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  1. Hello! I've had my two goldfish for about 3 or 4 years and never had any problems, today I switched them into a 20 gallon tank with the water temperature at about 74 degrees Fahrenheit because I read that's the temperature they do best at, now they swimming upside-down and they're very lethargic, please help I don't want them to die.
  2. Hello! I am very new to this whole fishy thing. Let me give you a little "background". It all started when our daughter won some feeder fish at after prom and brought them home for our 8 year old son. We bought a 29 gallon tank and all 4 feeders were dead in a week. (I'm assuming they were sick when she brought them home. They ended up with ich and we treated the tank and did whatever possible to keep them alive but with no luck) Anyway, after burying the little guys in the back yard, we emptied the tank, rinsed everything in very hot water (no soap) and left it all out in the sun to dry. We then set the tank up again, let it run for a week, adding a "beneficial bacteria" product given to us by the pet store and followed the directions to a T. Next, we went to an aquarium store that specializes in fish, since we were afraid to buy the new little guys from Petsmart or another "chain" store. We purchased two fantails (1 calico and 1 red capped) so. . .this is where we are: 29 gallon tetra brand aquarium whisper power filter 30 (with carbon cartriges - hangs on back of tank) 1 bubble strip and 2 decorative bubblers all artificial plants - no live plants 2 fantail goldfish - approx. 3-3 1/2 inches in length feed pellet and flakes, sometimes peas - feed 2 times a day (they eat it immediately - nothing sinks to the bottom) no heater on the tank - room temp usually aroung 76 degrees use API freshwater master test kit daily to monitor levels Since I'm new to this whole thing, I am paranoid about stressing these cuties out and possibly killing them, so I have been doing daily 8 gallon water changes to keep the ammonia below 1.0ppm. I'm usually aroung .5, never lower). It has been 6 weeks since we put the fish in the tank and I still have a nitrite reading of 0 and a nitrate of 5. I have read that water changes are necessary to keep the fish healthy but also that water changes will prevent the tank from cycling. I am at a loss here and am desperate for help. We have 30 days before we leave for vacation and I need this tank to cycle. Please help me. I am so ignorant when it comes to fish and everything I read contradicts each other.
  3. First off, I'm a complete noob at caring for goldfish. I got my API Freshwater Master Test Kit in the mail this morning. I tested the water and the ammonia and nitrites are too high and there seem to be tiny amount of nitrates. I quickly did a 50% water change, the ammonia reading went down to about 1ppm. I'll be doing 20-30% water changes each day from now, something that I should have been doing from the beginning, I just knew nothing about the whole ammonia-nitrite-nitrate cycle . By the end of this week I will have a 190L tank (currently they are in a 20L tank that they came with) and a 1800LPH canister filter. They are three tiny goldfish (backstory and pics here). I have a 'filter' which is attached to an air pump and not very effective AT ALL - some poop is left on the bottom but I try to scoop it out at least once a day. Okay, the questions: When I set up the new tank, I should have the filter running for at least 24 hours before putting in the fish, correct? When I set up the new tank, should I do a water change in the old one and move the water that I took out to the new tank, to kick start the cycle with the ammonia and nitrites in the water? (and move over the living plants I have?) After waiting the requisite amount of time, do I move the fish over with all of their old water and the old filter? Do bio boosters work? It seems most people think that the bacteria is anerobic and therefore can't actually survive in bottles? Should I, in the future, buy a second filter? What size? I've been reading that it's good to have a second one for back up. Once I've moved the fish to the new tank I'll definitely be keeping an eye on the ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels and doing water changes when needed. The last two weeks have been a steep learning curve and I've had to scramble to get all the bits and pieces I need but I'm hoping I'm on the right track to give these guys a good time for the rest of their lives. Thanks for reading .
