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  1. Holy bajeebus that's a huge pleco! O_O

    I'll tend to him as time goes on, but for right now he's not even four inches long. I do feed the goldfish first on a separate side of the tank, and do my best to make sure some of the sinking pellets get down to his little hideyhole.

    As for the vegetables I'm barely sure on how to make sure that when I feed my fish peas each only gets one! XD The Orandas are a bit more greedy when it comes to the treats, it seems.

    So, final verdict on the sand? Is it an overall "Big fat NO!", or a "Proceed with caution and use proper equipment" type of deal?

  2. Thanks for all the help, Guys.

    As for the Common Pleco:

    I've been warned about not keeping them in the tank, and I'm pretty sure that's what he is, but I haven't seen any problems so far and I check up on the other fish quite often. I've had him a couple of months with no problems yet.. Here's to hoping it stays that way.. >.<

    Honestly, though, I think he just wants to be left alone. All he does is hide..

    Really I think it's the bigger of my Orandas that's the real bully. XD If he thinks he's not going to get enough food he'll nudge some of the others out of the way. They all get their fair share when all's said and done, though.

    Anyway, if I see any issues, though I'll take him out immediately. He's a good fish and all, but I can't have him hurting my babies. :(

  3. Right now the tank I have isn't truly big enough for the poor fishies, it's only 29ish,but at the moment while the fish are still small(ish) It'll have to suffice until I scrape together enough cashola for a 55 gallon. At least they're not all cramped together like in the pets store! >.<!

    I'm thinking now that if I do convert to sand instead of gravel it'll probably just be enough to cover the bottom and hold plants down. That way they'll have a bit more room until I buy the big one.

    My biggest concern I think is my pleco. He hides under a little "tube" log and right now his environment is gravel. Would it encourage him to suck on the sides of the tank more, or would he inhale the sand?

  4. I've Googled the topic and have only made myself more and more confused on whether or not it's safe to use sand as the bottom of my fish tank.. Right now I have some gravel in the tank, and I've taken out a large amount in the past few weeks and am still working my way toward less and less gravel.

    Regardless, I'd still like to know if sand would be better. One of the websites that said sand was safe said using a siphon to skim the top every so often and stirring the sand to prevent gas (..Gas?!) bubbles was all that would be needed, other than, of course, doing small water changes. I'd like to get a siphon to help with the cleaning as it is, because at the moment I'm doing it all by hand, hauling buckets of water back and forth between the tank and the bathroom..

    The "Goldfish" in question are Orandas and Black Moors. Not to mention my Pleco and snails.

    And what about the plants and decorations I have? Could they still be used with the sand (providing the sand is safe, of course.) Help! :blowup:

  5. I think it's a little too late to return him to a pet store. I'm not sure they do that here.

    I'll try and save up for a tank, my goldies need it anyway.. Does this pleco need an aditional 40 to himself or can he be in a 50 with my goldies as well?

    I hope he can or I'm going to need a 100 gallon tank and I DON'T think the people who are part of the homeowners association would approve of that. >> We get yelled at if we let the grass go for too long.. I'm sure they'd flip a cow if they knew I'd be hording that thing in my house.

  6. I'm not quite sure what it is.. I know he's been in the tank ever since I got the sucker and black moors, but again, it was bought for me, and only then because my mom noticed him as the only snail in the whole of all the tanks. xD

    I've never seen him come out of his shell, really, but my sister insists the body is tan/brown... (I think he's probably more on the grey side..) He doesn't do much, but I know he's alive because I tried to move him and he's stuck to that piece of gravel he perched on. :)


  7. For the past few months that the sucker's been in there with the black moors I've seen no signs of harm or damage. I've not seen anything happen to the Orandas so far, but I think it would be pretty easy to see on their bodies if they were gettin' sucked on..

    Actually, if it is a pleco at all it's probably a female! =o I hope she's a bristle nose, though. >< It'd be horrible if the sucker started going after my goldies. :(

  8. I've seen warnings on this site against basic plecos. I don't think he's that kind, though.. He seems pretty chill. For the most part he chills on the underside of that log there. Sorry the picture's so blurry.. he's camera shy.


