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Found 12 results

  1. So I just finished cycling my new tank and have added my fish, and I'm watching my water parameters like a hawk. Ammonia & nitrites are at 0, but nitrates are between 5-10 ppm. Should I do a big water change? At what point do nitrates become dangerous?
  2. Hello everyone, I have finally managed to do most of the move and will soon be able to start what I like to refer as my goldfish journey, in form of fishless cycling. Before I start this, though, I'd really appreciate some help with my water parameters. I tested the water we have today with API Freshwater drops, and got following results: Ph: 7,4 Ammonia,nitrite,nitrate all 0 Gh: 71,6 (4 drops) Kh: 53,7 (3 drops) Now, as far as I know, the Ph is fine for goldfish, but the Kh anf Gh are problem, especially Kh as I believe ppm this low can easily result into Ph crash (I believe Kh and Gh between 100-150 ppm is desireable for goldfish tank?). I am aware of the method to raise Kh with baking soda, and plan on using that to raise Kh, but I would like to hear a) what to do with the low Gh and b) that I have understood what I've read correctly and there isn't anything in my ramble here that makes you guys' alarm bells ring. (someone please hold my hand this is scary and exciting )
  3. I was wanting to know how often should I do water changes. I have a jumbo Oranda in a 20 gallon long aquarium with a 40gallon canister filter. I normally do 2-3 water changes a week throughout out the week days so on Saturday and Sunday I can just sit back and rest. I think that it is a bit much though. I usually do water changes Monday Wednesday and Friday if possible. is this too much or not enough?
  4. I am hoping someone can tell me why my tank is cloudy after I do a 50% water change. I recently bought a 200 litre plastic drum with a screw on lid. Now I can prepare all the water before the water change then replace it using the pool pump I bought after the water change. I have been leaving the fish in the tank while I siphon out the waste and when I put the new water back in. Leaving the fish in the tank was not a problem when I replaced the water with a jug from a bucket but I now have one fish that seems to float at the top of the tank (right way up) after the water change. Do you think that this behaviour is linked to the quick reintroduction of the aged water. I am checking the temperature is the same in the new water and the tank? This same fish always seems fine an hour later. More recently I removed the fish from the tank before removing and replacing the water and it made the whole process so much easier and faster. The new pump returned the aged water to the tank in about a minute and a half. I have noticed the tank has a slight haze when I have finished making the water change. Does anyone know if this is extra dissolved oxygen or tiny bubbles and is it dangerous for the fish?
  5. Hi there..i have a 282 liter cement tank that my dad builed..it has been running for abt 2 months before i put in any fish..i have kept goldfish in the tank now for abt 2 months already and didnt have any problem until last night. i had 3 fish in there that had a wound and it started looking like it had an infection..so i added baktapor in the morning after a 30% water change and by night time i came back to a tank filled with almost dead fish swimming ontop covered with a white coat all over their body..i panic and quickly did a 50% water change and check the ph level..it was below 6!!! i had a ph crash!!! i quickly went online and did a quick research on how to increase ph as i couldnt go to any pet shop cause it was in the middle of the night. so i read that to add baking powder..i took a 500ml water bottle,filled it up with the tank water and added a teaspoon of baking powder,shaked it up and poured it in to the tank and tested ph again..did this until the ph went up...in the morning i bought a kh test kit and tested my tap water..it is at 35.8..and then at night i tested the ph levels in my tank water and again it crashed!! i just added baking powder and its stabilized. why is my ph crashing and what can i do to maintain ph in my tank??? thank you for taking your time to read this,would really appreciate some help
  6. I've been cycling my new 75 gallon tank for 8 days and I have some questions. I tested today and I started to get some nitrate but my ammonia and nitrite is 0. I'm currently using a canister filter with bio media along with filter floss and sponge. I also put in all tank decorations and gravel from my smaller tank to this one. If I'm just starting to see nitrate what's going to happen to my ammonia and nitrite? My Ph is also around 7.5. I haven't tested my tap water for anything but Ph and for that its 7.0. Should I introduce some ammonia to the tank to get things going?
  7. Today the three goldfish moved from their 20L tank to their 190L tank. Old tank (this was set up for ~3 weeks, daily water changes for the last 1-2 weeks of 30-50% after I learnt about ammonia) pH: 7.2-7.4 kH: 2/35.8ppm gH: 71.6ppm Ammonia: 0.5ppm New tank* (I added API tap water conditioner and API quick start) pH: 7.6 kH: 3/53.7ppm gH: 71.6ppm Ammonia: 0.25-0.5ppm (this was a surprise) So from what I can tell, the kH is way too low, and this causes the pH to drop over time? And it also drops over time when looking at the old tank and new tank figures (3 to 2)? Also the gH is not optimal either is it? I've read that you can add Epsom Salt to help with that. I've read about adding baking powder (mine's got rice flour and some other thing in it though), so would this be what I do? Can I do that with the fish in there (I've read that it causes a change in pH, so would I do it, but slowly?). Will getting Seachem Prime help with the ammonia that is apparently already in the tap water? I also have three pieces of driftwood which I have read may effect the pH (but fixing the kH will help with this, correct?). *(also the tap water parameters seeing as it only just got set up straight away) Lots of questions then! I hope you can help me . I feel like I need to go back in time and do Chemistry again!
