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  1. dnalex, many thanks for the reply. Last year I found the Nitrate remover on the web. It connected straight to the tap and the hose attached to that. Unfortunatly it is not made any more. Possibly it was not very successful, or it would still be in production. I do not know how efficient it would be if you were making a lot of water per week, say something like 150 gallons. I think that I will go with the plants. yafashelli, your tank looks beautiful, and gives me something to aim for. shakaho, you just keep giving me more ideas to play with. thank you all for replying Best Regards Keith
  2. dnalex, I have read up as much as I can concerning Nitrate removers. Some people say they work, but there are a lot of people who say they don't. Have you any personal proof that would make you lean towards one make over the others please, and is the use of a Nitrate removal unit something that you would consider using? I will still try and make a veggie or plant aquaponic unit, but that would not be without problems. I could simply remove the 2 lids and the central support which holds the 2 lighting tubes. I could place the unit on the glass supports within the top of the tank, but have not figured out how or where to place the central support containing the lighting tubes and ballast to provide the lighting for the growing plants. Best Regards Keith
  3. Hi shakaho, I will reduce the amount of RO water over the coming weeks until I am at 50%. I have tried on many occasions to introduce some plants into the gold fish tank, but within a day they have eaten them, even the large roots of the Anubis. I particularly like the idea of hyroponics, and I will have a look around this weekend to see how I can go abourt this. Thank you for your help and suggestions. Best Regards Keith
  4. shakaho, thank you for taking the time to post your very detailed reply. There were 2 reasons for starting to use RO water. Firstly it was a recomendation from my local LFS, and secondly out tap water has high Nitrate. It ranges from 25 to 35. At the moment it is 35 due to the amount of rain we have been having. Using RO at 75 to 25 it reduces the overall Nitrate of the new water. It would be far easier to use straight tap water. I am doing a 50% water change on this tank tomorrow and I will reduce the RO content. I will reduce it slowly over the coming weeks. I have a small unused 10 gallon tank, so I could remove them. The complete tank clean out would give me a serious problem, but perhaps it is not impossible. I have just been looking at UV filters and the one that I thought I would need turned out to be 37 inches long. Tiffany_King, The 2 black gold fish came to me about 2 1/2 inches long and have made amazing growth in 2 years. They have always been black. When the light is in the right direction you can see a beautiful bronze colour on their tummys. Best Regards to both of you and I will certaiunly explore the possiblity of a complete break down. Keith
  5. Hi Helen,thank you for replying. I never intended to have fish and aquariums, but due to circumstances, I firstly inherited a 94 litre tank that had 2 Plecos, 4 Serpae Tetras, 4 Black Widows, a Rainbow Shark and 2 Angel fish. As they grew a bit one Pleco would chase the other one about endlessly. I decided that if I wanted to keep the fish then I would purchase 2 additional 190 litre aquariums and get rid of the 94 litre one. I put 1 Pleco into each aquarium and split the other fish between them. A year later we inherited the gold fish tank, which I was against, but my wifes soft heart won. The 3 aquariums take up most of my small living room so I cannot purchase another one. If I could I cannot imagine what sort of problems it would give me if I purchased a larger aquarium for the gold fish. I am stuck with what I have. I don't know if it would be possible to put a couple of the smaller gold fish into either of the 2 tropical tanks, to help eleviate the over crowding problem. Best Regards Keith
  6. Hi Lucky Fins thank you for your reply. Seeing TB as a possible source fills me with dread. I was born just before the last war and I can remember as a child seeing people who had TB. That memory stuck in my mind even to this day. In England we had TB beaten many years ago, but now find that due to immigration it is back again. I have trawled the web, but have not found anything that would appear to offer any help. Surely the video showing the extreme bent back (or spine) should jog someone's mind. I will continue to monitor this thread and hope?. Best regards Keith
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)=0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) =0 * Nitrate level(Tank) =20 to 40 * Ammonia Level(Tap) =0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) =0 * Nitrate level(Tap) =25+ (depends on rainfall) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)= PH 7.4 minus KH=71.6 GH=179 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) =PH 7.4 KH=304 GH=358 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? =API master test kit + Salivert * Water temperature? =80 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? =330 Litres and 2 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? =2 Aqua One 1250 Canisters * How often do you change the water and how much=50% per week and also 1 extra change per month * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? =50% 3 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? =12, all are about 3 inches but 2 are about 8 to 9 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? =Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? =Soilent Green also New Life Spectrum plus peas plus cucumber * Any new fish added to the tank? =No * Any medications added to the tank? =No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. =None ever used * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? =No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?