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  1. I love the colour change... always wanted a white Chu! I had a look at Marty today and it seems like UV lights @ 11 hours a day is the secret to keeping them black... every lasy skerrick of bronze is gone... he is like a little lump of black charcoal... will try to get pics... he's a beautiful, matt velvety black
  2. This guys looks okay http://fancygoldfishworld.webs.com/
  3. If ever you need some Ammonchlor... let me know. You only use a teaspoon basically to do 90 litres... and they give you enough to do 5000 litres! The stuff is great and colpetely safe. Just make sure you do a 100% water change with the B&G stuff... may have some nasties in there
  4. Seems Podgey decided he needed a change... look what happened over a course of only 3 weeks! All I did was change them from Hikari Gold to Hikari Lionhead. Fyshlyps has gone a VERY dark orange, Marty - no change except he is fatter and Podgey... whoah! Is this a common thing with food changes??? Only other change I made was to install 'sunlight' lamps around the same time, could it have been that?
  5. I love the little wiggle! He swims like a Chu with a dorsal fin
  6. Gunbunnj - I think you've hit it on the head! The tank has been established a while (it was FyshLyp's first home) and he does seem to enjoy chasing them - whatever they are! As long as they are harmless, that is cool, but how on earth did they get there? Mister Foo doesn't get live foods, just the ocassional dried blood worms. Could there have been eggs in those or something? His main diet is Seachems Betta Banquet.
  7. I noticed yesterday that there are the tiniest of little white things swimming around in Mister Foo's tank! They are microscopic - I thought they were just debris that just settles after a water change, but there were about 6 of these specs swimming purposely against the very slight current in the tank! I can't get a photo as they are too tiny, but they seem slightly elongated and swim a bit like a shrimp. They aren't planeria or (what I call) jerky-S-worms.. I have no idea where they have come from! I did an 80% water change again and checked this morning and I can still see a couple of them. Any ideas?
  8. I've had a really horrible week at work dealing with some heartbreaking issues (client incidences) and this has just brightened my week so much and lifted me out of my misery... he so adorable and such and ambassador for the 'Anti-Flush Campaign for Sick Goldfish'
  9. http://www.aquariumsupermarket.com.au/223-aqua-master-aquaricycline-25-tablets-.html FINALLY! We can get good meds for our babies, with pre-prepared food etc coming soon! Aussie aqauriums are now starting to stock this kind of stuff, just bought some from Steve
  10. Must be a Moor thing Marty vacuums up and down each leaf of my anubia, then 'writes' on the algae covered back wall of the tank. I will have to get some photos of the marks he leaves in the algae... his latest one says something like ykiiiily...
  11. My Marty is the sweetest (and not too bright!) thing ever. He just potters around bumping into things or follows FyshLyps around. My problem-child was Podgey, for the first week her chased Marty and FyshLyps until they turned tail (pardon the pun) and punted him a few times... he soon got the message and has been fine. Moors aggressive? Pfffttt...
  12. Check my signature for fishless cycling.. if you were here in Australia I would have just sent you some, the little tub they sell will cycle about 100 tanks
  13. Don't know the name of the powder - was given to me by an aquarium owner in a small container - and I can't get in contact with him at the moment. I know it's a generic antibacterial powder that you mix with food - pale green in colour. A friend picked him up and 'patted him - he sloughed off his entire slime coat about 48 hours later then a lump formed just after his gill plate on his lateral line, so I popped him into the QT tank - uncycled, airstone, no filter - 12 hourly water changes and wipedown of the tank. Turned into a furuncle (columnaris?), burst, then two more came up. I left him in QT for 3 weeks with Mela/Pimafix and salt - alternated - and it cleared up completely. Put him back in the main tank - after a thorough cleaning of gravel, filters... the lot and a 100% water change - the other 2 giys loved it . Another lump came up a week later in the same spot as the original so I started him on antibac food... starting to clear up after only 2 days.
  14. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... if only you were here in Sydney, I'm looking at a huge tank at the moment (370 litres - around 90 gallons) and would have taken her she is so beautiful!
  15. How exciting... but messy! They really are beautiful to watch Get ready for your water changes, though!
  16. My gorgeous boy - Marty the Moor - developed furncles (boils) after a friend decided the 'pat' him to find out if they really were 'velvety'... don't start me He was great for a while after a round of salt and Mela/Pimafix in QT for 3 weeks... but after them bursting out again when I put him back in the main tank (just about scoured it clean - boiled the gravel and all beforehand) I have now started him on antibacterial food. I dissolve the powder in a small amount of water then soak his Hikari Gold pellets in it until they fully absorb it. He's on day 3 one small feed a day - how long/often do I need to dose (I've lost the instructions I was given for it).
  17. Oooooooooooooooooooo! They are adorable!!!
  18. Oh, I am so sorry to hear the bad news <hugs>
  19. Squik

