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Old 12-30-2012, 06:51 PM   #261 
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What I would recommend is rather than a filter is you purchase a water pump, or pond pump (not air pump or bubbler). To oxygenate a goldfish tank you need heavy surface action, you'd need one about 500gph. If you have a lid on the tank remove it. This way your tank will be oxygenated and should grow algae no problem provided it's cycled.

If you have ammonia and nitrite, then what is your source of nitrate? Normally only see high nitrates in cycled tanks, unless it's in your tap water.
I think it's fully cycled, it's been set up a few months with long used filters, I only recently upgraded to the bigger filter. Everything else has been in the tank a while and it seems pretty oxygenated. The covers are rather shabby so there's lot of open space and I keep the water table a touch low so there is some surface disruption. I'm just hoping for a full out bloom xD

The 20 was fully cycled before I moved to the 55 for a while. I've just never had the tank tested with a real testing kit to get numbers, just taken it to petco and told it was in the "safe" or "good" range.
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If you have ammonia and nitrite then your tank has suffered a spike in the cycle.

Next time you go to petco get them to give you the parameters. I wouldn't trust them to tell you if it's ok or not.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:04 PM   #263 
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If you have ammonia and nitrite then your tank has suffered a spike in the cycle.

Next time you go to petco get them to give you the parameters. I wouldn't trust them to tell you if it's ok or not.
Oh yes I bought an API master test kit with a giftcard. I'm just not sure what the numbers are supposed to be. The ammonia and nitrites being at 0 (the ammonia was a touch above 0 but not much) I assume that's good but I was thinking it did do a mini cycle when I added in the new filter. I'm not super experienced, only had the goldies since April of this year but they seem to be doing well, the spoiled little piggie fish. I'm wondering if the high spike in nitrates before the water change is part of the last part of the cycle?
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:10 PM   #264 
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Why must goldies be such piggies? :P I have to be super picky with plants.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:13 PM   #265 
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Why must goldies be such piggies? :P I have to be super picky with plants.
Mine are just horrible, it's so hard to not feed them whenever I walk by the tank which is all the time unfortunately xD They just beg and beg and their little faces are soooo cute /)*3*(\
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Watching my Dads Goldfish is sad.
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Watching my Dads Goldfish is sad.
I bet :< Poor fishy
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I really want to get rid of the fish. I am a big WCMM fan.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:50 PM   #269 
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I think I found my DIY lighting for my 75 gal. 2 of these bad boys! Clip em to my DIY lid Mainstays Clip Lamp, Black: Decor : Walmart.com
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I'm starting to think that keeping my comet much longer in only a 55 is just not good for him. I love him to pieces but he deserves to be in something bigger :X And I don't have money for a pond or an upgrade /sigh
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