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Howard The Humble

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  1. I think you hit the nail on the head. @Avelon They are trying to train you to feed them more often. If you give in you can end up with floaters. While I am not sure if you can get this to work provide some sort of indication to tell them it is feeding time. With some luck you can get them to ignore you knowing that they will not get food until they hear a bell or some such sound. I would give it 2 weeks. I do think goldfish can be bored in some sense. They also have personalities. I also would like to see a video.
  2. Shorten the intake so it can not suck up sand.
  3. One has to be careful with smallish above ground ponds. On a nice clear day the sun can cook your fish. Color has a lot to do with heat gain. Stay away from black.
  4. I was going to ask about the stand as this is common with the metal stands with bent rods for ends. Still if the stand has any give you might shim up the low corner. Having said all that I would put a sheet of 1 inch stryofoam under the entire tank. It is what I use for home built tanks.
  5. What do you mean by that? I mean not all tests kits are equal. Currently I am using a Tetra nitrate test kit with 3 bottles and on vial of powder. I did find this about your test kit
  6. Look for the 3 part test kits I am thinking they are easier to read
  7. Years ago I wrote I need to take my own advice and find a forum better suited to where I am.
  8. I did not fire the first shot but yet I am made out to be the bad guy here. Darn tough to make much headway when a moderator is acting like a bully! I do not need this.
  9. And out of context. It is true but does not speak to what shakaho or I said. My point is that one has to look at the system as a unit and not just isolate one parameter. Far better to point that out, and then say that if all else is equal go with the tanks with more air/water interface. Fish mass is a superior measure to what Helen Robert's book says. A 3 foot koi is a much greater fish load then 3 feet of 3 inch fish. The larger fish also requires better conditions. If a pond gets too warm the large fish will die first. Insteads of ruffling your feathers maybe you could try to listen and learn. If you would rather be left alone in you little kingdom of net wisdom I will gladly leave!
  10. There is no proof or evidence that surface area is more important. It is just another bit of net wisdom resulting from people repeating what they read and not understanding. It is one of the unfortunately down sides of the net. One needs to look at the tank as a system. Isolating a single parameter and saying it is more important is like saying your brain is more important then your heart or lungs.
  11. We should be talking about how much water the fish population displaces to determine the gallons required. It is important to have enough surface area for gas exchange. The larger a tank is the slower the nitrates and other unknowns will rise. Both are important.
  12. True deformities such as bad backs and inverted gill covers are apt to be more common in breeding closely related fish. When you do the cross you end up with healthier fish. It is often called hybrid vigor. The first rounds of culling line bred goldfish consists almost entirely of getting rid of the fish with deformities. Then you move on to tails, body shape etc.
  13. Maybe the answer is to put a screen of egg crate over the tank so he can not reach the water ? Not sure because I do not know your setup.
  14. PS I love the pictures of Cloud, So cute! Do you play fight with her? Kittens need that sort of interaction.
  15. This could be "famous last words" but I do not think there is any real danger unless the fish jump out of the tank. We have had cats and fish together for 20 years and have not contributed any fish deaths to the cats. Ignore the following if you are tired of my stories. We had koi indoors in a collapsible kiddie pool. To get a drink the cat put its paws on the edge which pushed the side in and released a bit of water. One day the koi nibbled on the cats tongue which put an end to his drinking out of the pond. I wish I had a picture of that setup to share with you. My wife constructed a cone shapped tent with PVC pipe bracing over the pond. The koi would jump and hit the tent which acted like a spring and forced them back into the water. It was quite a rig.
  16. Agreed on the speed cycling. Water weighs a bit over 8lbs per gallon. I get 1042 lbs for the water plus the weight of the tank and stand.. I would use 4x4's to span two or 3 floor joists and then support them with blocks. No penalty for over engineering on this.
  17. I used to cook for my fish. Mostly pan cakes and gelatin based foods. But I was reading about a seaweed based product called agar (sp?) that can be used in place of the gelatin. Last week I tried shrimp and pea pancakes but the fish did not like them. Maybe they are just used to the pellets. I try not to feed dry food to indoor fish. For some reason it is fine in the outdoor pond but not so much with the aquariums. I am sure it can happen but I have yet to see a pond fish start floating. Maybe the birds pick them off before I see them but I do not think so.
  18. I would crawl under the house and add some support where you have the tanks. Concrete blocks and wood shims should do it so long as the crawl space stays dry.
  19. Thanks. I do have neighbors and so far not one has mentioned it. Things are quite laid back here compared to a larger city. They get upset if you fill your yard with trash or turn it into an auto junkyard but that is about it. Love that part.
  20. Yes our outdoor ponds are normally frozen over for up to 3 months a year with hard freezes for about 6 weeks. So they will have to be drained for the winter. Next year I plan to put the car in the garage and move this setup into one of the slots in the car port. That will provide shade without the need for shade cloth. There will also be room for more containers if I need them. Bit by bit is is coming together. My wife is working on the design for an inexpensive and easy to erect greenhouse. At present she has some tropical aquatic plants in the tops we cut off the lifts you see on the breeder setup. If there is interest we can share that too.
  21. A quick update. First please keep in mind that this is more of a system test looking ahead to next spring then a serious effort to spawn. The water has gone from opaque green to nearly clear. Enough so that you can make out the fish on the bottom of all containers. The water to fish ratio is rather large so I did not bother to track the water parameters. I was hoping for a spawn on the full moon, placed spawning mops into two containers but I do not think there was a spawn. Dumped the mops into a tank with clear water just in case I was wrong but I was up early enough the past 2 days and did not see any activity. Given that the fish are new to the system and I did not condition them it is not surprising. In the next month I plan to tear down the system and return some of the fish to the large pond. The barrel filter and at least one lift will be moved indoors to house the current crop of fry and maybe a few adults.
  22. I wish one could edit posts. Thinking about water movement. What varieties of goldfish do you keep in the pond? The area near the falls is already turbulent so maybe place the filter there to keep the rest of the pond more calm. The size of the pump is more a factor in water movement then the number of holes in the bucket.
  23. I know too many choices. The water movement should not be a problem. You need some water movement to help oxygenate and degas the water anyway. Keep in mind that the further the water falls the more action it will create. I know you said no to this but if you are going to put plants in the top of the filter why not use a large flower pot adjacent to the pond edge with a nicely done return to the pond. You can hide the pipes with that black foam with rocks stuck in it. If it were mine I would get one that stands about 6 inches taller then the pond edge. it would be great if it held like 20 or 30 gallons. I would not sweat this too much. Unless you really screw up with this pond you will soon want a larger one
  24. Don't buy her unless you really want her for her looks. Doing so will only encourage the store to get more goldfish.
  25. Regarding moving the water. First what harm can there be in it. Second the there is a chain of bacteria that convert the ammonia to nitrates. Each type of bacteria in the chain feed on the waste product produced by the previous bacteria. The fish will produce ammonia to keep the first critter in the chain happy. But how long will the next n critters have to wait to see any food? How much of a difference will it make. I do not know. The bacteria live on every surface exposed to water. So if you have decorations move them too. Maybe put a few extra in the tank for a few weeks to seed them too. The last thing you want to do is cycle the new tank without bacteria from the old. You may as well fill the new tank to the top with water.
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