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    Too many! About 50.


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  1. pH dropping to 6.0 constantly

    Which test was this? The 0.5 ppm ammonia says either your tank isn't fully cycled or you have ammonia in your tap water. Please test your tap water for ammonia, nitrate and pH. Do you use Seachem Prime for your water conditioner? Prime will make the 0.5 ppm ammonia safe for your fish if you use it daily.
  2. pH dropping to 6.0 constantly

    Please start by reading our Guidelines for Healthy Goldfish. Yes, too many fish and too little water changed can lead to low pH. Some of the metabolites produced by the fish have an acidic pH. Your nitrate reading of zero strongly suggests that your nitrate test isn't working. If all of the ammonia those fish produce get converted to nitrate you should see a nitrate of 40 ppm or more before a water change. Do get the API drop test and follow the instructions exactly. Try this for a start. Change 50% of the tank water and test the pH. Tomorrow, test the pH of the tank water, then change 50% of the water and test pH again. Please report your results so we can try to figure out what is happening. Don't worry, I won't tell you to change 50% of the water every day.
  3. Sick Goldfish

    Please copy & paste fill the following form, or simply quote it in your reply. Put your answer after each question. 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? (If you don't know the volume of your pond, give the length, width and depth so we can determine it.) * 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.? Change at least 50% of the water in his cooler daily, ideally 100%. Clean water should always be your first medication.
  4. If they do this when you or him come near the pond, they probably are hoping for a feeding, as mj said. What turnover rate in gallons per hour does the pond pump claim? As a rule of thumb, the pump should turn over 2X the pond volume per hour, in this case 3000 gallons per hour. He should consider upgrading his food. That junk contains mainly cereal. Consider a quality food like this. Compare the protein content, as well as the price per pound. The pet store junk food costs several times what you pay for high quality food.
  5. Is his quarantine tank the only tank you have? If so, and he stays healthy you don't need to do anything but routine maintenance.
  6. You said you are still trying to raise the salt to 0.03%. I hope you meant 0.3% since you need at least that much to treat ich. How much salt did you add to how much water? Please read this. While fish might feel a little uncomfortable with a quick change from 0 to 0.3% salt, ich can kill them. While raising the salt concentration won't hurt the fish, raising the temperature from 78 to 86 within a few days could be damaging to sick fish. Try 2 degrees increase per day. With the full dose of salt, you shouldn't need warming beyond 82F.
  7. Look into a 300 gallon stock tank for long-term use. You can make a filter from a 30 gallon plastic drum, which you can usually find on Craigslist. You can put a little Walmart filter on these underbed totes. Just remove the cartridge and put in some of your cycled medium. You also have to play around to determine how to support the filter, but you can do it.
  8. I would have each fish in a plastic bag inside a five gallon with a battery bubbler in each bag. I would take the biomedium from their filter and distribute it between the two bags. Ideally, you would put the biomedium in net bags and place them right over the bubblers. This should make the biomedium function as well as it did in in the aquarium filter at home, or at worst, nearly as well. I would also carry some of your home water with you for small daily water changes. I would bring the fish into the motel each night, siphon out any waste in the bottom of the bag, test the water, and put in a dose of Prime with your fresh water. I think you won't need the Prime for ammonia/nitrite protection, but it won't hurt the fish and it gives some added insurance. I would fast the fish one day before leaving. I wouldn't feed during the trip unless I had some no-protein veggies for them (no peas, but leafy greens are fine). Goldfish can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but not sudden changes. If you were in a moderately cold winter climate, pond fish would experience water temperatures that gradually decreased from September through December, and survive even after the pond freezes over. If you took fish adapted to 75F and put them in a stock tank with water that dropped to 55F overnight, your fish would suffer temperature shock which they might not survive. Why do you want to put them in a 100 gallon stock tank? Are you planning to use it as a pond? If so, I would recommend a 50 gallon stock tank in the house. If you just want a temporary holding tank, I strongly recommend an underbed storage tote inside the house. These would all work: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00130129/ https://www.target.com/p/underbed-box-clear-41qt-blue-room-essentials-153/-/A-53332172 https://www.lowes.com/pd/Style-Selections-Bella-Storage-Solution-18-Gallon-70-Quart-Clear-Underbed-Tote-with-Latching-Lid/50157794 When dealing with containers 12" or less in height or more than 18" tall, the best stocking level determinant is surface area, not volume. You want 2 square feet or more per goldfish.
  9. Various issues arising

    Red streaks in the tail (and sometimes fraying of the tail) usually indicate stress. Stress can come from disease or parasites, from water the fish doesn't like, or from emotional stress, like losing a buddy. Once I moved all of the fish in one stock tank (that needed some repair work) to a similar tank with nice fresh water. The next day, all of the fish had frayed tails and a few had red streaks. These symptoms disappeared within a few days of getting back into the old tank. It looks like the fish is slurping the biofilm on the surface of the water. This biofilm comes from protein and other organics leached from food. I suggest you stop feeding the high protein frozen critters and reduce the amount of pellets to what he can gobble up in less than a minute. Does he gulp more after feeding? Changing 50% of the water twice a week, you should barely detect nitrates. That's another reason why I would reduce high protein food. I'm not recommending the following because it has risks, but if it were my fish, I would give him a little friend. You could put a small tank with a small fish in it right next to his tank where they could see one another.
  10. Please read our guidelines for healthy goldfish. Your tank is big enough for 3-4 goldfish, not 7. Your pH lies within the ideal range. How big are the openings in that castle? Even if they have a diameter twice the height/ width of your largest goldfish, your goldfish will keep getting taller and wider. For some reason, goldfish, particularly fancy goldfish, like to get into small spaces. Eventually, they get stuck and hurt themselves trying to get out. I have had fish get stuck between a plant pot and the side of the tank. I've seen, on this forum, fish that got caught between a heater and the wall of the tank and suffered burns as a result. While I have been able to heal surface injuries from getting stuck, the fish apparently suffer internal injuries from struggling to get free and they eventually die from these. Could you show us a full tank view of your set up?
  11. I doubt that system will have enough denitrifiers to remove significant amounts of nitrate. A trickle filter produces very well aerated water. We have had a few people who had a zero nitrate tank with a fairly thick layer of gravel in the bottom, but the overwhelming majority of those with gravel in the bottom of the tank had to use water changes to control nitrates. The easiest and most efficient nitrate removal uses terrestrial plants. Get an elongated planter box similar to this, drill holes in the bottom for drainage, place it over the tank (your hardware works here too). Then plant in hydroponic medium, something like this. You can use a small fountain pump to pump the water from the tank into the planter. You can grow low-light house plants like pothos with ambient light. With a grow lamp you can do herbs and even veggies.
  12. We are not talking about a little more surface area, but more than twice as much. The shallow water also makes it easier for the oxygen from the air above to diffuse all the way to the bottom of the tank. Even fisheries biologists find that, for lakes of similar area, the deeper the water, the lower the fish production. You will find it quite easy to make a topless, bottomless box to go around the tank and decorate it any way you like. You might like to read this description of making a filter and continuous water change system for a Rubbermaid 50.
  13. Nine inches should work well. Don't worry about the volume. With average filtration and water changes, the surface area allows this tank to support 5 mature goldfish. With superior filtration and water changes, it can support 10.
  14. New Fish!

    As a rule of thumb. goldfish typically reach half their mature standard length at about 18 months.
  15. New Fish!

    Fish that grow slowly and stay small live longer.