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  • The bumps look like little pimples?? Not too terribly noticeable, but def not the smoothness she used to have. Also seems her coloration is slightly faded in patches. My goal is to see her return to her normal colorful happy self. It’s a quandary, but I’m going to work towards that.

  • No salt bath as of yet. Was going to try it today but I’d like to get a small tank, so I’ll get that today, along w/a thermometer.

    They’re looking well this morning, but they always seem to be best in the morning. Well, the older I get, that’s my best time of day, too! LOL

    So if I pour the salt bath water back into the aquarium, could I…[Read more]

    • Yes, it stinks; that’s for sure, but that’s the sulfur you’re smelling. Water treatment is a combination of chemicals that can be dangerous for fish if overused. It converts toxins to a safe form, but doesn’t eliminate them. You’ll still get a precise reading when testing. This is were the trouble starts. The fish keeper may think the toxin is still harming the fish, using more and more water treatment in an effort to eliminate the toxin

      If you have any reading for ammonia or nitrite, you should be using water treatment to convert. If your cycle is complete, you won’t get a reading for either toxin. Ammonia is the first toxin to form, and is created from the waste your fish produce. The ammonia attracts beneficial bacteria; it’s their food source. The convert the ammonia into nitrites. When nitrites is present another type of friendly bug comes along to feed on it, converting it into nitrates, the third and final toxin to be converted in the cycle. Unless you have algae or another plant that feeds on nitrates, they will be present; this is normal

      However, if your fish have been poisoned by nitrates, meaning the levels were too high for too long, it may be beneficial to reduce levels, but doing so can cause a spike if it’s not done properly. Exchanging too much water at one time upsets the balance. The water you remove contains the food source for beneficial bacteria. Ammonia and nitrites are being converted as the toxins are being produced

      Yes, Amquel Pluse converts nitrates as well as ammonia and nitrite, but just how much is unclear. We know that a single dose converts 2. ppm of ammonia and nitrite, so it’s likely that 10 ppm of nitrates will be converted by the same amount. Problem is, we don’t know if a single dose will convert 2.ppm of ammonia and nitrite, as well as 10 ppm of nitrates. It will probably take more to get the job done. You can use up to two doses per water change safely. This is why we don’t depend on the water treatment to convert nitrates

      Since the nitrates are really low, there’s nothing to worry about. I would say your fish will feel fine with nitrate readings of 5 to 10 ppm; just keep them consistently at these levels. What could be dangerous is allowing nitrates to rise, and then performing a large water change. Exchange small amounts more often

      Be consistent with water changes and feeding for a consistent cycle. Avoid over cleaning pumps and filters. Rinse sponges in old tank water regularly, not inconsistently

      I’m not sure if you’ve read the 10 steps; maybe not, but please do. You’ll learn all about the cycle, and how to perform a safe water change

    • The bumps; are they raised areas or just discoloration? Have you given the salt bath? Were you able to examine the fish more closely?

      It’s really hard to say without more info. From the photos it’s hard to say. It’s very possible the meds are the source. The little bumps on the fins are commonly seen in older fish, and nothing to worry about

      The droopy tail fin or a collapsed dorsal fin indicates the fish isn’t feeling well. I noticed her dorsal was up mostly. All fish pull their fins close to the body periodically. The fins are like a cat’s tail, giving away its emotions, which goldfish have, just like our other pets

      The sunken area may be due to weight loss. Maybe the fish isn’t eating well lately. High nitrates cause fish to lose their appetites. I think it will be feeling better in no time at all

      • No salt bath as of yet. Was going to try it today but I’d like to get a small tank, so I’ll get that today, along w/a thermometer.

        They’re looking well this morning, but they always seem to be best in the morning. Well, the older I get, that’s my best time of day, too! LOL

        So if I pour the salt bath water back into the aquarium, could I possibly mess up the cycle I’ve got going? Also going to see if they have a Nitrite/Nitrate test. My ammonia test only shows the total of all three in the color palette ranging from yellow to green. It’s consistently in the yellow for a few days now, but the strip test shows the nitrite/ nitrate. I’m really happy to see zero nitrite and a tinge of nitrate. So it seems the cycle is beginning. Going to keep close eye on this daily.

