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  1. I'd be delighted if someone could help me.

    [*]Ammonia Level? 0 (clear result)

    [*]Nitrite Level? 0 (clear result)

    [*]Nitrate level? 5 (water ever so slightly tinged with lilac colour)

    [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Ph - 8.5 - 9.0.

    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Ph - 8.0.

    [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops. Nutrafin Mini-Master Test Kit for fresh water.

    [*]Water temperature? 68 F.

    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 120 litres, been running since April 2009.

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 'Fish R Fun', around 7 - 8 inches.

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much? It depends on test water results; usually 25 - 35% once a week with gravel syphoning.

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2. Around one a half inches each.

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime for any ammonia spikes. Nutrafin Cycle combined with Nutrafin AquaPlus for all water changes.

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Tetra Goldfish Japan sinking mini sticks. Then as a treat around 3 times a week either Tetra Fresh Delica Brine Shrimps or Bloodworms.

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No.

    [*]Any medications added to the tank? No.

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No, unless anyone can see otherwise in my photo thread. About the only flaw I can see, is that there are some non-pearlscale scales on my pearlscale (lol!) but they have grown back as regular goldie scales..

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Moonbub the Pearlscale sleeps at the very bottom with his tummy resting on the gravel, hidden in a dark spot concealed with foliage. His poo has been very, VERY long lately. However, when I walk past the tank, he springs back to life and looks quite normal, (apart from the poo) swimming around. But around 25 - 40% of the time, he is settled in the dark corner looking a little sorry for himself.

    Baby Bub Bub the Ranchu has spent some time 'air drinking' at the top, away from the oxygen pumps. He does is very ocassionally but when he does I feel a little concerned. Otherwise he looks happy, active and has normal little poos.

    I've fed them both deshelled peas but it seems they're a little weirded out by them - they much for a few minutes and then spit it out, and then go and munch again - is this normal? :S

    Thanks for any help at all! x

    Someone should be able to help you soon. Most of our fish sleep with their tummies on the river pebbles but two of our fish like to sleep in plant pots where it's dark. Our older fish sometimes sleep alot more than the younger ones.

    With regards to the long poo, I don't know if fasting for a couple of days would help. Do you put alot o food in the tank for your fish and when you do feed, does Moonbub get most of it?

  2. I personally wouldn't have anything in with the dp's but that's just my opinion. I had 2 dp's and when they were older were very territorial. If you were to have a male and a female then maybe. Dwarf otto's or ghost shrimp would be the best tank mates for them. I think that you would need to get a slightly bigger tank of you want tank mates as dps need at least 3 gallons each and also need a heavily planted tank to break line of site. I hope this helps :)

  3. I have a 39 us gallon tank with an eheim ecco 2036 external filter 750 lph (198 gph) and an eheim 130 aquaball which does 550 lph (145 gph). At the moment I am only currently running 8.5 times filtration but I find that I can get away with this due to the great results I've had with the Eheim canister. If I was using any other type of filter I would definately go for the 10 times filtration rule of thumb. Your fish should be fine with your over filtration as long as there are some areas of the tank where they can get out of the current.

    This is how I have my tank at the moment

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  4. Alistair bought me 3 new fishes yesterday for my tank. DJ unfortunately passed away and I gave Skoot away to a friend who has a biorb and knows about dwarf puffers. Skoot wasn't doing too well in the big tank and I didn't know what else to do.

    I didn't want to have a beautiful tank being empty so Alistair and I went to our lfs and I fell in love with these guys. I eventually came up with names about an hour or so after getting them settled into their new home.

    Here are my new additions to our household:

    This is Puddles

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    This is Peaches

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    and this is Kai

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    Nice pics. What brand of camera did you use. I am looking for a decent one for my fish?? Do you use a heater in your tank if so what temp. Mike

    We use a finepix SF8000D digital slr camera and most pics are taken with macro. I use a rena heater that we got when I bought Alistairs rena tank and have it set to 20 degrees.

  5. Here are some more pics of my new babies

    Puddles

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    Kai with a bit of Peaches

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    Peaches

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    Kai has a tendency for mouth to be going ten a penny after feeding time, eating everything in site no matter how small. Maybe I should've used hoover as a name instead.......lol. I've never seen a fishes mouth go so fast after being fed.

  6. Alistair bought me 3 new fishes yesterday for my tank. DJ unfortunately passed away and I gave Skoot away to a friend who has a biorb and knows about dwarf puffers. Skoot wasn't doing too well in the big tank and I didn't know what else to do.

    I didn't want to have a beautiful tank being empty so Alistair and I went to our lfs and I fell in love with these guys. I eventually came up with names about an hour or so after getting them settled into their new home.

    Here are my new additions to our household:

    This is Puddles

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    This is Peaches

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    and this is Kai

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  7. Honey, all the gang get love and attention too even thought I have Charlie. How could anyone ignore them, they all end up at the from of the tank looking sorry and wanting attention.......lol. Oh, just to let you know that Frodo does the Pippin thing when you go to the tank (mouthing off) hee hee.

    Tank had a water change yesterday so will be nice timing for you to do one when you come home :D You can take lots of pics too hee hee as you're better with the camera (and of Charlie too plz xxx)

  8. Our goldies get fed on a variety of the following:

    veggie gel food, tuna gel food, fruit gel food, pro gold pellets and hikari pellets (which we soak for about 10-20 mins), broccoli, peas, cucumber, romaine lettuce, organic oranges and once every so often get bloodworms and algae wafers.

  9. Awww. :heart :heart :heart

    Haha... this picture makes me think of Daniel. :blink:

    Should I be concerned with that? :rofl

    What a sweet picture though. :wub:

    :blink: :blink: Haha I just noticed... is that Pippin in the top left with a nice chunk o' poo in this lovely, sappy picture of yours? :rofl2

    I didn't even notice the poo.........lol

    So does Daniel have a habit of sleeping in plant pots????? :rofl Just with you saying the pic makes you think of him hee hee. If he is then maybe you should be concerned :D Sorry, I just couldn't help myself :)

  10. Rather than turn the tank light on and wake up all our fish I decided to use the flash on our camera to get this pic of Sam and Frodo in bed.....lol.

    All out fish usually sleep snuggled together in the front left corner of the tank but the other night Sam went into the plant pot and shortly after, Frodo followed.

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  11. That's fantastic news, I'm so pleased they're getting better. Yay. I myself think that they're amazing fish, so intelligent and very nosey too......lol.

    The 10 gallon tank you have them in is fine so don't worry. I started off with the same size for my 2 but decided bigger would be better for them to explore etc. Have you got names and any pics?? I can't wait to see them.

    Thanks for updating on their progress :)

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