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  2. Makes me think about keeping Bristlenose Plecos again . . . Never had Cory Cats, but they are adorable!
  3. You can remove blanket weed mechanically. https://gardening.which.co.uk/hc/en-gb/articles/213512269-Blanketweed It makes a good mulch in your garden. If you kill the blanket weed chemically, the dead algae will rot, a process that uses oxygen and releases carbon dioxide and ammonia which can harm your fish. The rule of thumb for pond filters says you should have a filter volume 1/10 the volume of the pond, and the pump should turn over 2X the volume of the pond each hour. Your pond has a lot of fish for its volume so I doubt that your filter can handle the amount of waste that these fish produce. You can build a DIY filter with a barrel:
  4. Thank you for for the advice. I will start preforming the water changes. Id like to add that I accidentally said pond weed, the treatment I put in my pond is for blanket weed and thats only when it gets out of control.
  5. Ponds need water changes. An absolute minimum should be 10% changed weekly. 0.5 ppm is not a safe level of ammonia. Zero is a safe level. What kind of water additives or conditioners? Only ever pond weed treatment or medicine. If this means you are killing pond plants it may explain the ammonia, which you should never see in a healthy pond.
  6. I agree. I like the clean aquatic look that it has! Although, I did like the last one, but this is a nice change. That's actually a thing . . . I imagine it would be salty like a dirty martini ??
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  8. I’m fairly certain it was a bristlenose. Only one half of the Oranda’s tail was chewed so I am assuming the pleco did it 😧 My water from the tap seems to have high nitrates. I’d probably go with RO water too though I don’t have a way of filling my 100g tank with it on a regular basis.
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  10. I forgot to subscribe to this thread but I do not know how.
  11. How big will these fish be? I am getting my tank ready just in case.
  12. I use one of those "pick up sticks" to reach the bottom of my tank
  13. I thought I lost my fish net but I just found it at the bottom of my 55 gallon aquarium. Somehow it fell into the tank during water changes and got covered by gravel. My problem is that I cannot reach the bottom of the aquarium. I tried to reach in to the tank to get it but all I did was get my arm wet. Any ideas on how to remove the fish net without disturbing the goldfish?
  14. For some reason that I do not know why anymore when I was at Petsmart last Sunday I asked the fish sales person if I could get a mystery fry I saw in a tank if it was at a great price. Well it was free. I put the free fish fry into a floating nursery tank. All was fine until about two hours ago when he escaped the nursery when that went under the fish filter. The mystery baby fish fish has been swimming with the goldfish for about two hours. Every time I thought that the goldfish ate him I spot him swimming as if he has no care in the aquairum (or world). Now I am thinking it was stupid to get a mystery fish fry but if he is still alive after two hours on his own, does that mean he might make it through the night. Well I am thinking if he does get eaten then I would not have to worry about what he becomes when he grows up. I was wondering if he grows up and he becomes a bad fit for my aquarium what do I do then?
  15. Yes indeed! Some of the best fish I’ve ever bought. Love her fish. Just don’t throw shade about my algae [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. I have had a lot of problems and failures even though I was doing everything right and the water parameters were always good. I was using well water that was a bit on the acidic side so I did have to add in some PH up at times. I was ready to throw in the towel. I was even starting to get a bit paranoid about drinking my well water. I decided to test the parameters of the water itself in a bucket over a couple of days to see what would happen. I found that it would start off a bit acidic and then would go through some wild PH swings over a day or so before it settled in slightly acidic. When I added PH up to raise the PH it would steadily decrease back down. I figured it was these PH swings that was taking a toll on my fish when I did water changes. With a little research I read that this could be due to low carbonate hardness. I ordered the test kit and sure enough general and carbonate hardness was pretty much nonexistent. With my concern over the quality of the well water I purchased a reverse osmosis system for drinking water and decided to use it as a clean slate to start off with for the tank water. Here is what I have been doing and would like the experts here to tell me what you think of it. I fill some 7 gallon water containers with the reverse osmosis water and add a product called Equilibrium made by Seachem to it. This brings the general hardness up and adds the needed minerals back into the water. I then use baking soda to bring up the carbonate hardness and increase the PH. I normally let it sit for a day or two to be sure everything is stable before adding any into the tank. Now this water is only at room temperature so to avoid shocking the fish with a temperature change I have been changing out 2 gallons in my 55 gallon tank every other day instead a a full 20% change. Sometimes 3 depending on the nitrate level. Two gallons is enough for me to do a thorough vacuum of the gravel on 1/2 of the tank so I alternate sides with each water change. Since I have been doing this my two orandas have been very healthy, active and playful with no issues at all. What are your thoughts?
  17. Great thank you. I will get @shakaho (Great with Ponds) and @Arctic Mama (Great with Medicines ) attention for you. They would be able to help you better. So hold on.
  18. SO MUCH LOVE! [emoji226] I have two of her nuggets. [emoji7][emoji7] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. All ten of them Well maybe you will be the lucky one
  20. But first they have an yoke sac they feed off of. In about a week after birth the yoke sac is gone and then you feed them yokes of hard boiled eggs or Sea Monkeys
  21. Please copy & paste the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) Nitrite Level(Tank) Nitrate level(Tank) Ammonia Level(Tap) Nitrite Level(Tap) Nitrate level(Tap) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Water temperature? Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? How often do you change the water and how much? How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? How many fish in the tank and their size? What kind of water additives or conditioners? What do you feed your fish and how often? Any new fish added to the tank? Any medications added to the tank? List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? "If copy and paste doesn't work for you, quote this post and put your answers after each question." We would be glad to help.
  22. Can anybody Identify the disease on this fish, he is around 5 years old and has never had any health complications before apart from a benign growth on his back. If the issue can be identified then can a treatment be recommended. I have checked the ammonia content of the pond and it is safe so ammonia burns should not be the issue. the fish himself is acting normally. The black marks are located on the gills, above the mouth and on the nostrils
  23. Thank you that is very kind of you and I cant wait to see who wins.
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