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  1. which plants are those? your tank looks sooo awesome.
  2. Best if: - Monitor the levels of toxicity daily to see yourself the answer to your questions, ie test for Amonium / Nitrate / Nitrite. - You had a LONG 20g tank, instead of a HIGH 20g tank. More swimming room and more oxygenation. - 1 Goldfish instead of 2 (unless they are baby), especially with fake plants and 1 small filter. - Real Plants instead of fake, to help filter your water. Real underwater plants would be Anubias and Java Fern. Or, Emergent Plants such as Pothos (has to have all leaves out of aquarium, only the green part which will make roots). - Aquafilters instead or in addition to marineland. Or more even. Also, try to see if you can fit any plants emergent safe plants in your aquarium. - A REAL aquarium stand that is well leveled. With what you have, your tank may eventually get cracks / leak. And yes, this means making actual room for the aquarium, and to account for splashes / water leaking when doing water changes, and thus having a cover on the floor for it.
  3. Anubias and Java Fern, ALWAYS.
  4. Why not both? When i had a 75gallon, i would use Aquafilter 110, Aquafilter 70, and Eheim 2217 on it. Worked great for me, i would clean up the HOB often (like every week or two), and the canister when i felt like it (1 to 2 months). If something fails, the others are still covered. Also, the Canister is quieter, and i can put alot of misc media, so i like using it with the HOB. I would do a sump with aquarium if it was modified with overflow taken care of, ie holes in the aquarium and proper measurements so no accidents can happen. May want to try this one day, probably an awesome option too, but probably will still have my multi filters in place. Now, i have a 30g with 1 baby standard goldfish at the moment, and i do either Aquafilter 70 + Eheim 2213, or Aquafilter 70 + HOB Fish Separator running with pump (and full of sponge / bio, with emergent plants on top), or all 3. By the way, i moded my Aquafilter 70 to have a motor / impeller of a Aquafilter 20, and much quieter and slower now, which i prefer. Oh, and i got sponge prefilters on all... All aquarium planted with low light compatible plants (anubias / Java fern) and sand substrate.
  5. It is always possible it may not have been a real BN Pleco. Not all fish act the same though, so it is always a chance unfortunately. Maybe a female BN Pleco will be gentler. Mine was anyways. Just so you know, a regular BN pleco can live 30+ years, but an albino one might be only half. I had snails in my tank too...MTS and another kind that didnt reproduce, but laid these ugly eggs everywhere that would never hatch... Just so you know, regular goldfish have less health issues then fancy ones, and live longer, in general. In the fancy kind, my fantail ones were doing better then the other kind. That said, cant mix fancy and regular. I wish i had done regular... yes, it means less fish in the tank, but, less heart pain losing them too. Another thing i would like to do next time is to provide RO / filtered water instead of tap water, and did more of the do your own veggie food most of the week, with 1 to 2 days with meat / krill, 1 day fast.
  6. Thank you Alex and Shakaho for sharing this info. I may have to experiment and add 1 single tail to my group of fantails and see.
  7. Thanks for all the post, specially from Dnalex original post. Not owning single tails at the moment, I was hoping for realistic huge improvements switching from fantails to single tails eventually in the long run. I was always under the wrong impression that I could hope for 5 years from fancies, and 15-20 years from Common Goldfish, as an average of course, and not an average of 6 - 8 for single tails... I have all fantails in order to be close to the single tails, no more of the other types for me eventhough my wife complains that they just look like normal goldfish, wanting to make my chances higher at a stronger breed and life expectancy and lesser disease due to body being too compacted because of modified genes. I cannot currently hope for a pond, I am restricted to aquariums....
  8. Hi, if I am reading this correctly, the results are more for the fancy type goldfish right? I am wandering on results for Comets / Common goldfish kept in a coldwater aquarium, such as a 75g planted one. Or how about the fancy Fantail only, again in a coldwater aquarium. What are your experiences with these 3 types?
