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  1. oopps Filter is an Emperor 280 with bio wheel -- if that makes a difference.
  2. I have a 29 gallon tank with a whisper quiet filter (with bio wheel) that has been running for about 3 years. The fish in the tank are amost 5 years old. My Bio wheel is starting to show signs of age with small tears and rips. I THINK I need to replace it, but what does that to do the "system" in the tank. the wheel has all of the growh on it that I know is neccessary for a balanced tank. If I remove it and put a new one in, what does that do to my tank. I have considered, on the next water change to replace the wheel, but keep the dirty filter pad in. I do not know if that will help the situation or not. My wheel is going to need replacing some time soon, and I am not sure how to do it without messing up the banance of the tank. Thanks for the help. Chris
  3. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 1 (not sure I had a hard time comparing the color in the bottle to the color card) [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? pH 8 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? pH 6.8 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Freshwater Master Test Kit (drops) [*]Water temperature? 78 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gal running abt 4 years. (Fish are almost 6 years old) [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Emperor 280 w/ Biowheel (Bio wheel is starting to show signs if wear.-- afraid to replace it and get rid of all of the build up-- don't know if this could be the source of the problem) [*]How often do you change the water and how much? abt every week and a half-- take out abt 15- 20 gallons. [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? 3 days ago 15-20 gallons [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish in tank. Fish #1 is 5" of body with another 5-6 inches of tail. Fish #2 is about 4" of body and 5" tail [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? AmQuell with each water change. Also a bit of baking soda [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? once a day. either peas, flakes, brine shrimp, blood worms. -- Only one of these item each day. Primarily peas. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? "Kordon" fish protect about 6 days ago, and 10 days ago [*]List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no Fish #1 He has always slept like a dophin, propped up on his very large tail. Lately he has been sleeping sideways on the bottom of the tank, always in the lower right corner -- the filter is in the upper left corner. Lately, when sleeping, his tail seems to be at roughly a 90 degree angle to his body always to his right. He seems to have a very difficult time straightening himself. He swimms upside down and side ways, with his tail cockeyed. Most days he can eventually straighten himself by evening feeding time and get back to close to normal. But he spends most of his day with his tail cockeyed. (sometimes moving, sometimes staying on the bottom of the tank--both fish seem to be nocturnal anyway) He has always been an acrobatic fish, swimming in crokscrews through the tank. This unusual sleeping behavior has been going on for about two weeks now. Otherwise he does not appear to be in distress. His breathing appears normal. At feeding time he eats normally. And when he does eventually right himself, he is back to doing his barrel rolls through the tank. Fish #2 is perfectly fine. Within the past year we removed all of the small stones from the bottom of the tank, and we now have a bare bottom tank, because fish #1 kept getting stones lodged in his mouth. (Don't know if that is significant or not) We have not seen much poop in the tank since we went bare bottom, and much of the little that we do see seems to be very light colored to colorless. Also do not know if this is significant or not but he is always picking at the decorations (but he has always done this). Could he be eating chips or flakes of whatever finish is on them. We have three items, purchaced at either PetSmart or PETCO at the time that we set up the 30 gallon tank. Thanks for the help!
