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  1. Percy, can you link directly from youtube? For some reason I cannot see this video, it wants me to watch it with real player.
  2. how big is the tank? when was your last water change and how much did you change? Do you use cartridges in your filter?
  3. Oh yes, I remember speckles! I am so happy to hear he is doing well he is such a beauty
  4. You will definitely need a water test kit for cycling. Once you get this you can test your current tank water (where the two fish are now) and let us know what the params are and we can determine if it is cycled or not. If it is cycled you can actually just transfer the filter from the established tank along with all the media to the new tank and have a pretty much instant cycle, or at least a much quicker one If this was the case you might not need to do a fishless cycle at all. The test kit is really important though in figuring out both what went wrong with the fish you added to the 110, and where we should go from here. Fish are unfortunately a pricey labor intensive start up, but once you get the tank cycled and have everything you need in terms of equipment, the costs are minimal from there on out
  5. I just noticed that your profile says you have 3 fish, do you still have these three (or two if one was the one that passed away)? Are they in a cycled tank currently?
  6. Store employees are sadly rarely knowledgeable about anything. I would honestly never ever trust a pet store employee's opinion unless you have some real evidence that they actually know what they are talking about, all too often people (especially beginner aquariusts) are led astray be pet store employees because they assume should know what they're talking about because they work at a pet store, but it's unfortunately rare that they actually do. I'll get off my soap box now Products such as microbe lift are designed to help along a cycle by supposedly adding the beneficial bacteria that cycle the tank (I say supposedly because these products are a bit of a crap shoot). However, they do not contain the ammonia that they beneficial require to establish and grow. These products are generally meant to be used when you are cycling with fish, so the fish produce the ammonia that these bacteria require. Fishless cycling is still a relatively new concept to many aquariusts. Regardless, fish or liquid ammonia, these products will not instantly make it safe to add fish (as many claim), they can help along your cycle, but the BB's still require time to establish All that said, you should definitely use this product, it may speed up your cycle a bit But keep looking for that ammonia Thank you! So if I start the "cycle" with this, I can add ammonia once I find it at some point during the "cycle"? I would personally wait to add this until you get the ammonia. Or if you want to start asap add some fish food to the tank to get an ammonia source going. Without ammonia, any bacteria contained in this product will eventually starve/die off and not do you much good. EDIT sniped by Karen
  7. Store employees are sadly rarely knowledgeable about anything. I would honestly never ever trust a pet store employee's opinion unless you have some real evidence that they actually know what they are talking about, all too often people (especially beginner aquariusts) are led astray be pet store employees because they assume should know what they're talking about because they work at a pet store, but it's unfortunately rare that they actually do. I'll get off my soap box now Products such as microbe lift are designed to help along a cycle by supposedly adding the beneficial bacteria that cycle the tank (I say supposedly because these products are a bit of a crap shoot). However, they do not contain the ammonia that the beneficial require to establish and grow. These products are generally meant (marketed) to be used when you are cycling with fish, so the fish produce the ammonia that these bacteria require. Fishless cycling is still a relatively new concept to many aquariusts, so there aren't ever instructions for this on the side of the bottle Regardless, fish or liquid ammonia, these products will not instantly make it safe to add fish (as many claim), they can help along your cycle, but the BB's still require time to establish All that said, you should definitely use this product, it may speed up your cycle a bit But keep looking for that ammonia
  8. I agree, I would not add another fish to this tank. A 40 gallon is not really suitable for more than 2 adult fish. Your juvenile fish will be fine for awhile in this tank, but as they grow larger you will likely want to upgrade to a 55 gallon for the 3 These fish can get quite large (8-10 inches) and a 40 gallon can begin to get very cramped very fast (I speak from experience!) As for ryukins being aggressive, this is mostly a myth. All goldfish have their own personality, it just depends on the fish.
  9. You will still need a source of ammonia in order to cycle. It will be impossible to cycle without ammonia, as this is what feeds the beneficial bacteria. I would personally keep calling around for liquid ammonia, it can take some searching. Dollar stores, walmart, and hardware stores are all good places to check. If it's really not possible to find ammonia, you can use fish food or a piece of shrimp as an ammonia source. This is not the preferred method simply because it can be more difficult to know how much food to add in order to get the desired amount of ammonia and you have rotting food in the tank, which takes some special care in order to avoid bacterial issues.
  10. I really like the aquatic life t5ho fixtures... they will provide you enough light to grow pretty much anything goldfish friendly http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=23753
  11. The hardware store is another place to check for the ammonia
  12. What kind of plants are you thinking about? This will largely determine your lighting requirements
  13. Petco (and I think petsmart) sell replacement parts (your LFS may as well) http://www.petco.com/product/108292/Aqueon-Water-Flow-Assembly-Control-Valve.aspx?CoreCat=Accessories_Product http://www.petco.com/product/108291/Aqueon-Faucet-Adaptor.aspx?CoreCat=Accessories_Product There are a couple people here that run the fx5 on larger tanks.... I think it would probably be overkill on a 60 gallon though
  14. No apologizing! The whole point of the forum is to ask questions! You can use the same ratio to disinfect the pitcher, and yes, plain clorox, no perfumes or anything, just liquid bleach You can also disinfect the water changer by sucking up a bleach solution with it, followed by clean water with some water conditioner in it (the water conditioner will get rid of any bleach residue)
  15. Because you have little guys who are growing you want to try to feed them several small meals a day. 3 meals a day minimum, and aim for 5-6 if you are around and able to do this I usually do one feeding in the morning before I leave and then 3-4 feedings in the evening every few hours, along with lots of fresh veggies. If you have a kitchen scale and can weigh your fish you can actually get a pretty exact measure of how much to feed them. Generally speaking young fish should get around 1% of their body weight in food if you are feeding nutrient dense commercial foods like pellets, and around 3% of their body weight if you are feeding gel food. As much as they can eat in 5 minutes I think would actually be too much for a small fish.... goldies can eat a lot in 5 minutes if allowed to For the pellets, they will find them. It's possible they are stressed right now and aren't ready to eat, I wouldn't even feed them the first day If you feel like they are too large you can crush them to break them up a little bit. You might also soak them in a little water for 30 seconds before feeding them just to soften them a bit. In addition to the pellets I would recommend adding in veggies (microwave/boil/steam them to soften) at least 2-3x a week on top of the pellets. Good veggies include green beans, cucumber, kale, romaine, zucchini.... basically anything leafy and green You can also feed frozen bloodworms if you want to get really adventurous And homemade gel food or repashy soilent green (commercial gel food) are great ways to add variety to their diet. What kind of pellets are you feeding and how big are the fish? Are the fish being pushed around by the current? (this can be stressful and you may need to baffle your filters if this is happening)
  16. If you look up whatever Ph kit you are using, there are color charts online you can look at, I assume you're using API? As long as the tank Ph and the Ph of the water you are adding is within .5ppm you are good to go
  17. I would personally suck the old food out every 3-4 days and replace it with new food. You could use a turkey baster (or a water changer if you use one).
  18. aren't they cute!! Please keep us updated on how it goes
  19. You can put it in a mesh bag in the filter or you can mix it in with your substrate, if you have any. I would start with about a cup and go from there (add more if you need to, you want to aim for a kh around 100 ppm)
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