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  1. Sponge media in both filters. One of them also has a charcoal chamber.

    I have a little cutting from a filter pad in both filters also. I took this from an established tank 4 weeks ago in the hope that it would seed it and speed things up.

    I'm working in litres here but using a conversion table.... one filter is 264gph and the other one is 185gph.

  2. Hi there,

    I'm having a very frustrating time cycling my new 33 gallon tank. It's been running since July 22nd with 3 goldfish and I still have no Nitrite readings.

    I'm exhausted from doing water changes to keep the ammonia levels at a relatively safe level. I'm changing 70% every 2 or 3 days.

    Ph: 8

    Ammonia: 2 or 4 (before water change)

    Nitrites : 0

    Nitrates: 10 (same as tap water).

    Water Temp: 76F

    Filtration: I have two internal filters running. Both suitable for a 30 gallon capacity each.

    Test Kit: Aquarium Pharm Master Test kit.

    Any ideas, suggestions most welcome.


  3. Thanks very much for all your kind words guys. It means a lot to me.

    My finace has the tank stripped and disinfected but I just can't bear to see it right now.

    Chloe is in the freezer and we're bringing her out to the olive farm to bury her tomorrow (I had work all day today). I may start to feel better once she's buried and at rest.

    Huge thanks to all who helped me and offered their support. In particular hugs to Trinket and Jen W. You've been fabulous. XX

  4. I made the devastating decision last night to put my beautiful Oranda, Chloe to sleep.

    As you may have read in the Disease section, Chloe had been fighting a bacterial infection for months. She had been upsidedown for a few months and in the last couple of weeks had started to pinecone. I tried all I could to save her. Epsom salts, warm tank water, medicated food, but unfortunately she was getting worse and worse each day and the kindest thing to do was to ease her suffering and put her to sleep with clove oil.

    I really have no words to describe what a difficult thing it was to do. Emotionally it was heart wrenching. It's going to take me a long, long time to get over it. I've never had to put a creature down before and boy is it devastating.

    I'm trying to take comfort in the knowledge that I made the right decision. I know I did, but it doesn't make it any easier.

    My eyes are like two puffy red balls because I've cried the Amazon river. I don't know how I 'm going to face into work. If anyone asks me what's wrong I'm going to burst into tears. I feel sick in my stomach but I also feel better because I know now that Chloe is at peace.

    Her passing seemed to be very peaceful. She just slowed down and after about 20 mins of gradually adding more pre-mixed oil she just passed on gently. It was the least distressing way for both me and her.

    I would beg anyone who believes in "flushing", not to do it. This way is dignified and you can stay with your pet while they pass on which is very difficult but also very valuable as you can say goodbye and reassure them at the same time that everything is ok.

    So goodbye Chloe. You were loved madly and you'll be missed badly. Kiss kiss....pooka pooka water kisses to you. Love you little one. XX


  5. Amazingly, Chloe is still fighting this illness.

    She's eating 2 peas everyday and is still struggling to right herself.

    My question is about the anti-bacterial medication in her tank. The first dose was last Sunday and the second dose was Thursday. So that's 7 days that she's medicated.

    It's Interpret 9. How long can she stay in this medication? What's the procedure from here. She's still pineconed although I think there may be a slight improvement.

    Can she stay in the meds for a while more?

    Thanks guys.

  6. Hi guys,

    Just another update on Chloe.

    She's not looking good at all. I'm getting very tempted to put her down. It looks like she's suffering at this point.

    She is still pineconed. Many bubbles have appeared under her raised scales. Does anyone know what this means or the cause? I'm sure it's a turn for the worst.

    I'm heartbroken for her.

    Tomorrow we will try to get to the vet.

    Bit too sad to write anymore.

  7. Hi guys,

    Thanks for checking up on Chloe.

    She's still fighting a strong battle against this thing. She's struggling to "right herself" every now and then but isn't able to. At least she is displaying some strength though.

    She's still in the Epsom salt solution and she's also being treated with an anti-internal bacteria treatment (Interpret 9). Her water is now at 80F as advised.

    She's eating 2 peas a day and I'm very happy that she still has her usual voracious appetite.

    There is medicated food on the way so I'm also hoping that will help her.

    Fingers and toes crossed for the little angel.

