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  1. light fixtures could probably be put in easily, keeping it out of sunlight is an easy thing to do, and small children can just be kept in a dog crate or something but no seriously you could just smack them if they touch your awesome fish table
  2. Thanks for your help and support! It's always good to know that there are other people out there who have gone through a similar expreience. Now the tough part is deciding which fish to give away. They are all very dear to me.
  3. The salt has anti-caking agents in it, so I guess I'll go to my Lfs and get some aquarium salt. Once my fish are healthy enough, I'll give some of them away. This is sad, but I'd rather have two living fish than four dead fish.
  4. 0h- and what kind of salt should I use? is kosher sea salt fine?
  5. Only the goldfish are showing symptoms, and I cleaned the rocks well with dechlorinated water before I put them in, but with no anti parasite or anti bacterial solution. I'll do a large water change, and see what happens.
  6. I have also just noticed that my fish have red vein-like streaks in their fins, if that is of any help for confirming that it is a bacterial infection.
  7. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 80 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Ph 6.0, KH 40, GH 180 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Ph 6.5, KH 40, GH 180 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API strips [*]Water temperature? 78 F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30gal, 1 year [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Biowheel 350, Top Fin 30 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 10% weekly, 30% end of each month [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 goldfish 5-6 inches, 3 1inch cory catfish, 1 3inch rubberlip pleco (overstocked, I know) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? API stress coat and API dechlorinater [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Top Fin algae flakes, Terta Fin goldfish flakes, one big meal a day [*]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? eyes protruding slightly, cotton-like strands on lips and in mouth [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? lethargic, only come up for food, stay under driftwood most of the day My fish have recently developed white fuzz on/in their mouths, and their eyes have begun to protrude slightly. I believe that this is a bacterial infection, but I am just checking with more knowledgable people before I treat my fish. I have had my hands in the tank recently (I realize this is a terrible behavior, as it can spread bacteria), and have recently inrotuced river stones to my tank, which have sat outside at a hardware store for several months. Bacteria could have been spread through that, as well as fungus or parasites, but from what I reasearched my fish are showing signs of bacterial infection. Any input would be greatly appreciated, as I don't want to mistreat my fish.
  8. cool. it's just like a mirrored background, but obviously cheaper.
  9. My shubunkin are pretty strong swimmers, and they don't really seem to be having a problem with the current. I was worried about my 3 tiny cory catfish at first, but they seem to be enjoying it.
  10. Is your tank cycled right now? You could hook both filters up at the same time and have them run together for a while, or you could take the filter media out of your current filter and jam it into your new Penguin. At least, I'm pretty sure that's what you'd do.... Currently I am running both filters at once. Once I'm sure that the Penguin is cycled I'll remove the old filter and keep it running in a bucket of fish water to keep it cycled as a backup filter.
  11. Too bad you don't have room. Well, if you do convert the tank, please post pics of it with the new betas! If you don't convert it, posting a few more pics wouldn't hurt. I'd love to do a waterfall setup like that sometime.
  12. Beautiful tank! Personally, I'd keep the setup and just buy another 5 or 10 gallon tank and put a divider or two in it. But, if getting another tank is out of the question, convert it so it has more room and put a divider in it. I'm sure a your betta wouldn't mind a friend of the opposite gender. wink wink.
  13. I found some river stones at my local hardware store while I was out buying pantyhose at Target(I had a rather awkward encounter with a woman in the females underwear section, so I'll put my gravel in the pantyhose and slowly switch them out with the river stones rather than going barebottom. My cory catfish will be happy that they'll still have something to bury their faces in.
  14. Sounds like a good idea, but it might be a bit awkward buying ladies stockings since I'm a 16 year old boy... well, it is for the good of my fish, so I guess I'll just have to do it.
  15. um... I don't know what just happened, but please disregard that the response is tripled
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