        Another thing concerning me is the vibration of the pump, although it is rather quiet, I can feel the vibration on their tank, and this is new to them. Put my hand on the glass and it is humming along w/the pump. I am rather pleased with the size and action of this pump, could be a little stronger, but in your experience are there pumps out there that do not give off any vibration in a tank? This does sit on rubber feet, but that things are not built in. I wasn’t happy when I tried to re-position and all the feet stuck to the floor! (then the pump was running and went outside the tank for a moment, I did this twice! Ug) so I’m not sure if it’s because of these puny detachable rubber feet.
        Most of the pumps advertise how quiet they are, but quiet vs vibrate kinda go hand in hand. The ads for the pumps are always in their favor, but I think one would have to be the judge of that in person and trying out lots of different pumps is not feasible. So do you know of one that is tried and true w/low vibration? This one is made by LifeGard. Quiet One 800.

        I fed them some peas this morning. Gina eats what’s slowly falling, but the other two, if they don’t catch it they scrounge the bottom, but Gina doesn’t do this at all. She sure used to, at least before this whole meltdown. This is another symptom of feeling unwell, I guess. I did see slight improvement after medication, but the water quality had to be built back up. I thought this would resolve, but seem to have taken a step back, mostly for her. Yes, I do realize you use all natural remedies, which I like alot. Everything is pure. But i must admit there’s a side of me that does believe in the medication because it has gotten me through a couple illnesses of fin rot, and years ago the big orange one got popeye. They resolved from Maracyn II, but I do actually consider the instance as being ‘lucky’ because I know they’re poison. I used the minimum application, never over-dosing, but rather undercutting since my gallon size didn’t equal the exact dose. But THIS time, using the Marycyn was a shock to them all and caused a really bad situation, so I opted for the Kanaplex/Metroplex and it did seem to pull them all out. Except Gina. She’s kinda going backwards, so yes, I want to try the salt bath, and yes, I do believe in natural therapies too, but I never really knew of any! Like Garlic? Ha, I would’ve never known!

        I will be back later after I go shopping. Thank you!

      • The bumps look like little pimples?? Not too terribly noticeable, but def not the smoothness she used to have. Also seems her coloration is slightly faded in patches. My goal is to see her return to her normal colorful happy self. It’s a quandary, but I’m going to work towards that.

    • Yes, whatever the cause of the bumps, we should see an improvement, unless the bumps are ich of course. If this is the case, try the garlic and salt combined; very powerful. Garlic destroys bad bacteria and parasites, while enhancing the health of the fish. No matter what type of bad bug you’re dealing with; past or present, they all prefer water low in value; poor in quality. Since the value of your water is excellent right now, bad bugs will have a hard time getting a foothold

      Oxygen destroys bad bugs on contact, and they can’t build resistance. The frayed fins were due to bad bugs in the water. You wouldn’t have needed the meds if your water had been properly oxygenated. Oxygenated water improves the immunity of the fish and the environment it lives in. The chemicals in the meds you used does the very opposite; destroying a healthy
      environment

      Using water treatment, remedies or salts will not injure friendly bugs. These things help to create a healthier environment that the fish and the friendly bugs thrive in

    • Should warn you that some websites recommend using salt all of the time, but salt is stressful to the organs, and should be used in moderation, and only when needed. Bad bugs quickly build an immunity to it, and it becomes pointless. People use it in an effort to control bad bacteria, but what they don’t know; oxygenated water is the key. This is why our rivers and ponds are healthy. The water is oxygenated

    • Stringy pooh is the sign of a poor diet. You’re feeding peas? Remove the shells, dry the peas on a paper towel, and then marinate them in garlic water. Just chop up a clove, and pour 1 ounce of tank water over the garlic. Let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours. Pour the aged garlic water over the peas. I would feed nothing but for five to 10 days. Let’s see if that helps. If not, we’ll need to cleanse the tract

      Some pumps are louder than others. Pick up a flat aquarium (black) filter sponge, and place beneath the pump to quiet it. Rinse this sponge every time you rinse out the one on the pump

