12-09-2006, 10:08 AM
| || | Hi and welcome aboard, breadandbutter. In fact, the filter should never be turn off. Filter not working for more than two hours will obviously kill the bacteria thus increasing the ammonia level and thereby fouling the water.
Originally Posted by love_my_fish
what kind of filter are you using -- have you always been turning it off at night? I don't think this is a good practice, not sure, but I think it could be damaging to any beneficial bacteria growing in your filter.
Yellow tint of water are due to the following:
2. Too much wastes
3. Presence of peat, bogwoods and anything that releases humic acids like almond leaves.
No. 3 is not much of an issue but the first two are. You'll need to carry out water changes. I suggest 10% daily should suffice until you got your problem sorted.:)
For this, I'd do water changes and gravel vacuuming right now and schedule gravel vacuuming once a week while doing small partial water changes of 10% on a daily basis.
Originally Posted by breadandbutter
there is a load of fish poo lying under and around the rocks.
I'd recommend test kits. Determine your pH, nitrites, nitrates and ammonia. Make sure the test kits you are using are liquid, not test strips. The latter is inaccurate IMO.
Pls answer the following questions.
1. How big is the tank?
2. How long has it been running?
3. What are your water parameters?(Test kits will figure them out for you.)
4. Has it been cycled?
Pls make sure ammonia and nitrites are zero. Detectable ammonia and nitrites can harm and kill your fish. Nitrates should be maintained below 40 but not below 10(which runs the risk of blue-green algae growth).
I wouldn't add that much chemicals unnecessarily. They will only harm your fish at an extent rather than help.
I've added all of the stress zyme and tap safe stuff and changed the filter but it never seems to get any better.
| If your tank is below 40 gallons, I'd put them in the pond. What is the temperature of your pond?
I've also got 2 goldfish in a tank which i know is too small for them. They are about 3 1/2 inches long. Should i put them outside in the pond or is it too cold for them now?