    No Bubble Nest!

    Mister Foo has never even made a half-hearted attempt at a bubble nest... not one bubble! Is there something wrong? He seems happy, eats well, swims around and likes flaring at things - but no nest. There is no current in his tank - sponge filter run with an airpump.
  20. I have exactly the same problem with Mister Foo! I have a 20L tank with a small driftwood and an anubia on it, shallow white gravel, a 25W heater (winter only) and a sponge/airpump filter. About an hour after I do my weekly 50% water change, the water goes cloudy and the outake tube of the filter gets what looks like white 'dust' all up the inside. Thinking it was bacteria, I drop in a little Melafix and it is gone in a few hours. Tank has been cycled since March... ideas anyone?
  21. Your patience and love for this gorgeous little guy is amazing! I use Seachem Garlic Guard when my guys are down, they love it - it's like watching sharks feed! - and it boosts their immune system as well. A 100ml bottle last for ages as you only need a few drops at a time to soak your pellets (I use Hikari Gold). I daresay you could add it to gel food as well?
  22. My fantail tends to get the occasional furuncle/cyst/lump/white bacterial ball on her in one spot, which normally goes after a week of salt, then a week of Melafix once it pops... no dramas. I've recently added extra filtration - an Eheim 2012 AquaBall - to boost filtration to 10x to help with this. But Marty had a lump come up about 3 weeks ago - not long after adding the Aquaball - so I popped him in a 1.5gal QT tank (no filter, just an airhose and 12 hourly 100% water changes like I do with FyshLyps). I salted up to .3% and it popped a few days later, then started the Melafix. I even 'wash' my hands with a little Stress Coat Plus when I lift him back into the new water (so I don't add any of the old water back - I cup him out while I am changing the water and rinsing the tank)... I am being soooooper careful. It was just starting to heal, when a second one popped up on the opposite side and when it burst, a third popped up near his dorsal fin. Now the three seem to be taking turns cycling... ggggrrrrrr! He has had a couple of days here and there where he passed fat, gelly-like white poos, but most days it is his normal poo. He is happy enough - eating, scooting around and growing like a weed because of the water changes - but I've used everything I normally use (he also has his food soaked in SeaChem Garlic Guard as an added boost to his immune system) and I don't want to hit the heavier meds - did one round of Tri-Sulpha which seemed to help only a little. Can I use Melafix/Pimafix and salt together with goldies? I'm at my wits end!
  23. He is so lovely and looks really happy! It's fun watching them 'hunt' amongst plants
  24. Squik


    That is one thing that Mister Foo has NEVER done... built a nest. Is that normal?
  25. Soooo cute... Can hardly wait to see a profile shot of him! His colour is really coming out now I saved a 4-day old cichlid fry (he was 1.5mm long - he is a Red-Topped Cobalt Emperor) from being tossed down the loo in dirty fish-water a few weeks ago. He'd been swirled around with gravel in a vac-tube, tipped through a sieve and then dumped in a bucket... and survived! He is thriving in a breeders net in the big tank. We called him Sid - as he is so tough Fry are so adorable
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