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Off to a rough start!

In early September I got 30 Tilapia and within the 1st 10 days about 10 died. Actually, the test #s were terrible before I put them in. Turned out a goldfish was dead!

All good for a month and I bought a new 40 gallon tank - good deal at Petco, $1/gallon. Moved all my goldfish inside to the 40 gallon tank (it's already snowed twice).

The 20 gallon tank with the tilapia started looking cloudy. This morning it had that bubbly protein problem look to it. The readings weren't good. There may or may not have been a dead fish.

When I started to pump the water out to make catching fish easier the problem was obvious. Just a trickle of water coming out of the pump! How often do you have to clean those filters?

Next problem. The water level of the GB for the 40 gal FT was way too high during the flood stage. Yesterday there was 1/2" till it over flowed, this afternoon 1/4". I think the drain might be a bit clogged (new drain, new gravel, new plants). My temporary solution was to switch to my wimpy pump!

My goal for the season is to keep those tilapia alive till they are big enough to breed & can be moved outside in the spring. About 6 months to go. What's the smilie for keeping your fingers crossed?

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So the pump has a sponge filter on it? If so you should remove it as it will just keep clogging.

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Dave Donley wrote:
So the pump has a sponge filter on it? If so you should remove it as it will just keep clogging.


Ah ha! OK on to the next problem.

If anyone has pics of "overflow" preventers send 'em along. I'm thinking about a hole just above the top of the gravel in the GB. I suppose this will have a pipe leading back to the FT. The new 40 gal FT would make quite the flood in the living room.

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Now I'm wondering if anyone has done a "Monk" overflow a la Sepp Holzer?

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Help! My goldfish are dying! I just found one, near death and the tail was a bit... gooey. Dennis wondered if the tilapia could be pecking at the tails/fins of the goldfish in order to kill them. Is that possible? There were only 3 little tilapia (1") in the tank with 2 goldfish (about 4").

All parameters seems to be normal & the tilapia seem fine.

I guess I'll separate them. I've got some nice looking 5" ones I'd hate to loose.

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They might have gotten sick from when the water quality was poor.

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Quick update.
After a month of separate fish tanks, no more goldfish deaths. The only bad thing is that having moved the fish back and forth a few times, the tilapia run (swim) away every time they see me approach.

At 64°F they aren't eating much so I'm only giving them (about 20 1-2" fish) a 1/4 tsp a day of food & I don't think that's being eaten.

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I'm resurrecting this thread as yet another last ditch attempt to solve my AP problems! Round 5!

I've got 2 tanks indoors, a 40 & 100. They each have a 25 Gal GB with hydroton like pebbles. I admit, the GBs should be larger but that's all I've got room for. I've still got the same tilapia from a few years ago, the biggest are probably 6-8".

Ever since I switched to "real" (read hyrdroponics) GB and hydroton I've had problems.

My pumps keep mysteriously failing - sometimes they'll start if I shake 'em. I put them in bags for filtration but now I don't think their pumping out the solids. My pH keeps crashing to 6 or less.

The pH of my source water is 6.8 (from a creek).

The ammonia is a bit high but the fish are still eating and the Nitrites are there but not too bad (.25-.50).

Yet another variable - I switched fish food. I bought a big bag of "trophy fish food" from Tractor Supply.

Thoughts?

As we head into the low power season (I'm off grid) I do think about pulling the plug on this whole adventure!

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