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Oranda's, new tank and cycling. (Pictures too)

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MexiMike83

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Ordered two Orandas the other day from Raingarden goldfish. I"m excited although unknown to me at the time the color fish I bought are very similar to Tithra's. I hope she doesn't mind. It was an accident I promise!

But I confess I must've watched her fish videos in awe at least a dozen times with a feeling of envy :) What's difficult to know is where I am in my cycle, I'm essentially flying blind. Since I've seeded my new tank with media from my old tank I don't know if what I'm seeing from my tests are left over rubbish from the old tank or if what I'm seeing is actually real. More testing is needed to get a better idea of where I'm at. Steve, the owner of raingarden, told me that he is okay with holding my fish for a few weeks until my tank has cycled - way cool of him.

Today I bought a black background and some Seaview for it to stick to the aquarium. Tomorrow we are going to drive to Salt Lake City (about 40 minutes away) and go look at some of the bigger fish shops there. We're hoping to find some nice decor ideas and a piece of driftwood that we might use to attach some plants to later on. I also need to buy an adapter for my sink so that the aquarium hose will connect to it so I don't have to break my back carrying bucket after bucket changing water.

Ooooooh I'm so excited!

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Yesterday bought Zoomed's mopani wood. It has some interesting twists and beds which is pleasing to the eye and will be nice to attach some Java moss to. I hope that it is fish safe. I don't want my fishies to lose their eyes :o

Bought an ancharis plant to put in, it's beautiful.

The Seaview stuff is amazing, and I highly recommend it. Bought more Safestart stuff today to poor in the aquarium, I know that there are mixed reviews as to whether it works or not and while I've seeded my new aquarium, I don't want to take any chances. My aquarium shows zero ammonia, no nitrites and between 5-10 nitrates. I expect to have the fish here within a few weeks. Too bad I can't find any plain ammonia without any additives here in town although I have yet to try Home Depot.

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Thanks Shell :) I will take as many pictures as a grandma does with new grand babies and shoe them to everyone :D

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congrats on purchasing your fish! :) (and of course I do not care if one has similar coloring to Edie, many of his fish have that pattern :) I think of them as Edie's brethren! lol. It's too bad ammonia is so hard to find! I found mine at an Ace Hardware.

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As always Tithra, you are an encyclopedia of knowledge :) I will check Ace as soon as I get the chance!

:rofl I don't know about that!

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Ace had my ammonia!! I still have no ammonia in the tank, even after almost 2 weeks of adding fish food >.> I have no nitrites and around 10 ppm of nitrate. I'm going to wait one more week while adding ammonia, see what happens, then I think I'll have Steve mail me the fish.

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Ace had my ammonia!! I still have no ammonia in the tank, even after almost 2 weeks of adding fish food >.> I have no nitrites and around 10 ppm of nitrate. I'm going to wait one more week while adding ammonia, see what happens, then I think I'll have Steve mail me the fish.

That's great! I would add 1 ppm of ammonia just to make sure your cycle can take care of it within 24 hours, but it does sound like you are probably fully cycled ;) (seeding with media typically will result in a nearly instant cycle). I forget how big your tank is now, but there is a great ammonia calculator that will tell you how many tbsp/tsp to add to get to the desired ppm. Google "fishless cycle calculator", it is the second link labeled 'calculator'. Add the ammonia, test for ammonia right after to make sure you added enough, then test again in 24 hours. :)

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Thanks Tithra :) it's 56 gallons. Before reading this I had already looked up a calculator and it recommended adding 11 mL for my tank to reach approx 5 ppm, so I did. Hopefully that will be alright, if not I'll do a pwc tomorrow after work and see where it's at.

This mopani wood is frustrating. It won't sink, and I'm starting to think that it might be a bit too big for the tank. But my gf is gaga over the stick. I'll post a picture here.

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I saw the floating mopani, and thought it was a kind of neat effect...sort of like a gravity free zone. I assume it will sink eventually, but it's frustrating now, I'm sure.

Tank looks great. Cycle seems like it's catching on. We look forward to seeing the inhabitants!

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I saw the floating mopani, and thought it was a kind of neat effect...sort of like a gravity free zone. I assume it will sink eventually, but it's frustrating now, I'm sure.Tank looks great. Cycle seems like it's catching on. We look forward to seeing the inhabitants!

Thank you! I decided to cut the log in half so that there would be more swimming room for the fish - they will be here March 22nd!! And I got 2 extension tubes for my AC 70. Woot woot!

Tithra, you mentioned you had mopani wood did you ever have the white fungus stuff grow all over it? The interwebs say that plecos will eat it, I wonder if the same is true for goldies?

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I saw the floating mopani, and thought it was a kind of neat effect...sort of like a gravity free zone. I assume it will sink eventually, but it's frustrating now, I'm sure.Tank looks great. Cycle seems like it's catching on. We look forward to seeing the inhabitants!
Thank you! I decided to cut the log in half so that there would be more swimming room for the fish - they will be here March 22nd!! And I got 2 extension tubes for my AC 70. Woot woot! Tithra, you mentioned you had mopani wood did you ever have the white fungus stuff grow all over it? The interwebs say that plecos will eat it, I wonder if the same is true for goldies?

Yes, when I set up my tank originally I had a pretty piece of mopani with anubias tied to it. I had read about the white fungusy stuff, and inevitably it did happen to my wood too :( I don't believe it is anything harmful, probably just biofilm, I never noticed my fish picking at it, but I could imagine some might. I ended up removing the wood bc no matter how many times I scrubbed it off the stuff came back, it drove me nuts. I also had reservations about driftwood to start with because I had read of others who had it cause issues in their tank (but of course there are lots of examples here of people who keep driftwood with no problems whatsoever, I just happen to be a bit paranoid and anal-retentive if you haven't noticed, so no more driftwood for me). Anyway, your piece is gorgeous, and I hope it sinks for you soon! :)

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I ordered some Pro Gold fish food and some of goldfish connections color enhancement stuff. Will the color enhancing stuff cause my fish to lose their colors and gain new ones? O.O I don't know if I want that.

Also, what is the shelf life of medicated food? I was thinking about ordering some of that stuff too just to have on hand if the need arises.

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I just wanted to say....I sunk my mopani-ship!! lol. After close to 4 days my mopani wood sunk in my tank. Good times. Fish will be here on Thursday.

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Received the Pro Gold and the Color Enhancing fish flakes today in the mail. I wish I would've stuck with the smaller canister of the flakes, I had no idea it would be that huge!

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