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  1. Hello, I have recently been having problems with my kh and ph in my 20 gallon aquarium. There is one lionshead gf in the tank. He is still small but I think the stress of the moving ph has causer him to get fin rot. His tail has a white line at the edge and is being eatin away, I have caught I'm rubbing against the plastic plants every so often wich I understand also could be flukes. I have prazi pro and aquarium sal on hand and need to act today because I leave for work tonight for 2 days and it has gotten much worse seemingly over night. All of my other paramiters seem to be fine except for ph wich has gone up to 7.6 in 3 days and kh is below 50 ppm, amonia and nitrite are 0 wich is the same as the tap as wel as kh bring that low, nitrates stay between 5 and 10 in tank and are 0 for tap. Would it be ok to use the salt to treat the fun rot untill I can fix the kh and ph problem? If so how much should I use? Can I put the prazi pro in as well as I have seen you need to leave it in for a day or 2 and the change some water and treat again? If anyone can please help as soon as possible tonight? Please help I am worried about the general!
  2. Hello! So I'm relatively new to fish keeping. Because of REALLY bad circumstances, I have ended up with two single tailed fish in a 10 gallon tank with a 29 gallon tank that I'm planning to move them into eventually. What I want to know is, how can I cycle my 29 fast and safely? Should I leave the fish in the 10 and do a fishless cycle on the 29, and then add them once it's cycled? Or should I just add the fish and cycle the tank with them in it? I have a 400 gph hang on back filter with filter floss and ceramic media. Thanks!
  3. Hello everyone I've been having a problem for a while which is two of my four fancy goldfish are overly aggressive. Right now I have my 55gal tank separated into three sections with nets. I hate how it makes my tank look but I can't leave all four together because I worry for their safety. One of the two causing trouble is Nick, a black moor. He use to torment all of my fish until I separated them. About a month later my pearl scale started to do the same thing to my other two, Jimmy (an oranda) and Callisto (a demikin), and they were battered. After they were separated for about a month I tried to re-introduce them together, but nothing had changed. I was hoping someone had a better solution than just separating them. I don't want to have to get rid of Nick or Toby but I feel bad for all of them because they don't have as much room as I wish they did to swim . Thank you for your time. -Ashlie (P.S. - I have monitored all the levels of the tank and none of them show any problem. Also I have had all of my fish over a year, and they have been separated for about a month, Nick about two. All but Callisto are male)
  4. Tank size: 75 gallon tank Light: fluorescent plant light with hood always kept open Filter: Marineland 350 Magnum canister filter Bubblers: Two long bubble rods that together stretch the length of the tank have LED lights. gravel substrate We have well water that has a constant ph of 6.1. We have an iron filter on the well. Current ph is : 6.4 use API ph test kit Current ammonia level is approx. .15 use API ammonia NH3/NH4+ test kit. Nitrates: Update: took water to petstore and they used a stick test for a wide variety of water issues and nitrates are currently at safe levels Current temp is 73.5 degrees F, average temp 72 degrees F. We have air conditioning. Goldfish foods: API premium pellets for all goldfish varieties sinking pellets Omega One Natural Protein formula Peas fed once a day Only constant tank additive: is ph UP at recommendation of pet store Update: Added Aquarium salt this afternoon for the first time at the recommended box dosage of 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons for a total of 14 tablespoons. Fish still in same state as described here but activity level is a little more active sporadically. Goldfish: Currently have 3. Never more than 4. 1. one orange and white comet size 10inches female ( have had for 3 years) 2. one black moor 6 inches male (have had for 3 years) has displayed breeding tubercles on pectoral fins. 3. one brown (purchased as fancy: has excess nostril development like a pompom, has a body and fins like a veil tail but also has a wen , is 6 inches male (11 months purchased with orange fancy). has displayed breeding tubercles. 4. One orange fancy same appearance as brown fancy 6 inches female deceased approx. 2 months ago. Fish had been mostly floating at the top for about 3 months but still able to get down to the bottom to feed. Fish had experienced digestive problems since purchase. Bloating after eating -relieved by feeding peas. (never any pine cone appearance or skin issues or fin rot) (both fish when purchased had a beautiful healthy appearance with good activity and appetites) Current problem is that all three fish are bottom hanging with fins up. Moor now has clamped fin. This has never occurred before. Little to no activity. Recent health issues and general background. The moor seems to have a few birth defects. He was bought rather small and his one eye very slowly grew to be larger than the other. Over the last year his gills have fanned out to appear to be larger than what the fish should have. His other problems have included an excessive slime coat at times. He also has had a problem a few other times where he develops tiny pinholes in his top fin only. Never observed on other fish. A few days ago my moor suddenly had a tail that had started to go clear on the bottom and