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  1. In an effrot to have a healthier tank, and thus a healthier goldfish, I am trying to take the advice of so mnay here about keeping my tank clean. In the past, I was doing water cvhanges about once a month or so. Now, I am doing about a 30% water change every week (on Monday), except the first week of the month when I do a 60-70% water change and give the tank a more thorough scrubbing (I have a lot of algae!). So far here is what I have noticed: Fatty, my red-capped oranda, seems much more perky. She always had a healthy appetite (hence the name!), but I think it is even more so now. Also, she had a bad case of bacterial fin rot a few months ago, and I am definitely seeing more rapid signs of improvement. In fact, she completely lost two of her fins on her belly (not sure what you call them), and I am starting to see some regrowth from one of them, which I was not sure was at all possible. The tank is looking much nicer, but I still have algae problems. It seems no matter what I do, I just can't seem to get the nitrates below 20%. I know that is not very high, but I would still like to see them lower if possible. Am I doing enough water changes? Or when I do the one, should I change out more, or is that a good amount?
  2. I was always under the impression that you should let the conditioner mix in well so it has time to do it's job. Will it not hurt the fish much to be in water that isn't fully conditioned for a little bit? How fast does water conditioner usually work?
  3. Thanks everyone! I have certainly learned a bit here:-) Okay, I know this was not part of my original question, but since it was brought up. . . I am very curious about these water changers y'all were talking about! Right now I use buckets. I have a couple of hose siphons that vacuum the water and yucky stuff down in the gravel. Then I dump the water (in my garden if I can -so good for my veggies!), then I refill the bucket with clean water, add my water conditioners and such, and let it sit for a little while so everything has a chance to mix in and work properly. Obviously, this takes up a good deal of time. With a pump and sink hose thing, how would it work to add the conditioners? Would I just add them directly to the tank? Should I take out my goldfish while doing the water change? Usually, my fish just stays in the tank, unless I am doing some serious cleaning. How long are the pump hoses? My sink is on the other side of the room from the tank, maybe 15-20 ft. Thanks for the help and advice!
  4. ohh, just to mention something that they did, fed it live to my other friends piranhas ): y be so cruel!, they even posted it on youtube. I guess this links back to my topic that i posted Don't piranhas eat fish? I fail to see the cruelty in that. It's like telling a lion he is not allowed to eat a zebra because it would be cruel to the zebra! We used to feed small fish to our snake, as well as live mice. I think people are just about the only meat eating species that prefers to eat meat that has already been killed and cooked. What strange creatures we are! LOL. That's not to say it is ever a pretty sight watching one animal kill and eat another. If it makes you squeamish, best not to watch. There are plenty of other ways to be cruel to animals, and we have all seen them. Really, it is just best to educate those who don't know, and make sure you are doing all you can to care for your own fish:-)
  5. Hmm, interesting. Out of curiosity, how the heck do you find time to do all those water changes so often? I have a full time job, a part time job, and a family to take care of (which is like having another full time job!). Part of the reason I don't change the water as often is because I simply have NO TIME! But also, again, because it seemed to be stressing out my fish. I think Patti may have answered that, though. Very interesting thought. As for my nitrates, they are generally at around 20ppm, whether the tank is sparkling clean or several weeks old. While this is not a terrible number, I would like to see it much lower, like around 10ppm or less. But as stated before, even when I did have time for more frequent WC, the number ever changed. There are no nitrates in the tap water, only in the tank. Also, I was always told that for a fancy they should have at least 10gal per fish. Since I only have one fish, wouldn't that suffice? I have a 29gal tank, but no where to put it, unfortunately.