  4. Hi everyone - I'm home for the summer, and have established with my mom that I'd like a 75gallon tank as a birthday gift. My stepdad is building me a stand for the tank, which I'll then stain and seal to be waterproof. My question is this: lately (as in, for the past few weeks or so) the fish have been surface breathing. It used to be only after they ate, but now it's nearly all the time. They don't seem to be sick in any other way - just the surface breathing. I have treated for flukes, salted the tank, fasted them, added plants, and I have an airstone always going. The tank is completely cycled. They're perky as ever but the constant surface breathing is starting to worry me. I would be able to get the 75gal tomorrow ( my mom is going to give me my b-day gift "early") but it will be sitting directly on the floor for 2 months, until I move out. This wouldn't be a problem if I wasn't going to switch to sump filtration - I'm new to the idea, but it seems a lot more efficient and cost effective in the long run. I'll be buying the sump (because I don't trust myself to make one that works correctly) along with a new (appropriately sized) heater, air pump, and pond pump for the sump - that's where all the fish portrait funds are going Can a sump operate on the same level as the tank, or does it have to be located below the tank? My mom is upset about the water changes because it's affecting her water bill (I don't know if this is true because she hasn't actually gotten one yet since I've been home) so...how often would I have to change the water in a cycled 75gal? Right now I'm doing 50% 2x a week...and she's upset about that. In addition to the fish, I have 5 small nerite snails in the current 30 gallon tank. New baby is still in QT. What do you guys think? It's really an "I buy all of it now or I wait until I move out" deal...I'm not going to buy HOB filters now and then when I actually have a stand...go get a sump. I only want to spend the money once, ha
  5. Alrighty, I've only ever kept goldfish (unless you count the tetra tank I had when I was 7) and I'm wanting to start a new tank of fish that I can have a school of. I'm hoping for at least 6 fish in this one, all the same variety I think. The tank I'm looking for is a bow front 30-40 gallon. I have a lot of driftwood that I will hopefully be able to make use of in the new tank. It will definitely be planted though the plants and substrate are something I haven't decided on yet. I'm sure the fish choice will come before that choice. My questions to you are- if you were me, what would you stock it with? What are the most interesting fish you've found for this sort of setup? As a goldfish keeper, what do you think I should keep in mind as I progress with this project? Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions I was just searching around online and got overwhelmed with information and it's all too much. Thought I'd back off that and start here instead!
  6. OK everyone, so next week I will finely be setting up my larger tank if everything goes to plan. The tank and equipment owned: It’s a 75gal tank (48"Lx18"Wx23"H) 48 inch double T5 lighting system Air pump rated up to 40 gal, and tubing A thermometer Substrate, rock and plants. (black sand and a dark plant substrate mix-substrate) Water test kit Going to get this weekend: Aquaclear 110 HOB filter (just one for now well get another shortly or one similar) Aqueon Flex LED Aquarium Bubble Wand, 21-Inch, White LED (thinking if possibly getting another at another time and either another air pump or a larger one that can handle both) The setup Ok so this is what I was thinking. I’d put the plants, sand, rocks and some of the filter media I have in my small tank to the larger(hopefully giving my cycle a jumpstart) then I’ll let it sit for a few days to let it get its balance. Then ill add my two small goldfish and also move the old filters over to the large tank. This way the tank will have the aquaclear 110 and the 10-15 and 20 gal filters on it (sorry I do not have the boxes and do not remember the gph for those filters). So that’s the idea. I was wondering if my thought pattern behind that was ok and just looking for ideas on how to make it look good and be safe for my fish I am thinking of adding 2 maybe (undecided) 3 more gold fish at a later date. Either more ryukins, fantales, vailtales, telescope eye, or Orandas, maybe a combination (but I like for fish to be in at least pairs of the same type lol) When I am finished i will post pics for everyone to see