=None I have a gold fish that has a bent spine. I have searched the forum and the web without too much success. This aquarium and fish was left by someone who immigrated and just left the fish and hoped that someone would sort it out. The whole set up was moved several miles to our home and set up. We had managed to keep the canister full, and also managed to keep the gravel and water. Once set up the fish were reintroduced, and that was 2 years ago. Our tap water is very hard, and looking at what would be acceptable for gold fish, I decided to use RO water in the ratio of 75% RO and 25% tap water, and treated with Seachem Prime. This has worked well for the 2 years. About 5 or six months ago my wife (who's fish these are) noticed that one of the gold fish had a slight curve in its body, which progressively got worse, until he is really bent. He swims from the bottom to the top of the tank and feeds well. I have made a short video of him which you can see at http://freespace.virgin.net/keith.whitehouse/february_2014.html he is down at the bottom of the page. Since making the film I noticed that another fish has started to develop the same symptoms. You can see him on the video. He is a white fish with a red streak in the centre of his tail and a red patch towards his rear end. I know that the aquarium is over crowded, but I am unable to anything about it, and please excuse the reflections on the video. If anyone can help tell me what has caused this and if and how do I find a cure, as I now have 2 fish effected. Best Regards Keith
  8. Hi all, I have had a problem with small black snails in one of my aquariums for over a year. I remove every snail I see but they still keep coming. When I cleaned the canister filter I found a lot, mainly at the bottom. I removed every snail I could find, but the snails in the aquarium still kept on coming. I have now found out how this happens. They return back into the tank via the return pipe from the canister. I had removed what I thought was every snail when I cleaned the canister, but there was no way that I could find and remove every set of eggs. I have purchased several plastic tea strainers and I fit one under the return pipe. I manage to catch several every week. I remove them and slowly the tank is improving. Best regards Keith
  9. Hi all, I have not weighted my gold fish as not being relevant. I have a mixture of big fast beasties and also some slow not able to swim very well guys. If I feed the correct amount of food I gaurantee that the 2 large black gold fish will eat a huge amount of it. The slower smaller fish would only get 1 or 2 bits, as the black fish shovel up the bottom in a most demented way. Best regards Keith
  10. Hi all, I have three aquariums, one a 300 litre running an Aqua One 1250 cannister, and two Aqua One 900 Marines that both run Aqua One 1050 canisters. No complaints at all. Best regards Keith
  11. Hi Alex, thank you for the information. I will purchase the small aquarium tomorrow and start the treatment. best regards Keith
  12. Alex, thank you for your reply. I have taken a larger picture today in the hope that it will be a bit clearer for you. I have posted it at the site above. I have also posted a picture of this same fish how he looked about a year ago. He was grey in colour and had some dark splotches on him. Today he basically white . His problem is not new, as I first spotted it about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I hoped (foolishly) that it would heal itself. I assumed that he had damaged himself on something in the aquarium. There were 2 large rocks in there and I removed both of them. There is nothing left apart from half an inch of gravel. After Christmas I will be purchasing another identical canister and so basically doubling up on the filtration. I do not have anything to quarantine him in, but I will go to the LFS and purchase a small acrylic aquarium tomorrow. I have a small filter and a 100 watt heater that can be pressed into service. The only thing that I have that could be called "medicine" is a cardboard container (unopened) of "API Aquarium Salt" thank you for your help Best regards Keith
  13. Hi there, I have a goldfish that has developed a sore on his side. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): ZERO * Nitrite Level (tank): ZERO * Nitrate level (Tank): between 40 and 80 (hard to read the API master test kit) * Ammonia Level (Tap): ZERO * Nitrite Level (Tap): ZERO * Nitrate level (Tap): between 25 to 45 depending on rain fall * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH): Ph=7.6. KH=125.3ppm GH=244.8ppm * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): KH=250.6ppm GH=358ppm, chloramines unknown. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit (liquid) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquis Aqua One 1250 operating flow 850 litres/hour * What kind of water additives or conditioners? PRIME * Water temperature? 70 (room temperature) * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week and change 50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago at 50% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 66 UK Gallons, over a year and a half * How many fish in the tank and their size? 14 from 6 inch down to 2 inch (minus tail) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Just changed to Soilent Green, previously New Life Spectrum * Any new fish added to the tank? NO * Any medications added to the tank? NO * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) NONE * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Red sore with displaced local scales. The sore has a black spot in the centre of it. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? NO, the fish is lively * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. NONE ever used. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. I have put a photo of the fish and its problem here at freespace.virgin.net/keith.whitehouse/index.html if you can offer any advice I would be very grateful. I know that the aquarium is over crowded, but that is how it came to us, and the wife will not consider lessening the fish. Best regards Keith