  • They’re approx 8 years old. The problem with the imperfections is they’ve only become noticeable after this episode of illness. We went out today and when I returned I noticed Gina was taking a stringy poop. I was preparing to feed them, and as I was doing this Gina began to dart across the tank a few times like a torpedo. I have seen her doing…[Read more]

  • OK great. Will do. Will have to do later this evening. They seem to be “ok” this morning. Still not their normal selves, but it seems after a good nights sleep they all look good in the morning. I’ve never done a salt bath so I will find your instructions. What about adding salt to the tank? Did you notice the lumpy side of Gino? Haha, Crystal is…[Read more]

  • Gino’s tail also looks kinda droopy.

  • Well the pump came in and has been running for a couple days now and the water looks VERY clear! I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on all parameters and things are consistently staying on the good side. Nitrate is the only thing that registers on the stick and it’s very light pink, and the Ammonia test tube is pure yellow, no tinge of green. So…[Read more]

    • Venus replied 1 week ago

      Looks good to me

    • Well the pump came in and has been running for a couple days now and the water looks VERY clear! I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on all parameters and things are consistently staying on the good side. Nitrate is the only thing that registers on the stick and it’s very light pink, and the Ammonia test tube is pure yellow, no tinge of green. So water quality is definitely looking up.

      I know things can’t change overnight, well sometimes they do, but I just feel as if my fish, especially the colorful one (Gino) w/one bulging eye, are just not ‘well’. Something is bothering them all and I cannot pinpoint it. The spots of white on their tail bug me. Gino is not so smooth looking on one side of his body, and even though he’s swimming around better, no longer sinking or sitting on the bottom, just seems to get around like he’s just unwell feeling. There are times when he looks like he’s getting better, but then that goes away when I see the slower movement and clamped fin. His fin doesn’t stay clamped but he just does it in a way that’s not his normal self. Like he’s just moseying along. The white one, at times, goes into episodes of chasing him around and I can’t stop it.

      When I read about fish diseases with these white spots, they all talk about ich, but it’s not all over the body, just on the tail, maybe a hint on the dorsal. I do have Paraguard by Seachem but the water is so nice right now I’m afraid to screw it up, but I can’t help but wonder if I should try it. I made a video of them tonight. Maybe you can check it out to see what I’m seeing.

      Cycling the tank…. at what point do I know this has happened? When ZERO nitrates show?

    • Gino’s tail also looks kinda droopy.

    • Don’t be tempted to use meds. It’s not the solution. I can’t say it’s not ich, but it seems unlikely unless you’ve introduced a new fish or plant this past year. Yes, it could take a year to notice.

      It’s possible you had a little ammonia previously, and the fish was burned, explaining the clamped fins. The only reason a fish behaves like this is because it’s been burned by ammonia or KH. The pain typically outlasts the ammonia spike, if this is the case, however, most fish clamp the dorsal fin as well. Have you seen this?

      Older fish sometimes develop little white bumps on their tail and dorsal fins. This could be what you’re seeing. They’re not really warts, and they don’t spread to other fish. Normally you’ll see these bumps on the very edge of the fins. It wouldn’t hurt to perform a garlic remedy. All the fish will benefit healthy wise, and if by chance you have ich, it destroys the parasite, but it takes two or three treatments

      The white fish is a male. The males chase the females until they become exhausted and tire. Then they bump against them in excitement. This action causes the eggs to be released. Nature taking her course. It seems harsh, but without the males, the females can become impacted

      It’s true recovery takes time, but there’s nothing wrong with be concerned about them. You know them, and you know when they don’t feel well

      I would give the fish a salt bath. This will give you a chance to get a closer look, and if it is ich, the salt should destroy them. With all the meds you’ve used recently, I find it hard to believe the ich could survive

      You know your tank is cycled, when there’s a healthy levels of nitrates, with zero ammonia and nitrites, as these two toxins are being converted as they’re being created

      Stick with the salt bath, not a salt tonic, as salt is stressful, and it would be best to avoid using anything that could cause stress to the organs