  9. well, I also found the following on water lettuce, which is what i really had just added in my tank. I guess i confused the water letuce and water hyacinth (though some sites are showing both as toxic). See this link bellow on water letuce as toxic: http://www.ehow.com/list_6628387_poisonous-water-plants.html I have always seen this everywhere, and even got it for free from a fellow member's aquarium, but obviously, he didnt have fish that taste everything in their path, ie goldfish, and i took for granted that if it was at big al's with goldfish, it must be ok. It is possible it is something else, but with what hapened to the maker of this thread, and my recent death of a guppy, and my black moore sifting for air, although i like the look of this, i wont be puting it back with goldfish anyways. Might try it in a shrimp tank though, or fish that dont nible at everything. I have my watter letuce in a glass vase, they have beatifull roots, really like them though. When one gets attached to goldfish, one doesnt want to take the risk. Anyways, maybe you would like Amazon Frogbit, i cant find anything on the web saying they are toxic, and they look sort of similar, and are beautifull too. That said, i am treating my goldfish in a 10 minutes bath with Methylene Blue, to remove possible poisins. I am using 1 ml in a 2.5 gallon water for the bath. I had previously had poisonous plants in my tank, Philedendron / Photos (only roots in the aquarium actually), and had someone check with the vet, and they suggested the Methyl Blue for this poisonous plant, to help anyways, as damages may become permanent. It did, i eventually healed the affected fish. I think the gulping is diminishing, hopefully will have him back on its feet. Also doing alot of water changes and adding carbon to help (not sure if it will).
  10. well, just googled Water Hyacinth for toxicity, and some websites are mentioning it is toxic to cats and dogs. I cant believe this, they have these everywhere in Big Al's and forum with people using these. I am extremely furious. I am goign home and taking all mine out!!!! http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/661/ http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants/water-hyacinth.aspx
  11. weird coincidence that i added some plants, one of them water hyacinth, and noticed the next day that a guppie died, and one of my goldfish started sifting air from the top more often.
  12. I know its probably too late, but FishSimpai sells Metro-Med in Canada.
  13. nibbling is the reason i am into fancy goldfish more than any other fish . They are extremely social, and this is why i love them the most.
  14. Ok, I thought about the water changes you mentioned, such as 70 - 80%, and thought of the following: If that much water changes, isnt that like putting the goldfish in a new tank, wouldnt all the water parameters could change? Dont we acclimatize fish before introducing them to a tank? Even if it is not a problem for the bacteria (though all my water turned white in a 10g tank when i did 80% water change once, as bacteria bursted out to re-multiply), wouldnt fish be affected by the sudden new fresh water conditions (again, if we are in the 70 - 80% water change levels, vrs a max of 50%)?
  15. I personnaly had bad experience mixing fancy goldfish with commets/normal goldfish. When you make a choice of which 2 - 3 to keep, probably best to have either only fancy types togheter, or normal/commet ones togheter. But in fact, it is supposed to be 20G per normal/commet goldfish, and 10G per Fancy goldfish actually, so maybe 3 fancy or 2 commets. What were your two first fish anyways? As others have said, probably best to bring it to a reputable petshop or putting a free add on a local site to rehome the rest.
  16. Hi Everyone, Just wandering if people are doing this, and why yes/not, mix fancy goldfish with a TRUE siemese algae eater. Is it possible, is it bad? What is the minimum number one can have of the SAE? Can i have just one with 5 fancy goldfish? I also have a BN Pleco too actually. Thanks
  17. pls let me know if you find a solution to this, as i am having the same problem. Sometimes, what i do to spicen up their lives, and get them activated for a little while, is to hid some algua wafers in the plants right after they have finished eating or when they are not as hiper as to follow my every move. After 10 minutes, they are all throughout the tank looking for that hidden food, and they start snifling the whole tank for more food. It works, for a time, but eventually, they go back to that sleep mode again, or at least some of them do. So pls let me know if you find a solution.
  18. ah, i see now, so that fountain / air stone made the difference, and i now see the oxygen deprivation problem. Also, at the time, i didnt have live plants, but that certainly can help too for shades. Thanks for the tips.
  19. ok, well, thats great the temps are staying cool, just that i had tried the cheap kids pool in my younger years, and it was working great, till one weekend day we left somewhere for the whole day, and I think there were no shades (not 100% sure), and half of the fish died from the heat the same day. Maybe it was an isolated case, but i had covered it up ever since in the hot summer days, and did not have the same problem happen again. Perhaps the reason was with a kid pool, it has a wide area of sun contact, and low depth of water, so more sun heat can get into it. Just curious Shakaho, were your fish in a small Kid Pool as well with the varrying temps with large lenght and very little depth, not like the nice link you sent with the strong rubbermaid pool that seems to have a nice depth?
