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  1. You've gotten some great advice so far, I'd like to add the following: I use a product called Cycle, think of it as "bugs concentrate" to assist in the tank cycle. You definately need to keep the bugs fed, I add some fish food daily. Another thing that has helped immensely is some water from an established or a pond. The only down side in either case it that you -may- add some contamination to the tank. If you're careful, the risk is low, but still something to consider. Okay, so that is two more cents. Luck to you.
  2. Garion, all things considered, I'd sooner come to your country, I haven't been to Australia yet. It's on the list of places that I want to visit before I get old.
  3. I'm now curious. Would the guy even need to change water on a tank that size. I would figure one that size and that well planted would almost be self-sustaining. Opinions?
  4. Adding new water may feed the algae more nutrients and regrow again. Then again, I'm not familiar with Algae Cure so I'm unsure if it rids it completely or not. Tell ya what, I'll loan you my pleco and snail. That should clear it up.
  5. OK, I'm officially jealous. Not only is it impressive, but his tank has plants that are alive in his tank. I had to resort to using a plexiglass sheet so the remaining plants in my tank have a chance to recover. *grumble*
  6. Not trying to be arguementative, merely trying to play Devil's Advocate for curiosity sake (and to be more informed). People who have a UV and/or diatom would know better than I. I think the cost of the two filters are roughly the same. I was at vvvv last week, and I think the price differential was only off a few dollars. Now I understand most people run a UV filter all the time, but a diatom filter only when needed, or am I just misinformed? The only example I have is a friend who runs one to "polish" his water when it needs it. And I wholeheartedly agree about not subjecting fish to drastic changing conditions.
  7. I do have a (dumb) question. People who ask for remedies of free-floating algae are usually informed of a UV steralizer, which I know works from having people use it. Now wouldn't removing the actual free-floating algae in the water, like a diatom filter, achieve the same results? Forgive the ignorance, since I don't have a diatom filter, but the occasional processing of the water through the diatom would filter out the algae and be cheaper. Any insights/comments/speculation/etc? (and, yes, I'm still jealous of those of you that have this "problem" (emphasis added for humor only).
  8. I have to side with Myaj. I've resealed my fair share of tanks and have had zero problems. In fact, with my 55 gallon tank, I felt more comfortable with my sealing job over the tanks original seal. I'll openly admit that comes off elitist, but I trust my own skills, so it made me feel better. I've stopped counting the number of years that tank has had the seal on it. If it breaks/leaks, I'll do it again with confidence and enjoy another countless years with it. A trick for superficial scratches, a little silicone placed in them, with extra scraped away does not cause them to collect algae and make your tank look bad. A friend of mine buffs them out with some grit cloth. I'm not as comfortable with that, but to each their own. Sorry for the rambling, caffeine shortage in my bloodstream. I'm going to fix it.
  9. Does anyone else find it odd that people who like algae in their tanks (like me) work very hard for it and harldy ever get it and the people who find it repulsive don't want it? *wry grin*
  10. I'm a big fan of feeding algea to my goldies. I have a 2.5 gallon tank that I frequently fill with waste water and place into direct sunlight. After a short amount of time, I add the now algae water to the tank. Most of the time, I then see a small algae bloom on my tank walls and my ornamentation. I have a pleco, applesnail and a few goldies, all seem to enjoy the algae. I know I have an additonal helped in the filtration of my tank. So far, it's a win-win for everybody.
  11. Melafix burns fish?!?!?!? *boggle* I'd love to hear/read/see more news on this. In the instances where I have used it I have never had a problem. I also followed the directions on the bottle to the letter.
  12. Not to be contrary but I usually add a trace amoun of salt to my tanks every so often. The trace minerals from the salt help out the live plants in my tank. However, I would like to add the following: I have equipment that tells me if there is too much salt in my tanks and please note the word -trace-. If I need a fish in a salt dip or a salted tank, I have a quarrantine tank for such a purpose.
  13. I'm sorry to hear about your problems. Information to the questions at the top of the page would be quite helpful. I'm glad that your water is good, but good is such a relative term. I would start with a water change. Something is definately amiss.
