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  1. Pond water quality and feeding questions

    The things in the last picture are filters I think with sponges in them. It is about 5 feet deep and the net is stretched above the surface. He has had several fish die this week even though water quality remains good so not sure what is going on. Ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 5, ph 7.6
  2. Hi, long time member but have been away for awhile. I know a fair amount about tanks but have never had a pond. My stepson and dil just moved into a house with a 5000 gallon pond that they know very little about. It did not come with fish (prev owners took their koi) so my stepson put two 4 in koi and about 15 small feeder/comet goldfish. ***Does pond water quality work the same way as tank quality?*** I tested the water today with an API Master kit and got the following results: Ammonia: .25 PM Ph: 7.4 Nitrites: half way between 0 and .25 ppm Nitrates: est 3 ppm color 1/2 between 0 and 5 Not sure what else you need to know, the pond has a waterfall in it and big garbage cans full of Bio balls for filtration, and there is some sponge filters in the actual pond. No lighting yet. I attached a few pictures if that helps. I know the previous owner was using Pond perfect bio additive weekly...is that necessary? I suspect my stepson is overfeeding the fish, ***I recommended like a tablespoon of pellets every other day***, does that sound about right for 20 small fish? I saw some I need some food floating around so I know that means they're getting too much. The size of the pellets is also pretty large for the size of the fish. Thank you, and thank you for answering my question about filling with the hose the other day.
  3. Hi, I have been a member here for ages but have been inactive for a long time, hello to those of you that are still here from way back when! My step son and daughter-in-law just moved into a new house that has a 5000 gallon koi pond, which they know nothing about how to take care of. I only know how to do tanks but very little about ponds. When I got here today they had the hose running into it and I was concerned that that would kill all the good bacteria with the chlorine from the hose? Or does that not matter with a pond so much? There is no fish in it currently but they want to add some small koi. It has DIY filters in garbage cans with lots of bacteria balls. Is the chlorine from the hose going to kill all the good bacteria? Do you use dechlorinator like you do in a tank? Thank you so much!
  4. I woke up this morning to find that the water level in my 90 gallon tank had gone down about 4 inches, I had just done a water change yesterday. The upper corner is coming apart where the glass meets, I can actually see the gap between the glass. The wood frame around the top of the aquarium has always had a little issue on that corner, but when I bought it we resealed the whole tank and it has been up amd running fine for more than 2 years. I drained all but 12 inches of the water out of it and am hoping the rest will hold for the moment. my two biggest problems right now are where to put the two fish that are living in this tank and where i can get the filters running so i don't lose any bacteria. I have a running 55 gallon that i can put some of the filters on, and I might be able to put one filter on my 20 gallon. I am not sure about putting these two huge fish into the 55 though. But I can work on that...I have a 110 gallon tank in my garage that I can use, it just needs to be cleaned and set up. My question is whether or not I could fix this tank? There is an issue where the wood frame meets on on corner, there is a small gap. If we resealed that whole side again do you think that would be somewhat safe? Any other ideas? Btw, i love you guys.
  5. Hi, sorry it took me son long to update. I don't know if her belly is sunken or not, it is so hard to tell when she is upside down and tilted. I will try and feel is she seems squishy or not. Could her belly be sunken because she hasn't been eating enough? I think I will try and put her into a bowl to feed (thank you for the tip about the net, I hadn't thought of that) and get a better picture that shows truly what is swollen/sunken and have you guys take one more look. I will also move her to a heated qt tank, I just need to move some other fish around. Do you think she would be ok in a 10 gallon qt? With 290 gph filtration? I have a 20 gallon tank full of plecos right now but I don't really have a good place to put them or I would put her in there (without the plecos of course). But I can figure something out, a tub or I can get a new tank if you think 10 gallons is too small. She actually seems quite a bit better the last two days, she occasionally will swim to the bottom to eat, the redness is all gone and she is now using that front fin again. But I definitely do not want her to suffer. So I will try and get a better picture in the light and with her body straight and have you guys take a look one more time and go from there... Poor girl, it makes me sad because I feel like I must be doing something wrong to have her be fine when I got her and then end up like this? Thank you so much for your advice, support and help, I will get those pics up tonight and then we can make the best decision for her.
