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    How should I interpret these water parameters?

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    Yes, like the others said, you lost the cycle.  It was probobly throughing out the old filter that did it, not the water change.  Large water changes can stress out fish, can change the temperature and other water chemistry too much for fish.  But It should not have killed the cycle.  

    You need to follow instructions for a fish in cycle. You will need to do more water changes.

    https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm

    If you still have the old filter, run both filters together for 3-6 weeks.

    4 Answers2 weeks ago
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    Algae problem in freshwater fish tank?

    Ok so I’m at the end of my tether, I have a fresh water tank and I have a crazy amount of green algae build some of it is so hard to get rid of that it’s stained the glass, I’ve tried shrimp and I’ve tried loaches, I’ve tried different types of filters and areas in the house and I still have crazy build up, we have it near the most natural lighting part of the house which is in our front room and we do have a tank light that’s on from 6am till 7pm. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, I’m using the right declorinating stuff and I don’t over feed them at all I feed them a tiny pinch once a day and I make sure nothing is left over, all my shrimps died (they didn’t even make a difference) but I still have my Borneo loaches which aren’t making a difference either, I have the tetra 54litre with a sponge filter air with 13 fish (2borneo loaches, 6 White Cloud Mountain minnows, 3 leopard danios and 2 zebra danios) please help because I’m sick of seeing the sight of it

    6 Answers3 weeks ago
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    I recently set up my fish tank, had the water tested and my fish are rapidly dyeing. What can I do about this?

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    What was the results of the test? Perhaps you placed the fish in the tank too early.

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    Update: Goldfish are pretty damn hardy. So maybe there's something in the tank that's toxic. Is everything in the tank from the fish store? Maybe you put something in there that doesn't belong?

    It could also just be that you got a bad batch of fish. That happens sometimes.

    7 Answers1 month ago
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    My goldfish is laying at the bottom and one is at the top, any help?

    I just transferred from a 10 gallon to a 29-gallon tank. I left the water in the tank circulating for 24 hours before putting my fish in. I mixed tap water and some water from the original tank in the new tank. One goldfish is lying at the bottom and one is always at the top. They have been in the tank for 12 hours now. Any suggestions?

    5 Answers1 month ago
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    I don't think people should flush dead fish down a toilet. Is there just something wrong with my head?

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    Same here.  I ended up burying my beloved fish in the backyard.  He had a pretty container to go in.  I cringe when people flush their fish down the toilet.  It's the same as your dog or cat... give them a proper burial.  We must have respect for the dead as we do the living.      

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    What's your favorite fish?

    One fish,

    Two fish,

    Red fish

    or Blue fish?

    8 Answers1 month ago
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    do you think swimming in water that fish live in is disgusting ?

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    Not really...it won't hurt you and people have been doing it for thousands of years so. 

    6 Answers2 months ago
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    Do you consider goldfish as pets? ?

    Or are they more like decorations that needs to be fed? Can't do much with goldfish... 

    8 Answers2 months ago
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    What kind of fish do you guys keep and how long have you been keeping fish?

    I have been keeping fish for about 10 yrs now and these are the fish I keep. 

    Three frontosa, three tropheus, a blue dolphin of Lake Malawi, two clown loaches, one blue botia, a pair of blue polar cichlids, two electric acara, a pair of convicts whom just had their first batch of fry about 3 months old and a green terror. My frontosa have been with me the longest. All fish were bought as young juveniles. 

    I love German Blue rams but could never get any quality ones to keep alive long enough, so I basically just give up on them or at least for now. lol

    Thanks if anyone can share what type of fish they keep, as I always like to hear stories of other fish keepers and what kind of fish they keep. Love this hobbies!

    9 Answers2 months ago
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    What live plant should I add to my betta tank?

    I have a 5 gallon Betta fish tank with a nerite snail. For decorations, I have a small cave on one side of the tank as well as a small plant decoration (it's made of a non-sharp rubber) on the other side of the tank. I was wondering what live plant would make a good large centerpiece for my tank and if the snail would eat the plant. I want it to be a plant that grows up and expands throughout the mid and top section of the tank so that it provides a lot to explore and hiding places. Also, how should I plant it in my aquarium, in a vase, or something? Cause I just have white gravel as the substrate. If you have any suggestions as to what could make a good plant thank you.

    8 Answers2 months ago
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    What are good inexpensive tropical fish for a 40 gallon  aquarium?

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    Guppies - need at least 3 of their own kind with all males or 2 females per male. Have long, flowing fins so shouldn't be kept with fin nippers

    Platies - same group and sex ratio requirements as Guppies, need a pH of 7.0 or higher

    Harlequin Rasboras - need groups of at least 6 of their own kind, excellent community fish

    Corydoras Catfish - need at least 4 of their own kind and a smooth sand substrate

    Zebra Danios - will fin nip, so shouldn't be kept with long-finned fish. Need groups of 8 or more

    most types of Tetras - need at least 6 of their own specific species, some species fin nip

    5 Answers2 months ago
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    can you breed fish without a license in Texas?

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    Check with the local Fish and Game Department. 

    5 Answers2 months ago
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    Stocking Idea?

    I have a 75 gallon aquarium and I was wondering if this stocking would work?

