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Old 10-17-2011, 10:57 PM   #1
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I have had both salt and fresh water aquariums in the past. I down graded and have a 45 gal tank with a few goldfish the past 10 yrs or so. Goldfish are hardy and can live in any water condition or so I thought. About 6 months ago the 3 goldfish and a Pleco started to look sick. Eventually all had died. Old age was the reason I believed why. I then purchased 3 Koi but 2 died after just 2 weeks. My wife finally convinced me to test the water. Years of poor maintenance took the toll. Nitrates were +200, nitrites 1.0, hardness 300, Alkalinity 40, and PH 7.2 So here I am relearning and searching for answers. After several water changes I'm happy to report that Nitrates are 80, Nitrites 0, Hardness 75, Alk 120, and PH 7.8. I did add another Koi ( I think its a goldfish as it has no feelers) and a Pleco. The Pleco didn't survive the 64 F water temp but also learned that they aren't good to have with Goldfish. Onward to seek more knowledge...
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:04 PM   #2
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Are you saying that you have Koi in your 45 gallon tank? If so, I recommend that you take them back. Koi and grow to be 2-3 Foot long and need 1000+ gallon ponds.
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Are you saying that you have Koi in your 45 gallon tank? If so, I recommend that you take them back. Koi and grow to be 2-3 Foot long and need 1000+ gallon ponds.
A Koi may have been a mistake. I do have a 90 gal that has been empty for years but even that may be to small. Also learning about bio load ...
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I would try rehoming the koi, these get around two-three feet long and won't be happy in a tank any size for long, I'd say a pond.
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