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  1. Hey Tithra, just an observation but... (and I am by no means an expert or anything)

    But to me if it were an ulcer, it would be an open wound or a hole of some sort. That looks to me more like inflammation with some fluid underneath (hard to tell from the video). In humans typically such things are either removed or drained and then treated with topical antibiotics.

    I'm sorry about puff, I hope he gets better! (I'm quite fond of the little guy) :)

  2. You have them baffled?

    I'm working on it. I've tried directing the output toward the glass - that just made more eddies I think. I put the filters on both sides, originally I thought that if I placed both of them side by side it would be like one inlet and one outlet. And yesterday I have the outlet of the canister flowing diagonally across the tank which seems to work ok so far, no Houdini this morning. (story at the bottom)

    I tried ordering a spray bar off of amazon last night, I woke up to find a message in my email saying that the product was damaged and so they would not be able to send it and my money would be coming back soon and the manufacturer had discontinued the product :(

    So today, I found one on ebay - I hope it all works. I want my girls to be happy.

    I tried putting in a glass vase and see if they use it at all, so far not but I'm hoping that they might, once they get used to it. Today, I may break down and get some fake plants to act as buffers. Finding fake plants with rocks attached to them for the depth of my aquarium might be difficult. But I will try :)

    I am still entertaining the idea of placing a sponge over the intake portions of the filters, to baffle some of that current. Narny brought up a good point about stressing the motor...I don't know.

    Shenanigans of my skittish fish

    Houdini: Yesterday morning, i had awoke to feed the fish. Only one problem, only saw one fish, my red oranda! So now I'm panicking wondering where the other one went (the blue). Could she have jumped out? The glass cover is on and lid closed...look around the aquarium...nope. Look in the aquarium and around the aquarium again...still no. Look in the aquarium again, underneath the "waterfall" of the AC 70 and i see a tail fin sticking out by my UV sterilizer. Now I am scared and worried. I remove the lid, reach in and see what happened. She wedged herself between the bulb casing of the UV and the aquarium wall. I pried it back and she swam free. Gave me quite the scare. She was hard to see because her body was hidden and her tail is grey - everything in the back of my aquarium is either black or grey. lol

  3. good work!.. i was absolutely disgusted with the crap my filters showed even after 3 weeks!.. now, they get new filter pad replacements regularly.. it's also easier to deal with when you nose dosn't object to the work :)

    Right? That's one thing I don't miss about owning a dog - don't have any of my own children yet :P

    I cleaned the fluval 406 the other day. And I thought the AC was bad - holy cow. lol. Well at least I know it works ;) I decided to clean it as I was going to remove the old charcoal for the Prazi to be put in, and it needed to be replaced anyway- I added the "2 ply" rite size filter sponge media and set it back up. Yesterday, I got the fluval biomax filter media to be put in there on top of the "2 ply" at a later date.

  4. Fruits are great occasional treats, but don't give them too much...too much sugar :)I'm glad you are having fun experimenting with different foods for your fish. It makes for happier and healthier fish for sure!

    I hope I'm only giving them a taste is all. To me it doesn't seem like much, not much bigger than a few pellets.

    Try a slice of orange as an occasional treat. My guys love it, it makes a bit of a mess though, so it's a good idea to feed it before a water change :)

    I will have to try that! I tried cuties, which are sort of like miniature oranges/tangerines. But closer to the oranges (I think).

  5. Tonight, fed a tiny bit of banana - they didn't let it touch the bottom of the aquarium. lol. Going to feed a bit of cucumber and a piece of kale for over night.

    Edit: They weren't as enthusiastic about the cucumber. Maybe I didn't slice it thin enough? I cooked it in water, in the microwave for 4 minutes. Maybe not long enough?

    They seem to like the Kale, but not as much as the Romaine lettuce. :)

  6. Check out this link :)http://www.kokosgold..._1#entry1186251.75 - 1% of body weight is generally recommended for growth. In pellets it's about 50 pellets total a day for my two fish who are 6 and 7 inches. If you're feeding gel food you'll want to feed more than 1% bc it is not as nutrient dense as pellets. Veggies can be fed on top of the 1% of primary food.I personally feed 6-7 x a day small meals a day. I am currently using an autofeeder to do 4 small pellet meals (about 3-4 pellets per fish) during the day when I am at work, then I do 2-3 small feedings of gel food at night and then a piece or veggie on a clip as well. I have gotten good growth recently with this schedule. I use a digital scale to weigh the fish and the food :)That said, I think 3 meals a day is just fine :) And you can provide them with veggies on a clip during the day when you are gone so that they have something to munch on. The funny thing I found was that I was so concerned about overfeeding that when I actually weighed my fish and figured out what 1% in food would be, I realized I had been underfeeding them for months (not that they were starving, but it just wasn't a great diet to promote growth, if that is what you are looking for).

    Which auto feeder do you use?

  7. Sorry, I didn't know :( I guess I just assumed that that's what the point of acclimating them to the new temperature was before I removed them from the bag.

    So, the question still stands. How much food is enough and how much is too much? Steve said a hungry goldfish is a health goldfish, so where do you draw the line? And how many times a day do you feed them? I work 12 hour shifts some days and won't be able to do small meals TID (3 times per day).

  8. I saw the floating mopani, and thought it was a kind of neat effect...sort of like a gravity free zone. I assume it will sink eventually, but it's frustrating now, I'm sure.Tank looks great. Cycle seems like it's catching on. We look forward to seeing the inhabitants!

    Thank you! I decided to cut the log in half so that there would be more swimming room for the fish - they will be here March 22nd!! And I got 2 extension tubes for my AC 70. Woot woot!

    Tithra, you mentioned you had mopani wood did you ever have the white fungus stuff grow all over it? The interwebs say that plecos will eat it, I wonder if the same is true for goldies?

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