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  1. I wouldn't think your gravel content would affect your cycle. You vacuum the gravel each week, and the fish are rooting through the top 1/2" of it, so it's probably not housing a permanent supply of beneficial bacteria. Plus, people with bare bottom tanks aren't relying on gravel as part of their media, and they use the same HOB filters or canister filters that we gravel lovers do. If you're going to take it out, I'd just take it all out. My 3 love the gravel and plow through it like there's no tomorrow. They take huge mouthfuls, move their heads to the side, spit it all out in a different location, and go back to their dig.......and repeat. They'll re-landscape the entire 70G tank in about 24hrs.
  2. If you do a little youtube search there are videos posted for how to set up and use a Fluval. That'll give you a better idea. The Fluval's are super simple. 2 plastic hose go from the top of the filter where they just plug in with a quick lock latch, via a double on/off valve. They simply go up the side or back of the tank on the outside, and then bend in a U shape over the top rim and down into the water. One of them gets a big long intake pipe with a slotted intake grate........that's the intake. The other tube you can either have exit in an open mouth piece, or you can add a spray bar that has a hole drilled about every half inch along its length, and the water exits out all the holes. I've got my 70G on a steel stand (its the vinage stainless tank you see in my signature and you can see videos of it on youtube). My Fluval sits on the floor next to the stand and my pipes go up the right side (facing the tank), up over the top, and then I have a 45" long spray bar across the entire back of the tank at the water line, with all the holes facing out across the top of the water. I have it set so the waterline is right at the level of the holes in the spray bar. Makes terrific aggitation at the water surface, which is what you really want in order to exchange the CO2 in the water, with the O2 in the air at the surface. Creates a great circular effect with the water at the surface moving forward and down the front glass to the bottom, across the bottom, and up the back wall to the surface. This does a great job of getting the O2 rich surface water down to the CO2 rich bottom water, and getting the CO2 exchanged at the top. I've had the Fluval for a little over 2 years, and I definately don't agree that it's more work to maintain. I only open it up once a month, if that. It has 4 sponge filters that are about 1/2" thick, 3" wide and maybe 18" long. That's a huge amount of surface area. It holds about 2-1/2 gallons of water, even with all the bio media I have. All sorts of ways to plug whatever hole or port or whatever you have in that tank. Again, hard to assist without photos and a clearer description, but you could simply purchase a correct size rubber plug from the hardware store (they have drawers of them), coat it with aquarium safe silicone, and pound it into place. A little more silicone around the top, let it dry and cure for a couple days, and you're good to go.
  3. Can't help you on the predrilled without seeing photos of where the ports have been put. Otherwise, just cap them off and let the tank be a normal tank. Then HOB's will hang normally, or if you go with a canister, it's hoses just go up over the top rim. Easy.
  4. Those tanks are really great! The bubbling dragons are killer!! One suggestion, if I may be so bold..........black silicone tubing for all your air lines, and run it down the corners, and along the bottom at the back wall. it'll be almost invisible and really clean up that great look you have going! Your fish are amazing, and it's kinda mesmerizing to watch all those white tails fluttering around. Gives a whole new meaning to "Fish TV" and I could sit there in a dark room for hours watching them
  5. I took the opposite path and bought a Fluval 405. I ran it on my 30G and when the fish outgrew that tank, a 55, and now on the 70. It's got 4 trays with 8 compartments total. 7 of those compartments are ceramic biomedia. In the 8th I either run carbon, or a micro polishing pad. That's about 4lbs of media, maybe more. My Common is 8", and my Comets are 7" and 6".
  6. Darn the CL ad is down. What'da get? BTW, I'm a huge fan of those metal stands, especially with either a 2nd tank on them, or some sort of cool fish equipment display. It'd be fun to do a planted sump and have that be the Nitrate filtration for the upper tank!!
