• emme commented on the post, Tank Cycling 9 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Venus,
    I think the maximum time the fish will be in transport should be 1hour, likely less. My concern now is the Nitrate in the tank water used to transport them. You know I’m scarred from the last time. Will shallow tank water with Nitrate harm the fish? I noticed ammonia =0.1, Nitrite=0, Nitrate =10-20 so I’m cutting down on feeding and did…[Read more]

  • emme commented on the post, Tank Cycling 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Venus,
    Ammonia =0-0.1, Nitrite=0 and nitrate=5-10.
    KH=110, GH=160.

    I think it’s safe to say that the cycle is now complete?
    I am preparing to return the fish tank in the upcoming week.
    Now that the cycle is complete, how often should water changes be done? And how much water should be changed out? I am slowly transitioning back to f…[Read more]

  • emme commented on the post, Tank Cycling 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Venus,

    Just an update on the tank cycling. I’m feeding twice daily (peas in the evening, flakes in the morning).
    Ammonia =0.1, nitrite=0.1, nitrate=5, KH=100, GH=180.
    Still doing water changes of 15%. I’ve reduced Prime dose to cover just the amount of water I’m adding because the parameters seem ok. Since the water parameters are consi…[Read more]

  • So, the worst happened and the black-tail fish succumbed to nitrate poisoning.
    I found its body curled against the pump sponge today in the tank. I regret waiting last night and no taking it out of the tank sooner. I’m not sure how long it will survive now? It looked like it was having difficulty staying conscious and when it tried to move, its…[Read more]

  • Ok, I’ll back off on the h202 and water changes for now. I’ll feed small amounts of flakes again, yes. Though I really only started peas 2 days ago.
    I’ve used h202 for around 3days now. If I stop using it tonight and tomorrow and start your remedies on Sunday, will that be too much h202?
    I’m noticing that all 3 fish kind of bottom-sit/linger…[Read more]

  • Parameters:
    Ammonia=0, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=5
    KH=80, GH=200.

    Wondering if Nitrate shock can do permanent damage (e.g. to organs)? Do you think this fish will need daily water changes from now on? Or should it recover after the remedies?

  • Hmm..
    When I got home tonight, that fish was bottom sitting again. I’m thinking because the h202 wore off? I’m adding 10mL in the evening. Perhaps I should do 10mL twice daily? Morning and Evening? Is that too much for a 5gallon tank?

  • Somehow this morning, that fish pulled through! I do think it was the h2O2!
    I was beginning to lose hope in the water changes. Will continue tonight! And excited to get the remedies on Saturday 😀

  • Update:

    The black tail fish is very weak. It’s stuck to the gravel as low as possible far from the pump. When it moves it’s because the pump is too strong and pulling it toward the pump sometimes. It swims to stop itself from being sucked toward the pump. I turned the pump strength down to half so it can at least sit on the gravel. It seems to…[Read more]

  • Hi Venus,

    I measured ammonia=0.1, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=10-20, KH=70, GH=280 today.

    Now that you mention shallow water, it makes a lot of sense. I really do think that it was me taking the black tail fish out of the tank and placing it in the shallow tub that caused it to bottom-sit now 🙁
    Maybe even more so than the Nitrate levels which are…[Read more]

  • Hi Venus,

    The black fan tail has been bottom-sitting for the last 2 days (yesterday and today).
    Given the tank readings (ammonia=0-0.1, nitrite=0, nitrate=10-20).
    It appears that it is super sensitive to nitrate?
    How many water changes should I perform tonight? how much water should I change out? How much Prime should I add? And do I add…[Read more]

  • The idea of removing each fish daily and placing them back in the tank is very stressful for me. I’d rather add something to the tank and remove with water changes. But would that affect the cycling we have just established? There was a bit of salt in there before but low levels. Can I buy garlic juice at a grocery store? What do you recommend, Venus?

  • The fish sometimes swim with their bodies touching the sides of the glass. Sometimes they swim up and down the glass walls. Perhaps at their reflection? Do they notice those? I’m not sure if that is normal or if it’s rubbing/scratching? Another fish has tiny dots on the ends in its tail but I don’t know if they’re significant because they’re…[Read more]

  • Would there be any harm if I treat the tank out of precaution if there are no parasites there? Also, what do you think about spot treating with salt paste on just the area?

  • Update:

    I scooped the fish into a container of its tank water and used a cotton swab to touch the white triangle. To be honest, the growth looks like a skin protrusion. It’s translucent white in color, and is solid, and cannot be removed. The tip of it is more of an opaque white. It’s like a rhino horn LOL. When the fish opens its mouth, the…[Read more]

  • I’ve never scooped up a fish into a container before… I’ll use a small bowl and a net?
    Since the white dot is on the lip of the fish, do Zi have to hold the fish in order to get the cotton swab in Place 🙁

    This makes me worry for our pond fish because the water parameters are good but this still happened sigh…
    What does it mean if the sol…[Read more]

  • Venus,

    The tank is still with me (maybe for a few more days?) and I’ve been performing water changes every other day these days. I measured water parameters as follows today:
    Ammonia=0.1, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=10.
    KH=90. GH=60. PH=7.5
    Looks like the cycle has completed?!
    Due to the low GH, I placed a new Wonder Shell in there. The packaging s…[Read more]

  • emme commented on the post, Tank Cycling 11 months ago

    Definitely Wonder Shells due to the packaging. I’ve bought enough of these for the pond to know… but I think i’ll just use them for the pond

  • emme commented on the post, Tank Cycling 11 months ago

    I’m just going to hold off on the coral since the tank is leaving in 2 days and it’s too big of a risk. Was thinking of sending some baking soda/wondershells off with the tank but I’m thinking it may be too risky given that the water won’t been tested for KH/GH.
    I’ll do what I can while the fish are here…

  • emme commented on the post, Tank Cycling 11 months, 1 week ago

    The brand is WonderShell based on the packaging as I’ve bought them several times before for the pond. I did buy these from Amazon though hmm….

    I’ve been buffering with soda so I don’t know if the shells are doing anything to KH.

    By the way, when browsing online I learned of crushed coral gravel. Since I’m using sea shells, might as well…[Read more]

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