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  1. Penny turned completely white a couple of years ago, but she's still young
  2. If you scrubbed for 45 minutes with chlorinated tap water...then yes, chances are good that you killed most or all of the good bacteria. As other have said, monitor your perams very closely and you can try to seed the AQ with media from the sponge filters. I have found with aquaclears, it's a good idea to give them a good cleaning about once a month to cut down on 'gunk' So remove the media and rinse it in used tank water or fresh dechlorinated, and you can scrub all the other parts in the sink if you like. If you find your filter is really getting 'gunky' fast, it may be a sign that you are overstocked or over feeding.
  3. You can tie them there with fishing line, plastic mesh, or even superglue them on. I use plastic mesh because it gives something for the roots to really hold on to. I usually use fishing line or some sort of twine.
  4. I'd order the jumpstart asap as it is meant to be fed directly following medicated food
  5. Never said it was definatly the cause, but always best to be cautious and eliminate all possible sources of trouble. And though I know many have used it with no issues, discussions like this are good to identify possible issues. Maybe it was a bad batch, maybe it wasn't the sand at all, but I think it was worth considering.
  6. I have had a very thin layer of large river rocks on my tank bottom for a couple of years. I don't think it looks too bad, it's easy to clean and the fish do get to forage more than they would with bare bottom. Here's a (low quality) pic...
  7. Yes I'm reading about TMS now, so it's mainly obsidian but 30% of that can be 'other metals and minerals' (i.e. iron)? I think taking it out completely is the way to go for sure, just to be safe if nothing else. It may not be directly responsible for the issues but even low level iron exposure can weaken a fish (Alex, or anyone else, you can find a fair amount of information on iron exposure in relation to brown trout...not carp but the effects would be similar on the gills, etc.). Maybe the manufactures aren't aware and as we know all too well, fancy goldfish tend to be the most susceptible of many fish to water quality issues. Alex it will be interesting to hear what the manufactures have to say.
  8. So did the sand itself rust, or do you think there were metal particles in the batch you had? Either way, that's pretty worrisome. If it was metal in the sand, it might be that it was mixed throughout and you just saw the rust where it was most concentrated.
  9. Ok I'm totally out of the loop....but TMS is moon sand? And it rusted??? For some reason I was thinking you were talking about a filter part or something. And I do agree with Helen that the rust may have led to problems, especially if as you say your fish was always a bit sickly/weaker than the others. I didn't think it would cause issues for an entire tank....but just how much was there?
  10. Yes heavy metals do cause harm and can be lethal. They first coat the gills (bond to them) then enter the blood and eventually do organ damage, mainly to the kidney. Iron's not as bad as some, but it will have an impact and can do serious harm. However I don't think the small amount of rust you found would have done this, whereas in Helen's case the fish had chronic exposure. I'm more inclined to think this is bacterial as well.
  11. Same here, I have a 55 gallon so I usually just slop in a capfull 'plus some' For my smaller tanks I guestimate, I just figure better too much than too little and go with that.
  12. I would guess that the chemical overdose caused kidney damage, thus the issues with controlling their fluid balance. There probably wan't a need for metros since this wasn't a bacterial issue (presumably), but don't stop now since you've started. If you have jumpstart to feed them when they're done that would be good. But there is some good news. Unlike us, goldfish can regenerate kidney tissue. So follow Stakos' advice, do your best to keep their water very clean and perhaps they'll make a complete recovery
  13. As long as you don't leave it there too long, it's sort of helpful!
  14. I just wanted to second this! I've been there too (in my case it was formalin...yikes!) I also wanted to mention, most masks don't filter out chemicals, they're more for particulates (like plaster dust). To filter out the fumes from the test kits you'd probably need a specially fitted respirator type thing (again...speaking from experience...mine is sitting on a shelf a few feet away right now). And I just took a look at the MSDS sheet for the GH/KH kit and saw this: Maybe that's the culprit? Either way, I think having your husband use the strips is a wise decision.
  15. When I do a waterchange I always add buff it up, a powdered buffer. It clouds the water for about an hour afterwards. The cool thing about it is when I add it, I can 'see' all the currents in the tank and where any dead spots might be. You could always try something like that? But I don't necessarily think a dead spot is terrible. As long as you're regularly cleaning the tank, it's not a huge deal. The water will still circulate somewhat, it's just that debris might build up more than than other areas of the tank. The spots you really need to worry about are pockets of trapped water inside hollow ornaments or beneath the gravel where the water truly won't exchange and may even become anoxic (oxygen deprived) and then you get the real nasty bacteria growing.
  16. I have had some fairly aggressive guppies over the years, particularly males. I'm thinking that things may be better if your neighbour upgrades the tank, and also recommend that she adds some plants to give the guppies refuge. If that doesn't work, he may have to be separated from the group. They can really pick on others and wear them down, compromising their immune systems through stress edit: Are they all males?
  17. Sorry...not sure what you're talking about
  18. Yes it does suck in a way. I do have space in other parts of the house, but Prince (my dog) has a bad habit of pestering my fish so I try to keep the tanks in areas where he doesn't spend a lot of time I'm happy with the decision. My redecorated tanks are nice and I honestly didn't need the extra work of a 40 gallon right now. It's nice to know I have it in storage if I ever need it
  19. Well after a LOT of thinking and planning, I've decided not to set up the 40 gallon that I was given a few months ago I simply don't have the space. After I rearranged my office it looked so much better and I knew that if I put another tank in there it would be far too crowded. I feel ok about it though, because instead I'm completely overhauling the four tanks that I have in there already. I got a brand new 'retirement' tank for my frog Pudgy and gave the crab tank a great cleaning...here's the thread with photos Next on today's agenda, I'm redoing the tropical tank with new plants and Flourite substrate...should be a challenge!
  20. Chrissy_Bee

    It begins!

    Last night I finally found time to get the 'big tank shuffle' started. I moved a bookshelf in my office to make space for the 40 gallon. Now this weekend I have to move the stand with my newts and tropical tank (that means emptying both tanks....groan). I'm also going to fill the 40 gallon in the garage and leave it for a few days to make sure it doesn't leak. I am putting the rock formations together as well. While I'm at it, the goldfish tank is getting a makeover. I'm excited!!!! Photos to come On a sadder note I found some issues in my tanks while planning the move. One of my 8+ year old tetras looks terrible. Lots of melanophore migration (he's turning very black in some areas), his fins are tattered and one of his eyes looks damaged. I don't think he is diseased in an accute way, just overall not doing well. But he continues to school with the other and feed, so for now I'm letting him live out his life. I also noticed that one of my newts was lethargic. That's distressing and not a good sign with amphibians. He's about 7 years old too. On the bright side he didn't look emaciated, so hopefully it will pass. I'll get a better feel for things when I move the tank this weekend.
  21. Yes, this is what we do as well. Jess, Helen, and Jennie all have videos showing people how to do this, I believe You should post a link to one of them
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