both top and bottom had fin rot with a slight white edge. Both pectoral fins had a white (no threads, no hairy appearance) smooth buildup where they joined the body. Fins rapidly started to rot with the spines exposed. The next day the top fin started to erode. At the same time he appeared to have issues on his belly with the smooth white buildup or fungus. The large comet has been laying eggs repeatedly over the last 6 months. All eggs that were still in the tank after cleaning, filtered or eaten turned white w/in 24 hours. She has always seemed to be sensitive to higher nitrate levels, which cause her to hang at the bottom w/o clamped fins until a partial water change brings the levels down. Her only apparent other problem is in the last year she may have one or two veins that become prominent in her tail for a time and then recede. Good consistent eater, beautiful fins, good movement. The brown fancy has always seemed to be extremely resilient w/ no apparent health issues. Good eater to piggish, good fins, good body, good activity always. Treated the tank with A.P. I. Erythromycin and followed the box instructions correctly, including water changes. (Treated for 70 gallons) Ammonia never got over .25 . During these medication treatments I installed a scrubber cartridge so that there was no active filtration going on. The moor's eroding fins stopped, but the white buildup on the inside of his pectoral fins increased, and looked like blobby thin threads about 1/4" inch trailing as he swam. No white on tail. Treated the tank with API fungus cure, followed box instructions correctly, including water changes(Treated for 70 gallons) Ammonia never got over . 25 During the first day after the medicine addition, moor's white on belly disappeared, fin whiteness retracted to connection of fins only. On the third day, the fin whiteness grew again, with trailing 1/4 " threads. Not anchor worms, no forked heads(with magnification). Brown fancy grew a white spot on his wen-but may be growth. No other spots showing. Last night I preformed the final 25% water change and went back on the regular charcoal filter. Afterwards added ph Up. This morning the comet was oriented toward the top at a steep angle with head up for 20 minutes. Then she went down to the bottom where all three were hovering at the bottom of the tank. Their fins are not clamped. The ammonia tested out to .25. I fed the fish sparingly. The comet and moor ate but not the brown fancy(first time I have ever seen this). After the water change I added ph UP for 70 gallons. The water change brought the ammo level down to between 0 and .15. They are still at the bottom with their fins up. Further background: Originally had the three original goldfish in a smaller tank with a bio filter. The two above with a veil tail. All were about 3 inches long and grew. The veil tail died two months after purchase. She had no outward clinical signs and died within two days of beginning to bottom hang. I changed to the 75 gallon tank and new filter last year and two months later after the tank stabilized with no problems purchased the other two goldfish. I have had periods of having nitrate build up through out the times I have owned the fish. It has never been over 1.00- only three times in three years) I test the ammonia every day and try to keep it between 0 and .25 with 20% partial water changes once a week. I take any algae off the glass once a month with a sponge or magnetic brush. I purchased a large hollow artificial log water feature six months ago and added some marimo moss balls. The fish would occasionally nibble at them and a few fell apart. I went to a plant florescent light bulb. I had an episode where when I took the log out to scrub algae off, there was putrid dark water inside that smelled of rotten eggs. I came spilling out of the holes and turned the tank water murky. I rinsed out the log, and preformed partial water change until the murk subsided. There was no fish problems at that time. I cleaned the log more frequently and removed the logs with bags over the holes just in case. About a month ago the moss balls started to go brownish, and the log was filled with putrid water again. We removed the log with no murk transferred to tank and decided to keep it out- permanently. When I added the scrubber filter prior to adding the antibiotic, I removed the marimo moss balls and threw them away. When we took the scrubber filter out yesterday it was full of quarter inch long hairs, like the moss ball's hairs. I am worried that all three fish are bottom hanging and grouped together and definitely seem to be in distress. I am open to any and all suggestions. Their current appearance is that the white threads on the moor have gone but he still has that white build up on the place where his fins join his body, and he has developed excessive slime coat in the head area. Except for the pinholes in his top fin, the fin rot has stopped and not resumed. He now has clamped fins. Update: Now the moor no longer has the white threads on the underside of his pectorals . The brown fancy has excessive slim coat buildup on his head( a first) and that white spot on his wen is still there with another smaller one just showing up w/in the last two hours.. Update: The brown fancy seems to be in the most distress. Listless and still not much movement. The comet is just down at the bottom. Update: The comet is the most active dividing her time nudging the males on the bottom at either side of the tank. She nudges each one and then sinks back down to the bottom. UPdate: Now this evening I have purchased a UV filter. The tank is getting a little cloudy.
