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  1. If I were very rich I think I might, and I mean "I can buy twenty cars and call it chump change" rich, otherwise I don't think I would.
  2. You can try a snail, I've heard they work quite well, or you could try some ghost or red cherry shrimp (though she may try munching on them, be sure to give hidey caves). I wouldn't suggest much else though. I wouldn't try another female betta either, 5 gallons may make them aggressive towards each other due to lack of territory and not being able to fit in enough fish to make them comfortable (4-6 female bettas are recommended, personally I don't think they'd all fit in a 5 gal).
  3. I don't have any creative nicknames for my fish, Gaara is "Piggy" and Aiko is something I can't repeat on the board, but we'll kiddie friendly it with "Witch Fish".
  4. That's pretty neat, my fish would just try to eat it though, they try to eat anything I put in their tank including my fingers, siphon, and the thermometer when I first put it in
  5. Be sure the filter doesn't have too strong of a current, the betta might get tossed around too much otherwise. Bettas can also be extremely picky with their food, so you may need to try a few different brands.
  6. I'm pretty sure the yellow coloured fins are the anal fins, but I don't think they're considered part of the tail, I was just using the picture because it shows three different caudal fins.
  7. I'm not certain this is what you're talking about (since I can't read the labels hardly at all) but I think this diagram shows the tails you're talking about? It shows a four tail, what I assume to be the cherry blossom tail although I've never seen sakura spelled with an 'o', and a three tail. (By the way, I found this pic via google, it is not mine, it's from someone on a foreign fish forum)
  8. I thought Sakura was a colour of goldfish, I've never heard of a sakura tail... maybe Lupin or Trinket can answer this?
  9. Hypostomus is only the genus, which the common pleco is also a part of, so that doesn't help very much, but at least it's a start since there are literally hundreds of different plecos. It could be Hypostomus Borellii or Hypostomus Boulengeri... Borellii Boulenger But they don't look exactly right...Not sure about compatibility.
  10. Try using newspaper to wipe it with instead of a cloth (crumple the paper, don't fold it), I'd found it works pretty well at least on normal windows, haven't had to clean off the fish tank yet as I am lacking a digital camera to even take pictures.
  11. He looks like a Tiger or Clown Pleco to me... I'm not sure if they're compatible with goldfish or not though.
  12. Going to add something, different gravels also have different sizes, which is why I needed 5 lbs to cover the entire bottom, depending on how large or small your gravel is will determine how much you need as well.
  13. Personally I think 1lb of gravel per gallon is too much, for a ten gallon I'd go for 5lbs of gravel, basically just enough to cover the bottom, and very easy to clean, but I hate having to gravel vacuum forever so I keep my gravel thin.
  14. I firmly believe that a fish doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. My two fantails have many "flaws" but I don't love them any less for them, it makes them unique. Unless you are using your fish for showing, I wouldn't worry about any "defects" they have.
  15. I like A, but mostly because of his/her colouring. I don't really like the look of a wen, so that's also why I like A (has the smallest wen out of all of them).
  16. I don't know of any paints that are aquarium safe, but you could always paint your decoration and then coat it in epoxy to water proof it, that should keep any paint from leeching.
  17. I don't have any advice to offer, but it's awesome that your tank is done cycling I bet you can't wait to stick your fishies in their new home.
  18. Clove oil acts as an anesthetic on fish, causing slowed respiration and eventually sleep or even death, depending upon the dose. If you overdose, it would be like an overdose of anesthesia in a person -- going to sleep, followed by dying. In theory it's a very humane way to euthanize a fish, and is what I plan to use if I ever have to make that decision for one of my goldies. It's mainly used in dentistry, it's the active ingredient in a lot of weed killers, it's used in oil painting so that the paints on the palette don't dry out, and it's used in the cleaning/polishing/maintenance of Japanese swords (Referred to as "Choji Oil" but is 99% mineral oil with very little clove oil).
  19. If you have a garden you could water your plants with all the water you change out, although you might drown them if you're not careful... But if you have city water, all the water that goes down your drain is recycled through a water plant and comes back out through your faucet eventually; if you have a septic tank the water goes to a drain field and gets filtered by soil and treated to be sanitary and returns to groundwater. Personally I think we only phrase it as "wasting water" because it does cost so much.
  20. I'm so jealous of all of you I have one tank up and running, a 20 gal that Aiko and Gaara share. Then I have a 10 gal, 5 gal, and a bowl sitting in my closet. I want another tank, hoping for a 29 to 35 gal anything bigger and I think the water changes will kill my back, I don't have a python or the money to spend on one, but I don't have anywhere to put a new tank even if I got one
  21. I pity him if he doesn't have a python.
  22. Totally, I'm so jealous of your friend right now (but not of all the huge water changes he has to do for a tank that big).
  23. Only if it doesn't hold water or if the seal looks ragged or yellow or looks like it might spring a leak sometime in the (near) future. Otherwise your friend shouldn't have to. Hopefully they won't have to, resealing a 10 gal was enough work for me, I couldn't imagine a 125 gal.
  24. It should be fine, make sure it can hold water first, then you can clean it with Potassium Permanganate which you can buy at hardware stores. You put in enough PP until the water turns bright purple, keep it like that for 4 hours, if the water turns brown add more PP until it's purple again. Then empty and rinse really well. Be careful not to get the PP on your clothing, hands, floor... anything that can stain. That should take care of it. If your friend is not comfortable with using PP, a bleach concentration of 1 part bleach 12 parts water will disinfect it, but make sure to rinse well after the bleach smell has gone (can't be too careful can we?).
  25. (Completely changing the topic for the moment) You have a rat Squik? I used to keep them as pets and breed them, what kind is he/she?
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