    Thanks again for all your help and support. X

  8. Thanks Orando.

    It's so distressing. I wish I had a magic wand to cure her.

    I'm really sorry that you lost your fish. It's desperate when they get ill. Even when you do your absolute best, you sometimes lose them. Little angels. Again....a magic wand would be great.


  9. Thanks Jen.

    I left a message on the vet's answering machine.

    It really doesn't look good. She's starting to pinecone. I've never seen this is "real life" before and it's horribly distressing.

    Her tank is heated to 78F and she's in a Epsom salt solution of 1/8 teasp per 5 gals....all I can do now is wait and hope.

  10. I'm going to the chemist now to get the Epsom salts.

    Thanks so much for giving me its alternative name.

    I have all the ususal over the counter meds for fish but I don't like using them because they destroy the cycle. Plus they're probably not very effective. The brand names are the typical British brands...King British etc.

    As for prescription meds, I have none. I don't know what to get. Wouldn't I need a prescription? My cats a have a vet here but I'm not sure she would give me prescriptions for meds....I can ask her though.

    So you think the baths in Epsom salts would be best? How long should the bath last?

    Thanks again guys.

  11. Thanks for your help and suggestions guys.

    I went to the chemist today and asked for Epsom salts and they looked at me like I had two heads.

    I have to try to find out the Italian name....does anyone know the sciencey name for it?!!

    How do I make up a batch of medicated food...I have no idea how to go about it.

    It's so frustrating that I can't get medicated food for her over here when it might help.

  12. Hi guys,

    It's been a long time since I 've posted here. Life's been hectic.

    I return with a plea on behalf of Chloe (my oranda). She's very unwell.

    She has chronic SBD. She has been on her back for over a month now, 24 hours a day. Up to 5 days ago she was able to struggle to the bottom for intervals of 5 seconds to grab a pea or two. Now she's being handfed and she cannot swim down at all.

    It's heartbreaking to watch. She's so beautiful and so helpless.

    My heart is broken for her. She looks like she's on the way out.

    At the moment she is in a 20 gallon sick tank. Her water is perfect. She is at 0.3% salt and her water is heated to 78F.

    If she looks up to it tomorrow I will give her an Epsom salt bath.

    I feel her only hope now is medicated food....Medi Gold.

    As I live in Italy this isn't an option for me to have shipped.

    My plea is this. If there is anyone who would be willing to send me some of this product I would be eternally grateful.

    I feel it's our only hope for getting Chloe better. It may not do the trick but at least I'll know I tried everything to help her.

    If anyone can help us, please PM me and I will give you all my details and pay you immediately through Paypal (or your preferred method) for all expenses incurred.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    I hope you are all well and that I'll be posting back soon not feeling so upset. X

    PH - 8

    Ammonia - 0

    Nitrites - 0

    Nitrates - 20

    Filtration - X12

  13. I am having a terrible time with Nitrates. I don't know how much longer my fish can endure their current situation and I don't know how much longer I can endure stressing out about it.

    In my town the tap water is undrinkable. That's common knowlegde so we buy bottled water for consumption.

    This wasn't a problem when I first started keeping fish here, because the tap water was between 5-10 so I was able to control it.

    Since March the tap water has been at a constant 40!

    As you can imagine my fish are suffering badly because of this.

    They have constant red streaks in their tails and I'm sure Chloe is starting to get "floaty" because of it.

    I bought a Juwel Anti Nitrate Sponge and a few live plants to try to help the situation but nothing is making any noticeable difference.

    There are no products available here that I read about on this site...Nitrazorb etc. Plus the tank is 120 US Gals so it's a lot of water to treat.

    Had anyone any ideas? I can't complain to the water council because we're told that the water isn't fit for human consumption and that's always been the case here. I just don't know how people keep healthy fish in this town.

    Any suggestions are most welcome. Thanks guys.

  14. I'm really sorry you lost him Dave, but once he got to that stage it was better that he went quickly.

    For your next fishy friend you can do lots of research on Cycling of the tank, minimum tank size etc...

    It's great that you got all the water tests, it takes all of the guesswork out of water quality. Best money you've ever spent, believe me!

    Here is a fabulous article that you can print off and keep written by Emma.


    (Thanks for complimenting Judas. He is cute but he's also a little demon!! :heart )

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