      While the fish is in the bath, get a close up pic of the bumps if possible

      • OK great. Will do. Will have to do later this evening. They seem to be “ok” this morning. Still not their normal selves, but it seems after a good nights sleep they all look good in the morning. I’ve never done a salt bath so I will find your instructions. What about adding salt to the tank? Did you notice the lumpy side of Gino? Haha, Crystal is a boy – wow, thought it was a girl because her tail is shorter, but now I realize she’s a different type of goldfish, so I was wondering! That would mean Gino is a Gina? LOL I have always wondered if I had that backwards!
        The pond pump has absolutely made a difference in water quality. It is so much clearer in just a matter of a few days. The nitrite level looks to be zero, and ammonia in the test tube is pure yellow, but the nitrate on the stick is very pale pink. So something is going on, seems to be positive. Now if they would just react to good water conditions :
        Thank you!

    • How old did you say the fish are? I’ve looked at the video long and hard. I see imperfections, common with older fish, just like dogs and cats and ourselves as well. The young are seemingly perfect, but as we age, we get wrinkles and warts; so do animals

      I’m not saying there’s nothing to be concerned about; there is, but, you’re addressing these concerns with excellent water; the key to great health. It took time for your fish to become unhealthy. They started life with excellent health, and over the years living in water less than what it should be, their health deteriorated

      Even though I truly believe all of the fish will soon begin to thrive in the environment you’re creating, there’s no reason you can’t do a few extra things for them. You could buy some Epsom salts, and give them a magnesium boost; very beneficial. Premix 1 tablespoon of Espom per 10 gallons of tank water in a cup of warmed tank water. Add to freshwater before a water change

      For the bath, add 1 tablespoon of aquarium safe salt to 1 gallon of tank water. Dissolve salt in a cup of warm tank water. Here’s how I do it. I catch up the fish using a gallon container. I add the salt solution gradually, pouring it slowly and all around, mixing with a hand. Water should be 72 to 74f for bath. The cup of warm salt water will warm it a little more which is beneficial. Leave the fish in the bath for three minutes. If it tilts during the bath, return it home, and it will make a speedy recovery. I’ve never had this happen; maybe it’s a myth. lol

      Didn’t see the lump you were referring to. Describe lump and where it’s located

      Our remedies were designed just for this situation. The water issue resolved, but now the fish need a boost

      Release fish and the bath water into fish house if you haven’t salted recently

      • They’re approx 8 years old. The problem with the imperfections is they’ve only become noticeable after this episode of illness. We went out today and when I returned I noticed Gina was taking a stringy poop. I was preparing to feed them, and as I was doing this Gina began to dart across the tank a few times like a torpedo. I have seen her doing this before but it’s not regular, it’s seldom. I’ve been hoping to not see that anymore so was disappointed I witnessed it again because it concerns me. I feel like she needs ‘help’ but I don’t know what to do. So anyway, after the darting, the stringy poop fell off and she swam normally. One thing I have noticed in past couple days, even though the water is better, she’s taken on this droopy tail swim. The other two have their tails wide but she’s just kinda droopy looking. The clamped fins isn’t regular, but occasional, like she’s getting sick again even though the water is improving greatly, daily. It’s almost as if it all started when the water got better!

        So the salt bath, I’ll need to get a thermometer tomorrow. I used to have a floating one but I can’t find it. Now when I’m done I should return the fish to the aquarium and pour the salted water into the aquarium? I’ll also buy a small tank to do these baths. I do have Aquarium Salt, a small pint. I do have some ‘people’ 100% pure epsom salt (nothing else, no fragrance, nothing) so I do have that on hand. Should I try epsom salt in the tank concurrently with Aq Salt?

        What do you think about stringy poop? I did read that on your site somewhere, I have to find it. I’ve noticed regular poop, but stringy poop is occasional. Maybe she has a digestive problem?

        I will make a separate post and get a screen shot of the lumpy profile.
        Thank you!

