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    Ranchu not eating or pooping

    Thank you for your reply! I found these directions online - is this what I should follow? "To give your fish an Epsom salt bath, pour half of the tank's water into a clean container. Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt for every 1 gallon of water. Have the fish swim in the solution for 15 to 30...
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    Ranchu not eating or pooping

    Hello, My Ranchu is not eating or pooping and doesn't seem to want to swim. He kind of floats and seems more partial to use his fins on the right side of his body instead of the left. He has been in an established 40 gallon tank with two other goldfish for ~4-5 months. My water parameters are...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    I will check that thread out! I do have a log and another cave for the pleco to hide. He/she used to go in the log to hide more but he/she has never been "shy". Lately, he/she likes to hang out in the open and suck on the zucchini or just on the tank. He/she is also pretty active during the...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    mattgirl Thank you! What type of filter media would you recommend? Does Elbert like to hide in any plants? I feel like my BN pleco has been a little aggressive with the goldfishes lately. The oranda's tail got torn recently but it's healing. REtrop I currently have a small java fern but have...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Hello - just wanted to provide an update. My ammonia and nitrite have dropped to zero for the last several days. (~3-4 days) Still not getting a reading on the nitrates though. But the water is still cloudy (white). It's a little better than before but still cloudy. Does it just take time to...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Roger that! Thank you again!!
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Thank you!! The water is cloudy white. It was white like this last time too and went away in a couple of days on its own. With the ammonia and nitrite back down to zero, do you think it would be okay to add a couple more orandas? I was planning on going to the fish store this weekend to see what...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Hello! I changed out the water yesterday (~40%) no gravel vac. Water is still cloudy but the water parameters this morning is: 0 ppm across the board. That is because of the water change and not because the tank cycled right? I will need to keep checking my water parameters to monitor any spikes...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Ahh okay - maybe I cleaned it too thoroughly this time. I gravel vac the entire bottom. So for these water changes that I'll be doing to get the nitrite levels down, do I need to gravel vac at all or just pull water from the tank? Change ~50% of the water? My pH level is 7.4 - 7.6 according to...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    When I changed the water, I put the Seachem Prime in the bucket of water before I poured the bucket of water into the tank. However, I didn't wait 15 min after I put the Prime in before adding the water in the tank. Should I wait a period before putting in the fresh water? I did not prime the...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Thank you! I will do the water change later today and keep it up until it drops to zero again. Does this mean I'm going through another mini nitrogen cycle?
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Hi mattgirl - sorry I have a couple more questions. I haven't yet added anymore fish to my tank but the two in there are doing well. The little oranda has grown. I did a water change this weekend ~50% and noticed that my water has gotten cloudy like another bacterial bloom. Is that normal? I...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Yes! DST is so antiquated! I really hope we can get rid of it once and for all. There are studies that show how losing that hour of sleep can be detrimental to both our mental health and physical well being. (lots more car accidents day after springing forward) Thanks for all your advice! It is...
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Hi mattgirl happy Monday! Another question for you - when I do add more fish to the tank, should I add in a bottle (or 2?) of Tetra SafeStart? For a 40 gallon tank, should I add two bottles cause one bottle says it's good for up to 20 gallons? Thank you!
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    Tank Cycling Help

    Hello, So I tested my water parameters today and the ammonia and nitrites are holding steady (.25 ppm and 0 ppm respectively) and I banged the nitrate #2 bottle on the counter about 7 times and shook it as hard as I could for a minute and I still am not getting a reading. -___- I'm thinking I...
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