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  1. Hi everyone! I saw the cutest thing at the LFS and am very tempted to bring her home today... I want to know how to setup a QT. I have an empty 20g tank (without hood and filter) and an unused air pump (whisper 40), do I need a filter? If I don't use a filter will I have to do daily 100% w/c? I was also contemplating getting a 10g aquarium kit, it would be easier to do w/c on a 10g and it comes complete with hood with a filter for less than it would cost me to habilitate the 20g. Does the same rule apply of 1 fancy per 10g with QT? Just asking, in case there's another cutie out there... So what do you suggest: buy hood and filter for the 20g or get a 10g kit? Also, my aged tap water's ph is 8.2 (new water is at 7.4) what schedule should I follow? Prazi should arrive either today or tomorrow, could I start the salting without the prazi or is it best to do them at the same time? Things I have now: - empty 20g tank - new whiper 40 (air tubing and airstone) - aquarium salt -prazi (should come in either today or tomorrow) Thanks!
  2. Didn't really know where to post this topic, feel free to move it. SO I had a few questions about QT in general... PLANTS I'm so paranoid about getting anything into my tank from plants... How long should I let them in my 10 gallon for Qt? Is there something in particular I should had to the water during that period? Should I do water changes to get rid of anything that could get into the water? Should I do multiples bleach dips or only one at the beggining of Qt in enough? FISH If my tank is empty and I want to get two fish (knowing that my Qt tank is 10 gallons only) Should I buy the fish one by one or both at the same time (Qt them together or alone)? Do I use prazi and salt only? Salt at 0.1% or higher? For how long? I know that makes a lot of questions but I want to make sure I get it right! Thanks ^^!
  3. On March 6th, I went to get cat food at my LPS, and saw that a ryukin in the lionhead/ryukin tank had ich. (I told a clerk, who removed the afflicted fish and took him to the back. This is only the second ich-afflicted fish I have seen in this store in the last 10 years of shopping there.) I've had an unreasonable attachment to a particular lionhead in that tank since I first saw "him" over a month ago, and I was waiting for my 45 gallon tank to cycle before bringing him home. The prospect of him getting ich, and getting picked on by stronger fish, and dying horribly there really bothered me, and I had the capacity to quarantine and treat him, if needed, at home. Knowing he had been exposed to ich, I would have had to quarantine him anyway after the tank cycled, so it made sense to go ahead and bring him home then. For six days, he was one of the friendliest, most joyful goldfish I have ever seen. He played in the bubbledisc, happily nibbled at my hand and blew bubbles at it, and attacked bloodworms with ferocity worthy of a great white shark. Then, yesterday at about 4:30 PM, he began swimming weirdly and ignoring people. I moved him to the waiting fresh tub immediately in case it was something in the water, and covered it with a sheet so he could rest. I tried not to worry, went out with a friend, came back at about 10 PM, and the poor baby was floating on his left side, breathing slowly, and unable to swim at all. My sister said he had just been swimming weirdly, not dying, an hour before when she checked on him. As a last ditch thing, to see if he wanted to live, I dangled a bloodworm in front of his mouth, and he ignored it. Not wanting to selfishly wait to "save" him when he was seemingly dying and clearly suffering, I hurried to the store for clove oil and euthanized him. He didn't even gasp or struggle when I lifted him out of the water to put him in the bowl where I killed him. I have no idea what happened. I was always careful to not have any soap residue or anything on my hands. Nothing dangerous got in or near the tubs. No fumes, even from cooking, were anywhere near my room. Maybe you all can help me figure out why this goldfish got so sick? I loved that little guy. I wanted to watch him grow into a big, strong, lumpy-headed guy. Thanks in advance for your help. * Ammonia Level: 0, in both day old tub and fresh tub. *Nitrite level: 0, in both day old tub and fresh tub. * Nitrate level: 0, in both day old tub and fresh tub. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph: 7.6, in both day old tub and fresh tub. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph: 7.6. * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Kit drops. * Water temperature? 72 F, in both day old tub and fresh tub. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Two clear Sterilite tubs, each with 12 imperial gallons of water (bucket to bucket quarantine). * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? None: one Hagen bubbledisc, removing solid waste with turkey baster, complete water change every other day. I tested the water for ammonia every evening and there has never been any ammonia. * How often do you change the water and how much? I was quarantining this fish bucket-to-bucket, moving him, a PVC pipe, a thermometer, and the bubbledisc every other day. (I had several river rocks in there for a couple of days because he was initially wary of the pipe and I wanted him to have something secure to sleep behind.) