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  1. So I have been tending to my sons sick goldfish for about 4 days or so.. rightfully named Attila because he is quite the fighter. Well he had Lice ( came that way it appears) prior to finding out I had done several water changes at varying percentages in a fight with nitrates ( learning process). On Monday I treated with Microbe/lift which is once a week for 3 weeks.. .. Attila was still not doing well and 3 days later had taken to sitting at the bottom of the tank for very long periods. I tested water and verified it was good, I figured he might be constipated so I switched food to frozen bloodworms and peas .. problem is the shop owner said one cube a day would suffice.. There is a heck of a lot of food in that one cube.. I think he thought my fish were bigger. So today I he seemed a bit worse and I became worried we would lose this battle..with all the that was not eaten from the cube I was certain the balance would shift soon and I decided to execute a pre emptive-strike and do an 80% change while also giving them a epsom salt bath, Well I checked all the boxes.. added everything back into the new water I was putting in ( aquarium salt as well) and put them back into the water.. they appear to have truly picked up.. Attila has been swimming and I dropped some peas in and was very eager to get ahold of a few. It's been about 2 hours and he is acting like a goldfish again and not a catfish.. my question ( finally) is should I start the medication over or just pick up where I left off and resume the 2nd dose on the original schedule.
  2. If a tank is cycled and their are plenty of BBs on the bio media, are there any disadvantages to a water change that is over 50% ? How about 60% to 100% ?
  3. How important is it to keep the water that being added to the tank during a water change the same as the water temperature that is originally in the tank ? How stressed will the fish be if the new water added to the tank during a water change is of a different temperature of the water originally in the tank? How does one go about keeping doing a water change while attempting to keep the same temperature in the tank? I have a twenty gallon tank.
  4. Hello everyone!! I have a concern that's been bugging me for the last few days. I live in an apartment complex and I have two tanks. One 55 gallon and one 70 gallon. My stocking situation is the pits. Each tank is over stocked by at least three fish. I really want to hang myself over it because I expected my dad and uncle who each have decent sized tanks to get their tools together so these fish can be rehomed. My issue is that each apartment in the complex is allotted a 'limit' or and expected amount of water consumption per month and I know that I exceed that. I haven't gotten a letter from management about it yet but I'm sure it's coming. I usually try to do a 60% water change on each tank every week and I once thought about increasing that amount since they seem more happy when I do that. It's killing me to even consider doing a 90% change every month. Since I started doing more frequent water changes I have not lost a fish, I really don't want to either. I'm sure that the fish that are going to new homes will be gone within the next two months or sooner but I am still stressed (really stressed) about doing huge water changes once a month. I do intend to talk to management about it but I already know what she's going to say. Hopefully I would have to pay for the amount of water that I use in excess but I'm not sure. Any suggestions in case I have to limit it?
  5. Hi Guys, I tried using my new python water changer for the first time yesterday, and it worked great (so much better than buckets), but I wasn't sure what to do with the water conditioner. If I add it before refilling the tank, will it mix with the new water and dechlorinate it? or will it react with the air and not work on the new water? If I add it after the water change, could the brief exposure to chlorine mess up my cycle? In both of these scenarios the fish would be out of the tank for the change, of course :3. How do other people here manage conditioner with python changers? I'm thinking there must be some obvious method that I'm not thinking of. Thanks!
  6. I normally do 2/3 water changes weekly on my 45 (US) gallon tank. It houses two ~3 inch goldfish. Since moving into a new place this summer, I have brought a water hose through the nearby bathroom window to replace the water I've removed using buckets. (At the previous house, I used reservoir tubs to ensure exact temperature matches, but here there is NO SPACE.) The water hose method works out well: I add a capful of Prime (capful is for 50 gallons), and fill the tank up slowly, because I cannot control the tap temperature of the hose. The temperature of the tap has seldom been more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit away from the tank temperature (which I allow to fluctuate with the seasonal room temperature of 65-75 degrees). Since the water comes in so slowly, and the difference isn't great, the change is not jolting to the fish. My problem: Lately, it has been VERY COLD. The tap water is around 40 or 50 degrees F, and the tank is around 65-68 degrees. For the past 3 weeks, I have been filling the tank up EXTRA SLOWLY, and replacing about 1/3 to 1/2 of the water. I have been also been fasting the fish every 3rd day. But is that okay? The water quality remains around 10 ppm nitrates before each change (I have moss balls), just like when I was changing 2/3 of the water weekly. What is the best thing to do in this situation?
