Water changing problem solved!!
So, a week ago, Amanda had a severely burned tail and redness all over her tail area. I was sure it was septicemia and that she was hemorrhaging and that I needed to start treating her with Maracyn 2. Fortunately, the pet supply store was closed, and I found this forum. I was made aware of so many things, most importantly, that it was the condition of my tank water that had caused Amanda to have nitrite poisoning, not septicemia. I followed the instructions given to me, including studying the 10 steps, which frankly, make me want to say, “I’m Kathy, and I’m a recovering goldfish abuser.” I have posted before and after pics of Amanda which were taken one week apart.
As I began properly cycling my tank, in accordance with the steps, I ran into a big problem…….buckets. I can’t lift them. My tank is pretty far from any water source. I was using my python for gravel cleaning and refilling, but I learned that using tap water for refills is a very bad idea. For three days I used the buckets. Ouch!!! Then I read an article (posted by Shadow) who had a pretty elaborate set up for keeping her water for refills. That was a bit too much for my simple head to handle. But my husband, the tinkerer, and I came up with a pretty simple solution that took just minutes to set up once we had the supplies.
Changing goldfish water
We have a 55 gal tank. Daily water changes of 20% require about 11 gallons of clean, aged and treated water. I bought a 13.5 gal. trash can from Wally World. I got a submersible pump that pumps 264 gal./hr. which is plenty, from Harbor Freight for $20, 10 ft of vinyl tubing and some little bungie cords. I already had a power strip with an on/off button on it.
We set the trash can to the side of the tank, put the submersible pump in with the 10 ft. of tubing attached. I bungied the power strip to the side leg of the aquarium stand to make it easy to turn on and off and that’s it. We have a python with 50 feet of tubing. First, I take some (a little) tank water and put it a bucket for use in rinsing the filter sponges and plants. Then I do my gravel vac into the sink. Then put the new water hose into the tank, turn it on and presto!!!! Tank fills back up with nice fresh aged water, and at a good pace, not too fast. Then after running some clean water from the faucet through the python, I use it to refill the trash can with conditioner for use the next day.
Goldfish water changes