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  1. I just saw this article that included a bunch of really unusual tanks and thought of you all. Some of them have already been included above, and many are not really fish worthy, but they were fascinating nonetheless. Enjoy! 22 Unusual and Creative Aquariums http://www.boredpanda.com/creative-aquariums/
  2. Parameters are the same: Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 5 Looks totally cycled.
  3. i actually didn't expect my nitrates to go down until I started doing water changes. My nitrite stayed around 5 for a long time until I finally broke down and bought goldfish. After that, I did meticulous water changes to keep the nitrites down below 1ppm while I waited. Each night I tested the water and if the nitrites were 1ppm or higher, I did a 50% water change with conditioner. If they had spiked, I did two 50% waster changes and hour apart. Yesterday and Thursday night I did water tests and my tank has finally finished cycling, but I was unable to wait through the entire fish less cycle with fish food! My params for the past two or three days have been Ammonia 0ppm Nitrites 0ppm Nitrates 5ppm
  4. Ammonia 0 Nitrite 5 Nitrates 10- what happened? over the past few days I have continued feeding my tank, watched nitrites stay maxed out at 5ppm, and watched nitrates quickly dwindle down to barely anything. Considering going the nutrafin cycle route.
  5. 1/22 Ammonia 0.25 (fed flakes) Nitrites 5 Nitrates 40 ppm Will keep feeding the tank daily as if there are fish in it to keep the ammonia going. Any other suggestions?
  6. 1/21/2012 Ammonia 0.75 fed two big pinches of fish flakes) Nitrites 5 (maxed out on the API scale) Nitrates 5
  7. Ammonia between 2-4ppm Nitrite between 0.25-0.5 ppm Nitrate between 0-5.0ppm(is this possible? It isn't purely yellow, but isn't quite orange- sort of goldenrod color, I guess trace amounts of nitrate)
  8. I just tested for today, 2.0 ammonia Nitrates just registered between 0 and 0.25 for the first time. Hip hip hooray!
  9. Ammonia seems to have dropped a little, so I fed the tank again yesterday. Still no nitrates reading though. Here is a video to show how I have been feeding the tank: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderbrooks/6702462083/
  10. Anyone have any recommendations for great fish stores in the northern Virginia area? I live in Manassas and work in Fairfax county, and years ago I used to always go to SuperPetz but they are closed and trying to start a new location right now. I just found Aquatic Obsssion in Manassas, a very small aquatic service and retail place and they seem to be a great possibility, but if anyone else has been there or has other suggestions I'd love to hear them. Aquatic Obsession had a very small stock of goldfish, but they do orders so they will be on the lookout for a small black and a small calico ranchu for me. I also checked out their other stuff- good variety in their plant tank, beautiful freshwater tank when you walk in, and they stock a wide variety of hikari brand, as well as a wide variety of medications. They had the everyday dry goods stuff, and I even saw Seachem Stability, Prime, and Flourish on their shelves, which I thought I was going to have to order online.
  11. Here are some links to photos of the food at the bottom of the tank. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderbrooks/6685910565/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderbrooks/6685910963/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderbrooks/6685911421/
  12. Jan 11th Ammonia between 2-4 ppm Nitrates 0ppm I started with the tank water and dechlorinator. Ran for 24 hours and waited for the temperature to get between 70 and 80 degrees- currently holding steady around 78. Every day after that I ground up a hearty pinch of food and swished in a cup of tank water, then dumped it into the tank. I did this every morning and every night for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day. By day five my ammonia was up to 2ppm, so I have stopped adding food, just letting it do it's thing right now. The ammonia is continuing to increase because the food continues to decompose. If it goes over 4 ppm I will do a water change to bring it down a little I think. This certainly isn't an exact science by any means, which is why I thought I would record how things were going for anyone else that had trouble finding pure ammonia. It isn't pretty- there is a scattering of fish food particles all over the bottom of the tank, but I thought that was a better option than a rotten shrimp floating around in there! I think if I tried this again I would probably put the fish food into a stocking or mesh of some kind to cut down on the polluted tank look. Next time I add food I will make a little video or take photos of the food adding process so you can see how much I add each time.
  13. January 9th Ammonia 1.5ppm Nitrites 0ppm January 10th Ammonia 2 ppm Nitrites 0 ppm
  14. I've not tried it this way before- I figure if it gets too funky I'll vacuum, but I'm going to leave it alone as much as possible. I've read a suggestion of putting the food into a mesh bag or nylon stocking to cut down on the mess, but unfortunately that was after I had already sprinkled the food in twice already.
  15. This isn't really a concern about water, but I thought it might be helpful to others who might not have been able to start a fishless cycle with ammonia. Here are the current specs on my tank: 29 gallon bow front TopFin 30- 150 gph (will add an additional Aquaclear 70 before adding fish) TopFin Air 4000 with one bubble curtain White river stones CaribSea Black sand Day 1 added water and dechlorinator Day 2 added big crushed pinch of flake fish food Readings: ammonia- 0.25ppm Day 3 added another big pinch of flake food in the morning and one in the evening Readings: Ammonia- 1 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 0 ppm
  16. Gorgeous. I saw him the other day too and went to show him to my hubby and he was sold already. Congrats!
  17. I am returning to Koko's and goldfish keeping after a six year break. Here is a little of my fish keeping background: My dad kept fish off and on when I was a kid- once we kept goldfish for a whew years until a lengthy power outage required we return them to the LFS, and later the kept tropical fish after I foolishly tried to keep a tropical tank in my dorm room in college. My first experience with keeping my own goldfish started while I was nearing the end of college. I started with a ten gallon tankwhim under gravel filter, and a tiny black moor named Lucien. When Lucien got sick for the first time I stumbled onto Koko's and gained a wealth of info that led me directly down the path toward goldfish obsession. I quickly began accruing more tanks, I had a grand total of three when I gave up my fish habit- one 29 gallon with three goldfish (black moor, fantail, calico fantail), one 20 gallon with three lion heads, and one ten gallon QT tank. At some point I started having severe allergy problems-I assumed it was from a fine film of mold under the hood of my tank, and after a devastating loss of a few fry I had painstakingly kept alive,and since my husband and I were about to move into our first apartment together, I decided to sell my tank and fish, and give up the fish keeping habit. Skip ahead approximately six or seven years. Since then I have graduated from college, completed my Masters degree, and I am in my fifth year of teaching art in elementary school to kindergarteners through sixth graders. I have been engaged, married (5 year anniversary next weekend!),and had my son who will turn four this year. I also have gone through elaborate allergy tests confirming that I am not allergic to ANY molds or mildews, (only dust mites- guess I should've vacuumed more often:() and my best friend decided after three years of fish woes to get rid of her tank, so here I am again. I am currently in the process of setting up and cycling my new-to-me 29 gallon bow front tank. From the moment we brought the tank into the house I have been completely fish obsessed, worse than ever before. I quit my fish habit cold turkey six years ago and now it's almost like my past addiction is trying to make up for lost time. I plan to use this blog to post updates as I go through the process of fishless cycling and adding fish to my tank. Hoping that the blogging outlet will stop me from going completely fish crazy.
  18. Wait, can I change my mind? I had never heard of these before: http://www.raingarden.us/goldfish-shukin.htm Check out 7895- what a beauty. Shukins are my dream breed! Long flowing tails on cutesy ranchu bodies. Does it get better than that? Who am I kidding, I don't think I've ever met a goldfish I didn't love.
  19. This was an awesome idea. I'm definitely looking forward to the next fish type!
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