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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    By the way



    Of the fish you currently have, these are ALL livebearers. Have you looked up photos to see the gonopodium yet? You would do well to identify the genders of all of your livebearers.
    I am not sure if they are male or female, I don't know how to tell and with my test kit, it has no Ammonia label for a reading

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silbar View Post
    RG 's questions are very important in figuring out what is going on in your tank. If the tank sat without any fish for longer than a few days you might have lost your beneficial bacteria or it may have cause a mini-cycle. Having a better water test kit is key to knowing exactly what the main parameters of your water are. The API Master water test kit is essential and well worth the money.
    https://www.amazon.com/API-FRESHWATE...water+test+kit

    If you are having a mini-cycle we can walk you through the fish-in cycle method. Check out the cycling stickys here for an explanation of fishless vs. fish-in cycling:
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    What ever you do, don't give up. We will be more than happy to help you once we have more info from you.
    I really appreciate the links you sent and everyones help....... The process I did between goldfish and my freshwater fish are as follows (I hope I did it right):

    Tank was empty for about 2 days but I did keep the filter running.
    I did a 50% water change, siphoning the gravel and used the side glass cleaner to clean the algae off of it
    I put new artificial plants and two new decorations in the tank
    For the HOB Filter (Emperor 400) I cleaned the plastic parts to make it free of gunk, did nothing with the bio wheels, sprayed out the filter to clean it, put in new carbon media

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    It sounds like you did everything correctly..

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    You definitely need to gain the ability to test for Ammonia. I hope you might order the test kit Silbar linked to, as soon as possible.

    Do read through the cycling links she posted as well.

    Regarding gender, for livebearers you are looking at their anal fin.
    Here are some photos of various livebearers, with the gonopodium labeled. Male livebears have this, females don't.
    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...dium&FORM=IGRE

    On that same page, there are several females too, so that you can see the difference and be able to better differentiate your own fish. The anal fin on female livebearers is more of a triangle shaped fin.
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    Anal fin on female is curved/rounded and males are more pointed.

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    Do you vacuum your substrate at least once a month when changing your water? You do this by getting a siphon hose and a cylinder tube to attach to it. Your LFS should have one large enough to fit your tank. You push the cylinder down into the substrate, start the siphon, and watch all the debris go into the bucket that's waiting on the floor beneath the hose. When the water starts flowing clear through the cylinder, you an pull it out and go to the next section of substrate. Do this until the water siphons clear throughout the tank. You can stop the flow at any time by placing your thumb over the end of the hose.

    Do you break down your filter and clean it about once a month? Don't do this with every water change, but do rinse the media each time you change your water. When rinsing the media, rinse it in tank water in a bucket. Be sure to preserve your biological media. Don't rinse in tap water, and use Prime in any new water before it goes into the tank.

    If your tank is cycling after removing the goldies and adding (I assume) tropicals, you'll need to do almost daily water changes until your parameters stabilize. Your ammonia should first drop to zero, then the nitrites will rise and eventually drop to zero. After that, you will need to keep nitrates down to a safe level with regular tank maintenance. Safe levels of nitrates are between 10 and 20 ppm. Don't let them rise beyond 20, if you can avoid it.

    I would suggest ditching those test strips, which aren't always accurate, and getting an API Master test kit with liquid reagents. Follow the instructions precisely, and if the reagents are fresh, you should get accurate readings.

    Is the 78-degree temperature suitable for all of your fish? You might want to research the species you're keeping to find out the best temperatures to keep them in, and the acceptable range they will tolerate.

    Do you have any live plants? Live plants can benefit an aquarium by providing natural filtration to augment your manmade filter. They also provide nice cover for your fish, and are generally quite attractive, especially after they begin growing well.

    Please don't give up. We all have bumps to begin with, until we figure it all out and then it's usually smooth sailing from there on out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silbar View Post
    RG 's questions are very important in figuring out what is going on in your tank. If the tank sat without any fish for longer than a few days you might have lost your beneficial bacteria or it may have cause a mini-cycle. Having a better water test kit is key to knowing exactly what the main parameters of your water are. The API Master water test kit is essential and well worth the money.
    https://www.amazon.com/API-FRESHWATE...water+test+kit

    If you are having a mini-cycle we can walk you through the fish-in cycle method. Check out the cycling stickys here for an explanation of fishless vs. fish-in cycling:
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

    What ever you do, don't give up. We will be more than happy to help you once we have more info from you.
    I went to the LFS today and bought the API Test Kit for my water and have pictures of each of the test..... from what I see, the PH seems to be high and also the Nitrates were coming back very high......
    PH.JPG
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    Nitrite .JPG
    Nitrate.JPG

    Would you please help me in how to proceed with the tank to get this straightened out? I do not have a secondary tank and it looks like the fish in the tank are starting to lose fins...... I am not sure what to do from here

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    First, you should get those nitrates down by doing a big water change - at least 50%. Test the next day and do another one, if you have to to get nitrates <20. As someone mentioned, vaccuming the gravel will also help. Your other readings for ammonia and nitrites look good, and the PH should not be an issue for the live bearers you have.

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    Exactly like Sue said, all your parameters look great except nitrAtes. I'd do an even larger water change personally today... My fish are used to at least 50% water changes though as I do those weekly. Having done 20% since you got them a 50% per day the next few days with good gravel vacuuming with each should get it down in 2-3 days. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfsamm View Post
    Exactly like Sue said, all your parameters look great except nitrAtes. I'd do an even larger water change personally today... My fish are used to at least 50% water changes though as I do those weekly. Having done 20% since you got them a 50% per day the next few days with good gravel vacuuming with each should get it down in 2-3 days. :)
    I am currently in the process of doing about a 60/70% water change and I added prime to the tank because I do have well water....... I hope that was the right thing to do

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