  14. > If I were to transfer the filter, some of the gravel, and a portion of the water into a new > tank would this provide a jump start to the cycle of the new tank? Yes. I do this to "cheat" a cycle in a new tank. My favorite is actually explaining -why- I am giving them a gunky bio-wheel for their new clean one, some people think I am trying to cheat them. > If so, would this jump start simply be a few weeks into the cycle or would the tank > basically retain the old cycle and not have to worry about it? Anyone have any > experiences in doing this? Yes again. It depends on how well the original tank is established. Testing is the only answer to ensure the cycle is active. Sorry, no fast answer there. > If i were to drop a used filter and bio-pad from a smaller filter into these baskets > would that not also jump start the cycle in the tank using this new filter? Yes. I have done this also. I have also borrowed sponges from filters, gravel, etc. > Furthermore, what could i later drop into these baskets to aid in the cycle of a > separate tank? I've used the ceramic (porous) pieces and lavarock. Both provide little places for bacteria to colonize. Lift the basket, replace into different tank. > And finally a request for tips and suggestions: what tricks have you found to aid in or > jumpstart the tank cycle of a new tank using parts, peices, or other means of > another? You have the right idea from the above questions. The only other thing I do is to add fish food (I use something cheap) to "feed" the tank and assist in the colonization of good bacteria. I'm sure others here have good ideas.
  15. Koko beat me to it, but I have built and refurbished quite a few. I would also recommend the GARF website (www.garf.org), they have a page under the DIY pages for Tank Building that will tell you what thinkness of glass you need for the aquarium. So if you're going to do something custom-sized to fit, I would check the page out. The plans for tank construction are simple -and- useful.
  16. Heh, I was also duped once again. I -really- need to start paying attention to responses.
  17. I have used both melafix and salt together as cures for a few problems and have had no problems. However, you DEFINATELY should follow the directions on the Melafix bottle. I learned about Melafix since joining the board and have found it to be helpful when used by the directions.
  18. Daryl, thank you. I have seen one too many instances where a treat-with-antibiotics-to-find-a-cure has led to bigger problems. Mav, I would also recommend clean water (preference on overnight aged water), Melafix, but would also mention a bit of aquarium salt to the tank. You can find -many- articles on the amounts and reasons why if you have any doubt. My two cents.
  19. Another vote for Baking Soda. It was suggested to me when I first started, works perfectly, and have never had any problems to bother looking into anything else. Let's not forget its easy availability.
  20. Kissez is right. My friend had a similar problem with Ammonia, since his tank was overstocked and wasn't changing enough water. Regular water changes, I add a bit of salt also as a preventative measure. And I would do regular water tests to ensure your water chemistry. If you have the extra money, I would add a bit of Melafix to the tank also. (My humble opinion.)
  21. I've always been under the impression that algae in a fishtank is a sign of a healthy tank. I went away for a mini-vacation and returned home to find my tank -crystal- clear. The only algae remaining are the colonies on the rocks within the tank. The fish were fed with the proper amounts but a water change had not been done for the time I was away. Now maybe my logic is flawed with a lack of caffeine (it's early morning here), but I would assume that a tank that was "dirty" would make -more- algae, not less. Granted, I like the look of the tank but the layer of algae on the back glass is now gone, and makes the tank loss less natural. It also means that there is less food for my pleco and applesnail. I know I can always seed my fishtank with more algae, by scraping the filter or setting a gallon of water outside for a few days, but can someone explain how/why my tank would have been cleaner after was ignored for almost 2 weeks? (And before anyone criticizes, I've been changing the water and doing tests to ensure the water profile is again normal.)
  22. Everything -sounds- OK. I see no reason to say, "yep, definately a lighting problem." I'm no expert, but it sounds OK. I'm lost as to what to say next. I know my goldies pick at my plants damaging them slightly until they die off. I'm unsure if that is your solution. Sorry man, you got me on this one.
  23. Anacharis need quite a bit of light in order to stay healthy. In your tank, the fish waste is enough of a fertilizer for them to sustain themselves. There are addidtives that you can add, but I'm not a fan of placing additives to a tank. The only exceptions I have made are Melafix and Salt. How is the light in your tank?
  24. I've been keeping the hood fully open on my tank to reduce the water temperature within the tank. When one of my cats walked by, he was splashed by one of the goldies, who has gotten quite accurate about splashing people (and cats) near the tank. Sorry for your loss.
  25. I hang mine up over the sink. However, mine is six feet, not 25. Mine also has mold in it, I ay it no mind. If I ever decide to clean it, they sell nylon brushes that I can use to clean it.
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