  6. Thank you! Here are some pictures, and no, unfortunately the Metromeds have not helped with the floatiness.
  7. [*]Test Results for the Following: (*)Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 5 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.0 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drop kit [*]Water temperature? 68 (no heater) [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, 4+ years [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Emperor 280, Aquaclear 110, Aquaclear 70 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 25-50% once a week [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? Today, 50% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 5, one 7 inch, two 5 inch, one 4 inch and one 8 inch [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Buff-it-up, crushed coral in filter [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? once a day, Pro-gold, spirulina, krill, peas [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? one of her pelvic fins is red and she is not using it [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? always upside down and now tilted to one side, has had two "bubbles" pop up under her scales (not at the same time) that went away within a day, had redness on her chest area but has resolved I have had this fish for almost a year now, i got her at the NWKG show inh Portland last summer. She is a beautiful calico ryukin. She was fine when I got her but after about 6 months she started getting floaty and then eventually upside down. I seem to have this happen with lots of my fish and it frustrates me so much, no matte what I feed them, do with the water or whatever they stay upside down. This seems to only happen with fish that I buy at shows, my fish from lfs's always seem to be fine. This fish li8ved in a qt tank with another fish I bought at the show for about 45 days and the other fish, a calico oranda, died upside down although after posting on here I am pretty sure it was egg impaction with her-and that happened like 9 months ago. So now this fish lives in a community tank with four others, who seem very healthy. She has dropped eggs a few times but the last time was probably in March. She has been upside down since January of this year, but was able to flip over and swim when she wanted to and swim to the bottom to eat. Since about 6 weeks ago she has been unable to flip over and rarely, with lots of effort, she can swim to the bottom. So of course this has made eating difficult for her so I started feeding her in a net. I soak the food in the net for a bit, then lower it in and guide her into it headfirst, and she gobbles the food (I am making this sound WAAAYY easier than it is!) About 3 weeks ago she developed a red spot on her chest (?) which I treated with topical Neosporin and it seemed to go away in a day or two. I assumed it was because she started being more out of the water than usual and that part got too dry. Then about a week later the spot came back and one of her pelvic fins was all red and she stopped using it. I did neosporin again and started Metromeds. She has been on Metromeds for about 10 days and most of the redness is gone but she still does not use that fin. She also is kind of tipped to one side. I am going to try and get a picture up shortly. Do you think this could be an egg thing? Clearly she has swim bladder issues but the redness is concerning me. I believe her poo is pretty normal, it is hard with so many fish in the tank, but I know one day recently it was mostly food colored with hollow white parts on the ends, but no bubbles or zigzags. Any ideas on what to do?
  8. Thanks everyone, for your advice and support. Unfortunately she passed away this morning.
  9. She actually looks happier than she did before for some reason. She is one of those telescopes with HUGE eyes and she had that fluid-y thing where they are really wiggley, especially the one she lost. Maybe she did it on purpose? She is pretty smart after all.. I will add the salt right away and get some Melafix in the morning-it is available in the US right? Like at one of the big chain stores? If i am lucky my lfs will have some. So far the other fish are not bothering her other than Bart mourning the eye. I took the eye out and flushed it, thinking that being in that situation was something I never would have dreamed of five years ago before I started my addiction...oops I mean hobby...to goldfish. We jokingly call this the special needs tank because of the one eyed moor, my moor with sbd and Daryl aka Nemo who is missing a front fin from birth. So i guess she fits right in! I am going to have to dig up a heater, this tank isn't normally heated. But whatever it takes! Trinket, your advice is invaluable, you really made me feel better. Thanks for being there! Oh gosh, now I spilled salt into the tank! Will eting it hurt them? I hope not, about 20 granules of rock salt fell in. I feel REALLY smooth tonight.
  10. Medals

