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  1. Goldfish sore on his back

    Generally, all in one pond "filters" don't work very well. You should have one that pumps 2000l/h. How often do you clean it?
  2. OK. Go for 4ppm ammonia. It's your tank and it should be cycled before Christmas. Seachem recommends you start with clean water and " for expedited cycling times, you will want to add a pinch of food daily until you have an ammonia reading. At that point, you can stop adding the food and let the bacteria run its course." OK Dr Tim recommends you use 2ppm ammonia. http://www.drtimsaquatics.com/resources/fishless-cycling
  3. Ammonia levels over 1ppm can inhibit nitrification. Are you using a water conditioner? Chlorine can kill nitrifiers as well as fish. We recommend Seachem Prime. Fishless cycling rarely gets completed in less than 2 months, some have taken 6 months or more. A fish-in cycle usually completes in about a month. I think this happens because one keeps the ammonia and nitrite very low in a fish-in cycle -- just the way the nitrifiers like it. Do you have another aquarium with fish? Seeding the new aquarium with some cycled medium from your tank will work better than any nitrifiers from another source, since they have been selected for your conditions.
  4. Open Chat :)

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  5. Goldfish sore on his back

    Please remove the affected fish to a "hospital tank." An under bed storage container like this makes an excellent hospital tank. You should only treat the whole pond/tank with medication if all of the fish have the same symptoms. Medicating healthy fish creates pathogens with immunity to the medication, making it useless.
  6. Ammonia at concentrations above 1ppm inhibits oxidation of nitrite to nitrate. Nitrite at concentrations above 2 ppm inhibits the same process. We don't know whether the excess ammonia/nitrite inhibits the growth of of the nitrite oxidizers, or whether it simply affects the chemical reaction. This inhibition is probably the reason that fishless cycles take at least twice as long as fish-in cycling. When one cycles with fish, one keeps the ammonia and nitrite as low as possible with water changes and doesn't get inhibition of nitrite oxidation.
  7. Lowering the nitrite level will speed up the growth of nitrite oxidizers. Change enough water to get the nitrite down to 2 ppm or lower.
  8. New 48 x 24 x 16 tank - fish transfer

    The best filter outflow will agitate the water surface to improve gas exchange.
  9. Open Chat :)

    Great tank, Daniel. That stand looks rather flimsy for such a heavy tank. Maybe it looks better in real life than in the picture.
  10. Angels Plus still advertises medicated food. You can feed this in a small "hospital" tank. http://www.angelsplus.com/FlakeMedAntibiotic.htm
  11. Pond water quality and feeding questions

    He needs to ask the local koi people about that. The deeper the pond, the greater need for aeration. My deepest pond is 30 inches, so I don' t need aeration. We also have very different climates.
  12. As I understand it, you can't get medicated food for pond use any more. You can always make medicated food by making a concentrated solution of the medicine and dripping it on the pellets until they stop absorbing liquid. You can also mix the medicine into gel food. I am a fan of Blackwater Creek growth food. I've been using it for years and I have some huge goldfish. Foster and Smith have great prices and good service.
  13. Rare goldfish ailment?

    Sorry, I should have linked you to this which tells all you need to know about salt concentrations. We rarely treat the fish with 0.3% salt until it has a a day at 0.1% and another at 0.2%. As you have observed the fish doesn't mind going directly from 0% to 0.3% salt, but it worries some fish keepers. The nitritfiers have no problem with salt. If the small tank had nothing in it but water and fish, he wouldn't have any injuries.
  14. New 48 x 24 x 16 tank - fish transfer

    Yes, and I would transfer most of the current water into the new tank along with the current filter(s) -- with any collected crud rinsed out -- then fill will fresh water. If you have regularly changed 50% of the water weekly, the fish will find this perfectly normal. Fish like their water always the same.