  8. This may be a bit wordy, but I wanted to be sure to give as many details as possible to receive the best advice for my situation… In October (2012) my daughters went to a little carnival/fair type event with their Grandma and came home with a bagged goldfish in tow. (I specifically asked my mom not to do this as she had done it once before and that fish died about a day later as we had no way to sufficiently care for it, which I felt would be unfair to allow to happen to another fish). So there we were with a fish in a bag and no idea what to do with it. I filled a storage dish with water, acclimated the fish (about the only thing I knew to do properly) and released it into the container. We then went about explaining to our 4 year old as kindly as possible that “Goldie” would only be with us a few days because goldfish don’t live very long (I know, I know… I seriously had no clue…). Anyway, I did the best I could for someone with no knowledge, but every morning I woke up expecting Goldie to be floating lifeless in his/her little dish. And then another week went by… So by this time even I know there is no way this fish is happy in such a small dish so I found the largest container I could and moved him/her into this. I also decided to do some research into the care of goldfish… and that’s when my mind was blown! Seriously, I had NO idea… I’d only ever known one person who kept an aquarium (a roommate from my early twenties) and she was constantly rotating dead fish out of her tank and replacing them with new live ones (I have a giant list in my head now of all the things that weren’t right about that tank of hers- LOL). So yeah, it blew my mind to learn how large they can get and how long they can actually live under the proper conditions. In truth, I was overwhelmed by it all and my first thought was, “There is no way I can take this on.” So Goldie remained in her (still too small) container for another month with me still expecting to find him/her floating every morning. It may sound horrible, but I actually really resented that fish and the fact it kept hanging on. I couldn’t stand knowing it was suffering, but was also irritated that all the responsibility for it had fallen on me. And then something happened… I pretty much fell in love with that stubborn, spunky little thing. I went out and bought the largest tank I could afford/ had room for at the time (a 10 gallon), some accessories (gravel, plants, a small castle) which my girls picked out and the basic care items I had read I should get (things like food, Tetra AquaSafe, Jungle Start Zyme, net, gravel vacuum, etc). The tank itself came as a kit with a filter, small water heater and hood with lights. I read about cycling, but had no idea what was being said so I pretty much shot for the whole, “Do water changes” concept and went from there. Everything seemed to be going fine after that. Goldie became a different fish… from super lethargic to super swimmer, from not eating much to eating really well. Not to mention the fact that she grew over an inch the first couple of months in her new home! I figured all must be going well and I continued to do weekly water changes and bi-weekly filter cartridge changes. Then my tank got really murky and nothing seemed to be helping. Finally I decided that surely the tank must just need a really good cleaning. Uhm… by good cleaning, I mean this… I removed 90% of the water, all of the gravel (and cleaned it in non-conditioned tap water), all of the accessories (again, rinsed them with water straight from the tap), scrubbed all the sides and changed the filter cartridge (I had remembered reading somewhere to never scrub the build-up from the filter itself as this was part of a beneficial eco-system in the aquarium, so at least I didn’t do that). Then I refilled the tank with treated water (but not Start Zyme for some reason), replaced the gravel and decorations… and there you have it! My sparkling clean, but completely awful aquatic environment. Of course I didn’t know that at the time. A few weeks later I noticed that Goldie’s body looked terrible… the scales, the tail… I just knew something was wrong. So that’s when I went online looking for some answers and discovered she had the symptoms of ammonia poisoning. I immediately did a large water change to try to get the ammonia levels down. I then proceeded to do water changes every other day (with what I know after finding these forums I wish I had done them every day). Still, after a week of doing this I could tell she was looking much better. Then the black spots signifying healing showed up and I felt really relieved. I ended up finding my way to this website when I went online looking for every bit of information I could find to make sure my fish (yes, it’s MY fish now… just don’t tell my 4 year old) lives a long and healthy life. Since finding this site a few days ago this is what I have done/ found out… On Sunday my water tested 3.0 for ammonia (yikes) so I did a 40% water change. I also added Start Zyme to my tank after this to try to start cycling my tank (which I think I finally have an understanding of after finding an easy to grasp article on here). On Monday I did a 30% water change in the morning and in the evening my ammonia test came back with a .5 reading. Today (Tuesday) I again did a 30% water change. After waiting about an hour I did the ammonia test and also did a 5-in-1 strip test. My ammonia results were .25 and the 5-in-1 results are as follows: TANK Nitrate: safe (20) Nitrite: safe (0) Total Hardness: 75 (soft) Total Alkalinity: 40 (not good!) pH: 6.2 (not good!) I am a bit confused