  7. Hey guys So I'm relatively new to the goldfish keeping game and I wound up putting three fish in a 75 Litre (20 Gallon) aquarium, when I discovered the error of my ways I took a vow to find a larger tank as soon as possible but my budget is quite limited. While I would like to upgrade to a 200 Litre (53 Gallon) tank next year I've managed to find myself a nice 155 (41 Gallon) Litre to use in the meantime, hoorah! I'm going to pick the new tank up this weekend and take my time establishing it, but what would be the best way to do it? At present I have a 75 Litre with a Fluval U2 Filter and all of my water parms are good, I have gravel as a substrate but I would like to move away from that, I was thinking of a bare bottom, some bogwood, river rocks, potted plants, with maybe a little patch of gravel kept for the fish to forage around. The new tank will come with An Aqua One Maxi Internal filter, I'm not sure of the size capacity yet but it might be the 103f, 104f. Hopefully I can combine this new filter and my Fluval to provide optimal filtration, thought I might go for an external later on. My real question is, what is the best way to proceed with the new setup? Can I make use of my existing filter media or water to get the cycle started? Is it possible to clean out the new tank and move everything across including the water, filter, fish? Just keep the tank half full and 'top up' the tank with a few extra litres of prime treated water periodically until the tank is almost full? Would that be a stupid idea? Let me know what you think, or if there is a good post on this somewhere on the forums could you point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance Derek
  8. I never could connect properly with the seller of that lovely 26 bow front tank I wanted from Craigslist, unfortunately. Flakey guy, just was always "too busy" for me to pick up the tank, and kept asking me to call back again the next day. After nearly two weeks of that (!), I gave up. I was bummed to let that tank go, but it apparently just wasn't meant to be. After more time spent scouring Craigslist, I came up with a lovely second choice, and the price was right, so I picked it up on Saturday. I was definitely limited by space when choosing a tank this time around, because I have a really particular spot where it has to fit and it also has to be small enough for me to maintain easily. So basically, narrow width and nothing over 30 gallons. I wound up with a 30 gallon extra high with stand. I'm the first to admit that, on paper, an extra high tank isn't ideal for goldfish, as I know they theoretically need more horizontal than vertical swimming space and good surface area. That said, I've had a tall goldfish aquarium before (I can't believe I've been keeping goldfish for almost 25 years now!), and to be honest, they always did equally well for me in the tall tank. As a bonus, I love the way it looks; a tall tank really makes a statement. So, is it perfect? No. But is it good enough? Certainly. The price was excellent, and it came complete with hood, light, and a nice black stand. It fits into the space I designated for it perfectly, and it's right next to my bed, so I can watch the fish when I'm lying down. I'm really digging this aquarium a lot more than I expected to -- it's looking really good! I spent hours cleaning it up, though. It was pretty disgusting. Once I'd gotten all the algae soaked and scrubbed out, I was left with hard water stains the likes of which I've never encountered. I expected my usual white vinegar scrub to clean those right off. Wrong. They were the nastiest, most stubborn things I've ever seen (and I've dealt with some pretty rank used tanks in my time). I soaked paper towels in vinegar and left them stuck to the tank glass to try to "soften" the crud, which helped to a degree. But even that didn't take care of all of it. After much elbow grease was employed, I got it to the point that you could no longer feel the hard water just by running your fingertips over the stains, but you could still see them. I had a few more goes at it, and finally just had to call it quits. You can barely see the stains anymore, but I know they're there and it still irritates me. Deep breaths. Let it go. The tank's basically set up and ready for water now. I'm going to be able to insta-cycle it (I hope) by adding media from my old ranchu tank. I had those two canisters crammed full of all kinds of stuff, so my plan is to snag some of the bio-rings and a couple handfuls of filter floss from my friend's house and hope that does the trick. Now comes the part I love more than anything else: Choosing fish. I want to keep things affordable this time (I'm still not working full-time after my surgery, so am trying to rein in my spending). I also want to start with smaller fish, so that they don't immediately outgrow the tank or feel crowded. So while I've been drooling over the online auctions of late, I'm going to stick with the local LFS. Fortunately, my fave LFS has had some pretty nice goldies recently. I honestly don't know what I'm going to end up with, because I feel open to just about anything after years of only ranchus. There are some good-looking crown pearlscales, a handful of butterflies, some nice young ranchus (if I decide to fall back on old habits), and some pretty adorable bubble eyes. Bubble eyes never used to appeal to me, but they've really grown on me lately after seeing some of the beauties kept by other members. Their fragility still freaks me out (I'd be so worried about those sacs!) but I just might end up with one after all. We'll see! I'm going on a reconnaissance mission to the LFS after work today to see what's still there, what's gone, and what's new. Ooooh, this is gonna be fun!
