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  1. A 30gal is around abouts 120L, which is 120 kilos of water, 264lb. I would saaay that it would support the tank just fine but because you've put it on its side the thicker side pieces aren't supporting the weight properly, just the nails/screws and the much thinner shelves. If it were me I'd either take it apart and rebuild it, or brace the outer frame so it's a bit less likely to fall apart. Keeping in mind that MDF/plywood isn't very strong and tends to warp and do weird things when it gets wet.
  2. I have one of those cannisters on my 42gal but I've only used the UV on it once for the beginnings of green water. Cleared it up just fine. On my 52gal I have one more like this (not this model) http://www.amazon.com/SunSun-JUP-01-Sterilizer-Submersible-Filter/dp/B008ADUVWQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1368921710&sr=1-1&keywords=sunsun+uv+filter and it cleared up my green water very nicely. I just turn the UV bulb on now when green water threatens. If you have serious issues with green water though I'd consider moving the tank away from the window. Just my
  3. Thanks guys! I just put Damon out in the pond today. Sort of an experiment to see how much he grows (or doesn't) over winter and to cut back the stocking level in the tank.
  4. I don't mind the smell but my dad hates it. I microwave it, cover it super fast and rush it outside to stir and cool.
  5. Very very nice indeed! Are those real budgies...?
  6. Omg he's absolutely precious! Congrats!
  7. Wooow gorgeous fish!! I especially love the ryus. The whites make quite a pair <3 The rednwhite's so chubby omgggg. His white is so very white. Love it.
  8. My first blog entry! I figured I should make use of it ;D First off I'm gunna introduce my fishies, tank by tank (as it stands now anyway)... I will later do a weigh in and measurement entry. So, let's kick it of with my biggest inside tank, my 200L/52 gal. Filtered by one AC110, a Sunsun/Aquatop 1000 l/ph and a small UV filter that isn't running the UV most of the time. Barebottom (as gravel seems to cause me issues) with plastic plants. I gave up on the live plants after a mega outbreak of black brush algae, ew. My nitrate busting plants in the top there consist of 4 peace lilies, a lucky bamboo, and two other marginal plants that I don't know the name of. Now the current residents, Henry, the oldest of my fish. I've had her since September 2010. From the 60L tank and 6 fish days... She's a tough wee cookie and has been through all sorts. She's ridiculously hard to photograph, being blue she doesn't stand out from many backgrounds and she has a habit of turning away when you try to take photos. Make it a mission. Derpy face <3 Next is Damon. He's an oranda I bred and raised myself, though he (probably actually a she) hasn't grown so well as he could have. He is from a small batch of eggs that hatched February 2012, from Sam and Dean, a pair of my older orandas. He's very prone to ammonia burns. Any ammonia in the tank at all and he starts going black... The black on his fins in these pics have since cleared up. And Minke, the biggest of my 3 ranchu. She and her sisters arrived May 2012. They're now 18 months old. The next smallest chu is Sei. She's cute as a button but so derpy. <3 And last up, little Pod. Now Pod is a bit special. She has a deformed mouth, a missing pectoral, and the other pectoral is badly kinked and despite my best efforts she will not grow, even when kept in a breeder box to make sure she was getting food. But she does well enough and loves zooming across the tank as much as the others. ;D
  9. I haven't seen those recently. When I did tests on my orandas last year I might have seen some of those anchored to algae and gunk, but not on the fish. The ones I've seen from Ghost are all free swimming. The moving one was just a little circle zooming around the place, too fast for me to see at 45x to see flagella or other distinguishing features. That's a handy resource. I shall bookmark it. Thanks!
  10. Sorry O: It's pretty sure they're stationary. Ghost is super hyper so it's rare that he stays still long enough to see, but when I scooped him out I did check and didn't see movement. I do have melafix so I can try that. But I'm reluctant to do anything more medication-wise unless they spread or start causing problems. All the worms were dead. The only thing that moved were some little round protozoa(?) that I see every time I do a slide.
  11. Some photos from just now, after 2 salt baths. Basically no change x__X
  12. OKaay. I stuck Ghost in a mini tank so I could collect poop and while I was waiting I took some random poop from the main tank and didn't find anything odd. Ghost's 1st sample turned up a few more wormy things. Not so long as the first nematode. Not sure any but one were worms so much as scratches on the coverslip. The 2nd sample was fuuuuuull of small hairlike rods (at x10) at x42 they look like algae..?, http://www.micropedia.org/algae, the skinny pale ones, but not so green and dead straight. Unfortunately the fine focus doesnt work on this microscope. x_x And a couple more worms.
  13. Kay, just did his salt bath. He took it very very well, better than my adult fish. O: I tried to get an after photo but they're not coming out clear enough to see. But I think it DID take most of them off. He's not very impressed with me at the moment so I think he can have the night to recover before I do anything else. Edit, or maybe they're not gone lol I don't know anymore. I should go to bed.
  14. I did another slimecoat slide and managed to find one of the 2nd thingys I mentioned that was a bit easier to focus on. They look like this, sorta. Again, they were dead. . My eyes have pretty much had it so I'll try do a poop slide tomorrow.
  15. I did three slides and couldn't find anything big enough to be these things, but then I might not have picked one off. I have bad eyes and bad lights in here :/ . Everything I found was dead which doesn't help. All I found were one nematode like this, and some sort of other thing that was very thin like the nematode but much much shorter and greenish. I would say it was algae but it didn't really look like it. :/ Most likely insect larvae. Sorry, its an old microscope.
  16. Definitely NOT on the others. I've checked and rechecked the photos, no spots. No flashing at all. He seems perfectly fine and they don't seem to bother him. I do have a microscope. I was thinking of having a look, I'll do that now.
  17. I was taking photos tonight I noticed these weird spots on Ghost. They look like minuscule grains of rice, and are on either side of his body, but not on his fins. Because he's only tiny they're not visible to the eye so I don't know how long they've been there. I've never had a semi-transparent fish before so I'm not sure if this is normal or some sort of parasite or a weird appearance of ich. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 * Nitrate level (Tank) 5 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7.2 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Sunsun (aquatop) 2000l/ph * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * Water temperature? 22 * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 70-80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days, 80% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 160L (42gal), 6 months, give or take. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6, 1-1 1/2 inches excluding tail. These are youngsters growing inside before some of them go out in the pond in spring. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Once or twice a day, mix of repashy gel, hikari pellets, frozen bloodworms * 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? Tiny white rice like flecks on body of fish. Fish is otherwise active and well. Flecks not present on any other fish. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Ghost was prazi'd and salted for 6 weeks when I got him in err March? along with the 5 others. Please be very patient with me. I've had a cruddy evening and this is the icing on the cake.. ):
  18. Lol sec I have to translate into american.... Currently! 52 gal goldfish 42 gal goldfish 31 gal plant rescue and recovery tank 5 gal aquascape / betta 200 gal pond and 2 15 gal QTs
  19. WOW! Just wow. What an amazing fish! Congrats!!! <3
  20. 2 of my tanks have the base and back painted black. The other has nothing. I love the black, though it can make taking photos of black fish tricky XD
  21. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL photos!! And you simply must enter that last photo in POTW, its so great! Your fish are gorgeous! Love your ryu! What camera did you get?
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