  7. Sorry to hear your in this situation. i'll offer a couple of tidbits which, if not useable, you can at least print out the page and line the bird cage or cat box with it. Depression is anger turned inwards. Try to avoid the slippery slop of self pity that it can become, and that includes both medication and couch time. If you want to fix your depression pursue what you need to in order to find work, since that's a big part of how you feel good about yourself (and so many of us also feel that way). Find almost any job that you think you can deal with, even if it means you continue to look for the actual job you want. The longer you're unemployed, the harder it's going to be to find work.......because you start wearing that "jobless" thing to interviews and people pick up on that. Plus, it doesn't look or sound good on the resume' or in the interview. Hammer out a good resume and a cover letter that you can insert company specifics into fairly easily and then you're better prepared to get hired. Keep your old habbits. If you used to get up at 6 to start getting ready for work, don't start sleeping in until 8 or 9 or 10. Keep the normal schedule. You start sleeping in, and keeping non-normal hours and you'll really start to feel like you're on the outside of life looking in. Eating and drinking is HUGE, so don't go down the path of fast food, alcohols, sugar/candy, sodas, coffee, and all the other processed cr@p foods that are easily and cheaply available. You'll only feel worse because of the highs and lows of sugars, salts and fats, and even worse when the weight gain kicks in, and you can't stop it. Go out of your way to eat really healthy, and drink water. Pay attention to your vitamin intake. L-lysine is outstanding for stopping that tired depressed feeling. It's a B vitamin, so get some, get multi-vit for women and pro-biotics for women, and start taking it all. Exercise is a huge deal, and I know that can be a challenge where you are in the winter. Also, age, weight, injuries, etc., come into play........but regardless, get out of the house and go do something. Exercise causes the brain to release endorphins, and endorphins are a naturally produced "I feel good" hormone. (why do you think athletes are so addicted to their sports? because their brains reward them with a happy drug). Now your fish.........Take that filter's pump assmebly apart and see if you can figure out what's making the noise. It may just need the magnetic barel and pump blades cleaned. Otherwise, if you've got thrift stores and Goodwill stores in your area, and estate sales, yard sales, Craigslist, etc. start looking for aquarium stuff. I think you'll find it's everywhere, and dirt cheap Stay off the meds, off the couch, take this thing by the horns, and get it under control. You CAN do it.
  8. Okay: "I didn't have to do that." Happy? Actually, yes, I did. Back before all this Goldfish keeping knowledge was thrust upon me by you folks here at Kokos, I was cleaning the bowl that our big Comet lived in. She was about 3" long then probably. We have one of those vintage double basin, double drain board sinks. So the drain boards are built into the sink on each side of the sink basins. She'd gotten too big for her fish net, so I would simply lift her out of the bowl by hand and place her in a plastic bowl while I cleaned her big glass bowl. Of course this was all done on the drain board next to the basin that has the garbage disposer in it. During one cleaning episode, instead of laying in my hand calmly, she decided to start flipping. She popped out of my hand onto the drain board, slide down into the sink basin and zip...........down into the garbage disposer she went. I didn't think I'd get her out because she was so slippery it was difficult to hold her gently with just a couple of fingers and still get my hand in sort of a fist shape back up out of the opening. Took 2 attempts. The only damage was a little tear on her dorsal that healed in a few days. Wasn't long after that, that I bought her a real 10 gallon tank.......which she immediately outgrew.......and the rest is history.
  9. Congrats Flash! Keep up the good work. BTW, to post photos here from photobucket, copy and paste the IMG code from the photobucket menu that pops down when you hover over our photo thumbnail.
  10. Back when I was a really bad goldfish keeper, I had our large Comet (our only fish for about 5 years) in one of those 2 or 3 gallon low fish bowls in the middle of the kitchen table. She loved the attention from all of us. Whenever she'd splash her tail, I'd give her a pinch of food. Wasn't long before she learned that was a way to get food. It was kinda funny and we'd joke when we heard her do it, "Has anyone fed the Goldfish in the last 30 seconds? She's hungry." I followed that up with placing my entire hand against the side of the bowl, and if she swam up next to my hand and stayed.....sort of like a cat that purrs and rubs against your leg,.....she'd get a pinch of food. She learned that pretty fast too. We still get the tail splash trick once in a while, and sometimes when I'm standing right there, she'll huck a tail full of water at me. She still responds to my hand against the glass too. Really ads a dimension to the hobby that continues to peak our enjoyment of all 3 of them.