  7. Hey everyone! So I wanted to keep this a secret, but I am in progress of setting up a 5 gallon betta tank! The plants are all in (planning on getting 1 or 2 more at Petsmart to fill in the side) and the heater and filter are working great. The only thing that I'm stuck on is changing the water. I have a medium sized Top-Fin siphon I use on my goldfish tank, however it is a little bulky in the 5 gallon. I did use it well when the goldfish lived in the 5 gallon before their upgrade, but the tank was barebottom and I didn't have to worry about disturbing any plants or substrate. Now, it is a bit tricky because I don't want to disturb or uproot the plants. To refill the tank, I use old one-gallon milk jugs with dechlorinated water. It's a little too much pressure on the tank plants and substrate and I'm afraid it'll stress out the betta when I do it with him in the tank. Any suggestions? How do you guys do stress-free water changes and refills on your betta tanks? also, a few more questions. 1. Will a high pH of 7.6 harm the betta? I know they prefer lower pH. I've heard of "fin curling" on bettas who live in a high pH. I'd also like to note that I have crushed coral in my filter to keep the pH stable at 7.6 as well. Without it, my pH would drop to 6.0 in a matter of days. I can always fiddle with the amount of crushed coral in the filter and make it drop a little lower than 7.6 but with that, there is margin for fluctuations. 2. A bit unrelated, but are rubber bands aquarium-safe? I have one tied with a sponge on the filter to baffle it. 3. Temperature of 80 F is okay? Or should it be a little lower? (sorry, kind of an obvious question, but I just want to clarify) Probably will be coming up with more questions later on, so please stay tuned. Thanks!
  8. Ok so quick a short story. I moved into a new house and found out that my 80 gal tank was close anough to a water source to buy and use a Python water changer. So a did and it was great but soon after I had to move back to another hose and my tank was far from a water source. So I huffed water to and from the tank making it a very time consuming manually difficult task. (not to mention the water I would spill along the way ) But now I have found a way to fix that problem. If you find your self in the same problem just follow the step by step directions below and stop toting that water. Note I have a Aqueon water changer and am not sure if the "python" has the same connections. First what you will need. An Aqueon water changer (mine was the 25 foot) http://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-Aquarium-Water-Changer-Feet/dp/B000YAJKL6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373919333&sr=8-1&keywords=water+changer A Water hose with standard connections (I got this) http://www.amazon.com/Rumford-Gardener-75-Feet-Expanding-Hose/dp/B00AE23LDC/ref=pd_sim_lg_7 A sink adapter (if your sink has inside fine threads like mine if not you may not need this) http://www.amazon.com/Lees-Ultimate-Faucet-Adapter-Metal/dp/B0002APTXG/ref=sr_1_5?s=kitchen-bath&ie=UTF8&qid=1373919867&sr=1-5&keywords=sink+water+hose+adapter or http://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-6093-06093-Faucet-Adaptor/dp/B00176B01Y/ref=pd_sim_petsupplies_1 Ok so now how this works. 1) Attach the sink adapter to female end of water hose then attach to sink. (if the adapter is not needed skip this step) 2) Remove water control valve from the sink assembly and place at male end of the water hose (note you may need to place an extra rubber O-ring in the water control valve for water tight fit.) 3) Place the Aqueon sink water flow adapter on the water cutoff valve you just placed on the male end on the hose. You now have the refill assembly complete For the water removal you can still use the water changer syphon to pump water out a window (this is what I done) or you can remove the flow adapter and connect the tubing to the water hose and use the added length to extend how far the water can travel to place out a door or bridge the gap between a second floor window and the ground. Hope this helps I got the 75' hose for 19.99 and the sink adapter for 3.50 for a total of $22.49 I needed an extra 60' so if I got the Aqueon exertions I would have needed 3 at around $20-25 a piece for a total of $60-75.
  9. Hi there, Just signed in for a membership here at Kokos for the main reason to keep my debut fry alive! I know if I would search for proper advise it should be in here Yesterday evening around 10 o'clock (Danish time, GMT + 2 hours) the eggs hatched successfully. I filled up my 14,3 gallon (54L) tank to half the volume which is 27 liters. I added a thermostat heater fixed at 22 Celsius (71,6 Fahrenheit) plus a low pumping air pump. Up to the hatching I've done regular water change (twice a day) 50% a time. Of course I can't maintain that level of water change any longer and here are my questions: How often should I change the water? How much each time? And how? I really hope that they will make it. The male is a Ryukin and the female is a Pearl scale Looking forward to see what you guys have to say. Ps. I know I would find the answers to my questions somewhere among older threads but going through a lot of threads without finding clear answers I decided to start this topic and sorry for that.
  10. hello guys im new here its taken me ages to figure out how to post on here lol, i would really like some advice. i am buying a used tank about 7 feet in length (soooo excited) and was wondering how i go about keeping a tank of that size clean?, will i need to changed half of the water weekly as i do now in my smaller tanks? (3ft and 2ft). any ideas or suggestions much appreciated x
  11. I'm treating my gf, Goldy, with Prazi and salt just as a preventative. The central heating in my Condo is set to 75 degrees. The water that comes out of the tap is much colder than the water temperature of Goldys in her tank. If I plan to do a 60% water change on Goldy's tank (using the cold tap water), should I be concerned that the temperature change will negatively affect Goldy? What I've been doing is filling 1 gallon bottles of water with tap water and waiting for the water bottle to get to room temperature before I change her water.
  12. Hello! so sorry if I posted in the wrong place, I'm still getting used to everything. I have a tank on top of a dresser which is just about eye level with me but a little higher. I have to reach up to change the water, so when I put new water in the current is super strong and I imagine that the fish would be thrown into a wall (I dont have a fish yet, I am cycling the tank). My question is, When I finally get my fish should I take him out for water changes or what? What should I do?
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