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  1. I just have a scattering of gravel in my goldy tank. I think it looks better than barebottom cause it hides the poop. I have seen my gf suck it up and spit it out but no choking in all the years I've had them. I have sand in my trop tank cause the cory cats love it and it's more natural for them. My betta tank just has flat bottomed glass marbles. That would also be an option for the goldfish as they couldn't fit that in their mouths at all!
  2. He is soooo pretty--wow. I never heard of bee shrimp but I like! What a wonderful story with a happy ending.
  3. I got a 40 gal breeder tank at that sale a few years ago and I love it!! By saving so much money I was able to afford a glass top to go with it too. It was only the tanks on sale and not the stands or anything. But I don't know about this new sale--maybe different now?? Anyway it is a good deal!
  4. I thought it was gonna be a real one--but this is awesome too--love it!!
  5. Sounds like those neons got a good Christmas present this year!! Glad it worked out--awesome!
  6. His eyes look huge--what a little doll! Sure hope he does ok for you.
  7. Your story sounds all too familiar. I lost a number of goldies and could never seem to keep them longer than a year--usually less. And other than a couple fantails they were all comets/commons and I still had them pass too soon! So I gave up on them for awhile and concentrated on my tropicals. The trops are fun and rewarding but my fishy life just didn't feel complete until I finally got another gf. Again I went for a cheap feeder as I hate to invest in something that won't last. But to my total surpise he thrived in his 30 gal hexagon tank that others had died in. Even when I didn't do regular water changes and even though all I fed him was flake food!! I don't recommend that of course but that is what happened at the time. And I not only have passed the year mark but have now had him for 4 years and he has grown and changed into a stunning white comet with a gorgeous long, flowing tail. He now resides in a 40 gal breeder with 3 tankmates that I've had for 3 years. Lots of water changes is always a must but it's working out. So my gf keeping has totally turned around and is going great. I am not sure why but even my tropical losses have become almost nonexistant with most dying of old age now instead of some illness or unexplained event. I wish I knew what the secret was so I could share it but all I know is don't give up. Odds are you will end up with stronger fish sooner or later and they will do well for you too.
  8. I would be glad to do that! I just fed broccoli the other day so I won't feed anymore until the brown algae appears and then go from there.
  9. I feed my gf broccoli once in awhile but only give them small, bite size pieces that I cut off for them. They eat it all pretty quick except for tiny bits of the stalk they can't chew very well. So there is hardly any smell. The benefit I found from broccoli is it controls the brown algae problem I had. I proved it several times now when the brown stuff appeared. I cleaned the tank off, changed about half the water and fed broccoli. Then the algae didn't come back for ages--otherwise it came back by the next week.
  10. Guess this is an older thread but I wanted to add something--I had leftover Betta Bites food from when my betta passed away. So I fed some to my goldfish mixed with their other food just to use it up. The gf loved it but my lionhead started to get floaty after that. She never was before so I think it was the betta food.
  11. At my boyfriends house. I currently have a five gal in the kitchen housing a betta. A 20 gal is in his dining room with subtropicals and the 40 gal goldy tank is in one of his spare bedrooms. I wasn't using my 30, 29 and 10 gal tanks so he took them for his golf ball collection--has them filled with almost 1500 balls so far!
  12. You can wash with a natural soap like Seventh Generation--it's non toxic. I use it all the time before I clean my fish and they are fine. Had same gf for 3-4 years and same trops for even longer so obviously it doesn't hurt them! :)
  13. If you have already run charcoal in your filter for a day or two then you can take it out now. It's good to use it sometimes in order to remove any poisons that might be in your water. http://www.ehow.com/facts_5615455_charcoal-filter-remove-water_.html The beneficial bacteria will live in the Bio Max rings in your media trays. Some live in the gravel too so you can gradually reduce the gravel in order to let the BB's have time to get established on the rings.
  14. I just saw this thread--welcome and I'm so sorry about your fish! I see someone already mentioned this but it is very IMPORTANT--did you take out your underwater filter??? They are NOT good because it's hard to completely clean out from underneath and it traps toxins down there. It will continue to adversely affect your water until it is removed. Also consider removing most of your decor--ornaments, fake plants and gravel as these take up swimming room and may also trap bacteria. I will pray for you and your fishies--I feel your pain. It does hurt to lose our fish babies, I know. Hope it gets better soon!
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