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  1. I had a set that came with the filter new (obviously), but they somehow got trashed when I was flipping out about my fish dying. I think when my mother was helping me deconstruct the tank, she tossed them with the other filter media. At that point I was considering throwing out all of the stuff including the tank itself, just to get it out of my site because it hurt too much knowing that my fish were gone and never coming back. (Wow that sounds horribly depressing, sorry about that.) Anyway, thanks Daryl. You're always the one that helps me with all my filter needs. You rock I'll just have to buckle down and order some online then.
  2. I need to buy new Bio-Wheels for my filter. I've got the filter and all the bits, except the Bio-Wheels. It is a penguin 350B. Does anybody know of a place I can get them for less than $10 each? It seems a little high, but the cheapest place is Big Al's at $10. vvvv has them online for $14. Alternately, does anybody know if other models of the biowheel will work in a 350B? I can get the 330B for like a little over $5 each.
  3. Leo is doing extremely well. He has been able to return to the original tank. I have decreased the currents in it by removing the powerheads from the tank. He is using the whole tank, from the very bottom to the very top. I think he has improved considerably since being moved back home, due in part to the fact that he's not alone anymore. Both of my fish were starting to feel the strain of solitary life. Thank you all for your help. I'm going to return to hand feeding him so that I know exactly how much food he gets, and increasing my water changing regiment. I've decided to keep the nitrates to below 10 if I can. That's what the tank was at before I moved him into it, so tomorrow I'll do a water change.
  4. I have two goldfish, one of them is having SBD problems and is at least temporarily occupying a hospital tank (showing lots of improvement). Since I have split them up, the healthy fish (and she still is healthy) has been being all depressed looking. I'm worried about her living alone in the tank with nobody to play with. I'm facing a moral dilemma. If I have to keep the SBD fish in the hospital tank long term, would it be wrong to keep my remaining fish all alone? Things I'm trying to take into account are: 1) Quarantining a new fish would be a real pain. I have a tank, but no filter, so I'd rig up a $7 zeolite filter for the quarantine period. It does keep the tank ammonia free without having to cycle it. 2) If something happens to the new fish, or my original lonely fish, I'll have the same problem again, it'll be a never ending cycle. 3) If I end up with a male fish, I'm going to have problems when he matures. I don't know if I would be able to keep him. Right now I've got two females, and this is a *good* thing. 4) I don't actually want more fish (I know, sacrilege, but it is the truth). I like the ones I have... no I *love* the ones I have. But I don't want to have more. It gets unmanageable when I have more. So those are the reasons why I shouldn't purchase another fish. But there are reasons to do it too. Taking care of two fish isn't any harder than caring for one. I won't actually have to buy any new equipment or anything else. Being lonely is a horrible thing to force on anyone, including fish. So that's my problem. I don't want more fish, but if my sick fish has to stay in the hospital tank, or god forbid, passes away... I have a lonely fish who is breaking my heart. Any and all opinions wanted. What would you do? Do you feel it is wrong to keep my lonely fish by herself? I'm honestly not sure what I'm going to do. If I do get another fish, I'm going to try and find someone who is trying to rehome a female goldfish so that at least I'm doing something good for a fishy by bringing her into my home.
  5. Thanks Blue, I'll read through that. I got home a couple hours ago and tested Leo's water, zero ammonia was showing, I think the double dose of prime that I used helped keep it down while I was away for 24 hours. Leo is still hanging out at the bottom, but he's the right side up, so I'm taking this as a good sign. I fed him a *very* small amount of sinking pellets today, and am watching him closely. Later tonight I am intending to feed him a pea. I stopped at the pet store on the way home and picked up two bags of zeolite, some plastic canvas and plastic lace. He's now got a home-made zeolite filter running off an air pump in his tank. Total cost was under $7. I'm hoping that it'll keep the water good at least a few days at a time so that I won't have to lug buckets every day. Cassie (the fish he was living with) looks really down, not having him around to play with. Though I may be projecting my own emotions onto her. I checked all her water stuff, and it is fine, but I'm worried about her. I don't know what I'm going to do if Leo continues to have problems with the current that is needed to filter both of their wastes... they both might have to live alone Thank you so much to all of you. It means so much to me to know that when I have a goldfish problem, there is a place to come where knowledgeable people are willing to help me sort out the right way to help my fishies. If I could, I would give all of you a huge hug right now.