  9. Hi guys. Ursula (baby momma) is bottomsitting as of this evening. She appeared fine last night which was the last time I saw her until just an hour ago. At first I thought I'd woken her up. I had to leave her light off all day because of outstanding circumstances. Anyway, she was sitting and I thought nothing of it until I noticed she wasn't breathing much. Then I decided to test the water and though I've been very diligent changing 50% every two days the water was still not great. So, I did a huge water change in panic mode (80%) and made sure the pH was the same and temp matched and put it back in. Then I decided it was time to set up the other 30G I was saving it for a weekend project but I couldn't bare it anymore. Long story short, Ursula is Qt'd in her 30G with only one AC50. She'll be getting another AC 50 tomorrow as will the new tank. Will they be okay with only 5X filtration just one day? That's another topic. Anyway! Here's what you want to know about in the first place. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): after WC 0 before WC.5 * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 0 10 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AC 50 and before just now a hush elite 35 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, baking soda, crushed coral * Water temperature? 70* * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every 2 days * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today 80% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 6 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? currently just one common 6 inches previously 3 * What do you feed your fish and how often? repashy SG and Super green, nutrafin pellets on occasion, bloodworms * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) just her little fin mass * 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, etc.? bottom sitting not sure if she'd eat I haven't fed her yet. Will check. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Salt and prazi on start up and salt as needed for bumps and scrapes * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Pictures on the way. Video is not just because if you look at the picture that's exactly what it looks like in video form. =p Thank you all so much for your time! I hope she's going to be okay!!
  10. Hi all! It's Day 4 of cycling Baxter's newest tank. I'm just really anxious and paranoid about it, I guess. I'm really terrified I'm going to do something wrong with testing the water quality. For example, on Wednesday night I changed the water in the new tank for the first time to bring the ammonia down to 0, and it was successful. But yesterday morning and afternoon I checked the water again using my Tetra EasyStrips, and it said the ammonia was still 0...so I let it go without changing the water yesterday. I checked the water again this morning/afternoon, and the color chart for the EasyStrips was still reading 0. But the water was slightly cloudy (maybe that was my paranoia too... ), and I got all worried that my kit wasn't reading right so I changed about 90% of the water. Was that bad of me? I just *really* don't want Baxter to get sick during this process...I'm so worried about him, even though his behavior is totally normal and happy and beggy-for-foody. I am so afraid of being a bad fishy parent... I ordered the API Freshwater Master Kit on Amazon tonight, and it should be here Tuesday/Wednesday. Until then, I'll use my strips, but just in case the ammonia is hard to read for me, should I continue changing the water every day? Maybe not 90% every day, but if the ammonia goes almost 2 whole days as still reading 0, (almost, but not quite, leaning towards the .25 color), should I consider changing the water 60% or so? I am sooooo paranoid. xD I mostly just want comfort/advice about this. I'm sure you guys know how I'm feeling...yay for support groups. On a lighter, happier note, Baxter will officially have been adopted a week ago tomorrow!!! YAY!!! I love him so stinking much. :3
  11. I have recently been reading up about goldfish and what to feed them etc..I have spent about 6 days doing so, I have a 18 litre tank (from when I was younger and had no idea what I was doing and my fish died after a few months)that I am currently cycling with ammonia, what I was wondering is would it be possible to use the water from the tank when it is cycled and put it into a 120litre (26 gallon) tank to help with cycling that tank, I am planning to put 3 fancies eventually in the tank and maybe a pond snail or something similar, I would like to add one other small animal that would go with the goldfish and the snail any ideas of what I could add in. I was planning to plant java fern and maybe a few other plants once the bigger tank is cycled I would then use the small tank to quarantine the new fish that I get one by one, would this 18 litre tank be big enough to keep a small baby goldfish in for 3 weeks to then add to the 120L?? Any help and advice would be appreciated!! Michael