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday at about 4:30 (as soon as I noticed him acting odd), moved him to the other identical tub that had clean, temperature-matched water. And the day before yesterday was a day I moved him to a fresh bucket. * How many fish in the tank and their size? One, a bit under 2 inches long including tail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, doubled to handle any ammonia. * What do you feed your fish and how often? TwoNew Life Spectrum small goldfish pellets each morning, one bloodworm each evening (because he was too thin and I read that bloodworms fatten them up), a pea Sunday evening instead of a bloodworm. I didn't feed him yesterday morning because that was going to be his fasting day. (He always had healthy, short, food colored poop, never trailing or white.) * Any new fish added to the tank? No, he's the only one. * Any medications added to the tank? No. In retrospect, I should've salted the tank since I thought if he came down with anything, it would be ich. Why didn't I do this? What was I thinking? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. N/A * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? The fish had a small (5 scale area) shallow "dent" in his right side, and has always had it since I first saw him in my LPS over a month ago. I thought it was a patch of paler/not as shiny scales, since no surrounding scales were sticking out and it wasn't inflammed looking or anything like that. Once he was dead, I looked more closely and saw that there were actually no scales there. (This was impossible to accurately photograph.) He clamped his pelvic fins occassionally, and I was going to treat him for flukes in the 45 gallon once it cycled, and not before that because he was thin and I wanted him to be more robust before medicating him. This was probably a bad idea. He had nothing even remotely ich-like. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Noticed at 4:30 yesterday: swimming oddly by bending a lot in the middle and going rather fast, only to stop frequently and drift, instead of wiggling at a more or less leisurely, constant pace. Along with this, he was ignoring me, and ignoring food, when he had been a joyful, friendly, hungry goldfish. The sweet little lionhead blowing bubbles at me, trying to eat me, trying to make me give him more food. The sweet little lionhead messed up, swimming weird the following day. Edit: Removed the bullet points that added themselves to the whole thing.
  4. Hi all. After a spate of activity before the Thanksgiving weekend, I have not blogged for a while. I added 2 more White Cloud Mountain minnows and the school is much more cohesive. I still think more would be better, but I'm stopping for now. I think they are happy because there seems to be breeding behavior between the 4 females and 2 males...(the 7th fish has not revealed its gender to me!) We added another goldfish - Hercule Poirot, a little black and orange fantail. Yes, he has a mustache! He is super active, and makes a nice contrast to Jelly Bean and Emma the lionheads who are smaller and slower. So the fish group is complete. Everyone seems healthy and happy and I was considering adding them to the big tank right away, but decided to continue with the original plan of keeping them in qt for 3-4 weeks. Today I finally began their qt treatment - over the next couple of days I'll increase the temp to 78 degrees and add salt. Then if no problems over the next 10 days, I'll do 3 rounds of Prazi. Then clean water and temp matching to the big tank and I'll move the fish over one by one. Tonight I vacuumed and did a 30% wc. I added the first batch of salt and upped the temp 2 degrees. The fish have all become super active since I did the wc - everyone is swimming back and forth really quickly. I don't have any pictures and I know I risk the koko's stick. Please don't hurt me! I will try to take some by the weekend.
  5. Hello, As some of you may know, I received some new orandas today. I have not given them names yet, and will wait until QT is over. They seem to be adjusting very well. Here they are in their QT tank, about 4 hours after I added them. They will be in QT for about 4 weeks, where they will get salt treatment and Prazi. I hope no other issues will come up. Thank you for watching
  6. Hi everyone. Before I go off on my Thanksgiving activites, I wanted to share with you this short video of the littles discovering that peas = food. I was a bit worried that the minnows were not getting enough food because it sinks to the bottom and they were looking for it at the top of the tank. Anyway, I put a couple of smushed peas in the tank this morning. The calico (who is probably to be named Emma Goldman because she tilts left, due to a wonky tail fin) found the peas first. Then two adventurous minnows came to see what all the excitement was about. The orange one (who is called jelly bean for now) was obsessed with the filter intake as a source of food and oblivious to the peas until the rest of the minnows swam over to investigate. Anyway, enjoy the video - sorry for the bad quality. My camera doesn't take very good video. Then I had to give Fluffy his share of the limelight with this one of him hunting peas in the new 55. As you can see, I added the rest of the bag of eco Complete to the tank last night. I'm not sure I like it, but it's too late now! Anyway, have a great Thanksgiving holiday everyone. mj
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