  20. Sorry for hyjakin the thread, but find this one quiete interesting. Few more questions: - watonais and wakins: I checked them out, and these are more like common goldfish, or at least, should be kept as common goldfish, not fancy, right? - Quarantine: Salt and Prazi. I am guessing this is Prazi Pond Plus? In any case, do you guys also use Methylene Blue / Metro-Med as standard for quarantine as well as Prazi and Sant? And is the salt content .3%? Oh, and whats that nice Yellow fish in your signature dnalex?
  21. oubs, didnt see you tried FishSaimpi already, cause they still have it on their website. Checkout if Metro-Med wont work for you, I have been recommended this for bacterias in general, eventhough it marks for dropsi, it is much more than just that. I bought some a few weeks back of this.
  22. I agree, it calms me down too. Whenever i hear think of something that makes you happy, the first image is my goldfishes, and a smile comes in my face right away.
  23. just a question, but dont you need a minimum of 20gallon / common goldfish, if not 30 gallons each?? Compared to the 12 - 15 gallons for the Fancy, thats a huge difference if you want multiples (even for 2 you need aminimum of 40g right, if not 60. I always loved those common goldfish, untill my wife wanted a Fancy, which i wasnt interested in much cause they are slow and less normal, but found them to be so social and they always come hand feed and take less pace, so more in the tank (I dont have space for a pond or huge 150G aquarium). I can imagine indeed they must be much less hardy than common goldfish, but they have their own advantages, and one can always consider getting only fantails as they are supposetly the hardiest of the fancies (dont know how that compares to a common goldfish though). If I am not mistaken, the black moore are second hardiest fancy goldfish.... I have a ryukin / fantail type, doesnt look like a full fantail or ryukin, but maybe my last goldfish should be a fantail. I think the common goldfish can probably outlive the fancy, I hurd they can make it to 20 years, so thats great if you have the space. But my question to all the owners of pond goldfish, do they hand feed also, how social are they vrs the fancy?
  24. wow, nice one Shakaho, that pool looks solid and great, really like it, and you can easily keep it at home. Wow, still amazed by it, all of it for under 100$, thats amazing. The only thing i still worry about is the heat in summer for a small 50 gallon tank. As Lynda suggested, have it under shade at all times, or they will die on that one un-expected day that is super hot and you are not there, happened to me anyways. Also, Lynda suggested somekind of a grid, i agree, but make sure it cannot move, better if it locks, as those racouns are much much much smarter than you think. I had made a grid type protection from wood, and sometimes even put rocks on it so racoons cant get to it...well guess what, the got to it. Then attached the grid to the floor with ropes which worked, it was a pain to undo and redo, but had to do it every night, otherwise taking a big chance. If there are no racoons for sure in california, then thats one big hasle out of the way, and just a simple grid could suffice. Hope you make it work, let us know, i am sure curious to know what happens, as i dont have a backyard anymore...
  25. well, i only had the tank for two months, but in general, the goldfish leave the plants alone. I chose Low Light Plants mostly, and mostly things that goldfish shouldnt eat much. Java Fern, Java Moss, Anubias. Used to have Hornworth that is very compatible, and good, but sheds alone, so a bit messy, but still easy to grow actually. The fish in general give most of the food, but i still add some Florish once a week just to be sure. I have some non compatible plants too, might get eaten when they grow big, but... I feed the fish New Life Spectrum, which gives them most of their nutrients, so i think that helps too a bit. Pick easy plants that grow for sure, with low lights, such as Java Moss and Hornworth, which also grow faster than others. Java fern is nice to get as a compliment. Start with those 3, or first 2, they are cheap and easy. Once you got that going, if fish dont eat you java moss anyways, then pick other plants, see how the fish feel. The driftwood you see is probably 2 - 3 pieces each, but close togheter with the plants may make it look like 1. My lighting is a shop light from homedepot, spent about 50$ total on it. Seems to work great. Light are T8 only, and 6500k. I had one that was 3000k too, but the algue growth is faster with that. Might use it when i need more algua for the pleco and snails, unless i try creating them in a glass in front of the window with food. My non compatible plants might eventually get eaten, but right now, they are almost untouched. Rethinking it, buy two - three bunches of hornwort first, floating or with a rock holding it down, to get them used to leaving plants alone. Then add Java Fern and Anubias Barteri (if you like these) on your driftwood or a rock. Then add java moss. Worked for me till now, will see if it keeps it up. I will stick with what i have as filters, as you confirmed it was ok.
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