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  1. Hi, Chris here... I have a concern... Advice is needed.... I'm currently dealing with a nitrite spike and doing heavy water changes to get it under control... But that is not my issue... My issue is that yesterday, today and thru the next seven days we are experiencing extroidinary heat... i.e.: 110 degrees. My tank is running between 71.5 F to 72.5 F... My "cold" tap water today was much, much warmer (in the low 80's is my guess). I used ice in my refills to bring the temp closer to the tank this morning ... I used everything the ice maker had... It will make more... But since the the "cold" tap water most likely be warmer tomorrow, I'm might have an issue when refilling the tank... Thanks in advance, Chris
  2. I was wanting to know how often should I do water changes. I have a jumbo Oranda in a 20 gallon long aquarium with a 40gallon canister filter. I normally do 2-3 water changes a week throughout out the week days so on Saturday and Sunday I can just sit back and rest. I think that it is a bit much though. I usually do water changes Monday Wednesday and Friday if possible. is this too much or not enough?
  3. So I was finally ready to shell out $60 for a Python water changer, and then my dad tells me that the last remaining Python-compatible faucet on the same floor as my tank is going to be replaced by a non-compatible one. I just got a 60gal about a month ago and I can't keep doing water changes with buckets because I can't lift them without hurting myself. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could at least eliminate the lifting-the-buckets above-my-head part? A way to adapt the Python to a sink, a way to siphon water from the bucket on the floor into the tank, etc?
  4. Hey All, So Basically, my API Freshwater Master Test Kit hasn't arrived yet. I am new to "proper" goldfish keeping and didn't know about the nitrogen cycle before I put my two beautiful fish in! Now I have read all about the cycle, and I'm well educated on the matter. However, until my test kit arrives I am unable to test the water for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate to see if my tank is cycling well. My fish are very healthy, swimming around the whole time, foraging and playing with each other. For the past week I have been doing 50-60% water changes DAILY to make sure that the water quality doesn't deteriorate quickly and kill my lovely little goldies off! They seem fine with this, are growing VERY FAST and there doesn't seem to be any adverse affects. Is it okay to change this quantity of water on that frequent a basis? Or am I doing something that could cause problems?
  5. Did another water change last night with my new Python. I hope whoever invented Pythons made a bazillion dollars and retired happy, because it's just about the greatest invention I've ever encountered in the aquatic world. I think back to the "olden days" of fishkeeping when I lugged buckets from bathtub to tank and back again, and started siphons by sucking on the tubing (often getting a mouthful of dirty tank water in the process, yuck!) and I just shudder. Never again will I be without my trusty Python by my side. Astro and Hula are done with their QT and are thriving. The two of them seem to like each other a lot -- they're rarely apart in the tank, but instead swim almost everywhere together. Astro (the calico butterfly) has a teeny bit of wen on his head, and it seems to be yellowing. I think it must be the New Life Spectrum that I'm feeding them. I don't mind it, since he's a calico, but if he was solid white I'd be ordering some Pro-Gold pretty darn quick. Pro-Gold has never discolored my fish, and I like white fish to be white-white-white. But anything looks good on a calico, you know? Speaking of calicos, this ranchu just bowled me over when I saw it listed for auction last night. The black fins and the vivid red coloration are way beyond stunning. Whoever bought this fish is lucky indeed. I need to take updated pics of my fish already -- they've grown! Hula's bubbles are mostly orange now, and they're noticeably bigger. And Astro is beefing up and getting a nice big tummy. It's amazing what plenty of food and good clean water can do, isn't it?
  6. Ok, so many of you had tried to teach me how to make something like a Python on my own...But I'm going to be honest - I suck at DIY stuff. I get bored, agitated and tend to take shortcuts and everything falls apart and I throw in the towel. So when my mum offered me $200 to spend on whatever I needed for the fish... I got on Ebay and ordered myself a python. Being in Australia the shipping cost more than the python itself... But I just used it for the first time and it's brilliant! No more messy lugging buckets or getting someone to hold the hose while I run to turn it off. And I don't need to worry about whatever might be lurking in the hose. It did take me a little bit to get the hang of it, I accidentally blocked it up with gravel at one stage But once I got in the swing of things the water change went so so much faster. I think this is one of the most worthwhile investments I've made for my goldies x3 (and it will be a huge help for my axolotl tank too! I had actually being considering rehoming him because I was finding it so hard keeping up with two large tanks, Now, no worries x3)
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 1ppm * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.5, 0, 0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API 5-in-1 strips, and API drops for NH3 and NH4 * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 filters, 55 and 45 gal hangy ones (sorry, I'm too scattered to remember!) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aqueon water conditioner * Water temperature? room temp, no heater * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 20% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55gal, four weeks * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fancy goldfish, 3-4" from nose to tail * What do you feed your fish and how often? once or twice daily, a small amount * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) high ammonia, see below for awful behavioral changes * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? bubbles all over body? gills seem to be poking out, red streaks on one due to ammonia * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? One is at bottom, the other floating listlessly * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. One week of Amquel, more info below New member at the forum, though I have been looking through in recent weeks. *shamefully waves hello* What a wreck this has been... hard to start from the beginning. Long story short, we added in our two fat fancies about three weeks ago, thinking that our tank had cycled enough for them (had been running about two weeks with dirty filters). WRONG! Been dealing with ammonia from the start. Did a week with Amquel (figured it was better to neutralize the ammonia bond rather than throw out what little beneficial bacteria were in there), then mostly-daily water changes with little or no improvement with the ammonia. This morning I made a horrible, horrible decision in doing an extreme water change. Many things I have read said to do that, and since it was the one thing I hadn't tried.... well now, after a 30-gallon change, my fish are shocked, stressed, listless and probably a day away from dead. I ran to my fish store for help, and was told NOT to have done that water change, and to throw in a bottle of bacteria and to let it ride. My oranda has been at the bottom of the tank, and now the ryukin is floating at the top, bubbles galore, unable to swim. I know they've got their fins in their graves.... but what can I at least try to do? I can't believe I did this to them.