  6. I do have high nitrates, and I can't figure out how to bring them down. For a long time I was doing about a 40-50% water change every week. It made no difference in the water that I could tell (doing before and after param checks) and the fish seemed to be a little stressed from it. So I stopped doing them so often. I have actually only ever had 3 goldfish (not including a few commons I have had over the years, most only surviving a week or two) - Feather was my first, and he lived with us for about 4-5 years (can't really remember, but it seemed like a while). Then we got Firefly, and the two shared a tank for several years. Then Feather got sick and eventually died, and Firefly followed a few months later. Fatty is the third. I have had him for a little while, maybe 6 months? Sorry, I am not good at remembering when I actually got my fish. He was a tiny little thing, and at first grew very quickly. Once he got the tail rot he stopped growing, but it has been several months with no sign of resumed growth. When Feather and Firefly started showing signs of SBD, I immediately put them on a three day fast, followed by a few days of peas. But even with the peas, once they started eating, they started floating upside down again. By morning they would be fine. I was feeding them a few pellets (soaked) twice daily, but that went down to one feeding a day. But no matter what I did, they always floated after they ate anything. I feed Fatty a few pellets (soaked) once a day. Maybe I should be feeding him more? I am a little paranoid about the SBD, though, and don't want to overfeed him.
  7. If you have watched the show long enough, and are observant, you will have noticed that there have been several "Dorothy's" on the show. I once heard in rumor that they keep the fish in a separate tank when not on the air. I don't know if there is any truth to that. Maybe they have a tank with a number of different fish, and put a fish in the bowl when it is time to film. That could explain all the differetn fish I keep seeing. Benefit of the doubt, ya know? Still, I would rather see Dorothy swimming around in at least a 10 gal tank.
  8. No, I already tested the water multiple times. I did have to get a new tank, as the seams on my old one were starting to go bad, and I was worried about waking up one morning to find ten gallons of water all over my floor . But I had already cleared the bacterial problem before that. Firefly had been having swim bladder problems for quite some time, and nothing I did resolved the problem (and I think I tried everything!). I think her immune system was weakened and she caught some other disease. Her health declined very rapidly. Her partner, Feather, had a similar problem. For some reason, my fish all seem to end up with SBD. So far, Fatty has not shown any signs of it, though. I change the water about once a month. I only have one little goldfish in a 10 gal tank. I do check my water params more often, though. The water is well cycled, and there is usually quite a bit of algae growing, though from time to time I do a major tank cleaning which almost wipes out the algae. At normal water changes I generally change about 40-50%, and at a major cleaning I will change up to 75%.
  9. I little bit ago I got a red-capped oranda. He was so little and cute, swimming in the tank at the LPS:-) When I brought him home I had him in a seperate quarantine tank for about a month. He was so tiny I could not feed him any of my regular fish pellets, even after soaking them. He just had a lot of trouble eating them. So I started feeding him beta food. And boy did he grow!! He LOVED the beta food, and got nice and fat on them (his name is Fatty, btw!). After about a month I felt it was safe to add him to my main tank. Shortly after, the only other fish in that tank, my beautiful Firefly, passed away, leaving Fatty by himself. And then he stopped growing. He has been in there for months now, and I see no sign of growth. We did have a very nasty battle with bacterial fin rot, and I believe he has permanently lost a couple of his fins:-( But he seems to be doing much better now, and swimming and eating happily. But I still see no sign of growth. Also, I have never really seen any difference in his wen. It is still not much more than a little red patch on his head. I want a BIG wen on a BIG oranda! I try and keep the tank clean, but I do let some algae grow in (he loves it!). I feed him a diet of high protein fish pellets, but not much else. Is there something that promotes wen growth? BTW, I should mention that none of the goldfish I have ever had have grown once I put them in the tank. Some of them I had for 4-5 years and they never grew. Always stayed kinda small. Thoughts?
  10. I would LOVE to have a chocolate pom-pom with orange poms. I saw a nice big one once when I lived in Vegas, but I couldn't afford him (or the tank I would need to keep him!). Ever since I saw him, I have had my eyes out for any other pom-poms. I just love them! Sadly, I have never seen another, and I have been searching for years.
  11. I wanted to hop on real quick and share the news. Firefly has passed away:-( I went out of town last week for a photography convention. My hubby was in charge of caring for the fish. I left very specific instructions, but he forgot anyway. She didn't get fed for nearly 48 hrs, and in her weak state, that was enough. She passed away just before I got home. I am so sad she is gone! She was such a beautiful fish. She was sick when I got her, and had fish lice, but with a lot of care and attention I kept her for over four years. I wanted it to be so many more. I think she was feeling a little sad after losing her tankmate, Feather, last year. She was never quite the same after he passed, even when I got a new mate for her. They were great friends, and now they are together again.
