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  1. Can anyone recommend a non-Marineland heater?
  2. I considered getting the replacements, but I just don't want to deal with them any more. Two bum heaters from 2 different stores and two different wattages? Fuggedaboutit, they're going back. And this isn't a small temperature difference: I have the heater for the betta tank set at 82F, and the tank is sitting at 68F. For the goldfish tank it's set at 75F, and it's actually at 67F. These heaters have been up and running for a few weeks in the case of the goldfish, and over 24 hours in the betta's case. If it was a small 1-2 degree temp difference, I wouldn't be as concerned, but this heater advertises its accuracy to +/- 1 degree and it's not even getting within 10? Not cool.
  3. Has anyone else had problems with the Marineland Stealth Pro Heaters? I have 2 of them, one in my 30 gallon and one in my 5 gallon betta tank. Both are correctly rated for the tank size, both were purchased from different stores and NEITHER one is heating the tank to the set temperature, or even anywhere near it. This isn't a case of the heaters being too small, either...they are just not heating effectively, even though the indicator light is red, showing that the heater is on. My poor betta is freezing, and my fancy goldfish aren't at a temp I'd like either. I'm just glad I don't have super delicate fish like discus. I called the company this morning, and the CSR told me that "oh well, this is random, you'll get the odd one that doesn't work". They offered to send me a new heater, but I'm sorry, if you just told me that you can't rely on your heaters working, why would I wait a week or more for you to send me another that might not work? Not to mention that I did some more reading this morning and found THIS thread: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/equipment/103155-beware-marineland-stealth-pro-heater.html I'm getting new, non-Marineland heaters for my tanks as of today, and their pieces of crap are going back to the stores as of this week. I will never buy their heaters again. I am so mad that I can barely see straight right now. Has anyone else had any issues like this?
  4. We just bought a 110 gallon tank and are getting a python. I can't face that many buckets! However, I do know of people who've created their own homemade versions like Stakos', and they work fine. One thing to be very cautious about when you're doing water changes is to always watch the siphon to ensure your fish don't get sucked in..they can be injured or killed very easily.
  5. Yeehaw! Fingers crossed, but it looks like I've found a complete 130 gallon Hagen tank including all components, lights, top, plus rocks, gravel and driftwood for $500! I'll just need to add real plants and get it cycled/stabilized. Any advice on fishless cycling for a used tank that's recently been running? This one is currently set up and running, but I want to make sure that it's totally cycled and stable before introducing the fish from the old tank. Max fish I'll be putting in here is a total of 7-9 fancies...I REALLY want to see if I can get them to grow to grapefruit size!
  6. Yeah, my current tank has anubias, 2 wisteria, floating hornwort and java fern tied to a log. They've basically eaten ALL the lower growth off the wisteria and the anubias has big bite marks on a lot of the leaves. I did have some anacharis in there, lasted maybe a day. The plants are still growing like gangbusters, but they look a pretty bare on the lower parts! The fish leave the floating leaves alone. They eat the hornwort, but it grows back faster than they can chew it off. The java fern is about the only thing that they don't seem to like much, and they still rip off the odd piece. Next tank I'm going to try some vallisneria and planting around rocks to shelter the lower parts a bit. If nothing else, I tell myself that all the green stuff they're ingesting helps balance their diet nicely.
  7. Wow, total color change there! I still love my fishy friends, don't get me wrong - I'm just surprised at how FAST the color changed!
  8. Two of my fancies are an (ex) black and orange fantail ryukin and a chocolate oranda. I've noticed as they've gotten older (they're all still under a year old), they're turning all orange. Well, except for the black moor. He's just bronzing. Gah! Yes, I know this is a slightly ridiculous complaint from a goldfish owner. It's coloration change, not illness or burns - I keep their tank immaculate, test the water frequently and they're all healthy. They get fed a good quality sinking pellet, peas, the occasional brine shrimp and some decent flake food. Is this color change normal? I'm a touch disappointed because I loved the original coloring - the ryukin had black tips on his fins, and the chocolate was gold-brown all over. The chocolate oranda is now showing kind of calico - his sides and belly are turning orange, but the cap and back and tail are still brown. Next fish I'm that I'm hoping to add once I have a bigger tank are a panda moor and a calico veiltail - hopefully they'll hold their color!
  9. Mine aren't that big yet - they're all less than a year old. The largest are the red cap oranda and the moor, and they're about 4" long?. I'd just like to get them into a nice big space that I can aquascape and plant to give a nice natural feel with lots of cover/ I like planted tanks - I don't do silk plants, but goldfish are hard on live plantings! I'd like a maximum of 9 fish in the large tank, but I love the variety you get with the fancies. The old tank will become a home for the smaller tropical fish (like a school of tetras!) that my DH would like to have.
