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  1. Default Couple goldfish questions


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    Hi Guys

    I have a some goldfish questions that Id like your opinion on.

    1) Why do a couple of my fish like to hang around the top of the tank? I have two air stones and my water quality isn't a issue? Can they just be swimming around up there? they don't appear to be gasping for air or anything? would the temp of the water have anything to do with it? I keep the tank at 22C ( I think that is 71f ) so room temp.

    2) How many time should I feed the fish a day? I usually give them two feeding's a day

    3) How low should I also keep the water below the top of the tank? I have it about a inch from the top

    4) Is it okay to turn the heater and filter off for a few hours a day. I go to work at 7am and the wife leaves at 11am and was wondering if she turns everything off would it be okay until I get home at 3pm? Im just not comfortable with leaving all that on when Im not at home, especially the heater.

    5) I had another thread going in one of the other forums but just wanted to check again here. How much water should be changed in my 40 gallon tank per week? I have four fish in there.


    Thanks for the help

    Jeremy

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    1. I'm assuming that you haven't gotten an API Liquid test yet (if I assume wrong please forgive me), so you can't really know if your water quality is an issue. Having that many goldfish in the tank makes the water quality a likely culprit.

    2. Two times is good. Just a small amount each time, and monitor that everything is eaten.

    3 I don't see any problem with that. The only think I could think of is that it might affect how hard the filter water is hitting the surace.

    4. If you turn your filter off you risk losing your bacteria I THINK. I know that if it it wet it will live for a while, but not running will leave it with no food. Gold fish are cold water fish. I don't think a heater is needed unless your house gets REALLY cold.

    5 And again, your API test will tell you how much water you should be changing. Until then I'd do a 50% everyday or every other day because goldfish are notoriously messy!

    Hope that helps! :)
    130g: 6 Angelfish, 2 Roseline Sharks, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora
    I've noticed that people HATE it when you point out how stupid they are, so now I try to do it politely.

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    Thanks again Mandy.

    Another question I have is at the moment I have things plugged into a power bar. I don't have any way to attach it to the wall in the basement so for the moment I have the cords running under it and then plugged in ( so that if water ever ran down the cords it would hit the ground before running right into the outlets on the power bar ) Its not the greatest but for the moment it works. Would you have any other tips on the best way to plug all the stuff in?

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    Nope, sorry. I'm in about the same position you are on that one. Perhaps someone else will weigh in and help us both out!
    130g: 6 Angelfish, 2 Roseline Sharks, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora
    I've noticed that people HATE it when you point out how stupid they are, so now I try to do it politely.

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    No problem. I figure as long as there is somewhat a way to prevent water from ever running into a live outlet its better then nothing.

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    Why are you uncomfortable leaving everything plugged in while you are gone? Do you unplug everything in your home, stove, furnace, refrigerator, etc.. or just the stuff for the tank? The heater will only come on as needed and as long as the water doesn't go below the temperature the heater is set for it won't turn on. A couple hours a day shouldn't hurt the bacteria in the filter, but it should be running continuously to help keep the water oxygenated. If you are worried water will get into the power bar and can't attach it to the wall sit it on something like a chair or an end table.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    Why are you uncomfortable leaving everything plugged in while you are gone? Do you unplug everything in your home, stove, furnace, refrigerator, etc.. or just the stuff for the tank? The heater will only come on as needed and as long as the water doesn't go below the temperature the heater is set for it won't turn on. A couple hours a day shouldn't hurt the bacteria in the filter, but it should be running continuously to help keep the water oxygenated. If you are worried water will get into the power bar and can't attach it to the wall sit it on something like a chair or an end table.
    I don't unplug everything when I leave No, but I did leave a coffeemaker on one time by mistake and when I got home the whole house smelled like burned coffee. I guess since then I always worry about things plugged in,lol. Just a weird thing I have I guess

    Another question. I have a old water jug ( the kind used with water coolers ) that I fill up and let sit for a couple days to warm up to room temp. The water is freezing when it comes out of the tap in the winter so I find it easier to let it sit a couple days. That's fine to do right? water quality wont be affected by sitting for a couple days will it? makes water changes a bit easier.

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    I've done that with a coffeemaker too, it isn't a pleasant smell. As long as the container is clean it is fine to let the water sit for a couple days, or you could use a little warm water with the cold to match the temperature when it's time for water change.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Thanks.

    Another question I have, I have lots,lol. Should I vacuum the gravel every time I do a water change or is that only necessary every couple weeks? I try to vacuum it each water change.

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    Depends on your Nitrate levels.
    130g: 6 Angelfish, 2 Roseline Sharks, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora
    I've noticed that people HATE it when you point out how stupid they are, so now I try to do it politely.

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