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  1. [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level? 0

    [*]Nitrite Level? 0

    [*]Nitrate level? 10

    [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?7.9

    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

    [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?API Drops

    [*]Water temperature?68

    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?50 gallon 9 months

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Aquatech 60 and AC70

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 50% once a week

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 inch Red Cap- 3 inch lionhead-2 2.5 inch bristlenose plecos

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Once a day Hikari Lionhead, HBH Algae wafers, Spirulina flakes,occasionally peas or spinach.

    [*]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? White stuff on wen

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No\

    Just wondering if this is normal wen growth or a type of fungus.




    Sorry about the crappy pictures, I just can't do good goldfish pics. :idont

  2. I lived in Brandon this summer, and OMG, talk about a fishkeeper's dream...perfect water, no white residue on the tank walls, but *sigh* I'm back in the country with our sand point well, nice water, just high mineral content. ABS scrapers work great for keeping the build up off the tank walls and floor, if you have that problem, too.

    Speaking of perfect water, the town where I live is slated for an RO town water system sometime in the next year. Then I imagine I'll have PH and a lack of mineral problems. :doh11:

  3. If you're in SE Sask, we probably have similar water issues since I'm SW Manitoba :doh11: My first AC's didn't last long, but I just got a new 110 for my big tank and I'm going to try running vinegar through it monthly to see if it helps. Tetra Whispers last longer but I prefer the Aquaclear, if I can make it last.

    I am indeed in SE Sask. :D

    I really like your idea of running vinegar through

    the filter. If it works it will be much easier than disassembling

    and cleaning the parts by hand. :thumbup2:

    I'm actually trying an Aqua Tech right now alongside the AC's as my neighbour

    uses one and has had no problems in a year and a half.

  4. Are you sure the green stuff is algae? After reading your post, I was interested in

    possibly getting one of these Dragons and did a search. I found these reviews on the

    nnnn site:

    Pros: beautiful, unusual

    Cons: not for fish tank, fish get stuck when not used as bubbler, absorbs funk from your tank, not easily cleaned

    "let me say i am a dragon freak, and naturally HAD to have this guy in my tank. and he is stunning, he's been in my 75 tall for about 5 months now . however, 3 months ago my tank developed a green haze. not algae, not copper imbalance, nada. spent tons of time, money, etc. instead, it turns out that my lovely dragon has become a stinkfest of vulgar proportions! his being, whatever it may be made of, is not really fish tank material. it absorbs too much (whatever) and is not easily cleaned with non harmful cleaners; water and mild detergent aint gonna cut it. just bleach him out and set him up in the corner of the room and look at him, just get it out of the tank before you spend too much money trying to clear the water. we have always had tanks and never encountered this problem with a piece of decoration before. im thinking of painting mine :)"

    Pros: looks nice

    Cons: ruins your tank

    "I got this 2 months ago, and a few weeks after it being in there, my water and glass had turned green. I took it out, and I'm still having problems from it."

    So is it really algae or ???

  5. I have 2 AC 70's on my 50 gal tank. Great filters except for one thing:

    Calcium build-up on the impeller assemblies will cause my filters to stall.

    Especially after a power outage(which can be frequent in my area) or after

    a w/c, they will not re-start. In which case I have to tear them apart and

    clean out the calcium using vinegar. Even this only works for a couple of weeks,

    when they need to be re-done.

    What I wanted to know are there other brands of power filters that work better

    in very hard water that are not as prone to this sort of problem? I am gone from

    home quite a lot and having the filters quit while I am gone is not a good thing.

  6. Oh sorry I need to make a correction, Big Al's is located in the U.S. but they ship to Canada. You're much better off ordering online than going to the store.

    Not trying to be a smart alec or anything but Big Al's has stores in Canada.

    From the website:

    Big Al's, "The Aquatic Mail Order Specialist", was originally launched as a division of Big Al's Aquarium Services, Canada's largest aquarium retail chain.

    In Business for over 35 years, Big Al's Aquarium Services Ltd. has grown from a small service company to a chain of 20 stores across US and Canada.

  7. Is it possible the cloudiness was caused by a fine abrasive that the previous owners used to clean the tank? My friend has a tank that an abrasive was used to clean the tank and it has a "cloudy look" to it. This unfortunately would be a permanent condition.

  8. Eep!!! My power went out for a couple hours a while back and I was panicking the entire time because obviously the filter wasn't working. Then when the power came back on it took a couple hours of whacking it to get it going again. It was scary. :peeka:(

    Really? You whacked your filter for 2 hours? :rofl

    If the filter needs a hit to get it going again the impeller

    and impeller cavity are probably plugged up with minerals.

    It really should be taken apart and cleaned up.

    I soak my pump parts in vinegar for a couple of hours.(much easier than whackin) :D

  9. I have an aunt who has a 20 gallon tank with 30...yes 30!!! goldies and a chinese algae eater living in it.

    I've told here several times that it's against all the rules but she just scoffs at me.

    She also rarely does water changes.

    Thing is she has had this tank for about 7 months and hasn't lost a fish. Go figure :blink:

  10. I had a ton of this inside of my tank. Before a water change I would turn off my power filters and scrape the sides of the tanks and let it settle to the bottom. Then I would suck the stuff off of the bottom while siphoning during the water change.

    I have some rocks and ornaments in the tank that had a fair amount of brown stuff on them as well but between water changes, time and my 2 albino bristlenose plecos the algae is in serious decline. No more of it on the walls of the tank or the rocks.

    And finally I have some green algae growing on the outflows of the filters :D

    With some patience and a little work(a pleco or 2 couldn't hurt) the problem will

    lessen or go away in time.

  11. The 50 gallon......with background :D


    I'm running an Aqueon 30 and an Aquaclear 70. As soon as the tank is fully cycled I will replace

    the Aqueon with another Aquaclear 70.

  12. Nice setup:) how come no background??

    Thanks. There was a background but it went to this tank:


    A 20 gallon with 2 silver angels and Maxx the betta.

    Since the 50 gallon is longer than the 29 it's replacing, a new background will be going onto it.

  13. Here's my modest set-up:


    It's a 29G with 2 Aqueon 30's for 400 gph flow and a 12 inch airstone.

    Also have the bubbler hooked up to the hippo skull.

    Heating duties are taken care of by a Fluval M200.

    Residing in the tank are Mowgli(moor), RC(redcap oranda), and Goof(lionhead)

    Sharing the tank with the goldies are 2 small Albino BN plecos, they usually are

    hiding under the fake log or in the skull.

    This will all be changing in a couple of weeks when my 50G tank arrives. :D

  14. How does one get 87 total watts? All the bulbs I have looked at provide 20w, so 2 only makes 40.... :o

    A couple of these would do it, but the price!! :madrant


    2 of these are a little more reasonable: :)


    the first one, ouch....

    the second one I could see myself splurging on. I will have to see how much money payday brings. haha.

    or save up and hope the red can survive.

    Here's an even better(more economical) alternative:


    Anyone else know of a better buy?

    These fixtures are all assuming your tank is 30 inches. :)

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