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Yubonne
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Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« on: June 16, 2010, 12:25:03 PM »

Just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I'm Yubonne a variation of my real name Yvonne-the neighborhood kids couldn't pronounce my name so it just kind of stuck Grin. I just joined yesterday. I live in the US.

Presently as far as fish go I am in the process of cycling-so no fishies yet. I have a 25 gal tank. Just this week I am getting my numbers headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, I am going on vacation at the end of this month through the first week in July so I will have to wait until I get back to get some fish. Water changes, more testing, and all that other fun stuff!  Roll Eyes

When I do finally get some fish I was planning on a moor, and maybe 1 or 2 veil or fantails, haven't decided yet. Want to check around to see what's available and healthy. I'm also considering getting a couple of bettas. I had one several years ago;  but we have moved around the past few years and I kind of left my fish hobby go. My hubs and kids bought me the new aquarium kit for Mothers Day-in hopes it would make me calmer and lower my blood pressure Wink Grin

So that's about it. Just wanted to say Hi. I've been reading here for awhile and hope to fit in. Everyone seems so nice and fun here. I hope to learn a lot too. I need lots of help getting back into this fish mommy business! Smiley
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Katarine
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2010, 12:33:30 PM »

Well then let me be the first to welcome you to the fish community! I'm Katarine, but please for the love of purple call me Kat, and I live in Canada  with my three fish Tiger, Sonorus, and Obi. It's a pleaseure to meet you.

Let me also be the first to harrass you about posting pictures so we can see your fish Tongue
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2010, 12:34:09 PM »

when you get them that is XD
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2010, 01:23:05 PM »

Hello Yubonne,
Welcome to our humble group! Smiley
That is exciting to begin the goldfish keeping journey again.
You've come to the right place as everyone here is friendly and full of advice.
I am from the US also.  I live in northern MI.
Don't be afraid to join right in and post a comment when one comes to mind! Wink
We welcome your opinion and suggestions as well as any questions that you might have.
Can't wait to see pictures of your new aquarium and fish when you have them! Cheesy
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2010, 04:41:26 PM »

GOOD MORNING YUBONNE,  W E L C O M E
I am Hanna, we live in sunny Queensland, Australia....... therefore it maybe later afternoon in US now.
No worries at all, you are here in the right place, we are a "Funny Fish Family" here.  We all learn from each other, so please take your time, read through the posts and we cannot wait to read your comments and your advice, let us know about your past experiences too, please.
Cannot wait to see some pix  Grin
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010, 08:31:39 PM »

Welcome Yubonne Smiley I can't wait to see your fishies when you get them (especially the moor), I'm sure the wait will be worth it and ever so relaxing

I'm Andrea and I live below Hanna in New South Wales, Australia with my comet called Sunshine Tongue
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2010, 10:00:17 PM »

Lol Andrea! You and your moores! XD
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2010, 11:29:11 PM »

Hi everyone! Thanks for the warm welcome.

Oh Cry...dang you reminded me of my 3 comets I lost  due to the infamous new tank syndrome  Cry I thought I was doing a GOOD thing moving them from a bowl they had outgrown to a big aquarium! It was my fault ; the tank wasn't cycled yet. RIP little fishies; sorry.

Back in the day all I did before adding goldfish you just dechlorinated the water and added the fish- they lived forever. Did goldfish get more delicate or does tap water have so much chemical crap in it it isn't fit for man nor beast?Huh

Oh, yeah...I forgot...I live just across the river from the toxic capital of the world...New Jersey Roll Eyes
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2010, 11:36:07 PM »

yea that'd do it Tongue well its all experience! ****, These fish here arent my first.. Sonorus is the seventh fish Ive owned, Tiger my eighth, Obi my ninth... yea.... But now I know. And Sonorus used to live in a little fish bowl I actually think there are pics of her in that little bowl on this forum....
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010, 11:47:16 PM »

I'm glad Obi started eating and settling in. I really want to get a couple bettas while I wait for the cycling to go. I had one years ago and he survived 3 suicide leaps (even the cat didn't eat him on the floor all night!).

You know what did him in? A new tank. I think I just have bad luck with em! Roll Eyes
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2010, 01:07:10 AM »

Lol yea new tank syndrome kinda gets fish.. lol I suppose its hit or miss. Sometimes you miss but sometimes you hit too and the fish survive.. or something... LOl
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2010, 06:45:28 AM »

Aw I'm sorry Yubonne. I learnt about new tank syndrome a bit over a year ago and was lucky Sunshine survived. But he had survived about 2 years without me knowing it before then.
I imagine water is different all over the world. I've heard the water here is high in ammonia which sounds scary! I wonder if you used rain water or fresh spring water would you have to de-chlorinate it?
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2010, 12:03:12 PM »

Here the water is high in (nitrates? nitrites? I really dont remember which is poisonous to fish...) ANYWAY its high in that regard, and so I dont do as high of water changes.. (I do like, 15%, or about as much as it takes me to vaccuum the bottom of the aquarium so its poop free)

lol Tiger and Sonorus both like chasing the food and poop particles that go up the tube. Once Tiger got stuck IN the tube!  Shocked

LOL
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2010, 05:19:05 PM »

Gee Yubonne, this scares me.
We are setting up this new tank for Humphrey and Hepsiba, as you already know.
Same reason the one they are in got too small. They also started to be more quiet, only floating, sometimes bottom sitting and sometimes wiggling.