  4. All of the test results (except hardness)were tested with a "Freshwater Master Test Kit". pH in tap is abt 7.2 I have never noticed eggs in the tank. I am not even sure if the fish is a female or male. The poop looks like regular fishie poop, light brown sometimes clear. Since we removed the rocks and went bare bottom, we have seen less poop in the tank. It seems the filter is doing a good job at gathering most of it. It is odd, this morning, the fish is swimming around the tank. He/She still does not seem quite him/her self yet, but I have not seen this fish swimming in the morning in about a week. Maybe he is feeling better. I still am concerned. Like I said while he IS swimming around now, which is better than before, I wonder if things are stil ok with him. Thanks for the help. (I just love this website)
  5. [*]Test Results for the Following: [0]Ammonia Level? 0 [0]Nitrite Level? 0 [5.0]Nitrate level? [7.8]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? (120) Hardness-- Tank -- used test strip [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? []Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Except for hardness used a Freshwater Master Test Kit [*]Water temperature? [29 gallon -- running abt 3 years-- fish 5 years old) and how long has it been running? [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Emporor 280-- using size E filters [*]How often do you change the water and how much? change about 10-15 gallons abt every 1 1/2 weeks [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fan tails. # 1 about 10" long-- most of that is tail-- body is only abut 4"; #2 9"-- only 6" of body, rest tail) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? feed about 6 times a week, combo of peas, flake food, brine shrimp or blood worms. (Only one of these per feeding) [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? [*]List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. "kordon" Fish protector with Vitamin B12 and Echinacea Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The larger fish has always had unusual sleeping habits. He has always slept like a purpose, propped up on his very large tail. Lately he has been sleeping sideways on the bottom of the tank, always in the lower right corner -- the filter is in the upper left corner. May times, when sleeping, his tail seems to be at roughly a 45 degree angle to his body, and it now seems to take him between 1/2 an hour to an hour to get back to himself. During that time he floats sideways and even upside down. Once he gets going again, he seems perfectly normal. (He has always seemed to like doing barrel rolls through the tank-- something he has done for years he continues to do this now) This unusual sleeping behavior had been going on for about a week now. The other fish seems perfectly normal, and is having no problems. Within the past 6 months we removed all of the small stones from the bottom of the tank, and we now have a bare bottom tank, because this guy kept getting stones lodged in his mouth. (Don't know if that is significant or not)
  6. We have two fan tail gold fish in a 29 gallon tank. They are rather large (10" and 6") from nose to tip of fan tail. Our larger fish is as "stoner". He loves to look through the stones for food and has gotten a stone stuck in his mouth one too many times. We currently have the largest tank stones that were available at the local pet store. We plan to visit another pet shop today to see if they have anything larger. I want to remove the stones from the bottom and replace them with something larger that my fish cannot get stuck in his mouth and have been considering pond stones but do not know if that will be dangerous for the fish. I also know we can go bare bottom, but that just seems like it would be impossible to keep clean. I know that I can get some great suggestions here. Thanks.
  7. I guess my beautiful Calico is out of the woods. Last evening's levels were: pH 8.0 0 Ammonia (Yeah !!) 2.0 Nitrites, 0 Nitrates (with test kit) I got my daughter home from school today, and Calico was actually swimming, not sitting on the bottom !!!! I will continue to watch him carefully, but things look great!! They are improving daily. Thank you everyone !!!!!!! Chris
  8. Hello All, I was out of the house all day. it is 10:00 P.M. in Pennsylvania, this is my first chance to sit down. Callico is still sitting on the bottom more than I would like him to, but he is easily roused to the top by someone just walking over and looking at him. He will also get up and swim on his own. Levels are as follows pH 7.2; KH between 40 and 80 I forget exactly what the results for that were. Nitrates 20. Amonia is .25 (Quite a change from 2 days ago !) Should I do another 50% water change in the next day or should I just wait things out? Should I still be worried that my Callico is hanging on the bottom like he is? Like I said before, when he IS up and swimming he swims like his normal self. (practically doing barrel rolls through the water) Thank you everyone for your concerns. I really hope my big guy is going to be ok. He really is a beautiful fish. I Chris
