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Old 12-19-2011, 09:11 PM   #11
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I dont really use anything else other than the ph corrector in my tank... I just did a water change about two weeks ago and I had to change my filter today cuz my old one broke...
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I have no clue what the nitrogen cycle is
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:12 PM   #13
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I dont really use anything else other than the ph corrector in my tank... I just did a water change about two weeks ago and I had to change my filter today cuz my old one broke...
Ok that's your problem. Did you keep the old filter pads and put them in the new filter?
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No I had new ones
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:16 PM   #15
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Good point so far from mumma. The other issue I see here is you are keeping goldfish with a betta, and tropical fish. These fish have different requirements, especially when it comes to temperature. Also as mumma said, using a pH correcter is most likely not necessary and will do more harm than good.What is the pH of your tank and what is the pH of your tap water?

Also, you said you did a water change a couple of weeks ago.. with fish like gold fish, you should be performing weekly water changes.
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Ok so the best thing would be to put the gold fish in a separate tank ...
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I have no clue what the nitrogen cycle is
Ok I will explain:
Your fish produce ammonia. Ammonia builds up and can poison your fish causing them burns and maybe death. Cycling a tank means growing beneficial bacteria (BB) in your filter to process the ammonia. A set of bacteria grow and consume the ammonia and turn it into nitrite. Another set of BB grow and consume the nitrite and turn it into nitrate. Nitrate is then removed by weekly partial water changes (PWC).

What happened when you changed filters is you threw out all your BB so now the ammonia is building up and poisoning your fish.
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Good point so far from mumma. The other issue I see here is you are keeping goldfish with a betta, and tropical fish. These fish have different requirements, especially when it comes to temperature. Also as mumma said, using a pH correcter is most likely not necessary and will do more harm than good.What is the pH of your tank and what is the pH of your tap water?

Also, you said you did a water change a couple of weeks ago.. with fish like gold fish, you should be performing weekly water changes.
Thanks fort. I was getting to that didn't want to put too much out there at once.
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Ok so the best thing would be to put the gold fish in a separate tank ...
Yes. Fancy goldfish need 20g for the first and 10g for every fish after that. So 2 need 30g to themselves. Now if they are common, commet or koi goldfish they get too big for tanks and need to be rehomed. They are pond fish and IMO don't belong in a tank.
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Ok that sucks but I'll have to give them away
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