  5. Hello! I'm new to this forum and need help with my fish who is not doing well, hopefully some of you will have some tips to help. I have copied the information table below, hopefully this is right, I still need to test for some of the info as I've only just been reunited with Mr Bojangles, my unwell fishy. I had to go abroad for work for 6 months and had to leave my 5 year old black moor with a friend. While I was away he developed swimbladder and can't stay upright. He stays on the bottom of the tank which has caused his side to 'rot'. I feel so bad for him and hope he's not been suffering too much. Any help is much appreciated, I can give more info if needed, just ask. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(tank) - 0 * Nitrite Level(tank) - 0.5 * Nitrate level(tank) - 0 * Ammonia Level(tap) - need to test * Nitrite Level(tap) - need to test * Nitrate level(tap) - need to test * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)- 6.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - need to test Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops by Nutrafin * Water temperature? 20C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 300L running for 10 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? All Pond Solutions 2000EF, 40L I think * How often do you change the water and how much? every 2 weeks, 30% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 30% 6 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? one black moor, 5 inches long (not including tail) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API conditioner, Bicarbonate of soda to buffer pH * What do you feed your fish and how often? twice a day, tetra pellets * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. - I have used salt and Maracyn and Maracyn two. He is 5 years old so had quite a few treatments over the time. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? - Thanks in advance!
  6. I have three goldfish. Two of them started getting breeding pimples and one of them (bolt) kept chasing sparky (who is smaller and not showing mating signs) so I put sparky in his/her own 17l tank. Last water. Change was 2 days ago. He started floating at the top of the tank, the right way around but pointing down and slightly to the side. We believe he was constipated so we gave him/her peas. A day later we noticed he had a white growth on his side. He/she had this before in the exact same location and it went away but has come back again, what is it? It is not red, it just looks like a big pimple. I added a small amount of aquarium salt and some anti fungus medicine. What is the growth? Find a picture below, blurry I know.
  7. Hello I live in Romania a country in EU. I wanna buy some medicated foods ...from http://www.goldfishconnection.com/shop/listing.php?parentId=5, but unfortunately ...they dont sell across Europe. So i beg ..if someone from US ... wanna help me. I need : 1. Metro-Meds 12oz. 2.MediGold12oz. I will send the money in advance ..for this 2 products.. including for shping and handeling. if someone ..had the time to help me please contact me at.. this adress: desonac@yahoo.com
  8. Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0.5 ppm [*]Nitrite Level? 2ppm [*]Nitrate level? 6 ppm [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 6.8 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 6.8 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Cheap tetra Easystrips [*]Water temperature? 84 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75 gallons, 2 weeks, cycled [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Marineland empereor Bio-wheel 400 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 20% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 8 juvenile discus about 3.5 inches. Used to be nine but one died [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, Seachem Stressgaurd, Aqueon ammonia Neutralizer [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Aqueon color enhancing flakes 20%, blood worms 30%, New Life Spectrum cichlid 1mm pellets 30%, Hikari Marine pellets 20 %<---- for maximum nutrition (all dry food is soaked in water before feeding) 3-4 times per day (about a 1.5 tablsespoon mixture of all of these) [*]Any new fish added to the tank? Nope [*]Any medications added to the tank? Stressgaurd I guess? [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Poop is covered in white fuzzy stuff [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? A few of them eat fine but they never swim around (well at least I never see them swim around), two of them stay near the heater and all of them are mostly lethargic
  9. I need a very hardy snail for my tanks. I have had two young mystery snails die on me, and I heard they make a lot of waste and have a high mortality rate. That they also get huge. I fed them both algae wafers. I have one snail I don't know the name of. I call it a cone snail, it just has a cone shaped shell. It hitched a ride in with my ghost shrimp. A while ago it reproduced by itself but it seems the babies have either died or were eaten by now. Not so worried about my ten gallon because that little guy is in there always getting bigger. But. I have a 2.5 gal with a highly aggressive male betta in there. My second mystery snail was for that tank and he literally badgered the poor thing to the point where he was terrified all of the time. Even when I changed his tank. He lived two weeks after that. The pet stores I have near me only sell mystery, but I have seen cones and rams horns there for free because they are a neusance. Is there anywhere online I can buy snails? What kind of snails are best? Both tanks are tropical, and both have live plants. A beautiful anubias in the 2.5 gal and 4 amazon swords in the 10. Thanks for any help!
