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  1. My daughter set up a 55 gallon tank two weeks ago and then last Saturday night, she put 12 tiny goldfish in the tank. I’m not sure what kind of test kit she had bought, but yesterday the ammonia tested in the “Danger” area. I told her she needed to do at least a 50% water change, which she did. After the water change, the ammonia tested in the “Harmful” range. Now this morning, all of the fish are dead except 2 of them. She is absolutely sure it’s because I told her to change at least 50% of the water. Also, she told me this morning that she did not dechlorinate the water when she did the water change last night. When I told her she should have done this, she said the original water she put in the tank a couple of weeks was not dechlorinated either. I’m not sure how the fish managed to live as long as they did in chlorinated water. I’m thinking the fish most likely died as a result of chlorine in the water and high ammonia, NOT the 50% water change that I suggested. Am I right or did I give her really bad advice?
  2. Beautiful color and he has a gorgeous wen!
  3. Sadly, Kyo didn't make it. I don't know what happened unless being so much smaller than the other fish stressed him out too much. When I got home after work the second day, he was hiding in the plants. The next morning, I found him dead. RIP Kyo, you were a little sweetheart.
  4. Took some updated photos of my fish and tank last night. I didn't get a good photo of Oreo, but here's Selene, Aphrodite and Djinn...all for one, one for all.
  5. I'm in hurricane country and the season began the first of June. I've been slowly stocking up just in case. It's been a few years since we had a really bad one (Ivan), but you never know.
  6. I have an problem with green and brown algae in my tank. I've been reading various articles talking about how phosphates in the water can contribute to algae growth in the tank. I don't have a phosphate test kit, but am going to look for one tomorrow. One article that I read suggested using ROWAphos in a Phosban Reactor to remove the phosphates. Does anyone use something like this for removing phosphates? I'm just wondering if using the ROWAphos would really help with the algae. Here's some photos showing the algae in the tank. Green algae on top of the ornament Green and brown algae on the columns More green algae The brown algae is also beginning to cover my rocks. Any suggestions on what I can do to get rid of this would be so appreciated!
  7. Thank you everyone! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one that feels the need for a change once in a while. I think the suggestion of new plants and decorations for the tank is a great one. Why didn't I think of that??? I can have something different and and still have my babies. I've decided if the urge for guppies gets too strong, I'll break down and get another tank. A small one this time that hopefully it won't be too much work and take up too much time. Oldfish, thank you for reminding me that these fish I have are MY responsibility. I really needed that. I've always told my children that they are responsible for taking care of their pets. How can I expect them to live up to this if I don't do it myself? Oh and Anielynn, I am so out of here tomorrow morning! I'm headed straight out of town to see if maybe they still have the gf. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
  8. Lynda, I agree with you. Although I know my friend would take good care of my gf, I don't really want to give them to her. They're my babies and I love them. I've tried so hard to give them a good environment and take care of them. If I gave them to her and something happened to them, I'd never forgive myself. Sometimes I guess I just feel like I need a change. It doesn't help that my family doesn't really care for my gf and would like to have a community tank. I think the most telling thing though, for me, is my reaction to the gf I saw Tuesday. I soooo regret not buying it! I've thought about it ever since I got home and I swear, I even thought about calling in sick today and going back to see if they still had it. I looked at the guppy tanks while I was there, and while they were beautiful with all their different colors, none really jumped out at me and said "I've got to have this fish". I think that's telling me something, don't you. Maybe I am just a gf person at heart.
  9. Do any of you ever go through periods where you want different fish? I know lots of you have multiple tanks, so I guess that isn't a problem for ya'll. I only have the one tank now. I've had multiple tanks before and realized I just didn't have the time to take care of the fish and the tanks the way I should. I don't want to get back into that again. For the last couple of weeks, I've been going through a period of really wanting to have guppies in my tank. I have a friend that's offered to take my goldfish so I could change the tank over to tropicals. But then I look at my gf and I just really love them too. In fact, I was in a lfs in Mobile Tuesday, and saw the most absolutely gorgeous gf. I wanted it so bad even though in the back of my mind I'm thinking of guppies! I even know exactly how I'd like to set the tank up for guppies. I can see it decorated in my mind. But then I was reading Archimer's post on why do you like gf and I agree with everything that's been said in the thread. I just can't figure out why I'm not satisfied with what I have or why I feel the need to change everything up!
