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Wynkin

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  1. Wynkin

    Goldfish Feeding

    Hi, Rooting around in the gravel is typical goldfish behavior--they will do it all day long. That is, if you have gravel--I have a bare bottom tank and can see the sinking pellets laying on the bottom so I know exactly how much my fish eat.
  2. Hi and welcome to Kokos, Immediately do what Annette suggested--a major water change (50% only, don't change all of it) and fasting for a day or two then feed peas. It sounds to me like the pyramid feeder polluted the tank--those feeders are not worth the trouble. When I found this website 2 years ago, I had the same problem with an eight year old goldfish--I had cleaned the gravel with a siphon for the first time and stirred up some awful bacteria that were festering in it. My fish was bent exactly like that and unfortunately it was too late by the time I tried to help him. The "bent" spine in the goldfish is a serious thing and I believe that fasting the fish and cleaner water should help as long as it is done in a timely fashion. Good luck!
  3. Wynkin

    Dogfood?

    Hi, Making your own gel food is an excellent idea. And if you are in the US, you could always order goldfish food online at Goldfish Connection There are other online fish supply places such as Big Als Online and Drs Foster and Smith. vvvv too.
  4. Hi, Diva is right that you should not be completely cleaning the tank. Weekly partial water changes are recommended. The tank needs to cycle and develop beneficial bacteria for fish to thrive. By continually cleaning the whole tank, it will always be in the state of cycling which is hard on the fish--the evidence of nitrite shows that the tank is not cycled completely. Nitrite is harmful for fish and can kill them. Do a 30% water change using a conditioner. And read this link on tank cycling. Cycle of the Tank Good luck!!
  5. Hi and welcome to Kokos! I am moving this post to the disease section--like others said, we need more information. Please answer the questions at the top so we can know how best to help you.
  6. Hi and Welcome to Kokos! I think of Kokos as a friendly place so I feel badly that someone would be rude to you about tank size. We have to remember that we all started somewhere and often it was goldfish in a bowl. It is relative of course, tiny goldies will be fine in a smaller tank but they can and do grow fast when given more space, good filtration, proper food and regular partial water changes. As goldies get large, it is much easier to care for them when the tank size is bigger. It is hard to imagine a 7" or 8" goldie in a 10 gallon tank, let alone 2 or 3 of them crowded together.
  7. Hi, You have gotten some good advice about what to do. As Yabbie said, the high nitrates and lack of oxygen contribute to the floating and gulping at the top. My suggestion is to get a larger tank if you can afford it. 10 gallons per goldie is a minimum and in my opinion, when they get big, they need more than that. 15 or 20 gallons for each makes it easier to have high quality water and lower nitrates, etc. My fantail had SBD when she was in a smaller tank (two fancy goldfish in a 20 gallon tank). She would be upside down at the top, gulping like crazy but when she saw me, she would flip back over to beg for food. It went on for over a month till I got a larger tank. In May of 2004, I got a 50 gallon tank and an eheim canister filter--I also have 2 Penquin bio-wheels so there is lots of filtration and plenty of room for my three fancy goldfish. My fantail has not floated upside down since then.
  8. Hi, I have bubble walls (a long airstone) and my fish also like to play in the bubbles. When you have an airstone or bubble wall, you need a pump to create the bubbles. In summer when the tank water gets warmer, fish need more oxygen (there is less oxygen in warm water) so adding an airstone will help your fish!
  9. Paul, you are SO right!!! I have a 50 gallon tank with three goldies--all of them are big (6--7") and I couldn't imagine any more fish in there.
  10. Hi Lucy, Your two posts were deleted because of rule #6 which states: 6. Please, no discussions of Politics, Religion, Hunting and animal cruelty on the site. There are debate forums out there, just not on this family forum. People doing this will be warned and topic will be deleted. Please refrain from reposting that link, it causes nothing but bad feelings. Besides, it is very old news around here. Nancy
  11. Hi, Many ailments are caused by poor water quality and it is important to know the things that are asked for in the white box above. Like size of tank, how many fish, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels. Answer what you can and the best thing to do right away is a partial water change. Here, we recommend changing out 25% of the water once a week. I use a siphon/gravel vac and then you add back fresh water with a good water conditioner to get rid of the chlorine. I use Prime but Aqua Safe is fine too. Keeping high quality water is the best thing you can do for your goldfish. That is why we recommend space (a minimum of 10 gallons per fish), good filtration (much more than tropicals need--goldies are messy!), and weekly water changes. Don't overfeed, that can upset the balance of the tank also. There are treatments for finrot/fungus but first it needs to be determined exactly what your fish have. Using chemicals can be harsh so if you can post a photo, that would be super! Welcome to Kokos!!
  12. I always leave my fish in when I siphon water out. The fish are much bigger than the siphon so there is no chance of them getting bothered by it. I agree that it is stressful to take them out.
  13. Wynkin

    How Much To Feed?

    Hi, How big are your fish? A good suggestion is to feed an amount that they will eat in a couple of minutes. Any leftover food will rot and pollute the tank. Once a day is fine but you could feed them twice a day and give a bit less at each feeding. Overfeeding can raise the nitrates too high and that is not good. Many of us here feed our fish sinking pellets since they can gulp air eating floating food. And it can caused a floating problem--swim bladder disorder. I think that Wardley is a good brand of food. But I feed my goldies ProGold which are sinking pellets.
  14. Your tank is great--I like the bubble wall and plants. And Simon and Bridget are cute!
  15. Hi, Like Kissy said, since you changed all of the water, you upset the balance of beneficial bacteria in your tank and it will need to go through cycling again. Here is a link about the cycle of the tank. Cycle of the Tank What type of filter do you have? Since your tank is small for that many fish, it is good that you are feeding less--overfeeding will pollute the tank. Also it is hard to keep top quality water in a small tank, that is why we suggest a minimum of 10 gallons per fish. And partial water changes (25%) weekly rather than a large change less often. I am not sure what to suggest at the moment. I don't believe in adding chemicals to tanks unless it is absolutely necessary.
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