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  1. Thanks for all the detailed research and info alistairw. Excellent work. I'm a firm believer that the 10x filtration rule can be broken if a canister is used vs. HOB due to both the huge mechanical filtration surface area, and the huge amount of bio media they hold. I continue to have success with a Fluval 405 on a 70G, servicing 3 large single tails. Water is always clear, params are always zero for Ammonia and Nitrite, and the fish continue to be healthy.
  2. My tank gets direct morning light light coming in through the left side, year round. The fish are always very bright orange, and I've been feeding them Ocean Nutrician Spirulina Flake for a little more than 2 years.
  3. I feed mine citrus all the time. Right now our Navel orange tree is full of oranges, so instead of giving them a slice, I'm quarting and giving them an entire quarter. It's like a shark attack........that lasts 3-4hrs. They eat it right down to the white part that's so rich in bioflavanoids. If you want to have fun, try lemons, and then try limes. They actually make faces as they eat it. Mine love limes more than any other fruit. Try minced garlic from the little jars that you can get at the grocery store. They love that too. Don't forget Avocado!
  4. Yep, they love Avocado. Mine get it often, and they go nuts. My rule with feeding them is; if it's a soft fruit or vegetable, I'll fed it. Typically, that means minced garlic straight from the little jar, Avo, all citrus (they're nuts about limes) and peas.
  5. In other words, 5 in a 20 is too much. They pollute the water way too fast and in no time you'll be spending a lot of time and money trying to save sick and dying fish.
  6. Yes, the rebuild kit for the whisper pump gets you the whole thing......metal arm with pivot bushing on one end, and magnet on the other, and the diaphram installed in the middle, with the air control block that has the check valves and new o-rings for the control block. Literally just pop the lid off the pump, slide out the 2 diaphram assemblies, set the new o-rings into the new assemblies, wipe some spit on them, and slide the new components into position. The 100 uses the same diaphrams as the 60, so I wonder what change they made to make it a 100? Bigger motor? I hate tossing stuff like this in the trash, so for me, it was worth it to rebuild.
  7. My 2 repair kits arrived and I "rebuilt" it just a few minutes ago. It moves so much more air through the new bubble stick than the Rena 400....to the point of, gee, it'd be nice to turn it down. But that brings on an early failure rate, so I'll leave it as-is.
  8. I would go ask what kind of paint they are using, and based on that, make a decision. Just because it smells doesn't mean it's toxic. I would also NOT cover the tank with anything because the surface of the water needs to freely exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. I've never aged my water in bucket, it goes straight from the tap, right into my 70 via my Python, but I guess if you're still concerned after finding out what the paint is, you could drop some little mesh bags of carbon into each bucket.......and put carbon in your filter
  9. Score!! $28 for 2 new pumps! I think they are $30ea at our local petboxstore.
  10. Wouldn't be a bad idea to bag a couple of kits then. Although good grief, they're on sale right now w/ free shipping for $14.12 w/ free shipping if your order is more than $25. Add a rebuild kit and it would be: http://www.amazon.com/Tetra-77854-Whisper-Pump-60-Gallon/dp/B0009YJ4NG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331101634&sr=8-1 I went with the seller "Pet Solutions" and my kits were $9.49ea and then $5.99 to ship them both.http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Aquarium-Pump-Parts-dome-style/dp/B001NTHFB4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331101634&sr=8-2
  11. Check the contacts where your new starter twists in, and make sure they are shiny. If not, scrape them back to shiny with the fixture unplugged. Same thing for the metal straps in each of the tombstones. Scrape them shiny with a pocket knife or X-acto knife, or similar. Fluoresent fixtures are really simple to work on, so it'd be very easy to pop this one apart and replace the transformer if you find that cleaning the contact surfaces for the bulb and starter don't help. I rebuilt both of the vintage hoods in my Metaframe tank, and replaced the transformers with solid state units that don't humm, don't get hot, and start the bulbs instantly without flicker.
  12. Oh, it's not dead permanently. I've got 2 rebuild kits coming, so I'll rebuild it.........2min job......and have a spare kit for next time. It's apart and waiting for kit.
  13. That looks cool, and the tank is stunning! Nice job on the photos of the fish, especially that shot of Roxy!
  14. 2 years almost exactly. Both diaphrams ruptured. Can't blame the air pump though because it's power about 44" of Marineland bubble stick (that thin blue stuff). I couldn't even blow through that stick even when it was new, so I figured the pump wouldn't last long. So I shows the stick the inside of a trash can, and ordered 2 rebuild kits for the pump off Amazon. For now, my back up is a brand new Rena 400, running a new 48" flexible bubble stick, burried under the gravel. I've had the Rena for a year and not used it because it's louder than the Whisper 60 and moves less air.
  15. Nice tank! That's going to be really great all set up. Another fun way to do the bubble wall is to burry it under the sand/gravel at the back wall. Gives big bubbles, emmerging out of the substrate at random.
  16. One thing to consider is that eventually you'll be cleaning the inside of that super long tube. Might be a challenge. I have my Fluval 405 on the floor at the right end of the tank (facing the tank in my siggy pic) and both hoses are the same length and go up over that right side. The outlet is a full width spray bar.
  17. With the fixture unplugged, spray into the "tombstones" (the plastic towers) at each end of the fluorescent tube with PB Blaster or Kroil. Both are excellent penetrating oils and you can get them at most hardware stores, or NAPA auto parts. Let that soak for a while. Then twist the light tube back and forth and it should break free. The tube has 2 metal pins at each end and they are simply sitting in the curve of 2 metal strips...........pop the tube our of your good fixture and you'll see what you're dealing with.