  14. Hi there, can you put me down for 16 oz please. I live down near London. Just let me know how much I owe you and how to pay. Best regards Keith
  15. R.O water should be zero for Nitrates. I have been using an R.O unit for my tropical fish for over a year and never seen any readings for Nitrate. Best regards Keith
  16. claire_uk, the filter is a Aqua 1250 canister with the following specifications Suitability 300-600 litre Max Flow 1400 litres per hour Max Head 2.0 metres Filter Volume 12 litres Voltage 240v/50 hz Wattage 28 watts The maximum flow is taken with the filter empty, with just water flowing through it. With a full set of filters installed the flow goes down to 850 litres an hour. Going from the top of the cannister there are 3 trays. Top Tray White filter pad plus black sponge pad 35 ppi Middle Tray Blue sponge pad 15 ppi plus CeramiSub Advance Bottom Tray Blue sponge pad 15 ppi plus BioNood Advance The diagram I have shows the water entering at the top of the canister and going straight down to the bottom of the canister via a connecting tube, and then rising up through the pads, and back to the aquarium. There does not appear to be a great deal of suction at the inlet pipe as debris goes within 2 inches of it, but is not always drawn in. The aquarium water is spotless so I suppose that it works rather well. Best regards Keith
  17. claire_uk, no it has not happened again, but I am so nervous concerning the wave that I turn the spray bar off when I am not going to be in, and also at night. The only change that I have made is to reduce the pumps output by about half. The pump is rated at 1000 litres per hour, and cutting back on that it means something more like 500 litres per hour, although this will not be accurate as the pumps water is being fed into a tube that has 9 holes in it and a blocked off end. I have taken the pump and spray bar out of the tank and put it into a bucket of water and then turned it on to see the effect. With the pump on full, the 9 jets go 7 foot and up at an angle. I suppose that the pressure was far too high, but it still does not explain how a wave can be set in motion when the spray bar and the cannisters return all point down the length of the tank. The wave has to be able to come back against the waters flow and continue to grow in size. It is far beyond my knowledge, but having seen it in full motion, it is a somewhat frightening sight and not something that you would expect to see in an aquarium. Best regards Keith
  18. Hi all. The length of the tank is 4 foot and is 300 litres in size. I have put a few photos of the tank and set up which you can see here, as I realize that it is a bit hard to grasp with my poor explanation. http://freespace.virgin.net/keith.whitehouse/February-2012.html I still have no idea but would welcome any input as I am so nervous about the sprinkler bar set up I now turn it off at night and when we go out. Best regards Keith
  19. 26-02-2012. Sunday. Everything has been going along OK for a while but last night I had a bit of a shock. The Gold Fish tank was making a rhythmical swooshing sound which was new. I turned on the living room lights and saw the noise was being made by a 3 inch wave travelling up and down the length of the aquarium. The wave rushed down the tank, hit the end wall and then was pushed back down the tank again to hit the other end and again being pushed back down the tank again. If we had not been at home then it is quite possible the wave would have just become bigger and eventually spilling out of the top of the tank. Another thing was the stress that this large and violent wave must have had on both ends of the tank, as it was continually banged backwards and forwards. As the aquarium stand is nothing out of the ordinary I am surprised that it did not just collapse with the large shifting of water weight from one end to the other continually. I think that the culprit was my home made sprinkler tube. I am using an Eheim Compact + 1000 pump with a short 10 inch piece of white plastic tubing that has 9 small holes drilled along its length. The end of the tube is sealed off. The tube is a very good fit straight onto the output stub of the pump. The 4 rubber sucker feet are pushed against the back wall of the tank as close as possible to the end wall, and up near the waters surface. The holes are facing slightly upwards and down the length of the tank. As the water level is never exactly the same after the 50% water change, I have to slightly move the pump after every water change, I simply alter the angle of the jets by rotating the pump on its rubber sucker feet until I have the correct jet alignment. When I have been adjusting the angle of the water jets I have been well aware that they are capable of jetting the full 4 foot length of the tank and completely clearing the cross bracing strips and out over the other end, plus a further 3 feet. This makes a total of some 7 feet of 9 water jets. I knew how powerful the jets were but I never saw a problem with it. I think the wave starts to build up slowly and is then aided by the large amount of pressure from the jets the wave simply continues to grow in size and violence. I turned off the spray bar and it took about 5 minutes for the wave to subside to a calm waters surface. A very close call. I have solved the problem for the time being by simply lowering the pumps output by about half. It is hard for me to visualise why a wave forms at all. The waters surface is generally rippled from one end of the tank to the other, and the jets are about 3 inches long where they leave the spray bar, before they land on the waters surface. There is NO sign of any wave being present and it is something that I have never seen before. A very strange and somewhat eerie sight to see. Best regards Keith