  12. Okay, So I thought I would write this post about the things I have learned about keeping goldfish (necessities and what not) so that you guys would let me know if I know everything I need to or if I may have some misinformation. (This is all for Fancy Goldfish) (Orandas specifically) At least 29 gallons for the first fish and 10 additional gallon for every other. Smaller fish won't mind a taller tank as long as there is additional oxygen being added by a bubbler but larger fish will need more swimming space in a longer tank. Filtration must be 10x the tank size for adequate water movement. Activated Carbon is not required or recommended for filters since beneficial bacteria will remove ammonia and other harmful toxins besides chlorine and other heavy metals which should be removed by a water clarifier. Gravel is not recommended because harmful bacteria may build up in it and Goldies like to play with gravel and may choke. River stones are a good alternative to gravel if you do not want a bare bottom tank Live plants remove waste from water but will be eaten by fish An adequate diet involves flakes, pellets, fresh veggies, and a variety of other types of foods A UV sterilizer will add extra protection to the tank (toxin-wise) but may kill beneficial bacteria??? Florescent lighting is the best type for fish since it emits more colors. Better for scales? I believe that is pretty much the gist. I do have a few questions though. Are melafix or pimafix effective at curing fish bladder disease? If not: what are they good for? What is a good and inexpensive way to cure fish bladder disease? How do fish get it? Also, can plants survive without CO2? I've seen people put their fish: is this okay as long as your hands are clean? What types of decorations do Fancy Goldfish like? I know some can harm their scales. Is a heater a good or bad idea? I've heard a lot from both sides. /: Thanks for reading. respond.
  13. Hello again everyone! as some of you may know, I am starting up a new tank, and I am very much a newb... lol. Anyway, I am going to do a fishless cycle, and I'm looking for ammonia to use. I saw some stuff on amazon that comes in a little squeezie bottle, but its 8 bucks! (http://www.amazon.com/DrTims-Aquatics-Ammonium-chloride-Aquarium/dp/B006MP4QG6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348721740&sr=8-1&keywords=pure+ammonia) Would this be ok? (http://www.lowes.com/pd_214486-59800-19707555031_0__?productId=3246710&Ntt=ammonia&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dammonia&facetInfo=) Where did you guys get this ammonia! all of the ones I have seen are all sudsy and ugh. I have another small question as well, but I dont know if it really belongs here! If I am only going to get one fish, should I still have a QT? I dont really have the space! Thanks again, you guys are so helpful!
  14. Alright... So my boyfriend is in the process of procuring me a wonderful ~70 gallon custom tank for 20 dollars from his friend. I must be born for this cause all of my tanks were steals! I am hoping to start the tank right this time... The last 2 times were rushed, and although the fish made it my stress levels were through the roof dealing with ammonia all of the time! Anyways, my questions are, what kind of filters are best suited for a 70 gallon that will probably have 4-5 larger goldfish. I plan to get a Shukin, Ranchu, two Orandas, and a Black Moore, (hopefully from RG) or something along those lines. I have never dealt with a tank this big and I am hoping someone can set me straight about fishless cycling, and how long it should be cycled for. This will be a great learning experience since I am hoping I can get a job as an aquatics specialist at petco and hopefully keep people from putting wonderful goldies into bowls ): What plants are appropriate for goldies? I have some Java ferns that are already rooted and will be going into my 55 or my 5, also some lucky bamboo and microsword. What kind of substrate should I use? And what do I do about the heating aspect of the tank? I only need a heater for winter when at night it dips to 30-40 degrees, sometimes colder. When dealing with plants, what kind of lighting is best? tl;dr Best plants for goldies? Substrate? Heating? Lighting? Cycling?