  12. @Sakura - Yes, Firefly has always had stunted growth. I could never figure out why. Feather had the same problem. I have had my new fish, Fatty, for only a couple of months. He started out at about a little over half of Firefly's size, and now he has almost caught up with her! It's crazy. But the growth stunt seems to make sense. I think that could be a reason my fish have always had so many health problems, especially SWD. @amynmitchell - Yup, we are big Firefly fans:-) Actually, we are big Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion fans. One of these days you may see me with a fish named Fillion:-) @Everyone - I will get some of those water params soon. I do them every time I change the tank water, and it is about due for that.
  13. Sakura, YES!! That is exactly what it looks like! But Firefly is four years old and has never had this problem before. I don't think it would just suddenly happen like that if it were genetic, would it? I did see her eating earlier, but it was hard for her. She just nibbled at a pellet until it broke and she was able to get the one half in her mouth. But Fatty swooped in and ate the rest. Meany.
  14. What do water params have to do with a broken jaw? I don't have all of those answers right now, and it would take some time to get all that info. I do know that at last check a week ago nitrates and ammonia were at zero, nitrates were at around 20, and pH, Kh, and hard water were all high (always have been). I have been treating the tank with Melafix because of Firefly's health problems (she had some fin rot from sitting on the bottom of the tank, but it getting much better). There is one other fish in the tank, and Red Cap Oranda names Fatty. He can be a little bully around food (hence the name), but not so much that I have seen him actually try to hurt Firefly, and I only feed them once a day, and she was just fine earlier today.
  15. My Fantail, Firefly, has been ailing in health for some time. I just lost my other fantail, Feather, last year. It was pretty sad. I cam home after a brief visit with my folks over Christmas to find Firefly lying on her side on the bottom of the tank. I wasn't about to give up on her though, and after some hard work, I got her up and swimming about again. Yay! She was still not in perfect health, but doing so much better. But tonight when I went to go feed the fish, I noticed she was having trouble eating. On closer look, I noticed that one side of her jaw was poked inwards!! It was like the joints had gotten reversed. I was able to catch her and gently move the joints back, and that seemed to work for a minute, but then they just popped back in again. She is having a lot of trouble eating, of course, and I just feel awful. How would this have happened, and can it be fixed?
  16. "Adding an arbitrary amount of salt to the tank on a whim might not be good. (Not horrible I don't think, but not good) Do you know how much you put in per gallon? Congrats on the new fish! " I measure it. Depends on the size of my tank. Don't worry, I am not going to over-salt my fish:-) And for everyone else, I PROMISE I will get pictures up. But right now I am letting him relax and adjust. When I get him in the new tank I plan to do a photoshoot.
  17. Thanks Sakura. Yes, I do know how to salt. I always add a little to my tank when I do a water change. Makes my fish happy:-) Where do I get Prazi at?
  18. I have not been on this forum for AGES. A few months ago my beautiful and beloved fantail, Feather, passed away. He was having some health issues for a long time. He put up a really good fight. I felt it was time to give my other goldie, Firefly, a new companion, so I got a new little fish. This new one is a little bitty Red-cap Oranda. He has the fattest little belly I have ever seen, and LOVES to eat:-) So I called him Fatty, lol. Right now, Fatty is in a quarantine tank until I can make sure he is not going to give anything nasty to Firefly. How long should he be in quarantine? Is there anything I should add as a precaution against diseases or parasites? Thanks for any help you can give!
  19. What do you mean, "stuffed with media". In the past, I have just used whatever filter cartridge the filter comes with.
  20. I just got a 29 gal tank from a cousin. He had a filter for it, but I really do not think it is near powerful enough for goldfish. It is just a cheap brand that you get at the supermarket. What kind of power output is recommended for a 29 gal tank and up to three fish? I only have two fish right now, but I plan to get a third. Is there a particular style that works best (efficiency, maintenance, etc.)?
  21. I filled up the tank with water, then poured in a whole bottle of vinegar. It did help, but not as much as I would have liked. I will have to try the paper towels. This stuff is really tough, though. I even tried some heavy duty cleaner (rinsed REALLY well after), but it hardly made a dent.
