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  2. Those are the old type incandescent bulbs. However pet shops still sell them. They have a nice glow and will add some heat. Be sure to check your tank water temp, that they don't get too hot. They're just fine for a goldfish, but if you decide to grow plants, you'll need a different type of light. Good Luck!
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  4. Excellent advice. It’s now all making sense in my head without me having to continually reference the YouTube videos, your posts etc.. My plan as it stands is to get the Bio-kit, a new adjustable powerhead, balance the flow so it’s slow enough to follow theory in above post yet still provides decent air flow (could add pump but I’ve read these mostly just blow air out via surface?) and definitely stick with 2 fish until they grow, when I will buy that 500l dream tank! In the meantime thank you so much again for all the sound advice. Will let you know when the nitrate hits zero!
  5. Sorry to hear that Mandy! Hopefully your tanks will be less eventful after this. RIP Seaking. [emoji22] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. At the vet this morning. Takoda is scared to death. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  7. Hello, all- I should've reached out earlier, but after seeing (yet another) symptom appear today I'm asking for some professional advice. Tank set up (when symptoms first started appearing maybe 1 year ago): - 20 gal with only 2 fancy goldfish females purchased from LFS (1 ryukin-owned for nearly 4 years, 1 oranda-owned for about 3 years). The body of each fish is 2-3 inches long. Bare bottom tank, moderately decorated with plastic decorations. Sits near a curtained window. LED light string, but only 50% of lights work. 1 HOB filter rated for 50 gal tank. - Tank had been set up/filtered in current location for 1.5 years and 2.5 years in prior location. - Performed 50% water changes every 7-9 days. After cleaning, I would immediately clean a 10 gal tank with 2 African Dwarf frogs, 2 nerite, and 1 mystery snail. (Used same equipment, water source, and water conditioner for the 10 gal tank. This one also set up/filtered in current location for 1.5 years. Animals in this tank appear to be unaffected by what's in the goldfish tank.) - Infrequently tested water parameters, but always reported within normal range (ammonia 0 ppm, nitrite 0 ppm, nitrate 20 to <5 ppm). Fed 2x/d with Hikari goldfish food, except on evenings when supplied with peas or some canned tuna (approx. 2x/week). Symptoms: - Tank had displayed a lot of brown algae; ryukin developed ulcer on back, looked to be scratching it by swimming along tank floor, but still active and eager to feed (she has habit of gulping air and floating on the surface...); oranda was lethargic and stayed on tank bottom, but still eager to feed. She developed both hazy-white regions and bloody streaks on tail fins where they came into contact with the tank bottom. Action: - Administered bacterial/fungal medication from Petco (can't remember brand...not API) until ran out. Seemed to help a little. Ryukin ulcer started to heal; oranda perked up a little. - Over a few months symptoms did not improve. Ryukin developed what looks to be white tumors on/around dorsal spine; oranda still lethargic-no change. Went through 1 bottle of bacterial/fungal medication from API, then later another bottle of the 1st medication. (Total of 3 dosing phases.) Current set up additions (made over 2 months ago): - Tested water parameters (ammonia 0 ppm, nitrite 0 ppm, nitrate <5 ppm after water change and got up to 10-20 range right before water change). - Added 2nd HOB filter (rated for 10 gal tank). Added nerite snail. - Ryukin developed a couple of black dots among the white tumors, skin healing? Today: - Ryukin developed blackish markings along gills, above caudal peduncle, and caudal tail (black smudge?). Still has white cellular growth with a few black dots on/around dorsal spine. -Oranda still lethargic, caudal fins in tact (no fraying), speckled/hazy-white areas where fins come into contact with tank when she rests, no bloody streaks on fin edges. Both fish are still eagerly eating. Any thoughts on what this could possibly be? Thank you, Rylaan
  8. He's also a fish that I got from a store here I haven't had great experiences, they have really nice fish, and really nice setups, but of the 5 fish I've bought from there he is one of two that have survived, and All of them have had problems. My friend @Ree has bought 12(?) fish from there and all of them ended up with severe health problems and passed away, and another one of my friend has bought 3 fish from there which also ended up dying shortly after. That said I've had Seaking a few years now and he has always been the healthiest of the fish I got from this store, but has had problems before as well. I'm probably going to end up euthanizing him unfortunately He has gotten worse since I moved him to the Quarantine tank and I often think he has already passed on his own. He went downhill very fast
