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  1. I just wipe mine when they start getting algae, and I use the same cloth that I use to wipe the walls of the tank.
  2. If you really want to know how much to feed them, you can weigh them and calculate how much food they need. Feeding "a little bit" or "as much as they can eat in 5 minutes" or "as much as their eye" is all guessing. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/105915-food-weights-by-brand/
  3. I suspect that a lot of people are like me: Canisters are a lot more expensive than HOBs and they last longer, so I have little experience with different canisters. I got canisters only because I bought a new tank and it came with a Fluval canister. It worked well enough, so when I got a second one, I got another Fluval -- that was the only one I had experience with. So I can say that I'm satisfied with my Fluvals (although the '06s have been better than my '05), but I can't give a detailed breakdown of how it's better than another type of canister. Good luck with yours!!
  4. I just culled when I could seen clear deformities. When I had a full batch of fry, I had to do it twice.
  5. Actually, some of the fry should be culled at some point. It's difficult, but it probably should be done.
  6. Just as a heads up: I had to go deeper than 1-2 inches for my large sword plants. With plants, just try it. If a plant works and you like it, buy more. If it doesn't thrive, try something else. I've had plant thrive in one tank and not the other for no apparent reason, and I've had plants do better in different spots inside the tank. It's very experimental but enjoyable.
  7. Omg! I started the video without sound, and I said to myself, that fish has a booty! And then I turned the sound on and Helen said it too, and I cracked up! :rofl2
  8. If you have any Repashy, I had good luck feeding pinches of Repashy Soilent Green powder.
  9. Somewhere here it was recently discussed that the sand would have to be very deep to risk such pockets.
  10. I've had two batches of fry now, and there were crazy size differences. I assume genetics is a big factor.
  11. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/105915-food-weights-by-brand/ Notice how 25 pellets equals a tiny slice of Repashy gel food. I would be cautious about overfeeding a new food, but it sounds like you are feeding .2 grams a day. You are very far from overfeeding.
  12. That seems very light to me, but I haven't fed these pellets and I'm not sure how many fish you have right now.
  13. "Several pellets" doesn't seem like much. Do you weigh your fish? You could weigh the food to determine how much to feed.
  14. There are many benefits to being a subscriber, but the reason I subscribed and continue to do so is that this site saved my fish. As a newbie, my kids' fish would have died if not for the good people here. That's worth something.
  15. I'm not going to look anymore! Every time I do, I and have to wipe drool off my computer! It's really stunning.
  16. Very well said, ladies. My previous tank, a 77 gallon corner bowfront, was not ideal by some measurements. It was deeper than I would have preferred. But one of my fish in particular was active, and he managed to swim a pretty fast lap in that shape. (He swam a "Is that food?" lap regularly! ) And none of my fish had swim bladder issues because of the depth. Given the choice, I'd always like the longer tank because a long tank looks awesome! But that doesn't mean a shorter, deeper tank can't work.
  17. I don't think that's just an opinion, Chelsea. A tank with more space (and it's usually horizontal space that's the issue) offers more hiding spaces, which they need sometimes. And more surface area means more oxygen. Although, neither option here has limited surface area -- one just has less.
  18. Welcome! You have lovely fish! I'd say No. 2 is a ryukin with a small hump.
  19. I'm sorry, Mikey. There's are still many unknowns with fish.
  20. In aquascaping, there's something called the Golden Ratio and another design principle called the rule of thirds. Both would have you move the piece to the right. Using the rule of thirds, visually divide your tank into three equal sections and then put focal points on those imaginary lines. http://aquascapinglove.com/basics/getting-started-aquascaping/ And Acro is right -- make sure the piece has water moving through it and that it won't trap debris.
  21. Looking good! I love the pop of green against the black.
  22. I like that ornament. I would suggest you move it to the right, maybe in front of the intake. I would look better and block that, so it's kind of a win-win.
  23. Wow, everything looks gorgeous! Have you tried any other fertilizers, either root tabs or in the water column?
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