  15. Hello! I will be setting up a 10 gallon tank for either Quarantine or a breeding tank. Maybe one first and afterwards the other. What I would like to know is a good way to get the tank cycled and going? What kind of filter would be best? My taps ammonia is at 1.0ppm and it's pH is 8.5. I don't expect to have a huge influx of new fish, so after I get them would it be ok to use it for a breeding tank? I plan on getting 1 or 2 more goldies (oranda or ranchu) and about 6 mollies a couple of cherry barbs, and cory cats, in a 20 gallon (Not a definite lineup, I have more research to do). But I do hope to breed if things work out. Would it be better to use the 10 for the mollies and the 20 for the quarantine/breeding? Thank you!
  16. Hello! Back in february I bought two panda goldies and stuck them in a 20. Now I know that is too small but I have been having problems with filters and it set me back. After lucking into a 55 and a Marineland Penguin 350 for 44 dollars, their new home is coming together! They aren't in the tank yet but I can already tell there will be a current problem. The filter is pretty strong even with the second lid on it. My guys are still small, only about 2-3 inches and had a problem with their tetra whisper filter. How can I make a more permanent solution to help lower the pressure? In their smaller tank I had a plastic bottle part taped to the filter that helped diffuse the current but got really mucky and fell apart quickly. I want them to be able to swim everywhere in their new tank and I would love to have a permanent solution to the filter current problem.
  17. I am returning to Koko's and goldfish keeping after a six year break. Here is a little of my fish keeping background: My dad kept fish off and on when I was a kid- once we kept goldfish for a whew years until a lengthy power outage required we return them to the LFS, and later the kept tropical fish after I foolishly tried to keep a tropical tank in my dorm room in college. My first experience with keeping my own goldfish started while I was nearing the end of college. I started with a ten gallon tankwhim under gravel filter, and a tiny black moor named Lucien. When Lucien got sick for the first time I stumbled onto Koko's and gained a wealth of info that led me directly down the path toward goldfish obsession. I quickly began accruing more tanks, I had a grand total of three when I gave up my fish habit- one 29 gallon with three goldfish (black moor, fantail, calico fantail), one 20 gallon with three lion heads, and one ten gallon QT tank. At some point I started having severe allergy problems-I assumed it was from a fine film of mold under the hood of my tank, and after a devastating loss of a few fry I had painstakingly kept alive,and since my husband and I were about to move into our first apartment together, I decided to sell my tank and fish, and give up the fish keeping habit. Skip ahead approximately six or seven years. Since then I have graduated from college, completed my Masters degree, and I am in my fifth year of teaching art in elementary school to kindergarteners through sixth graders. I have been engaged, married (5 year anniversary next weekend!),and had my son who will turn four this year. I also have gone through elaborate allergy tests confirming that I am not allergic to ANY molds or mildews, (only dust mites- guess I should've vacuumed more often:() and my best friend decided after three years of fish woes to get rid of her tank, so here I am again. I am currently in the process of setting up and cycling my new-to-me 29 gallon bow front tank. From the moment we brought the tank into the house I have been completely fish obsessed, worse than ever before. I quit my fish habit cold turkey six years ago and now it's almost like my past addiction is trying to make up for lost time. I plan to use this blog to post updates as I go through the process of fishless cycling and adding fish to my tank. Hoping that the blogging outlet will stop me from going completely fish crazy.
  18. Hi everyone first time posting but not my first time when it comes to aquariums. Have had a freshwater in the past and most recently a saltwater that did not survive a move 1.5 years ago which really bummed me out for a while but I now I am ready to get back into the hobby. This time I want to try goldfish and an acrylic tank. I have done all the great reading that's posted here and other sources and I think I have narrowed down equipment but would like some opinions. For tank I checked out the Seaclear acrylic 30gal with 36x12x16 dimensions. I am a big fan of shallow tanks and I think 2-3 goldfish would love a 3ft long tank. For filtration I want to go with a canister more specifically a Fluval 306. As far as tank setup I want to go with a bare bottom with 2 islands on the far corners of the tank made of black caribsea natural sand. For plants I want to go with silk because I don't want to mess with live ones right now. As far as lighting goes I found some nice ikea LED lamps that provide plenty of lighting for a non planted tank. Looking forward to hearing from some of you.
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