  10. So, my 5 fancies are now getting bigger 9had them about 8 months), and it's time to move them up to a larger tank. I've been looking at 100-200gals, because I really don't want to have to move them more than once, and would like the option to add maybe 2-3 more fish. Does anyone keep fancies in a really big tank? What kind of filtration do you use, decor for larger fish as they grow, planted tank ideas (mine are now the Destroyers of All Vegetation), issues if any? Tank would be in the basement, so floor support isn't a concern.
  11. My big red cap oranda "naps" for a bit in the late afternoon on the bottom. Always in the same place, same time, and he's active the rest of the time. As long as it's not all the time and they look otherwise healthy, I wouldn't be concerned.
  12. I know it's more fish than the ideal, but we're going up to a 50gal tank soon (I wanted a 200gal, but DH kiboshed that). Everyone seems fine this AM, so I'm now scratching my head! I'm going to do another large water change and keep that up daily for the next little while unless they show signs again. The ich seems to be gone, but it was the gasping I was concerned about. I'll see if I can find some Prazi for the next emergency.
  13. Params: [*]Ammonia Level - 0 [*]Nitrite Level - 0 [*]Nitrate level - 0 (unless test kit is off) [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)- 7.0 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)- 6.5, no chloramines. [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? - nutrafin drops [*]Water temperature - 20C (68F) [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running - 29G, about 10 weeks (just finished cycling) [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)UG filter, aqauclear 30 HOB filter [*]How often do you change the water and how much - 2x/week, about 50% PWC each time [*]How many fish in the tank and their size - 4 fancies, each about 2 inches long [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners - aquaclear tap water conditioner [*]What do you feed your fish and how often - alternating brine shrimp, goldfish sinking/floating pellets/nutrafin flakes [*]Any new fish added to the tank - yes, 2 but 1 died after 4 days [*]Any medications added to the tank - QuickCure, some kosher salt [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus - originally grains of "salt" on fins, but not now [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc. - quick gill movement, bottom sitting, 1 of the new fish died We added 2 new fancies to our cycled tank on Sunday. 2 days later I noticed that 2-3 of the fish had developed ich spots and were flashing/rubbing. LFS recommended QuickCure, so I purchased it (Wed) did an 80% pwc and dosed the tank at the recommended 1 drop/gallon. Next day nobody had spots, but one of the new fish was showing rapid gill movement, yawning and gasping. I then realized I'd left the purigen filter cartridge in, even though I removed the carbon, so it probably had wiped the med. PWC, redosed after removing purigen and leaving only sponge. Fri AM one of the new fish was dead. Today the other fish are flashing occasionally, and 2 are gasping/rapid gill movement. The other new fish is now spending some time on the bottom and gasping...argh! I did another huge pwc today, added the Quick Cure again ata lower dose, and then it looked like the fish didn't like it and I read that the formalin can inhibit breathing, so I changed another 25% of the water and put the carbon back in. I added about 4 tsp of kosher salt and then read here that it can react badly with the formalin, so back in with the filter media and I'm leaving everything severely alone until tomorrow when I'm doing another huge water change, as that seems to perk them up a bit. They are all still eating. So I'm confused, and I don't know what to do to save these guys!
  14. Can anyone recommend a treatment for a tank with live plants? I can't use salt b/c it will burn them. We just added 2 new fish and a new plant on Sunday (also did one of the the usual twice-weekly 50% water changes), and this AM I noticed some white spots which I'm assuming are ich (ick!!!). I'm going to do a 50% pwc and vacuum the gravel tonight, as well as check out my local fish store to see what they recommend, but any advice from you guys is always helpful. thanks!
  15. It's a new tank AND new fish. The test kit was working fine last week, and I was registering nitrates of 10-20ppm...the color just kept getting lighter as the cycling progressed until this week, when I didn't get any color at all when I tested. I don't think it likely that the nitrite AND nitrate kits are suddenly expiring together after just a week, although I could be wrong. I'm thinking that either the plants are eating all the nitrates or it's so faint that it's below the min tested by the kit. I have a lot of plants in the tank, so I don't know if that's doing anything? Ditto for the nitrites - I put the reagents in correctly, shake, wait and the water in the test tube stays clear, when it was going deep pink a week ago at the peak of the nitrite spike. I'll fast them for a 3 days more and see what happens. Right now he's not distressed - just a bit "off" in terms of balance. And I'm also thinking I might be a bit paranoid about the bloat...ryukins are so chunky it can be hard to tell! He looks like the photo in Daryl's avatar, except Line is orange instead of calico (my fish are called Hook, Line and Sinker).
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