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    Too many! About 50.


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  1. Events in Orlando

    The Orlando Area Koi and Pond Club has lots of goldfish people and meets monthly at member's houses (except for July and August when it's too hot and March when we have the Koi and Goldfish show). Unfortunately, the November meeting was last weekend and it sounds like you will leave before the December meeting. You might try to schedule a visit to Blackwater Creek Koi (and goldfish) Farm which has the most beautiful goldfish you have ever seen.
  2. A filter serves two functions. Water goes through sponges/filter mats/floss -- mechanical filtration -- which collect debris. Then it goes through the biomedium -- bioballs/ ceramic rings/lava rocks etc. These provide a home for the nitrifiers that convert ammonia to nitrate, using a lot of oxygen in the process. If you dump the dirty water and rinse the media on a regular basis, the nitrifiers and the fish get clean water and adequate oxygen. If you don't clean the crud that collects in the mechanical medium, it rots by the action of decomposing bacteria. This process requires oxygen, so the action of the nitrifiers slows since they don't get as much oxygen. Also debris gets into the biomedium which can clog the biomedium, decreasing the availability of oxygen and ammonia to the nitrifiers. To keep the filter clean, dump the water from your filter and vigorously rinse the crud from your filter container and the mechanical medium when you change water. Then use some of the water you removed from the tank to rinse crud from the biomedium. Also, please ignore the advice given by the makers of the filter and medium about replacing your filter medium -- AKA decimating your nitrifiers. Mechanical medium receiving regular cleaning will keep working for a few years, and biomedium at least a decade.
  3. Please start by reading our "Guidelines for healthy goldfish". You will need a larger tank as your fish grow. Since you have ammonia in your tap water, you should consider multiple smaller water changes rather than one large change a week. You don't want to raise the ammonia level when you do a water change. Prime can protect the fish from up to 1ppm ammonia/nitrite. This protection only lasts a day, so you need to dose Prime for the full tank volume every day. Prime does not affect the results of your ammonia test. It converts the highly toxic ammonia to the much less toxic ammonium. Your test measures "total ammonia" ammonium plus ammonia, so converting one form to the other will not change your reading. When you read the guidelines, you will see that we recommend a minimum of a weekly 50% water change, but that assumes you have adequate filtration provide at least 20 gallons of water per fish. You will remove about the same amount of waste from the tank doing 10% changes daily, 20% every other day, or 25% three days a week. " I didn't want to start there (not to mention all the debate on BB and Antimicrobials." Tell me about this "debate." Do you find people who believe that antibiotics selectively kill bad bacteria? Put antibiotics in the tank, you will get ammonia and nitrite readings in a previously cycled tank. Even after you stop treatment, you get to do lots of large water changes before the population of nitrifiers gets restored to "fully cycled" levels. The first advice we give for treating sick fish is to remove them to a "hospital tank" and maintain it's water quality with large (preferably 100%) daily water changes. I use a underbed tote like this for a hospital tank. Actually, I use two of them and use the "bucket to bucket" method of 100% daily water changes.
  4. Open Chat :)

    You are having a really hard time! Hang in there. We are all cheering for you.
  5. Pudgster's Tail

    I believe the red streaks in the tail are from stress from the ammonia spike rather than from an infection. Please copy and paste the form A.M. gave you above and type your answers to each question ON THE FORM. You need to change at least 50% of the water daily. When you do this, please add Seachem Prime water conditioner, using the dose for the full volume of your tank. Prime will protect your fish from up to 1 ppm ammonia/nitrite. You have learned from experience why we always recommend removing a sick fish to a separate container (plastic storage totes work fine) before you medicate them, particularly with antibiotics which kill nitrifiers even better than pathogens. I wouldn't bother with salt or useless bottled bacteria -- just Prime and lots of water changes. 5
  6. Wakins

    Many describe these lovely fish as very vigorous, but I have far longer survival in my fancies than in the wakin. I have often seen people report a healthy spawn of wakins only to disappoint those who were eager to buy them when they all died a month later.
  7. "This type of goldfish is called Deme Suihougan in Japanese. i would like to introduce this in English. so please let me know. Bubble Eye Demekin is correct?" Not quite complete since that name doesn't indicate the lack of a dorsal fin. Maybe a "telescope bubble eye ranchu"?
  8. Open Chat :)

    I'm so sorry to hear about poor Junior.
  9. Rangli Vs Kosmos

    I've never seen behavior like that. I wonder what would happen if you put another, bigger fish in with them.
  10. You might try the epsom salt treatment for internal hexamita infection described here: https://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/threads/treating-hexamita-aka-spironucleus.339362/ You can find epsom salt (Magnesium sulphate) in a pharmacy, since it has many functions. Prazi treats only flukes and tastes so bad that fish reject food containing it. How long did you treat with Prazi?
  11. Azayaka goldfish food

    Actually, almost all of my fancies have wens as do some of my long-bodied fish. All of my current fish are pond mutts and all of the fancies (and many of the others) are descendants of my late crown pearlscale, Pearls, mother of multitudes. Many of them are as round bodied as Pearls was, and have "top hat" wens like Pearls, which fortunately do not grow over the eyes. Sadly, none of them have pearl scales. All the pellets get ground up in the throat so the size of the pieces will be pretty much all the same as they go on through the gut.
  12. What is this unknown organism

    it certainly belongs to the extended family of dragonflies and damselflies. As Taryl said they eat anything smaller than themselves, including baby fish. Adult goldfish are more likely to eat them.
  13. Azayaka goldfish food

    I see a lot of BS and no sign of the ingredients of the food being promoted. I suggest you read this article: http://www.raingarden.us/feeding.pdf Goldfish love anything edible. I feed mine high quality koi pellets in small and medium size. These cost a fraction of what you pay for goldfish pellets
  14. 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.
  15. 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.