    -  1 Hoplarchus psittacus 

    -  6 Angelfish

    -  1 Queen Arabesque Pleco

    4 Answers2 months ago
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    Do I need to get my fish some tankmates?

    I have two X-ray fish and one fish I am trying to identify at the moment (but I know is a guppy and is compatible with the X-rays. After one of my X-ray fish dying and me doing some research I realized that X-ray fish school!! I almost couldn't believe that it was recommended I triple my number of X-rays after the pet shop said I only needed 3. So I was wondering if X-rays only school with X-rays or if I could get a bit more variety in fish and maybe get some different types of tetras instead. Although X-rays are pretty cool :D. I only have a 10 gallon tank and the ph levels are currently (I measured today) at eight/liter which makes me a tad bit weary about bring new tank mates in. 

    4 Answers2 months ago
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    10 gallon fish tank with filthy water HELP!!!?

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    The key here is to change things gradually and stress the fish as little as possible. Fish can go into shock if there's sudden changes in water parameters, including from very dirty to very clean water, and that can kill them. It is very easy to lose all the fish when you try a sudden huge cleaning. So I'll detail how to do each step in the process safely.

    You should start with partial water changes of 10% to 15%, during which time you will also gravel vacuum. You can leave the fish in the tank during partial water changes. Do that each day until the detritus has all been sucked up by the gravel vacuum, which may take a few days.

    Also, if you already have a filter don't throw it or the media within it out. That's where the beneficial bacteria that keep the tank cycled and stable live, and if you throw them all out there will be dangerous spikes in nitrogenous wastes. Instead of throwing them out you can clean 1/3 of the filter media at a time. To do that, use dechlorinated water or old tank water in a ziplock bag and clean the media in there. Then put the cleaned filter media back. If you want to switch filters, it would be best to run the new filter on the tank in addition to the old filter for a month or so. That way you can basically clone the cycle so that the new filter is eventually full of enough bacteria to keep the tank stable. You will want to clean out the intake tube of the old filter, though, which often becomes clogged with detritus in dirty tanks, keeping the filter from working well.

    Assuming there is lots of algae on the tank walls, you might want to go ahead and get an algae scraper with a metal razor. That will remove lots of algae from the walls of the tank very easily. Seachem makes a nice three in one algae scraper that includes a razor, you can get the short version since your tank is small. Now that I've found out about metal algae scrapers I don't see ever going back to another kind. It should make cleaning the tank a lot easier. Do be careful, of course, as it is sharp.

    As for the decor, plastic plants, rocks, etc. can be cleaned with a 20 parts water to 1 part bleach solution outside of the tank. Soak them for about 10 minutes in that solution, then rinse them thoroughly until you can no longer smell any bleach. Then you can soak them in a container with heavily dechlorinated water - 5 times the recommended amount. Rinse them thoroughly again the next day and the decor should be fine to go back into the tank. Make sure never to use soap with any kind of aquarium decor or other equipment, as if you use soap it will never again be safe for fish.

    Substrate is nearly impossible to clean, so that is likely going to just have to be changed out. There is, again, some beneficial bacteria in the substrate, so only change 1/3 of it out a time. I would wait to change it out until you've sucked up most of the gunk in the tank, though, so the new stuff doesn't get too dirty right away.

    You may have some hard water deposits on the lid and light. That should be cleaned outside of the tank with vinegar. The vinegar will soften the deposits, then you can scrub them off, rinse the lid, and wipe everything down before putting the lid back on it the tank. Allow the light to dry off thoroughly before plugging it back in. 

    Keep an eye on the missing eye for any signs of infection - bacterial or fungal. Keeping the water clean will help from now on. If you've been having trouble doing water changes because of carrying buckets back and forth, you might want to invest in a python water changing system that hooks directly to your faucet. That should make water changes easier so you will be more likely to stick to the habit of changing the water each week. 30-40% water changes each week should maintain things after you've gotten everything back in order. You should also check about whether the fish you have need larger groups or not, and plan on addressing that once everything is stable again.

    4 Answers2 months ago
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    Is it a rabbit or a deer caught in headlights?

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    Rabbit.        

    4 Answers2 months ago
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    My cat killed my beloved fish. How to move on?

    I had owned this goldfish for 6 years. I got him from a pet store as my first ever pet. Learned so much about fish. Saved up over the years, bough him a 75 gallon tank with all the high end equipment. He grew 7 1/2 inches from a half inch baby feeder. I loved him. He loved me, we had a genuine bond. 2 year ago I brought home my cat, who I also love, but yesterday night for the first time EVER, I forgot to flip the lid down after night feeding, and when I woke up the next day and went for morning feed, my Quasar was missing. I found him on the floor by the tank, with chew marks all over him. How he must have suffered.... and I was asleep only a few feet away. I don't know what to do. I am honestly devastated, I know he was a fish but you don't care for something and have it care for you for 6 years and feel absolutely nothing for it. Especially when it's lost in such a devastating way. I can't look at my cat, I still fed her and cleaned her box but she's been following me around trying to cuddle and get up on my shoulders/play/sleep with me and I am just not feeling it. I know it's not her fault, she's a hunter and he was a fish, but I'm just so upset I can't interact with her.

    11 Answers2 months ago
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