    • Yes, release the fish and the water back into the aquarium after the bath. Be sure to examine the bumps during the bath, and report back

      I wonder if because the fish haven’t been well, you’re paying super close attention, and noticing the small things? Maybe not, but my old fish have all developed those bumps I see on her tail fin and dorsal fin

      I think the meds may be to blame for some of these issues. Meds are not meds at all, unless you purchased from a vet. They’re dangerous chemicals that all too often push fish suffering from issues caused by bad water over the edge. Many a fish will die from chemical poisoning. Water treatment can be lumped in this same category, but it’s the lesser of two evils

      You may not have noticed yet, but we preach all natural here on this site. It’s a difficult goal to reach, but if I remember correctly, you’re on well water, so you’re one of the few that can avoid the use of it altogether. Once you get over this spike, let’s work towards an all natural ecosystem

  • Marsha commented on the post, Bulging Eye 1 week, 1 day ago

    What did I confess to? LOL!!

    I do have Prime, but WOW does it stink! When I first bought it, it did not stink, but P-U! I haven’t used it for couple weeks now. I was using it when I did the entire water change. Then I was standing at the sink with the bottle open and I was like OMG what is that smell. I looked in the sink. Dumped out a pan,…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Bulging Eye 1 week, 1 day ago

    Can I insert an image in this post? Or do I have to create a new post?

  • Marsha commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 1 day ago

    I’m the same. Love me some toads, LOL : ) Every spring we have hundreds if not thousands of baby toads. We have to sift out the string of pearls and take them to the creek. Somehow though we miss a few strands. The first spring we were here they were everywhere and I couldn’t mow for months. It was agonizing. We tip toed everywhere.
    Yep those…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Bulging Eye 1 week, 1 day ago

    Yes, I believe the two are comets and one white one is a regular goldfish, but she too has a nice tail, so maybe she is a comet, IDK. They came from the pond I told you about. We moved here 8 or so years ago and it was quite jungle-like. After moving away all the overgrowth we considered to start it up again. It was two ponds connected with a…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 1 day ago

    HAHA, I have to wonder too! Now if a pond is loaded with the lily pads, then maybe that’s where it comes from. Easy to choose from but not much choice. These frogs are really large. I doubt a lily would hold them. I’ve noticed that in the spring the females come along and there’s about 6 or 7 total. After the courting season is over, they do…[Read more]

  • Marsha commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 2 days ago

    No we don’t. Years ago we put some floaty fake ones in there but they didn’t get used.

    • Your fish are really extraordinary. Are they comets? It’s very unusual for goldfish to keep their spots. Most turn one color or another within a year or two. Their tails are spectacular

      In almost every case, what is wrong with the fish is wrong with the water. The medications you see at the pet shop are dangerous chemicals that amplify the problem by destroying the beneficial bacteria that create the nitrogen cycle. These friendly bugs live in our filters and pumps, so never clean. If they slow or clog, swoosh them around in a bucket of old tank water

      The red strips you see are caused by nitrite poisoning, the second toxin in the cycle; produced by nitrifying bacteria. We call em friendly bugs because they create a safe environment. The so called meds you caused a spike in the cycle. After the list you say you went through, I’m surprised you have a cycle at all. It happens more often than not; the fish look poorly, so the fish keeper goes racing to the pet shop for a fix, making matter worse. What your fish need is excellent water. The question is, how do get it

      Excellent videos by the way. I noticed one fish swimming around, that stopped short, and went to the bottom for a few moments. It’s been effected by nitrates, the third and final toxin in the cycle. Nitrates and nitrites both rob the blood of oxygen, but the end result is different for some reason or another. In this case, I think nitrates were too high, and a large water change was performed. This causes a condition I call nitrate shock. Fish in water with high nitrates need deep water, as this relieves the pressure caused by nitrates. During the water change the fish were in shallow water no doubt

      From now on, exchange less water more often. I exchange water three times a week instead of the standard once a week water change. This keeps nitrates consistently low. No matter if you exchange water three times a week or once a week, exchange only 5% at a time. The trick is to keep the water table as high as possible

      Fish that have been injured by nitrates or nitrites require heavily oxygenated water; this, not meds, is the only cure

      My thoughts are, most of your issues are a result of nitrates rising too high, and water low in mineral value; low in oxygen