  20. RyukinFan, the size of the fish is deceptive, as the 2 large black fish are 5 and 4 1/2 inches without thier tails, there is a 7 inch Stone Loach and also a 5 inch one as well, and there are severall fish that are 3 inches without their tails. The filtration according to others leaves a lot to be desired, as it is only 850 litres per hour once it is fully filled with various material. This is low compared to reccomendations. I clean it every 4 weeks. and the perameters of the water are all OK. My wife will not let me sell or get rid of any of the goldfish so I am left with what I have, and I try to make the best of it. These goldfish have a much better life with me than they had before. There water change routine was. The man lived in a first floor flat that had a water meter, but he found there was one in the coutyard that did not come of off his meter so he decided to use that one. He used a 3 gallon bucket that he took down 3 flights of stairs to fill and then back up the same flights of stairs to his flat. He would let it stand on the floor of the flat with no further treatment. Next day he would remove 3 gallon of tank water and then pour in the new water. He did this ONCE every 2 weeks. The filter was cleaned every 6 months. You really can't imagine the water parameters of the tank. When I received it the tank was just about empty with just an inch of water in it together with the gravel and a couple of rocks, but with a large cannister full of water which I kept. Best regards Keith if you are doing it from scratch then do it properly.
  21. RyukinFan, with reference to your question concerning fish stocking. All of the answers that you receive will advise against it, but from my experience it is not written in stone. I have had a couple of tropical tanks for some years and recently inherited a 66 gallon(UK) gold fish tank complete with fish. This tank has been up and running for some three years and has 20 fish in it. If you go here http://freespace.vir...aqua%20one.html you can see the tank and the fish, and if you go to the left hand menu and select "my goldfish" you can see the various fish that inhabit the tank. I did NOT choose this set up as it came as a job lot. If I was doing it from scratch I would do it differently. But it can work Best regards Keith
  22. Hi all, just a sad update. My poor goldfish passed away during the night, which gives me very mixed feelings. On the one hand I am glad that has passed on as he has been sick now for some 6 weeks and has struggled gamely for his life, and on the other hand, it fills me with great sadness. I still do not know what the lump was, or what caused it, and even more worryingly is what should I do if it ever happens again to any other of the fish in that particular aquarium. I think that the cause was due to what I consider to be the inadequate way they were kept before I had them. A 300 litre aquarium, with 21 goldfish and only having one 3 gallon bucket of water changed every other week. I can't imagine the parameters of the water, or the long term damage to the fish. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all. Best regards Keith
  23. stakos, thank you for your post. I still have no idea what the lump is, but as the fish in question is more dead than alive I have stopped using the Interpet treatment. To my knowledge the bump did not come to a head. I will carry out 2 back to back 70% water changes as you advise. There is no salt in the water, and I will have to order from the Internet (api aquarium salt). I have NO other medication available, at least not that I know of, that would be suitable for fish. ninzah you are correct when you say that we appear to be light on medication here in the UK. thank you for involving yourself with my problem. Best regards Keith
  24. Hi dnalex, I did not post the information you are requesting as I did not think that it would apply to this particular fish, but here is the information, Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level =0 * Nitrite Level =0 * Nitrate level =25ppm (this is straight from the tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) =7.5 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) =7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? =Salifert * Water temperature? =80F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? =4gals running 4 weeks * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? =no filter fitted * How often do you change the water and how much? =every 4th day * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? =50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? =1 at 2 ½ inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? = Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? = once a day soaked flakes * Any new fish added to the tank? =no * Any medications added to the tank? =Yes “Interpet Anti Internal Bacteria” * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. =only the above medication for the past 5 weeks, no other treatment or additives. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? =large lump * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? = looks to be dying at this moment. I hope that this will help Best regards Keith
  25. Hi all, I have a goldfish that has a large lump on his side which he has had for just over a month now. If you can follow this link you will be able to see 2 photos and what I have done for him so far. http://freespace.vir...nuary-2012.html Thank you to anyone who can help Best regards Keith
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