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  2. Ian

    API ammonia failure???

    Probably - if you were born last millenium, you are old! I'm a child of the 60's so a complete "free love" one, me! ; ) 30+years BEFORE the millenium bug didn't destroy the world, and yet 18 years after the bug didn't bite, all forms now have to have a 4 digit year. Even a piece of government paper - here I need to / can certify drivers vision. But each date I need to fill, which is 3 of the same date on the same side of a piece of paper! They all need a 4 digit year. The form I certify is valid for 30 days, so obviously it wasn't 1918. Equally I can't certify a form 100 years in the future, when I and the certified driver will both be dead. So why must the form have a 4 digit year.? 4 digit years annoy me a lot! Peace and love man! 1960s
  3. GingerFish

    Art

    I totally love the picture of her face. She lives on in this forum
  4. GingerFish

    Anchor Worms Suck...that is all.

    Wow, that's a lot of fish to catch and treat every day. You're very dedicated! Do you think the anchor worms were on the new fish or were there eggs in with them maybe? I'm trying to figure out how you'd know if there were a problem before it got to your stage. Hoping you don't find any more!
  5. ShawnInfirmity

    API ammonia failure???

    Hey, I remember those days...does that make me OLD!? 😦 😂🤣
  6. ShawnInfirmity

    Anchor Worms Suck...that is all.

    So, I did something yesterday that I probably should have been doing from the beginning. I purchased a 50 gallon tote and caught ALL the fish including all the minnows and put them in the tote. One by one I inspected them and removed any anchor worms dead or alive that I found. Any anchor worms on the goldfish were thin/translucent (what I assume is dead?) and we’re easily removed. The minnows were another story, they had a greater number of anchor worms And the anchor worms were healthier looking and more difficult to remove. In fact, I found not one but two dead minnows in my search to make sure all fish were moved for inspection. Both of them were pretty infested. I’m not sure why the anchor worms on the minnows didn’t seem to respond to the treatment (@Kassousminou I've been using a product called KnockOut Plus) as well as the ones on the goldfish but I’ve decided to keep the minnows in the tub for now so I can closely observe them for reinfestation. I’ll continue my inspections of ALL the fish as usual but I’m hoping that I’m finally getting ahead of the curve and this will all be over sooner than later.
  7. Ian

    API ammonia failure???

    Just that old folks remember when an emoticon would stay as it was rather than being automatically converted to an emoji ( )
  8. Kassousminou

    Anchor Worms Suck...that is all.

    Yup ... they suck. We are lucky at work as we only had 2 cases found and we immediately treated so no complication ... but yeah. What did you treat the pond with?
  9. Tanki

    API ammonia failure???

    Actually, aren't emoticons what you would write with characters, like this: :S While emojis are a small picture, like 😀 Perhaps you think that because these fancy pictures didn't exist when emoticons were used? :)
  10. Ian

    Anchor Worms Suck...that is all.

    Yup, That does suck. At least they are easy enough to spot, and well done you for keeping up with the females! Any update? Parasites are such horrible things in general, but those that kill their host are just plain dumb...... But maybe in a huge amount of water, there would be more "food" to keep all the parasites happy?
  11. Ian

    API ammonia failure???

    So after some life busy-ness, and other things (Revenue) as always - same as the IRS. I read that the first chemical is actually the "binder" which will only bind to the NH3 molecules, and not the NH4s. The next chemical is the one which is corrosive ( I read ) which then causes the colour change. That's what I read, but please don't quote me on that!! I'm not home to see the bottles - and therefore which one is marked corrosive... All I know is that my two measuring methods rarely agree about very much at all😯 Wooah, way more Emojis, which is very confusing to old blokes! Some "young un" needs to explain these to the more "mature" members. I'm "old enough" to remember when they used to be called emoticons! And that must be very old ":)"
  12. Tanki

    API ammonia failure???

    Lol, "Please don't quote me on this" *Quotes*
  13. So I discovered that my fish have anchor worms that were most likely brought in from the new fish I bought in the early April. They looked healthy when I purchased them and I didn't see any obvious signs of infection, but a little over a month later and BOOM! I have anchor worms. I didn't quarantine them, but even if I had I would have probably put them in the pond before the outbreak happened so it most likely wouldn't have done me any good. However, it's just another reminder that you always quarantine, quarantine, quarantine! Luckily it has been a pretty mild infestation and I've only lost one fish (a small minnow), but all the remaining affected fish have been healing pretty well after treatment. If you don't know what anchor worms are they aren't even worms, they're parasitic crustaceans that breed like crazy. Afterwards the males die and the females attach themselves to the sides of the fish and release eggs after they're ready to begin their life cycle. Not only do you have to treat the pond to kill the babies/juveniles but you have to physically remove the females from the fish with tweezers. The problem that affects most fish is the secondary infections they can get from the open sores left after the worm falls off or is removed. I have been spot treating them with hydrogen peroxide which seems to be working well. I wouldn't even wish this on my worst enemy! It has been a daily chore to catch all the fish and inspect them for anchor worms, remove any that I find, and then spot treat the site with hydrogen peroxide. 😩 (The image is not from my fish, but it gives you an idea of what a mature female anchor worm looks like and the red sore that they lave behind)
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  15. Alyssa

    Whiskey barrel water garden

    Omg! Those look amazing! Wow! I'm so jealous! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
  16. Ian

    API ammonia failure???