      I’m glad to hear you ordered the pump. Until it arrives, I want you to perform this method of oxygenating water twice a day. Push a pitcher deep into the tank filling it with water. Bring it up and pour it back in. Repeat the action 10 times, as this will remove the Co2 that builds up in the water, keeping oxygen from entering. The pond pump you’ve ordered provides the necessary action needed to remove Co2 (carbon dioxide) a gas created from the waste your fish create. It fills a body of water, keeping oxygen from entering

      In order for water to be oxygenated, the surface must be exposed to fresh air, so if your tank is enclosed, remove the top, and don’t replace it. Water is oxygenated by method of diffusion. Moving water pulls oxygen from the air, and at the same time, Co2 is pulled from the water and released into the air. This is why moving water is all important, but of course, the right kind of movement. Pond pumps pull water from the bottom, where the gas accumulates, and pushes it to the surface where the gases are expelled

      Last, but not least, we need to examine carbonate mineral value; KH. This mineral gives water the ability to support the oxygen molecule. In other words, it makes oxygen soluble for our fish to utilize. In your case, the fish will benefit from level of 120 to 140 ppm. It’s possible you have healthy levels, but Co2 is dragging oxygen levels down

      Test pH in your tap and tank water to compare the two; post results here. I can get a pretty good idea if your KH is too low, and also if the oxygen levels are low in your tank by examining these readings. pH is a combined measurement of both oxygen and carbonate mineral, with the latter being responsible for how alkaline or acidic your water is

      Would like to see KH, pH and GH readings. GH (general hardness) is magnesium and calcium. Both are valuable minerals your fish need for longevity; for good health. Most of have healthy calcium levels, with low magnesium. If your test results are low, we’ll discuss how to buffer

      Also, let’s see ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings; see what the cycle is doing. The last thing your fish need now is another spike in the cycle. Keep a close watch on these readings for the next few weeks. The goal for ammonia and nitrite of course is zero. Let’s keep nitrates at 10 to 20 ppm by performing small and frequent water changes

      Until we get your water quality where it should be, lower the temps to 64f by chilling tank water in the fridge. Goldfish use less oxygen in colder water. Reducing temps buys time because they’re cold blooded. They become dormant in cold temperatures

      I have a theory about bulging eye. I believe it’s caused by pressure in water that isn’t properly oxygenated. Other so called experts blame it on infection, but that doesn’t really make sense, as infection makes its presence known in other ways. I think you’ll see a great improvement in your fish once we get things right with the water

      • Yes, I believe the two are comets and one white one is a regular goldfish, but she too has a nice tail, so maybe she is a comet, IDK. They came from the pond I told you about. We moved here 8 or so years ago and it was quite jungle-like. After moving away all the overgrowth we considered to start it up again. It was two ponds connected with a stream and a little bridge over the middle. We got the pump all hooked up and it ran great. So I went to Petsmart and bought 17 feeder goldish. LOL, I’m sorry, that was a lot but they were little! (I feel like I already told this story but I can’t find it) but anyway, they did great all through the winter which I was worried about and they continued to thrive through another winter and into the next summer. Till that fateful day my daughter won a gold fish at the fair and when we put it in, it looked droopy, stayed droopy for two days and it died. I just tossed it out. Well the next day ALL of my fish were sick and dying one after the other! I freaked out. 6 survived. I have no idea what that fish had that infected them. It was so terrible though because they had become my little friends. So I set up my old 29 gallon and treated them in the house. 4 survived the long haul. I never did put them back outside. The next year we took out the connecting pond, now it’s just one large pond and it’s had frogs in there ever since. A few years later, number 4 died overnight. No warning. She was my favorite too, she had “lipstick’ and very colorful. So these three here have been hangin’ with me since. I felt they needed a slightly bigger tank so I got the 36. I wanted the 50 but didn’t have wall space for it.

