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RobinML7
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PostPosted: 2011.02.10(Thu)11:46    Post subject: Goldfish Help Reply with quote

Hi Everyone

I think I know what I need to do to make my goldfish better but I wanted to see what others thought.

I have a 29g tank, three goldfish, two comets and a calico one. I do use aquarium salt no heater, there water is usually about 72. The last week or so they have just been sitting mid way in the tank, not coming to the top to eat, but I have seen them eating when it got to the bottom.

I know two have fin rot and I've been treating that with Metaflix which works very well.

I tested the water and this is what I have for readings, I'm pretty sure I have to bring up my GH/KH but I wanted to check. I vacuuming their gravel every two days and do about a 30% water change every three.

GH - 30
KH - 0
pH - 6
No2 - 0
No1 - 40

Am I doing something wrong - they have grown pretty big I don't want to lose them Sad

Thanks
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.02.10(Thu)12:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop adding aquarium salt. As you have no way to measure the concentration salinity could be high.

What filter do you have & how do you maintain it?

I would add a two teaspoons of sodium bicarbonate at the next water change.


Can you test a sample of tap water that has sat in a glass for 12 hours please?

How long has the tank been set up?
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RobinML7
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PostPosted: 2011.02.10(Thu)13:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay I'll take the salt out when I get home. We have a Tetra Whisper and I change the filter probably every two weeks depending on how bad it is, when I change it I risen the rest of the filter. We have had the tank set up since the first week in December.

They were doing good happy until this last week or so.

I'll do the glass of water tonight and let you know.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.02.10(Thu)13:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just don't add any more salt. Let it dilute naturally as you do water changes. What water conditioner are you using & what decor is in the tank?

It sounds like you over rinse the filter and are getting ammonia spikes - hence the fin rot.

Which model is the filter?

How are you rinsing?
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RobinML7
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PostPosted: 2011.02.10(Thu)14:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diademhill sorry the tetra filter is in my other tank, the 29g has an Aquatech 20-40 power filter - AT20-40.

I usually use Jungle Start Right for the water conditioner. I usually just rinse the black filter thing that goes in front of the filter and I check were the water comes up through the pump area to see if it has collected stuff, usually just those two things.

I have one xlarge plant, one medium and a very small one, and I have one decoration stone thing that they can go into.

Thanks for you help
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.02.10(Thu)14:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

How are you rising the filter pads?

The carbon can be left out - it is only needed after medication as it will remove chemicals otherwise you don't need it.

The conditioner you are using is not the best. Seachem prime, Nutrafin aqua plus or Haloex are better (& cheaper to use)

You could get a cuttlefish bone (as sold for cage birds) and break small bits into the filter.
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RobinML7
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PostPosted: 2011.02.10(Thu)17:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rise it off in the water I'm putting in the tank.

Okay so I'm going to take out the carbon filter and replace it with the cuttlefish bone, how much bone should I use?

My husband bought new water conditioner he bought the brand API is that any good?

so if I do all this will the water levels adjust?

Thank you again for your help I really appreciate it
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.02.11(Fri)3:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

The API water conditioner is Sodium thiosulphate and is effective.
Do be careful with the dosage as it is more concentrated than you are used to.
( the ones with too many additives can cause problems down the line )


As long as the water you clean the filters with is dechlorinated that is fine - they don't need scrubbing but just a swish round to clear any sediment out.

Cuttlefish "bone " is calcium carbonate and if broken to gravel ie. lots of surface area, it will help up the tank's hardness in a steady manor.

Try a piece the size of your thumb - put it in a poly bag & smash it.
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KhiaraFish
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PostPosted: 2011.02.11(Fri)9:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have an ammonia reading on the tank? How long ago was it cycled?
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