Retrieving Count (*)

You have to use .size

not .total

Use the ActiveRecord::Calculations::Class Methods

i.e. Model.count(:conditions => "...")

(look it up on api.rubyonrails.org for more details)

Your @c is an array, so @c.first.total should work

Although, if you just want the size along, Model.count would be the
best way to go as per E. Litwin suggestion.

s/along/alone