        So that’s their history with me. I have read your reply with great interest and I’m really on board with doing all the focus on water quality. I do have well water so I don’t have to worry about the chlorine and other contaminants.
        I just go through lifting and pulling the water with the pitcher. What a great idea. They were looking a bit sleepy, now they’re swimming all around. I have actually been going into their tank for about 5 days now and swooshing the water up to the top, cupping it with my hand and swishing the water all around. They do seem to like that. I wish that pump would just get here! Too bad Amazon doesn’t have just the one I’d want. I used to have a great one that I supplements the pond with. You just pulled the back end off, inside was a sponge with lots of holes and it sure did keep that pond clear. But I have no idea where the thing is.

        OK – here is the reading from my test strip right now at 4:30 pm

        No3 – is 40 or 80!!! OMG, I haven’t seen this high ever! and I’ve been using these strips for weeks! Is it possibly because I shook up the water w/the pitcher, and now the real numbers are coming through??
        No2 – is .5? Maybe zero
        pH – looks high now! maybe 9. It’s usually 7.5 or 8, more orangish on the test strip now it looks red.
        KH – is 120
        GH – is between 120 or 180. Looks more purplish than blue.

        pH from the tap is 7.5 or 8 I used the test tube

        Now I just used my test tube ammonia and the sucker turned green!

        As I freaked out doing these tests I did a 20% water change (I have a line drawn on my tank) and now my Ammonia test tube now reads yellow.

        I’m sorry, I know that is not per your instructions, you said 5%, but wow, I’ve never seen these numbers before! Is this what you refer to as a spike? Could swishing up the water really get more of a true reading than just taking some water off the top with regular filter flow?

        I’d like to put up some pics, but I don’t see how to do that. What should I do about the Nitrate? I redid another test strip and it still looks the same as the first. The only thing different is the Ammonia test tube is turning up yellow now rather than green.
        Thank you

    • Can I insert an image in this post? Or do I have to create a new post?

    • Do you have Prime or Amquel plus on hand? These are the water treatments that convert ammonia and or nitrite to a safe form. Pick up a jug if not

      The nitrates were too high, but performing a fast water change can cause more harm than good. Reduce nitrates gradually by performing small and frequent water changes. Keeping that water table high could keep them from going into shock. If they’re activity remained the same; if they press to the bottom during or after the change, no harm done

      It’s really cool that you confessed; most don’t. lol

      Great KH readings, and the GH aren’t half bad. A GH reading of 200 to 400 is the goal, so you won’t need to buffer, but you could as a tonic now and then. Use pure Epsom salts (magnesium) for raising GH

      Your pH looks fair, but with KH readings of 120 or more, pH should be 8.2 ppm

      Just keep a close watch on ammonia and nitrites for a spell, and maybe you’ll get lucky

      If you don’t have a pond pump in place, the water is likely to have clouds of toxins and or clouds of Co2. This explains why one fish will get poisoned by ammonia when another isn’t harmed. Yes, it will be great to get that pump going. Your fish may be afraid of the pump, but most fish are really happy about it. Goldfish love moving water

      You’re doing great

      • What did I confess to? LOL!!

        I do have Prime, but WOW does it stink! When I first bought it, it did not stink, but P-U! I haven’t used it for couple weeks now. I was using it when I did the entire water change. Then I was standing at the sink with the bottle open and I was like OMG what is that smell. I looked in the sink. Dumped out a pan, looking in the garbage disposal, nothing. Then my nose went to the Prime and I couldn’t believe how disgustingly putrid it smelled!! Is that normal? I read some Amazon reviews and they said it killed their fish, whereas others said it’s the only thing they’ll ever use. I erred on the side of caution and have not used it since. I also have Stability, which doesn’t stink but not sure to use it. I even have a bag of Puregan, these bio-balls, very tiny, in a mesh bag that are supposed to remove impurities. For the past two weeks I’ve used nothing but water changes and occasional swishing. Yesterday I did swoosh off the foam cartridge in the bucket of some water I took out. Very small amount. Maybe that’s why I got a spike today. I shouldn’t have cleaned off that pad. But it was slowing down water flow.

        What do you mean by keeping the water table high? Keep the tank filled up? I’m purposely leaving it a little lower just so I can gain a little movement on the top of the water. Should I fill it to the top? My lid is open and the entire hood is propped up.