  9. Thanks for all the help folks, I guess I am just at a wait and see mode now. I have changed out all my water. I did not do it all at once, but with in the past 12 hours I have changed 100% of it. Just after the change our calico still hangs out on the bottom, but he does not seem to stay there for more than a minute or so, then he gets up, swimms around bit, does his normal acrobatics then goes back to the bottom again, but only for a short time. (like I said, less than a minute or so) He still does not appear to be fully himself, but he is much better than he was last night. We now have the equipment to do bigger water changes on a weekly basis. We will start doing a 50 % weekly. If Calico still seems lethargic tommorrow, should we do another big water change? The funny thing is, the other fish in the tank seems perfectly fine. We tested the amonia levels with strips just after the change was completed, and levels showed just as high as they were last night. That just did not seem right, so we got out our vials and tested and the amonia shows to be somewhere just above 0. Now I wish we had saved some of the old water so I could have tested it with the kit. Maybe levels were not so high. But the water change does seem to have had a positive effect on our callico. We will see. Something else we have noticed. My husband just finished feeding the fish peas. He says that the Calico does not seem to have as much "suction" as he used to. He seems to be struggling searching through the rocks for food. He did eat at least 5 peas that were dropped into the tank, but did not suck it off my husbands finger like he usually does. And he does not seem to be able to pick up the rocks on the bottom of the tank. Could he have a stone lodged in his mouth. We have been trying to look into his mouth since yesterday and he does not seem to have anything stuck in there. Could all of this just be related to poor water conditions? Water levels now are: Ph 7.6 (using strips) Nitrate 20 (using strips) 0 (using test kit) Water conditions have definitely improved, (regardless of how I tested the water) and although my fish does not seem fully cured, he is definitely better. Sorry for the long post I will keep you all updated. Again, Thanks for all the help Chris
  10. Thanks for the help. We will work on the water change ASAP How do I manage a 100% water change? Do I just keep adding water in as I am taking water out? Then wouldn?t this be like I was setting up a brand new tank and I would have to worry about cycling again? I have been adding baking soda to my water changes since I found this site about 5 years ago. I forget why. I think I was told that it was just some sort of additional conditioner. I do not add the baking soda directly to the tank, but to the water I am adding during a water change. I know everyone says do not use test strips, but to use a water testing kit. I have a ?Freshwater Master Test Kit? that uses vials of tank water and drops of chemicals for each parameter. Maybe I do not know how to properly read the vials, but I have never gotten significantly different results using that over the strips. How about the temp difference in the water that I am adding to the tank matching with the tank water? I live in Pennsylvania and the weather is just starting to get chilly, so is the tank water. The colder tank water has not affected these fish for the past three years so the cold water should not be a problem. Should the water that I am adding be at least room temperature? Or is it ok if I just try to match the tap water temp to the tank water temp just by feel? How should I condition the water that I am adding to the tank? I heard that the Amquel+ is one of the best things to add to the tank. (Something else I heard in this site). Unfortunately I will not be able to do the water change until this evening. After reading the label on my Amquell bottle I started wondering about something. Can I add a bit of it directly to the tank water to maybe bring down levels just a teeny tiny bit until I can get do the water change later today. I know the Amqel will not solve the problem but maybe it can at least make things a bit easier to help my poor calico to survive the day. Thanks for everything. I will post back this evening after my water change
  11. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 6 [*]Nitrite Level? 45 [*]Nitrate level? 0 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Ph 7.2 GH 75 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Ph 6.5 GH 75 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? test strips [*]Water temperature? unknown (room temp is 70) [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gal abt 1 year [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Emperor filter size E [*]How often do you change the water and how much? weekly 5 gallons [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish 9" 5" [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Amquell + and baking soda [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? abt 5-6 days a week feed peas, romaine lettuce, freeze dried blood worms gold fish flakes and pellets --not all of this on the same day [*]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? no [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? sitting at bottom of tank we have two fan tails in a our tank. The larger one has recently begun sitting on the bottom and seems very lethargic. He will occassionally get up and swim around, then he goes backto the bottom. He is normally a rather "acrobatic" fish and swims very quickly around the tank,making very quick turns that would seem not possible for a fish his size. But for the past day or so he just does not seem happy. We wondered if he could have a rock stuck, but it does not seem to be the case. Our strip says that the amonia level is at a dangerous point. Will a water change correct this? Can we just use out of the tap, or does it have to sit for a day or so? HELP !!!!!!!