  10. Hey there! My 65 gallon is fully cycled and ready for fishies! I put my beatiful black moor in about a week ago, and now im ready to buy 4 more Goldies:D I will be getting either 3 Orandas and 1 Fantail or 2 Orandas and 2 Fantails:) I have never done a QT before (i am only 3 months into the hobby) so i have some questions:) 1) how big does my QT tank hve to be? Minimum? Can i QT multiple fish together i they come from the sane tank/store? 2) for how long (minimum) do they need to be QT? 3) do i need a light? Filter? 4) i really dont have that much $$ to spend, so ko i HAVE to QT? Thank you!
  11. Hey guys! Not to bother you with more "my tank won't cycle" crap but I've gotten myself super confused. There are so many variables that I can't figure out. Quick run down of my situation. I had two goldfish that I got before I knew about tank cycling. I was working hard to cycle the tank while keeping them healthy and happy. My sister babysat my fish for a weekend and my fish ended up dying under her care So now I'm trying to do a fishless cycle. - I have a 20 g tank with two filters running; a Topfin 10 & an Aquaclear 30. I have a mostly bare bottom with just a few larger rocks and an airstone. I use drops instead of strips to test the water parameters. - I've been trying to cycle for 4 weeks with no nitrites whatsoever - Ammonia has been consistently present but I don't know whats producing it if I'm not adding ammonia or even food product? It has been sitting at 8.0 (or higher I guess since the test kit tops out at 8.0), and I thought the higher the better and just read this week that it's better to have it sitting at 4.0- 5.0. So I did a 50 % water change with Prime and now it's at 4.0 - I also read that things happen faster at slightly higher temperatures so I've been trying to keep it at 80 F. But I also realized that it was at 88 F (gghh way to read a thermometer right :[ ) So I'm guessing that's too hot and probably wasn't helping so I got it turned back down - PH has been around 7.2 - I've been using Seachem Stability for the past 4 days out of desperation - Oh and I've got some brown particles (?) growing on things. Where is that coming from and is it bad? it tends to clump together. I guess I just want to know if I'm on the right track now. I'm just getting pretty impatient and frustrated with the process. And should I only do water changes to maintain ammonia at 4.0?
  12. Hey guys, We have a 40g tank destined for 4 gfs soon. The filter is a Marineland Penguin 350, so it's a good, over-kill filter for goldfish, lol. Anyway, what do you guys recommend for an air pump? Do we really need one? There is a lot of surface agitation from the double water falls from the filter. We had a Tetra Whisper 60, but I was planning on getting a Whisper 20. Too small yes, but I figure the filter would make up for the smaller amount of surface agitation. Thanks a lot!
  13. I was wondering if anyone could help me with a dilemma with a 45 gallon hex corner tank. I had gotten a lead on the tank as being $25 for 45 gallons, and i was astonished. Sadly, the owners of this tank let its original stand and canopy fall into GREAT disrepair. The tank was left outside along with the stand and canopy for 6 months, and the water damage to the stand and electric canopy was substantial. I still bought the tank (it is water-tight and a light-weight acrylic!) because $25 for a tank that size is beyond a deal. Unfortunately a stand and fitting canopy is hard to come by. I thought about just simply buying a TV corner stand, but i really want to bring this tank back to its former glory. I have a little knowledge of constructing and a little knowledge of power tools, but zero practical experience in building such a thing. Could anyone help me come up with a plan of action to make this stand and canopy into reality? I can get access to a power drill, screws and nails, tape measure, and a small saw, but that is all in terms of equipment. Any helpful advice is appreciated!
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