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  1. I've had five blacks turn completely orange over the past few years. Presently I have two broadtail Moors undergoing a color change. In my experience it's going to be at least 4-6 months from start to finish. In my opinion color changes are due to stress and extremely warm temperatures. Here's an article you may want to read which explains why goldfish change color. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/90226-why-goldfish-change-color/
  2. Quite awesome, Kathy! Great job as always!
  3. Nice job, Koko! The black teles look good!
  4. TL, I definitely would look at adjusting your pH levels. Corys don't do well in an alkaline environment. The native environment for Corydoras is slow-moving streams where the water is shallow, clear, soft and neutral or slightly acidic. Keep the pH-value in slightly below 7 and strive for 5-10 degrees of hardness. Some Corydoras species do not cope well with salt, so you must research you particular species before you use salt as medication. Corys are quite hardy and adaptable, but they are sensitive to high levels of nitrate since this makes them susceptible to barbell infections.
  5. Hey TL, I've had real good luck with my albino Corys. I have three right now, two of which are almost 2 yrs old. I was having some difficulties with some losses and after some research I believe my pH may have been fluctuating which they couldn't handle. Are you holding your pH at a constant 6.8-7.0? And what's your weekly percentage of water change? Parameters OK? Corys are hardy, the albinos are no exception in my experience. Hopefully we can help you.
  6. I was bidding on #11 black but I didn't get it.
  7. Cindy, You really have to clean your filter sponges very well by squeezing them in buckets of tank water. Continue to do this until your water is completely clear. You may need to also rinse your other media better as well in tank water. Don't worry about killing your BB by rinsing in tank water. A highly clogged sponge will build pressure which is causing your media basket to raise. When I first got my AC 70's they did the same thing. Only after repeated cleanings of the sponges did they finally come back to where they should have been which meant my media hasn't ever been pushed up since. I clean each AC once a month by the method above and I haven't had this pressure buildup in two years. Here's an excerpt from the AquaClear manual below: Q. What happens if I forget to clean my filter inserts? A. If the Power Filter is left unattended for too long, the filter inserts become clogged with debris. In extreme cases, the filter basket may be forced up from the filter case due to the pump pressure. This is an indication that the efficiency of the filtration is very low and that the filter inserts require immediate rinsing or replacement.
  8. Nice job, Molly! Your fish and tank look great!
  9. Here's a link to a chart that I use that's always been very helpful. The chart is from alysta.com. The table lists many of the common sizes of fish tanks, along with dimensions, weight (empty and full), and whether the tank has a tempered glass bottom or not. http://alysta.com/books/fishtank.htm
  10. Did some online shopping and picked up a bunch of tropical fish food, and bloodworms for the Telescopes. Also received a shipoment of ProGold from Rick at GC.
  11. Way to go, K! They look great!
  12. Sure...why not? Steve has done alot of work on broadtails and veiltails and really has done well with his breeding program.
  13. Hey you got 5 more than me! I'm just sayin Nice job Miss Fang! Ya done good!
  14. Very nice Veiltails, Cindy. Great job! Aren't RG's nice?
  15. The heater in my small trop tank took a dump so I had to run down and pick up a small Hagen heater quick. While I was there I picked up 3 Pepper Corys to add to my large trop tank. Maybe I can get them to spawn so I can get some more young. I have to catch miss Fang...she's waaay ahead of me!
  16. Very nice! Nice looking butterfly!
  17. Agreed. GF flourish at higher pH....I keep mine at 8.4.
  18. I plan on getting a 125 in the future and that's what I'll be using on mine most likely- 3 AC 110's for 1500gph. They definitely have the push.
  19. 1. Larry Pizza 2. Magoo 3. Patch 4. Bosco 5. Tri 6. Bat 7. Peppa 8. Xen 9. Cleopatra 10. Dark Knight (DK) 11. Puma 12. Panther 13. Jett 14. Nyx 15. Vion 16. Niko 17. Stimpy
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