  8. I tried to find a related topic that's already been posted so I don't repeat what's already been said but I can't seem to find exact information. I'm also new to forums and got a little overwhelmed I have a 44 gal hexagon tank. It isn't the typical tall hexagon tank. It's quite long with a good amount of surface area. I have a Marinland Penguin Bio-wheel 350 filter. It says it's for tanks up to 75 gallons so I figured for goldfish this was a very good thing. I've had this tank set up and cycled for about 9 months. It currently has 3 fancies in it following the 1st fancy 20 gal and for every extra fancy 10 gal more rule. I do about 30-40% weekly water changes. When I test the water nitrates, nitrites and ammonia are always 0. I have completely fallen in love with goldfish particularly the fancy ones. I have a black moor, calico telescope, and a red and white oranda. They are very happy. With my love and somewhat obsession I have found that I have a desire to get more. With the filtration system that I have, the surface area for gas exchange, and water changes, am I able to get more? Obviously I don't mean getting 10 more. Maybe just 1 so I have an even number? I think I may have acquired an unhealthy obsession.....oops Sorry if this is waaaay too much information. I just wanted to make sure there was enough to get proper answers.
  9. So as some of you know I am very new to the hobby, I've seen some cycling videos on YouTube but of-course it was after I housed my little guys in their 55. So I am doing my water change today I do them every two days. I did the water test with the API test kit (not strips) Ph: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.25 (barely made this color on the tube so might be I bit lower) Nitrite: 1.0 Nitrate: 40ppm I am feeding new life spectrum 1mm sinking pellets, vegetables, and brine shrimp as treats Aqua clear 110 and ac70 Whisper 100 air pump with elite 3' bubble disk and elite square air fizz From the videos I've seen my reading don't seam right please help. Thank you in advance!
  10. I need them! By myself, I take 3 hours to lug buckets back and forth. With someone else, it takes 30 minutes... but I feel bad for asking because people like to pout when they help me. I know I can buy something like Aqueon water changer to do water changes by myself, but none of the house's sinks have that screw-on capability. Any ideas?
  11. I have a 60 gal tank which currently just has a pleco in it because my goldfish is in a 10gal QT while he regrows his fins. I suspect the pleco is the culprit. Ever since being in QT, getting 100% water changes every day and 10% salt, Darth Fisherus is thriving and I believe his fins are growing back! Anyways, in the past I did not do very frequent water changes in my main tank, except for replacing the carbon filters and adding water as it evaporated. I know that was BAD. So, now I'm wondering what sort of schedule should I get on? The tank has been set up for about 3 years, and I tested it and amonia, nitrates and nitrites are 0 and pH is 7.6. If the parameters are good, do you still need to change the water? How much water should I change if I do need to and how frequently should this be done? I'm sorry if this question gets asked a lot, but I really appreciate your feed back! Cheers
  12. Hi everyone! I have 2 questions on stuff I'm really confused about... 1. Do I kill off my cycle if I clean (rinse) my filter media in clean water that's been conditioned with Prime? I'm kind of freaked now because I just did that and my tank is not fully cycled yet... I also did a 100% w/c because of 1.0ppm nitrites so it may make things worse... My tank is not yet fully cycled but it has been producing nitrates for over a week and nitrites have been peaking (reached 5ppm overnight once!) for like 4-5 days. It is because of this I've been doing huge w/c, and in one of them took a look at the filter cartridge (Penguin 150) and was very alarmed by the amount of nasty stuff it had in there (it had never been cleaned, and it's been running for 6 weeks), so I decided to rinse it in clean water conditioned with Prime. Did I just set things back for me? 2. Can I leave my fish in the tank while adding back new water with a water changer if I add Prime? I've been doing water changes with a water changer, but I always remove my goldfish before I add back the new water. Guess I'm scared that even if I add enough Prime to treat the whole tank to what little water they have left in there, that the chlorine might still harm them. Does Prime work that fast that I can just add some to the remaining water and the new one will be fish safe immediately? Also I like the water to sit a little and have temperature match the previous temperature, just in case... I appreciate your help as always...
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