I DUNNO WHATS WRONG.  Cry

I tested foe ammonia, nitrite, nitrates, all ok. pH is a little low about 6.2.
No other signs of illness, body looks beautiful, Hepsi did a healthy poop, haven't seen Humpsi pooping since yesterday.
Can they be bored in this tank, or is it because the water is cooler than in summer time?
Summer it was about 27 Celsius, now it is about 22 Celsius

I've got the feeling they need this big tank asap, thinking about Cycling Aid and move them earlier ? Not in 4 weeks but maybe in 2 ? Want to get the stand and the tank ready this weekend and start to landscape it.

Any suggestions please?
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2010, 05:57:04 PM »

I dont know either Hanna. Ima say stress, but from what I have no clue SadSad I really really really hope all goes well for those two fish... Im sorry I cant be more help Cry
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2010, 06:10:53 PM »

Hanna,

Are you getting any sort of readings for  ammonia and nitrite ( are they both at 0)? If the tank is still showing ammonia or nitrite after  this long, i would suggest you reduce the feeding to at most once per day and only a little at a time. You can feed them even once every other day to even further reduce the maintenance requirement and buy you more time to cycle and set up your new aquarium properly.

Goldfish will also tend to be more active in warmer water vs cooler water, but this is perfectly normal.
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2010, 06:28:52 PM »

Nabi,
Exactly what I was going to type! Smiley

Hanna,
Hope you read Nabi's post as he is spot on!  If your test readings are showing even a slight bit of ammonia or nitrites that will cause the fish stress.  Your readings for ammonia and nitrites should be at zero!
The only thing it might be the ph. That is pretty acidic.  Goldfish usally prefer neutral, 7.0 to more alkaline, 7.2-8.0.
Is the ph usually this low?  Mine is usually like a 7.6-7.8 range.
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2010, 06:43:19 PM »

Ok, let's talk about cycling with the fish if you put them over to the new tank in two weeks.
 Your fish will be subject to real stress from new tank syndrome. Which may lead to illness and even death.
I would do this:  Add a little of their poop water from their old tank a little every other day to the new tank to sort of "feed the bacteria" that is trying to become established in the new tank.  Also, add bacteria booster right to your filter in the new tank once a week.
I guess I wouldn't add them to the new tank until the ammonia and nitrites are zero and you see nitrates showing up on the test results.  This might take about a month.  And then your tank would be pretty much cycled.
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2010, 11:01:12 PM »

If water is too acidic or too alkaline how does one change that? I know what to do for ammonia, nitrites etc. But never pH though mine always seems fine.
Hope everything is ok Hanna Smiley If the water chemistry is fine, I bet it's the water temperature as Sunshine has been a lot less active in the last month and a bit.
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2010, 03:22:59 AM »

Ammonia reading is MAXIMUM 0.25ppm, which I put down to maybe  wrong readings after I used some AmmoLock a while ago.
Nitrites and Nitrates are 0ppm.

I dunno want to stress them putting them in too early.
This is what I wanted to do anyway to use some of their poo water.

Tonight when I came home from work, they both were crazy to be fed.  They are swimming normal now, maybe a little slower than normal.
Do you think I should put the light on for longer ats it would warm up the water a little more?

Thanks Nabi, Minde, Andrea, Kat for your advice.  Hugs Smiley
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2010, 11:21:07 AM »

Well warming up the water with lights wouldn't really work if you have florescent lighting.
If you have incandescent lighting then it will warm the water.  I really don't think you have to warm the water as goldfish don't feel cold or warmth.  Their bodies adjust accordingly.  However, with big fluctuations of temperature it could in the long run be stressful for the fish.
Fish are more active in warmer water.  Their metabolism increases.  So they use more oxygen, are hungrier and therefore produce much more wastes in warmer water.  I think your fish would stay healthier right now in cooler water. Smiley
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2010, 11:24:13 AM »

Hanna,
What worries me is that IF your tank is cycled you should be seeing some nitrates show up.
You shouldn't be seeing any ammonia at all.  Even a bit is a fish killer.
I would do what Nabi suggested and feed only once every other day for awhile and see if that helps.
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2010, 11:47:14 AM »

That sounds about right. I forgot how long you have had your fish Tongue and I agreee that the tank still needs to cycle (maybe add like, stressease?)
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2010, 05:49:34 PM »

Already cut down the food.
I do have API Stresscoat and API Stresszyme.

I'll do a Nitrate test again.

I cannot figure it out what causes the pH to drop  Huh  Huh
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2010, 05:59:32 PM »

I dont know either, anyway theres something called pH up, if you're interested. I believe API makes that as well, though im not sure.
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2010, 06:03:09 PM »

I know, I do have it and used it, but it stil drops down, also bought a pH buffer  Huh
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2010, 06:18:02 PM »

unfortunately, I never paid attention to the pH unit in chemistry.. and I think I should have, all things considered...
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2010, 06:54:02 PM »

I did the WIGGLE FISHIES DANCE and they wiggled back to me, so I suppose there can't be sth drastically wrong.

I also put the light on, they must love it if it is not too dull during those winter days here.....
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2010, 06:55:36 PM »

I keep forgetting it doesnt snow in australia.. I had a friend from australia once, she said it was more like rain than snow.. only she wasnt really my friend.. anyway.. Tongue
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Re: Just Wanted to Introduce Myself
« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2010, 09:32:18 PM »

It snows in some places in Australia, some very small places Tongue I went last year and hated it haha!
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