  12. I wasn't able to update this earlier today. I did a cut and paste as requested. (what a great idea, did not think of doing that !!) Here is a more detailed update of my problem (which may not be quite a problem now-- will explain below.) Please provide the following details when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? ~.4 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 30 (yes I got those backwards.) I know those NitrAte levels are a bit high, but I cannot seem to get them down. Even with frequent water changes. These two guys have been living with that Nitrate level for two years and they have been fine. Could it be that those poor levels are finally catching up with them? Other than a few spikes of Nitrates around 60-70-- (in the old 10 gallon tank, which I quickly got down), my levels seem to float around that 20-40 mark Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? 72 (pH) Ph Level out of the Tap? Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 30 gal tank, running for abt 5 months What is the name and size of the filter/s? it is a Emperor bio wheel (size e) filter. How often do you change the water and how much? We change out about 5 gallons of water every 5 days or so. with tap water treated with about 2 tsp of AmQuell plus ( a water conditioner that I bought when I was having those high nitrate levels it is supposed to remove Nitrate, Nitrite, Amonia, Chlorine and Chloramines from tap water) and about 1 tsp of baking soda. We started with the baking soda also when we were having Nitrate issues. How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 faintails I Calico that is roughly 3" from nose to end of body. (probably 6" with his tail) One regular fantail, roughly 2" from nose to end of body, with tail, 4" What kind of water additives or conditioners? Only the Amquell in the water added during water changes Any medications added to the tank? No Add any new fish to the tank? No What do you feed your fish? We are feeding Tera Fin Golfish flakes and Nutra Fin Max Color enhansing (I spelled that wrong) pellets. Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? My little guy's balance seems to be comming back. I would say now he is about 85% himself. He still seems to have some problems maintaining a consistent swimming level in the tank, but he can now go all the way the the bottom and not be lifted right back to the top again. I will keep a close eye on him for the next day or so. Is it possible he simply got too much air eating the floating flakes? I never heard about soaking flakes before. I guess we will need to do that from now on. Or is there a better food we can feed the fish. We have tried Romane lettuce. (the calico loves it, the little guy does not seem to care.) We have also tried peas. Neither fish seems to care one way or the other. Do I need to get more "roughage" into their diets? What else can I use? Is iceburg lettuce OK, or does it have to be romane? Is my crissis over, or is there further need to worry?
  13. First here is my trank descrip. I have two fantails (abt 4" and 3"--not counting their tails) in a 30 gal tank. They have been this particular tank for close to 5 months. Previously they were in a 10 gallon tank for about a year and a half. My levels are Nitrites 30, Nitrates 0, pH 72. I do not know amonia levels. We change out about 5 gallons of water every 5 days or so. with tap water treated with about 2 tsp of AmQuell and about 1 tsp of baking soda) We are using a Emperor bio wheel (size e) filter. We are feeding Tera Fin Golfish flakes and Nutra Fin Max Color enhansing (I spelled that wrong) pellets. About 15 minutes after feeding last night we noticed some strange behavior in our smaller fish. His equalibrim seems off. He cannot stay at the bottom of the talk. If he stops moving he floats to the top of the tank as if being pulled up from the base of his body. Stays there for a couple of minutes then begins swimming again. He actually flipped over a couple of times, but then he righted himself. (we have not seen him flip for about eight hours) but he is still swimming strangely. He cannot stay straight. His nose seems to stay at about a 10% angle pointing to the bottom of the tank. When he is floating at the top he does not seem to be gulping for air. His mouth and gills appear normal. As does the rest of his body. He had a BM within the first hour after feeding and we noticed some small bubbles comming from his mouth every so often (almost as if he was burping) We also have a larger fish in the tank with him who appears perfectly normal. But he has seemed to taken an interest in this aliling fish. We are not sure if he is waiting to attack, or if he is concerend for his tank buddy that he has been with for over 2 years. (can a fish be worried about his "friend") When one fish is floating at the top, the other one often is hanging out next to him. As I said , I do not know if he is waiting to take a bite out of his buddy if it is something else. I hope this is enough info. If you need more let me know chris
  14. I just had to say a quick thank you to everyone. We moved our fish over to the new tank about a week ago. We are now running both filters together. And I filled up some stockings with the old fishie gravel and put the "bags" on a bubble tube. So far the fish seem happy. We will see.
  15. Thanks for the help! I have just a few more questions. Hopefully this will be my last. You say to take my old filter "insides" and put them directly in the new media. Does that mean that I just place the old filter pad, and the ... (oh I do not know what it is called... the other piece that I never replace) and just lay them in the new tank? I got an idea from reading through some other posts on goldfish tanks. I am wondering if it would be a good idea to put the filter parts, and my rocks from the old tank in old pairs of ladies panty hose and let them float in the tank for a few days, then just remove them little by little. Maybe a "bag" for each of the filter parts, then several "bags" for the rocks (Yes it will look pretty ugly for a bit, but is that a bad idea just in GP for the health of my fish? ) Or will this make the transition smoother? And when it finally comes time to actually move the fish, do I need to bag them, and float them in the new tank, or can I just net them and move them over. The people at the fish store said that because both tanks should be the same temperature it would be safe just to move them from one tank to the other. I am not so sure ( Both tanks are right next to each other now). I am sorry I have so many questions. I have never kept any kind of fish before. All of this is so new to me. Chris
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