    My goodness, it has been FIVE years! Koko, queen of the goldfish internet, may I have my five year medal please? Thank you! I don't know what i would do without you and this site.
  11. I am going to post this even though I know it has been posted a million times. Watch your Python during water changes, no matter what. I have been doing the same tank cleaning routine for 4 years and never had a problem, presumably because my water pressure is so crappy it barely sucks up water. I have actually had a fish swim into the suction tube and swim back out while it was draining-more than once. But for some reason today my calico telescope, Lisa, swam into it and lost an eye. I thought she was dead, so the eye injury made me feel a little better but I almost threw up. Hopefully she will be ok and live a happy life with her tankmate, Leela, a one-eyed black moor that I bought that way. But darn it, WATCH YOUR PYTHONS! Complacency is not a good thing. Thanks for listening.
  12. Thanks Trinket, I still feel terrible and will have to add this to the list of Horror Stories that involve unwatched Pythons. Lisa is in the tank with 2 black moors *one of them has a single eye-I bought him that way), a calkico ryukin and a calico fantail. There is literally nothing in the tank but the fish and the filter intakes, no gravel or ornaments or anything. I was kind of thinking the same thing about leaving her as long as she isn't being bothered. There was no blood and it looks like a complete removal. She and her longtime tank mate Bart and huddled in the corner (he has sbd issues and is a bottom fish) of the tank, next to her eye. I need to get that out. Poor baby, I hope she isn't in any pain. I don't have any Melafix on hand but I could do salt in the whole tank...I don't see why not if you think that is a good idea. I think moving her unecessarily wouldn't be best too, that was my gut feeling. Should I pick up some Melafix tomorrow? I know if she heals she will be ok because my one eyed moor is a Superfish. Thank you so much...I feel less sick now.
  13. I just made my fish lose an eye! I feel sick. Anyone who can help I posted in 911 ;-(

    1. flutterbudget


      I can't help, but I'm so sorry!

    2. Trinket


      Just the support is help flutterbudge <3

    3. shellbell4ever


      aww :( it will be ok good clean water to start!!!

  14. I am the worst fish mom ever. I wasn't watching the Python like an idiot and my telescope, Lisa, swam into the tube and her eye got sucked out! My water pressure is so crappy the Python varely sucks water and I have had fish swim into the tube before and then swim out without issue, But I know better. I am trying not to freak out too much. She seems ok otherwise, I thought she was dead at first but I turned off the water and tried to get her out and when that didn't work I reversed the water and turned it on a little and she wiggled out and swam away. She is swimming nornally and actually ate a piece of stray food. The socket has some loose tissue hanging off of it but the whole eye came out (my ryukin tried to eat it). Now she is sitting on the bottom of the tank, which is normal for her after a water change. So, besides hating myself for hurting my fish, what can I do for her? Should I put her in a qt tank by herself with a .1 % salt and a heater to boost her immune system? I feel absolutely sick. Background info: This is a 4" body (probably 8" with tail) calico telescope, about 3 years old, otherwise healthy but a bit sensitive. She lives in a 55 gallon tank with four other fish, a ryukin, a fantail, a moor and, ironically, a one-eyed black moor that I bought that way. Tank has been cycled for 2+ years, only additives are Prime and Buff-it-Up, 1200 gph filtration, barebottom, params 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 5 nitrates, 7.0 ph, change at least 25% water weekly. She eats Pro-gold, spirulina and occasional veggies. Thank you for any advice.
  15. Should I Buy This Tank?

    Thanks you guys...you gave me the final push! I bought it. It belongs to someone I know and he just doesn't have time to take care of it anymore. i just hope I do! I might have to get rid of one of my smaller tanks, like the 55 gallon! Thanks again!@