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    Somerset County, New Jersey
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  • How many Goldfish
    4 : Thurston Howell III (XL chocolate Oranda), Eunice Lovelle Wentworth Howell (XL red & white broad tail Ryukin), Ginger Grant (red fantail), Professor Roy Hinkley (pure white long tail Ryukin)
  1. I've had the pothos in since lunch time. Got home at 9pm and both ryukins were still bottom sitting with clenched fins. I'm going to do another wc tomorrow morning - too late for it now. Hopefully that will help.... They're pooping a lot yesterday and today too (food colored)....
  2. Hello* I posted my parameters in my post above it's: PH 8.2 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 40 My tap water does have traces of Nitrates that's why I started floating pothos - I can not put the pothos in my filter because my cats eat them and they're poisonous. I have a 55 with 4 fancies with 2 AC 110 HOB and I use Prime. I thoroughly clean my tank and filters weekly and feed various hikari foods and shelled peas. This all started after my wc on Tuesday - so I'm pretty sure it's because I have high Nitrates. I am leaving the house now to buy another pothos - I think this may be the problem...I hope*
  3. Hello again* Good Morning* I have another question for you. My large Ryukin, Eunice, is acting sickly after the water change... I was about 2 days over due for my wc and she was acting totally fine. But after the wc she started bottom sitting and tightly clenching her top fin. So the next day (Wednesday) I did another wc to make sure maybe the public water wasn't funky that day or something. She seemed to perk up a bit but by the evening she was at it again.... Then this morning I woke up and both my ryukins where bottom sitting next to each other at the bottom top fin clinched tightly. My oranda and fantail are fine. They're swimming around with their fins totally straight up. I just gave breakfast, lionhead pellets and everyone scrambled for food and gobbled everything up but Eunice still has that dorsal fin down and definitely is not her happy self... Parameters: PH 8.2 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 40 could be more - it's red (40 and 80 look the same on the API master kit to me) So I'm thinking my horrible town water is the culprit again..... they change from Chlorine to Chloramine back and forth. Thank goodness my family uses our reverse osmosis for drinking and cooking but it's not big enough to use to fill my tank. Anyways, I also was using a floating pothos plant for a while and they ate it all again..... so on July 12th was when I removed it and haven't purchased a new one yet.... I'm going to go buy one right now. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks so much* Also, I still have the occasional white fat chubby poops that I assume are just white sand poops. She is trailing a food colored poop right now. Thanks again* Christina
  4. Also ,,,,,, I have a fusion air pump - order online - they're so so quiet!!!!!! and cheap* --- anything sold at pet smart / co in the air pump department are all so loud!!!!! even the whisper (does not whisper!!!) ---- if you pick up a Fusion you will not be disappointed - suppppper quiet*
  5. Hmmm - I understand your concern with things adding up - when I first started I was stressing out with all the money I had to pay - it's crazy!!! --- In regards to the filters - I was told always 2 are better than 1 - you can alternate weeks of cleaning your filter media with 2 filters ...... so it makes more sense to have 2 - plus you can place one on each side of the tank to do a better job cleaning* If you're painting - two 70s should be fine. But I would ask someone more experience with all this and comets.... I have fancies. Best of luck - beautiful fishy***
  6. Hello, I recently went through the what filter to buy stage and went with two AC 110s. I would like to upgrade to canister one day , but if you're set on HOB then the 110 HOB is the way to go. And if you go with sand substrate.... then the 110s are a must* (avoid gravel/pebbles - my big boy would always suck it in his big mouth and worry me) . I learned this the very hard way. I was going through ACs HOB 70s like weekly - it was a disaster. The 110s have this raised ring edge around the hole inside the filter where the intake tube is (sorry I'm bad on proper terms) .... anyways the 70 does not have that - and sand alwaysssss gets in there and ruins the motor and impeller etc. The 110 has that raised edge so it's not as easy for sand to get in..... helps a lot! If you can afford it go with two 110s. And as someone mentioned before - if you wait a bit - you can buy a 55 gallon at petco for only $55 bucks* Best wishes to Mr. Felix*
  7. On the thread I posted my parameters - my ammonia was 0. Again I know nothing about any of this. All I know is I added a large air stone bar one day. It was very strong and all the fish started constantly surface gulping. Then I removed it and they stopped. I just thought I was possibly helping this person...... I regret bringing it up - I must not have gotten my facts straight. Sorry How are your fish now? http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/117717-hello-again/ They're great - I thought I had a white poop issue recently but I was told to hold off on my soilent green gel food and starting giving lionhead pellets again - and now I have brown poop again* - so all good. Except my 2 big fish get floaty after eating pellets so I have to give peas and then they're fine - but I'm hoping that they're just adjusting back to pellets and this too will pass...... we'll see.