  10. This is my newest baby, Kyo, that I've added to my tank. He just came out of qt and is enjoying being with the big fish. From head to tail, Kyo measures about 1 - 1 1/4" long. He's just a little baby! My daughter simply fell in love with him when we found him in the lfs a couple of weeks ago and immediately named him Kyo. He's very active right now and checking out all the corners in the tank. I was hesitant about purchasing him since he's so tiny compared to the other fish. But so far he seems to be fitting right in. We're really going to enjoy watching him grow! The owner of the lfs said he's a fantail, but I'm wondering if he isn't an oranda just from comparing his tail fins with Selene's. Oh well, I guess we'll know when he starts getting bigger. Here he is by himself. Then, here he is with Selene showing how tiny he is.
  11. Thanks everyone! I feel a bit better about her now that I know it's happened with other fish. I just honestly didn't know that white would change. I just hope her wen (what little bit there is of it ) doesn't change color. I really like the little bit of lemony color.
  12. Selene is my lemonhead oranda and when I brought her home, she was a beatiful solid white color with just a hint of lemon in her wen. Over the last few weeks, she's gotten orange spots on her body and there are some orange streaks showing in her tail fins. I know there are colors in gf that aren't stable, but I didn't realize white was one of them. Could there be something wrong with her that's causing this color change? Whatever it is, I don't like it! I want her beautiful solid white color back! I wish I had a photo of her before the color change, but I never took one. Here's how she looks now.
  13. Until I read this, I didn't even know there were solid black orandas. Congrats on finding Ozzy! He's definitely a beauty.
  14. Wow, you have some nice looking tanks!
  15. Just wanted to say Please share photos of your tank and fish when you get it up and running!
  16. How beautiful! I think I'd have to print and frame it too.
  17. Shamu, you're so right...it could have been alot worse! I think if I had damaged the tank, I would have just sat down and cried. I don't even wanna think about all those gallons of water that would have gone everywhere! I was really scared I wasn't going to be able to get it running again, and I had visions of my fish dying with no filtration. Unfortunately, the lfs here where I live is pathetic...the largest filters they carry are for 10g tanks and no replacement parts at all. I was so happy when I saw that water running again, I just wanted to collapse in relief.
  18. Believe me, Daryl, I was doing some might fierce talking to myself when it was all happening. Can't believe I did that!
  19. Good to know I'm not the only one that talks to the fish! I've never tried singing to them though...might have to give that a try.
  20. They're river rocks and it's alot of rocks. I think I might be too lazy to try cleaning them with a toothbrush. Would bleach work on them?
  21. What can you do for rocks that are covered with algae? The rocks on one end of my tank are almost covered with green algae and the other end has almost none at all.
  22. It's so great to hear she's doing much better!
  23. I decided to be industrious when I got home from work yesterday and clean my tank. After cleaning it, I thought I would add some ornaments back in the tank. To do that, I had to take off the canopy and (naturally) no one was at home that could help me move it (just my youngest daughter, but she's too small to help lift the canopy). So here I am trying to take this long heavy canopy off the tank by myself...first big mistake! Second big mistake...somehow I managed to bang the canopy on the top of the filter. Trust me...big huge mistake! On top of the U-shaped intake tube is a little knob thingy that sticks up and you use it to adjust the flow. When the canopy banged the filter, it broke off this little knob and left a hole in the top of the intake tube. Did you know that if you have a hole in the intake tube, you can't get a suction going in the filter...which means the stupid filter won't work!!! Well, I didn't know that (or never really thought about it before last night), but I'm well acquainted with that fact now. I think it actually took me about 10 minutes to figure out why the filter wasn't working, and then it was like a light bulb went off in my mind...duh, you idiot, you've got a hole in the top!! So here I am holding my finger over the hole, trying to get the suction going again...all the time, yelling for my daughter to see if she can find some tape so I can cover the hole. Nope, after about 2 seconds of looking, she can?t find any (but I guarantee you if she couldn?t find her game boy, she?d hunt for hours!). Well, I finally unplug the filter and go find the tape myself. Unfortunately, the tape idea didn?t work. Oh it covered the hole, but for some unknown reason I still couldn?t get the suction going. After using what seemed like a half a roll of tape trying to get the filter working again, I finally ended up taking all the tubes off the filter and using superglue to put the little knob back on the intake tube?managing to stick a couple of my fingers together as well. Attached all the tubes back on the filter, plugged it in and had a working filter in about 2 seconds. Went straight to the internet and ordered a new intake stem. Needless to say, I waited for my son to get home before I tried putting the canopy back on the tank!
  24. Thanks, he was beautiful. Here's a pic of him as a baby, he really changed! http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd166/C...dfish/jerry.jpg Wow, you can say that again!
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