as to why my alkalinity and pH would be such a problem as every time I do a water change I not only use the AquaSafe water conditioner, but I also use the Easy Balance which is supposed to help with water chemistry and pH levels. Also, after reading some more in the forums, I thought maybe I should go ahead and test my tap water also, so here are those results: TAP Ammonia: 0 Nitrate: 0 (safe) Nitrite: 0 (safe) Total Hardness: 75 (soft) Alkalinity: 40 pH: 6.2 I know from reading other posts that the ideal is for ammonia to be at 0. I also understand that if my tank is cycling, I should soon be looking for the nitrite and then eventually the nitrate levels to increase (and then decrease over time with water changes and as the process progresses). I am concerned about the alkalinity and pH levels. If I had to guess, I’d say this pH and alkalinity are probably the same as they have always been in my tank. Should I be trying to raise them immediately? What is the best way (or product) to do this? I also know I desperately need to get a larger tank (40g minimum, but shooting for the 50-55 range) AND a better filter for Goldie. I am currently saving for this (we have just bought a home and are moving in a month so a larger tank isn’t possible until we have moved). I also plan on trying to cycle the new tank without my fish this time around. I am very concerned about Goldie making it through this upcoming move. She is already stressed and going through a tank cycling and if she survives the move she will basically have to start all over with going through another tank cycle. I will admit I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the Horror Story thread, but opted for here as it deals with water quality. (I still think it's quite a horror story though...). I really want to be the best fish mommy possible. I feel so bad that I have already made so many mistakes that have caused harm to Goldie. I would really love some advice and feedback on how to proceed and also possible products to use in the new tank. PS. Goldie is a beautiful little Comet!
  9. hello my API test kit arrived today, i've tested the water for the first time using these drops (used to use strips) and everything is normal apart from the PH which is 6 (i tested the tap water and it is about 7) what makes the PH drop please? and how do i fix it? is it just a case of water change? or do i need to buy a ph adjuster?
  10. So as some of you know I am very new to the hobby, I've seen some cycling videos on YouTube but of-course it was after I housed my little guys in their 55. So I am doing my water change today I do them every two days. I did the water test with the API test kit (not strips) Ph: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.25 (barely made this color on the tube so might be I bit lower) Nitrite: 1.0 Nitrate: 40ppm I am feeding new life spectrum 1mm sinking pellets, vegetables, and brine shrimp as treats Aqua clear 110 and ac70 Whisper 100 air pump with elite 3' bubble disk and elite square air fizz From the videos I've seen my reading don't seam right please help. Thank you in advance!
  11. I'm very interested in plants and their role in the aquarium. We say that fast-growing plants adsorb nitrate, but how much? How much do anubias adsorb? I want to know. So I'm thinking about doing a long-term experiment comparing a tank with plants to a tank with no plants. My biggest personal challenge is that I have to make space in the home for the tanks. Please read my idea and give feedback. I don't want to go through this unless the experiment sounds like it will be beneficial. My plan is to buy two identical 3 to 5 gallon tank kits with decent lighting. Right now, I'm leaning toward these: http://www.petsmart....%26amp%3B+Bowls I'd put an apple or mystery snail in each tank. In one tank, there would be no plants. In the other tank, I would add various plants. I would test the parameters of both tanks weekly to see if there are differences. I'd also like to test oxygen levels if that's not too difficult or expensive. I would try different plants for two months at a time -- one month dosing with fertilizers and a month with just the plant. Only one tank would have a plant, and I would be looking at the impact of the plant on water quality, not the growth of the plant. I would also watch the growth of the snails, but I'm mostly curious if plants really help with nitrates or the other things we test for. My questions are, is a single apple/mystery snail enough of a bioload in a 5.5 gallon tank? More space is better, but if the snails' load isn't enough to warrant a weekly water change, then I don't know if I could detect differences in parameters. Would a 3 gallon tank be better? Would a different animal be better? I would probably run the 5.5 with a slightly low water level. I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts and advice on this. Thanks!!
  12. I'm new to this site and literally have no clue what I'm doing so I really hope this works... I have my 2 goldfish in a 55 gallon tank. One of them, I'm pretty sure is a fantail and the other remains a mystery. Anyway, I have had both of them for a little over 1 year. The past couple of months they have had their dorsal fins down and don't seem to swim as much. The fantail sometimes does this "flapping" thing with his fins. Basically, he moves it up and down rapidly. It looks like he's trying to fly. My other fish occasionally does this too. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO? WATER CHEMISTRY: pH- 7.0 Ammonia- 0 Nitrites- 0 Nitrates- about 5-ish
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