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fantailer
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AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« on: June 16, 2012, 06:46:34 AM »

Okay now I'm seriuosly freaking out.

I lost two more fish within the last three days before I can even post the issue!

Molly died in a freak accidentwith the filter.
Firefly was having bladder issues this morning and just died.

My water quality is good Amnonia: 0 ppm, Nitrite: 0-1ppm Nitrate: 5 ppm

I do 50% water changes every week. My tank is 55 gallons with a filter rated for 55 gallons and above. The tank now has 2 goldfish and a snail.

Am I doing anything wrong?
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scrivens345
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2012, 07:30:30 AM »

The only thing is, that you need double the filter-rating for goldfish

Sorry about your fish Cry
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Nossie
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2012, 08:56:03 AM »

Maybe you need to upgrade your filter? My tank is an alright size for my goldfish (slightly overstocked though) and a little bit underfiltered so I need to perform bigger water changes on mine to keep the quality good.

I'm going to get them a new external filter asap and see if I can run that together with the Eheim... maybe you need to do the same? You need your filter to deal with 550 gallons/hour and it should be rated for a 100+ gallon tank.
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Skwishee
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2012, 09:51:41 AM »

What happened with your filter? As you've mentioned fish getting trapped before?
Maybe you could cover the inlet with the foot of some new tights (old ones might have traces of washing powder and things).

I have my filter inlet covered in my snail tank to stop them from getting inside  Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2012, 10:08:25 AM »

I'd rinse the new tights in a bucket of tank water first too, because new tights will have a bunch of other potentially harmful chemicals inside Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2012, 10:33:55 AM »

Okay so tights on the filter. And more filterations, so I gues a another 50 or 40 gallon rated filter.

Skwiishee sometimes leaves from my live plants get sucked on a filter and theyre covered in algea so Molly went to get a leave because she's a pleco and got stuck on the filter.

Also one last question. Sorry for making a rainstorm of them. How many goldfish could I put in my tank along with the commmon and lionhead already in it?

Thank you all!
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sajacobs
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2012, 10:38:08 AM »

I had the same problem with my filter.  I found an aquarium sponge, snip the center open and slipped it over the intake tube. Now I have another sponge to help with good bacteria. I can post a pic later.

Sorry about your fish.  Sad
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2012, 10:45:11 AM »

Hi Fantailer,
A 55 gallon tank is a pretty long tank and with your filter being at one end of the tank, toxic gases can build up at the other end of the tank.  You should use a air pump and a diffuser or bubbler at the other end.  I run 2 filters on my 55 gallon tank. I have a Aqueon 55 on one end and then on the other I run a eheim canister filter.  I also have a diffuser which gives off fine bubbles in the middle back of the tank.
If your fish got caught on the intake tube I would bet that he/she was really weak and was ill.
I've never used the panty hose on the filter, and it will get dirty with debris so you will have to clean it off quite often I would imagine.
Also, were these fish quite new or have u had them awhile?
New fish should all be treated with antibiotic food for two weeks and also treated for parasites.
Good luck with the fish that are still alive.  Hope they stay well. Smiley
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2012, 10:50:15 AM »

As far as how many fish you can put in a 55 gallon tank that would be no more than 1 per 10 gallons.  So the most would be 5 altogether.  I have 3 Ryukins, Rudolph, Mitzi and Charlie, in my 55 gallon along with Egbert the eggfish who has gotten so big and out grew his 30 gallon tank. Wink Smiley
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2012, 11:54:41 AM »

a 55-gallon with a common and a lionhead is more than fully stocked; don't add any more goldies
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2012, 03:01:15 PM »

I feel like a lionhead and a comet is pretty incompatible to begin with, if you want to keep both, I guess it's a good idea to listen to scrivens. There has to be a reason as to why you lost the other fish.

General stocking levels would suggest 4-5 fish as long as you have sufficient filtration.
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fantailer
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2012, 05:45:08 AM »

Mindemae, Molly was huge but she got stuck in the filter 7-8 months after I got her. But Firefly is the one I really bad about he died 2 moths after I bought him, he was huge for his age.Also one of the reasons I made this thread was because my two strongest/oldest fish who were Orbitz and Titan died about two weeks ago. Orbitz got stuck in the filter after almost recovered from dropsy. Titan got a parasite that I thought was ich.

Okay about stocking levels I'll leave at 2 or 3 goldfish. Would snails have proper space in my tank or are they like fish and need like 5 or 6 gallons each?

Midemae I will start treating them when theyre in quarintine.

Thank you all for the advice!
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scrivens345
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2012, 05:57:42 AM »

you can stick snails in, they won't add much to the bio-load Grin
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2012, 07:32:45 PM »

Fantailer.....
Here's my sponge on my filter intake.  It works like a charm.  Easy to clean and doesn't need rubber bands to hold it in place.
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2012, 08:40:47 AM »

That's a neat idea Sajacobs!

I only have the tights covering the filter inlet on the snails tank, so it doesn't get too messy and I just hoover up debris on the outside when I'm cleaning the sand Smiley I have noticed that the snails walk over it quite happily though eating away.
But you guys have a point, it may need cleaning more often in a goldfish tank.

I didn't realise you had a comet goldfish, how long have you had him? How big is he?
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fantailer
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Re: AHHHHHHHH! What is happening!
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2012, 06:17:11 AM »

Thanks scrivens and sajacobs. I really need to get my tank back together.
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