  22. Yeah, it is going to take me a while to put the tank all together. Initially, it came with rocks, ornaments, etc. Everything to run the tank. But the rocks were NASTY. I was not in any mood to clean those out, lol. Besides, they were bright blue, and I want to do a natural look in the tank, with river rock. I am still planning to run the 10gal as a QT tank, especially since I would like to get one more fish (a pom-pom if I can find one ). I think I have tried nearly everything to stop their floatiness. Sometimes one will float and the other won't, or vice-versa. Sometimes they both float. Sometimes neither of them float. It always happens after they eat, and lasts a few hours. It can be nerve wracking to come in the room and see you fish floating upside down at the top of the tank. I have had a few panic attacks . But, they always get over it after a little while. Water is pristine, and I have tried a veggie diet. They float a little less wit just peas, but I feel they need something other than that. Plus, Firefly doesn't like peas (can't say as i blame her), neither of them like broccoli or oranges. Picky fish. Go figure. I mostly feed them sinking pellets that are high in protein, and I soak them for a good long while before feeding them. I am hoping that the larger tank helps, but if not, I guess they are just going to be floaty forever. Hmm, question. Can flukes cause floatiness? I have never treated them for flukes (because that Prazi is so dang expensive!). But since I am planning to get another fish in the future, I thought it might me worth it to spring for the meds if I have three fish to treat. Just wondering if that could help them.
  23. I am so excited! I finally got a new tank for my goldies! They have been stuck in a 10 gal for years (spare me your lectures please ), but the new tank is a whopping 29 gal!! I think they are going to be VERY happy, lol. The tank came from a cousin who wasn't using it anymore. For a long time it has a couple of fish, not sure what kind. He never cleaned out the tank, and it was completely encrusted with algae and lime and who knows what else. It was a bear to clean out! Still not perfect. Some of the limescale/hardwater is permanent I think. I am planning on getting a new filter (I don't think the one he had was powerful enough for goldies), and new rocks/ornaments. It is going to take me a while to set it all up, since we are so short on funding right now. But hopefully I can get the tank set up and cycled over the next month. I am hoping that maybe a little more space may help them with their persistent floatiness. So far, nothing I have done has helped, and I have tried EVERYTHING. Maybe they just need a little space:)
  24. I have already listed my water params on a previous post stating the same problem. Nothing has changed. We moved to another city with a different water supply, but I checked all that out before. I mentioned this in a previous post (where I did list all my info) and carefully followed the advice given. The only change I have seen is that despite my careful control on the water quality, Firefly is getting WORSE, not better. So, that said, assuming this is NOT a condition related to the water, what else could it be? Seriously, I could spend the next half hour checking all the water params and writing them down, but as they have never shown any major fluctuations, or any fluctuations as far as I am aware, I would have to conclude that this is not water related, but something else. The problem is that i am not well versed on goldfish diseases and their symptoms and treatments, so I really need someone who knows a thing or two about that and can help me out. Again, symptoms are: Floating, particularly after eating, but it is becoming a regular thing with Firefly Poop is very long, thin, and mostly colorless - kind of looks like a spider web General weakness in Firefly, listlessness at times Inability to gain weight (Firefly) - she looks ammaciated most of the time.
  25. Sorry if I sound a little snippish here, but I did mention that my water is currently in pristine condition. After MONTHS of carefully monitoring the water in the tank, I feel certain that their condition is not related to water quality. I have been down that road too many times, and never with any success. What I am looking for is if anyone has heard of these particular symptoms being related to parasites or bacterial infections, and how I can treat these safely. We did move into a new house in early January, but the floatiness has been going on for quite sometime. The only real difference is that Firefly did not seem to be having any problem at all until after the move, and thence has started to decline. Feather, who has been dealing with the floatiness much longer, deals with it much better. I don't like it, one way or the other, and would rather not see either of them suffering in any way. Again, just to reiterate, they only get floaty after eating. Meals are once a day, and they are fed three pellets each, which have been soaked before feeding. At least once a week they are fed peas, as much as they can eat in one sitting, and on Sundays they get frozen bloodworms.
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