  8. and to the poster - sorry this went off track of your issues at hand. I hope your oranda stays healthy and your tank issues are resolved soon*
  9. On the thread I posted my parameters - my ammonia was 0. Again I know nothing about any of this. All I know is I added a large air stone bar one day. It was very strong and all the fish started constantly surface gulping. Then I removed it and they stopped. I just thought I was possibly helping this person...... I regret bringing it up - I must not have gotten my facts straight. Sorry
  10. If you're under dosing the prime could be liberating the ammonia, aeration of new water will raise its pH making the ammonia even more toxic. Then your filter eats it and turns it to nitrate. Regular brief exposures to ammonia could be enough to burn their gills and with the extra current from the bubble wand could be exhausting them. __________________ Best Fishes David www....................com .................. @ gmail.com I'll email and ask David myself, referring to this interesting conversation. In a normal tank, there should not be a need to dose Prime for ammonia detoxification at any time, and we do not do this. Even during water changes, unless you have chloramine in the tap or actual ammonia, this is not a concern. Then, if you do have these compounds, then you dose accordingly. Lastly, we recommend that all systems are buffered to 150ppm, which means that none of this should be a concern. http://www.goldfishkeepers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7116 This was my thread. There's no need to involve him in this...... I'm not trying to argue with you or claim I know anything more than you - I was just simply commenting on someone's post and referred back to advice that I received. Yes, I do have chloramine in my tap. So I guess that's why he gave me that advice. I'm not by any means personal friends with David as I guess you must be - he's just someone on another site I ask for help and I would hate to loose his willingness to help me, because it seems as if you're involving him in some he said, she said silliness. I know nothing of fishkeeping and I don't claim to - I just "thought" I was helping someone and giving some advice because they "May" have had the same issues as me. Some of you seem to get off on calling people out and trying to stir the pot - which deters me from asking for help on this site which is unfortunate. Please don't involve him on this nonsense - I am not trying to start anything where this conversation seems to be heading. thanks
  11. Let me find the post - i asked the same thing and got a very educated answer...... give me a sec I have to find it. It's interesting to see what the post says, especially in light that I have had 2 bubble bars (the 12 inch kinds) on both of my 55 and 100 gallons for the past 5 years, and the 20+ fish have never surface gulped, or hated it. Below is the response I got to a question on why my fish were surface gulping after I added my new bubble bar..... If you're under dosing the prime could be liberating the ammonia, aeration of new water will raise its pH making the ammonia even more toxic. Then your filter eats it and turns it to nitrate. Regular brief exposures to ammonia could be enough to burn their gills and with the extra current from the bubble wand could be exhausting them. __________________ Best Fishes David www....................com .................. @ gmail.com
  12. I'm sorry if I misunderstood what a bubble wand is, because I've never used one before - I just had my 2 small air stones and then added a large long air stone bar and my fish reacted terribly. This was David's response when I asked him why my fish started surface gulping - I removed the new bar and they stopped. David's always given me the answers to my problems and his knowledge has been a huge help
  13. If you're under dosing the prime could be liberating the ammonia, aeration of new water will raise its pH making the ammonia even more toxic. Then your filter eats it and turns it to nitrate. Regular brief exposures to ammonia could be enough to burn their gills and with the extra current from the bubble wand could be exhausting them. __________________ Best Fishes David www....................com .................. @ gmail.com
  14. Let me find the post - i asked the same thing and got a very educated answer...... give me a sec I have to find it. It's interesting to see what the post says, especially in light that I have had 2 bubble bars (the 12 inch kinds) on both of my 55 and 100 gallons for the past 5 years, and the 20+ fish have never surface gulped, or hated it. well I had my 2 small air stones going WITH a long large air stone bar....... not a bubble bar - so maybe that's where i'm confused - I'm still looking for the post - one sec
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