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I stumbled across an old one in my room, I need to know, how long are they good for? I need to get some accurate readings because all my fancies take turns bottom sitting, this is uncomforting, as I really worry about whats happening. They pop right up and eat what i have, but I really need an answer. I'm also having pH trouble, how do you lower that?

  • Test Results for the Following:
    Ammonia Level? 0
    Nitrite Level? 0
    Nitrate level? 0
    Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 7.5+
    Ph Level out of the Tap?7.0
  • Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 55, about a week

  • What is the name and size of the filter/s? Um a 30-60 gallon whisper filter

  • How often do you change the water and how much? 20% a week

How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 orandas, 1 ryukin, all around 3 in.

<li>What kind of water additives or conditioners? none

<li>Any medications added to the tank?none <li>Add any new fish to the tank? These are all new

<li>What do you feed your fish? flakes at first, increasing that with peas

<li>Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt",

bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No, they look perfectly fine

<li>Any unusual behavior like staying

at the bottom, not eating, ect..? Yes, bottom sitting, they stay at the bottom, but pop right back up when I come by.

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When did you get your test kit ? I noted from test results you gave your tank is not cycled yet. Also its very important to use a decholrinator as tap water is dangerous to fish untreated. Regards pH provided its stable I would not worry about it as stability is important part. I would increase wate changes till your tank is cycled as cycling a tank with fish present puts the fish under stress. I suggest you read these links :)

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/cycle.html

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/care.html

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/tensteps.html

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Hi there - just thought I'd add one more thing. The PH is not high and does not need adjusting - just leave it where it is. The beneficial bacteria prefer a higher PH so trying to neutralize it serves no useful purpose.

Do get a new drop-test kit. As your tank is new you must test for ammonia and nitrite every day and change water whenever the level reaches towards 1ppm. The reason your fish are bottom sitting is that your new tank has no beneficial bacteria to de-toxify their waste, yet.

Hopefully you'll have read Blue's link and will be starting to get on top of things.

Good luck with the cycling.

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also, your tank is underfiltered, the Whisper 30-60 only does 300 gph. Your tank is 55 gal so you will need atleast 550 gph. :)

So, for every gallon you need a filter with that power times 10?

Hi there - just thought I'd add one more thing. The PH is not high and does not need adjusting - just leave it where it is. The beneficial bacteria prefer a higher PH so trying to neutralize it serves no useful purpose.

Do get a new drop-test kit. As your tank is new you must test for ammonia and nitrite every day and change water whenever the level reaches towards 1ppm. The reason your fish are bottom sitting is that your new tank has no beneficial bacteria to de-toxify their waste, yet.

Hopefully you'll have read Blue's link and will be starting to get on top of things.

Good luck with the cycling.

Ok thanks for informing me, but the bottom sitters will get better, right?

Thanks for replying!

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So, for every gallon you need a filter with that power times 10?

yup, :D you can just add another filter that does atleast 250 gph :)

I see thanks! :D

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Yup, that's right.

But remember - it can take up to six weeks to fully cycle a tank so you need to check your water chem every day and be prepared to do large water changes whenever the levels creep towards 1ppm. If fish are not protected from the high ammonia and nitrite levels during cycling they can die so be very careful in watching the water. Test daily.

If you can get yourself some 'Prime' by Seachem it will help you during this process - you can use it to help de-toxify amm/nit up to around 1ppm. But lots of water changing is the key to success during cycling.

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