  11. Here's the response I received this morning from John at Aquaripure. My questions are in blue. His answers are bolded. Hello Todd, Thank you for your interest. -I have a 70G with 3 large single tail goldfish (8", 7", 6" long) filtered by a Fluval 405 that has 7 of the 8 internal compartments full of ceramic biomedia and the 8th compartment will have either a water polishing pad or carbon. The filter outputs through a 44" spray bar at the top rear of the tank. There's a Tetra Whisper 60 air pump powering a 43" bubble stick burried at the base of the back wall under about an inch or so of gravel. With that in mind, which of your filters would you recommend? I recommend the Medium Aquaripure -Can I leave the all of the biomedia in the Fluval? I would recommend removing 50%-80% of it. In it's place I recommend any sort of filter floss/pad/media that can be regularly replaced or rinsed out thoroughly. -How often would I do partial water changes? It would depend. The filter usually takes a few months to really get the tanks water quality under control and I recommend water changes to keep nitrates in the 20 ppm- 60 ppm range in the meantime. Once water quality is high and nitrates are negligible then I recommend a 35% water change every 2-3 months. Some people will like to do more and others might get by fine with less. -How often does your unit need to come apart and have it's filters replaced? You will never, ever need to take the filter apart or replace the internal media. At the most you will need to clean up the outflow line but NOT the filter itself. -I have water that's up around 8.3pH and I don't treat it other than for chlorine. Is your unit going to drop the pH and if so, how much. If it does drop it, will I need to treat it or will the fish not be harmed? Yes, the Aquaripure will lower pH but it will do so slowly. This is because some of the bacteria in the Aquaripure will use carbonate ions as an electron receptor. You will want to check the pH every couple of weeks or so. You will need to add maybe a teaspoon of baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. This will be ALL you need to do to keep the pH up. I am not an expert on Goldfish but it is my understanding that they like a pH of 7.2-7.6 and so it might be beneficial to let the pH gradually drop a bit and just very occasionally add some carbonate to keep it in the 7.2-7.6 range. Please let me know if I may be of further assistance. Kind Regards, John Strawn Aquaripure, LLC
  12. Having a second tank full of plants isn't an option for me, so that's why I asked about this. What other things are there in the water, other than Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate, that require the water to be changed every week or 2? How much does this thing affect the pH? And is that effect enough that you then have to screw with adjusting the pH?
  13. Anyone still using a Aquaripure who can update on performance, frequency of water changes, fitler life, and how your fish are doing. I'm interested in buying one, but would like to hear from some GF tank people, rather than rely on all the "this thing is great" comments on their website. For example: -Did you keep your existing HOB or Canister filter full of biomedia, or remove all or most of it? -Did your pH crash and do you now spend a bunch of time testing it and screwing with keeping it stable? -Is the feeding of Vodka to the Aquaripure a pain? -Is keeping the drip rate a pain? -How often are you replacing whatever is inside the Aquaripure? -Can their smallest unit work on a much larger tank? Or does a person need to follow their recommendation? It'd be nice to not be draining 50 gallons of water every week or 2, but it would be a real disappointment to spend tall dollars and find out that the water still needs to be changed (of course I'll still need to vac the gravel) plus I have to mess with feeding and adjusting and maintaining the Aquaripure.
  14. Man that tank is nice!! Wow! Love how clean it is, and the plants are fantastic. The fish are just great.....super healthy and just busy enjoying their little fish lives. Really nice!!
  15. Wow, my post got moved! Took me a while to find it. What's up with that? 'cuz I added 4min of video I guess? Today's afternoon snack was minced garlic, immediately followed by Hass avocado.
  16. That's a real drag. Glad he's fine. Probably no need to do the precautions you've done, as far as the decor, etc. If your water is clean and nice, he'll heal right up in no time. I don't put anything over my Python, and once done vac'ing, I let it hang in one corner, about an inch from the bottom. Then I turn off the faucet, and let it gravity/syphon drain the tank down until I hear (or see) the Fluval intake start to suck a little air. Then it's time to refill. I did have the little Comet go head first into the python a few months ago. She's too big to fit, so she got a nice scarf on her head/back just before her dorsal. I'd left the python sort of laying at a diagonal along the bottom........stupid. Really bummed me out that I'd injured her, and probably scared the heck out of her too. But she healed right up and there's not even a mark. Lemme know when you've dropped one down the garbage disposer and had to retrieve it! Nothing says, "Please revoke my Goldfish Owner's License." like that.
