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  1. Hi the plants have been there for quite a few days, so far it seems to be fine. Also, one of my friends has agreed to come to my flat next weekend (right in the middle of my holiday period) to feed the fish, so it should definitely be ok now, the gap would only be around 4 to 5 days, rather than 10 days. I won't need to add in any holiday food.
  2. I bought 2 moss balls and a bunch of elodea plants. I have also got some holiday food. Should I also put in a small piece just in case before I leave for holiday? I don't really like fish holiday foods because they are generally poor quality (and my goldfish is used to better quality food) and potentially they can have a negative impact on water quality. This is why I thought about using "natural foods" like water plants instead. As for automatic feeders, I've considered it but the issue is that there is no way for me to keep my tank lid closed if I install the automatic feeder, I'd have to keep the lid completely open, and I worry about the fish jumping out. I lost one fish nearly 2 years ago this way, even though at the time there was nothing wrong with the water quality. As long as the goldfish won't actually starve to death (now that I've got plenty of edible water plants in the tank) I'd rather not risk opening the lid and keep it open for 10 days straight.
  3. Hi I have a question I'm going away on holiday for about 10 days next week. Because I live by myself there won't be anyone who can feed my single goldfish. I plan to buy a few moss balls as a kind of "natural holiday food" for the goldfish, rather than the usual holiday fish food one can buy in stores, which are generally quite poor quality. Would the goldfish be able to eat some of the moss ball and not go hungry? Thank you
  4. Yes, of course I know what you mean here. I've read a couple of threads in that sub-forum myself. However, as stated in my starting post in this thread, here I'm talking about problems and issues when dealing with other humans (other fishkeepers, shops, sellers, buyers etc), not the sad fact that sometimes we lose our beloved fish pets...
  5. I did not even raise the issue of withdrawing from the transaction. Maybe he just made such an assumption but I don't see why I cannot ask questions about an item after I've made the purchase, because asking questions about an item is not equivalent to suggesting that potentially I might withdraw from the purchase. At any rate, I doubt what you say is the primary issue here, because if the seller was primarily concerned about the possibility of the buyer withdrawing and hence lose their insertion fees, why would he unilaterally cancel the transaction even though I not even mentioned the possibility of withdrawing? Now by unilaterally cancelling the transaction he has definitely lost his insertion fee. In fact now I still want to buy his item but he doesn't want to sell it to me anymore. This is like the opposite of the scenario you raised. Neither the buyer nor the seller is allowed to unilaterally withdraw from a completed transaction without mutual agreement. (It's easier for the seller to do this of course as they can just refund the buyer anytime they like technically) He may not have personally liked the question I asked him, but to unilaterally cancel a transaction just because of a personal issue like that is very unprofessional. As I said though, I've given him another chance and if he doesn't respond positively to me, I will leave him a negative feedback, as recommended to me by eBay customer support.
  6. Mostly no, but very occasionally a few sellers on eBay can be annoying. (By sellers I don't necessarily mean actual online shops, it can just mean private individuals selling their used stuff) I use eBay a lot. There is a very wide selection of products there, the prices are generally lower than in high street shops and I think the customer support is quite good too. Usually I don't have any problems but on eBay potentially one can get into situations with some sellers that one would generally never get into in a real physical shop, especially when buying used products. Today a seller unilaterally cancelled my purchase and refunded me just because I asked a general question about his used item which I was buying that I suppose he didn't like. Actually unilaterally withdrawing from a completed transaction by the seller without mutual agreement is explicitly against eBay rules. I've talked to customer support and they assured me of this. Well I'm giving this person one last chance but if he doesn't respond positively or just ignore me then I will have to leave him with negative feedback, and might even report this seller.
  7. Anyone here has some bad/negative experiences from fishkeeping they would like to share? Fishkeeping is generally considered to be a very rewarding hobby and it certainly is, but in life bad experiences can occur anywhere. And I don't mean losing your pet due to illness or something like that, though I'm sure we've all had experiences like that. I mean bad experiences when dealing with other fishkeepers and/or fishkeeping businesses, such as disputes with an online seller, with a fish shop, with other fishkeepers or even negative experiences in fishkeeping forums online etc.
  8. I'm not much of a photographer and this is a newly set-up tank...(though in terms of style with goldfish tanks I generally do prefer a "minimalist" approach)
  9. Some photos will come soon...
  10. Going by your logic here a weaker UV light might actually be better than a very strong one, because a less powerful UV light can weaken microbes but would not drastically change the environment like a very strong UV would. So it would make more sense to use a weaker and smaller UV light as a supplement rather than relying on a powerful UV to kill off all or most potentially harmful microbes. It's like with humans, it's a good idea to live in a relatively clean environment (even though such clean environments are products of human civilisation and are not technically "natural"), but it's not good to live in an environment that is completely pathogen-free, because it would cause one's immune system to degenerate, so after a while when one has to go to an environment that is not pathogen-free, just a little bit of pathogens might have a very significant or even in some cases lethal effect. My point is that I think UV can only be used in fish tanks as a supplement, not the main method of avoiding diseases.
  11. Well, I don't really agree with you, and I also don't have much interest in any kind of abstract philosophical speculation, but I don't want to have a debate on this either.
  12. Sorry I didn't know about this particular forum rule. None of the other forums I visit have it. As for the other point, I don't see your point. I think in a free forum anyone can state any opinion or view as long as it doesn't break the forum rules or constitute a personal attack. Just because something may not "make sense" to you or you don't personally agree to it doesn't mean one can't make the point. That doesn't seem to comply to the principle of the freedom of speech. I know you personally don't like UV sterilisers but not everyone would agree with you. So yes I will stick to my original point. What she said might "make sense" as a "rule of thumb", but it's not scientifically verified. I don't think there is any solid evidence showing that UV light has a negative effect on beneficial bacteria in the long-term (as opposed to in a tank that is newly set-up). Just because something seems to "make sense" in a "hand-waving" way doesn't mean it is scientifically true. Science doesn't work via philosophical speculation, but solid empirical evidence.
  13. I think I used to have a photobucket account several years ago but I forgot all about it since I never really use such things. Seems I would have to create a new account now.
  14. This is info from another forum: [link removed by DNAlex] UV sterilizer/clarifiers emit UV-C rays... also know as UVC radiation... The bulb emits radiations that affects whatever passes in front of it. The stronger or more complex the organism, the longer it will take for the radiation to kill it... This is why we suggest slow flow rates for killing parasites (more complex organisms) and faster flow rates for killing algae (very simple organisms). UVC radiation will kill bacteria that flows through the UV light. "Beneficial Bacteria" as we so often call it, grows on surfaces. This includes substrate and bio media, but also includes mechanical media, decor, pipes, the side walls of the tank, the side walls of the filter boxes, etc, etc, etc... When we start a new tank, it's a good idea not to hook up a UV light right away. This is to help allow bacteria to migrate throughout the system. It will become dislodged from one area and float to another area. Once the tank is mature, the very small amoutn of bacteria that is killed while migrating through a UV light will be inconsequencial.
  15. I do think as a "rule of thumb" (i.e. not exactly scientifically verified), it is prudent to not use UV in a relatively new tank.
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