  6. I'm going to grab a piece of plastic canvas, stick a couple bags of zeolite in it and put an airstone in the middle, then anchor it to the bottom of the tank with a couple of rocks in pantyhose tied to it. I did the epsom pea thing and he scarfed it down. I had to spend the night at my mother's tonight, so I'll be able to check in on him tomorrow morning. His tub shows zero ammonia, but I dosed it with prime to make sure that it wouldn't be a problem for tonight. As soon as I get home, I'll test his water, and if it is showing ammonia, I'll do a water change on it to get it down. I'll also have the zeolite by then. I'm going to set up my spare 20 gallon tank for him so that I can move the plastic tub out of my bathtub (only place to really put it). Leo's history is not very complex. He's really a girl, but I didn't learn that until after I named him... so he's still Leo to me. When he was about an inch and a half long he had to endure a cycling (I was new to fish and didn't know about cycling then), this was last September, but other than that he hasn't had bad water at any time. When I set up the 29 gallon last march it was cycled before any fish went into it. I had to get rid of most of my fish when I moved this summer, so he's been living with just the one tank mate since um... June about. Wow that is a lot of info, I appreciate it very much. He does go way up and then way down, I haven't seen him upside down since about an hour or two after he was put in the tub. Now that he's by himself I'll be able to monitor exactly how much he eats, which I think will be a good thing. It is hard to tell which fish gets which and which fish poos which when they are sharing a tank. Just to confirm that all that I'm doing is going in the right direction and that I haven't missed anything... 1) relatively shallow water in the high seventies 2) perfect water (I'm going to attempt this through zeolite and frequent water changes, any filter I could get would create more current than he can handle) 3) low current 4) very small amounts of food at a time, including fresh veggies and such, but feeding enough times in the day to keep him going. 5) pay close attention When I checked in on him today he was swimming around the bottom of his tub, and when I stuck my hand in to fiddle with the airstone he swam towards it and sucked on my arm like he does normally, and he scarfed the epsom pea. There was also a lot of normal shaped poo on the bottom of the tank that I siphoned up. He seems to be out of immediate danger, and I'm way more calm (had MAJOR freak out last night and cried on everybody in sight). If you would like, this could be moved to the disease/diagnosis forum.
  7. I've had him for a little over a year, got him last September. Wouldn't parasites have effected other fish that I housed him with or showed some other physical signs? He had a little bit of finrot last winter, but other than hanging out at the bottom for about half the day, he's just like every other goldfish. His poop seems fine, but it is hard to tell in a tank with two goldfish, the poops on the bottom of his quarantine tub are fine though. I'll try and get some epsom salts today, though I won't be able to get any medicated foods. I feel rotten for it, but I'm completely broke and just can't afford to buy meds this month. Thanks pixiefish, I'll pick some up today. I'm triple dosing the prime in hopes that it will help manage it a little bit. UPDATE: I checked on him this morning in the QT tub, and he's swimming upright though still having lots of control issues. If I can't resolve this to the point where he's back to his normal self, is it possible to keep him in a 20 gallon long with limited water movement and zeolite long term? The current seems to make him really unstable.
  8. Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 15 (about) Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 7.4 Ph Level out of the Tap? 7.0 (treat with baking soda to break it up) Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 29 gallons, running since march, but I moved it in september, though it didn't even bump the cycle. What is the name and size of the filter/s? Penguin 350 B How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, about 30% How many fish in the tank and their size? 2, body is about four to five inches What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, aquarium salt (other fishy caught her tail on a plant and had a very small tear, so I put salt in this last water change) and baking soda Any medications added to the tank? no Add any new fish to the tank? no What do you feed your fish? pro gold, algae wafers, peas, occasionally some fruit Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? He has always preferred to hang around the bottom, his entire life. But now he's having super trouble staying upright, and keeps floating to the top and being upside down. I've moved him to a plastic bin filled with about 15 gallons of water (PH and temp matched, dechlorinated) because my other fish was starting to poke at him and the filter flow was whipping him around the tank no matter where he tried to hide. Usually they hide in the flower pots and the flow doesn't get them, but he can't control himself anymore, so now he's got no filter and is rubbermaiding it with an airstone. I intend to keep an eye on the ammonia and keep it from being a problem. I'm scared to death, I don't know what to do.
  9. Prime doesn't exactly protect your fish, but instead helps detoxify the water. Prime will bind with the ammonia in your water and turn it into a form which is accessible to the nitrifying bacteria, but not harmful to the fish. It is important that you use one of the two bottle ammonia test kits if you are using Prime, otherwise you'll get a false reading. The reading on your ammonia test kit will be the remaining harmful ammonia, it will not read the detoxified ammonia. If there is more Prime in your tank than you need to detoxify your current ammonia level, then it will sit in your tank waiting for more ammonia to be produced and then glomp onto that, and detoxify it. How it works for nitrates and nitrites is currently not clear. Even the manufacturers don't understand how it works (at least their website said that). I've done my own experiments and gotten results that showed that the API nitrite and nitrate tests are also only reading the detoxified forms... but that isn't something that has been proven by anyone else to my knowledge. If you're doing a water change, you do need to treat the new water with Prime. After your water change (give it an hour to distribute evenly) test your nitrate, nitrite and ammonia levels. If you want to use Prime to detoxify it further, then use a dosage based upon your entire tank volume. You can use up to five times the recommended dosage without problems. At least all of this is my understanding. I don't have the bottle with me (I'm away from home tonight) to confirm it.
  10. A python would be your best bet in my opinion. Alternately you can get a powerhead that hooks to a line of tubing and pump the water out and back in.