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  10. He lives in my 160g tank. No hollow things. He has gone down hill very fast though
  11. I have java fern, Anubias, vallisneria, sword plants, dwarf lily and banana plants. It’s a 10g; right now there’s the one swordtail and 5 danios. But I think I’m gonna leave it alone and if he dies, I’ll do a big wc and then get a betta as a showcase fish. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Depends on the plants. Live bearers like to have a small amount of salt in there tank. Sometimes ppl have Mollies in a brackish tank. How many gallons is the tank? I'm on the road now but I will be able to help later tonight. [emoji16] Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
  13. Went on an overnight visit to mum’s but back again. . Here is one of my happy goldfish. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. No I haven’t. I have a lot of plants so that would hurt them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I'm really sorry to hear that : Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  16. I wonder if he was just old hun. 😒 Have you ever add aquarium salt to the tank?
  17. Where does he live? Is there any hollow things in his tank/pond?
  18. Sorry for your loss Daniel; he was real pretty! My other female swordtail died last night! I just found her stuck to the filter. I don’t know what the heck is going on with this tank [emoji37]. I’ll do a big water change tonight and maybe that will help... if anymore die, I’m giving he rest away and switching to one single betta. I’m sick of finding dead fish! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Just thought I should clarify Seaking wasn't from the tank that had the temperature incident.
  20. Well, thought I had gotten over all the bumps and things were going smooth again, not so much. Seaking, my calico ryukin had been floaty for quite some time, thought it was just a swim bladder thing, but today I noticed he is pineconing. Argh I hate dropsy
  21. He was and less than a year. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  22. Oh no hun. How sad. How long have you had him? Was he that big when you got him? Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
  23. Anaerobic bacteria thrives deep in the filter media - pores, cavities and channels. The aerobic (oxygen loving) bacteria thrives on the outside - that processes your ammonia and nitrites. If the flow is low and slow enough, the aerobic loving bacteria will still get their oxygen, the anaerobic bacteria will get less flow and oxygen as mulm blocks the path of the flow and the media structure naturally impedes water flow. Just from personal experience. I had high flow canister filters, pumps, hobs and nitrates stayed the same. By finding a way of slowing down flow and or different, adjustable filters, it got what I was looking for. Let us know how you do with the Biohome. I had to take a hard swallow when I priced it out. I immediately thought, oh I will just do more water changes, but our water supply is great. I dont have to deal with nitrates out of the tap. I have learned from this forum that goldfish can get the oxygen they need from the surface area of the tank. Wider, lower heigh tanks are ideal, it just seems like a natural fit with goldfish.
  24. This little guy Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  25. One of my bettas mysteriously turned up dead this morning. I'm a bit sad about that. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  26. I’ve taken your advice on board, watched a lot of Pondguru’s videos & started to wish I’d paid more attention in science classes at school! It’s actually quite fascinating & I’m surprised at the very recent development of products to complete that nitrogen cycle efficiently given how long people have been keeping goldfish.. I’m unsure of the output of my power head as not marked on product etc, seems pretty fast & is not adjustable. I plan to order some media from Pondguru & try that in tray alongside wool. One thing puzzles me - conditions to encourage anaerobic bacteria & reduce nitrate are low oxygen, yet fancy goldfish need plenty of this? Guess it’s all a balance.. Many thanks again 🙂
  27. That is awesome news. [emoji106][emoji106][emoji106] Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
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