    For what it is worth, I completely (THOUGHT THAT I) understood that the first corrosive chemical in the API converted all of the "good" ammonium into ammonia. The next one read the TOTAL. This does kindof make sense to me as my aquarium doodah claims to read purely NH3, and the results are wayyyy off.. But I did read that API like tests, on scales of yellow to blue are testing for only Ammonia. One of my methods is way off of the other, but I have no idea which, but in a cycled tank, I doubt the errors would be so significant? So, call me biased, but here is some info I have no reason to doubt, but yes it does come from the "Doodah" manufacturer, and to my understanding the doodah should read the same as the API. Given the Doodah only will read to 0.050ppm, still I have a large discrepancy between the two. http://answers.seneye.com/en/water_chemistry/what_is_ammonia_NH3_NH4/Ammonia_Test_Kit If this information is completely wrong, someone needs to "own" it, cos I don't know better! After some other reading, I understand that the first API chemical actually.... This is a cut and paste from this thread elsewhere.... http://www.fishforums.net/threads/chemistry-of-api-test-kits.323156/ API reckons it measures only NH3, but quite how it manages that is beyond my comprehension. But that is in no way implying that it is wrong, more that I am a doofus. I have had this conversation many times, and have never had a response that either I understand, or agree with, but again that doe not imply or suggest that the API is wrong, though I would still reckon that it may be insensitive compared to the Seneye Doodah, but only at low levels which likely do not matter.??
  17. Kmeier2017

    The truth...

    HA!!!!!! Nemo JUST got used to brushing up against my fingers!!!!! i don't always touch mine due to having scales fall off all the time but when i do need to feel them, it's very gentle and the fish LOVE it! he he he..
  18. ShawnInfirmity

    Whiskey barrel water garden

    That’s what I was thinking as well @Alyssa the water is warmer and the fertilizer spikes are more concentrated in a smaller container. I will probably pick up a handful of minnows from the store but I’ll have to get the nitrates down before I add them. The fertilizer is working great for the plants but the nitrate level has been real high as a result. These pictures are from yesterday.
  19. Kmeier2017

    routine...

    it's going well!! Haidyn started daycare a few weeks ago, which was nice! Going back to work has been going well too! i actually kind of missed working at my job! he he he
  20. Alyssa

    Whiskey barrel water garden

    The water is probably warmer in the container. Lillies love warm water! Are you going to take some minnows from your pond or buy more? You could put a couple rock caves on the floor to help them reproduce!
  21. ShawnInfirmity

    API ammonia failure???

    It seems like I read once that the API tests detects both ammonia and ammonium but I would have to verify that to be certain.
  22. ShawnInfirmity

    Whiskey barrel water garden

    So much growth recently!! The pads are really big too! I wish my lilies in the big pond were putting out this size and quantity of pads. The pickerel rush is getting really big as well. I hope it starts blooming soon.
  23. Tanki

    API ammonia failure???

    Perhaps the API test is checking for Ammonium or Ammonia and Ammonium combined. I don't know what Ammonium you should be looking for-pure NH4+ I would guess, but then again, the Ammonia you added was not 100% NH3, was it?
  24. Kassousminou

    Oops it happened ...

    Yeah he is really hard to photograph compared to the others
  25. Ian

    API ammonia failure???

    Would you have any suggestions as to what to look for with Ammonium? Ammonium Nitrate is hard to get, especially in Ireland I guess, as it can be made into explosives I think. Maybe the Nitrate would mess the experiment? Actually there are two large bags in a shed at the bag of my place of work. I rent the building from an architect. Why they have 2 large bags of "fertiliser" I do not know. Tempted to go "MythBusters" on it, but I would likely die, so perhaps not. AN-FO I guess not, maybe adding nitrate would mess me up anyway, even if I didn't kill myself by adding diesel for "experimentation"!!! Ammonium chloride then- I read that this dissociates to ammonia and HCL, so probably not good for the tank pH? @Tanki can you recall what Ammonium I should look for? I do see that my tiny tank pH is dropping, so maybe just time for a water change. I did the 3 tests this morning. 4 ammonia, 0 nitrites and zero nitrates. I guess this is more proof of a crashed cycle than a vindication of BioHome ultimate. But I'm going to bumble along until I have some sort of answer. I left the seneye thng in there, and again, it is reading 0.0XX something, yet my API is more blue than green. When I am back at the hospital on Tuesday, I will get a new API kit and test again, need dechlorinator anyway, The local place sells tiny bottles, which are useless even for my not very large tank. So Seneye says 0.034 ammonia, pH at 6.75, which is low for me, and a temp of 17.9 Celsius 64.22F. So tempted to get some diesel for another experiment, anyone have an idea on how to "light" it? Only kidding.
  26. Alyssa

    Whiskey barrel water garden

    Wow! Look at that! So amazing!
  27. Tanki

    The truth...

    My fish chomps down on my fingers XD Omg I actually have to buy gloves. I can't get anywhere near the plants that he has uprooted without him biting my hands.
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