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Old 04-07-2009, 01:28 PM   #21
 
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Good luck!
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:03 PM   #22
 
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:46 AM   #23
 
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Update: the Amquel+ seems to do the trick to tap water, which is good! The Ammonia level in the tank is still unsafe (around 1.5 still), and so I'll likely do another water change tonight with the water I prepared last night, unless anyone recommends different?

I fed the fish another pea, along with two pellets for a treat (he's been quite stressed lately with the new tank, and losing his companions and such) and will likely forego feeding today. Seems OK so far, but I'll be worried until the tank is Cycled.

Thanks for all of the great advice thus far!

*edit - if the ammonia level is somewhat high, is it safe to put Amquel+ in? Or are there other factors that make going over the manufacturer's recommended dose unsafe?

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Old 04-08-2009, 08:20 AM   #24
 
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Glad the amquel took the ammonia out of the tap for you!
Yea, the water change tonight sounds like a good plan.
I think it would be safe to add more amquel to the tank, but I would not use it to replace water changes.
The declorinator I am using says it is safe to overdose 10x the recommended amount, not sure about the amquel though.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:43 PM   #25
 
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Fishy seems happier with each water change. I've been getting better at digging around the rocks with the syphon and getting all of the nastiness out of there. I've got a 15 gallon tank and a 5 gallon bucket, giving me the ability to do around 30% water changes each time. Unless someone advises otherwise, I'm thinking until the ammonia level goes down in the tank naturally, I'll likely do a 30% water change every night.

Feeding-wise, he really likes peas. Is there anything else I need to be feeding him? I know the pellets/flakes are pretty high in protein, and should generally be thought of as more of a treat, but is sticking with peas as the main staple food all that good of an idea? I'd heard cucumber is good...
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:14 PM   #26
 
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30% water changes a day sounds like a good plan to me!
My goldfish get goldfish flakes and sinking pellets as their staple food,its loaded with the vitamins they need.
They also do love their peas, cucumber and blanched zucchinni. A variety of foods is best.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:49 AM   #27
 
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Just an update for everyone, the black moor is still going strong, despite the less than stellar tank conditions. A strong little fishy, that.

There is now a nitrite presence of .8 (which I know is high), but surprisingly, the ammonia is still at 1.5. How the fish is still alive is a marvel of modern medical science. Perhaps it's a robot...
Anyway, I continue to do 30% water changes, at night, and a double-dose of amquel in the mornings, but the levels don't seem to be dropping. Am I doing something wrong?

I'm feeding the fish one pea once a day, with a serving of 5-7 pellets once a week, and a day or two of not feeding.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:26 AM   #28
 
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I'm so sorry for you on losing your fish . I hope the other goldfish makes it. In my experience I have had no luck with goldfish. The blackmoors seem to always get Ich and the last goldfish died as I did not know they produced so much waste and the water got bad. If you know of someone that has a tank ask if you can have a filter pad from their tank to cycle yours or a small amount of gravel. Gravel can be put in pantyhose or fine netting to get the cycle going. Keep us posted on your fish.l

I have decided to go with a freshwater tropical fish. The livebearers are the easyiest to keep. Keeping in mind that they reproduce so quickly. I have all male livebearers with an assortment of other community fish, tetras,corys,rainbows,angelfish.
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:56 AM   #29
 
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Nitrite levels are still at .7mg/L, despite daily 30% water changes and double-doses of Amquel+, and ammonia levels are still at around 1mg/L. I'm worried about my fish!

I'm skipping 2 days a week, and feeding a pea 4/5 of the time, with one feeding of goldfish pellets and/or flakes once a week. I can't think of what else I could be doing...

Again, this is with one Black Moor goldfish in a 15 gallon tank.


On a side-note, I'm noticing a brownish/reddish fungus or algae or something growing on one of the fake plants:



Should I be worried?
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:14 AM   #30
 
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Nitrite levels are still at .7mg/L, despite daily 30% water changes and double-doses of Amquel+, and ammonia levels are still at around 1mg/L. I'm worried about my fish!

I'm skipping 2 days a week, and feeding a pea 4/5 of the time, with one feeding of goldfish pellets and/or flakes once a week. I can't think of what else I could be doing...

Again, this is with one Black Moor goldfish in a 15 gallon tank.


On a side-note, I'm noticing a brownish/reddish fungus or algae or something growing on one of the fake plants:



Should I be worried?
The nitrite levels indicate the tank is still cycling. You set this tank up on April 4, less than two weeks, and it takes from 2-8 weeks to cycle a tank. If you use "Cycle" or a similar product, the fish will survive and the cycling will be a bit quicker, I speak from experience. Use the conditioner with all new water changes to rid the new water of ammonia. Let the ammonia in the tank run its course, it has to, its part of the nitrogen cycling process.

The brown stuff is diatoms, a type of algae, perfectly normal in new tanks particularly. You can remove it with your fingers when you do a water change if you don't like it. It won't do any harm to the fish, nor to a fake plant. First thing though is to get your tank cycled.
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