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  1. Fin parasites

    5g water change pH= 6.6 Nitrate= ~100ppm (maximum recorded three days ago= ~150ppm, yesterday ~115ppm)
  2. Fin parasites

    Update: the places seem to have shrunk, are coated in mucous coat, and her wen appears to be healing. Did 10g water change instead of 5. pH= 6.5
  3. Fin parasites

    this morning, it looks like some fungus is attacking Hershey's wen next to her gills. That, or she tore her cheeks trying to burrow into the Pleco's house (it's too small, but I've caught her trapped under there twice /facepalm)
  4. Fin parasites

    I'm running an undergravel filter as a way to compensate for a deeper substrate, keeping water flowing and aerated. I'm going to run two grow bins above my aquarium in lieu of a lid. I've split the current from the pond pump once, and I'll do it again, so half the water goes directly back into the aquarium and one quarter goes in each planter. I have clay aquaponic "pebble" nutritive substrate. My obstacle right now is building the supports for the grow bins and calculating how much they'll weigh. I've got overflow valves on each bin, but I'm going to be primarily relying on a bell siphon like was mentioned earlier.
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    Understood on all counts. I only say "stir" because disturbing the substrate would release the particles into a more even concentration, so that when I remove the water I'd be removing a greater portion of organic matter than if I were to leave all the organic matter settled at the bottom. My idea in this setup was to create a (nearly) self-sustaining ecosystem. Knowing goldfish produce extra waste, I decided to use aquaponics as a way to take advantage of that, bringing the aquarium a little closer to a balanced ecosystem. In the 2-3 months between when my tank finished cycling and whenI added my fish, I populated my tank with inverts (ghost shrimp and apple snails) I did zero water changes at this time, adding one HiKari small sinking pellets per shrimp. At this time I added the swords and anubias. My tank populated with algae and detritus worms, and I was thrilled to see the first macroscopic natural ecosystem succession. It's from this populating of microbes and nematodes that I credit my fish's health in a high nitrate environment, because there are predators of pathogens, and a full food chain keeping each other's populations in check.
  6. Fin parasites

    And further, I know I have a lot of it. Do I need to remove my fish, completely stir my substrate and then do a 80-90% water change?
  7. Fin parasites

    So I was reading up on high nitrates and low pH and came across this: "A high Bio-Load that often produces large amounts of organic mulm and decomposition in an aquarium (or pond) gravel or in filters is often a common cause of persistent nitrate problems.Another clue to this is a pH that tends to drop quickly, often even with buffers added (assuming a higher new water pH); the breakdown of organic mulm or similar will lower pH while increasing nitrates.Pockets of decomposing organics are often found in areas of deep fine sand, under rocks or other décor, or in large filters (especially canister filters)."http://www.aquarium-pond-answers.com/2007/07/aquarium-nitrates.html?m=1 This leads me to question: what the author refers to as "mulm" is what I was calling "soil". I was thinking of it as a positive thing. Is this the opposite of the case? Would disrupting this mulm cause the sudden drop in pH?
  8. Fin parasites

    Okay, thank you, I didn't know that about the substrate. I figured it was basically soil with aquatic organisms; I'll treat it as pathogenic underneath what my goldfish disturbs.
  9. Fin parasites

    Also: Hershey the Goldfish has been gaining muscle, particularly around her back and tail. I've also noticed nitrate stress in both plants (leaf tearing) and fish (new scales are dark gray) as I've disturbed the tank more. I anticipate doing daily water changes indefinitely until my nitrates fall below 40ppm.
  10. Fin parasites

    I've been doing daily 25% changes and stirring/mixing up my substrate. I've noticed as I've done this my nitrates rose (expected) but my pH has become more acidic. The tap sits at 7.1, but my tank went from 6.8 to 6.2 just in the past few days! Can nitrate buildup cause water to become more acidic? (Nitrites and ammonia still zero)
  11. Fin parasites

    She perked up after a 50% water change, thanks!
  12. Fin parasites

    Don't my Amazon swords need at least two inches for their roots?
  13. Fin parasites

    Starting to worry more... Yesterday I did a 30-35% water change (more than usual) after removing ornaments and "stirring" the top half inch of the gravel to loosen detritus. Hershey (the oranda) has been very still and lethargic today, more than I've seen her before. I've left most of the ornaments out; do you think it's stress? If so, what can I do to alleviate it?
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    ...well, I was cleaning detritus from my pump when the valve broke as I was trying to detach it from tubing. So if I need to change pumps I guess now is the time. Also sorry about overreacting last night, I was grumpy and frustrated
  15. Fin parasites

    I was able to get a "decent" (WHY ARE GOLDFISH SO HARD TO PHOTOGRAPH) angle of her deformed tail fin.