  18. Hey, can you post a photo of it? I'd like to see it, and may be interested in buying it if you guys don't want it any longer. Metaframe is an old aquarium brand name from the 50's-70's. I'm not familiar with that exact pump, but my guess is that it's from the 60's or 70's. The tank you see in my signature is a huge Metaframe tank with stainless frame and a slate bottom. I have a Metaframe "Hush II" air pump on display on a period stainless air pump shelf, on the side of the tank.
  19. I like rocks in the tank. I think I have 8 or 9 pieces of petrified wood in mine. Smooth stuff is definately better for Goldfish tanks
  20. Canister filter fan here. I'd put a Fluval 405 on that tank with a spray bar. Fill the Fluval with their ceramic bio media, and a couple of micro-polishing pads, and enjoy crystal clear water forever. There's room for a big bag of carbon, or a big bag of Seachem Denitrate too.
  21. Mine used to love to play in the outlet nozzle blast of my Fluval 405. It was like an underwater treadmill. It's probably a single tail thing. I installed a spray bar because I wanted more aggitation of the surface, in order to promote better carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange, and I also wanted the increased circulation where all the water at the surface was being driven down the front glass, and pushing all the CO2 rich water at the bottom, up the back wall and to the surface where it could be exchanged for O2. I even added to mine, so it's closer to full width, and put 3 holes in the end cap so that it's circulating water out of that far corner.
  22. Fun to read everyone's stories! We had a tropical tank for a year or 2 when I was a kid back in the 60's, so you know it was one of those cool Metaframe or Pemco stainless tanks. I also had a 10 or 15g tropical tank in college that moved with me from design lab to design lab quarter. The Goldfish experience started when my mom was out for a visit and gave our daughter a 1g "Fish TV." l was not happy about it, because I knew I'd be the one taking care of it, and dealing with a sad kidlet every time a stupid 25 cent feeder fish died. So, to the LFS we went, and 50 cents later, came home with 2 stupid feeder fish. A few months later, one of them died. We replaced it. Then, a few months after that, the other original one died leaving us with just the one replacement fish. I was still not loving the Goldfish experience, and the Fish TV sat on our daughter's dresser, with that fish being ignored other than getting a sprinkle of "goldfish flakes" a few times a day, and the water changed when it was merky. Well.......time passed, and that replacement fish grew, and continued to survive us not caring about it, and terrible water conditions, and that small 1g bowl. Picture a water change where I'd net the fish out, put it into a tupperware bowl with some fresh water, bleach and scrub out that 1g bowl, refill with tap water, and put the fish back in. Notice I don't mention treating the water for chlorine! That fish continued on, year after year. Never getting sick, and never getting any attention. Then one day at a yard sale, I saw one of those 2-1/2g horizontal fish bowls and thought maybe it was time for that fish to have a bigger bowl, and maybe sit on the kitchen table and get some attention. I put a little live plant in the middle, and eventually a little bubbler with a tiny air pump. Actually, my father-in-law supplied the bubbler and pump when they were fish sitting for us during a vacation. We soon discovered that the fish like our attention, and we noticed it seemed to splash when it wanted something........attention = food, right? So we'd give it a tiny pinch of flakes when it splashed. Wasn't long after that, that I trained it to swim next to my hand, when I put my hand on the outside of the bowl. Well, the more I interacted with it, the more I started to empathize with it. A 10G starter tank from WallyWorld was the next step, and a new place in the kitchen, up on my vintage mangle iron, and right in the middle of the action. Within a month she outgrew that tank, and I purchased a 20G, and a friend for her. It was obvious they were outgrowing the 20, so I brought home a used 30G setup..........and stumbled across another fish that I just had to add. It was about that time I started learning about vintage aquariums and because our entire home is period vintage everything, I had to have one. First a 55, and then 2 months later, I stumbled across the current 70G and began a full blown re-glass restoration on it. That was about 2 years ago. What brought me to Kokos was during the changes from 10 to 20 to 30, our original Comet got sick. She'd never been sick and honestly, I didn't even know they could get sick. She wound up with a bump on her lower lip like a white pimple, that then burst and had red skin, and then sluffing skin as it healed, and at the same time, migrating red streaks in her tail. Kokos to the rescue and I learned about how to actually care for Goldfish correctly. I don't remember what year we purchase our original fish, but probably about 7 years ago. She's huge now, as are her 2 pals. The 3 of them are just as much a part of the family are our 2 dogs, and they remain in the kitchen, at the heart of all the activity. They are constantly on the look out for us and give a big "We're over here.......OVER HERE....." dance when they see us. The last 2 years has been a lot of fun with the 3 of them and you folks at Kokos have been very kind and expedient in dishing out the advice when I've been in the need. I really appreciate all the help, both in the articles stored here, and in the personal help you've given.
  23. Some type of fresh fruit or veggie clipped to the tank does keep them busy for quite a while. Ours also like to have a bit of face time. Literally, they love it when I sit with my face right at the glass. They swim slowly back and forth, right against the glass, eyeing me. The fact that they love attention really makes them fun to have.
  24. The other solution is to grow single tails that are waaaaaay to big to fit into a python gravel vac/water changer! I'm just sayin'.
  25. I'm not understanding what you are talking about and your photographs are so close that I can't tell what you're taking a picture of. It sounds like you are trying to make the light bulb area of the aquarium hood be water tight? Please take different photos.
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