  11. Awe thanks FP! I *knew* you'd mention Wentworth I did take the job in Texas, but had to return home when someone I cared about got really sick. But it was fun while it lasted. Cassie is a red and white fantail, Leo is a black moor. Yep, 29 gallon tank, and the plants are fake. They are silk ones I'm using a larger version of that as my desktop wallpaper right now. They like to eat the algae that grows on him.
  12. I've been gone for a long time, but I thought I'd come back and share with you all, the videos and pics I have taken recently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI1N2azC5O0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDSD-F8XPUk (or direct download, higher quality, about 4MB http://www.partyp00per.com/uploads/MOV00535///)
  13. Someone asked for Sausage, I am nothing if not accommodating for people who love my fishies. Jalad aka "the sausage" and his tankmate Cassie (both actually girls, even though I call Jalad a boy) I noticed while getting up close and personal with Cassie while taking these pictures, she has only one anal fin. Apparently I've never taken a direct on look at her rear end before.
  14. You can also just type it into google. http://www.google.com/search?q=48+inches+x...ches+in+gallons
  15. I've got some spirulina wafers, they seem to be about three times as thick as the algae wafers that I have... I just break them in half, and soak them for a while, then dump them in the tank, fishies love them.
  16. I need to do another water change today, so I'll take more sausage pictures, or at least try to. He is a "she", so he doesn't live with the boys. My memory card for my camera died, so I can only take 7 photos at a time... hard to get a good shot.
  17. Awee, thanks for all the nice words. I shall tell the fishies how you all love them I would, but the computer that is capable of capturing video broke, and I have been unable to fix it yet.
  18. OMG! your signature is awesome! That is one of the nice things about having a VERY male goldfish, is that if the sex of a new fish is in question, I just put it into the tank with my male, and if he goes after it with a passion, then I've got a girl
  19. I've got two male goldfish, one with a female name, often referred to by female pronouns, she really is "just one of the guys" Darmok Darmok and Vala Bad pic of Vala I really am glad that Darmok doesn't have to be alone anymore. Even if it means that Leo does. He likes being alone anyway... Gosh, I wish I could get good pictures of Vala, but she moves so fast and likes to swim near the corners of the tank, and it has black sealant and trim, so she doesn't show up very well.
  20. Nice tank! And that is so awesome that it is from someone who cares about goldfish and realizes they need space like that!
  21. There are a lot of things that people in pet stores do that I wouldn't imagine subjecting my fish to. I can't put them together without my males harassing my females to the point where they are so stressed that they get sick. I'd rather have happy separated goldfish than stressed and sick goldfish all in the same tank.
  22. I think I've got one male moor and one female moor, and though they look nothing alike, and are not high quality, I've thought about breeding them, and keeping all the surviving babies, once I have the option of having space for all of them. I think in my unskilled hands, I'd be lucky to get even a handful of fry that grow up... Though the success you all have had with co-ed tanks gives me hope for the future.
  23. I have three female fish and two male fish, the larger male is about three inches, the smaller male is about an inch and a half (no tails). No matter the size of the female, both males chase and chase and chase and rub up on and nuzzle the tail fins of any girly fish. I've had to resort to keeping them in separate tanks. Darmok did display breeding stars at one point, but I can't see them now, Vala (my boy fishy with the girly name) doesn't display any breeding stars or tubercles but harasses my girl fish, but just plays with my boy fish, so I'm assuming that she's a he. Does anybody keep a co-ed tank? How do you keep the boys from stressing out the girls too much with the chasing? I ended up getting rid of my large tank (40 gallons) and going to three smaller tanks (20 long, 20 long & 29) so that I could keep all my fish, but have them separated into groups of who got along with each other.
  24. I have five goldfish, and they all respond differently to having company. One fish (female black moor) is so sensitive, that she hides most of the time if there are other fish in the tank. The tank I got her from at the pet store, had probably 30 other moors in there, and no places to hide. When I brought her home, and placed her with a fantail from another tank in the same store, she went into hiding within a day. Ever since then, she hides most of the time unless in a tank by herself. I've kept her with a female lionhead, female fantail, male moor and a male pearlscale, of varying sizes and different groupings. If she's alone, she goes all over the place, and if she's with other fish, she hides. I'm so in love with her. She's just like me. She even sucks on my arm if it is in the fish. My fantail and lionhead both seem to be just fine with company or without. I've got a male pearlscale and a male moor, they both seem to do fine alone or with other male fish, but they have issues with the female fish. They are both quite aggressive at feeding time too, sometimes forcing each other to do somersaults while trying to get the food, and they play together and seem to be happy together. However they were also really active and seemed to be happy by themselves as well. So I think it depends upon the fish. Some of them do better without having other people around (I'm thinking about getting a snail for the lone moor) and others thrive with company, and some are indifferent to it. The only time Cassie and Jalad seem to be particularly close, is if there is a bump in my cycle and I didn't notice it before it got bad enough that it needed a large water change to set it straight. Then they huddle down in the corner together.
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