him is a lot like my fish mr. fabulous.
  7. that is one gigantic mouth on those guys. they're neat though. not as flashy as bettas, but pretty cool looking.
  8. i haven't really posted much in this forum, as most of my problems have revolved around my goldfish... a few weeks ago i got a really fantastic looking betta, he's like, an irridescent fushchia and midnight blue combination. i found him crammed in the very back of a shelf full of bettas in cups at vvvv. i named him mr. fabulous, because he is...just fabulous. anyway, i brought him home and fixed him up in a 1 gallon fish bowl...(i thought this was fine at the time...i've only recently read otherwise.) my goldfish had been dying off because of some ebola like bacterial infection, which would appear overnight, and kill them in a matter of 12-24 hours. i hadn't realized it in time, and had been using the same net for both my aquarium and my fish bowl to scoop out the excess food after feeding time. so of course, my poor betta caught it too. he's a real fighter though, i was having to change the water in his bowl constantly, and medicate like mad to keep the cottony garbage from completely filling up the bowl and overwhelming him. i've finally gotten rid of it though, after 3 weeks of fighting it, and i just had to tell everyone. i'm so excited, this infection has been so frustrating, and mr. fabulous has made it through, perfectly healthy. now that he's better, and because i've had such terrible luck with my goldfish...probably because i've only had a 10 gallon tank and can't afford a larger one for now...i'm going to move him into the tank, and pick up some little tropical fishies to be his roommates. i've decided it would be more responsible of me not to purchase any more goldfish until i can afford a large and fantastic set up for them. unfortunately, that won't be until we move from st. louis to seattle, in about 6 months. i thought it would be a giant pain to transport a goldfish anyway, so i'm going to wait and just buy more there. sorry that was so lengthy. i just wanted to share, this is the first good thing that's happened with my fish keeping in a long time. i'm doing the happy dance.
  9. that's really cute! my betta does a happy dance at meal time.
  10. i got the hood and light set up for about $20 at vvvv i think, replacement bulbs run like, $10-12.
  11. i tried romaine with my goldfish too, and he didn't like it at all. i blanched it first and everything. but i found mine did loooove cantaloupe. so maybe it's a preference thing. like, bettas are supposed to go nuts over bloodworms, and every other betta i've had loved them. but my current betta, mr. fabulous, isn't the least bit impressed. he won't eat anything but his betta bits. in fact, when i try to feed him bloodworms, he actually seems to be giving me a dirty look, and then goes and sulks. they're all individuals, with likes and dislikes, and it could just be that yours doesn't like salad.
  12. i have the same thing in my tank, but i've decided to leave it, because i think it's pretty...but if i was going to try to get rid of it, i would try the bleach and water mixture and let it soak. i don't know if it'll work, but that would be the thing to do it, if any.
  13. right on. i was just thinking of getting one or two and giving them a try, see if they balance out my tank a little better than it has been on it's own...
  14. are there any types of plants i could buy that will take longer to be eaten by the goldfish, or any that the goldfish aren't terribly fond of? i've never kept live plants before, but i'd like to try them for the benefits they offer to the tank. i just can't afford to constantly replace them if my fish are going to munch on them.
  15. something wide and shallow...like tupperware? that would be my plan i think... i just recently went to large river pebbles in my tank, but i was thinking i'd like to add some live plants, so mine would also have to be potted.
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