    I've never seen him go after the other fish or anything, so I think we're safe, right? ^^;

  9. A few problems that I see; First, tank is too small, you need min of 40 gal for 4 goldies. Your filter only does 110 gph, so on your current tank, it's only 1/2 what you need for goldies. On a 40 gal tank you want 400 gph. With an over stocked tank, you should do at least 2 50% water changes a week. Definitely get a water test kit or take a sample to your lfs, so we can see what your levels are. There's also a lot of gravel and a few hollow (I think) ornaments, which could be harboring nasty bacteria. Hope that helps :)

    Edit: forgot to mention, your fish are gorgeous :heart Love the black and white oranda!!

    Well crap. I coulda sworn the tank was bigger than it was, but it's only about 30 gallons.. >> Well. I know what I'm asking for for Christmas! Haha. I'll see what I can do to take care of the tank from now until then.

    The log is a pretty basic half-cylinder log where the sucker likes to hide. The bridge is hollow and when I pull it out to clean it it pees all the water out. XD The gravel is only thick enough to cover the ground and I have trouble getting it to cover and hold the plants.

    Thanks for the help and the compliments. <3 My mom seems to be good fish picker. :)

  10. Welcome and congrats on your new fish :D Can you fill out as many of the questions below that you can so we can see if it's a water or stocking issue? Also, if you have a picture of Orchid, we could see if she's egg bound or bloated.

    [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level?

    [*]Nitrite Level?

    [*]Nitrate level?

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

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

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

    [*]Water temperature?

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

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

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much?

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size?

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often?

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank?

    [*]Any medications added to the tank?

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

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    I don't know much about the water, but I made sure to cycle the tank long before I got any of my fish, and I've had my black moors for a couple of months now and they've been just dandy with normal tub water.. The tank is somewhere between 20-40 gallons... I'm not 100% sure since I got it second hand.. The filter is called Whisper EX30 and it's made for 20-30 gallon tanks.. When I first got the filter it seemed a little strong for my fish, but when I added plants and other objects they seemed to be more comfortable.

    I usually change the water every couple of weeks, and I change about half the tank of water. I just changed the water the day before my mom brought me home the orandas. I usually feed my fish just generic flakes.. It's specifically made to bring the golden tones out, but the cover features a picture of a black moor. When my mom got the orandas she also got sinking pellets for them. I've just started feeding them these, as they've only been out of their bang for less than 24 hours. I feed my fish every day, once a day around 8 or 9 pm.. They seem quite content with that.. Should I be feeding them more?

    Other than that my fish act pretty normally... Well.. aside from the chasing bit.

    These are pictures of my orandas and the tank. I tried.. >>; they're squirmy little buggers.




  11. I've noticed that since I got my Orandas just yesterday and placed them in the tank one of the black moors seemed to start to chase one (the orange presumably impregnated female((her stomach is pretty rounded out. It might be bloating, but I remember seeing a bloated Oranda in a fish store and she doesn't quite look the same as that guy was..))). Most often when he chased her he would bump her just underneath where here tail is..? I'm not 100% sure the orange oranda (I named her Orchid) is pregnant or not..

    What's even worse is the black moor has started now bumping my other oranda (a black and white one I call Oreo. :)) in the same area, and Oreo doesn't look pregnant or bloated for that matter..

    And now I think the second black moor is picking up on the firsts bad habits. :(

    To top it all off Oreo seems to do this to poor Orchid sometimes as well, but he also seems to be "standing in front of her," as if he's trying to keep the other fish away..?

    I read that the male fish will bump a pregnant female to encourage her to have her babies but.. I don't know. I've never had a pregnant/bloated fish before..

    Even then it could be just aggression.. I've seen the more dominant moor push around the other moor a little, but never in this fashion or with this much persistence. It was more like playing when they were alone..

    Can anyone help? :(

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