I just wondered what would have happened if we had just not walked over to that stall at the fair! I think I would be $$ richer
But all joking aside, having several dogs and cats, and having rodents when younger, I am very into having pets in suitable environments depending on their needs (pet dogs, working dogs, indoor cats, barn cats etc) ...so when my baby "won" a fish at a carnival, I wanted to keep it in as best an environment for it. It was of course a tiny comet goldfish, then he got two brothers because he "isn't supposed to be lonely" - (thanks petstore guy! - of course he neglected to tell/ask/enquire about the tank size, fish size, cycling etc etc) ....So of course when Squishy went to fishy heaven a few days later, I heavily read up on it as I was very sad that Alice couldn't hoot at the fish in the tiny tank!!!
Now there is a 55 gallon tank starting a fishless cycle, eek!, it is going to be planted and currently there is sand and eco complete substrate in there with a piece of driftwood and a couple of ornaments. I have a fluval 306, and since I purchased the tank second hand, I am hoping to get some parts for the HOB
that came with it ( or should I just dump that as I have no clue how old, what fish etc the guy has before me ), and then add that to add more turbulence to the water and get a little extra filtration.
The fish I currently have are still in the 10 gallon tank, 2 fancies and a tiny albino BN pleco. That tank has a couple of water wisteria and a 20g HOB
... I am just hoping they can survive the time until the big tank is ready.
Unfortunately, I think they all have ick. Just over the past few days the pH of my water has plummeted. It started at 8.4 and held there for about 3 weeks, and then jsut started plummeting. I have tried to clean the gravel, do water changes ( about 30% daily) but it still gets lower.
I have well water which when first tested was high 8.4, but its well water, so when I tested it yesterday it was 7.6.
I have a feeling it is the bioload and the fact that the gravel just never seems to be able to get clean as I am always pulling caca out of there but I wasn't sure what to do now that they seem to have ick.
My considerations were putting them in a hospital tank which I could heat and there is a piece of mopani wood that I was trying to leach tanins out of for the pleco (yes hubby brought home this great algae eater!), and there is no substrate....then I was going to heat the current home and do 90% water changes and maybe just throw out the gravel? (its blue gravel). I tested the water for the small tank and it is currently pH 6.6, ammonia 0, nitrites 0.25 and nitrates 5...
sorry if its all jumbled information. I just am completely at a loss with fish.. in truth when I went to the lFS
the saltwater fish freaked me out... especially that cow fish!! So I have a huge learning curve to get through....
thanks all, my lurking ( well googling stuff like " goldfish tank size") led