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AquaAddict

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  1. I finally got everything settled enough to load the pics and get them posted. So here they are they oranda babies new home!
  2. No problem Helen Remember it is just my personal experience with one.
  3. Thank you Trinket. Just an update i got a new tub installed and filled yesterday. I put in a few seeded sponge filters and a total of 67 juvies. The tub i bought is a 300 gallon. The dimensions are approximately 7'x4'x2'. I am hoping to get another one as soon as the farm store gets one back in stock.
  4. Chillers are nice if you need one. They do however eat the power. I have never personally owned one. When i was gainfully employeed my boss had a reef tank with around 500 gallons system volume and had all the hi tech stuff on it. I was always the one in charge of plumbing and wiring in all the new equipment and maintaining it. He had a 1/4 hp oceanic chiller, it seem i was always messing with it. The computer board, and the fan both went out. It was awesome but its just one more thing to go wrong. It is basically a small a/c that you run water through. I have seen alot of DIY chiller plans that use a small refrigerator and a coil of tubing to cool the water. Chillers are expensive, give off a ton of heat (some people vent them outside) and burn up the energy.
  5. you should buy a good quality test kit. I also like to have a digital tds meter on hand.
  6. That is a nice batch of fry! It looks like the tails are already splitting. Did you get many single tails? O sorry about the brine shrimp sticker shock. They are expensive but a can last me most the year. the little bottles at the pet store last about 3 days.
  7. Do you have any idea what the hardness of you water is? Pretty sure really does not cut it in this case Have you tested the GH, KH or TDS?
  8. Looks like you should have some eggs in no time! I for sure disagree with everything i have read about a goldfish must be 2 years and 5 iches before they start to breeed. I have gotten fertile spawns out of a male ryukin that can't be much over 2"! I would also guess his age less than a year. If it was a 2 year old fish it would have HUGE eyes compared to its tiny little body. Heck i just looked over just in time to see the little guy getting dirty as i was hitting the submit button.
  9. I get them from the LFS or i order them from kensfish.com or if i am in a big hurry i get them on aquabid from a guy named MVP. He gets them to me usually in 2 days. Mark is easy as all get out to deal with and can ship you a nice handful priority for under $5.
  10. I just use bags or buckets. I have had to move fish before and its not to bad. I like bags better personally since they are easier on the fish if they get slammed into the side of the container during the move. Other than that all i can say is good luck with the move. Its not near as hard as it is stressful.
  11. what ever you do, please do not use cinder blocks! They are known to break under weight. I have know people to use them holding cars and have had them break. As far as furniture goes for a stand. Like you said jump on it and if you are worried have a friend jump on it with you. While you think your small weight may not be comparable. Jumping on it is dynamic weight, setting a fish tank on is static weight. Dynamic weight is much harder to hold.
  12. I think you are on the right track. Where does the temp stay if you dont use a heater? Mine is around 70-72 without one. I only ask because i have had to many heaters cook fish and only use them if needed.
  13. I still like my LFS i can see where they come from. Everybody that walks in there store is a self proclaimed expert. I have worked at fish stores before and dealt with all kinds of fishkeepers. I would always try to believe the person to an extent but if I really wanted to know how "serious" the were I would just ask them to bring a "sample" of their work. If you had better guppies than the store your the new guppy guy I once had an old guy probably 70 or 80 that could barely speak english bring me some of the biggest, best guppies i have ever laid eyes on. My only questions were how much and how many you got? Wanted to ask where the good ones were? I know he dropped off the "culls" Days like that made dealing with people that "knew" more than me you worth it. I am no expert but I am dang handy with a siphon.
  14. I have no hate the look on the owners face was priceless when i brought him a mop full of eggs from a group of goldfish i left the store with 12 hours earlier. HAHA SUCKER Or better yet knowing i "trimmed" my 40B and stocked 1/4 of the plants in his fish room
  15. Man if i had artistic talent i would totally make me a 1 in 49 shirt to wear in there.
  16. They like to hire hippie's It is Lawrence you know? If you would have forgot to wash your hair for 3 months and had some awesome dreads you would have been totally in! I forgot to cut mine for 6 months but apparently washing it got me thrown out of the running I think i got a message that said i was 1 in 49!
  17. I know exactly how you feel the only problem is the people administering the test DONT know the answers themselves! I love the shirts at my LFS they say "Im 1 of 50" meaning they take pride in only hiring one in 50 applicants. I applied and never got an interview. Thats ok though they can continue to do 20% weekly water changes on their overstocked goldfish tanks and I will continue to laugh at their pathetic shirts!
  18. I would take my python and beat my landlord with it until they bought me a new one! I would be a bit more than aggravated if someone fixed a toilet with my python. As far as disinfecting it bleach and hot water is what i would use, LOL my sentiments exactly........i would tell him to keep it (for his future use) and to get him to get you a brand new one. But if not, bleach & hot water. The hot water may warp the plastic pipe, so run cold water straight after the hot water. I have actually found that hot water help mine to remain flexible. Maybe it is just me. I have noticed a huge difference in the python brand tubing versus the other brands. I find the pythons are much more flexible and easier to use than Lee's or Aqueon brands. Just my preference though any beat carrying water with buckets.
  19. I would choose a standard 75 since they are commonly available and are a good size for larger goldfish than a standard 55 due to the depth (front to back) of the tank. A 55 is 12" and a 75 is 18". It gives your fish much more room to turn around plus an increase in surface area to aid in oxygen exchange.
  20. I would take my python and beat my landlord with it until they bought me a new one! I would be a bit more than aggravated if someone fixed a toilet with my python. As far as disinfecting it bleach and hot water is what i would use,
  21. I sure wish your ryukins would spawn for you. They are some of the nicest looking ones i have seen. I would love to see how the fry turned out.
  22. I have a good buddy that just gave me a copy of that book and i must say it is an awesome book. I do not agree with their water changing regimne though. Way to small and nowhere near enough
  23. Keep the water as clean as possible and see if it gets better. I have a few fish if i get lazy and let the water slip will get slight streaking, as soon as I change the water they are back to normal. It is a good indicator your nitrates are building up. I know you say you have ammonia and tap in the tap which is always a bad spot to be in but my advice to you is lean on your prime and let it do its thing and change the water a ton. You may think putting in water with 10ppm is a terrible thing when in fact it just means that is your "clean" slate. It is acceptable for goldfish just not far from unacceptable. you really are just losing time that your water is fresh you are not adding to the problem when you change the water. My thought behind this is if your tank gets 20 ppm you are taking half out and replacing the water with 20 ppm with 10ppm so your tank will still have around 15 ppm nitrate. Now you take all that water out and put your tap that has 10ppm nitrate in and you are actually 5 ppm up!
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