  17. They really have been doing well over the past 2 years. I've had a few scares though. The little Comet has had Dropsey 2 years in a row. Seems every Sept. she's gotten it. This past fall, it seems we also had a flare up of gill flukes. Not sure why, as nothing has been added to the tank. But thanks to the help here, things continue to go well. They're always knocking scales off each other (as you could see in the video) but they grow back and are none the worse for wear.
  18. Thanks guys!! Glad you like them and the video. Thought I'd try something close up, and HD, just to see how it would turn out. They were funny because when I stayed back and took a video of the entire tank, they were roaming around eating algae off the back wall, digging through the gravel, etc. As soon as I got up close and they saw me, they were all about face time. Oerba Yun Fang, thanks for embedding that. I put "media" in brackets before and after URL, what am I doing wrong?
  19. I'd say "no" to adding a sucker fish of any type. Goldfish sleep at night, and it'll stress them out to have one of those little swimming vampires screwing with them all night long. Get a timer on those lights and set it to follow the normal pattern of the sun. So have the lights come on maybe 30min after sunrise, and go off 30 or so minutes before. When you do your weekly 50-75% water change, mop the glass on the inside with a soft rag. Vacuum the gravel, and take out all the plants and ornaments and clean them. It doesn't hurt to mix up some hot water with bleach, and let the ornaments and fake plants soak in that for a while. After they soak, give 'em a good rinse and they're ready for use. You can dip the real plants in a similar water/bleach solution and then wipe down the leaves. Remember, we have chemicals to treat the water for chlorine, so you're not going to injur the fish doing this. Get your filtration up! And depending on the type of filter, max out your bio media. I'm way under filtered (Fluval 405 on a 70 gallon tank) but the Fluval is 7 full trays of bio media, out of 8. I put a bag of carbon or a micro polishing pad in the 8th tray. My water stays very clear, for weeks at a time. Anyway, do yourself a huge favor and get filtration that will hold a ton of bio media.......otherwise, you're going to always have water problems, and eventually, be wasting a bunch of time and money on sick fish. Get a water test kit! The kits with drops are better than the test strips. Takes a couple minutes to learn how to use the drops, but you simply must test the water. If you don't know where your Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates are at, you're sort of just lost. In fact, if you test the water right now, you might flip when you see the Ammonia and Nitrite values. Cut down on your feeding. They don't need a lot of food, so small amounts once or twice a day is all it takes. Consider fruits and vegetables too. They love it....orange/lemon/lime slices, avocado, pees with the shell pinched off, minced garlic, etc. Really good for them.
  20. This is still a couple hours from working, but here's the link.
  21. Being in Michigan, you're at ground zero for these tanks. They come up on ebay all the time in that IL, MI, IA area. If you get one that's not trashed like mine was, (glass horribly scratched) you can just reseal it from the inside with the Dow Corning 795 Building Sealant, give it a week to cure, and you're all set.
  22. Almost as funny as believing that Kyoto Grass (Mondo Grass?) at PetBox is an underwater plant........and then watching those all get eaten and/or die. I think I'll start feeding my fish neons. What a colorful show that would be.
  23. I'll try to get a video up after the sun goes down, so there's less glare on the tank. Sorry I'm not posting much. I check in from time to time, but don't always have anything to report that's interesting. Mmm.....let's see. My Rio 90 pond pump grenaded. Something about the company putting a big motor in their smallest housing, with their small impeller, and then expecting the motor not to shear off the guts of the impeller. Sort of like putting a small block V-8 in a Ford Fiesta and expecting the body not to twist up like licorice when you romp on the go-fast peddle. And, I've resigned myself to not buying any more live plants. These fish eat Anubias Nana like it's the last meal they've ever had and I'm tired of standing there thinking, "Oh, neat. There goes $9, ooh, and there goes another $9...." They're down to 3 white ribbon and when those are gone, that's it. Bums me out because I loved the tank when I had big Nanas, and an area of White Ribbons. But they just pull it all out, eat the roots off, and then start eating the leaves.
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