        What do you mean keep and eye on ammonia and nitrites and maybe I’ll get lucky? Lucky how? You mean cycling, or lucky my fish make it? LOL The water is not too cloudy anymore. Seems to be clearing up. I’ve probably removed all previous traces of the medication and the top is not as bubbly looking as it was with medication.

        This Marineland comes with a BioWheel and that was on there when I used medication. The pet shop where I got my Metroplex said to just leave the BioWheel on and never remove it. Really?? Is that right?
        Thank you!

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  • Marsha commented on the post, Pond Pump 1 week, 2 days ago

    I ordered it, but I’m also going to order the one w/the basket. IDK about being able to control the volume : but I have an outdoor pond I can use it in if it’s too strong. There are no fish in it, for looks only and inhabited by three big frogs.

    I will let you know about this filter.

  • Marsha wrote a new post, Pond Pump 1 week, 6 days ago

    • Good price, and it comes with a sponge too, but I wonder if it has a volume control. Comes in handy when you’re performing a water change; turn the volume down before removing tank water. The more shallow the water, the more powerful the action. Also, you may not need it at full speed in order to get desired action

      Also; I wonder if the tube (jet extension) can be removed. This is the case with most pumps. The idea of the tube, it creates a fountain at the surface, which is a little too much for an aquarium. Of course, your tank is deep, and it may not reach to the top to make a fountain, so maybe this wouldn’t be an issue, but it’s nice to have the option

      You might contact the seller

      • I ordered it, but I’m also going to order the one w/the basket. IDK about being able to control the volume : but I have an outdoor pond I can use it in if it’s too strong. There are no fish in it, for looks only and inhabited by three big frogs.

        I will let you know about this filter.

    • Cool; a frog pond. Do you have lily pads?

      • No we don’t. Years ago we put some floaty fake ones in there but they didn’t get used.

    • Sounds like the frogs are picky. They want the real thing, or maybe it’s a farce that frogs rest on lily pads; something we only see in the movies. lol

      • HAHA, I have to wonder too! Now if a pond is loaded with the lily pads, then maybe that’s where it comes from. Easy to choose from but not much choice. These frogs are really large. I doubt a lily would hold them. I’ve noticed that in the spring the females come along and there’s about 6 or 7 total. After the courting season is over, they do carry on together until that fateful day arrives and we see the large male swimming around with legs hanging out of its mouth. We’re down to three for the winter. The bigger they get the more territorial they seem. We’ve taken them out and put them in the creek occasionally but they know where the pond is and they come right back. They’re a bit annoying in the spring. The toads mate in their too. You can hardly hear yourself think with all the chirping.

    • Every aquarium, every pond needs a pond pump to keep the water healthy. A pond without a pond pump is not a happy pond. The tube or pipe on the first pump you showed me is designed to create a fountain, which is best for lilies, because the surface isn’t as agitated, but only if the fountain breaks at the surface, not below

      I like hearing you have the pond, because our wildlife need watering holes; very cool

    • Thanks for sharing. I really can imagine it. I had no idea frogs ate their own; same with goldfish. lol I love frogs and toads. I lived in a walk out lower level, and one Spring, baby toads were able to find their way in. Some were the size of my thumbnail, and beautiful too. I wanted to keep them, but I resisted, and returned them to the outdoors. I hope they made it. I guess just like fry, young toads are lucky to make it to maturity. Such as it is in the wild

      • I’m the same. Love me some toads, LOL : ) Every spring we have hundreds if not thousands of baby toads. We have to sift out the string of pearls and take them to the creek. Somehow though we miss a few strands. The first spring we were here they were everywhere and I couldn’t mow for months. It was agonizing. We tip toed everywhere.
        Yep those frogs def eat their own. It’s usually after all mating is over and I believe the males get territorial. Earlier this summer there were a few females, but alas, they’re gone. It’s like the praying mantis but the other way around. We have loads of them too. We put a heater in the outdoor pond so it doesn’t freeze over. We didn’t realize they’d die but yep, they sure do. We thought they basically hibernated like the toads do. We used one heater that only left a small hole unfrozen but they died, so we got a stronger one that keeps the entire surface unfrozen, and yes they live, and of course, they love it.

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