Hi and thank you in advance. This is my first post... and an unfortunate one.
I have a 60 gallon tank. Filtration includes UGF (2 Penguin 60 Powerheads and 2 lines with airstones topped with small charcoal cartridges); 2 Emperor 400 PowerFilters (with Biowheels) each with 2 (Holds 4) charcoal filters). I also have a Magnum 350 Canister is full of a mixture or carbon and calcium chips and a floss filter sleeve).
The bottom of the tank has large polished stone. largest maybe 1/2" diameter. 1.75" average.
The tank has been up for a year.
Here's my problem, and I think I have it solved in my head... but I want your experienced opinions as I am virtually frustrated and sad at the loss of many endeared fish.
First, I love Goldfish of all kinds. I lost every fish. Three different loss cylcles in the last 2 months. I have overcrowded, marginally (but figured with all of that filtration, that I should have been ok). Ammonia has been the culprit. White spots, then fin rot then floaters.
My thought is that the ugf and the volume size of the gravel has been the problem. The amount of waste created by general feeding and fish waste is settling or being pulled to the thick "crevacy" gravel and the natural cycle can't handle the build up of ammonia any longer... I have supplimented with all of the bacterial products... many many water changes... (no lecture necessary).
-Get rid of the UGF. or,
-Get rid of the UGF and leave only a small amount of the pebbles. or,
-Get rid of the UGF and exchange for smaller gravel (waste cant find hiding places as easy? or,
-Get rid of some of the pebbles... keep the UGF add two more powerheads and reverse pump them... constant. (total of 4 reversed). Lose one of the hang on Emperor 400's. or,
-everything in my last thought, but lose both of the Emperor 400's.
-everything in my last thought, but remove some of the gravel and put a finer bed over top of it.
Ok, so somethings to think about.
Now, the next question is... what do I do right now? Do I completely take the tank down and clean it spotless? Do I make one of the above changes and condition the water for a week or so then add fish?
I am so frustrated and sad at the lose of so many fish
Thanks in advance....
PS: I have another successful 125. I have no gravel, no UGF. It's not pretty. Can an aquarium with no gravel be pretty? Your thoughts?
Does anyone know of a good source via parcel carrier for very large healty fancytail goldfish... the particular variety is not a concern. Love them all.